From the desk of Victor Pride
Subj: A journey of a thousand miles…
I recently received this question from a B&D reader:
You should show us people who have followed your strategies and found success.
On December 31st, 2011, you published an article called “The No Bullshit Guide to Making Money Online”.
Some commenters have their website linked when you click their name. I clicked on 28 websites of people who commented on your article.
Only a handful of websites are still active. Only ten still have web-hosting. That means 18/28 didn’t even make enough money to cover hosting costs.
Will you show us the most successful websites of Bold and Determined Readers? People who produced great content and are now making a living from their websites?”
There is an old proverb in Tibet that hundreds go but rarely a single individual reaches.
I am reminded of the story Osho told…
There were two monasteries: one monastery was in Lhasa, in the capital of Tibet, and one of its branches was deep in the faraway mountains. The lama who was in charge of the monastery was getting old, and he wanted somebody to be sent from the chief monastery to be his successor. He sent a message.
A lama went there – it was a few weeks' journey by foot. He told the chief, “Our master is very sick, old, and there is every possibility that he will not survive for long. Before his death, he wants you to send another monk, well trained, to take charge of the monastery.”
The chief said, “Tomorrow morning you take them all.”
The young man said, “Take them all? I have come only to take one. What do you mean, take them all?”
He said, “You don't understand. I will send one hundred monks.”
“But,” the young man said, “this is too much. What are we going to do? We are poor and in those parts, the monastery is poor. One hundred monks will be a burden to us, and I have come here to ask only for one.”
The chief said, “Don't be worried, only one will reach. I will send one hundred, but ninety-nine will be lost on the way. You will be fortunate even if one reaches.”
He said, “Strange…”
On the next day, a long procession started, one hundred monks, and they had to go across the country. Everybody had his house somewhere on the way and people started dispersing… “I will be coming. Just a few days with my parents… I have not been there for years.” Within just a week there were only ten people.
The young man said, “The old chief was perhaps right. Let us see what happens to these ten people.
Just as they entered a town, a few monks came and said that their chief had died: “So it will be very kind of you – you are ten, you can afford to give one lama to us as a chief – and we are ready to do everything, whatever you want.” Now everybody was ready to become the chief. Finally they decided upon one person and he was left behind.
In another city, the king's men came and they said, “Wait; we need three monks because the king's daughter is being married and we need three priests. That is our tradition. So either you come willingly, or we will take you unwillingly.”
Three men disappeared; only six were left. And in this way they went on disappearing.
Finally only two persons were left.
And as they were coming closer to the monastery… it was evening and a young woman met them on the road. She said, “You are such compassionate people. I live here in the mountains – my house is just there. My father is a hunter, my mother has died. And my father has gone, and he promised to return today but he has not returned. And I am very much afraid to remain alone in the night… just one monk, just for one night.”
Both of them wanted to stay! The young woman was so beautiful that it was a great struggle. The young man who had come as a messenger had seen those one hundred people disappearing, and now finally… Finally they said to the woman, “You can choose either one, because otherwise there is going to be unnecessary fighting. And we Buddhist monks are not supposed to fight.
She chose the youngest, the most beautiful monk, and she disappeared into her house. The other monk said to the young man, “Now come on. That man is not going to come back; forget all about him.”
The young man said, “But now, you remain strong – the monastery is very close.”
And just before the monastery, in the last village, an atheist challenged the monk: “There is no soul, no God. This is all fiction, this is just to exploit people. I challenge you to a public debate.”
The young man said, “Don't get into this public debate, because I don't know how long it will last.
And my chief must be waiting – perhaps he may have already died.”
The monk said. “This will be a defeat, a defeat of Buddhism. Unless I defeat this man, I cannot leave this place. The public debate will happen, so inform the whole village.”
The young man said, “This is too much! Because your master said at least one would reach, but it seems that only I will reach.”
He said, “You get lost. I am a logician, and I cannot tolerate this kind of challenge. It will take months.
We are going to discuss everything in detail because I know, I have heard about this man. He is also a very intellectual, philosophical man. You can go, and if I succeed in the debate I will come. If I am defeated, then I will have to become his follower; then don't wait for me.”
He said, “This is too much.”
He reached the monastery. The old man was waiting, He said, “You have come? How many had started?”
He said, “One hundred and one, including me.”
The old man said, “That's perfectly good. At least you have come back. You be my successor; nobody out of those hundred is going to come now.”
And the master knew it, that only one would reach.
It is an old proverb in Tibet that hundreds go but rarely a single individual reaches – that too, rarely.
To the commenter who wants proof before he gets off his couch…
Something is wrong with your feet that you cannot make the journey unless you can walk in another man's footsteps?
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Your feet are so weak from inactivity that not only can you not complete the journey of a thousand miles, you cannot even complete a journey of a single step?
Your feet are so different than my feet? Perhaps, but this is because my feet get exercise and your feet are sedentary.
My feet have long been on the journey and they are well used to the pain of walking my own way, forging a path so that others may follow far behind.
If you cannot begin a journey without walking in my steps, perhaps you would like to wear my old sweaty socks on your journey as well?
You ask to see proof that B&D works. Did you not see the proof in front of your face?
Your eyes have long been blind to reality from staring at computer porn fantasy world, when reality looks at you in the face you cannot see it.
Your eyes are so blind that they cannot see the 30,000 organic comments on Bold & Determined.
Or perhaps it is not only your feet and eyes that are broken, maybe your brain is atrophied from lack of use.
Are you so foolish to think that anyone will give you the exact path and you have to do no work, all you have to do is follow the footsteps?
- Your feet are broken? They are lazy to walk.
- Your eyes are blind? They are opened to fantasy and closed to reality.
- Your brain is so very stupid? It has never been used.
Proof of Greatness
Every single day I receive a comment thanking me for the great work on B&D that has changed the lives of untold thousands of men.
Here is your proof…
- Go to the archives page
- Click on any article at random
- Read the comments
If you do not see these comments it is not for their not being there but for your delusion and refusal to be a witness to reality.
Blog artistry is a proxy for whatever work it is that you wish to do. Some wish to start a blog, many wish to use the examples provided on B&D and do something different entirely.
Here is one example of massive success from my private email…
(The original comment photo is first, the answer is second.)
A 21 year old from bankrupt Greece is making 50k usd per month from Bold and Determined principles.
- Here is the article Damian wrote: How This Kid in Greece Makes Full-Time Money on Fiverr Working Only Part-Time.
- Here is Damian's website: http://www.dareandconquer.com/
Damian's ‘thank you' note was sent in exactly 3 days before you left your comment challenging me to produce proof.
What have you been doing since this time? Sitting around with your thumb up your ass?
There are thousands of comments and emails like the above note. Somehow your eyes cannot even see one.
If you choose not to see reality, this is your delusion and it is your excuse to be “less than”.
The proof is there in plain sight, it is not a problem of lack of proof – your eyes are elsewhere and your feet are weak from inactivity.
The only way to remedy your weakness is to become active. Open your eyes and start walking…
The sunlight will hurt your eyes at first and the ground will hurt your feet. You will get used to it and, in time, you will come to love, cherish and revere the journey of a thousand long miles.
You'll be like Dwight Yoakam singing to yourself, “I'm a thousand miles from nowhere and there's no place I'd rather be.”
Until next time.
PS – Bold and Determined Volume 2 is now available on paperback. You can read it and be a witness to the good gospel of reality, if you like.