From the desk of Victor Pride
Location: Albuquerque, NM
She said time runs fast like the sun burns hot.
Boy, she wasn't kidding.
Today is my 37th birthday.
The past ten years went by in the blink of an eye.
Just a moment ago I was 27 and I was lost.
I didn't know what to do, but I knew I wanted to do something.
I'd be in the supermarket every day buying my steak, looking around at the lifeless people and thinking to myself, “I've got to get out of here”.
Every day I was searching for the way out.
I read everything I could get my hands on.
And in my relentless search, I found what I was looking for.
I read a book that changed my life because it opened my eyes to possibility.
The book was called The 4 Hour Work Week.
In it, a great secret was revealed to me.
The secret was this…
It's a simple secret that all B&D readers know by now, because I've explained it to you many times.
But back then?
Boy, back then I didn't know shit about shit.
I knew I wanted to travel the world, and I knew I couldn't do it without income.
That was my dilemma.
Then I found in a book at a used bookstore that changed my life forever.
To me, finding that book was like a burning man finding water.
Inside the pages was a secret so simple it should never have been a secret.
People always want to know about big secrets and huge strategies and great big plans.
I don't give a damn about big secrets and big strategies and even bigger plans.
Because I know a better secret…
The big secrets don't do nothing for you.
The small secrets are the ones that change your life.
So I'm going to give you my 37 small secrets that lead you to big happiness…
1) Don't worry about happiness
I get so many of these people telling me that “money doesn't buy happiness”.
Those people are missing the point and don't understand the necessity of money.
Of course you cannot buy happiness because happiness is an emotion, not a product on the shelves at the local market.
It comes from having some sort of business or profession that you enjoy, having some sort of space in the world that you can call home, having some friends and family around you, and having the FREEDOM to enjoy all of it.
The same people who say money doesn't buy happiness are the same people who TRADE THEIR TIME for money and then complain about how much they “hate their job”.
They trade their most precious resource, their time, for a resource that doesn't even buy happiness.
How's that for comedy?
Here's an even better joke…
I never trade my time for money. I do whatever I want to do, whenever I want to do it.
I haven't worked a job in over a decade and I will never work a job again in my life.
Am I some sort of super genius?
Don't make me laugh.
And willing to do what it takes is surprisingly easy.
Over and over I have to laugh at the people who tell me what I do is too hard for them to do.
Their lives are hard, mine is easy. They just refuse to even try.
The people who refuse to try and make money are the people who waste their entire lives working slave jobs and telling me “money doesn't buy happiness”.
No, but it buys you freedom from having a job.
And guess what the #1 barrier to happiness is?
2) Quit your job
Everyone I talk to who isn't an entrepreneur or an artist or something similar tells me relentlessly that they hate working their job.
Do you know why you hate working a job?
It's because working a job is for slaves.
You've been fooled into thinking you need to work a job to survive in this world.
Here's the reality: you don't.
Here's another hard reality: You make more money when you go out on your own.
“But it's so hard to just walk away!”
Actually, it's just simple.
- If you love your job, stay.
- If you hate your job, quit.
It is all your decision, it has always been your decision.
3) Drop out of university
Here's yet another heard reality: You make more money if you are a college dropout than if you have a college degree.
Here's even another hard reality: The people with college degrees are the most gullible slaves that exist.
Here's another hard reality…
Time runs fast like the sun burns hot.
Your time is running out quickly.
Why waste it spending time in school, as an adult, becoming indoctrinated and indebted?
You have to make the best of your own life and when you're a good college kiddo you give away control of your life to the corporations.
Don't be a dummy. Even blue collar workers today make more than many white-collar college graduates.
They want you in university so that you become a great debt slave and a good little worker-bee.
I am the king bee, I am not a worker-bee because my mind is free.
One way I keep my freedom is by keeping my expenses low.
4) Live in a small house
I've lived in mansions and I've lived in shoe boxes.
When it comes to happiness, shoe boxes beat mansions.
I know we all close our eyes and dream of mansions and fast cars, but they don't give you what you think they will.
When I think back on the happiest places I've lived, they were small and cheap.
I had a tiny little apartment in the barrio in North Texas and I absolutely loved it there. I paid $444 per month in rent and all of my neighbors were Mexicans.
I also had a 45 sqm apartment in Bangkok. I paid $500 per month in rent and I absolutely loved it there. I stayed over two years.
If you want to recipe for a happy house, here it is: Small and cheap.
The richer the area, the worse your happiness is. Affluence instantly makes people depressed.
“But I need a big house for my family!”
Big houses do nothing but drive distance between family members.
A small house is a happier house.
This doesn't mean don't make money, it means don't spend your money on affluence.
In this regard, money does not buy happiness, it buys isolation.
Living in a small, cheap house is the best.
5) Eat simple food (organic, local farm raised)
Did you ever notice that when fat people eat normal food like rice, cottage cheese or lightly-seasoned beef they say, “It has no taste!”
That's because fat people get fat by eating fake foods made by chemistry in a laboratory.
They get used to eating chemicals that give them many sensations of taste.
Their own taste buds become desensitized and they can no longer enjoy natural food.
Today we call natural food “organic”.
But we call food covered in pesticides, food injected with hormones, food created in a laboratory with genetic modification, or junk food created by chemistry – we call this “normal” food.
Don't make me laugh.
Real food is not sprayed with chemical pesticides and it doesn't come from genetically modified seeds.
Real food is walking around the farmland eating grass or it is grown in the ground and not sprayed with poison (pesticide).
If the pesticides kill the pests on your apples, what do you think it's doing to your insides? Nothing good.
Eat as naturally as you can and your mind will be sharp and your body will be in shape.
Eat as simple as you can because the more complex the ingredients list, the harder the food is to digest.
The better your digestion is, the better your health is.
Simple natural food leads to good digestion.
6) Drink spring water or well water, not toilet water
It's the simple things that make a big difference.
Like your water, for example.
In America we've been drinking recycled and chemically treated toilet water all our lives.
Guess what's missing from this recycled toilet water?
The best water comes from the breast of mother earth, we call this “well water”, which means it comes from a well in the ground.
You can also get good water from springs.
The worst water is local city water or bottled water.
It's loaded with chemicals and hormones and it isn't good for your health.
Natural water is the best water.
7) Believe your own eyes
Here is a big problem I see with people…
They cannot see anything.
They are blinded to what is right in front of their own face.
Their eyes don't work.
They see one thing with their own eyes, then they watch the television news which says a different thing.
Wha do they believe?
They believe the news and they think their own eyes are liars.
When I'm visiting the State, I watch airplanes spray chemicals into the sky.
I point this out to my fellow Americans.
What do they say?
“No, those plans aren't spraying anything. It's natural condensation.”
I already told you, don't make me laugh.
I've been in over 20 countries, this “natural condensation” that looks exactly like airplanes spraying stuff into the sky only happens in one country I've ever been to.
So why can I see it and they cannot?
They think their own eyes are liars.
Big mistake to not trust your own eyes.
When you don't trust your own eyes, outsiders can easily trick you.
The tricksters are always two steps ahead of the dumb people, walking them with an invisible leash.
8) Think 2 steps ahead
Regular people cannot see even one or two steps ahead.
I'll give you an example…
People will see ants on their peaches on the peach tree, then they will spray the tree with chemical poison to kill the ants.
Then they eat the food they sprayed with poison.
Over time they poison themselves with low amounts of pesticide eaten every single day.
If the poison kills the pests on the fruits and vegetables, what do you think it's slowly doing to you?
How damn dumb can someone be?
Poison does not just affect ants and leave humans alone.
Poison poisons everything.
If you poison the pests you will end up poisoning yourself.
But if you just think one or two steps ahead you can stop most health problems before they start (just don't eat poison).
9) Take control of your own health
Listen here friend, doctors are here to help themselves.
What's the #1 way you can help yourself?
By making money.
How do doctors make money?
By working on sick people.
Healthy people are of no use to doctors.
So do the doctors have an interest in making you well or keeping you ill?
If you had eyes that could see, you could see that health comes from the simple things like eating real food, having freedom, and ignoring the “advice” of the local doctor so-and-so.
10) Spend time outdoors
Listen, I'm happy enough to spend some days farting around on the internet and getting nothing done.
I'm happy enough to spend some days working hard all day long on the internet to make my money and earn my freedom.
But I'm not happy enough if I don't get time outdoors.
We are natural creatures on planet earth and we need what mother earth gives us.
Namely, sunshine and dirt.
Sunshine makes vitamin D and dirt keeps us grounded.
It's good to get out in the sun every day and at least every week or every month.
Find the time to get out to nature to do some hiking or fishing or just go to a local city park and take your shoes off (just watch out for the needles discarded by the local bums).
11) Don't worry, be happy
You want to know what the real killer in this world is?
Worry will kill you before it's time to die.
And for what?
For nothing at all.
Worry is completely imaginary.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” -Luke 12:25
“None of you.” -Victor 7:13
Worry exists only in your mind, but it causes stress to your physical body.
Stress has to eat something. Stress eats minerals like magnesium and it can cause a deficiency which will result in real physical problems if you continue to worry about imaginary things.
Worry can actually kill you.
It can be hard to let go until you realize that what you worry about usually never happens.
You create the worry so guess what else you create?
Your happiness mindset.
So just create it.
Don't worry, man, be happy.
12) Listen to your intuition, because it's God talking to you
Right here I'm going to hide the best piece of advice I could ever give you…
Never take advice from anyone else without first consulting your own intuition.
If someone's advice goes against your own intuition then you must think long and hard before accepting this advice.
The best advice will always come from your own intuition.
I hate to get frou-frou and woo-woo, but intuition is God talking to you.
If you don't want to call it God – and I don't blame you because I'm not talking about the Jehovah/Yahweh God of the bible – call it The Spirit of the Universe, call it The Source of All Things, call it Mom of the Earth, call it Father, call it Odin, call it Jesus, call it Buddha, call it the Tao, call it the name that cannot be named.
Doesn't matter what you call it, it just matters that you listen to the call.
Your intuition is your life plan.
It always works for you and never works against you.
Ignore it at your own peril.
But people are so damn dumb today they ignore their own intuition and they do things that actively harm them.
Too bad for them, but good for you because now you know.
You always have the best solution, all you have to do is consult yourself in a quiet place.
How do you learn to consult your own intuition?
Ask and ye shall receive.
In your mind, just ask to be shown the right way.
Then, and this is the most important part, PAY ATTENTION.
Use your own eyes to see what is happening.
Nothing will ever be quite as clear as you want it to be.
You will have to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
When you are able to consult your own intuition, the desire to seek authority outside of yourself will vanish.
13) Be thankful
When you consult your own intuition, which is the spirit of all things, always be thankful.
You can be arrogant all you like in the real world, you should never go to the Father and the Mother of all things with arrogance or entitlement.
Thank the Father for all things you are thankful, and then ask to be shown the right way.
Don't demand, ask for a way to be shown to you.
If you want a million dollars, don't say “I demand you give me a million dollars!”
Dear father, thank you for all the great things you've given to me. I ask that you show me the way to make enough money that I can enjoy freedom in this life.”
Then listen to the answer and follow it faithfully.
14) Listen to the plan
God/Spirit/Source has a plan for you.
It is cliche to say, but cliches are usually true.
As a young man I would have laughed this off and told you why you were wrong.
As a mature man of 37 I know that I don't know anything in this world, and everything was given to me by the spirit of the creator.
All I got, I got because I listened to my own intuition.
I'm happy to toot my own horn, but intuition isn't my own inner genius, it's just the ability to listen to what I already know is true.
In fact, we are all born in the spirit of truth.
Watch little children.
What do they always do?
They always smile and they never stress (unless they have to do chores AKA work).
The more we listen to politicians, teachers, preachers and other “authority” the more we learn to lie to ourselves and the more miserable we become.
Everybody has the innate ability to create their own happiness. Children are proof.
All you have to do is listen to your own intuition and never listen to the liars.
That's all I ever did, I listened to the inner voice, I was deaf to the naysayers, and I followed the plan no matter what.
When things got scary, I didn't care.
15) Have no fear
They say fear is the mind killer.
Fear is what prevents people from listening to their own intuition and making their own mark in this world.
When you go to an office you will see a group of people who live in fear.
Fear of listening to their own intuition, and fear of failure most of all.
The fear of failure is something I just don't understand.
To me, failure is working a job.
Working a job is trading your time for money. In a different time that was called slavery or servitude. We've just given it a different name.
So I don't understand the people who have already failed who have an imaginary fear of failure about the future.
What is failure anyway?
It's never trying.
If you just try and follow the plan, failure is not an option.
Deviate from the plan, never listen to your intuition, and you are already a failure.
Many people are afraid if they don't have a house and a car by a certain age they are a failure.
Don't make me laugh.
I didn't own a car for nearly 10 years, even though I could have bought a Ferrari if I wanted to.
What Average Allen is actually afraid of is not living up to the standards of the rest of the slaves (AKA making the neighbors jealous).
But the neighbors don't care about you, and the Mom of the Earth loves you.
Sometimes her love is tough love.
You will have to deal with it.
Nobody learns through kindness, we learn through hardship, and the lessons of nature can be harsh.
You'll get what you ask for, but you will never get what you ask for in the way you imagined it.
Stick to the plan, don't worry, and don't be afraid.
As long as you're doing what you're supposed to, you'll get to where you need to go.
16) Be of service to others (while serving yourself)
The #1 barrier to success is selfishness.
The would-be entrepreneurs want the Ferraris and mansions and in their desire to have these things, they miss what actually affords these things in the first place.
There is only one way to legitimately make money.
It's to be of service to others.
People will not pay for something that does not help them in some way.
The only other way to make money is by theft, which I don't recommend.
I do recommend you be of service to others.
Do you know how many emails I've received saying “Thank you Victor! You helped me so much!”
I get emails like that every single day. I get so many I can't even respond to them.
This is the only reason I have my degree of freedom.
“But Victor! You already said you have to be selfish to succeed!”
I'm selfish in my desire to help others.
I'm not here to be your friend.
I'm here to kick your face in the dirt with my US sized 13 boot and wake you up to reality.
To help others you have to give them tough love.
You can't be a spineless weakling and expect to be of service to others.
Allowing people to walk on you does not help them or you.
You have to be a tough and determined son-of-a-gun to be of service to others.
And you have to selfishly stick to that desire to be of service to others.
You cannot ask people how to be of service to them, they don't know anything until it slaps them in the face.
If the only way to help them is to slap them, then slap them.
17) Never listen to the naysayers
When you put a bunch of crabs in a bucket, they will try to climb out to freedom.
But the crabs in the bottom of the bucket panic, and in their desire to get out of the bucket they pull down the crabs climbing out of the bucket.
All of the crabs want out of the bucket so badly they cannot think of the best way to get out. They panic, and they pull every crab back down into hell with them.
People do the same thing.
But people use words to pull you down.
They're afraid, they want out, but they panic and they use hurtful words to pull you back down into the bucket with them because they don't want to be lonely in hell.
Thankfully you are not a crab. All you have to do is ignore the naysayers.
If you don't ignore them, it's back down into hell you go.
From that pit, not many escape.
If you ignore them…
If you follow the plan…
If you listen to the inner voice and ignore the naysayers…
It is upwards to heaven you will go.
Their hands will be pulling at your feet as you ascend…
Just be strong and kick those damn hands away.
This is the only way.
This the end of part 1.
We will finish our discussion in part 2 of Thirty Seven Steps to Heaven.
I'll be back to kick some more dirt in your face after I go do some fishing in the mountains.
Don't forget, time runs fast like the sun burns hot.
Ten years will pass by in the blink of an eye.
In the end, memories are all you will have.
Take the time to build them.
If you don't do it right now, well, you can't be sure you ever will.
Until next time.