I’m going to go ahead and assume that most of you reading this have faced some dissatisfaction with what you have to do to make money. This is a common ailment in civilized cultures around the world. Hillary Clinton once commented that modern forms of work have become an epidemic affecting millions of people.
Every individual has to face this disease on his or her own terms. You have to decide if you feel truly satisfied with what you do to make money. If you’re one of the lucky or valiant few who’ve found a job you really like, I applaud you. But, if you’re like me, and you have a hard time working for other people in situations you’d rather not be in, I have some good news for you.
Going out on your own to do freelancing and/or starting a business is way easier than you might think. We’ve almost all been trained in school to be good workers, to follow orders and to leave most of our important life decisions in the hands of others. Unfortunately, not everyone has your best interests in mind.
I stumbled into freelancing and doing business almost by accident. It started with helping people with their writing projects and editing papers for others. Then, a friend turned me on to some online content-production companies who pay freelance writers. Finally, I undid myself so much and fell in love with the process of breaking free that I knew I had to start a business passing on my knowledge and experience to other individuals like myself.
The process took a number of years, and I failed many times. Those failures all became fertilizer for my next attempts, until finally, I started making it work. A lot of things in life work that way.
The Spirit of the Entrepreneur
Check out this video I made about the Spirit of the Entrepreneur and how to make money doing workshops. After you watch the video, read on, and I’ll go into a bit more detail about getting paid to do simple workshops and teaching people how to do things you love to do.
For more detailed step-by-step instructions, check out the Art of Not Giving a Fuck guide to business and work to establish a new foundation for your efforts, aimed at personal freedom and self-defined success, and the NGF Workshop on how to put on your own workshops for money.
I’ve covered the following points before, but they bear repeating over and over in as many places as possible.
The Basic Formula of Making Money Doing Workshops
1. Identify Hobbies, Interests and Passions
It’s a simple as taking a look at what you get excited about. What kinds of hobbies do you spend your time on? Even if you enjoy searching around online, there are people who would love to learn how to do it. Make a list of 11 things you like to do. Don’t worry yet if those things are profitable or not, we’ll deal with that later.
2. Make a list of types of people who might want to learn what you love to do.
For each item you listed in #1, make a list of the types of people who might pay you to teach them how to do the things you’re passionate about doing. Get as specific as you can with these types. Are they 65 year old women who want to learn how to use email, facebook and skype to stay in touch with family? Are they 35 year old men who are making $100,000 per year at office jobs who want to learn how to break out as freelance consultants?
Identify who these people are and where they spend their time, online and off.
3. Pre-Test the Ideas for Profitability. (Thanks to Ramit Sethi for his teachings on this one.)
For each group of people you’ve identified above, ask the following questions:
1. Are they able to pay for your services?
2. Are they willing to pay?
4. Go to where the groups of people spend time and talk to them.
If you answered yes to the above two questions in, choose your favorite idea of those that passed the test. Make a list of places the target audience spends their time. Go there and meet those people. Tell them about your ideas and potential services. If you can reach them online, send them emails and find out what you can do for them by getting clear on what it is they really want. More advanced stages of this include setting up a website, online surveys and research, and other techniques. For now, just go find people and talk to them about what they want in relation to the skills, knowledge, and resources you have to offer.
Find out if these people really want what it is you have to offer.
5. Build a workshop, service, and/or product out of your idea.
This can be a workshop like the one provided in the Esozone Codex, it can be a how-to PDF, or it can be an individualized service like teaching people how to write better, use computers or how to workout for maximum weight loss and muscle tone. Make sure you get excited about what you’re doing. Your excitement will add great value to your product or service.
6. Tell People About Your Workshop
Set a date, time and location for your workshop. We can help you with all the details in a Spirit of the Entrepreneur session, the Esozone Codex, and personal undoing sessions and training. Basically, you go to the places where your target market spend time, find out what they really want, craft an offer based on your findings, and put your offer in front of them. Talk to folks about it. Put up flyers. Put ads on local listings online and in local papers. Find teachers, leaders, and other network hubs in your market and create win-win situations for them, their clients, and yourself. Be creative and come up with other ways to share your offering with people.
It’s as simple as that!
It really is that simple. Trust that you’ll learn and adapt as necessary along the way. If you ever have any questions, find people who are doing something similar to you and ask them how they do it. You can learn anything you need to know, just like you did when you were learning about your hobby, interest or passion. Once you make sharing your knowledge and value with other people one of your passions, making money will excite you just as much as your other interests.
A Very Cool Secret…
A cool secret about all of this is:
When you make money doing something you love, you win at every stage of the game. You’ll always be satisfied with what you’re spending your time on. When the money starts to flow, it feels even better. You’ll know that for every dollar you make, you have added value to someone else’s life, and your own.
Why Make Money Doing Workshops?
1. You get over your fears of public speaking and performance.
2. You get to directly interact with other people who share your interests and passions.
3. You learn the material you teach in much greater depth and detail than you would otherwise.
4. It’s a lot of fun.
5. You can increase the value of what you’re teaching and start charging a lot more for your workshops as you gain experience.
There are a hell of a lot of other benefits you’ll get out of putting on workshops, but I want you to experience those for yourself.
Best of luck in your journey of expansion and fulfillment.
Much of the work of Alexander Lowen has been a great inspiration to us at Command Z. Most of his work centered around feeling, grounding and moving the body. No matter how much talk happens, he recognized that nothing really occurs until the body is energized and brought back to life.
Check out what he has to say here:
In honor of Dr. Lowen, Riley and I are happy to offer you Radical Undoing sessions for 50% off our normal rate of $250. For the next two weeks, you can purchase your initial session for $125.
We would like to give as many people as possible the experience of Radical Undoing, even if it’s just a single session. So much can happen from deeply feeling your body in this particular way…a single session plants the seeds of a deep bodily awakening that can carry you into an entirely new life.
Riley and I are excited to hear from you and work with you.
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One of our long time students, Brendan, wrote the following after taking the Mind/Body Restruction courses. Enjoy!
Hey guys! Just finished watching both courses, and now I’m watching them again.
I had a memory of an experience while watching the first course. I can’t remember what exactly it was that Riley said, but the memory was triggered. After that, while watching the second course, Garrett said something that related directly to the same experience. So I thought I’d relate the experience.
This happened about ten years ago, but it has only really been in the past few years that I’ve been able to use it effectively.
I was sitting or lying down, meditating. I slipped into a light trance, and found myself sitting on a chair in a completely black, as in unlit, space. Some distance in front of me, I sensed the approach of something. It was BOUNDING towards me with such joy and energy, the only thing I could relate it too was a really energetic puppy. When I say joy, I don’t mean extreme happiness. I just mean it was raw, unbound by ideas of duality.
It became a puppy, and when it reached me it leapt into my arms. It was spinning and vibrating intensely, much like a super excited puppy would. Another quality it had was cuteness, but a cuteness that was so intense it made me nauseous. It was too much cuteness, or like an imitation of cuteness by something that just had way too much energy, trying to cram itself into the idea of cuteness. Then it turned into a white, glowing ball of energy, about the size of a beach ball.
I knew that this ball was mine to do whatever I wanted. Really, anything I wanted to do with this energy, it was completely open and up to me. This filled me with terror. The idea that I was completely free to do WHATEVER I wanted was the most disturbing thing that had ever occurred to me! I felt a deep connection to the idea that I was totally responsible for my own life. It was all my choices and decisions.
I didn’t have any belief in god, but at that moment I had a very strong sense of a terrible and vengeful god. I kind of had my own sense of how some christians interacted with god as someone to fear. I was terrified by the idea that it was all up to me and I’d have to take full responsibility for my life. I saw that I could choose to deny this, and forever live life being dead, or jump into the joyful terror of existence.
My brain buzzed when Garrett mentioned something about the fear( or awe) of god being the beginning of wisdom.
And that’s my little story!
Someday I’d like to have a live session “in real life” with you guys. Someday!
You know that feeling…
When you’re really connecting with someone…
The conversation flows effortlessly, and your posture matches up. You don’t need to think, because everything is just flowing. You feel it, and you know they feel it, too.
Maybe you’ve had moments of such deep rapport that it seems to verge on telepathy—like it’s not even necessary to speak, just to be, and everything is communicated.
Organic Radical Undoing sessions operate from that space.
The alternative–doing exercises from an impersonally prepared list–is more like having a conversation by reading from scripts. Not exactly the same…
Having “downloaded” and “installed” every element of the Undoing repertoire into our own bodies and unconscious minds, we trainers get into immediate rapport with the trainee’s unconscious by observing and syncing to his or her body’s reactions to the breathing and exercises, and synching our breathing along with theirs.
Then the information flows: no preconceived notions, just a powerful sense of what “wants to” come next. Sure, we can analyze it and force it into making rational sense, for people who are really into that sort of thing; but it’s the direct feeling in the moment, the strength of the transpersonal intuition that makes organic sessions so powerful.
It’s not magic–it just really seems like it sometimes.
When Garrett and I began doing organic sessions with each other, we were astonished by how often one of us would suggest an exercise, and the other would say, “That’s exactly what I was thinking!”
We also found ourselves innovating exercises, because we could tell the other person’s body “wanted” to move in particular way –which the other would often instantly confirm.
Over time, as you gain proficiency and deep familiarity with the Radical Undoing work, and begin to trust your own intuition, you will be able to rely upon your own unconscious to guide you through organic sessions. (At the beginning, however, it’s a bit like trying to pull the cart and ride on it.)
Once you do become comfortable in that space of trust-and-indeterminacy, your intuition will rise up around you in more and more instances of your life. You’ll be able to surrender to your own deeper wisdom and let it shower you with unexpected gifts, day after day.
So, you’ll have that going for you, which is nice.
(From the PDF accompanying the live Organic Radical Undoing Session demonstration. For more information or to request another live presentation of the Organic Session course, email: email@example.com)
Have you ever seen a deer or a dog with just 3 legs? They don’t spend much time complaining. They just adapt to the new circumstances and keep doing whatever they want and need to do.
The body adapts automatically to almost any new situation or circumstances it encounters, inside and out.
You might argue that pain is a trouble of the body. Pain is an experience, yes, but what makes an experience trouble is the mind…the thoughts we think about it and the unconscious associations we make to it.
The mind has endless troubles, while the body has none.
The mission of Command Z is to refocus the mind onto the body…the vast and beautiful land of no troubles.
The trouble with clearing all the troubles out of the mind is that most people have built their entire identities around the recurring troubles they experience in their lives. When the troubles disappear, so do their identities.
This explains the prevalence of gossip, rumormongering, TV news, disaster footage, politics and religion.
Think about it. Since when does anyone or anything need saving? Do we really need to rescue the Earth from some imagined catastrophe? Or is that just a holdover from Christianity still living in the shadows of our minds?
When you refocus your mind on your body, you will witness directly that there are no troubles.
You might say that the only real trouble is the task of refocusing the mind on the body… It’s an Indiana Jones-style adventure.
That’s where we come in…
Choose Your Own Adventure… Find the Fountain of Youth… The Land of No Troubles. It’s been right there with you all along.
This article is about true joy. It proposes that true joy and wisdom are one and the same.
Proverbs 9:10 is often mistranslated from Hebrew as, “The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
This has been used as justification for a rather tyrannical and wrathful conception of god as some warlike man in the sky.
The original Hebrew root is YRA, “yare.” It does often translate as fear, but this is misleading for our purposes.
Our purposes here, of course, are to help you make use of everything for your own benefit, your own personal advancement and enjoyment.
In this case, the lesson of Proverbs 9:10 can be used to understand a concept that can empower and change your perception of what’s going on in your life. This will enable you to easily align your behavior with your goals.
We have to unpack the words of the Proverb to get the most benefit from it. Let’s get started:
1. The Lord: For our purposes, we will define the Lord as everything inside and outside of you. Yourself, your perception and everything else in the universe are included. You might call this “life,” “reality,” or “existence.”
2. YRA/ yireh: Instead of fear, we will translate Yireh as awe and reverence. Hopefully all of you have had a transcendent experience in your life. Sometimes it occurs during an amazing musical performance, or a bout of serious laughter. It involves deep bodily tingling, emotional exaltation and a sense of eternal oneness with all of life.
The funny thing about the eternal oneness with all of existence is that it is the most normal and basic experience you could ever have. It’s not some kind of mystical thing. It waits patiently behind all the dross, worry and drama of daily life.
When you remember who and what you are, beyond words, the bare facts of existence become deeply satisfying, no matter what problems your mind is dealing with. This is what I mean by “awe.” Recognizing that we know nothing about our existence, and yet here it is, right here with us all the time.
3. Wisdom: wisdom in this case means an understanding that goes beyond all confusion, illusion and delusion. It signifies a beholding of existence as it is, not how we think it should or shouldn’t be. It is not in the realm of ideas. Instead, you find it underneath or behind the screen of the mind where ideas take place. When you avoid the traps of the mind, you reach the unerring wisdom of the body.
The Awe of Existence is the Beginning of Wisdom.
When you experience your first Radical Undoing session, you will know beyond all words and ideas, what it means to feel awe for your own existence. This is the beginning of wisdom, because now you truly understand that your life is your own, and you have ultimate freedom to construct it on your own terms. People often fear this experience, because it means taking full responsibility for your own life.
If you’re not taking responsibility for the creation of your own life, you might want to ask yourself, Who is?
If you’re ready to take that first step, get in touch with us on the site, register for a session, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org