Little Free Press #120
|January 30, 2006||Posted by Staff under Banneker, Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Little Free Press #120 “food for thought since 1969″ Reprinting Permissible FREE
#120 Little Free Press, 301 S.E. 11th Street, Lot 218, Little Falls, MN 56345 Phone 612-632-2813
(YOUNG PEOPLE’S SECTION) How to Be a Winner!
Are you getting all that you want from life? If not, here is a way that may help you discover what you are doing wrong.
Begin to keep a little note pad and pen with you at all times. Every time you spend even one penny, mark down what it was for and how much you spent. (Of course, I have told you many times to destroy all your credit cards.) Keep track of all you spend, for at least a month or more. Then add up all similar items and see what it tells you. As an example, take the total expenditures for; cigarettes, beer, wine, booze, pot, other drugs, gambling and other recreation. Then ask yourself if that lump of money could have helped you get some of the things that you really want in life.
Then make an estimate of how much time it took you to procure and consume those items. Then figure out how much time you were spaced-out and how much time (and misery) it took to come-down. Add up all this time and ask yourself if you could have found a way to use that same time to help you get to where you wish to get in life.
What Do You Want?
Do you have any idea of what you would like to achieve? Or the kind of work you would like to be doing? There are vocational counselling books that will tell you what all jobs are like, what they pay, skills required, advancement possibilities, etc.
There are tests you can take that may reveal some abilities you have that you are not aware of. They may steer you into some new possibilities for making your pile of money.
After a careful study of what is available and of what you can do .ÿ.ÿ. make a decision. Choose a type of work and begin preparing for it. Even a wrong choice is far better than no choice at all, because it gets you started. If you find it was the wrong choice you can always change. Even with a wrong choice you learn something. Learning what not to do is also valuable and will save you time later in life.
People who achieve what they desire in life are the ones who make a plan for their advancement and always look for ways to improve that plan and keep at it. They don’t waste their time and money on the diversions that the mass media constantly recommends as the in-things to be doing.
Learning to become successful becomes their recreation. They discover that learning gives really good feelings. One becomes proud of ones self. I know! I went through it eight years ago when I taught myself how to run a computer and Microsoft Word word processor and Q & A database.
When you divorce yourself from TV, videos and the rest of the mass media you will have a lot more free time to mold your life into what you would like it to be.
Libraries have a tremendous amount of helpful information that is totally free and they also offer a quiet place to study. Some used book stores also have information books that could be very useful to you. You may need to buy a book new occasionally. With these information sources you can gain more and much faster than you could with a $50,000 college course. With these sources of books you are not forced to read unusable, redundant and make-work stuff, nor putter along with the slow-pokes. You can choose to read and learn only what you desire. That is what Thomas Edison did. It worked just fine for him.
It is a good idea to make an appointment with a successful person who is doing the kind of work that you think you’d like to learn. Most successful people will be happy to take the time to talk about their work, to help someone along. Do your homework and have a list of intelligent questions to get some insights that books couldn’t tell you.
With what you can learn from reading and observing you may be able to start your own business or work for a small company where they are interested in what you can do, not in what a diploma or a degree says you can do.
You may be able to persuade an employer to take you on as a helper or as an apprentice and learn skills that way .ÿ.ÿ. and actually get paid while learning. Helpers and apprentices don’t get paid much but it’s better than paying money to learn. Then you learn from experts, not from teachers who couldn’t cut the mustard in the real world.
I Did It
I read all the books I could find on my work and tried out all their ideas and I made enough money to support myself, my wife and three kids.
I looked about me and noticed that some of my clients were making more money than I was. So I watched to see how they did it. Then I started using their methods and began making a lot more money.
I had no teacher to tell me how to retire at a young age. It never occurred to me that I would or could. Then one day I got my fill of the government’s invasion of Vietnam. Year after year I had watched the government wasting my tax dollars. With the cumulative effect of this and then all the killing that our government forced our boys to do in Vietnam .ÿ.ÿ. broke this camel’s back. I could then see the government in a clear light. They appeared to be a bunch of gangsters taking orders from the super-rich people. I got real angry. I retired and vowed I would not give government my vote nor my money to support it. I did it legally. I reduced my taxable income to the point where I didn’t need to pay income taxes any more. Oh, they still get me for sales and hidden taxes but that is all.
I retired at age 42 in 1969. Now after 24 years of Freedom from the Rat Race (I recently got back in for two years and made some more money) I see that I could have retired at a much younger age. It takes only a few street-smarts to live on less and enjoy it more.
Successful drop-outs learn to develop and trust their own self instead of a government, welfare, parents, hand-outs, boss or religion. We either become our own savior or we just don’t get Free. When you put your trust outside yourself .ÿ.ÿ. you become a slave to; it, them or whatever. We each choose to be a slave or to become Free!
A slave works and wastes his/her spare time and money and therefore must work forever.
People who are trying to get Free; work, save and put that money to work making more money. They don’t borrow money! If they owe money, they lose independence. When they have some surplus cash, they can get bargains. They study and make themselves richer and soon have made enough money to retire and have 100% of their time for themselves.
However, most people who learn how to win in the money game get hooked and enjoy winning. Instead of retiring and taking their Freedom, they continue playing and piling up far more money than they will ever need. They never figure out what life is really all about. They just think that life is just making and spending money. How sad. They don’t take the time and effort to see what the Profit System is doing to people and to their environment. They cannot have the Profit Game and a stable environment. The two are incompatible.
The Profit System is destroying our life-support systems. It is causing species to become extinct and eventually the homo sapiens will follow. We can hardly afford that.
People who have trapped themselves into the Profit Game cannot learn the peace and joys of Freedom. They are caught-up in the hurry, hurry, hurry dance. They had the skill to lay this trap, therefore they have the skill to remove it, if they set their minds to the task.
We each have a choice. The less-bright people absorb the mass media and conform to its many suggestions. They are running-scarred from all the fear-mongering. They are afraid to be different! They never learn to think. It is so much easier to allow the media to lead their thinking and music to set their moods, i.e., how they feel. They never discover that elusive idea called Freedom.
According to Random House dictionary; wisdom is, “knowledge of what is true or right coupled with good judgment.”
You may be surprised what you can learn from old people. If they are still alive it speaks well for them. They must have done a few things right. I’ve found that each one of them has some wisdom that they gladly share, if they are asked. They feel honored and useful if they think someone values information they have or for their opinion on something. Most old people have tried out thousands of things and discovered some that work best.
You can proceed much faster on your quest for success if you don’t have to re-invent the wheel with each step up the ladder.
Us old codgers may be able to tell you some short cuts and “tricks of the trade” that we have learned the hard way. We now have nothing to lose by telling you. We are out of the competition. We only gain good feelings by thinking that we are helping someone. It makes us think that we are smart. That makes us feel good too.
If you question your own parents and grandparents and let them know how you appreciate their information .ÿ.ÿ. they will then realize what a smart kid you are. Most kids act like they know it all already and thereby show how dumb they are. Old people can remember when they were in that stage of development.
If you can help your old folks keep their minds and bodies active you may keep them out of a nursing home. Also when they keep busy they don’t feel lonely and are less sickly.
Letter to the Editor
Dear Ernest, This is a communication from one Freedom seeker to another. I’ve read and enjoyed copies of the Little Free Press for years now, copies handed down to me by a little bird (a long time correspondent of yours), and now I think, its high time I wrote myself and made copies of LFP to give to my friends!
I find the LFP chock full of truth and inspiration. Let others call you a dreamer, Ernest: you actually live what you dream about, “creating more Freedom for yourself.” I hope you don’t really believe putting out the LFP is a “thankless pursuit” — by telling others of your experiences, you just might inspire another to do likewise. Call it the power of example. By the way, I find your stories of how you live your day to day life the best part of the zine. (Now don’t winch — I know you’ve heard this before!) So, they are “entertaining” — you could do worse! They are so, in the “right” way, to inspire others and validate yourself (which is all we all have anyway), not to make others forget about the misery of their lives and fall into mere inaction.
I’m 23 and just moved down to Florida. Now I’ve gone from student drone to being a worker drone, slaving in a large office sweat shop for a corporation. But this is largely by choice, but a fear driven choice, half irrational fear and half real fear (my, how will I ever make ends meet). I have the awareness of my perilous situation, but not the practical knowledge or street smarts to break away from the work-spend-work cycle. Well, I might just be making excuses. The reality of me having a job and being on my own is still a novel one, and not yet intolerable.
I guess I just have to reach out more and keep communicating with others who have a little bit of Freedom. I don’t know, I just don’t feel I have much control over my life right now. (Personal aside: I was sent down here to go to a “treatment” center, for back home I sensed how dismal my future was and instead of fighting inertia gave in to it: I was drinking and isolating and generally very miserable. Yet it was ultimately a voluntary move, to get professional help. All they really do is hand you over to 12-step groups which have both sinister and wonderful aspects, from this anarchist’s perspective.)
Keep up the good, uh, work with the writing and the trailer maintenance. I hope at your age I have only a fraction of the Freedom you enjoy. I’ll be very lucky indeed! But I know I’ll have to use my brain and courage to get there!
Thank you. I think you have given me good reasons to continue to mention some of my adventures and daily life.
Make some money. Save some and invest it into something you have expertise in and control over and you’ll soon be able to retire.
Being already aware, at your young age, of how things are and of the Freedom you can get .ÿ.ÿ. my guess is that you, will get more Freedom than me and will get it much sooner than I did. I was 40 before I even started to think about Freedom. Go for it!