A Boring Dystopia

The world we live in is far different from the world a century ago. Countless technologies and innovations have come out, new business fields created entirely, new laws governing companies, you name it! It’s a really different place. But one thing I’ve noticed when it comes to the “money” section of life is that any entity (saying this because it’s better than company) is really only trying to do one of two things.

Now I’m sure you don’t want to have to read this entire article just to figure out what those things are. So I’ll just spill it out right here and right now:

Any entity in the money scheme of life is either trying to sell everyone something or help another entity sell something.

That’s right! You’re either in the advertising sector or the sales sector- and there’s no other option. Unless of course you volunteer a free product or service- but we’re just going to ignore that sector for now.

Now while my discovery may not be quite as thrilling as you would have hoped and you think it’s the bullshit generic opinion- let me show you just how much it actually applies to various areas of any individual’s life.

It’s important that you remember this rule of my discovery- selling refers to selling a good and/or a SERVICE. So you can’t blow my entire argument out of the water just by saying, “But…but Mason! Don’t garbage men just pick up people’s trash, and mailmen just deliver mail? Those people aren’t selling me anything.” Well yes they are my friend. In fact- they are hired by a company which therefor makes them part of that company while they are working. Garbage companies are selling you the service of trash removal and the employee is carrying out that service. I put that in bold because I think it could be debated that “carrying out a service” could possibly be considered another thing an entity does. But as of now I don’t consider it to be one.

Now here’s something interesting. As I’ve been writing this article I’ve come to find that I think I’ve contradicted myself. I don’t think there’s two things that entities do at all in the money world. There’s only one! Allow me to explain to both you and myself so I can make sure I’m right.

I was originally going to make the argument that advertising entities are attempting to sell what other entities need help selling. However, I’ve come to see that them advertising is just yet another service being sold in its self. So really all anyone who makes an income in the world is trying to do (companies and people both) is sell something to everyone else.

Ah look, I did end up making you read the whole article…

Crazy Shit.

A case for Elon Musk

Most people think one of two ways about Elon Musk. Some think he’s the next savior of humankind- attempting to keep our species alive for centuries to come with new technology. Others think he’s a bored guy with a lot of money who blasts rocket ships into space for fun and makes electric cars.

So which side am I on? Well I’m an Elon admirer for sure, although I like to think he would admit there is a level of fun associated with blasting things into space. I appreciate the guy because in my eyes he is a true pioneer. It’s really easy to think of famous scientists and inventors from a hundred years ago, but I bet most people would struggle to name one from our modern day. There’s the guy who mapped the entire human genome, but I don’t know his name even though I respect what he’s done.

Turns out it was James Watson and later on Francis Collins. Props to you guys, but the point is I had to Google that just to know who led the project. Elon Musk, on the other hand, is basically a celebrity. He has millions of social media followers and he interacts with this community. That’s why more people know about him and what he’s trying to accomplish. I think the combination of being able to be a public figure many people look up to, combined with the actual groundbreaking work he does, makes him a pretty impressive guy.

A lot of people tend to not like him because they believe he’s purely motivated by money. Personally I don’t think that’s true in the slightest, and most anyone who keeps up to date with what he says would probably agree. But let’s say he was solely motivated to make money from all of his various companies. What would it matter, and what difference would it make? It wouldn’t change anything at all. If the man is motivated to make money in the fields of space travel, electric cars, and all the other crazy things he invents- wouldn’t he want to be as successful as possible in those endeavors in order to make a profit? And since he has the drive to make these projects a success, don’t we as humankind benefit from it? Regardless if he’s making tons and tons of money, we still get these new inventions that lead to the possibility of the human race living on for years to come.

 I also know nothing of any charitable donations he’s made, but honestly if Elon Musk didn’t donate a single penny to a charity- I wouldn’t think any less of him. Simply because he’s putting his profits back into his company which is making contributions to the whole WORLD. I mean wouldn’t you rather him use his money to research a cure for cancer or solve another world problem, than have him just give it away? Before you criticize- I know how valuable charitable donations can be for lots of people, but in this case I would prefer Elon to use his money for his own projects because they are benefiting a wider scope.

Well that’s about all I’ve got- let me know in the comments what you think of Musk and why. 

Why Is It So Hard To Make Money Online?

I think the difficult part is that almost any method of making an online income takes time. And almost everyone who tries one of the common methods like blogging, ecommerce, freelancing, etc are people who just want to make money right away. But who doesn’t?

In order to be successful with any of these online income streams one really has to grind it out. You have to put in serious effort day after day until you start to see the results. From there you can relax a little and eventually get to the point where it only requires you a few hours of work each week. The trouble is that people, myself included, tend to try making money online one way and when they don’t see results right away they switch to trying something else. And I know it’s hard, but in order to be successful at this you really have to stick with what you started!

If your online income idea is blogging- you have to take the time to build up followers. You might even consider spending some money on advertising for your own blog. It seems counteractive to do so (buying ads to eventually put ads on your site) but to make this work you really have to spend some to make some in most cases. At the very least you’ve got to try to put out articles/content on the regular. Otherwise you’re not going to gain traffic at the pace you need to in order to make decent money.

Let’s say you’re trying freelancing. You can be an incredibly skilled writer and still not make money writing for other people. Which leads to my suggestion that if you’re going the freelancing route why not just start your own blog? It’s honestly less work and you can choose what you write about. You’re not stuck searching through site after site trying to find an article you’re knowledgeable on just to find out it gets rejected after three hours of work. If you really insist on writing for someone else I strongly recommend finding a legitimate job with an established company. Otherwise you’re not going to get the consistent work and paychecks that you’re searching for.

Ecommerce- it seems like it’s all the rave these days. Yes it’s true there’s people out there who have made millions off of it. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, no matter what they advertise to you about how you can start making “$2,000 a week with four hours of work” it’s total bullshit. Taking an online course to learn how to do ecommerce is also complete bullshit. The people who you see saying “this ecommerce course isn’t like the other gurus telling you how to make money” yeah guess what that is? Entirely Bullshit. So if you want to go the ecommerce route, and it really is a pretty cool method to try out, just watch Youtube videos. Read a few articles. Learn the basics and then give it your own best shot without copying someone else. Because that’s really the only way it works. The majority of people making money selling products online have been around since the trend started. The whole “drop-shipping” thing is way over saturated and it’s hard to break through the masses.

So here’s what I’ve got for you- if you want to make money online do it for yourself. Market your own content and pass on what everyone else seems to be doing. Because there really is no guarantee to making money online. Trust me, I want to be able to work from home and travel the world and own expensive cars too. The bulk of you reading this want that lifestyle. And who would blame you? So it is worth giving a shot, totally is- just do it your own way. Make your own product, write your own content, create your own videos and then market the hell out of them. Tell friends and family about what you’re doing, tell them to tell their friends. Post ads on social media- whatever you think has a chance of working. Because you have just as much of a chance of being successful doing it your own way than you do following someone else’s lead. Why choose someone else to be your boss or leader when you can be your own?