The Matrix Has You Neo! How to Unplug.
You will probably have watched The Matrix, and if you haven’t – then drop everything & go watch it, as it’s one of the best movies of all time in my humble opinion.
Yes Keanu Reeves tends to play almost the same character in every role, and yes to the uninitiated the acting all seems a bit over the top. But once you get it, realize that this is the way it is supposed to be & allow yourself to be immersed into the movie, it’s such a great movie.
Unfortunately the sequels are absolute crap, which was a big disappointment, but it doesn’t stop me enjoying the first one, even though I must have seen it a hundred times.
The theme of the movie is that humans are all actually asleep in pods, in huge fields where humans are grown like crops, and used as sources of energy. Neo and the others who have awakened, have plugs on the back of their necks where they were formally plugged into the Matrix, which is a fake reality that all humans are plugged into at birth so that they live the illusion and live out their lives in a little bubble, providing energy for the machines.
Well of course this is all make believe, but actually it is about right metaphorically speaking – and thousands of people are now waking up to discover that they had been plugged into a system which had enslaved them.
We’re born into this amazing world, and the vast majority of us are indoctrinated into this system of working for a wage until we retire or die. People get up in the mornings, get dressed, head into the office, and spend nearly all day every day, nearly all their lives, taking orders from others, doing as they’re told, towing the line, earning just enough or perhaps not quite enough to keep their heads above water (J.ust O.ver B.roke). Most people hate their jobs, and if you ask most people they will reply something along the lines of “My job sucks, but it’s s job, they’re supposed to suck!”.
Then, some of us discover that actually, this doesn’t have to be the way. We don’t actually have to spend the majority of our adult lives enslaved to jobs we don’t enjoy., not in this age.
The other way is to do what you love, and to do it so well that somehow you end up making money from it.
This doesn’t sound like a really well made plan ;-), but actually in most cases this is pretty much how it happens. People who end up doing what they love, and who can’t bring themselves to call it “work” as they love it so much, and who can’t believe how well they’re doing financially while doing something that is just fun for them, seldom start off thinking about money.
A good example of this is the Beatles, and it’s true of most other huge music stars. In an interview, Sir Paul McCartney confessed that when they started out, they never thought they would become rich, they just wanted to do what they loved, which was to write and perform music – and they started performing in little cafe’s and clubs in the North West of England. If you’d have told him when he was starting out with the band, that instead of earning a state pension in his 70s, he would still actually be earning over $50 million per year, and that he would have a net worth of over a billion dollars, do you think he would have believed you?
Most of the superstar bloggers of the moment, some who earn tens of thousands per month, and some a LOT more, never dreamed they would earn a penny from blogging, let alone become wealthy as a result.
The difference between doing what you love and having to get up and go to work every morning doing something you’d really rather not, is difficult to put into words – but it is a revelation similar to that of waking up from a bad dream in which you were enslaved into doing something you didn’t enjoy for the rest of your life, and realizing that actually you’re completely free & that was just a dream.
It’s not just about not having a job, I’ve had businesses that have enslaved me in just the same way. It’s about the freedom to do what you love, and to love what you do. Blogging isn’t the only path of course, some people are artists, some people are entrepreneurs, some are musicians, and so on – but what is unique about blogging is that you can blog about whatever your passion is. So even if there is no way for you to do what it is you’re passionate about, there may be via blogging. In other words, you may love basketball or soccer, or some other sport, and you may be hugely knowledgeable about it, but you may not be good enough when it comes to playing that sport to actual do it professionally.
But if you love it, and if you know about it, then you can blog about it – and blogging has the potential to provide you with another route in to being a pro within that sport, not as a player, but as a blogger.
The real reward from doing this comes from the love of doing it. When money comes in as a result of the value you’re providing – and if you get to the stage that you earn enough that you can “unplug from the matrix” and just do what you love, then that’s the bonus, and it’s a way of keeping score, but the money isn’t the goal.
The above scenario can be true of so many different paths. For example perhaps you’re an actor, and like so many actors you’ve never really had your break, and you mainly end up with very small parts, and probably have to work a full time job or various part time jobs. You could start a blog helping other actors, and you may find that you get so much from this that further down the line when you realise that hey you’re now actually earning a decent full time income from the acting world, but via your blog rather than from acting work, that will be the icing on the cake.
What is The Matrix?
The Matrix is real! I’m not talking about some sci-fi reality with downloadable martial arts, although that would be cool! I’m referring to the Matrix as a metaphor for a slave master of a belief system.
Most people are brought up with a certain set of beliefs, and carry this with them like a bubble which dictates their entire lives. To most in the civilized world, the belief is that we must get a job, and we must keep that job for as long as possible, and that we should be wage slaves for the rest of our lives, putting up with whatever we have to in order to keep getting that paycheck. We only get a certain number of vacations per year, and life is about responsibility a lot more than it is enjoyment, or so most of us are programmed to believe.
So metaphorically unplugging from this matrix, means waking up to the fact that this is just a belief system, an out of date one, and the large numbers of people no longer living in this way is proof that this is the case.
I’m not saying that you don’t need money, and I’m not saying that you don’t need stability and security, far from it. What I am saying is that the standard way of achieving these ends don’t have to be to do something you hate – it is possible for you to do what you love and love what you do, and one of the best routes to achieving this in my opinion, is blogging.
An Alternative Way to Provide Value
We earn a living by providing value, and the default route to providing value is in the form trading of our time, effort and skills for wages. The more valuable a skill set we have developed, or the higher the perceived value at least, the higher the wages.
This has been the universally accepted norm within our civilization for quite a long time, but it wasn’t always this way. Jump back to medieval times, and the equivalent of wage earners at that time, were “cottagers”, people who were regarded even lower in class than “peasants”. Industry brought with it employment, and the vast majority of people since the industrial revolution, have gone into employment as soon as they’re able, and worked for a wage their entire lives.
But so much has changed, we’ve had another revolution in recent years, with technology and the internet, and there are now real alternatives to providing value for a return. From personal experience, I believe that most of us are living with a belief system which lingers on from an era long gone. We’re living in the internet and mobile technology revolution, but within an inherited belief bubble of the industrial revolution.
Being a blogger isn’t the only route, there’s being a vlogger also if you’re so inclined, and there are many other routes. The key is to find the best alternative route for you, to providing value. I can’t think of any opportunity quite like blogging in this regard, due to the fact that you can blog about just about any subject.
Your route out of the Matrix may be as an entrepreneur, and becoming an employer yourself, in which case you may not want to let your employees read this ;-). Although for me personally, I tried that path on several occasions, and I found that my own businesses enslaved me just as much or even more in some regards than being an employee.
Are we Talking About Get Rich Quick Schemes?
No way! These don’t exist, the only way to make a small fortune fast is to start out with a bigger fortune. We’re talking about finding a way to provide value other than the standard route of being employed. I believe that with blogging, you can provide enough value within just about any niche, as long as you’re creating valuable, insightful, educational and / or interesting and engaging content depending on the nature of your blog. I wouldn’t even recommend that you focus much on the potential return when you’re blog is new, I would instead recommend that you focus purely on creating the best, most valuable content that you can muster, and post as regularly as you can, consistently.
For me, my first blogging income came from the first blog that I was actually consistent with, and that I was doing purely for the love of it without any intention of making money. This blog isn’t in a niche that I regarded as even potentially possible, the subject matter isn’t one where there are advertisers paying hand over fist for space, or where there are lots of suppliers with lucrative affiliate programs, and I’d not considered it as a potential income. I just found opportunities here and there. For example a major supplier in the industry who I didn’t realise had an affiliate program, contacted me to tell me they had one but on an invite only basis – I was linking to them anyway, so when I changed the link to my affiliate link, I started earning. I then linked to Amazon via my affiliate link for products that I was talking about anyway, and other things of this nature, and within a fairly short space of time there was a regular income. It started small, but it was much more than my actual costs, so this blog was in profit very quickly.
OK, Where’s the Red Pill?
Hey, I’m not cool enough to be Morpheus, 😉 and I certainly don’t administer pills of any colour – however, hopefully if you didn’t before, you now see that there isn’t only one way of living, and it is a possibility for you to go down another road, one which involves the freedom to do what you want, when you want, from wherever you want.
If you think blogging is for you, then read How To Start a Blog & Why, What Blogging is Really Like.