The 1 Key To Have More Freedom In An Increasingly Un-Free World: LOTR 2016 Edition
If you’re a libertarian, anarcho-capitalist or anyone else who wants to live their lives as free from governments and the state as possible, you’ve come to the right place.
I grew up on a farm and liked the freedom of working for myself and not having anyone else tell me what to do.
First, let me introduce myself. I’m Brian Ochsner, a friend of Justin and Amanda who wants to help other non-statist folks like you be more successful – and have more freedom in an increasingly un-free world.
Why am I doing this? Because I remember what it was like when I started my quest to escape from the Dilbert Cube.
I would have given a valuable body party – or two – for someone to provide some good advice or guidance on how to start a business, invest or better deal with other human beings.
I really don’t like taking orders from a boss, and I hated playing corporate politics when I worked for a company.
Bottom line: I really, really value my freedom when it comes to
What Does More Freedom Look Like To You?
Maybe you want to travel around the United States… or around the world.
Have more time to spend with friends, family or your significant other… or enjoying your favorite game or pasttime – like snowboarding, playing poker, or hiking in the mountains.
However, you see government getting more control and individuals having less freedom – especially here in the US, formerly known as “land of the free.”
So how can you increase your freedom in this increasingly un-free world?
Increase your income by practicing what we preach about free market principles and capitalism… and it’s easier than you might have previously thought.
(I’ll reveal the secret how to do this in a little bit).
Unless your parents were business owners or entrepreneurs, you probably didn’t learn these skills from the public or private school you attended growing up.
It takes time, learning new skills and consistent effort, but it’s well worth it.
Especially when you compare it to the 45-Year Plan that we’ve been programmed to follow. However, here’s…
The Problem With The So-Called “American Dream”
You’ve probably had it hammered into your head by your parents, teachers and the media that you need to find a “safe, secure job” with good benefits… put money into your 401(k)… work until you’re 65 or 70… and you’ll live happily ever after.
Here’s the problem with this belief: It’s just not true.
You probably know by now that the “safe, secure job” is as big of a myth as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. Companies have no problem firing American workers and replacing them with folks from India – or other foreign countries.
Even if a company only hires American employees, they won’t necessarily be loyal to them (or you) as they expect you to be to them.
And here’s a news flash: 401(k) accounts and the stock market don’t always go up!
The Dow index dropped about 50% from October 2007 to March 2009. That meant if you were invested in these basket of stocks, it needed to go up 100% (or double in value) just to get back to even.
The stock market crash of 2008 literally took trillions of dollars from Americans’ retirement accounts, and made employers gun-shy about hiring a lot of employees.
If you need proof about the lack of – and the myth – of job security in America, here it is:
The Dirty Little Secret About “Job Security”
You know that the “job security” (or company security) your parents, teachers and the media have preached about? You probably realize by now that it’s nothing more than a myth.
As an employee, it’s doubtful that you’ll stick with one company for all of your working career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person holds 10 jobs before they turn 40. And according to Forrester Research, the average employee has 12-15 jobs in their lifetime.
Technology and trends change faster than ever; more companies are poorly managed than well-managed. Most companies today want to operate with as few employees as possible. And they want to pay those employees the least amount of salary.
What if you’re one of the rare few people who make a good income and enjoy your job? That’s great. Keep doing your best work and add as much value to your employer as possible.
However… when you work for someone else, you have to go into an office or travel when and where the boss says you do. And there’s very little “security” in working for a big company – or any company for that matter.
It’s Critical to Have a Financial Plan B
With few exceptions, it’s really difficult to get ahead financially (and have more freedom) working for someone else. That’s why it’s critical to have one or more sources of income other than a job.
Maybe you’re self-employed and doing well with your business(es). That’s great, too.
However, as libertarian author Robert Ringer says, things always change in life. The economy, your market or business conditions that were great a year or two ago could be much different tomorrow.
Compare real estate markets in the mid-2000s to 2009-10. Remember where the stock market was in late 2007… and where it ended up in March 2009. Two different scenarios in just 17 months time – in less than a year and a half.
It’s always wise – and in today’s economy, almost a necessity – to have a financial Plan B. Another source of income just in case something happens to your main job or business.
The question you may be asking is: “How do I create another source of income (and more freedom for myself) other than working for someone else?
The Hidden Libertarian Secret About How People Get Rich
As Robert Kiyosaki, author of the best-selling book Rich Dad, Poor Dad says, “The rich don’t work hard for money – they have money work hard for them.”
This isn’t the main secret I’m referring to, and I’m telling you more about what not to do. While hard work and study are elements of success, hard work by itself doesn’t necessarily lead to financial success.
The main key lies in the core of libertarian philosophy:
Voluntary transactions between consenting adults.
No state or government interference, no coercion from anyone – just the way it ought to be.
However, I’ve noticed that a lot of libertarians aren’t good at putting this principle into practice when it comes to finances.
The key to making this principle work in real life, is to get other people to do business with you.
Some of you may be thinking: “That sounds great in theory, but how do I put it to use in real life?”
Fortunately, a famous libertarian wrote a book on this topic that contains the secret I’ll reveal shortly. It’s from Libertarian author and Presidential candidate Harry Browne in his book The Secret of Selling Anything.
To make this work for you, you don’t have to be an extrovert, a great talker or a natural people person.
Here’s the secret to having more financial freedom in your life.
Drum roll, please….
Find Out What People (With Money) Want, and Give It To Them
It’s truly that simple. After you hear it, you may think “Well, duh – of course!”
While it’s not necessarily easy to learn, it’s easier than you may think.
Because business and entrepreneurship aren’t taught in the school system, we decided to fill in the gap.
I’m working with Justin and Amanda and LOTR to give you the knowledge, resources and encouragement on how to increase your income and freedom through blog posts and an e-mail newsletter.
And… we’re also including resources on how to improve your interpersonal skills and relationships. Because you need the cooperation of other people, it’s a good idea to know how to best relate to other folks.
If you aren’t an extrovert or a great people person, don’t worry. We’ll guide you to some of the best resources available to improve this part of your life.
Even though I’m in my 40s, I’m still learning as much (and maybe more) than I did when I was in college.
A very successful marketer and copywriter named Dan Kennedy said this:
“School is never out for the pro.”
Maybe you were like me and never liked school growing up. But don’t worry, here’s the good news:
The school of real life is a lot more fun than the public or private school drudgery you had to endure in high school or college.
It will make your life more interesting… you’ll be a better conversationalist… and it can help you be more successful in your finances and relationships.
Here are some good books and websites to start with:
www.JamesAltucher.com – James is one of the brightest business owners and investors around, and maybe one of the most introverted. His story of rags to riches… to rags to riches… can give you hope, no matter what your situation is today.
www.PerryMarshall.com – One of the best marketers and copywriters around, best known for his book on 80/20 Marketing.
www.DanKennedy.com – Known as “The Professor of Harsh Reality,” Dan is known for his no-nonsense approach to business and life. Not necessarily the most “warm and fuzzy” guy, but his advice can help you achieve your business goals quicker and easier.
www.DeserveWhatYouWant.com – Great website by Scot and Emily McKay for men and women on deserving to get the relationship(s) of their dreams.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Choose Yourself by James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher
The Secret of Selling Anything by Harry Browne
Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins
80/20/ Marketing by Perry Marshall
I want to help you start your journey to a richer, more fulfilling life.
Look for future emails and blog posts from Justin and Amanda at LOTR that will give you the resources to do this.
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If you have any questions about starting a business, exiting the Dilbert Cube, economics or investing, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can’t guarantee I have all the answers, but I’ll give the best advice possible – or steer you in the best direction.
Here’s to a freer, more libertarian lifestyle the rest of 2016 and beyond!
Brian Ochsner for Liberty on the Rocks