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.
And if you’re like I was in my 20s and 30s, I didn’t want to work for someone else until I was old and gray. Going into the office early and staying late for years and years wasn’t my idea of a good time.
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.
Join us for another libertarian get together with Liberty on the Rocks! We’ve got another great discussion lined up for the next event, and we hope you can make it.
When: Wednesday, September 17 (6-9PM)
Where: Choppers | 80 S. Madison Street, Denver
Our speaker will be Michael Mogren, a Denver based tech entrepreneur who recently launched his own company, LuxFi,which installs and manages wireless networks. Michael has been captivated by the topic of intellectual property since becoming involved with the file sharing community in the 1990s. After becoming a libertarian and clarifying his position on property rights, he began to study the topic of IP more in-depth. If IP is just another type of property, and libertarians are for property rights, they must be in favor of IP, right? Not exactly. The fascinating history of patents and copyrights tells a messy tale of censorship and the stifling of competition and innovation via government granted monopolies.
Stop by for networking and a great discussion at the next LOTR happy hour!
At our next LOTR happy hour in Denver we’ll be joined by Ginnie Meyers of Foundation Health, LLC. She’ll share her ’10 TIps for Entrepreneurs’, with a focus on branding and marketing tactics. This will be worthwhile to any entrepreneurs, current or future! Even those just considering the idea of working for themselves.
When: Wednesday, September 3, 6-9 PM Where: Choppers | 80 S. Madison Street
Ginnie Meyers is one of the founding partners of Foundation Health®, LLC. Ginnie is currently the founder and President of Efficiency, LLC: a marketing and administrative consulting services firm that has a consortium of clients from a food wholesaler to an insurance brokerage to an accounting services firm. Prior to founding Efficiency, LLC and Foundation Health®, LLC, Ginnie worked for a small public affairs firm with a focus on finance and operations; for the United States House of Representatives with the Committee on House Administration; for Deutsche Bank, AG London in collateral management and for TechStars, LLC, a business incubator for technology entrepreneurs. She holds degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a certificate in international management from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Join fellow libertarians and voluntarists for another fun Liberty on the Rocks happy hour! We’ll be joined by David K. Williams, who is running for Attorney General. He’ll be discussing his views on the death penalty and why it should be abolished.
The death penalty: Just another failed big government program that “conservatives” embrace. Learn why it has no place in the hands of the state.
Liberty on the Rocks is all about networking, community building and learning from one another. Attendance ranges from 20-60 people depending on the discussion, so you are guaranteed to make some new friends!
When: August 20th from 6-9 PM
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street, Denver
About David K. Williams:
Dave attended the University of North Carolina on a prestigious Morehead Scholarship where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics in 1989. He stayed in Chapel Hill to attend law school, where he graduated with honors in 1992. While working in private practice, he successfully argued a death penalty case before the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Dave practices law in Denver where he concentrates on litigation, including criminal defense, personal injury and domestic relations law. You can follow him on Twitter @BlueCarp, on Facebook at Facebook.com/BlueCarp and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/BlueCarp/videos. He is currently the Libertarian Party nominee for Colorado State Attorney General in the 2014 election.
Join us for another fun Liberty on the Rocks happy hour with special guest, author and activist Brian Aitken!
In 2010 Brian Aitken was sentenced to seven years in prison for possessing firearms he legally owned. After spending four months in prison, and over a hundred thousand petitions and phone calls to his office, Governor Chris Christie demanded his immediate release. His story is one of judicial corruption, overzealous prosecutors, and draconian laws that turn good people into criminals.
Aitken will read an excerpt from his forthcoming book The Blue Tent Sky: How The Left’s War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom, will take questions, and sign copies of his book–which will be available for sale.
Hangout with author and activist Larken Rose in Denver this fall, on a tour that will ultimately be his last (he is afterward retiring from speaking tours to focus on writing more books)!
The main event will be held in Uptown Denver (with a special VIP party on Tuesday the 5th)! Tickets include free appetizers, great networking opportunities and a speech from Larken Rose. We’ll be meeting in the private back room for the first part of the evening, and then we’ll head out to the outdoor patio and bar for more networking!
**NOTE: We’ll be meeting at the Independence Institute (727 E. 16th Avenue, Denver) for networking and free drinks from 6-6:45PM. This is where we will park our cars and walk to the bar, which is right next door!
Not sure what voluntarism is all about? Now is your chance to learn (or even debate) with one of the best activists out there. Don’t miss out!
When: Wednesday, August 6 from 6-9PM Where: Independence Institute (727 E. 16th Ave.) from 6-6:45 PM / Hamburger Mary’s | 700 E 17th Ave. from 6:45-9PM What: Main Event with Larken Rose!
When: Tuesday, August 5 from 7-9PM Where: TBD (some restaurant in Denver) What: Private event with Larken Rose (includes appetizers and drinks) How: Donate $250 or more! That’s $250 less going to the state
The following tickets are available: (purchase on the left hand side of the page)
$35 = A ticket to the event on August 6th in Denver from 6-9PM (includes hors d’oeuvres) Location TBD $50 = A photo with Larken at the event $100 = Autographed copy of The Most Dangerous Superstition $250 = Private pre-party with Larken the night before the event on Tuesday, August 5 (includes drinks & appetizers, no dinner). Only 3 spots left!! 7-9PM, location TBD. Also includes tix to main event. $500 = Private pre-party with Larken with all expenses paid
Larken Rose is an anarchist author best known for challenging the IRS to answer questions about the federal tax liability of citizens, and being put in prison with no questions answered. He has 13k subscribers on Youtube, where he’s created over 75 videos. Topics he’s covered include ‘When to Shoot a Cop‘, ‘Five Stupid Complaints About Anarchism‘, and ‘Government is an Illusion,’ among others. He is controversial, passionate and firm on what he believes (enough so that he was willing to be jailed). You will NOT want to miss an event with Larken Rose! Visit him on the web at http://larkenrose.com/.
We are excited to be joined by Harris Kenny of Aleph Objects at the next LOTR happy hour! Learn all about this fantastic innovation, where it’s going and what it is capable of. The fact that Aleph Objects is open source brings an even more exciting element of discussion!
Join us for drinks, conversation, friend building and an excellent discussion from a former Reason Foundation employee.
When: Wednesday, June 18 from 6-9PM
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street, Denver
Harris is the Communications Manager at Aleph Objects, Inc., a Libre / Open Source Hardware company founded in January 2011 and headquartered in Loveland, Colorado that makes the LulzBot 3D printers, parts, and filaments.
Prior to joining Aleph Objects, Harris had a diverse management and enterprise technology consulting experience working with companies ranging from start-ups through the Fortune 500, spanning the professional and financial services, manufacturing and distribution, and education industries.
Some of his print and media appearances include: The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, and The World Bank.
Liberty on the Rocks is thrilled to announce a bonus event for the month of June with special guest Maggie McNeill, who will be sharing her knowledge and experience on how prostitution laws undermine liberty for everyone.
When: June 24, 2014 from 7-9PM Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street, Denver
Maggie McNeill was a librarian in suburban New Orleans, but after divorce economic necessity spurred her to take up sex work; from 1997 to 2006 she worked first as a stripper, then as a call girl and madam. She eventually married her favorite client, retired, and moved to a ranch in the rural Upper South. There she writes a daily blog called “The Honest Courtesan”, which examines the realities, myths, history, lore, science, philosophy, art, and every other aspect of prostitution; she also reports sex work news, critiques the way her profession is treated in the media and by governments, and is frequently consulted by academics and journalists as an expert on the subject.
The fun never stops with Liberty on the Rocks! Join us for another fun happy hour with your libertarian friends. This week, we’ll be hosting Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg to answer your questions!
When: Wednesday, May 7 from 6-9 PM Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street, Denver
Michael took a job at Lehman Brothers upon graduation from Duke University and worked with the Oil analyst in the Equity Research Department. In 2005, he joined Sanford Bernstein where he served as the Commodities Analyst on the trading floor.
He eventually began writing opinions on bigger picture “macro” topics that were extremely popular throughout the global investment community, so he traveled around providing advice to some of the largest mutual funds, pension funds and hedge funds in the world.
As time passed Michael started to educate himself about how the monetary and financial system functions and what he discovered disgusted him. He resigned in January 2010 and hasn’t turned back since. He currently blogs on the very popular site ‘Liberty Blitzkrieg.’
Stop by to talk with Michael, make new friends and enjoy what would be award winning conversation – if there were that sort of thing.