Are you looking to get free therapy and make money online? I got some tips for you. And I want to share my story really fast hanging out here with my cat. My 13 year old Maine Coon. He’s very, very cuddly.
So here’s the thing, I did a video about an hour ago, and I got really deep with it. I spent like 30 minutes talking to you guys. And after I turned off the camera, I was just sitting on my bed, uploading the video to YouTube and I just started crying, and I was like, you know what, that was probably the best therapy I’ve ever gotten.
I was just talking to you guys for half an hour. Going really deep talking about my regret. How I treated my parents, how I was a drunk for 16 years, how I rock 14 hours a day, like an autistic guy, and how I’ve stayed sober for 12 years, and how I make money from home, and how I’m a recluse. Even though I have a wife, she’s away for three months right now.
So really YouTube is all I got. And I’ve been talking to you guys more candidly than I ever have, and it’s really paying off not just for me, but for my audience. Plus, I’m starting to get income from YouTube.
So here’s what you do – you basically talk to the camera, could be your iPhone or whatever, and that’s all I use is and I use an old iPhone six or seven. I don’t even know what it is anymore. But you just talk about what’s on your mind consistently and make sure that your titles are good and make sure that they are SEO titles.
So what you do to find a good SEO title is you would Google something that you’re interested in, and at the bottom of the Google search, there’s a bunch of suggested key phrases. Now you can take any of those and turn those into titles.
For instance, Asperger tips or Asperger’s in older men, or how to work from home doing what you love, how to make money from your hobbies. Then look at the bottom of the first page of Google, you’ll see suggestions. You can use any of those, you can alter them as you wish. But that’s what people are typing into Google for your topic.
Now if you want traffic to your videos, you have to use titles that people are typing in to Google, that’s the bottom line. I just saved you $1,000 from SEO consultants, because that’s all they’re gonna tell you. And you can do that with your blog. You can do that with your YouTube but talk about something that is on your heart or on your mind. You know right now I’m talking about working from home and being a recluse and dealing with anger, dealing with sobriety and how to get sober, and make money sober.
I want to help you guys because this is empty without wanting to help. This is empty if it’s just for me. This whole world experience is about learning how to love each other. And obviously, none of that is happening right now. If you watch the fear porn news, mainstream, they want us divided and a divided nation cannot stand.
So this is how you do free therapy. First of all, if you’re scared of your phone, get used to your phone. And what I like to think when I do videos is I’m just walking and talking with, I’m not walking now, but I was earlier. I’m just walking with a friend and talking to them. I’m sure you have one friend you can talk to.
Even if you have social anxiety, or you have agoraphobia and you’re stuck at home paralyzed with fear. I’m sure there’s still someone or something you can talk to. It could be a stuffed animal. In fact, I have a stuffed animal that I got when I got sober. His name’s Kirby, and he’s a pink turtle and I’m not making this up. He’s inside the house. And he’s actually cuddling with my wife’s stuffed animal that she’s had since she was eight. So her animal is a lot older than mine.
I’ve had Kirby for the last 12 years, because the first two years of sobriety, I didn’t have anyone in my life – all the drinking friends left. So I went to Safeway, which is a market on the west coast and I bought a stuffed animal, a big turtle with big eyes, and might sound cheesy to you, or it’s not manly enough. But the real men actually show their emotions and they actually cry. And they actually can talk in an articulated way.
You know, the men who can’t talk and they just grunt and they’re muscle bound. They’re the most untapped people in the world. They’re sitting on a time bomb. And they might have to do that to survive. But you know, once you let down your guard and you cry, and open your heart and talk to people, a lot of beautiful things happen.
You know, my wife and I went to Peru. We did Ayahuasca and the people there were beautiful because they all wanted to work on themselves and open up their hearts. And there’s a greater awakening down there. And it was contagious. There’s a lot of peace and love. But at night when we’re in the maloca, the tent, doing Aya, people are crying, people are very scared. They had to go through the hell realm to get to the good stuff, the peace and the love.
So this could be your hell realm right now. It could be finances suck. The world sucks. The news sucks. Your spouse is not jiving with what you’re doing. It can be really hard right now you could have more anxiety than ever. The overdose rate is skyrocketing right now. The news isn’t covering it, but people are dying, left and right from Drugs.
In fact, during the lockdown, they’re like CBD dispensaries are okay. Like they want you to get stoned. But that’s not how you get in touch with your feelings. It might help temporarily, could be a bandaid. I drank for 16 years – more than a band aid. In fact, it became a deeper wound under the band aid. The more I drank, the bigger that wound got – couldn’t run from it. Time doesn’t heal all wounds.
So I finally got sober and all these emotions came up. In fact, I have people I know who got sober. They stop smoking, and they cry for a week because all those emotions have to go somewhere. They Don’t just go away with time or weed or whatever.
So back to the free therapy. I think you should just talk to your phone. If you don’t have anyone to talk to and you can’t afford a therapist. I tried talking to a therapist on Skype, two weeks ago, my very first Skype call, and I don’t zoom, or anything. Video conferencing is great for most, but I miss in person. I have social anxiety, I want to talk to someone in person.
So I tried talking to this therapist on my laptop via Skype. And I was like, it’s just not working. I asked, Can I come see you? And she’s like, No, I’m not accepting people in person because of this. And my other therapist who I’ve seen like five times he was like, Nah, I’m not really seeing people in person anymore.
I’m like, Great. All right, well, I don’t want to do Skype. So, these last two weeks, I’ve been getting really deep with my YouTube videos. I used to talk about marketing for 10 minutes. Now I’m getting into really deep stuff for 30 minutes. I’m inspired by a couple other vloggers. I guess that’s what vloggers do. They just talk for a longer period of time than people that want to do business on YouTube, but it’s more fulfilling and I’m sure it’s more fulfilling for you guys, because you really get to hear me. I’m not just talking about the best network marketing company to join.
It’s more than that. Life is more than business. And, you know, sometimes you got to stretch the envelope and put a twist on things and experiment with your business – with your brand. You’re the brand. So start talking about you and then eventually you can sprinkle in your products or whatever. Put the links under every video to go somewhere where people can learn more about you, or your products, whatever you want to do.
But you don’t have to do spammy videos for your products. No one cares. They don’t want an infomercial, they can see those all night long on TV, on cable, talk about yourself because humanity will always be more interesting than man made products. The life struggle, the great life struggle, because we’re all struggling. If you’re not struggling, comment below tell me what you’re doing. And if you’re just gonna be funny or smart, I’ll just delete it. Because that’s the beauty about social media is you can block anyone that you don’t like.
And there’s lots of bots and trolls. I mean, who creates these trolls and bots? Are they really that bored that they want to go around and just spread hate? They’re like little demon bots. There’s some lonely person in a dark garage, creating code to go around and spread little shitty comments. Isn’t that great? Isn’t that a great life?
So free therapy can be you and your phone and just start talking, I wouldn’t divulge, really, I mean, you can do whatever you want. Just know that there’s guidelines with YouTube. They want you to stay away from misconduct. I am not even going to say the words because I don’t want this flagged but you know the usual suspects, different contraband, different forms of language, if you get my drift, explicit content, but go as deep as you can.
So, life is a trip. Life is what you make it and if you make it death, well rest your soul. That was a lyric from Mother Love Bone. They we’re around in the 90s they didn’t quite make the mainstream like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. But Anthony Wood was a genius. He was tormented though and he was a heroin addict, just like a lot of those guys were in the grunge era. And he died from an overdose. But the irony is he said that in a song. He foretold his death in a way. Same way with Kurt Cobain, apparently scholars have dissected his lyrics, and they found that he is just a tortured soul screaming for help. That’s what they said. But of course, it fueled an amazing music legacy, Kurt Cobain, but he hated people at the end.
And I said in my last video that the ultimate currency of this universe is love. We’re here to learn how to love people and ourselves. It’s the only currency in heaven. So, if you don’t have any love, you’re missing the boat. You’re missing the true test. It’s not status, it’s not accumulating wealth. Those things will come and go. If you’re just depending on your status, and your money, you’re gonna be one unhappy person. Like celebrities that have money. They’re the most neurotic group in the world.
Money is great for the first couple days you get it. Then, you want more. If you’re an addict, like me, I always get angry when I get a lot of money. I get restless, I gotta spend it all. It’s really bizarre – money can change people. I haven’t even made a lot of money, think if I got a few million overnight. I think it would scare a lot of people. They say that, you know, they show people jumping up and down after winning the lottery or the sweepstakes, but there’s documentaries about people that have won the lotto, and it shows them two years later, I guess some statistic shows they blow through all the money within five years, and they’re unhappier than ever.
Because they tried filling their heart with the money. They tried getting happy with the money, they blew it. They got really high really fast, kind of like going to Vegas. And then they crashed. Because it’s not meant to sustain you. It doesn’t fill your heart. It’s empty. It’s just like sugar and empty calories. You get a rush then there’s the crash.
And that’s pretty much all of the tools that Satan uses is a cheap, sugar high and addicts can’t stop because they’re looking for the bigger high. That’s why they increase the dose. They’re like if I just do this, maybe if I add that, maybe if I do this, I can get really, really high. And then they really start going into the trash can with their morals. All the morals go away, all the values go away. And that’s why we have so many Pedophiles – they’re just sex addicts that wanted to take it a little bit further.
That’s my opinion. I could be totally wrong but I was an addict. Not the P word. But they all tie together. They’re addicts trying to fill their heart and that emptiness. So this is therapy. This is just as good as talking to a therapist, because all therapists do is guide you.
You know, I always get upset when I gotta pay money for them guiding me. I mean, I’ve only done therapy like five times, but I’m like, wow, they did nothing. They just asked me a few questions and I talked the whole time. So why not use your phone. Then when you get over 1000 subscribers, YouTube will start paying you. Just be consistent with your videos. Don’t go too deep. I mean, you can just be careful because they won’t monetize your channel if you’re talking controversially, about things that you know are on the fringe, so to speak.
But this is okay. I got a little nervous even saying the P word. Because I don’t want to lose Monetization. So, empty your heart. Talk about what you want. Talk about love. Talk about no love – talk about sober or not being sober. And slowly but surely you will get a following. They call it a tribe these days. You get a tribe of 100 to 1000 People that are devoted to you, you could probably work from home full time. Just be sure and leave links under your videos pointing to your blog pointing to a product that you promote. Eventually you will start getting signups and sales. Plus, you will feel better after a video.
So you’re getting a lot of benefits from one 30 minute video. This is only 19 minutes so far. I’m feeling better that I’m talking to you guys. The whole reason why this channel is changing is because for one the marketing videos were getting a little two dimensional. And number two, my wife will be gone for three months. I don’t have any friends. You guys are my friends. Number three. That’s just how marketing is. The more you do it, the more it evolves and you will find your voice. Just like writers find their writer’s voice. You got to write a lot of pages to find your writer’s voice. You got to do a lot of videos to become a vlogger and get a tribe. Your tribe are people that are going to like you, love you, trust you. They’re gonna see you cry and laugh if you allow them to see it. If you really open up.
I don’t know why I have so much pain. It’s hard being alone. It’s hard being a recluse for all these years. But I’m not really looking for friends. Not out in public. I’m fine with internet friends. It’s still hard though. It’s hard for everyone. You know, you might not be battling what I’m battling but you have a battle. We’re all here battling together and if you’re watching a lot of mainstream news you’re apparently really in a battle.
It’s up to you how you want to design your life. Heaven and Hell are right here. This is beautiful – this is all forest all around me. And I do have this cute little cat. You can always get a therapy animal. I think that’s what they’re called. You see a lot of vets with dogs. A lot of therapy animals are circulating right now. You know cats bonk when they when they show love, they kind of bump you. Bump me in the leg when I’m washing dishes. It’s so freakin cute.
A lot of people don’t understand cats. I don’t think you understand a cat until you get one. It’s very subtle. They’re not like a dog. A dog you can tell when he’s happy or sad or mad. They ‘re so obvious when they show love. You know, they lick you, they wag their tail. Yeah, that’s great. Cats though they’re almost more beautiful in a way because it’s subtle. You have to be smart to detect it. They’re little nuances. But they stick with you till the end. He actually growls when someone drives up here he’s a cat dog. That’s when I call him and he nips at my heels like a red healer. I swear he is a dog.
So that’s it guys. I guess if I want to make this 30 minutes I got six minutes. But it’s about sharing and doing this together. So leave a comment telling me if you’re getting anything from this. Tell me if you need – tell me what you want. You know, I’ll talk about it. It will have a work from home twist because if you go off topic, YouTube will not give you any traffic. So try to stick with a theme. You know if you have anxiety every video should have anxiety in the title. Just to let you know. If you want to attract people that want to make money from home, you should kind of tie that in, and look at Google search, look at what others are doing, and put a spin on it. Find someone that’s doing exactly what you’re doing, and twist it a little. Make it your own. You might have to emulate them for a while till you get your voice.
But if you do enough videos, you will get your voice. And what’s funny is, every day I lose subscribers and I gain subscribers almost equally. My channel is growing slowly because I’m going through this transfer of audiences. This happens to all big YouTubers, so don’t get scared if you lose a subscriber or two. I started with CBD videos and PTSD videos a couple years ago. Now, as my channel evolves, those people are falling away and I’m getting a new audience. It’s just a transference of people. It’s not a big deal. In fact, the people that subscribe now are going to be more in alignment with where I’m going than the people that were watching me three years ago.
Keep that in mind when you start vlogging and it’s really fun. And you know, if you start working from home doing it you can do tax write off, you can tax write off your fancy 4k camera if you use it for your business. You can write off your microphone, you can write off anything related to your business. You can set up a whole YouTube studio in your office, get fancy lights, microphones, headphones monitor speakers, you could even get a new laptop.
So there’s perks when working from home. I wouldn’t do anything else. I haven’t worked at a job for almost four years. I was just flipping burgers. And then I didn’t even want to do that. So I started washing dishes. And then I didn’t want to do that. I didn’t even care because it’s not about status. You know? Sure we need doctors and lawyers and stuff. But I wouldn’t brag about it. I’m having probably more fun than a lot of lawyers. And doctors, they’re in surgery all day, and we need them. I’m not bashing surgeons. But I want to design my life like this. This is like a retreat out here. I mean, our next neighbor is like a mile over and this is all woods. Retreat centers are made in places like this.
I’m all alone. With a cat dog.
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