Hey guys, ah, nature’s so motivating – the fresh oxygen in early morning. No one’s really out yet. This is the best time, the most magical time. Take a walk, talk to you guys, talk about how to make money online from home. And this channel is dedicated to helping you guys make a living from home doing what you want.
So we’re going to talk about some marketing strategies and how you can make money in the most contentful way. Something that really makes you happy. Because a lot of us are just working in cubicles. Now we gotta wear masks and start to look more like communism out there in the world. And I don’t want any part of it.
So I got this beautiful piece of land with no neighbors. I can yard work. I can think about my life, I can think about the world. I’m not just trying to run away from the world, I do want to help the world. I want to pray for the world just like the monks do. They sit in their monasteries, and they pray for the world. That’s their job. They’ve given all their possessions away. It’s truly amazing.
Since I have Asperger’s, I get on these kicks and I’ll watch something until I know everything about it. Although I’m not an analytical guy, I’m not into science or numbers. I just like hobbies, and I’ll get focused on something and just watch everything about it for three months.
So I got on a monastery kick, and I watched those guys. There’s a movie called Into Great Silence. I believe it was launched in 2005. You can find it on Amazon. And it’s a beautiful, beautiful movie. And the film director filmed the monastery in the French Alps. I forgot the name of the monastery. But this is a very quiet movie, because it’s called into great silence. There’s no dialogue. There’s no Morgan Freeman, narrating the movie. It’s just them living their daily life and it’s truly inspiring. We all need more silence in our life.
So working from home, how do you want to do it? The first question you got to ask is what can you talk about? What are you talking about already without getting paid? Is it a hobby? Is it fly fishing? Is it dieting? You know, my wife is an expert on dieting because she’s been dieting her whole life. So when she talks about dry fasting and breatharianism on her channel, she gets tons of views, and she would talk about it without getting paid.
I can talk about network marketing all day long, because I got six years experience. I’ve had great highs and I’ve had great lows. And so I’m doing a blend. I’m vlogging and this is free flow. And I’m gonna start doing videos that are longer and more free flow because I want to talk to you guys as friends. This is just dialogue. This is natural free flowing dialogue. It’s not really scripted. It’s not a top 10 list. It’s not a how to, necessarily. It’s more of just me talking with you guys, because we’re gonna be together a lot.
This summer my wife is leaving for three months on a state State Park National Forest Tour, which is amazing. She attracted that into her life. She spoke it, she wanted something different. And she got it literally the next day. So the power of law of attraction is very powerful. So I’m designing my life.
So you have to think how you want to design your life if something isn’t working for you to get rid of it. If your thinking is negative, work on it. If you have a habit or an addiction that is getting in the way of your life, change it. You can sculpt your life just like a bodybuilder sculpt their body.
And we might forget how much power we have over our lives even with all of this stuff going down around us in this world, we can still design this. I designed this, this area in this state with no neighbors. My wife and I saw the house and we were like, We want it. And then I was like, I don’t want to work in restaurants anymore. What can I do to make money online? I started to study it. And pretty soon I was working from home.
It took three years. I’m not saying it’s easy. But if you want something bad enough you don’t have to work in that cubicle. You don’t have to work 12 hours a day. You don’t have to be stuck in traffic. You know, most cities you don’t even need a car: New York City, San Francisco. You can just take the metro. You can take their little subway.
You know, I think that was my only neighbor (drove past me while I was walking). He’s a great guy. He’s a preacher. You know, he lives in North Carolina and there is a Baptist Church on every corner. Literally. Even on these little tiny mountain roads. You go about five miles and there’s another church and we went to one, a couple of them but one in particular, this preacher. Such a thick accent. All we could tell was that it had a high energy and very exciting energy. Made my legs crumble. I literally went into the front of the pulpit and got down on my knees and prayed for salvation because of that Southern baptism.
You know those preachers they get into it, you know, spit is flying out of his mouth. He’s sweating, he’s turning red. He’s got to unbutton his shirt. I mean, we’re talking you know, demon battles here, spiritual warfare. You know, if that’s your thing, talk about spiritual warfare. I got demons. I’m working on that. I got a video I got a channel just devoted to. I call it the Jesus channel. I have a channel where I just talked about my experiences with Jesus.
But this channel is gonna be about business making money from home. So the first thing you have to ask is what can you talk about that excites you? It could be something you did 20 years ago. It could be a hobby. It could be an old hobby that you missed that you want to bring back. You know, it could be drumming, it could be skating. It could be drawing, it could be writing.
I did all of those things. I used to write a lot on this really old fashioned typewriter. I thought I was Jack Kerouac – drank wine under the stars, hop trains, I love trains. I want to get paid to ride trains. I want to do videos where I’m just riding the Amtrak up to Maine with my wife.
You know, we took the cross country train from California to New York City in 2018 and I have a video on it, how to make money on a train. So if I did 100 of those videos, different variations, I always tell the same story but you change the ingredients a little like Mexican food. There’s not a lot of ingredients but if you change them around they taste really phenomenal any way you create it.
Same with videos if you want to make money from home, start doing content, like this video and any video like it. You probably found it and you’re like wow, this is great. And you know it costs nothing to make a video. Document your life. Be a little mini Kardashian, look at the reality TV shows. And they’re just ridiculous. They have no value. They’re talking about nothing really, I mean rich people problems. I mean, who wants to hear about what 14 year old girls do.
And all the Kardashians are billionaires. But I’m talking on a small scale, you don’t need a ton of money. And it might take a little while to make 5000 a month but you really don’t need a lot of money. Start looking at your bills, start knocking off some credit cards. My overhead is so low that even if I have a bad month online, I can still make it, and I feel light. I feel light financially – I feel light spiritually. And I feel light physically. I’m losing weight. I can talk about that.
You guys are probably working on something in your life to improve your life. What is it? What’s working for you right now. Talk about it – 10 minute video, just get your phone out and shoot a video. Every day do a 90 day video challenge. All right, what is working for you today? Don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t worry about a week from now. What’s working for you today.
So today I’m getting ready. My wife is leaving soon. I’m trying to figure out my diet. I could do keto. I love just eating meat. But I’m also on these shakes that are only 200 calories each one packet. I could do three shakes a day 600 calories. And that I always think of Joaquin Phoenix. He played Jesus in a movie. I forgot the name of the movie but he had to lose 60 pounds or 50 pounds for this movie to play Jesus, and they put him on a nut diet. So he was literally eating 500 calories a day and nuts.
So if he can do it, I can use these shakes. So shakes for a while. I really want to chew on something so I was thinking about just getting a big strip loin. A big New York strip – the whole thing might sound gross to some of you guys. And I do like vegetarianism.
But I also like that juicy steak. I mean, come on. You guys love juicy steaks. And I can buy a whole side of New York. I think it’s like a hundred and 20 bucks and I would literally just slice off a steak every night. I would have two shakes during the day one for breakfast, one for lunch, and then I would slice off a steak at night. Grill it up or it could skip the shakes and do one meal a day.
There’s the 23/1 diet you basically fast for 23 hours and then you get a one hour feeding window as kind of like the caveman you know where they’re starving. They’re hunting that deer for three days, they finally catch it and they have a feast. Wonder how great of shape they were in, they could run through the plains, the prairies. I know I’m rambling, but this is me opening up. So if you give me 15 minutes to open up, then we’ll get some little hidden nuggets that come out.
That’s the thing is when you start doing videos, don’t you know there’s going to be a perfectionist side of you that might prevent you from wanting to publish the video. You gotta ignore that perfectionist. And yeah, and just hit Publish. Just hit Publish, and every day it will get easier and easier.
You can create a video, hit Publish be done for the day and If you’re just starting out, do three videos a day, if you got a lot to say, if you’re a talker, do three videos a day, just all you have to focus on are the titles, the key words, and you got to hook people in the beginning.
Now I’m not saying jump up and down and be fake, I’m saying, ask a question to your audience. You know, start the video pretty fast. Ask a question. Like, are you guys tired of being fed up? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? You guys want to change your life in 24 hours?
You know, you could do stuff like that, hook people in and then back it up with your story. Talk about how you used to live and how you live now and how you can help people because people want to know what’s in it for them. So if your video is just rambling with no value, no tips, no techniques. It’s gonna be, might take a longer time to get your tribe you got to kind of help people at least.
It’s kind of hard for me to address my audience sometimes because I’m self centered. You know, I have Asperger’s and they’re very self centered. Because they’re in fight or flight or they have self protecting mechanisms, because they don’t want to get hurt. They’re used to thinking on their own being by themselves.
I was very lonely as a child, loner. I had one or two good friends. I could always hang out with one good friend but never in groups. And I just rocked in my room. I listened to music and I rocked. Rocking is also known as stimming where you rock back and forth That’s kind of an autistic thing. And they have different aspects and have different ways to self soothe. Yeah, we want to, we want to feel soothed because something happened in our lives or it’s just hereditary.
My dad was pretty strict. So I learned how to just be on my own and I rocked and I listened to music, music was my life. And then I started playing drums. So if I was still playing drums, I would probably do a music vlog and talk to you guys about what I could do behind the scenes as a drummer.
Do you play an instrument? If you play an instrument you should do behind the scenes as a violinist or whatever your instrument is. And you could title the same. You could title the video the same every day. just changed the Number at the end of the video, like life has a violinist or life behind the scenes as a violinist number one; life as a violinist number two, life as a violinist number three and try to use titles that are SEO.
What people are typing into Google already, that’s how you get discovered that and hashtags so you can do hashtags on Twitter on Instagram on Pinterest, not on Pinterest anymore Facebook even if you want to discover a new audience, or have them find you use hashtags, but also use titles that people are googling, like how to play violin or something like that. And then try to tie that into your video.
So back to nature, see I’m just getting comfortable with the camera because I’m, you know, it’s been 19 minutes and you can do what you want. It’s just you and your camera. A lot of people forget that they turn on the camera and they think that thousands of people are gonna watch them. But if you’re just starting your YouTube no one is watching you. Just remember that no one is watching you when you begin. So, you don’t have to get stage fright and the worst case scenario is you delete the video and start over. But eventually people are gonna want to hear you. You don’t have to be polished.
My wife has a very strong perfectionist decide, and she will edit and delete many different versions of a video. And then she just finally does it. And it’s great. So don’t be hard on yourself, just start doing it and it will start to become a habit. And that habit will eventually earn you money from home.
You could work from home, there’s people that are playing video games from home, and they do a screen share. And they posted on YouTube and they’re making thousands of dollars every single month. YouTube is paying them for all the views. And all they’re doing is playing video games and they’re getting paid. That is phenomenal.
So why can’t you get paid to talk? You have years and years of experience. People want to hear it. In fact, you’re doing a disservice If you’re not sharing your story, I’ve had so many people change my life through YouTube. Because I watch YouTube all day long. I find someone who says one sentence and it changes my day and changes my week. It might set my life in a new direction. Because nothing is original, we just regurgitate what we learn.
So, if you’re like, Oh, I can’t do that. I’m not an expert. Just remember that those experts started off not knowing anything, and they learned it from somebody else. We pass down our knowledge, you can regurgitate it and change it around just like Mexican food. Make it your own. Give your brand your own flavor. What is your unique selling proposition?
Mine is that 14 hours a day I listen to music. I’m a recluse. Hence I started a recluse marketing brand and I also do Asperger videos. I think I have something to share. You know, I was a drunk for 16 years of my life. I had a heart attack when I was 32 from drinking. I think I can share something with somebody, I found Jesus, I found the Holy Spirit.
If you want to know what the Holy Spirit feels like, it’s the most incredible experience you can ever have. Because it feels like the father holding you. It’s like you’ve gone your whole life without getting a hug. And then when you get the Holy Spirit hits you it feels like the biggest hug you’ll ever get the most unconditional love you ever will experience.
And people are running around in their addictions trying to escape that empty feeling and their hearts. That’s all addiction is. It’s fear based. You’re running from something, you can’t rest. You’re running from yourself. You’re running from others. You’re hiding in your addiction you’re hiding in that 10 minute buzz.
Why do you think addicts have to keep increasing that high? Because it doesn’t last and in order for them to get the same buzz they have to increase the velocity that is you know, if it’s sex, they have to increase the taboo of it, the kinkiness of it. If it’s alcohol, they have to increase the amount. If it’s heroin, if it’s meth, they have to do more and more. And it’s not just a physical tolerance that you build up.
Why do you have to increase the dosage. You also want to entertain yourself more. You know, so addicts are running. They’re trying to fill something they’re trying to fill the void. I can share that story. I can share hundreds of drinking stories, or how I got sober or how not to be hard on yourself if you relapse because relapse is part of recovery.
I can talk about the 12 steps I can talk about many different things. I tried to get sober. And finally I was just sick of it and I stopped. I could have died. I could have died from alcohol withdrawal. I literally stopped in one day. But I had two beers left in my backpack. I was living with a girlfriend, a very stormy relationship. I was dying. I was getting drunk twice a day. I stopped eating, because I thought that eating would ruin my buzz. I was dying. I was scared. I finally said enough, and I walked home back to my converted school bus. I was living at her house, and I was done.
I had two beers left in my backpack and went home. I savored them. And I knew that that was the last day. Those two beers probably saved me because you can die from withdrawals if severe enough. That was 12 years ago. I had a couple relapses that lasted two days each got wasted. hated it, didn’t like it anymore. And then The relapses went away. But yeah, I tried quitting like 1000 times. I would go six months, nine months, I went 22 months one time by myself.
But the final day, the last time I knew in my heart, the heart of hearts, I knew I was done. I wanted my life more than I wanted the alcohol and you have to get to that point where you want your life more than the addiction. It could take years of trying to quit. You might need help. You might need a doctor, you might need 12 steps. Do whatever it takes. You know I ate candy bars every night when I got sober because alcohol is mainly sugar so when I quit, I needed sugar to give me some kind of feeling of pleasure. After work at night, I would swing by the grocery store on the way home and I would grab peanut butter m&ms. That was my treat for the night.
So don’t just try to do everything without any kind of reward. You still need some kind of little treat. I think it could be a hot bath. It could be a cup of tea. It could be toast. I love cinnamon toast. That used to be a treat, at night I would drink tea and have cinnamon sugar toasts. That was when I was, that’s when I thought I was a writer. JACK Kerouac writing and riding my bike under the stars. And I was sober. And I had just come home from the Job Corps, and riding my Schwinn cruiser under the stars. With my headphones on listening to Mr. Bungle Eating cinnamon sugar toast and drinking tea when I got home and I was in shape, I was 25.
And life is great and I want to get back to that basic life. And nature is the best backdrop to start that life again. So that’s it for today. So like and subscribe. Guys, thanks for watching. If you want to support this channel, click the link under this video and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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