My obsession with money

My brother and I were talking about this on the way to the gym yesterday.

We obviously both grew up in the same house — except it wasn’t a house at all. It was a mobile home — not a nice one. Rusted out, leaky roof, bitter cold in the winter because the walls were paper thin — and infested with rats.

Of course, my parents were broke.

So, we couldn’t afford to do anything about the rats.

We just dealt with it.

Fun times.

One time (at band camp)… our water got shut off because my parents couldn’t afford to pay the bill. So, we’d get up a 5am and head over to my mom’s work at the veterinarian clinic — and we’d take showers there.

In the animal shower bay.

Six of us boys… herded through like sheep.

That was also fun. :/

Anyway, that was how I grew up. So, one could be forgiven for being a little obsessed with money (I certainly was). When you’re that broke, money seems like the cure to everything. And certainly, you need some. I won’t deny having it has helped my life a ton.

But, I’m telling you as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow…

You *will* reach a point where it loses its luster.

And that’s what my brother and I were talking about. He said he felt like he’d finally reached the point where he wasn’t obsessed with money anymore. It’s an occasion to celebrate because then the real work (and the real fun) can begin.

Because I don’t believe money is what people really want.

In my (probably correct) opinion, what people really want is freedom.

To do what they want, when they want, how they want.

And money can certainly help… but it can’t do it all. Anyway, this is the purpose of the Ascension Matrix. To be clear, it’s not about making less money… no, no, no. It’s about *not* spending your life slaving away to get it.

It’s about creating leverage… using the knowledge you acquire.

Because knowledge is the X-factor in all this.

If you have very little knowledge… if your job is digging ditches (like mine used to be)… your income is tied directly to time. The only way to make more is to put in more time. Sure, if you’re a good worker bee, you can get a raise.

But, it’s not up to you.

And there’s always a finite limit on it.

But, as you acquire knowledge… you can leverage that knowledge to earn more in less time. A web developer might make 50, 60, 100, 150/hour — or, if you’re doing fixed-price projects, you might be able to hit 500-600/hour…

Like I did.

That’s leverage.

But still… what you make is tied to what you DO. And, that’s what the Ascension Matrix is for. To help you obliterate that time for money connection and potentially create for yourself exponential leaps in what you make “per hour”.

Investing very little time…

To make a whole lot.

So, you have the time to do whatever the hell you want.

Because money is worthless without time.

If you look deep within yourself, you damn well know that’s true.

You FEEL it.

Anyway, in my opinion, this is what true freedom is. And it’s been my personal focus for the past 5-10 years. Because I realize that my days on this little blue ball are numbered — and are quickly running out.

And I want to spend as much time with the people I love as I can.

And no amount of money can replace that.

In any case, that’s the *goal*. The other part of the matrix, though, is a practical roadmap for actually doing all this. Lessons learned from all the mistakes I’ve made in spearheading this journey on my own.

Freelancing is a part of it.

But, it’s only the beginning.

All that said, I don’t have anything for you, yet. I’m still putting the finishing touches on the course. But, I want you to start thinking about all this — and, specifically, what it all means for YOU. What is it you really want in life?

Because when I do launch this…

It is NOT going to be for everyone.

It’s not going to be a “tactical” course — click here, do this, do this, etc. If that’s what you’re after, this won’t be for you. And I mean that. This is a thinking man’s/woman’s course. And really… it’s about extreme clarity.

Around your life.

Your goals.

And WHO you want to be.

If that appeals to you, stay tuned.

If not, feel free to hop off the ride at any time.



P.S. For Patrons… you, of course, get early access to all my courses. I’ve uploaded the first lesson over on Patreon here: I strongly recommend you watch this. It digs into what the Ascension Matrix IS and sets the foundation for the rest of the course. Specifically, the six levels of ascension and

the two layers/tracks on which that ascension happens. It gives you the “spirit” of what we’re doing here. So, it’s very important in getting the big picture before we dig into the practical how-to. Anyway, it’s up now… at the link above.

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