Financial Breakthroughs – Day 2

I’m documenting the journey of how I got back to my feet financially.

If you’d like to see how this all got started, as well as how you can support me, click here.

With that, here’s my update for April 12, 2024.

I Live Streamed

No one was there to watch, but they should have been!

(Subscribe to my YouTube channel.)

I read the introduction from the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook, and even answered five questions.

And I will be back with more…

I Sold My Ibanez 12-String

This put a couple hundred dollars in my pocket.

I was a little sad to see it go, but I wasn’t using it that much. So, it deserves to be in the hands of someone who will make good use of it.

Plus, while the Ibanez wasn’t bad, I’m looking for a 12-string that plays even smoother than that one.

I Made Over 20 Videos

I’ve got something going called Spark 90, and there are three of us (including me) committed to making 90 pieces of social media content in four weeks.

I’ll be sharing more about this in the first ever MusicHackers.org newsletter. It will be very interesting to see what comes of it.

Either way, I’ve got until next Thursday to put together 90 videos, and I’m almost a third done.

I found it fun, and if I wasn’t feeling a little under the weather, I probably would have made even more videos.

Financial Breakthroughs – Day 1

I am currently documenting the journey of how I got back on my feet financially.

If you’d like to see how this all got started, as well as how you can support me, click here.

With that, here’s my update for April 11, 2024.

I Sold My Nintendo 3DS & Game Collection

This was not a hard sale, especially at the price I was selling it at. This earned me a few hundred dollars.

I probably could have sold it for more piecemeal, but then there’s no telling how long it may have taken to get what each game was worth. Still, I learned something from that.

Either way, I was surprised to find how popular handheld consoles are right now. And people still pay a premium for the games.

Nintendo botched the eShop and basically admitted it by shutting it down, so it’s amazing to see that there are still so many loyalists.

But if there’s one thing they did right with their marketing, it’s scarcity. There is a secondary market for the games, but if you want to buy games brand new, you’re still talking about $40 a pop. DS games can go for a lot more, especially rare ones!

I Listed 10 Xbox 360 Games for Sale

None have sold yet, but they have generated a bit of interest already.

Compared to DS or 3DS, you can’t expect to charge much for Xbox 360 games, but I did find that some were worth more than others.

If, for whatever reason, you’d like to explore everything I’m selling, you can check out my Facebook Marketplace profile.

I Asked Someone Whether They Wanted Me to Ghostwrite Their Book

Of course, it may turn into a ghostwriting contract, so I can’t tell you who it is.

But one thing I know for sure is that I only need a few of these contracts per year to keep me warm at night (though no doubt they are a lot of work).

What in the World…

I’m going to say something very difficult for me to say:

I’m going through tough financial times, and I have been since January.

I know I’m not the only one. But as someone who laughed at recessions and chose not to participate, this feels like a swift kick in the pants.

To add insult to injury, my grandfather recently passed away, and that still falls under the category of fresh, open wounds.

It’s become unbearable, so I’m breaking the silence.

It’s not like I’ve given up. Every day I wake up to do something to better my situation. I’ve been reaching out to past collaborators and clients, applying to remote work, cold calling, app testing, micro work, publishing to Medium, setting up sales funnels, and putting things up for sale.

Maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world, but at this rate, I may end up selling most things I own, save for a couple of guitars.

I believe in giving, and I’ve even been giving of myself in every dimension – money, time, and energy.

But the dam is not breaking.

Though I’m choosing not to dwell on it, I’ve had the rug pulled out from under me more times than I can count this year.

Naturally, this has impacted my ability to continue with the podcast in the desired capacity, though I’ve been doing everything I can to secure a sponsor.

Friends, I will keep chiseling away at this boulder, but I don’t know what it’s going to take or for how long.

So, I’m doing something else that I rarely do (even though I should maybe do it more):

I’m asking for your help.

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Things to Come

I’ve been working on a “Going Out Of Business Sale” over at Content Marketing Musician. It’s not ready yet, but once it’s available, you’ll be able to get ALL my music career resources for a very nominal fee.

I’m also working on making my future books available for pre-order ASAP.

What Else Can I Create for You?

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Dan Kennedy’s Recommended Books

If there’s one thing we know about grumpy no B.S. marketing legend Dan Kennedy, it’s that he’s a prolific reader.

Throughout his resources – books, presentations, audio recordings, courses, and more – Kennedy will often drop the names of books he suggests reading.

Here we’ve compiled Dan’s many book recommendations. This list, however, should not be considered comprehensive.

So, keep reading to find out what books influenced the guru himself.

Classic Personal Development Books

Dan says if you’ve got a motivated employee or a child who is finally willing to listen to you, you should turn them on to books like:

As well as some books referenced below, like Think and Grow Rich and Psycho-Cybernetics.

Classic Marketing Books

Dan was and is obsessed with marketing. It’s no wonder he recommends classic marketing books, like the following:

Robert Collier

Dan doesn’t reference specific Collier titles, suggesting he recommends reading all his works. Here are some of his titles:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

On the bookshelf of self-made millionaires, you will inevitably find a copy of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

What’s interesting about this selection, though, is that Kennedy thinks of it as a cautionary tale as much as a guide to attaining wealth.

Why? Read on to find out…

The Success System That Never Fails by W. Clement Stone

The Success System That Never Fails by W. Clement Stone

Later in life, the impenetrable Napoleon Hill wound up penniless and was effectively rescued by W. Clement Stone who put him to work in sales.

Kennedy says Hill and Stone are philosophically aligned, with a few minor differences and one major one:

Namely, Stone had a system while Hill only had a philosophy (it’s right in the title – The Success System That Never Fails).

Meaning – if you want to succeed in business, you must choose a market where you have a reasonable opportunity to succeed and create a repeatable system.

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Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind by Napoleon Hill

Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind by Napoleon Hill

Dan makes a rather bold claim, that Napoleon Hill’s Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind is the best book Hill ever wrote.

If you’ve already made your way through Think and Grow Rich and Law of Success in 15 Lessons, Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind is well worth a look.

Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

Some people are perhaps put off by the title. But Dan says Robert Ringer’s Winning Through Intimidation can help us avoid “rich uncle syndrome,” the tendency to think that the harder we work, the richer we get.

While I do think Winning Through Intimidation does a great job of dispelling the grind, Ringer isn’t exactly forthcoming on how to transition from working hard to working smart.

The problem is articulated clearly. The solution is for the reader to figure out.

Anything by Stuart Wilde

Stuart Wilde

When referring to British spiritual writer Stuart Wilde, Dan usually doesn’t specify which books to read. He simply says, “read Stuart Wilde.”

While Dan is quick to discard some of the more outlandish woo-woo facets of Wilde’s drunken writing, he says his business practices are spot on and well worth observing.

(And Dan, by his admission, still does some of that “woo-woo stuff.”)

What follows is a semi-comprehensive list of books Wilde wrote:

Thick Face, Black Heart by Ching Ning Chu

Thick Face, Black Heart by Ching Ning Chu

Dan references Ching Ning Chu’s Thick Face, Black Heart as an essential read in cultivating the right mindset – specifically in becoming immune to criticism.

It is a great read, and I would happily add it to my list of best books to read in your 40s.

I only have one piece of criticism, namely that the author sometimes offers illustrations that are more theoretical or imagined than practical and concrete.

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

I’m not familiar with the entire story of how Dan ended up purchasing personal development legend Maxwell Maltz’s intellectual property.

But since he did, it should not come as any surprise that Dan promoted Psycho-Cybernetics, quite heavily, at least for a time.

Dan also ushered forth The New Psycho-Cybernetics, though opinions are split on whether it was a worthwhile update.

Since Dan was contemplating the acquisition of Nightingale Conant at one point, it should not come as a surprise that he ended up the owner of some self-help-oriented intellectual property.

Sex Money Kiss by Gene Simmons

Sex Money Kiss by Gene Simmons

Dan references Gene Simmons’ Sex Money Kiss (a book that, for some reason, has gotten a little harder to find) in his meandering Speak To Sell.

More than anything, Dan emphasizes his philosophical alignment with Simmons.

I ended up quite pleased with the book recommendation. You can read my review of Sex Money Kiss here.

Closing Thoughts

What other books has Dan recommended? Have you read any of them? Which books made the biggest difference for you?

Let us know in the comments below.

Jeweller Recommendations for Choosing an Engagement Ring

Your heart is beating fast. Your stomach fills with butterflies. As you take a knee to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage, you wonder what expression they will be wearing on their face, and what it will mean for your future together. You hope for the best outcome, all the while trying not to entertain thoughts that you may be let down.

Proposing can be nerve-racking, and the last thing you want to worry about when declaring your love is whether you chose the right engagement ring. You want your partner to know that you took care and time in selecting the ring, just for them. This is all part and parcel of sharing in the perfect moment.

So, how can you ensure that you end up with a ring that complements and even elevates the special occasion? Besides buying from a trusted dealer of engagement rings Vancouver, which is recommended, you’ll also want to consider the following:

Study Up on The 4Cs

The 4Cs – Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight – are the most important part of choosing a diamond. GIA created the 4C standard to evaluate the overall quality of a rock. This standard also makes comparing one diamond to another much easier.

Here is a summary of what the 4Cs mean and how this can help you choose a ring:

  • Cut: A diamond’s cut will determine how it interacts with light. This plays a role in its brightness, sparkle, and color flashes.
  • Color: The best diamonds are colorless, as they are much harder to find. Lower-grade diamonds have a brownish or light, yellowish color to them. Color is graded on a D to Z scale, with D representing the best quality diamond.
  • Clarity: An imperfect diamond may come with inclusions and blemishes that make it less valuable (or more affordable if you prefer to think of it that way). Grading for Clarity is rated on a scale from Flawless to Included.
  • Carat Weight: The greater the carat weight, the greater the size of the diamond. In most cases, diamonds with a greater carat weight are considered rarer. When all other factors are equal, the carat weight is usually the deciding factor in whether a diamond is more valuable than the others.

Determining which of the 4Cs is most important to you will help you arrive at a buying decision faster. It will help you eliminate some rocks from the running while homing in on the one that’s going to make your partner light up with delight.

Prioritizing a specific C can also help you manage your budget, and when shopping for engagement rings, cost is always a factor. We’ll look more at budget considerations a little later. First…

Familiarize Yourself with Styles and Trends

Getting acquainted with the various styles of rings as well as recent trends will help you find the right ring for the occasion faster. Just in case – here’s a reminder to keep your Google searches (or print materials like brochures, pamphlets, and magazines) private from your partner, unless you’re okay with ruining the big surprise.

These are the main styles to be aware of – modern, vintage, timeless, romantic, and Bohemian. Vintage rings have never gone out of style, and in some ways, they are more popular than ever. Vintage rings are often rich with history and romantic meaning.

Another ring type that has remained popular since medieval times is heart rings. Heart rings also tend to be a good choice for those who are on a tighter budget.

For period pieces, Art Deco and Art Nouveau style rings are quite trendy, and Bohemian rings are also worth a look, especially if you are looking for something a little more unconventional (after all, doesn’t love transcend all boundaries?).

Consider Your Budget

An engagement ring will be one of the most important purchases you will ever make in your relationship. The traditional advice of spending three month’s worth of your salary on an engagement ring very much applies, even today. If you haven’t saved up that amount yet, you may want to create a plan to set aside a percentage of your income each month.

The good news is that you likely have a good idea of how much three month’s worth of your salary adds up to already. There are no difficult calculations to be made. It’s simply a matter of identifying the budget, and then learning about the rings you can buy for that amount.

An experienced dealer can help you navigate these waters, especially if they strike you as unfamiliar and treacherous. If in doubt, always turn to the advice of a trusted expert.

Keep it Simple

As you’re searching for the ideal engagement ring, you may begin to feel loaded with information. It is well worth spending some time researching your options and taking the time to understand the engagement ring landscape, especially in considering your budget and your preferences (or your partner’s preferences, as the case may be).

With that in mind, you don’t need to go too far down the rabbit hole of bands, settings, side stones, and ring size to find a good fit. You can usually defer to expert guidance when it comes to these items, or even put them off until later.

If you’ve understood all the above, then you are armed with more information than most. There is no need to overcomplicate the search because what it comes down to is your partner. It’s about the special connection you share with them.

Also, note – it isn’t always about the cost of the ring or how amazing it looks. It can be about finding a token that represents your love.

Closing Remarks

Once you’ve chosen the right ring, the other details will tend to take care of themselves – where to propose, what to say, when to say it, and more. With the perfect ring securely tucked away in your pocket, you can rest assured knowing that your partner will respond as you hope they will to your proposal – with joy and excitement.

Best of luck with your engagement.

How You Can Feel Totally Empty Even if You Have it All

I am again aboard the Queen of Cowichan on the 10:10 to Nanaimo. I thought I had approached the passenger deck well before most had exited their vehicles, but apparently, this sailing had a few more walk-ons than normal, as the desks I would normally exploit were all occupied by others.

Has the 10:10 to Nanaimo grown in infamy? Because of my letters? Nah. But it’s fun to think I may have piqued a few curiosities. And this sailing is a little more like the first, with a few creatures of the night peeking out of their hiding holes and even opting to graze in my vicinity.

Fortunately (actually, I don’t know how fortunate this is), there are some woefully uncomfortable stools near electrical outlets, so I’m not forced to give up my writing habit (not that I would have anyway – I would have found another way).

***

My mission to empty my storage was successful on almost every level. I only required the assistance of one gifted organizer and one burly man (the organizer’s husband) to get the lion’s share of the work done in less than two hours. It was not a strenuous two hours either, though I can thank myself for staying consistent with exercise.

I was initially wondering whether I’d need more help, and who would be there to meet me at a reasonable hour to complete the task, but the team of three turned out to be a true power trio.

It seems, however, that even in situations where all the traffic lights magically turn green at exactly the right moment, things never go 100% as planned.

Case in point – we had to drive 31 minutes out of the way to the nearest landfill to do away with that cursed furniture. Of course, that meant more than 31 minutes back to the U-Haul corral, and those orange-wearing slicksters are sticklers for extra mileage since that’s where a good chunk of their change is made (besides insurance, I am told).

(But maybe there’s a good business lesson there.)

Costs were incurred, but I knew before beginning this mission that I would be able to recoup my costs (and even come out on top), by selling a couple of my guitars or unneeded electronics.

Plus, I freed up over $2,100 per year in storage fees, so the immediate costs are offset by future savings (even if I did end up spending about half of what I would normally spend on a move to get this project out of the way).

***

I feel like I understand Robin Williams a little better. I’m not Robin, and I have never occupied his body let alone his mind. I never met him while he was alive, and I never spoke with the man. But I can understand how having it all could still leave someone utterly depressed.

I don’t have it all, yet I don’t consider my accomplishments insignificant. I have usually reinforced this point by quoting glory days Bulls role-player Steve Kerr – “I scraped and clawed for everything I’ve got,” and even that lot could fit comfortably in a cardboard box.

It feels trite, even disrespectful, to say that I did not receive the attention, recognition, and love that I needed from my parents, but in the depths of my being it rings true.

I am not saying that my parents did not love me. I know they did, to the nth degree! I am not saying that they abused, mistreated, abandoned, or neglected me. They didn’t!

No part of me believes they should be held in contempt for their actions if they were ever forced to give an account.

I’m strictly speaking of my experience, in my world, how things occurred to me, as a sensitive child needing attention, recognition, and love.

The result is a gaping hole I cannot fill. I have attempted to do so with most things one can name, especially work, but also food, music, video games, and addictions more generally. And it’s entirely possible I’ll try more ways before this fight is over.

I know full well that even if I do manifest the things I want – a beautiful, 8,000 square-foot home, a model-gorgeous wife, a six-figure business, a kick-ass band that tours the world – that no ambition, no dream, no goal fulfilled can offer permanent relief. It’s an exercise in futility!

But what can one do except try? To balloon the size of their dreams, to wake up every day with delusions of grandeur, to become fully vulnerable once more to everything it will mean to embrace and chase their desires?

I don’t know – I am asking myself as much as I am asking rhetoric.

***

I am recognizing that most relationships, projects, businesses, and even life itself, seem to follow the same trajectory – a bell curve.

After an initial burst of excitement, a project gains momentum, continues to grow, and eventually reaches its peak. Then, if left untended to, it will begin a sure descent into oblivion, even if gradual.

This curve can unfold over months, years, or even decades, so it’s easier to observe in hindsight. It’s difficult if not impossible to pre-empt.

The only way to change the trajectory of anything set into motion, to prevent its peaking and ultimate descent, is to reinvest in the business continually. Usually, though, there is some hesitancy when it comes time to pour more time, energy, and resources into the project. Namely, not enough time, not enough energy, and/or not enough resources.

The only way to change the trajectory of anything set into motion, to prevent its peaking and ultimate descent, is to reinvest. Click To Tweet

But if you beat the odds and somehow manage to keep reinvesting, the curve can continue to chart a hockey-stick growth path. If you don’t, well you already know… a parachute dive into hell (without a parachute).

From this, I gather two things:

  • When a karmic loop has closed, there is no turning back. When it’s done, it’s done, and it’s time to move on, even if it means starting from scratch. This can be an exhilarating process if you let it be.
  • If a project means the world to you, keep reinvesting in it, even if it hurts. Specifically, reinvest in the success of your partners, as Karmic Management suggests – employees, vendors, customers, and ultimately the world.

The reason I’m starting from scratch is because of the former – a karmic loop closed. But it’s an opportunity – an opportunity for Kaizen.

Advice for The Desperate Should Read This Way

Monthly sailings into Vancouver have by now become routine. But there are two key differences this time around. First, I’m meeting the bustling Queen of Oak Bay for the first time (on an early morning sailing no less), and while first impressions can be deceiving, so far, I’m inclined to say she is very agreeable.

Second, the cloudy, rainy weather of the former months almost seems like a dream staring out across clear horizons. Of course, we may yet experience a shorter wet season before finally embracing long summer days.

This weekend’s mission isn’t that much different from former trips into Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. But besides attending a monthly gathering of the success-minded, I am Abbotsford-bound to clear out my storage unit.

There is no way I could have known that I would end up a nomad for 22 months and would therefore pay monthly dues for that duration on largely unusable clutter. Oh, there are more than a few guitars, electronics, valuables (with real value), and keepsakes stored in there too.

But the larger objects, what do we call them again…? Right, furniture. Sadly, these seem to hold close to no value in these “enlightened” times, and there is little point in me storing them at personal expense any longer.

If I had found a home within a few months of leaving Abbotsford, it wouldn’t have been any bother. But now it seems the objects have fashioned themselves into a weighty boat anchor drowning me in past regrets. It’s time to let go.

***

It took a while. But when I stopped to notice who I’ve become, the intention with which I now speak, and the determination with which I now act, I am truly beyond recognition. Especially compared to who I was pre-pandemic.

I may never be acknowledged for this. Very rarely have I found public recognition for private victories. But as I’ve said many times before, if you aren’t your greatest cheerleader and can show others what that means, how can you expect anyone else to do the same for you? And even if others shower you with praise, will you even be able to lap it up if you don’t first see yourself as worthy of the accolades?

In the last couple of months, the message has come across loud and clear – “Very soon, you won’t even remember what this moment felt like.” Of course, I considered such notions foolish, especially as I didn’t see much of anything changing around me.

Lottery spoils and deus ex machina are ponderings of the delusional, though we do fervently pray for them when things are looking dire.

Privately, I was suffering. It wasn’t a long stretch, but I spent a few days unable to buy fuel or food. I’ve learned to be peaceful and optimistic even in such scenarios, but failure, exhaustion, and circumstances were all conspiring to get the best of me. Only a saint or god would be able to maintain composure under such pressure.

Somehow, though, I’ve emerged the other end better. I can’t say that it was a surprise because this has happened before. Current circumstances mirror the events of 2014, another trying time that, in retrospect, resolved rather miraculously all on its own.

It has been said that if you change how you look at things, the things you look at change. This shift in mindset, attitude, perspective, whatever you want to call it… It seems to have more power to shift our lives than I have often given it credit for.

***

As I shared in a previous letter, there have been some important lessons in resiliency. Yet, this turned out to be how my mind was pigeonholing the situation, versus where spirit was wanting to lead me.

I have been reading Karmic Management, and it reminded me of something I had intuitively known and acted upon but could not have put into words 15 years ago. Within that short volume are treasures too many to expand upon here.

One such gem, however, is that our purpose in business is to make our partners successful. The book defines “partners” as our employees, vendors, customers, and ultimately the world.

When all your choices are guided by making others successful, says Karmic Management, you will never need to make another decision about anything. You will simply know, intuitively, what to do, how, and when.

The principle holds up well beyond the realm of business. For me, 2011 represents both the worst and best of times. But when I look back, I can see that I was attuned to this principle, especially as life was starting to get exciting again. I took friends out to lunch. I booked fun birthday parties for the family. I shared business opportunities with my connections. And boy oh boy did I reap the rewards.

***

With mounting challenges, it’s easy to think we’re supposed to figure out everything by our lonesome. After all, by now haven’t we become smarter, more resourceful, and better-connected individuals? Shouldn’t we know how to manifest a couple of thousand dollars out of thin air when we desperately need it? It should be easy!

Ask yourself this, and really ponder it – how many times has a famous author, expert, or “guru” attributed their escape from looming financial collapse to their smarts and cunning? How many times have they claimed to “get out of jail free” thanks to their brilliance?

Beware. When you’re hungry, tired, and sad, most of the inner strengths you think you possess will seem to fly right out the window. Even entrepreneurs will take a job at Tim Horton’s if they’re hungry enough.

I have no doubt Russell Brunson or Dan Kennedy has managed to surmount such challenges by launching a sales funnel or by writing a brilliant sales letter, at least once or twice. But so far, I cannot attest to the real-life applicability of such strategies.

Advice for desperate times should probably read more like this:

Do whatever you can. Call and email all your friends asking for money. Sell your car, guitars, and electronics. Downgrade your lifestyle. Move to a bachelor suite. Explore loans and credit. Sell off investments. Dig in couch crevices. Collect cans and bottles. Pick up gigs, contracts, or employment opportunities you think are below you and thought you would never return to (it’s okay, it’s temporary).

These actions are not the solution, and they may not get you out of the tunnel, but the universe, it seems, honors your actions anyway. Spirit will assist you and show you to the light if you hang in there long enough. It’s not about the actions. It’s about the willingness to take them.

And if you’ve still got time and energy left over after all that, and only then, take a gamble on your “bigger, better plan” – a business venture that might work, a YouTube channel that could go viral, an investment that could pay off, whatever.

Clean Slate Debrief: Thank You, Victoria!

Didn’t you have a great time at Clean Slate Victoria?

And if you couldn’t make it, don’t you wish you could have been there to see it all?

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who showed the slightest bit of interest in this unique upstart. You’re amazing!

But that’s not all… We’ve got a ton of goodies for you posted below, including photos, videos, PDFs, slides, and more. So, let’s get right to it.

Clean Slate… The Event That Almost Never Was

I had a vision for Clean Slate in July 2023 and began planning for it in September of the same month. Everything was going smoothly until the featured artist that I was hoping to bring into the fold decided that the event wasn’t for her.

By October, I had burned out completely, to the point where I didn’t want to get out of bed let alone go outside to do errands. I became a hermit.

Toward the end of November, we thought we had nailed down a venue. But the date that we were hoping to book in January wasn’t available. We started looking elsewhere because the venue informed us that they were getting booked up fast.

But the whole time, I did not stop planning for the event. I kept the conversations moving forward.

And somehow, against all odds, my vision became a reality on February 16, 2024.

We love you and we wish you all the best in your life, in your work, and in your creativity. Of course, we hope to see you at the next event, too!

Media

There’s an array of media we generated for and from the event. We’ve compiled it all to share it with you here. Enjoy!

Introduction Video

Here’s the introduction video from the event (we had some hiccups getting it to work on the night of the performance, but it works perfectly via YouTube).

Event Photos

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Event Videos





Clean Slate Merchandise

The Clean Slate merchandise was unfortunately delayed in transit, and we couldn’t share it with you at the event. But now everything is safely in our possession.

Clean Slate merchandise

If you’re in the Greater Vancouver area, I can set aside any of these items for you for the next time I see you (you can e-transfer me). Just let me know.

Or you can always order online.

Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook

I read from the first two chapters of the brand-new Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook at Clean Slate, and it was a BIG hit!

Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook

I have a few paperback copies in my possession, and I can set aside one for you for the next time I see you (you can e-transfer me). Just let me know.

Or you can always order online and get yourself a hardcover copy.

Makeshift Romance EP

Makeshift Romance EP by David Andrew Wiebe

My latest music release, Makeshift Romance EP is available everywhere. Click on the link below to listen to it on your favorite streaming site.

Makeshift Romance EP

The Misadventures of Axl Brunson

We launched four episodes of The Misadventures of Axl Brunson at Clean Slate. You can watch all of them below.

Episode 1: Axl Fails at Selling

Episode 2: Axl Fails at Getting a Date

Episode 3: Axl Fails at Working Out

Episode 4: Axl Fails at Living in Idaho

Slides

Here are the slides from the event (they include acknowledgements), in case you’d like to look them over:

Clean Slate Victoria Slides by David Andrew Wiebe on Scribd

Downloadable Form

I printed order forms and QR code sheets for the event in case you were interested in ordering anything from my catalog (which includes CDs, books, newsletters, courses, coaching programs, and merchandise).

I’ve upgraded this downloadable form to include graphics, descriptions, and links all in one! Enjoy.

Download the Order Form

Fresh Start Ultra Pack

You may have missed this at the event (I heard you were maybe out eating or dancing?), but there is an opportunity to look at it again.

I created a short video presentation to share the Fresh Start Ultra Pack with you. Enjoy.

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Acknowledgments

Thank you to Karlo, Lena, Brandon Phillips, Jody Lubin (and his band), The Deadly Hiyas, Patrikus, the Victoria Event Centre, and everyone who attended and supported the event!

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Final Thoughts

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People Pleasing is Robbing You of Your Destiny

Déjà vu. I am once again aboard the 10:10 to Nanaimo, the Queen of Cowichan my nighttime mistress. It’s mostly quiet aboard, and it appears there are fewer creatures of the night lurking about than last time.

My day began with a coaching call, one equally as impactful as the last three, if not more so. And the key takeaways were:

  1. It’s time to declutter. I’d already begun the process of selling some of my belongings, mostly as a stopgap. I did not know that I was intuitively following the guidance of GUS (God, Universe, Spirit). My coach told me it was time to release the attachment. I visited my storage unit in Abbotsford today, immediately recognizing that there were more things in there than I had remembered. I brought a few items with me to sell, give away, or throw away in Nanaimo.
  2. Redefine “worth” and “worthiness.” This will require some deep thinking. I only have a foggy idea of where to go with this, but one thing I do know is my previous definitions of worth and worthiness were flawed, incomplete, or otherwise unworkable.
  3. Support myself. No one else is going to do it for me. I must be willing to support myself first, careful not to give too much of my time or energy away to those who are all too willing to take, take, take, and take some more.
  4. Stop worrying about what other people will think. You’ll choose a partner. You’ll buy a course. You’ll book an event. It will blow up in your face. Others will think you’re nuts for making the decisions you make. But you’re the one who gets to lead the cleanup crew, so why worry about what people in the nosebleed section are whining about? Be true to yourself first.

***

They say when the teacher is ready the student appears. Today, having put to bed Alinka Rutkowska’s HOW I SOLD 80,000 Books, I intuitively chose Ching-Ning Chu’s Thick Face, Black Heart for my next reading, a volume recommended by the legend himself, Dan Kennedy.

It did not take long for me to see that this student was ready, and Chu was just the teacher I needed.

Recent challenges gave me pause. They had me questioning my worth and even my very existence. Why me? Why now? Why financial challenges, a problem I was supposed to have solved 10 years ago?

Opportunities kept presenting themselves but were missing follow-through. It left me scratching my head. I had laid the groundwork (I dug my wells before I got thirsty – in as many ways as I could) to avoid this very situation, yet seemingly the worst-case scenario was unfolding.

Says Chu:

I have seen many people grow old, but not graciously. Their eyes reflect pain and disillusionment. They have been beaten by life; they have so many broken dreams. The hope and expectation of youth have vanished – only death awaits.

But these lessons are necessary, offers Chu, because they prepare one for the greatness, they are fully capable of attaining.

Delving further into the book, I started to realize that I was not sufficiently detached from my situation to see the forest for the trees.

Not that one should not feel the pain but having felt the pain for long enough, one should not be afraid to become their greatest critic and take a more sobering look at the decisions they’ve made leading up to this point. And more importantly, to begin looking for solutions.

The lessons were probably inevitable, so there’s no point in debating semantics. But whether one decides to upgrade their mindset and carry on pursuing their dreams is a matter of choice. Will you rise again or wait for death?

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***

One of the greatest pieces of wisdom that’s been passed down through the ages is Matthew 10:16:

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

The average person has figured out the latter part. They have not figured out the former. Yet, the serpent part comes first in the verse and the dove part second, suggesting that the first is more important.

If you’re sheep amid wolves, you are in imminent danger of being eaten. You do not have time enough to afford to be as harmless as a dove, though appearing that way may be to your advantage. If you want to negotiate your way out of certain death, you must also be as wise as a serpent.

This is a key lesson for all of life. You are either going to think for yourself or let others think for you. You are either going to be a creator or a consumer. You are either going to sell or be sold to. If you’re not on the right side of this equation, it should not come as any surprise that your dreams feel out of reach.

I am preaching to myself as much as anyone else. You can shoot the messenger, but if you did that, there would be no messages worth heeding.

***

I would love to continue diving deep with you, but very soon, the Queen will dock in Nanaimo, and I will be headed home for a much-deserved rest.

If you made it this far, I know you have the grit to keep fighting through life’s many obstacles. That means you should also be ready to make a deeper commitment to yourself. Not later, but today.

So, pick up your free copy of the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook to affirm your worth. You can get it done, but you will need the book to illuminate the darker paths on your journey. Secure your copy today.

Nobody Wants You to Succeed (Not Even Your Mother)

It seems like a lifetime ago that I was aboard the Queen of Cowichan, but in calendar time it has only been a little over a month. The Queen and I have now become a little more familiar and comfortable with each other, and I like that the relationship is simple. She takes to the seas while I do some of my best writing.

Tonight, I am told I am going to be recognized for my accomplishments in Langley, thus the expenses paid trip across the ocean. And I can already hear you asking, “What accomplishments would those be, David?”

The simple truth is I don’t know. I may be recognized for something other than what I am going to acknowledge myself for here.

Either way, on February 16, at our live music and multimedia extravaganza called Clean Slate, I launched:

Music, writing, comedy. Three of my favorite avenues of creativity, plus a new offer. And it was not exactly a cakewalk to have that all done in time for the event, promote the event, and have it run smoothly save for a few minor glitches (if only in my eyes).

As much as an event is a one-off, I reserve judgment as to Clean Slate’s ultimate impact because the aftermath has yet to play out in full. Given that attendees were posting photos and videos days after the event should give me full license to bask in the afterglow, even if only for a fleeting moment.

Plus, you never know about creative endeavors. Sometimes they show promise out of the gate, sometimes not. But I have enough data to show that my book will have legs, especially with additional exposure. So far as the other creations are concerned, it remains to be seen, but I know they enjoyed some early attention.

There is much to reflect on, however, and it’s become clear that some viewed the entire venture as irresponsible and reckless. Let me say this is not the first time others have held that view of me and my actions (and probably not the last time), but not to worry – they are not frequent buyers of mine (have at them!).

I also have no intention of dwelling on what people outside of my inner circle think, as it’s unlikely it will help me, and I will not persuade them one way or another.

My best friend said to me, “If not this time, you would have done it another time and gotten the same lesson,” and that’s the perspective that resonates with me most. One way or another, GUS (God, Universe, Spirit) had a message and a lesson to deliver to me, and I was going to receive it, even if it was a year’s supply of Humble Pie and facepalm memes.

***

We don’t like to see others (well, loved ones anyway) fail. But even worse, we don’t like to see others succeed. We don’t wake up thinking to ourselves, “Gee, I sure hope Jessica wins / makes / earns a million dollars today.” And we’ll do nothing to help her in the first place unless we see there’s something in it for ourselves.

People succeed despite the crabs in a bucket sand trap, not to mention the people you’ve once called brothers and sisters who never had any intention of supporting you and never will.

I am not saying anything that can’t already be found in the annals of tomes I’ve consumed. Even your mother did not wake up today hoping that riches and fame would bum-rush you. She wishes you well, but not that well. Almost no one wishes you that well, and if they do, grab hold of them and don’t let go.

Remember this on your unconventional life journey, if that is the path you’ve chosen – actions always speak louder than words, and you need to beware of those whose actions don’t seem to line up with their words, especially when it comes to supporting you and your ventures.

It’s human nature, so there’s no point in arguing with it. But it’s well worth tattooing on your brain, lest you be hurt and disappointed for what is unfortunately criminally common.

***

Naturally, I sought advice from my mentor. I think he is one of many who deemed this entire venture irresponsible and reckless. Whatever his words, though, his actions show (and have always shown) that he is one of the good ones.

To summarize the conversation, he advised me to:

  1. Find a stable living situation. This has largely felt out of my hands for the last 21 months. Yet, I have a good support system now, and with the help of my friends, I know I can make this happen.
  2. Find a stable income. I have been in transition since January, and as the event neared and very little was coming through in terms of income or work, I turned my attention fully to the event. It was my baby and if I did not give it the attention it was screaming for, who knows what would have happened. But that part of the journey is over and I’m homing in on what I want to do to secure a part-time income.

He also suggested that I was young, and I could always go and be a digital nomad or take chances on crazy ventures and investments later.

Yes, perhaps I could take some time to stop and look around. Again, it’s not my favorite kind of pie, but at least it’s pie…

***

Isn’t there some part of you that feels like you’ve already earned everything you desire? Don’t you think you’re worthy?

There’s a difference between this and feeling entitled but sustain those feelings of worthiness for just a moment.

If you don’t on some level believe you’re deserving of what you want, you may never get it. The good news is you can flip that switch any time you want. The bad news is the number one thing that’s keeping you apart from what you want is feeling like you’re not good enough.

Look at the legions of deadpan nothings that have achieved fortune and fame on YouTube. It’s not about content, or for that matter quality content, friends. It’s about posting the dumbest doo-doo you can think of. Appealing to the lowest common denominator.

More to the point, in life, you can take chances. Or you can sit back and watch. Hope that someone will anoint you the artist, creator, or entrepreneur you want to be. Understand – this is unlikely, and if it happens at all, it will happen at a Tortoise’s pace.

Just look at the prospect of getting a medical doctorate. “Success” comes after eight years of intensive schooling, but then there’s another ladder to climb because you’ve got tuition debt to pay off. After that, another ladder to climb to become the most in-demand doctor at the hospital. And so on.

It’s up to you whether you take risks in life – calculated, moderate, reckless, or otherwise.

All I know is taking no risks has been a life of frustration and disappointment, and that appears the greater risk – a dark, lonely, unrewarding struggle.

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When you’re out there taking chances, remember this – nobody wants your success. They all think you’re crazy.

And it’s not about fighting the facts. It’s about what you do with this information that matters.

You can hold steady to your goals and ambitions. You can stand your ground. Or you can admit defeat and give up. Neither is wrong, but if you’ve ever felt the call to something greater, it’s unlikely the burning fire of passion within will ever die completely. Even if you don’t feel it now, all that means is it’s bottled up. Uncorking that sucker may be akin to opening Pandora’s Box, but it’s still better than living in denial of your purpose.

If you’re not one of the crabs in a bucket, and you know you’re worthy, then I invite you to pick up your free copy of Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook. Isn’t it time you started filling your shelves with resources that can see you through your struggles onto something greater? Don’t die with your music still in you. Get started and stay started with the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook.