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Who Is Clay Collins And Why He's The Real Deal

If you want to know who Clay Collins really is you should meet him.

If you want a summary of it this is probably the best I’ve found and it’s written by him.

I work for no man. Work is sacred and I’m living out of my imagination. Building something to leave behind when I’m gone.

Clay Collins struck me as someone to pay attention to when I found his blog The Growing Life (now dead) back in the fall.  I was young and uninitiated to the ways of lifestyle design and personal development and Clay’s tone resonated with me in a way that the productivity and life-hacking community didn’t.

I’m still young but I’ve managed to get a few things under my lifestyle design belt and a few of them were inspired by Clay.

Clay isn’t your run-of-the-mill personal development blogger, he’s been there and done that.  He’s a man bent on liberating others from the trap of the monotone world by showing them how to do it – for real.

I got to interview Clay about his mission in life, Project Mojave, the upcoming Project Mojave Conference, his typical day, and he even gives me a little pep talk on my own work in Project Mojave.

Here he shares how he got started into blogging and online business and where that led him.

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 Who Is Clay Collins And Why He's The Real Deal

Also check out the first Liberation Artist interview with Jonathan Mead.

Hearing From You

This week I’ve been really fascinated by what my readers are doing.  What you have to say.  What you want to learn and read about.

Wednesday was the launch of the Location Independent Survey at Free Pursuits.  If you are interested in becoming a vagabond like me or a more typical location independent lifestyle please fill out the survey.  We want to help you by delivering content that is relevant to you.

Please fill out the Location Independent Survey and check out the other blogs participating in it.

I got to interview Clay Collins yesterday afternoon and it was a blast.  Clay had some amazing things to say.  For an example, here is a typical day in the life of Clay Collins.

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 Hearing From You

I am going to be interviewing world travel and domination expert Chris Guillebeau soon.  If you have any questions you want to ask him please let me know by filling out this form.

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Project Mojave Launches!

I’ve talked a bit about Project Mojave if you’ve been following me on Twitter and I’ve mentioned it here briefly.

ProjectMojave Project Mojave Launches!

Clay Collins offered the opportunity to get in on Project Mojave at an early stage and I jumped on it.  I sent my money in before the submission form even went up because I know Clay is the real deal.  He gets stuff done and wants you to as well.

So first, I recommend you go watch this.  It’s the Freedom Business Blueprint.

If you’re wondering what that means, I’ll give it a short description.  A Freedom Business is the business that you can create to get out of a dull 9 to 5 job or just create some real income on the side.  The Blueprint part is really the valuable part, Clay gives this stuff away.  It is basically the outline of what a quickly profitable Freedom Business will look like from the inside out.

Now if that’s not enough for you to at least go check it out, this should be.

I recently reviewed Jonathan Mead‘s ebook Reclaim Your Dreams (which I still recommend) and Mead has written the manifesto for Project Mojave.  The Liberation Revolution is our manifesto.  And you can get it hereFree.

There’s tons of great information in The Liberation Revolution and I recommend it highly.  Jonathan Mead is one of Project Mojave’s faculty members of which there are many exceptional names.

If Clay Collins and Jonathan Mead aren’t enough for you, add Laura Roeder (who I’ve been working with on Creating Fame), Michael Martine of Remarkablogger, Dave Navarro of The Launch Coach, and more to the faculty and it’s a killer opportunity.

I stand behind Clay totally.  I’ve met him and the man knows his cards and this is his Ace.

Check out Project Mojave, Opt-In and really download the manifesto and watch the Blueprint.  They are worth your time.  They’ve been worth mine.

Nonconformists – We Merry Followers

If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.

~Bill Vaughn

I’m a fan of getting out of the traditional lifestyle.

Quit the 9 to 5

Escape payday

Work from anywhere

Liberate yourself

Finance your freedom

But when does all this freedom and liberation become it’s own band of merry followers?

Are you a follower?

In our nonconformist bubble it’s easy to fall into a Guru follower mentality where we find our savior in nonconformity and fall in line behind them.  Whether it’s Timothy Ferriss, Leo Babauta, Chris Guillebeau, Clay Collins or others (there are many possible gurus to pick and choose from).

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

~Buddha

Three artists of nonconformity who stand out from the crowd for me are Clay Collins, Jonathan Mead and Chris Guillebeau.  They cut to the chase and don’t let you run blindly behind them.

Chris runs The Art of Nonconformity and is a world traveler who has always been self-employed.  He has become a full time writer in less than a year and the products he sells are accessibly priced and genuinely designed to help. He offers two exceptional e-books free, the latest documenting his transition to becoming a full time writer in 279 Days to Overnight Success.

Jonathan Mead is a name that I see coming up over and over again recently.  His own blog, Illuminated Mind, runs counter to a lot of lifestyle and unconventional life blogs.  My favorite post of his lately is Non-Conformity, My Ass; or Why We’re All A Bunch of Posers.  Read Jonathan.  He’s bursting the bubble for us.

Clay Collins is one person that has been great to interact with and learn from.  One thing that sets Clay apart from other liberation artists and internet marketers is the directness of his advice.  It is occasionally harsh but it is advice from the right place.  Latest kick in the ass: It IS Your Fault.  Clay works hard and expects you to do the same.

Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!

~Monty Python

Make sure you aren’t just collecting swords.

When you undertake a lifestyle choice make sure you take the time to examine it in the context of your own life.  What may work for Tim Ferriss in automation might not work with your particular ethic in life.

The most successful liberation artists spend a time analyzing their lives and systems, deconstructing methodologies and finding the roots from which to grow their own process.

A follower accepts systems blindly and without question.

A liberation artist deconstructs systems and uses what works for them.

It’s easy to follow someone you respect.

It’s hard to say no to someone you respect.

Make sure you know what you’re getting into when you start down a deliberate life.  Make sure that each step is deliberate and chosen by you.

Slacker Reform Into The Future

Hi Everyone,

I’m exceptionally excited lately to be working on a variety of projects which will continue to liberate me from having to hold a 9 to 5 “job” ever again.

The first is improving upon Slacker Reform by working through Darren Rowses 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series.  I’m a bit behind as I’m working on a borrowed laptop while mine is in the shop but my plan is to catch up during this week.  For anyone who has been through this process before or is working through the series now, good luck to you.

Second, I have started working with Clay Collins, of Finance Your Freedom, on Project Mojave.  It is currently in preliminary stages with about 150 founding members working together on online business development and internet marketing.  Clay Collins is very generous and straight shooting with his knowledge of internet based business.  He cuts through the hype and delivers tactical and strategical advice on creating a freedom business as he calls it.  I look forward to working with the great people there.

As for my own personal projects, I have committed myself to creating a free e-book for readers of Slacker Reform.  I’ll be documenting my progress through the creation process and am open to suggestions for topics that you would like to see covered in both the e-book and here on Slacker Reform.

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Slacker Reform Reborn

Slacker Reform was initially an outlet for my personal venture into reform.

It is now my story and advice in a form that I hope will help people create the life they want to live.

It focuses on the idea of Lifestyle Design.

How we consciously choose to travel through the world in a meaningful and self-reflective mode.  By leaving behind our 9 to 5 jobs, vagabonding across the U.S. or just taking a more direct and involved approach to living life our way.

Inspired by work from Chris Guillebeau, Timothy Ferriss, Clay Collins, Leo Babauta, and writers from sites like Lifehack and LiveDev – this is my contribution to the movement of people who aren’t willing to stand idly by and let the world live their life for them.

The motto: Live, Learn, Succeed.

Spread the word, spread the movement.  Live outside the box.

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Transformation vs. Productivity

Stepcase LifeHack is featuring a 12 part series entitled “Towards a New Vision of Productivity”.  It hits out at the reshaping of the productivity blogosphere from a lifehacking pseudo-religious organizational madness filled with folders, post-it notes, beeping reminders, etc. into simplified mindful living.

Before embarking upon my own quest of restructuring and a new life of simple pleasures I dragged through a bunch of lifehack posts set up on rss feeds, sat at a desk with multiple moniters and multiple machines whirring underneath it for eight to twelve hours a day and yet ran myself dry mentally, emotionally, and physically almost every week.

Where the difference comes in is in transformation over productivity.

Productivity, as has been echoed over and over, is dead.  Long live productivity.  Productivity as a set of systems to create efficiency in our lives isn’t efficient unless we are effective in choosing the goals which produces the results we want in our lives.

No productivity system can put you in a zen like, meditative, or mind like water state. A calm, focused, and meditative mind leads to greater productivity, but productivity systems cannot create a mind like water. – Clay Collins.

Transformation is about reshaping our lives.

When we reevaluate the goals and purpose of our life, cut out the extraneous portions that are holding us back, and replace them with a simple mindful attentive life we can live in a much more meaningful manner.  When we have a mindful way of living we are far more productive than when our life is bloated with hours at a desk, associations that drag us down, tools that take more time than they are worth, and so on.

Transformation is what this blog is about.