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Liberation Artist Conversation – Jonathan Mead Revisited

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I’m excited to bring you another conversation with Liberation Artist Jonathan Mead.  Jonathan is a liberation badass.  This year he quit his real job and moved into coaching and writing full time.

I had the opportunity to first speak with Jonathan back in the spring and you can find that interview here.

There’s been a lot of change and growth since then and in this conversation we talk about our own personal growth both personally and on a more business level.  We’re not just talking about this online world either – we explore how we each explain the juncture of the personal development online community and the social worlds we inhabit offline, how we help to enrich the world and communities around us, and inspire others to go out and create change in the world.

Reverse-engineering motivations, how life coaching changes both the coach and the client, and why he’s been holed up in a cave (i.e. desk) for a month.

Listen to it here (Donald Trump apprentices need not apply):

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Jonathan Mead is the author of the Zero Hour Workweek and Reclaim Your Dreams.  He’s a regular contributor to Zen Habits.  Runs the Black Sheep Project with Jared Kessler.  Is the Lead Ass-Kicker for Project Mojave.  And is ready to launch his own e-course on how to Get Paid to Exist – an indepth examination about how to turn your passion and skill into a saleable skill.

Excuse the breathing into the microphone – I sound like I’ve got a respiratory disorder.

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.

Reclaim Your Dreams – Slacker Promotion (10% off)

I reviewed Jonathan Mead’s e-book Reclaim Your Dreams last week and I wanted to give my readers a chance to purchase this excellent e-book.

If you want a good start into reclaiming your life and making your passions your reality (which you should) then take it by the horns and Buy It.

Use the coupon code Slacker and you’ll get 10% off of Reclaim Your Dreams.

So check out Jonathan on Illuminated Mind or on Twitter.

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Reclaim Your Dreams – A Review

Reclaim Your Dreams CoverReclaim Your Dreams is an ebook by Jonathan Mead who is a liberation artist I’ve seen taking this field by storm lately.  He runs his own website Illuminated Mind as well as writing for Zen Habits and Lateral Action, two prominent blogs in the field of simplicity, creativity and productivity.  All of this while still working a normal job, having a wife and occasionally (I bet) a life offline.

Jonathan put out a call for reviews of his ebook and I took the opportunity after reading about it on Mind the Beginner and a few other sites.

One thing you’ll notice in almost all of Jonathan’s writing is he doesn’t stick to the normal productivity, life hack ideas that get pushed around all the time.  He doesn’t let the standards of even the unconventional community dictate his words.  He stays true to his values.

On to the book.

The opening pages kick right off with five hitting statements.  My favorite two lines are “this is …. a call to live deliberately” and “this is a permission slip to be ridiculous”.  Deliberate ridiculousness is the name of the game in lifestyle design.  We have to choose to look like fools in the eyes of our friends and family because often they won’t understand the radical choices we choose to undertake to become the dreamers who create life on their own terms.

One of the root notions that Jonathan uses throughout the eBook is a contrast between heart and mind.  Whether it is seeing with the mind vs. the heart or thinking with the mind vs. the heart, it is a constant dichotomy that he uses.  The mind is often associated with the conventional, the conditioned, the practical and secure while the heart is associated with the free, the unconventional, the passionate, and the frivolous.

However, when I read a book for review the trained philosopher in me comes out and I start breaking things down.  Why use such a typical dichotomy, perhaps it’s for the ease of understanding or that’s how Mead truly feels where the difference is and in the land of life it’s hard to argue with a persons feelings.  In any case it’s a superfluous detail for most people but one that I noted.

Mead aims to help readers forge a bond between mind and heart.  He begins with a simple question: Why do you live?

Why do we live?  It’s easy enough to misplace our life by setting into autopilot.  We graduate from school, get a job, get a partner, get married, buy a house, have a couple kids, a car garage… blah blah blah.  It goes on into conventional style so overdone that it makes my brain hurt.  It has gotten to the point where saying 2.5 kids in a judging tone has gone from being a critique of convention to becoming the convention.

Mead answers it in a broad stroke.  If you don’t wake up happy what’s the point.  Because you’ve missed it.

He redefines the notion of success as: the person that’s most alive.

Part 1: Unbrainwashing.

Here is where Mead starts to dive into the meat of reclaiming your dreams.  First though you have to clear out all of that dredge holding you back.  This is the unbrainwashing.  The breaking down of the conventions that we have been domesticated with.  There are three chapters in Part 1 each with a different intention.

The first calls for you to reclaim ownership of your mind.  To get out of your own way and let yourself believe that you can do it.  Often times our harshest critics are ourselves and we often ask permission and then deny ourselves rather than apologizing to ourselves when things don’t work out.  Mead wants you to get around that.

The next calling is to stop caring.  To stop preparing for what is coming up.  To forget about the titles and statuses that define us in society as successful and go with living our life.  “Sometimes the smartest way to solve a problem [e.g. caring too much] is to stop participating in the problem.”  If you just let that care slip it liberates you to do with life as you will instead of getting the next level of life.

The last call for action in Part 1 is to undomesticate yourself.  This chapter focuses on removing the limits we place on ourselves.  If we want to do something in life we most likely can.  I may not be a world famous musician if I’m 25 and have never picked up an instrument before but I can definitely learn to play a few songs on a guitar if I take the time to do it.  To be interested in life rather than seeking out interesting things.  This is a lot like my notion of engagement.  You can’t live if you aren’t in your life.

Part 2: Manifestation

Now that Mead has helped you clear out the debris holding you back Part 2 is there to help you create your dreams.

My favorite part of Part 2 is right at the beginning.  Mead gives you three exercises to do.  Realize your dreams.  Find your purpose.  Understand your values.  These become the tools and guidelines for liberating yourself from the conventional life that has held you from your dreams.  I would recommend this book for this section alone, but even more so for the exercise that follows.

With the dreams, purpose and values in place Mead challenges you to write a personal manifesto and this is something I have taken to heart and started crafting.  This personal manifesto becomes like your mission statement, what you can look to help guide you through your decisions and actions.  I’ve read about personal statements or manifestos before and I think they are an excellent idea for anyone hoping to create change in their life.

One portion of the manifestation exercises I had not heard of before is the creation of a dream sanctuary.  This is where you can keep your dreams safe and where you can go to immerse yourself in them.  This is where you can find inspiration in times of drought or to go to when you feel your dreams are challenged by the world of circumstance.  You can do this in a variety of ways which he details and I recommend it highly.

The last three chapters in Part 2 revolve around 3 Keys to Success in Reclaiming Your Dreams, but rather than extolling on each one I will offer a brief list.

Key Number 1: Give Up (or overcoming uncertainty).

Key Number 2: Quit (or reclaiming ownership of your time)

Key Number 3: Skills (or creating love money)

In conclusion Mead’s Reclaim Your Dreams dives into the basics of creating the vision for action.  It is a way to blueprint your dreams into reality.  While it leans towards belonging in the self help section of a Borders it provides some interesting tools to start you on your way into living your life on your terms.

Buy Reclaim Your Dreams and Subscribe to Illuminated Mind.

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.