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Liberation Artist Conversation – Jonathan Mead Revisited

Posted on 30 September 2009 by Carl

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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.

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An Interview with Cath Duncan – The Bottom-line Bookclub

Posted on 08 September 2009 by Carl

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Cath Duncan – Life Coach & Location Independent Professional

And all around awesome person.

I had the opportunity to meet Cath in Denver for lunch when she was traveling through the U.S. for a month with her husband.  We had a great time and snapped the above photo.  It really goes to show how you can develop strong connections with people across the globe that resonate with your lifestyle through social networking, blogging and more.

I interviewed Cath last week about her entry into the world of Location Independent living and her Bottom-line Bookclub series.

She shares some fantastic stories about her transition into location independent living and the online world as a complete newbie and the challenges it presented her with.  Her ability to understand problems and how to ask smart and open questions really provides insights into how we should approach the difficulties in our life.

She also delves into how our perspective influences the options we see in our lives and how, once we change our way of viewing the world, we open up to the opportunities that were there before us but we failed to acknowledge.  Removing the blinders enables us to focus in a whole different manner.

Please enjoy this interview with Cath Duncan.

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The Bottom-line Bookclub

BLBC banner7 An Interview with Cath Duncan   The Bottom line BookclubHer Bottom-line Bookclub series takes one personal development book each month and breaks it down into its core ideas.  It’s easy to skim over books and material and fail to put that knowledge into action, instead the Bottom-line series gives you a workbook with exercises meant to guide you through the growth process.

This month the book was The Flipside by Adam Jackson.  The Bookclub also includes interviews with the authors, a social network to collaborate with other members, and daily tips.

Get a free copy of last months Bottom-line book – Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pam Slim – by giving Cath your feedback just by filling out this survey.

Disclaimer: This post does include affiliate links for the Bottom-line Bookclub and by helping to spread the word I’ll earn a percentage on any sales made here.  I don’t endorse many products here at Slacker Reform but Cath’s Bookclub is an excellent program and if you enjoyed the interview and filled out the survey (do it, it’s free!) and still want in on the Bookclub please use one of my links and throw a few bucks my way.

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

Posted on 11 June 2009 by Carl

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.

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Liberation Artist: An Interview with Jonathan Mead

Posted on 19 May 2009 by Carl

So, I lied.

I’m giving this interview away without any e-mail list requirement cause I want everyone to hear it.

Jonathan Mead has been taking the lifestyle and personal development community by storm lately and has been recently selected to be the Director of Ass Kicking for Project Mojave.  He recently published the Liberation Revolution manifesto and his own eBook Reclaim Your Dreams.

If you want the latest scoop on what Jonathan is up to, what his role in Project Mojave is and how it differs from other online business creation plans, how he is creating a revolution and the mindset he uses to keep himself plugged in to his mission, give it a listen.

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It was a blast to get to talk to Jonathan and I look forward to more Liberation Artist interviews, sign up for the Newsletter and get them as they come out.

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Reclaim Your Dreams – Slacker Promotion (10% off)

Posted on 05 May 2009 by Carl

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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I Get Paid to Exist, Do You? – Video Blog 2

Posted on 04 May 2009 by Carl

Filmed via QuickTime Broadcaster on my iSight in San Mateo, CA the evening of the 30th of April.

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Reclaim Your Dreams – A Review

Posted on 29 April 2009 by Carl

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.

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