Conscious Taxes

It's the year 2036.

It's tax time again, and EVERYONE'S excited about it. You've been looking forward to this for almost 8 months because this is the first year in the history of the world that YOU get to decide where your tax dollars go.

Your decisions will have a direct impact on the immediate world around you, and after many decades of failed politics, poor economic policies, the people have finally wrested control over their communities and ecosystems. Politicians finally serve the people.

The Conscious Tax App

You register and sign into the Conscious Tax App for the first time, and you see all the money you were taxed for the previous year on the welcome screen:

$9,311.00

With this amount, you can invest in any program, policy, or plan you would like, as long as it's given back to the community.  The #1 law regarding taxes is that you CANNOT keep it for yourself, although you can direct it to institutions and programs that serve your interests.

You can give some to the local military or police, infrastructure to keep roads safe, education and schools, healthcare, social security, or even that local politician that works so hard to make sure plans are implemented wisely.

You click a button that leads you to all local proposals, such as a new commuter train system, housing renovations, getting rid of pesky potholes, upgrading local schools and improving agriculture standards.

Every proposal submitted includes:

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So, what will you do with your tax money?

Responsibility

It's a bigger responsibility, making decisions that not only impact your household, but your entire community. And what if every decision involving every tax dollar was transparent? Others can see where your tax dollars go, and you can see where theirs go. Everybody's values would be on display.

Would you support schools and education, building towards a long term vision of your community? Or do you use your money to fund immediate needs, like road and bridge infrastructure? Should you fund that arts program for youth? Or do you allocate funds to that innovative pure water project that might NOT work?

How do you respond if you're championing a cause that isn't getting the necessary attention (or funding) you think it deserves? Wouldn't you get MORE involved? Wouldn't you attempt to make something happen?

Wouldn't 'conscious taxes' make everybody a de facto politician, making people responsible for swaying and influencing others to vote for the 'best' worldview imaginable?

How would YOU create the best ecosystem humanly possible? A place where all community members have the potential to thrive, without institutional barriers.

I see a world where public debate and discourse would increase. Civic engagement would shoot through the roof. Wall flowers would hit the dance floor.

Reality

The truth is, many people are disengaged from politics and policy making.

The truth is, nobody can pinpoint or know for sure where their tax dollars go - it's all based on what government tells us.

The truth is that a very small percentage of the population is involved in any form of civic engagement, let alone public debate - which is mostly left for the politicians and scholars.

Here, take a look at where your tax dollars are likely to end up:

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This doesn't include Wall St. bailouts, senator's salary's and pension plans, nor all the wasteful spending that goes into a bureaucratic behemoth such as Washington D.C.

The question is, where do YOU want your money to go? To the military, and ongoing wars? Despite having the largest military in the WORLD, the United States spends an amount equal to the next closest 8 countries COMBINED.

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Is this really the best use of our money? Maybe you think so, but I don't. I'd be fine if you decided to throw your all your tax dollars at the military. I'd like to choose where my money goes, and focus on taking care of many of the social problems we continue to experience.

Are your tax dollars really in better hands with the government? Wouldn't it be nice to see the connection of YOUR actual dollars to the BENEFITS you're meant to receive?

Instead of having a disengaged populace, don't you think the level of awareness regarding local problems/solutions would raise in communities with tax spending in the hands of people? Perhaps political corruption would cease as a result.

I don't have any answers, just a bunch of questions.

With a little imagination, innovation, and "conscious taxes", I'm sure we can do much, much better even if it's in 2036. I hope much sooner.

Perhaps one day we can log-in to the Conscious Tax App, and start directing the future of our communities and country.

I can dream.

Paul


One Step Closer

I was thinking the other day...

Life is hard.

I thought about this. Nothing seems easy. If I want to live, work is required. The expenditure of energy is necessary to get results. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. No action, no results.

Yes, life is hard, but withholding my energy from some person or project not only makes my life harder, it makes it less fulfilling.

What are you giving to life? What are you getting back?

Accomplishing anything worthwhile requires so much hard work.

If I want to accomplish anything noteworthy or worthwhile, then hard work is mandatory. There is no short cut, no easy hack, no magic pill to swallow. Busting my ass is the only answer to achieving anything worthwhile.

I think about the things I want to see in the world...

  • write a few books
  • create a magazine
  • develop a few apps
  • Tibet, India and the Himalayas
  • Siberia
  • perform on stage, either as speaker or actor
  • a stronger, healthier body

None of it is easy. There are no short-cuts. I have to put in the time and practice, the energy and effort to make it all happen.

All of these things require devotion. It's not a word I use very often, but if there's no devotion, then I'll never put in the time.

devotion |diˈvōSHən|

noun

love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause

What are you devoted to?

Most of the time, I don't WANT to do the hard work.

I don't want to do the hard work most of the time. I'd rather relax, watch a Youtube video or sports, read a book, or surf the internet. Who wants to work out and exercise? Who wants to write everyday especially when you don't feel like it?

I'm learning that when I face the hurdle of not wanting to do something, then I should find someone that does. In the connected world and economy that we live in, it's not that hard to find someone who compliments your skill set.

Stop whining about hard work and figure out what you're willing to work hard on.

Then find other people to do the hard work you want no part of.

Collaboration is a lesson I'm learning (the hard way).

Who do you know that can do the things you don't want to do?

It's easy to do nothing and be lazy.

Initiating a new project is exciting and invigorating, but after the excitement ends, real work needs to get done. It becomes easy to do nothing and get a little lazy.

But I've noticed something about my laziness. I'm lazy when I'm not clear on what to do next, and I'm not clear on what to do next because I don't have enough reasons to BE CLEAR. Kinda circular, I know.

Knowing your "why?" is crucial to doing anything in life.

I'm also lazy if I'm doing something I've never done before and I know my process is going to be very inefficient.

What if all laziness was a by-product of my inability to see clearly? What if laziness was simply a result of my own uncertainty?

If the next steps aren't clear to me, then I can be sure of one thing: I will definitely procrastinate.

Define the next steps with clarity. Be concrete. Write it down. 12 different people should be able to take what you've written down, perform the next steps, and produce similar results.

If you're being lazy or procrastinating then spend more time being clear. If a problem repeats itself or still confuses you, then spend more time defining the actual problem.

Clarity (easy to perceive, understand, or interpret) = Power (the ability to do something or act in a particular way)

The more CLEAR you are, the more POWER you will exhibit.

Remember that.

It's easy to quit when things get tough.

And it will get tough. I start a project and pretty soon I find that there's something or someone I don't know, something I don't know how to do, or a task that is beyond my current skill level.

Starting Everybody's Famous quickly taught me what I didn't know, and what I'd have to learn quickly.

  • Will this venture succeed? How can I validate a magazine, actually get people to fork over their cash for something that doesn't exist yet?
  • How will this magazine earn money? What's the business model? What will people pay for? What's the value being delivered?
  • What kind of corporation is it? LLC, C, S, or B?
  • Since the magazine requires content, stories from local communities, where will that content come from? How will we find those people? How do we tell compelling stories that engages just about anybody?
  • What other legal considerations, ethical questions need to be answered?
  • I'm not a journalist. I'm not a photographer or videographer. I'm not an audiophile. EFM is a multi-media magazine, so I'm going to have to learn fast. Each one of those statements comes with a bunch of questions, research, and activities.

I could be here all day listing everything I don't know about how to run a magazine or a business, but the point is, each one of these challenges are learning opportunities. And learning requires lots of mistakes. Lots of them.

In the beginning of learning anything, there will be a disproportionate amount of mistakes to what you do right. Know this and suck it up.

It's easy to quit when you suck at something, but anything worth doing is worth doing POORLY.

Do it wrong, learn, and grow. Just don't quit when things get tough.

But I don't know "how?"

I learned a few years back NEVER to ask how to do something until I've tried it first. I never realized that question could be used as a cop out from true action. I'd say 90% of the people who ask "how?" before any research or taking some kind of action are not truly serious.

I used to be like that, maybe not verbally but definitely in my head. I found over time that if someone has enough desire, has enough reasons to do something, they'll find a way to make it happen.

I also found that if I dug down deep enough into a problem or project that the next step to take was always within my line of sight. Even if I couldn't see beyond that next step, I always knew what the very next step was, and once I took it, then next one would reveal itself.

Stop playing around. You know what the next step is. The next step you need to take for your relationships. Your business. Your community. Be responsible and take it. Stop asking "how?" and just do it. At least Nike got that right.

Oh, and from now on, replace "how?" with "why?" to get to the heart of things. If your purpose isn't strong enough, it won't get done anyway, regardless of all the how-to books in the world.

WHY always beats HOW.

I can do so much better...

Really? You can have a better relationship, a better job, a better home, and a better life?

Then do something about it.

'Better' requires a little bit of faith. Faith requires a clear vision.

If you don't have a vision for your life and all your ideals - your ideal average day, your ideal relationship, your ideal job, etc. - then you won't act. You'll talk and talk and talk, but nothing will get done.

Faith and risk require a solid vision or plain ignorance. You'll go on with your sh*tty job and your mediocre lifestyle, but nothing will get 'better' unless you see things clearly and ACT.

So basic, but it's easy to get caught up in our own heads.

Besides, if you have a clear vision and are taking the necessary actions to see it through, you'll be able to put up with that sh*tty job a little while longer. Your time there is coming to an end, and you KNOW it. It's just a matter of time.

Can you imagine? Working that job and having no light at the end of the tunnel?

Having no vision sucks. Not acting at all is worse.

C'mon, let's do this. Life can be better for all of us, and you know it.

What's your next step?

For work?

In your relationships?

For your health?

For recreation and travel?

For learning?

For your money?

Clarity is one step closer. Take a step towards your vision today.

Even if it's tiny and miniscule.

Just one.

Paul


What a career coach's resume looks like

My new resume design took me awhile to put together. I played with it, I wanted it to stand out, and I GET that the content could use some cleaning up, but here it is anyway. It's a work in progress, as all resumes are.

You may drag this resume onto your desktop for further examination.

You can also download a PDF version at the bottom of this post.

Paul

Paul Campillo's resume

Feel free to download a PDF version of this resume by clicking on the link below.

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Play a new game

I often think of death.

As my dad once said to me, "We all gonna die", but it's hard to really understand that concept and get it in my gut.

I know I'm not making it out of this thing alive and you know that, but do we really, really KNOW?

My time may come in the next 5 minutes, the next 5 months, or the next 5 years. Who's to say? Nothing is certain in life, everything is impermanent, and life isn't fair.

Given that death is certain for us all, the question then becomes...

how do I want to live my life? Not in the future, but right now?

This question puts my entire life in perspective. More on this later.

Games

I'm becoming more and more aware that everything's made up, and I say "more aware" because it's easy to forget. It's easy to forget that society, and all the games we play within it, are made up.

The games of education and school.

The games of service and work.

The games of acquiring money and stuff.

The games of relationships, status and cultural relevance.

The games of politics, religion, racism, sexism or any ism you can conjure.

The games of anything you can imagine.

When I say games, it doesn't mean that life is not 'real' or 'serious' to you. I'm not minimizing what anyone does on a daily basis, but I am saying that if you look at it deeply, see things with a fresh mind, then you may realize the absurdity of what we put ourselves through, each and every day of our lives.

I say it's absurd given the outcomes and long term effects of these games: people mask their feelings through drugs, escape through entertainment, or commit violent or criminal acts because these games are confusing and frustrating to play. Sometimes, people just want to have the feeling of 'winning', even if they have to cheat to get it.

Should the games people play, fun or serious, bring out the best in you or a lesser version of who you are? For me, I want to play a game that's worth playing, a game that helps me grow and allows me to be my best self, whether I win the championship or not.

Real life games

It's important to note that serious games also contain the same elements and principles of fun games.

For example, every game has an overarching goal. There are rules that govern the players. Sometimes those players wear a uniform and use equipment to play the game well. Judges or referees are there to enforce the rules. The coaches or managers are there to help guide you or give you a strategy.

There's a way to keep score and some kind of prize or award that people are playing for. And there's the perception of winners and losers - you may not use those terms given the context of your situation, but terms like 'success' and 'failure' still hold the same meaning.

To give a real life example of serious games in life, take a look at the following infographics (click twice to see them in their full glory):

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In the first infographic, you can clearly see who's making policy (the rules of the game). Think about it. If you could make the rules of the game anyway you wanted, would you purposely give your team an unfair advantage? Of course you wouldn't.

Check the second one out: transparency

Remember who's making those policies from the first infographic? Now you see who is impacted. What do you think?

Racism

The 'racism' game is a good example of serious games.

There are players, and they have a uniform (skin color) so you know who's on what team, and the challenges or 'hurdles' a team must overcome is determined by their uniform.

There are referees and judges to enforce unfair practices, but those unfair practices ARE the rules of the game.

And there's a way to keep score.

Race-ism is the 'perfect' term to use because that's precisely what it is - a race. Whoever came up with that term 'race' understood the impact it would have on society, and the various 'teams' it would impact.

Imagine one team runs the race without any obstacles, hindrances, or the least amount of challenge. The competing teams have parachutes strapped to their backs to slow them down, oil slicks that cause them to slip when they run, or 3-5 foot hurdles to jump over. Who has a better chance of winning?

With that understanding, look at those infographics again. How is it possible that skin color determines performance, outcomes, and your ultimate place in society? It boggles the mind and is just not possible - UNLESS - the 'race' is fixed.

Choice

This is just one example of a made-up game we're choosing to play. Yes, it is a choice, but we can decide to keep playing this game, play a different game, or create a new game.

Some may balk and say, "We don't have a choice, this is the way it is", and I say bullish*t. Either you're creating or co-creating your reality, or you're NOT.

To say, "this is the way it is", is creating the reality of what you already observe.

To say, "this is how it is now, and we can change this", is creating the reality of your imagination. Being victimized is one thing, remaining a victim is another.

You have a choice to repeat what you experience or create something new - observation or imagination. Stay in observation mode and you will mirror what you see, day in and day out. Options will be limited only to what you see, hear, smell, taste and touch. If you live in a certain area all your life then your culture, the rules you live by, and the world you experience will be similar to what others experience from that area.

If you choose imagination, then the paths and possibilities are endless. The game of life opens up and you're no longer limited to other people's creations. You have to still act on your imagination to make it happen. Living in your head doesn't count for much in this life.

My opportunity

I'm creating a new game for myself. Here's what I know so far:

  • I want to work and have relationships with people that energize, support, and 'get' me
  • I want to do work that's meaningful, makes me look forward to it, and challenges me to bring my 'A' game everyday
  • I want to live in full self-expression, totally being myself, and put myself in situations that bring out my best qualities

I'm sure I'll add more bullets later, but three is enough for now. These three bullets alone cause me to reflect on my current state, and make me question the work I spend most of my time doing, the quality of impact I'm having, as well as my current lifestyle.

I will look at myself deeply over the next few days and will be making some tough decisions soon.

Either I can continue to recreate what I have already experienced, with the same players, in similar settings, and familiar story lines...

OR

I can begin to create an entirely new life for myself, one that really inspires me to grab the chance to create a new culture of work, and realize the opportunity to live life on my terms, not somebody else's creation.

Is the game you're playing bringing out your absolute best? Are you playing a game you don't care for? If not, will you create a new game for yourself, or continue as you are?

I'll ponder these questions. More later.

Paul


The Great Experiment

One day a thought occurred to me: life is everybody's best guess.

The roads, streets, and the cars that drive on them. Pretty good guesses.

The Earth is flat? Center of the universe? Oops, bad guesses happen, too.

People experiment, learn from those guesses, and things get better.

Houses have gone from log cabins with fireplaces to solar powered million dollar complexes because guesses evolve.

My old Commodore 64 was a fun guess at the time, but this Macbook Pro is light years ahead of that dinosaur. This Mac will be extinct soon.

Who knows what's coming next? AI is here. Driverless cars. 3d printing. Time travel? All built on yesterday's best guess.

I'm working on a few projects right now. A book. A magazine. A side business. Some guesses are more educated than others, but I'm still guessing. It ALL starts with a guess, so spare me the 20 page business plan (btw, plan is a fancy word for a guess - and NO, I'm not against planning, just over-planning).

Poor Kodak. They guessed wrong, despite having a plan. But I can't talk - Kodak's failure is public, while my mistakes are seen only by those close to me. Fact: I don't make nearly enough mistakes.

Probabilities

Guesses improve over time as long as we learn from our mistakes. Guess results on a scale look like:

impossible ---> possible ---> probable ---> likely ---> certainty ---> bam!

But how do we get to a place of learning if we're afraid to act, afraid to make mistakes, or afraid to look dumb/stupid/silly.

Ultimately, it's about having the courage to experiment with life.

Everybody's guessing anyway. Teachers are trying to figure out a better way to teach. Politicians are guessing which strategies will win them an election. Entrepreneurs are constantly experimenting with new tactics to get more customers or clients. Parents want their children to be the best they can possibly be.

And guesses can quickly go from bad to worse.

Bad teachers may get fired, or worse, fail to reach students and still keep their jobs.

Politicians lose elections, or worse, get elected and their guess brings innocent people to war.

Entrepreneurs lose money because of bad guesses all the time, which may affect hard working employees.

Parents screw up their own kids' lives all the time. From generational poverty, violence, or addiction to less harmful practices such as the guilt of not living your life according to their vision or constantly comparing you to others who are doing 'better'.

Think about this: if everybody KNEW or was CERTAIN about life, then there'd be no point. Living would be a stale, fixed, and incredibly boring exercise. Guessing, whether educated or ignorant, is a mandatory skill in life. We must get better at it.

Greatness from experiments

You don't have to be special to guess, learn from your mistakes, and make better guesses.

You just need some guts and an attitude of, "let's see what works."

If you see greatness in the world (a person, work of art, a business, etc.), realize someone was brave enough to guess, learn from those guesses, and improve over time. The work of art is just their latest guess.

Greatness is the result of many, many, many experiments over time.

So what are you waiting for? Start guessing already.

Paul


So, when's your book coming out?

"So, when's your book coming out?"

That question shouldn't bother me, should it? I just finished speaking and could've taken it as a compliment, but he really meant it.

And it wasn't the question itself, it was the context in which it was asked.

Imagine

I just gave a presentation, and in the middle of it I talk about goals.

I say, "You need 3 things to have a goal. I don't subscribe to SMART goals because I think the acronym (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely) is just someone's need to make an acronym work, but you do need 3 key components to have a goal."

I head to the whiteboard and speak as I write, "words - numbers - date"

"Everything else is just an intention. Intentions are cool, but do you really want people saying, 'she meant well' OR.......

'she f'n did it!'

 

And there it was. A clean setup. A softball for anybody to hit out of the park.

Someone randomly asks, "So, when's your book coming out?"

How did he know I was working on a book? Doesn't matter, he asked, armed with his newfound understanding of what a goal really is. We all knew what he was asking for: words, numbers, and a date.

I don't have words, a number and a date, I thought to myself. What do I say?

"I don't know, but I'll have a date next time I see you."

I won't be seeing them for 2 weeks so I bought myself some time, but now the clock is ticking.

There's no avoiding this one. Hypocrisy is not my cup of tea. I need words, a number, and a date.

Something like, "My book (insert title) will be finished, edited, and on the market (in the Kindle store) by December 25, 2014."

But I wasn't ready.

Lessons

  • The public is perhaps the best method to keep yourself accountable and get things done. Don't tell one person, tell five.
  • If you don't want to create awesome value in the world and make yourself vulnerable in the process, make sure you continue to suck and embrace mediocrity. You won't be alone if you do.
  • If you teach others about how to have a beautiful relationship, make sure your own relationship is beautiful. People can smell a phony, even if they don't tell you.
  • Commitment isn't scary. Meeting a challenge and the possibility of screwing up IS. While some people say 'commitment is scary', I finally see it for what it is: fear of failure.
  • Make sure words, numbers, and a date are part of your goal language, otherwise you just have an intention.

Update

I plan to blog everyday, for the next 30 days. I have a lot of catching up to do, and didn't want to write a 3,000 word post.

I return sooneth.

Paul


Worldwide Transformation - A Manifesto

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Love to you all.

Paul


I.O.I - A Global (But Curable) Epidemic

[dropcap type="2"]T[/dropcap]his week: What's a bigger problem than ignorance? Butt-Naked Abundance 2.0, Global Transformation One Person At A time, and a quick update. Weeks 44 and 45 have passed, and week 46 is right around the corner so I'll make it 3 weeks for the price of one. Let's go!

I.O.I.

I used to think ignorance was the source of ALL our problems including everything from health issues such as mental illness to economic problems such as poverty and famine. Perhaps ignorance is not the root cause in ALL cases, but you can always find it lurking close by.

The dictionary defines ignorance as NOT KNOWING and for the purposes of our discussion we'll add being unaware of some-thing to that definition. But unaware of WHAT?

When it comes to a specific problem, you could be unaware of many things including the very problem itself. If you can't define the problem, you most certainly won't solve it. You could be unaware of  what caused a problem to occur, and you could be uninformed about potential solutions as a result.

From my experience, the most destructive kind of ignorance is not knowing who you are - your strengths, what turns you on/off, your blind-spots, and the key people in your life that can help fill the gaps.

As for me, I know that I don't know a lot. I don't know any other languages but english. I don't know how economies work. I don't get why NASA went to the moon for a span of 3 years from 1969 - 1972 and never went back. I don't know how to code web apps, how to ride horses (even though I've ridden one before), where I lost my car remote, and why grass grows through concrete.

Yes, ignorance is potentially a BIG problem, but a bigger problem facing humanity is not just ignorance, but IOI. What is IOI? It's...

Ignorance of Ignorance.

See my sample 'ignorance list' up there? I'm very aware of what I don't know when it comes to those things. At this point, if I decide not to do anything about my ignorance, then I'm choosing to live with the consequences of not knowing - good or bad.

Consider this: IOI extends beyond my limited knowledge base because I also don't realize how the consequences of not knowing a particular thing will affect me.

Goodness, that was a mouthful. Let's try this...

1. I'm knowingly ignorant of something (how to cook lasagne, for example).

2. I'm also knowingly ignorant of how NOT KNOWING could benefit or cause me harm (i.e.).

I know, I know. It seems confusing and all convoluted, but the keyword to focus on in those two statements is KNOWINGLY. Being KNOWINGLY IGNORANT is an advantage over mere ignorance. Here's the key difference. I can consciously shape my destiny if I know what I don't know by choosing to either dig deeper into an area of my ignorance or not. I can only make that choice if I'm knowingly ignorant. If I'm ignorant of my own ignorance, then my options will always be limited.

You never know, I could get into a Slumdog Millionaire type of situation where $500,000 rides on knowing the difference between Keynesian and Austrian economics. Maybe knowing the difference between economic theories would help me solve world hunger? Maybe it'll help me get my next job or make me a million dollars? Who knows?

Here's the point: I'm very aware that I don't know the difference between those two economic theories, but KNOWING that I don't know gives me an advantage over not being aware at all. Being knowingly ignorant is an advantage over being ignorant of my ignorance because being knowingly ignorant gives me a choice - and a chance.

If I know that I don't know, I can choose to educate myself, gather information, learn new skills, research and explore. If I don't know what I don't know, then I can't begin to address anything until someone or something exposes me to my own ignorance.

Of course, I'm mindful of the fact that I can't know it all, and I don't even want to. The saying, "ignorance is bliss" has some merit and the burden of too much knowledge has been philosophized over many times. Being a "know-it-all" is also a waste of the remaining time I have on this planet. We're all bound to be ignorant to some degree, even though we can always do better.

Listen. You're IOI. We all are. So, try new stuff. Try different stuff. Expose yourself to new things, new people, new ideas, and new ways of seeing the world. Get out and explore. Get a taste of everything you possibly can so you can know what you like and don't like, what you love and don't love. At least know what you want to be knowingly ignorant about.

Ignorance of ignorance is unavoidable, but we can improve our awareness quotient (AQ) through travel, exploration, through exposure to new ideas and reading things outside our regular domain. Awareness of Ignorance or AOI at least gives you options to go further or not. AOI provides opportunities for growth and expansion, even if you decide not to take them, and those opportunities will expand proportionately to your awareness.

You'll always have a shot with AOI, but you don't stand a chance with IOI. And the only way you can deal with IOI is to push your limits and boundaries, go outside your comfort zone, and get more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Think about this: Why would you explore and make yourself uncomfortable on your own? Why make yourself learn after you've already been to school, you've been to college, and you've graduated from your trade school or earned your masters degree? Why stretch yourself when everything is all good, and there's no apparent problems on the horizon? Why even address IOI, and move into AOI?

I'll tell you why in two words: other people.

If you go beyond yourself and continue to grow and develop yourself, you will be able to do more for others. You'll be able to connect better to others and strengthen already existing relationships. You'll have more options to make a difference in others' lives. And ultimately, what else are you here to do?

And if you choose to stay in IOI? Well, you won't have to look hard for IOI effects. Look right in your home, maybe in your extended family, at work, or in your community. Crime, poverty, exploitation, domestic violence, destructive competition, stress, depression, obesity, unhealthy relationships and many problems we face are the collective effect of IOI.

Choose to know, choose to grow. That's all.

Butt-Naked Abundance 2.0

I hate the first version of BNA. Some of my best ideas are captured in my journal, but never made it to the digital pages of that book. Ever since I've started 'reality blogging', I've decided that my personal blog would be my platform for Butt-Naked Abundance 2.0.

The whole point of Butt-Naked Abundance is to prove that anybody can generate abundance out of nothing, and in order to prove that, I have to prove it to myself first. That means living it myself and making a deliberate effort to implement the concepts in the book on a daily basis, not just when I feel like it.

You, dear reader, have been privy to BNA 2.0 all this time. You're witnessing the foundation, and when the time comes, the explosion. So, BNA 1.0 will not even look the same by the time 2.0 rolls out and I can't wait.

I'll be looking to reveal MORE of the strategies, tactics, and the "why" behind my efforts in the coming months, and they will be the basis of the next iteration of the book. I hope you stick around.

Global Transformation

I'm about to release "Global Transformation, One Person At A Time". It's a short manifesto on how we can change the world one person at a time. It covers how to do it from a strategic perspective, and leaves the tactics up to the reader. I always thought that sharing principles, showing the big picture, and developing strategies is far more important than tactical "how to's".

Once I read Krishnamurti say, and I'm paraphrasing, if you are asking "how" then you're just not serious enough or you don't want it bad enough. He wasn't talking about technical instruction, like building a house or fixing a car. He was referring to someone with a so-called mental block or psychological 'barrier' towards a specific goal.

"How do I stop being shy around women?"

"How do I follow my dream when it goes against my parent's wishes?"

"How do I leave this abusive relationship?"

Sometimes you just have to decide when enough's enough. When your desire is powerful enough, you'll stop asking "how" to do something and just start. So what are you waiting for??

Anyway, look for the release of the manifesto this weekend or next. If you read the 8 Life Pillar Manifesto, then it'll look really familiar, but with a few tweaks and updates.

Update

I started my work as a Career Coach this past week, and the training and information gathering is taking some time. I'm enjoying the work so far, and the people seem truly dedicated and professional, and they still keep it light. What more could I ask for?

Oh, and no more 60 hour work weeks for me -- I'm keeping a strict schedule. When the work day is over, it's over. Sure I still think about work after I leave, but it's not carrying over into my personal life like before - a sure sign of wisdom oozing slowly into my life :)

Since I started working, I put my coaching services on hold over at Wake Up Smiling. No need to overwhelm myself at this time, so I will phase that service back in as the book hits a steady flow. WTF needs my attention now, and I will spend some time on it this week.

I've been adjusting to my new schedule, including a commute, and I've given myself time to relax and get some perspective on where to fit the book project in my schedule. I'll have a better idea by the end of this week, and will spend this weekend knocking those two chapters out. The first two chapters have been the most difficult for me, because they set the stage for the entire book. Once they're finished, I think the rest will flow like water.

Finally, I'm considering blogging WTF (the book), and drip-feeding it on the blog over at Wake Up Smiling. I may have mentioned this to you before, but it's still on my mind. I'll keep you posted.

See ya next week (maybe).

Paul "AQ of 127 and rising" Campillo


We > I

[dropcap type="2"]W[/dropcap]eek 9 and 10 are over, 42 more to go. As you can tell, I missed a week, and that doesn't mean that this will be a long update. SCOREBOARD: [box type="blank" class="bg-blue rounded-10"] [columns width="1/2"]

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Bank Statement 10-10-12
Bank Statement 10-10-12

Update

It's been an eventful couple of weeks for me. I went on Craigslist applied to contract with a couple of places that I feel would fit my skill set AND still do something that I would enjoy. We'll see what comes up.

I've also decided to go all in on my next book, and plan to release it December 25, 2012. Merry Christmas. I've just released a teaser video for the book:

And as for the book title, it could still change, but I like the direction it's taking:

WTF Book Cover Design

I've also did a final redesign of the 8 Life Pillars. Soon I will be brainstorming courses, workshops, and app ideas around this concept. It's gone from butt-ugly to its current iteration. Check out the progression from 2005 until today:

Made these first two in MS Word. The only difference between the two was the changing the language of Career to Service and Education to Learning. Service is all encompassing, more inclusive. And Learning sounds like a more active process than education. Thanks to my friend Mark for that contribution.

Here's where I wanted to make it more graphical. Of course, I was just beginning to play with design apps, but this was my first effort. Of course, the Base of this particular iteration only had the mind as our primary source of everything. Of course, after thinking about it, I changed it.

The second is not so much different from the first. The changes to the Base were made to reflect my understanding of what's at our deepest core.

And now I'm just getting fancier using some shading effects and shadows. Don't know why I chose yellow, but I was just creating.

That last version had too much going on in the actual pillars. Now I'm sliding my design to a more minimal look. Just the icon, and the pillar name at the bottom. I liked where it was going, but I wan't even remotely satisfied.

Then I thought, why not use actual pillars? Of course, going off the last few iterations I decided to keep using color to differentiate each pillar. If you haven't guessed, I was using the chakra color scheme that I associated with each particular pillar.Then I got tired of the colors, and wanted to make the entire design more uniform. Let the icons speak for themselves. Still kept the pillars, but it just wasn't satisfying.

Then I just got sick of thinking about it, and outsourced a design from someone experienced in these matters. I saw his portfolio and thought he would do an excellent job. Too bad he didn't...

Finally, I got rid of using graphical looking pillars. It was so unnecessary. I did use a stone type image to maintain the feel of the pillars. I felt really good about this one.

Then I figured, why the big ol' fat pillars? Why not minimize the design completely, and place the emphasis on the key areas? Done.

And now the final conclusion. I changed the Organization and Learning icons to something I felt was more representative of each pillar.

8LP - Final VersionMoving on...

The Cost Of Independence

In order to reach my goal, as I've stated, I'm going to have to multiply myself and my work. That means books, ebooks, courses, workshops, etc.

So that means an inordinate amount of time developing, creating, refining, editing, testing, researching, practicing and rehearsing. I realize the level of effort and commitment it takes to make this all work.

Writing a book is no easy chore. It requires a lot of thought, organization, and consideration for the reader. Developing a course or teaching anything that promises results requires the same amount of attention and effort.

And this must all be done to a very high level in order to reach who I want to reach, and do the things I want to do.

But I also realize that I can't do it all myself. Brainstorming with friends, talking it over with colleagues who are working on similar projects, and bringing in outside expertise to help refine the message are ideas I MUST be receptive to.

If you don't know me, I am very independent, and rely mostly on myself. And this has hurt me. It has cost me so much. This will NOT get me to where I want to go, and I will never, ever be able to accomplish anything of great significance as long as this software is running my system.

So this means I've got to ask for more help. I've got to reach out to others. I've got to network with a purpose. When I think of networking, it means giving. Lots of giving.

I've never had a problem with giving. I'd give everything I have to others, and never ask for anything in return. And I'm sure I'll continue to do that. But at some point I have to monetize my value whether it's asking for favors or getting a key introduction.

I've got 42 weeks left, and time is flying.

Independence is an important step to take in everybody's life. But it's still not the highest level. Interdependence, working with others, building and co-creating with a team (even if it's three people), is how we reach our highest potential. It is the ONLY way.

Dependence ---> Independence ---> Interdependence

I hope we're all moving in that direction, but as for me, it's time to take that step.

What's Next

More writing, more reading and research, more designing, more hustle, and more video.

Video is my next step, and until I get comfortable in front of a camera, my reach will be limited. And that means my growth will be stunted. There's nothing else I need to do to prepare for it. I just have to practice and do it everyday.

Have a great week and stay tuned.

Paul "No -I- in TEAM" Campillo


Inspiration, Risk, And Selling Out

[dropcap type="2"]W[/dropcap]eek 5 is complete. I thought this week would be quick and painless, but I just couldn't stop writing. It's also arriving a day late, so let's get to it. SCOREBOARD:

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Total Earnings

Driving: $551.72

Value Detectives: $250.00

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Bank Account

$832.33

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Bank Account 9-5-2012
Bank Account 9-5-2012

What's Your Brand?

This past week, I asked myself two primary questions. How do I want to position myself in the market, given my knowledge & skills? And -- what problem do I want to solve for others, which also translates to, "What am I offering the market?"

Tuesday, I met with a friend to talk about these questions, and we ended up discussing this for a few hours. At times it was frustrating and felt like we were forcing the issue, and other times we produced just "ok" ideas.

Ideas were shut down if they weren't bold enough. Wordy taglines and oft used phrases were dismissed.

The criteria was simple. Be bold. Be unique. Be simple. Be clear.

Then SOMETHING happened. Something odd, but familiar.

A good idea trickled out, which led to a stream of MORE good ideas. Then a great idea surfaced...

And then the dam BURST.

And you wouldn't believe the INSANITY that came out of our mouths. It was utterly ridiculous. Silly even. But now we were cracking up, and the creative climate changed.

We were suddenly energized, and our discussion became much more inspired from that point on. But now a more important question confronted me and could possibly determine the future of my brand...

"What would happen if I actually implemented these CRAZY IDEAS?"

And not just for this ONE project, but to MY ENTIRE LIFE?

To Risk Or Not To Risk

As time passes and deadlines approach (like my pending foreclosure), it can be difficult to decide what to focus on RIGHT NOW.

Is this a good time to take a chance? To really take a risk and put myself out there in ways that I'm not even used to? In a way that could make many people scratch their heads and say to themselves, "WTF is Paul doing?!"

Maybe, maybe not, but I realized that the path I'm currently on is not FULLY ME, and I am still holding back way too much of myself.

That brainstorming/strategy session demonstrated a few very important things to me.

Being Yourself Is A Risk.

I'm learning that it's difficult to really express my deepest core self to a broad audience. Dealing with people on a one-to-one basis is easy, and I've got that one nailed. Plus, I'm already pretty open and honest, and usually have no problem saying what I feel and being direct with others.

But expressing the way I REALLY feel to readers and visitors (whom I may or may not know), and the stuff I really want to say to them (speaking or writing), I've noticed that I withhold and filter way too much.

Because being myself, and being really true to how I feel and expressing myself to the FULLEST is not always easy to do. Why? Because I'm concerned with how my friends, family, colleagues, associates, the market, and others will perceive me? Maybe that's a part of it. But how do you talk to a crowd of people from different backgrounds, and please them all in some way?

And why should I care whether they ALL get something or not? Why should anyone care what others think of them?

But the fact is most of us do care. And the benefits that come from caring about what others think about us is clear.

By filtering and tailoring my message for others, I'm assured of acceptance. Security and stability are guaranteed. Ease and comfort are all mine. These are the things everybody silently considers when deciding if they should tell people what they REALLY THINK.

But this is foolishness. By compromising my message in any way, by tapering it and editing it so that it's acceptable to others is just making me more invisible. It's mediocrity at its best, and a yawner at its worst. There is no impact on others when your own mind is dull.

It's takes more courage to rock the boat. It's tougher to be controversial. It's more difficult to stir conflict and debate. It's harder to go against the grain. And why go against the grain? Why stir the pot?

Part of the reason is that we're wired this way. We're hardwired, biologically, to stick with groups and tribes and not go against them, because our physical survival depends on it. To go against the tribe and your own culture is to struggle and perish. It's been this way probably since humans have existed.

So why take the risk and say what no one else is saying when it could separate yourself from the crowd? Why tell your husband or wife that you're just not into IT anymore, and you're thinking about moving on, and potentially lose EVERYTHING? Why ask the doctor to help you uncover the REAL REASONS why you're depressed, when it's just easier to take a pill, rather than really doing the work necessary to have a healthy body?

Why bother when it's easier not to?

Selling Out

Because in the end, it's just easier to sell out for safety and security, that's why.

It's been easier to take the job, and not fight for the life I want.

It's easier to settle on money and comfort, because I've tried things and they just didn't work, so why take another chance when I can be MORE certain?

I can hear the rebuttals. You have to eat. You have to survive. Yeah, I agree, and interestingly enough, I HAVE BEEN MORE THAN SURVIVING (I am actually HEALTHIER than I've been). I'm still HERE. I've found a way. And granted, if you have a family, it's much more complicated to make these tough decisions, but in the end, you still have to LIVE with yourself.

It's definitely easier to go with the dominant culture, and be a little LESS of myself to maintain security, because who wants to become an outcast within your own family or tribe?

The truth is, I have sold out and settled for many things. Yes, I've taken my risks, and have lived a very different life. Yes, I've taken a non-conformist path, and remain on the fringe in many ways, but...

But why am I not speaking? Why am I not sitting in front of a video camera and sharing these ideas with you? Why have I only written one book, knowing I have the capacity and ability to write five more? Why have I not fully committed to my personal relationships, to my businesses, to my own future to the very best of my ability? Why am I not out there, and really DOING IT?

And what happens if I do? What happens if I GO ALL OUT? What happens if I do COMMIT ALL THE WAY? What happens if I do MY ART, and SING MY OWN SONG and actually SHARE it with the world? What happens if I really take the fringe of my imagination, and express it unconditionally on the canvas of LIFE?

What would happen if WE ALL DID THAT?

Because NOT GOING ALL OUT is SELLING OUT.

Inspiration

And that's what Tuesday's brainstorming session stirred in me. It awoke a side of me that's more daring, more bold, and more FUN. And it's definitely more ME. It's just not the "me" people are used to seeing, unless of course, you have spent some quality time with me.

True, I have a goal, but this really isn't about money. Wait till you see what I do with that $50,000 (that's another story altogether). But this journey is about being my best possible self. It's about unleashing my talents, personality, service, perspective, value, and all my love onto some unsuspecting human.

Because I can't SPEND my time away on things that don't bring out the best ME. I can't do things just for money without it being meaningful to me. Most can, but I cannot. Check that. I WILL NOT.

And I believe we're all here to do the same. To be the best human being you can be. To keep reaching for your full potential (because you'll never reach it) and NEVER STOP. Because the more we go, the more we grow. And the more we grow, the more ALIVE we feel, and the more others are inspired by our example.

What makes you feel ALIVE? And why would you not FILL YOUR DAY WITH THIS ACTIVITY AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE???

Wait A Minute! Hold Up!

You may be asking, "What the heck came out of this brainstorm session?!"

I'm saving that for another day, because I want to let this whole new paradigm marinate just a bit to see if it really sticks in my consciousness. It's been two days after our mastermind, and it seems to be sticking.

And I promise to share with you, but I'll probably share more through demonstration than any other means.

It's going to be a ton of work to get this off the ground, but if my initial vibe is any indication, then I'll have more than enough energy to get all this done.

More on all of this soon.

Next Steps

If you noticed from my income statement, I've picked up a web design contract for Value Detectives. Since I know him, he's getting the "homie" discount at a flat rate of $500. I'll post updates on this project, in case anyone is interested, but they'll be brief.

Here's what I'm focused on next:

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  • Map strategy for Project X by September 12, 2012 (I will reveal this soon)
  • Prepare outline for the "Manifesto" by September 10, 2012
  • Figure out the Kindle platform and get Butt-Naked Abundance on Amazon by September 17, 2012 (Still need to learn the platform)
  • Discuss foreclosure options with my "Secret Weapon" (I will reveal WHO this is at a later date, but he's ridiculously AWESOME at dealing with banks and contract law)

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Thanks for hanging in there, see you next week.