“The Unchained Man” by Caleb Jones

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Caleb Jones is the writer of several blogs that I read regularly. After getting familiar with his work and reading his blogs for a while I put his book “The Unchained Man” on my future reading list. I finally bought it to read on a recent trip I went on. Like most books I have been reading lately, it is independently published by the author.

I have always enjoyed Caleb Jones’ material, so I knew I would like this book, but I wasn’t prepared for just how much. This book is without a doubt one of the best I have ever read. It covers self improvement in almost every aspect of a man’s life.

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Last Month’s Earnings – May 2016

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Every month I list my online earnings from the past month to give you some insight into at least a few ways money can be made on line. Whether you are trying to earn extra money as a side-hustle, or totally break free from the job paradigm and own your time, there are a lot of options for income generation and most of them are possible for anybody. All of the work I did could have been done in addition to working a full time job. I currently choose to live off less and enjoy the freedom, but you don’t have to be willing to live off of $1500 or $2500 a month for all of these techniques to be worthwhile. In fact, many of my more lucrative projects are the ones that involve the least ongoing time investment.

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How to get anything you want

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One of the many quirks of being a human is the presence of never-ending desires, physical and mental. Our minds and our bodies make us yearn for things constantly. These things aren’t always ‘things’ – they can be emotions, experiences, or other non tangibles. For most people it would be literally impossible to ever get everything we want. Especially since  once we get it, we eventually just start desiring more.

There will never be a point in your life where you are without any desire for something you don’t have. That thought can be freeing to some, in the same way that accepting you are going to die one day can remove your fear of certain things, but it can also be discouraging; There is no way you can ever totally satisfy all your desires and get EVERYTHING you want.

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Last Month’s Earnings – April 2016

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Every month I list my online earnings from the past month to give you some insight into at least a few ways money can be made on line. Whether you are trying to earn extra money as a side-hustle, or totally break free from the job paradigm and own your time, there are a lot of options for income generation and most of them are possible for anybody. All of the work I did could have been done in addition to working a full time job. I currently choose to live off less and enjoy the freedom, but you don’t have to be willing to live off of $1500 or $2500 a month for all of these techniques to be worthwhile. In fact, many of my more lucrative projects are the ones that involve the least ongoing time investment.

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I want you to fail spectacularly

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       When embarking on a new endeavor or goal, most of you will be worried about failing. You’ll usually do everything in your power to try to prevent it from happening. This fear of failure will dictate how you structure your attempts at reaching that goal. You may try to minimize your exposure so that if you do fail, it won’t be too bad. Most decisions you make on the path to that goal will be more oriented toward avoiding a big failure than they will be toward actually achieving the goal. People really, really, don’t like to fail.

Well, I like to think about it a little differently;

I want you to fail. And not only do I want you fail, I want you to fail spectacularly. And often.

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Your goals may not be what you think they are – Your emotions are your reality

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Everybody has goals and desires, but what most people don’t realize is that the goal itself is not really what you are after. You are really trying to experience the emotion that comes along with that particular goal.

When somebody says they love their job, they aren’t talking about the emails they send every day, or the commute, or most other of the actual physical or mental tasks they perform day in and day out. They are talking about the way the job makes them feel: respected, important, helpful, indispensable, useful, powerful, secure, whatever.

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3 of the quickest and easiest ways anybody can make a few hundred dollars

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Many people are intrigued by the fact that I make money online, and I often get asked the same questions. One of the most common questions I get is

“Tom, Now that I got these great sixpack abs after learning the one simple trick to raise testosterone and remove stubborn belly fat, I need to go on a sweet beach vacation. But I can’t afford it! How can I get some cash fast?”

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Let it go! – Remove anchors from your life

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When talking to people about making positive changes in their lives you’ll get all sorts of excuses about why they “can’t” do things. Pretty much everything can be put into one of two categories: Fears, and anchors.

Fear is such a huge issue that it will get its own post(s) soon. It is such a deep, overarching issue when it comes to living the life you want, that I don’t even want to get into it right now. Just know that fear will rob you of EVERYTHING.

The other category, and the one where most legitimate excuses fall into, is anchors. Just like keeping a boat locked in one location, and unable to float around freely, anchors are anything that is keeping you locked into your current lifestyle. They can be pets, mortgage or lease, physical possessions, obligations, your job, relationships, etc.

This term in this context was popularized by The Minimalists, in their book “Everything that remains”. I highly recommend it.

The first thing to understand is that anchors aren’t inherently good or bad, they just are. They are anything that keeps you in a particular lifestyle. A serious relationship is going to anchor you in certain ways, even if you enjoy those ways. A job is going to control many aspects of your life (where you live, when you wake up, etc) even if you love that job. So anchors are not always bad, they just are.

But for the most part our anchors are not things that we are super passionate about, and we are unaware just how much of our life is dictated by them. Something like our physical possessions can make it much more difficult to move. The more items you have the more time and money are spent maintaining them, and before you know it a large percentage of your life is spent maintaining having these things.

It is SO much easier to live the life you want if you minimize the anchors in your life. Think of what you could do on a day you wake up with no obligations, no stuff to take care of, no chores to do. It’s incredible. So much of our days are spent maintaining certain aspects of our lives that we won’t really even care all that much about.

One of the best anchors to cut loose is that of your stuff. Americans have SO MUCH stuff, and almost none of it adds true value to our lives. It takes, time, money, space, and mental energy to maintain. It requires you to have a bigger house and pay for it. It requires you to clean and maintain it. It requires you to organize and move it.

So just having a lot of STUFF can anchor you by making it so you can’t live without ALL These things that you wouldn’t even need otherwise. The freedom that comes with being able to let go of your physical possessions (or any other anchor) that don’t add value to your life, is immense.  Let it go!

Last month’s earnings – March 2016

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Every month I list my online earnings from the past month to give you some insight into at least a few ways money can be made on line. Whether you are trying to earn extra money as a side-hustle, or totally break free from the job paradigm and own your time, there are a lot of options for income generation and most of them are possible for anybody. All of the work I did could have been done in addition to working a full time job. I currently choose to live off less and enjoy the freedom, but you don’t have to be willing to live off of $1500 or $2500 a month for all of these techniques to be worthwhile. In fact, many of my more lucrative projects are the ones that involve the least ongoing time investment.

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Items you should keep in your car for emergencies

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Preparedness isn’t something that most people spend a lot of time thinking about, but it is an area where just a little bit of effort can pay big dividends in preventing major disruptions to your lifestyle. Even the most basic level of preparedness can turn what would have been a major problem into a minor inconvenience – many times saving you money as well.

The average American spends a lot of time in their car. This means there is a good chance that at some point, something will go wrong while you are in your car. Could be a breakdown, an accident or injury, witness somebody else have an accident or injury, etc. I don’t suggest you spend any mental effort fretting over these possibilities, but instead make some basic preps that will turn most of those ‘disasters’ into simple annoyances.

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