Refuse To Get Old.

Why do we all hang on to the word ‘retirement’?

Like it’s a place we all go when we reach a certain age.

It’s how we all end up, at a fixed age, perceiving our world, seems to me.

Once we’ve retired that’s it.

We enter another world

A world where life is completely different.

Where we have permission to sit back and take it easy.

We quit work and enter a world where all our dreams come true.

Except that it’s the time we start to get old.

Doing nothing can mean letting our mind deteriorate through lack of exercise.

I’m talking about the mind.

What a waste.

There’s a book ‘Ageless Body, Timeless Mind’ by Deepak Chopra.

Everyone should read it.

It’s how we can stay younger healthier longer.

At least we should do something about keeping our minds and bodies going long after the ‘retirement’ word takes hold.

It’s certainly not in my vocabulary.

I wish you long life and a happy one.

Neil.

PS. Get my new bookHERE’.

How To Find Your True Reality.

We can create own own reality. Anything we like. We can use our minds to make our dreams come true. What we think is what we get.

The trouble is that we get side tracked into inadvertently and unknowingly creating the very reality we don’t want.

We can be critical of many aspects of our life. And of others.

Those negative thoughts alone can be working against us to create the very reality we don’t want.

“With our thoughts we make the world,” the Buddha is reported to have said.

Our preconceived ideas and our prejudices get in the way of allowing our true untarnished reality from coming through.

We make judgements.

We have opinions.

We think we know what we want.

What if we just got out of our own way, what if we stopped thinking about what we wanted, and stood back a bit?

This is what I mean by ‘serendipity’.

Allowing the unexpected and the unplanned to step up and show us what is real.

Not forcing our own reality on our lives when, if only we would stop forcing things, the very reality we are seeking is standing in the wings waiting for us to get out of our own way.

It takes a lot of trust to step aside from our control over our lives.

We believe we are the captain of our ship, the master of our soul.

We believe we have the free will to make our own choices.

All of that.

But that doesn’t mean we have to throw away the navigation chart.

Because in our everyday created reality, with all the dramas, the bad news, the opinions, the beliefs, the hatred, the anger, the prejudice, the need to survive, have we overlooked what is real.

What if it’s waiting for us to stand aside, to get out of our own way and let it through.

I believe that’s serendipity’.

Best wishes,

Neil (author of ‘Man Steps Off Planet’)

PS. Illustration above is ‘Dream Castle’ by Kinko-White on DeviantArt

When The Dust Clears . . . How Are We Supposed To Live?

You may not believe me when I say I’ve lived the good life with nothing for last 30 years. So I wonder, have I already lived the model for how we are supposed to live in the future?

There are secrets I wish to share.

Experiments in life that we would only tackle when our back was to the wall.

Some of my experiences were crazy.

I embarked on adventures I would never have even imagined had my life and small business not have crashed leaving me with nothing.

I lived in an old caravan in the Australian bush for 5 years, homeless, penniless and lost.

Then, what happened was an adventure I could never have contemplated or planned unless my back was to the wall.

Which is the title of the book I’ve written about what happened next.

It’s called ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

But there’s more.

My experiences have made me realise that we need a whole new system of welfare to enable everyone, no matter what their financial situation, whether employed or living in poverty, to survive and to live a good life.

The philosophy has already been proposed, even tested in some countries, and supported by a long list of prominent business people and economists.

There’s Barak Obama, economist Milton Freidman, Mark Zukerberg, Bill Gates, Richard Branston, and a whole list of others.

It’s called a Universal Basic Income.

This world changing plan provides every citizen above a certain age, without a means test, to receive a guaranteed basic income, enough to survive.

Everyone would be free to earn a regular income as well or to do as they wished with the money.

It’s their choice.

With such a safety net anyone can follow their dreams, their passions, and still be successful over time.

Especially if time is what they need.

In my case, I tried to establish a new trend in advertising creativity.

I had no capital backing me and so my freelance copywriting business crashed and burned.

Same with my daughter who started her own massage business that went downhill through no fault of her own.

Who knows how many talented people have been struggling to survive after attempting to implement their potential genius.

But there are other secrets I learned on how to survive and thrive.

I certainly haven’t become depressed or settle for living in poverty.

Instead I’ve followed my lifetime dream to write and publish my own books and, in so doing, kept my brain active and alive.

I was able to work from home, wherever that was, even in a caravan.

It’s a secret to living a long and healthy life.

It’s been the secret of keeping alive following my passion for the past 30 years.

Nothing should hinder the urge to follow our passion, even if for artisans, for example, the income that those passions generate take time to materialise.

Which is a good reason why the world needs the support of a Universal Basic Income.

Is it so crazy to suggest that the time to prepare for the future is now?

I share my other big secrets in my book ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

I’ll give you a hint. You might be surprised to know that I was greatly influenced by Napoleon Hill’s bestseller ‘Think & Grow Rich’ (click to view video) combined with Stuart Wilde’s ideas (click to view video).

Best wishes

Neil

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