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  1. It's becoming mainstream news now that Johnson & Johnson baby powder may contain asbestos. Not only that, but the company knew about it for decades and kept on selling it: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/johnsonandjohnson-cancer/ Now that the lawsuits are starting to pile up, they're considering passing on all the liability to a separate company and just bankrupting it, which would basically allow them to get off scott-free (aside from the irreversible damage to their brand): https://globalnews.ca/news/8038379/jj-baby-powder-bankruptcy-company/ Talk about the epitome of devilry. Makes you wonder how many other things we're putting on or in our body that are actually toxic or cancer causing. Especially products aimed at the youngest and most vulnerable among us. Petroleum jellies like Vaseline are literally made of petroleum byproducts called hydrocarbons, so almost analogous to rubbing gasoline or coal on your skin. But most people will still default to it over more natural products like coconut oil or beeswax. Although studies apparently haven't proven it, for some reason everybody has this idea that aluminum causes dementia. How did that become common knowledge among the average person? But we still put on deodorant containing aluminum and put our food and drinks in aluminum cans. If you look up aspartame, Wikipedia will tell you that it's basically completely safe and there's no association with cancer. Society is gaslighting us into accepting these toxic products. It's impossible as a consumer to know if something like aspartame is actually dangerous, or just a mass-hysteria among health nuts. We're always told to trust the science, but in this case, the science is usually bought and paid for by the same corporations that are selling the products. Bottom line: Don't trust companies with a profit motive to tell you if their products are actually safe or not. Apparently the FDA and other government agencies must also be bought off if they aren't catching this stuff, I can't think of any other explanation for it. So use your intuition... lean toward using more natural solutions whenever possible, and avoid stuff containing chemicals that you can't pronounce. More than anything, trust your body and listen to how it reacts to things. The worst part is that natural alternatives are few in number, not stocked in most stores, and tend to be significantly more expensive. Plus when it comes to food, most of us are so addicted to sugar and salt that it makes quitting unhealthy food a monumental task.
  2. You might find the book The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau inspiring, it's got a few dozen startup stories in it. For my own story, I found what helped was breaking it down into little chunks like you mentioned, listing them all on a Trello board or something similar, trying to assign some level of priority, and just working through them one by one. Even something like "make a webpage" you can break down into.... buy a domain, sign up for hosting, connect domain to hosting, install Wordpress, create a home page, create an about page, etc etc etc. It's much easier to do small tasks that take 30 minutes at most, instead of sitting down in front of one giant task like "start a business". To move a mountain, just start with one little rock at a time.
  3. You can find a non-spiritual life purpose with the course, I did. Just be aware if you find yourself being pulled in that direction, and try to avoid it. Don't even allow yourself to put spirituality as one of your top values or when filling out the other exercises. If you answer a question with spirituality or consciousness, force yourself to find a more practical answer instead. I found the same problem with business gurus selling courses. Everybody ends up making a business out of teaching other people how to start a business, instead of providing an actual product or service. Defaulting to spirituality in the LP course is the equivalent of this, it's just inadvertent laziness on the part of people doing the course. It's easier to just emulate Leo than find your true purpose. And doing spiritual stuff all day generally seems like it'd be less grindy on the surface than other options.
  4. Easily Google-able, this is not a tech support forum. But really it's going to vary depending on which editing software you decide to use. Based on this post, I'm guessing you aren't even at the point of selecting a specific editing software yet. So first Google that.
  5. As somebody who has been on the inside, 100% this. Leftists screaming at me and calling me evil would only further entrench my position when I was in this mindset. It's only people looking upon you with sympathy and engaging in an honest conversation that can pull someone out. That means making yourself so open-minded that you risk getting pulled into the extreme right yourself if you're wrong. That's a very dangerous thing to do if you haven't done your research and come with counter-points to all their arguments. You need to treat these people like they're family members that have been sucked into Scientology. They aren't intentionally looking to be evil... they think they're doing what's best for their families and society. It's not a one-and-done either. I still find myself wavering and almost getting pushed back in by polarizing news stories. When you come out of it, the risk of swinging too far and getting radicalized to the left is a serious concern too. I had to catch myself from doing that once I was deradicalized too. The Thought Slime, Noncompete, Breadtube kinda stuff Leo has been posting on his blog lately is almost as dangerous as neo-nazi podcasts IMO. It will start you down an opposite but equally dark path to the fascist/neonazi one that starts with Jordan Peterson, Molyneux, Lauren Southern, etc. The communists aren't joking when they say to eat the rich, any more than people getting pulled into the extreme right by memes are. The only sane people are somewhere in the middle.
  6. A portfolio is just a way to prove that you can deliver the goods that you're promising to people. With spiritual stuff, there probably isn't going to be scientific measurements you can take to judge results. It will be hazy stuff like feelings of wellbeing and how happy people are, which is subjective. So I think the best way is probably just to offer free or massively-discounted coaching to a lot of people to gather a large number of testimonials. Written testimonials are good, but if you can get someone to record a 1-2 minute video explaining how you helped them, that's way better. A Youtube channel is also a portfolio of sorts. People get to know you and trust you, then they're far more likely to buy your paid services when you offer them later.
  7. Yes it's possible to have more than one medium. But you have to master them one at a time. Spend at least 6 months mastering just Youtube videos, just podcasting, etc before adding something else. If you try to take on multiple new mediums at once, you'll spread yourself too thin
  8. If you had to decide between doing what you love for $20k a year and needing a roommate, basically living in poverty and barely getting by, or working a $100k job, it'd be a much harder decision. For perspective, median income in the US is $31,000. That means half of people make less than that. In most of the world, people have it even worse. Doing what you love for $70k is a no-brainer. That's upper-middle-class, especially if you've got a partner who makes the same. Most people go to school for 4 years just to work a job they hate and won't ever end up making that much. Like honestly, what are you really going to spend an extra $100k/year on? Making $70k a year sitting in an air-conditioned room, doing what you love, living a comfortable life, waking up excited every day. VS earning $200k year working your ass off in the heat of summer and covered in bugs in the bush, or freezing in winter, exposing yourself to cancer-causing chemicals every day, being away from loved ones for weeks or months at a time. It's an obvious choice.
  9. If you want/need to start making money right away, you might have to start off with something less creatively satisfying like designing logos and graphics for people on Fiverr or Upwork. Maybe designing custom characters for people to use as profile pics, drawing Twitch emotes, stuff like that. I started a webcomic last year, and honestly it's hard to get noticed or grow. As a writer it's easy for me to get stuff to rank in Google, because search engines are built on words. But there is no way for people to randomly find your art in Google. Doing comics and art stuff is a lot more about "networking" type stuff, basically just posting your comics all over. Post them to Reddit every day in appropriate subreddits. Upload them all to Tapas, Webtoon, and similar sites. Open a DeviantArt and any kind of similar site, post lots of your art and make it obvious that your work is for sale, you do commissions, etc. It's going to be a grind just to get noticed and build some kind of a following. You also NEED a website of your own... don't just trust other platforms. Try to funnel people to your own site, collect email addresses of your fans (even if you don't know what you'll use them for yet.) Look at the websites of your favorite webcomics and see what kind of stuff they've got on there, and try to copy it. Nowadays setting up a website is fairly easy... just buy a domain, get a host like Bluehost or HostGator, install Wordpress on your site and there are already free themes available for creating a comic-focused website. Just watch a few Youtube tutorials and you can probably do it in an afternoon. That's about all I could find about it. There are very few guides about how to grow and build an audience as an artist, and like no high-quality comprehensive paid courses. And personally, I just drew about 50 comics and gave up anyway. But if you're super passionate about it, and want to keep drawing for years before you start getting paid, it could still work. Don't overthink it and try to specifically use spiral dynamics in your marketing or appeal to a specific customer base. Your art will naturally be at a certain spiral dynamics level that attracts people at that same level, and turns away people who aren't. You have time to try as many things as possible and see what works. Just throw as many ideas out into the universe as you can, and see if any pick up traction. Make shounin manga, shoujo manga, senin manga. Do them all and see what works. Don't worry about how to provide value or think that your art needs some loftier purpose. You don't need to convey political messages or spiral dynamics. Entertainment and aesthetics in themselves contribute value. You need to do absolutely everything yourself at first. In my opinion, for at least the year. You need to create all your own processes and master them yourself before you try to delegate them to someone else. If you don't know how advertising works, how will you know if the person you're hiring is good or bad at advertising, or whether what they're doing will actually benefit you or not? Even stuff that you understand, trying to delegate it before you have a good process in place will just lead to tons of misunderstanding and problems. You also don't want to delegate stuff like the actual drawing. That's the area that you're the master on and want to focus on. No one will ever work on your project as hard as you do. Yes, this is how almost any business or meaningful project is started. You should expect to put your entire life and all your spare time into it for at least the first year or two. When you work that hard at something, you also have to realize that it's going to become not-fun any more at some point. Even if it's your life purpose, you'll have days that you hate it. You're creating a job for yourself and there will be long stretches where it feels tedious and boring. But you have to push through and keep doing it if you've got some larger vision in mind.
  10. How long has the feeling of not caring about anything gone on for? Has it been for years straight, or do you go through periods where you get motivated to do stuff for a while, and then slip back into not caring? Do you feel like you could be depressed, or are you happy with a life of not striving and just think you've got drastically different priorities than most people?
  11. If you're doing stuff to relieve the symptoms of the vaccine or trying to use the Wim Hof method to kill the spike proteins off before they do their thing, you're probably rendering the benefits of the vaccine ineffective and preventing yourself from developing immunity. There aren't any heavy metals in the vaccine, at worst I believe there's a little plastic of some kind in it as a stabilizer if I recall correctly. The kinds of regiments being discussed here are basically the equivalent of when you're a kid and your parent gives you medicine, but you tuck it in your cheek and then spit it out when they look away. The only small group of people would want to do this are people who want the benefits of being able to show proof they're vaccinated (travel, etc) without fully "taking" the vaccine. It's a more legit and untraceable way of basically faking your covid paperwork. If you want immunity to covid, just suck it up and deal with the aches and chills for a few days. (This is my thoughts despite being anti-vax myself. I'm currently compiling a list of reputable scientific, peer-reviewed studies to convince my pregnant wife that the risk of vaccine side effects are on the same order of magnitude of contracting covid itself. I've had my first shot but iffy about getting my second.)
  12. Maybe I'm underestimating my own abilities, but I reckon anyone who's completed a high school education worth of English classes could probably write a novel just as well as I could. I don't feel like years of blogging would give me any significant advantage. At least in terms of writing quality. I would have more endurance that I've built up... I'd write more words per day and finish my book faster than a random person off the street. But I feel like that's it. I believe that being a good storyteller is far more important for fiction than the technical act of writing. Spell check has come a loooong way, it isn't just about spelling/grammar any more. There are multiple programs out there like Grammarly or Writer.com that have advanced AI to also fix your style, clarity, delivery, and other technical aspects of your writing for you. As long as English is your first language and you got a C+ or higher in Grade 12 English class, you're probably close enough that a bot can fix the rest for you. It's the over-arching details... the character, being able to draw the reader into an imaginary world, that makes the novel. Not all writers are necessarily creative people. Their writing might end up technically great, but the story would be boring and missing that spark.
  13. As someone with a writing-related LP / career, I'm gonna disagree with everyone else so far on this point. Writing a blog post vs. writing a sci-fi novel are completely different. It's like another language. To say that you're improving your skills as an author by writing forum posts is kinda laughable, although if someone's purpose isn't writing I can see why they'd think so. If you aren't a professional writer, you can't see the actual level of depth in this field and you're falling into a trap of "writing is writing." You wrote both essays and stories in school, so it must be as easy as just switching between them, right? It's not like a blogger could be 100x or 1000x better at crafting a blog compared to a fiction author? I write blog posts and articles for a living, I've been doing it for years, but I still wouldn't be able to write fiction worth shit. Blogs are big on research and teaching with a little bit of marketing/copywriting (or more like journaling, depending on why you're writing them), stories are almost entirely plot and dialogue driven. It's not like a musician where you can write/play pop songs, or you can write/play blues songs, and both are increasing your overall "music talent" and musical theory. It's more akin to saying that practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which is almost entirely grappling and fighting on the floor, will 1:1 help you with your boxing mastery, which is almost exclusively standing upright and throwing punches, because both are forms of fighting. Writing blogs vs writing stories require entirely different skillsets. Aside from the fact that you are writing in English and might pick up general improvements to your spelling/grammar, there's very little 1:1 crossover. About the only thing in common besides language is that both will require you to develop discipline and write consistently. If you try to write both stories and blogs, you're going too broad and it's going to end up taking you 20,000 hours to master instead of 10,000, because it's actually two completely different skillsets. Everything else you listed -- getting feedback (if you actually listen to it and internalize it, and your editor actually knows what they're talking about, not just a family member proofreading for you), reading fantasy/sci-fi (only if you're actively trying to learn and take away lesson while reading it) are also part of the fiction-writing mastery process though. Other story-writing-adjacent things MIGHT help your mastery or they might not. The fastest way is to focus on actually doing the thing. In this case, sitting down and writing stories every day. 80% of your dedicated practice should be writing, only 20% getting feedback or reading other author's work as research. In other words, you write for at least 4 hours for every 1 hour that you read. Unless you are brand new and just getting started, then you can skew it a bit more to research in the beginning.
  14. Yes Lesson 74 - Dealing With Fear (22:14) Lesson 75 - Releasing Your Greatest Fear (31:40) (This is a guided meditation if I recall correctly) Lesson 76 - Limiting Beliefs (29:35)
  15. Make sure you factor in the extra costs like vehicle maintenance and gas if Instacart doesn't cover those expenses too though.