In 'Post Office', Bukowski's girlfriend tells him to get a job, and he responds "Any damn fool can beg up a job. It takes a wise man to make it without working. Out here we call it 'hustling'."
In movies and novels, adventurers, rogues and hustlers are glamourised, representing something desireable and unattainable. In the real world, people judge and marginalise them, calling them "dreamers" or even "bums". Every day, these people dance through cracks in the system, finding value and opportunities in places which are invisible to others. They may be judged, and they may not fit neatly into any box, and it might not be easy to balance their accounts, but any hustler will tell you that their freedom is worth the pricetag.
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The media in Australia keeps pushing this narrative that there are no opportunities for young people, and people keep repeating it. There are opportunities. You just have to be prepared to look where others won't. If you let the mainstream media tell you where the opportunities are, you will almost certainly end up a sucker.
The world of money is changing
For a century, governments and central banks have been robbing the value of our money, and now we've found a way out. Once crypto is stable, every time there's an advancement in technology which makes things more efficient, our money is going to be worth more - not less. Just imagine if every good reduced in price the same way computers and mobiles do.
The world is changing. For some, life is gonna be hard... it's gonna be so hard, IF you try to fit into the mould that's already broken, to conform with a world that no longer exists. But if you look for opportunities and embrace them, things are going to be amazing.
When I first moved to Mexico, I had a few thousand dollars in Bitcoin and I was making $200-$300 a month. I figured it out, playing cards online, teaching English to Russian engineers, and eventually earning crypto on Steemit. Hustlin'!
Amanda B. Johnson and Pete Eyre did a similar thing. They moved to Oaxaca, and they started the Daily Decrypt. Expatriating is a great way to cut your expenses while starting an online business. Hustlin'!
A few months back I showed Steemit to my friend Bob and he took to it like crazy, learning things about it that I didn't even know. Now he makes decent money in addition to his day job. Next year when he moves to Peru, his side hustle may well become his main hustle. Hustlin'!
Things might look grim for employees, university educated government regulated, square boxed, tightly articulated, notes meticulously dictated, folks. But they're looking really good, for hustlers. People who are willing to take a different perspective, find a different way to get by, look for ways to find and give value that are hidden in the cracks. Hustlers.
Improvise, adapt, overcome
In Keith Johnstone's Impro he says that everyone is creative, it's just that some of us are so afraid of getting the wrong answer that we never say anything. The lesson of impro is ,there are no wrong answers. What you do is right just by virtue of doing it. If you're sitting in a classroom or an office wondering what it's all about, dreaming of travelling the world or taking a long shot... remember that.
Many have heard this story about the myth of go to school, go to university, get a job and retire. Look at the bios of the most successful people, they didn't stick to this script. They wrote their own script. The best players are the ones who question the nature of the game.
For many people, not having a job is the scariest thing in the world. They say "I don't understand how anybody could live, not knowing how much money they'll make in a month." My friend Rae was the opposite, and she would say to me "I don't understand how people can make a commitment to go to a job every day. What happens if you just don't feel like going?" Then she got on a train and went to Byron Bay, and if she found some friends she would sleep on their couch, and if she didn't, she would sleep on the beach.
I'm not saying you should take that lifestyle to the extreme like Rae did, but isn't there something enviable about the way she thought, something wonderful... something magical? If you've been in a cubicle for more than a few years, you could probably use a few drops of that elixir.
I like these people, the people who are willing to cast off the shackles of regular society, live life differently, open their mind and find what's inside, open their eyes and see what the world has to offer. It's not just poetic, and it's not just for the movies. Adventurers are out there hustling, flipping houses and cooking in makeshift kitchens for unlikely customers. They have decided that they will be more than background characters in the game of life. Rugged and adaptable, they are the future.
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