Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 7
Check this out if you want a profound understanding of what's going on in society at the systemic level:
This is a some grade-AAA stage Yellow systems thinking. Notice its quality compared to typical discussions of politics you find on YT or in the news. This is the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 cognition.
Imagine how society would transform if 50% of the world started thinking at this level of sophistication and nuance. Everything would change. Part of my mission is to get people to start thinking more like this.
I don't subscribe to Hedges' pessimism, but I admire his perspective:
When the epistemology of a society completely degrades:
Back in 1680, Father Louis Hennepin, compared a Mississippi River paddlefish to a devil:
"The eagles, which are to be seen in abundance in these vast countries, will sometimes drop a breme, a large carp, or some other fish, as they are carrying them to their nests in their talons, to feed their young. One day we spied an otter, which was feeding on a great fish upon the bank of the river; which fish had upon its head a sort of beak about five inches broad, and a foot and half long. As soon as the Picard spied it, he cried out he saw the devil between the claws of the otter. This surprise was not so great, but that we made bold to feed heartily upon it. The flesh of it was good; and we named it the sturgeon with the long beak."
Source #1: Moxostoma
Source #2: Google Books
And here is the devil they spied, in the flesh:
This is an amazing work of bravery in investigative journalism.
English subtitles available, just click the CC button.
Highly recommend watching the whole thing, it will blow your mind.
So people ask me, "Leo, how can I break out of wage slavery without having lots of money to start my biz? Don't I need to have lots of money first?"
No, that's where bootstrapping comes in. You bootstrap a small biz by strategically finding a niche that requires little start-up capital but can have huge profit margins. And the best way to do that is by making yourself a massive value provider.
Here's a real-world example:
Eric Barone made a farming game called Stardew Valley completely by himself, at home, in 4 years. His game sold 10 million units at $15/each. Steam takes a 30% cut, which left him with something like $100 million! $100 mil in 4 years is a pretty good pay off.
Now you say, "So Leo, to get rich I should start making farming games?"
No. The lesson here is not to start making farming games.
"So Leo, I should start making other kinds of games then?"
No. That's not the lesson either.
Don't draw your lessons so narrowly. Think outside the box. The true lesson is to find a new niche in whatever field you want that will have an analogous pay-off ratio as what Eric Barone did.
Don't expect anyone to tell you what this niche is. If you chase after the niches that have already been filled and served you will never get it. You must find/create your own unique niche. And of course to serve this niche you must turn yourself into a skilled creator and massive value provider. The reason that his farming game generated $100 mil in value is because it offered that much value to people in the world.
That is the real get-rich-quick scheme. Although of course it ain't so quick or easy. But it is doable if you're serious. But see, if you told most people that they will earn $100 mil, and all they have to do is put in the time and build skills for 4 years, they would not have enough discipline or vision to do it.
All you really need to break out of wage slavery is one hit. Strategically channeled creativity can pay off like crazy. Nothing is really stopping you from creating $100 million in value — aside from your lack of creativity and vision.