madness

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis Carroll

I used to do a very silly thing for several years. I believe it came from naivety mixed with a solid dose of ignorance. That silly thing was trying to teach.

I “came of (blogging) age” during an era of group think amongst bloggers where anyone would tell anyone who would listen how to lead a better, bigger, more interesting, life in a series of way. There were, and are, self-help-bloggers, how-to-become-an-entrepreneur-bloggers and my personal favorite: how-t0-become-blogger-bloggers. And I have been guilty of it all #shame.

I’m deeply repentent for my transgressions and now I must live with the consequences, which include people emailing me almost daily to ask how to escape the 9 to 5, how to start their own business, or how to do a variety of things that I at some point touched upon in this blog. The problem is I have no idea what to tell them.

I don’t know how I got here, I don’t know how Zirtual got to the size it is. If I had it to do over, I doubt I could retrace my steps over the last 2 years. I know I wanted something, fuzzy, and it got clearer as I progressed. I know it was very hard and I made (and make) a lot of mistakes. I know that we haven’t even scratched the surface of what we will do—but how do I know? I’m not sure.

I also know that I know very little and the amount of stuff I have yet to know both excites and exhausts me. But I do know one thing, be wary of people who try to teach by words versus actions. They’re normally not bad, just misinformed—like I was—but sometimes… they are very bad.

Before I headed off to NYC (for the month of September) I was going to change the name of this blog. Because I realized that “Escaping the 9 to 5″ is not only cliched but it’s not really relevant anymore. I did escape having to get a 9 to 5, and instead I now have a 9 to 9, seven days a week—and I couldn’t be happier.

I thought working four hours a week would make me happy, instead I found out that work 70 hours a week doing something I love brings true joy.

Our whole team operates with a work ethic that most people would call “mad” but when you think about it, why shouldn’t we be? We may be mad, but we’re madly in love with what we do, with the people we help and with the jobs we are creating.

And I, for one, couldn’t be happier. Madness sometimes is bliss.

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  • Rosalind Benavides

    I used to do a very silly thing for several years. I believe it came
    from naivety mixed with a solid dose of ignorance. I used to try to
    teach people things.

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  • http://twitter.com/DessignNet Marios Lublinski

    The problem is I have no idea what to tell them. Then tell them this… “When you want to Succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you will be successful” – I live by this

  • http://www.zirtual.com/ Maren Kate

    I LOVE that :)

  • http://virtuousgiant.com Nathan Hangen

    Been a long time since we had lunch at BWE in Vegas. Very cool to see how things have changed for you, and I can absolutely relate. Post of the year so far. Good work with Zirtual.

  • http://www.markcancellieri.com/ Mark Cancellieri

    I think the name “Escaping the 9 to 5″ is appropriate, because “the 9 to 5″ implies normal, habitual ruts that we sometimes get ourselves into because it is what we know and are used to. Like me. I’m trying to escape “the 9 to 5″ even though I work more than 9 to 5. :-)

  • Lacey Sheldon

    when you think about it, why shouldn’t we be? We may be mad, but we’re
    madly in love with what we do, with the people we help and with the jobs
    we are creating.

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  • Stefan

    I’ve been following your blog loosely for years now, – kind of since the whoe 4-hour-work-week-craze started and I am amazed and thankful that FINALLY I read what I always thought to be true…

    At the very end of it, the whole blooging-how-to-make-money-online-how-to-only-work-4hours-blabla shit is ONE GIANT BIG PONZI SCHEME; IF you think about it really deeply..
    In that the most money lies in telling people how to “make money”; which is a big fkn joke in and of itself.
    You listen to some chit chatter, buy the system, and in that system you learn how that exact system was built; then you do the same thing and “system” and simply hope that their are enough people left to listen to you and that dont already listen to others so that they can buy YOUR system of how to “make money online” by telling people how to make money online…. /repeat

    Tim Ferris of course being one the smartest amongst this crowd.

    Now, not to say that in history there will always be some ‘loopholes’ popping up and its not wrong to teach people how to sell more successfull online and how to automate some stuff to free up some time – but at the very end of it – 99% of people have to WORK THEIR FUCKING ASS OFF to get what they want.
    And its fucking fun, – WHY? Cause humans are fucking BUILT to work, grind and go hard at it in order to achieve.

    Thanks for that hones post. Really, thank you.

  • Avery Ashburn

    How-to-become-an-entrepreneur-bloggers and my personal favorite: how-t0-become-blogger-bloggers. And I have been guilty of it all #shame.

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  • Alexa St. Croix

    And I have been guilty of it all #shame.

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  • Mia Glass

    Our whole team operates with a work ethic that most people would call “mad” but when you think about it, why shouldn’t we be? We may be mad, but we’re madly in love with what we do, with the people we help and with the jobs we are creating.

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  • Bella Kelly

    You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

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  • Minka Ross

    “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

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