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EPIC. The Adventure

Posted By: Randy GageNovember 25, 2013

EPIC.

The Adventure.

Gather round and let me share with you the story of Peter the taxi driver, the marketing conference without marketing, and an ill-fated British Airways flight from London to San Diego…

These three seemingly unrelated incidents weave together to reveal a diabolical plot that threatens not only your mental wellness and prosperity – but the safety of the remaining whales, rainforests, and tofu burgers!

[Cue Gilligan’s Island theme song here]

I share the story with you – not to whine about my first-world travel problems (as cathartic as that might be for me) – not to expose the hypocrisy of self-proclaimed marketing gurus (as enlightening as that might be for you) – not to debate whether government subsidized airlines and airports should be allowed to fail and replaced by stronger entities in the free market economy (as intellectually stimulating as that might be for both of us) – but to recruit you to join me on an epic adventure to save the world.

The three vignettes which make up this story reveal a shocking truth.  When frozen in time and dissected – they provide you with relevant and universal lessons on prosperity that unfortunately go unseen by the majority of the people on earth.

These people are simply worker drones in the collective, cogs in the machine of mediocrity, doomed to a live a life of quiet desperation, watching endless hours of CSI reruns until the day they whither away and die.

Last postcard I wrote you AMAZING. The Manifesto. And revealed how amazing often comes about by breaking the rules.

This postcard I invite you to join me on EPIC. The adventure.  And this one reveals why the system you’re basing your career and your life on, might just be broken,

The hero in this adventure, a simple high school dropout, a lone man fighting the forces of evil (that would be me) – is determined to unite a rag-tag collection of ordinary citizens with indomitable spirit (that would be you) – to harness their greatness, form a band of superheroes, expose wrong, bring the guilty to justice, and restore peace and prosperity to the universe!

The story begins simply enough, in the taxi stand at London’s Heathrow airport…

Peter, the cab driver who ended up getting my fare, was waiting in the taxi lot for almost two hours.  I, along with almost 100 other people, was standing in the afore-mentioned taxi stand, in the bone-chilling London weather for more that 20 minutes, waiting for a cab.

Imagine standing in that cold for 20 minutes, clad only in cape and tights, freezing my junk off.  Why, you may wonder, should I and millions of other travelers who land at Heathrow have to endure this injustice?  The answer lies in…

“THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD,” and the MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE in charge of it. 

No one knows who these MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE are.  But they are in charge of THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD.  And they are the ones that designed the system that administers the Heathrow taxi stand.  Here’s how it works:

One employee is hired to stand at the front of the queue and instruct people to wait there until there are at least 40 people freezing in the cold.  Another employee is hired to walk back and forth in front of the line receiving abuse from irate cold people.  The first employee then radios for four taxis to arrive from the 500 that are idling at the airport, waiting for a fare.

The first employee instructs the cold people to wait.  The second employee walks along the cabstand and verifies that the four taxis that have arrived are actually taxis.  Then employee one asks the first party in line where they are going and directs them to cab one.  They ask the second party where they are going and direct them to cab two.  Next, they ask the third party waiting where they are going and direct them to cab three.  Then they ask the fourth party waiting where they are going, and direct them to cab four.  The second employee walks up and down the line, receiving abuse from the irate cold people.

The line of cold people has now grown to 100.  Employee one radios for four more taxis from the 500 that are idling at the airport, waiting for a fare.

The first employee instructs the cold people to wait.  The second employee walks along the cabstand and verifies that the four taxis that have arrived are actually taxis.  Then employee one asks the first party in line where they are going and directs them to cab one.  They ask the second party where they are going and direct them to cab two.  Next, they ask the third party waiting where they are going and direct them to cab three.  Then they ask the fourth party waiting where they are going, and direct them to cab four.  The second employee walks up and down the line, receiving abuse from the irate cold people.

The line of cold people has now been reduced to 96.  Employee one radios for four more taxis from the 500 that are idling at the airport, waiting for a fare

The first employee instructs the cold people to wait.  The second employee walks along the cabstand and verifies that the four taxis that have arrived are actually taxis.  Then employee one asks the first party in line where they are going and directs them to cab one.  They ask the second party where they are going and direct them to cab two.  Next, they ask the third party waiting where they are going and direct them to cab three.  Then they ask the fourth party waiting where they are going, and direct them to cab four.  The second employee walks up and down the line, receiving abuse from the irate cold people...

This process repeats, over and over, until four am, when the line dwindles down to nothing, and then it starts all over again. 

Perhaps you think this process is counterproductive and dysfunctional.  Perhaps you think it could be facilitated much simpler.  But then you would be contrary to the MYTERIOUS PEOPLE who are in charge of THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD.  More about that in a minute…

When I finally make it to the front of the queue, employee one asks me where I am going and directs me to cab one, which happens to be driven by Peter.   He admits that he is frustrated to have to wait two hours to get a fare, but has consigned himself to accepting it, because it is dictated by THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD.  He drops me off at my hotel.

Once comfortably ensconced in my room upstairs, I power up my MacBook and check my email.  I have received a message which I’m pretty sure is spam, promoting a conference.  Now my first thought is not to click it, because I don’t want to reward spam.  But I’m always looking to sharpen my own saw and attend events where I learn.  I click through to go to the event site…

The conference is only a few months away, so you’d think the lineup would be pretty set.  But no sessions or presenters are listed.  No speakers’ bios are posted in the bio section.  I click the tab for opening keynote and found a page listing “…will be announced at a later date.”  The only sessions actually listed are the pre-event cocktail party, the opening cocktail party, the mid-event cocktail party, and the closing cocktail party.

Probably you think this is a conference created for alcoholics.  But no, this is not an alcoholic conference, it is a conference about…marketing.

The site doesn’t even list the price for the event.  All you can learn is that it will be $300 less if you join the association run by the MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE conducting the event.  And guess what organization is promoting this marketing conference without any actual marketing?

The Direct Response Marketing Alliance. 

Perhaps you’re wondering how an organization that doesn’t know the first thing about marketing could be running a conference on marketing.  That is the way it works in THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD.

I elect not to put my credit card down for the marketing conference, wake up the next day, fly to Kiev, give my speech in the morning and fly back to London (where this time I have arranged a car and driver).   I overnight in London again, and head back to Heathrow for my British Airways flight home to San Diego.

Since I’ve once again arranged a car and driver, and said driver is in training for the Formula One series, I arrive at the airport almost two hours before my flight.  And since I’m such a savvy road warrior, I rock up to the security line with my pre-printed boarding pass and only carry on luggage.  But my boarding pass doesn’t work…

[Cue sinister Darth Vader theme here…]

The boarding pass doesn’t work because BA hasn’t checked my documents yet.  I thought that’s what the UK Border Patrol was for, but that’s not the way THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD works.

So I go to the BA counter to get my passport verified.  The lady says, “I see the problem.  It’s because we changed the equipment.”

I inquire about the configuration in the front cabin.  Turns out it is the same as the original plane.  So I want to know why I can’t have the same seat.  She says that she can’t assign me a seat, because THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD has been invoked and no agents can issue any seats for 30 minutes.  I ask if she can give me a temporary boarding pass, so I can clear security and wait in the Concorde lounge.  She says it cannot be done, no doubt because THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD doesn’t allow that.

I wander around the terminal entrance like a homeless waif for 30 minutes and return to the counter.  She informs me that now the system lockdown has been extended for another 15 minutes.  I again ask if there is a supervisor or someone who can override the system and let me clear security and get my boarding pass while I’m waiting in the lounge.  Again she says that is forbidden, obviously because of THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD.

To make me feel better, she informs me, “It’s not just you.  I’m turning away everybody on that flight.”  Somehow I don’t feel better.  But I know better than to argue against THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD.

So I wait another 15 minutes and return.  There is a new agent, and he informs me that the lockdown has been extended another 15 minutes.  I do a couple more Sudoku puzzles and return 15 minutes later.  Now that agent is gone and another lady is there.

She informs me that the system lockdown has been extended another 15 minutes.  I point out that that will now be encroaching on actual boarding time.  She admits that the flight won’t actually take off on schedule; it will be 15 minutes late.  I return in 15 minutes and it’s still not open.  Five minutes later it finally opens up.

I get my boarding pass, clear security, but now there’s no time to go to the lounge, I have to rush to the gate.  Where there is a few hundred people milling around…

The monitors say the flight is still leaving on time, but no one is boarding.  They make an announcement that boarding will be late because “for a variety of reasons,” but will start soon.  The plane is sitting at the gate.  Departure time comes and goes.  The monitors still say the flight is leaving on time. Next they make an announcement that they can’t pre-board first class because, “The flight attendants are not actually on the plane, because their luggage did not clear security.”  Have to admit I’ve taken a couple thousand flights, but never heard that one before.

They finally board the special assistance people.  The flight crew arrives.  They announce they still can’t seat first class.  They seat economy.  About 15 minutes later, they seat the first class and elite members.  The plane, which is still posted to leave on time, closes the door an hour and 15 minutes late.  (And for those of you wondering, the original plane a 777, was switched to a 777-300, which actually has an extra 65 seats, which departed empty.)

Perhaps you’re wondering why an airline would work so hard to aggravate their most loyal and lucrative passengers.  Maybe you’re wondering why people would invest in airlines that are run so incompetently, expecting them to provide a return on investment.  Perhaps you’re wondering why employees would think working for such an airline was a safe and reliable source to provide their primary income.  Maybe you’re even wondering how millions of idiots could think that an airline that can’t competently schedule, board and maintain an aircraft could competently fly them at the highest reaches of the atmosphere at speeds more than 500 miles per hour.  (Asks the idiot who just typed that question at 36,000 feet.)

Let me tell you why…

The reason we wait in empty cab stands, attend marketing conferences from people who don’t know how to market, and trust airlines to fly us places is the same reason we allow our governments to spy on us, we take jobs we hate, and do exactly what we’re told.

We trust that the MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE in charge of THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD know what’s best for us.

But they don’t. 

In fact, the MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE in charge of THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD don’t actually have a clue. But they think the other MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE know something they don’t, and they don’t want to admit they don’t, so they just act like all the rest of the MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE.  They’re like the wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain.

They tell you to fit in, do what they say, and conform to the system, because that’s the way it’s done, that’s the way we do things here, or that’s the way it’s always been done.

Let me tell you about the MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE in charge of THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD…

They are crazy.  Not just crazy, they are bat shit crazy.

Now they don’t know they are crazy.  In fact, they probably think you are the crazy one.  They’ve been infected with so many negative mind viruses that they have lost the ability to think independently.  They believe they’re freethinking individuals, but are actually pre-programmed autobots.

They’re not evil people.  At least not intentionally.  They’re just like the employees at the taxi stand or the gate agents at the airport.  They’re simply hard-working people who mean well, doing the job they were hired to do.  They sometimes run into rules, procedures, or processes that seem crazy to them.  But they assume that the MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE upstairs know something they don’t.  So they perpetuate the craziness.

They’re the clerk at the driver license renewal office or the building inspector sanctioned to tell you how to construct your own home.  They’re the TSA agent at JFK telling you to remove your shoes, or the security agent at Heathrow who makes you take your laptop out of your x-ray bag.

But here’s where it gets really, really scary…

They’re your mom warning you, “Careful you’ll poke out your eye. Don’t fall or you’ll break your neck.” Or any one of many other worst-case, thermonuclear meltdown scenarios.  They’re your father, suggesting that boys don’t study ballet, or girls should be nurses, not doctors.

They really do love you and they’re not trying to hold you back.  They’re just repeating the same memes they were infected with from their parents, who were infected with them from their parents, for generations upon generations.

They’re the person in your committee meeting who just wants to play devil’s advocate, or the member of your church board who has done it that way for the last 40 years.

They’re the politician that wants to regulate what size sodas are sold at restaurants in your city, legislate your bedroom behavior, or force you to buy an insurance plan you don’t want.  They’re the civil servant that reads your emails, monitors what websites you visit, and listens in on your phone calls to protect you against terrorists.

They’re the well-meaning friend who questions your decision to go into business for yourself and wants you to settle for the security of a weekly paycheck.  They’re the mentor who tells you to give up writing that book and take another job delivering pizzas.

They’re the teacher who tells you that you don’t have the intelligence for something, or the guidance counselor who thinks you’re stretching too far.  They’re the relatives who love you, but urge you to be more “realistic.”

You might even be married to them… 

Don’t blame these people for where you are.  You are there because of the choices you made.  No one can hold you back without your permission.

Don’t hold any malice against these people because they don’t have any malice for you.  They honestly believe they know what’s in your own best interest.  And sometimes they actually do.

But most of the time, they bought the story of the MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE and assume they are protecting you from the bad things that happen to those who ignore THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD.

The people who buy that story live their lives in fear. 

In Sydney, they’ll tell you the tall poppy is the first to get cut.   In Kansas, they’ll tell you that “God Hates Fags.”  In Tokyo, they’ll tell you you’re a failure if you don’t get a college degree from an elite university.  In Madrid, they’ll tell you people around here don’t dress like that.  In Minneapolis, they’ll tell you, “We may not be rich, but at least we’re honest.”

What they are really saying is, “I’m afraid.”  And they are especially afraid of the people who are not afraid.

Because if you don’t buy into the story – and go out and do something epic – you take away all their excuses.  You prove that the secret system that runs the world doesn’t really work. 

  • When you stick with a job you hate instead of starting a business you love, you bought the story.
  • When you give up on your script, soundtrack, or great American novel, you bought the story.
  • When you allow people to abuse you or treat you poorly, you bought the story.
  • When you know that someone or something needs your help, but you believe you’re powerless to assist, you bought the story.

Don’t buy the story.  Don’t buy the fear.  Be epic.

Don’t be normal.  Most normal people are miserable.  Don’t fit in.  The people who fit in best are the mediocre ones.  Don’t fall into herd thinking.  Be a contrarian.

Right now I feel like Obi Wan asking Luke Skywalker to go gallivanting across the galaxy with him.  But I’m still going to ask you.

Will you join me on this epic adventure? 

Will you question assumptions, premises, and authority?  Will you be willing to consider that maybe those mysterious well-meaning people that follow the system just might be crazy?  Will you face down your fears and go after your dreams anyway?  Put on your own cape and tights and fight the forces of evil with me?

You can live your fears.  You can live your dreams.  But you have to choose one.

- RG

Randy Gage is the author of nine international bestsellers, including, Why You’re DUMB, SICK & BROKE, and How to Get SMART, HEALTHY and RICH!  When he’s not fighting evil in his cape and tights, or locked in his lonely writer’s garret, you might find him playing third base on a softball field somewhere. 

 

 

113 comments on “EPIC. The Adventure”

  1. To be honest Randy you remind me more of Lex Luther when I first saw you online except you are the good guy buddy.:)

  2. Man this is just the downright epic truth! And what's more is that a
    lot of us hear this story in many different ways. But this way is like
    reading a novel. Of course not as long but I'm sure you get the point!
    To step out your comfort zone is truly huge step....an epic step! I don't feel comfortable I have no fear. I wonder if anyone else feels the same...

  3. Wow!.. Randy this is SO cool.. Can I send you the script I've been working on for months called "Changing Keys"?  There's a VERY close connection in theme to what you've written here.. and I AGREE completely with what you're saying, though I have to admit, I was laughing quite a bit when I was reading this.. and that's because I can completely relate.. and I'm sure everyone else in the RG community does too!

  4. Awesome postcard Randy - had me gripped all the way through when I would normally have tuned out on an article this long - but thats because this is a story about something that everyone needs to understand and people need to join you and be themselves, make their own decisions and walk through their fears and stop believing everything that is spoon fed from childhood.
    Taking those steps outside the "world you believe is real" and "questioning what you have always thought was what is right" Understanding these concepts and walking in your own path is not always easy and for many too scary to contemplate, but it is freeing and awesome when you take that first step and realise what stands on the other side and after the first step the next step becomes easier too.
    How many will join you?  Who knows but each one that does will never look at the world or feel the same ever again!!

  5. great reflection of "reality"....people should stop sleepwalking thru day and become more conscious of what really going on!!!

  6. This is the madness that makes the world spin... like a hamster does on a wheel... but at some point you've got to get off for your own sanity, lest you become on of them...

  7. Randy I loved & chuckled too, knowing I have done some of those dumb things. I just hope in my heart that I'm not too late, too old to get where I want to be. And yes I have I countered negatives along the way but I can not leave my dream & I will never give up.

  8. Love it Randy..I knew you were buff but DUDE.. this totally rocks! Able to leap an airport in a single bound?

  9. Wow, loved it. Wondered where it was heading but I hear you. I fought my company four times and then finally donned my tights and cap, still kind of kicking and screaming. 😉 Ironically I have flown to great heights with great flights recently. Yes, pun intended. Thanks for the great read! Fears or dreams do not live together so figure which it shall be and do it good. 🙂 Don't want to be around you that choose to fear good. 😉

  10. WOW - Yes I'll join you Randy!!!! LOL VERY funny but also horrifying reading - recognize every step of it! So I do not have to worry, about all the resistance I meet - and on a journey on my own - because that is actually the truth, when you start this journey - you really have to be strong, not to fall for the resistance - GOSH am I glad I know you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE and hugs from Denmark.
    LOVE this - sharing :)))))))))))))))

  11. Randy, 
    My costume has a horned helmet, brass bra, long blonde braids and a really long spear ( Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie plays here) and I am always one of the leading vanguard!  Better to die in the charge than to live in fear and anonymity. Sound the Horn!
    Kathleen (which means pure one or spear bearer... He he he)

  12. Another flash click with Randy! I used to think either I'm going mad (seriously) when I hear what educated people talk, share or argue to death to be the truth! Don't they see that almost anything we get from mass media is NOT true and it's scary when e.g. people start eating themselves and feeding tons of tablets to their kids because they were "educated"by all those docs and ads about the "better" care & health issues. 99% is fake out there, all the things they are telling how to take care of our hair, teeth and sugar levels, everything are sadly professionally done by those who want to be more problems so that they can sell you more useless staff. I've been studying feng shui, taoism, minerals and stones energy and application, Ayurvedic, quantum physics, many religions with Books and without for more than 20 years now and I can tell how things are being simply created because we don't question simple "truth" that were made our beliefs artificially. no, I'm not whining but I wonder when I look at the world around and THANKS, MY DEAR RANDY, for writing that post and I know I'm not crazy 🙂 I want to invite you to Dubai, you know how 99% of things are close to perfect here, spend a time exploring how the prosperity of vision and mind can be turned into the prosperity in every details in people's life and I will be your most indomitable spirit volunteer! and I will be waiting again 😛

  13. The world needs more like us, Randy! Willing to stand up, shout out and confront the madness 🙂 Thanks for being EPIC!!!

  14. Thank you Randy !!!!!
    The World needs more Super Heors !
    My wife and I and our 18 month old son have already have join you ! We are different and so then we are treaded differently ! Who gives a Rats Ass ? We don't 🙂
    We are not any system at all !!! Have no JOB !! No CAR !! No Retirement !! No Insurance !! No Money Saved up !! Own my own Home ! ( Which most everybody would call a shack !! ) Now With all that said!
    We are LOVING LIFE and LIVING OFF LOVE 🙂
    MYSTERIOUS To the rest of the WORLD they have No Clue we are so HAPPY For No Reason !
    WE HAVE WHAT NO AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN BUY !!!
    Neither one of use have watch the news , listen radio or even read a so called newspaper in OVER 15 YEARS NOW !!! And are so much better off and yet it still hard at times to undo all memes that were but in our heads all of those years before that time !
    AS FAR AS SAVING THE WORLD !!!
    How do you wake up what I call the WALKING DEAD ??????????????
    Charis , Gil and Alfonso ( Mr. Sunshine )
    P.S. My soulmate is in the process of writing 3 books ! One about How Religon keeps Abused Women in Wrongfill Marriage Which is a SIN !!! And that everything taught about GOD is Wrong !
    One is about How we met and What Soulmate really is !!!
    p.p.s From the Day we met which was April 20, at 4 pm 2011 we HAVE NOT LEFT EACH OTHERS SIDE !!
    A one of a kind LOVE STORY !!

  15. In some ways I do not fit in. Someways I do, but that is only camouflage:) I qouit my first job at the age of 23. Been trough a lot since than,the system catched me back a few times, but now I am free in many ways and enjoy to be free. And what is most important, did not loose my clear vision. So I am in Randy!

  16. I love this flow -- just yesterday at Hanover Toastmasters I had to speak with "Superman" at table topics during the "speed dating" ..... and today you show up as our Superman - greeting your audience with this great post! 
    But common, Randy, you know that the real FEAR of the secret people who run the world is to shrink into tiny souls, breathlessly being afraid of slowing down earth to zero speed, afraid to stop all running systems, afraid to calibrate and adjust the software all connected processes to the new standard.... knowing it´s obsolete within a blink of the time ahead.....
    great post! 
    too bad it was caused by such an experience, but - good for us! 🙂
    ENJOY.

  17. HI Randy,
    You are right.
    Look at this guy from Belgium. (It is in Dutch but you can read what he says).

    He explains how people become acting the way you describe and he has a solution for the long term.
    Enjoy, Koos

  18. Randy, I am with idlife because it helps people get to there optimum health with an assessment which is free by the way. Yesit has a comp plan but it's not what I am after. I want success with satisfaction & reward & money won't do that. I need that at a boy that brings those good feelings I need.

  19. Hell yes! I joined you on this epic adventure long time ago brother. 
    side note, ya know before the sabbatical a blog post might be 2 or 3 sentences, seems like they're all more like novels now. I saw this one last night but had to wait till I could set aside some time for it. You been inspired by your buddy Richard Bliss Brooke's blog or something? 😉

  20. You could have used your own body.  This post reminded me of the book I just finished "Divergent" by Veronica Roth.  If you haven't read this one yet, I think you might enjoy it.  I'm pretty sure you wouldn't agree with all the philosophies in this work, but I still think you would find it fun.

  21. What an amazing post card Randy sir. Count me in your Epic team to wake people up from The Matrix.
    I'm so glad that at the age of 19, being introduced to Network Marketing helped me to open up my eyes to the real world and these age old lies couldn't brainwash me any longer. 
    Infact I was asking these very questions from my childhood:
    - Why do I have to study subjects I don't like? 
    - Why do I have to sit in a classroom for 55 minutes if I don't understand anything the Mr. Know-It-All is saying?
    - Who invented the famous formula for live-happily-ever after "Study hard, get a good job & tada!" ? Then why most 40+ old people don't smile at all?
    - Why being human isn't enough? Why do we need so called religions? 
    - If businesses are risky, then how can jobs be safer when it is just working for some Govt./private businesses? 
    - Why people who are not happy & successful themselves give so much advice to others about how to live life?
    ... endless list! 
    You can imagine how I used to be treated when I bombarded adults with these questions. Teachers got irritated, parents got scared, friends thought me crazy. I fought quite long against these MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE in charge of THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD know what’s best for us. But I felt very alone. Just when I was about to give up and buy their limited view of the world, I started finding people like you Randy sir. And I can't tell you in words, how much that meant for me. 
    No amount of gratitude is enough for the ways you touched my life. Thanks.

  22. Don't buy the story you have been buying. Find the truth. Believe.

    I'm moving to a city that is rated number 1 for women in tech. I consider inequality abuse. So my only choice is to move or accept abuse. Luckily, there are cities with better equality. I realized it is not just equality but also language, which is also a choice. I am moving somewhere where people are in less conflict with their beliefs and the U.S. constitutional rights. In Spirit.

    Different areas of the country, different cities, different personalities. All dealing with the conflict between religious beliefs and freedom, equality, rights, liberty, property, happiness. empowerment vs unempowered.

    1. thinking you do want to bring the old ways you left to a new country. you want to grow into new ways and you do that by being around people who have been living the new way successfully. So don't let your language limit you to one city or area.

      Some old ways, like healthy natural foods, are good ways, some ancient beliefs of equal rights are good,, while othe old beliefs of inequality are not. So you have to choose the healthy habits and beliefs.

      Ideally, all cities would have equality and equal pay, equal rights .Currently there are some that are better than others. It is best for me to be in the best city that I can be in as a woman in tech and as a woman entrepreneur.

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  • 113 comments on “EPIC. The Adventure”

    1. To be honest Randy you remind me more of Lex Luther when I first saw you online except you are the good guy buddy.:)

    2. Man this is just the downright epic truth! And what's more is that a
      lot of us hear this story in many different ways. But this way is like
      reading a novel. Of course not as long but I'm sure you get the point!
      To step out your comfort zone is truly huge step....an epic step! I don't feel comfortable I have no fear. I wonder if anyone else feels the same...

    3. Wow!.. Randy this is SO cool.. Can I send you the script I've been working on for months called "Changing Keys"?  There's a VERY close connection in theme to what you've written here.. and I AGREE completely with what you're saying, though I have to admit, I was laughing quite a bit when I was reading this.. and that's because I can completely relate.. and I'm sure everyone else in the RG community does too!

    4. Awesome postcard Randy - had me gripped all the way through when I would normally have tuned out on an article this long - but thats because this is a story about something that everyone needs to understand and people need to join you and be themselves, make their own decisions and walk through their fears and stop believing everything that is spoon fed from childhood.
      Taking those steps outside the "world you believe is real" and "questioning what you have always thought was what is right" Understanding these concepts and walking in your own path is not always easy and for many too scary to contemplate, but it is freeing and awesome when you take that first step and realise what stands on the other side and after the first step the next step becomes easier too.
      How many will join you?  Who knows but each one that does will never look at the world or feel the same ever again!!

    5. great reflection of "reality"....people should stop sleepwalking thru day and become more conscious of what really going on!!!

    6. This is the madness that makes the world spin... like a hamster does on a wheel... but at some point you've got to get off for your own sanity, lest you become on of them...

    7. Randy I loved & chuckled too, knowing I have done some of those dumb things. I just hope in my heart that I'm not too late, too old to get where I want to be. And yes I have I countered negatives along the way but I can not leave my dream & I will never give up.

    8. Love it Randy..I knew you were buff but DUDE.. this totally rocks! Able to leap an airport in a single bound?

    9. Wow, loved it. Wondered where it was heading but I hear you. I fought my company four times and then finally donned my tights and cap, still kind of kicking and screaming. 😉 Ironically I have flown to great heights with great flights recently. Yes, pun intended. Thanks for the great read! Fears or dreams do not live together so figure which it shall be and do it good. 🙂 Don't want to be around you that choose to fear good. 😉

    10. WOW - Yes I'll join you Randy!!!! LOL VERY funny but also horrifying reading - recognize every step of it! So I do not have to worry, about all the resistance I meet - and on a journey on my own - because that is actually the truth, when you start this journey - you really have to be strong, not to fall for the resistance - GOSH am I glad I know you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE and hugs from Denmark.
      LOVE this - sharing :)))))))))))))))

    11. Randy, 
      My costume has a horned helmet, brass bra, long blonde braids and a really long spear ( Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie plays here) and I am always one of the leading vanguard!  Better to die in the charge than to live in fear and anonymity. Sound the Horn!
      Kathleen (which means pure one or spear bearer... He he he)

    12. Another flash click with Randy! I used to think either I'm going mad (seriously) when I hear what educated people talk, share or argue to death to be the truth! Don't they see that almost anything we get from mass media is NOT true and it's scary when e.g. people start eating themselves and feeding tons of tablets to their kids because they were "educated"by all those docs and ads about the "better" care & health issues. 99% is fake out there, all the things they are telling how to take care of our hair, teeth and sugar levels, everything are sadly professionally done by those who want to be more problems so that they can sell you more useless staff. I've been studying feng shui, taoism, minerals and stones energy and application, Ayurvedic, quantum physics, many religions with Books and without for more than 20 years now and I can tell how things are being simply created because we don't question simple "truth" that were made our beliefs artificially. no, I'm not whining but I wonder when I look at the world around and THANKS, MY DEAR RANDY, for writing that post and I know I'm not crazy 🙂 I want to invite you to Dubai, you know how 99% of things are close to perfect here, spend a time exploring how the prosperity of vision and mind can be turned into the prosperity in every details in people's life and I will be your most indomitable spirit volunteer! and I will be waiting again 😛

    13. The world needs more like us, Randy! Willing to stand up, shout out and confront the madness 🙂 Thanks for being EPIC!!!

    14. Thank you Randy !!!!!
      The World needs more Super Heors !
      My wife and I and our 18 month old son have already have join you ! We are different and so then we are treaded differently ! Who gives a Rats Ass ? We don't 🙂
      We are not any system at all !!! Have no JOB !! No CAR !! No Retirement !! No Insurance !! No Money Saved up !! Own my own Home ! ( Which most everybody would call a shack !! ) Now With all that said!
      We are LOVING LIFE and LIVING OFF LOVE 🙂
      MYSTERIOUS To the rest of the WORLD they have No Clue we are so HAPPY For No Reason !
      WE HAVE WHAT NO AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN BUY !!!
      Neither one of use have watch the news , listen radio or even read a so called newspaper in OVER 15 YEARS NOW !!! And are so much better off and yet it still hard at times to undo all memes that were but in our heads all of those years before that time !
      AS FAR AS SAVING THE WORLD !!!
      How do you wake up what I call the WALKING DEAD ??????????????
      Charis , Gil and Alfonso ( Mr. Sunshine )
      P.S. My soulmate is in the process of writing 3 books ! One about How Religon keeps Abused Women in Wrongfill Marriage Which is a SIN !!! And that everything taught about GOD is Wrong !
      One is about How we met and What Soulmate really is !!!
      p.p.s From the Day we met which was April 20, at 4 pm 2011 we HAVE NOT LEFT EACH OTHERS SIDE !!
      A one of a kind LOVE STORY !!

    15. In some ways I do not fit in. Someways I do, but that is only camouflage:) I qouit my first job at the age of 23. Been trough a lot since than,the system catched me back a few times, but now I am free in many ways and enjoy to be free. And what is most important, did not loose my clear vision. So I am in Randy!

    16. I love this flow -- just yesterday at Hanover Toastmasters I had to speak with "Superman" at table topics during the "speed dating" ..... and today you show up as our Superman - greeting your audience with this great post! 
      But common, Randy, you know that the real FEAR of the secret people who run the world is to shrink into tiny souls, breathlessly being afraid of slowing down earth to zero speed, afraid to stop all running systems, afraid to calibrate and adjust the software all connected processes to the new standard.... knowing it´s obsolete within a blink of the time ahead.....
      great post! 
      too bad it was caused by such an experience, but - good for us! 🙂
      ENJOY.

    17. HI Randy,
      You are right.
      Look at this guy from Belgium. (It is in Dutch but you can read what he says).

      He explains how people become acting the way you describe and he has a solution for the long term.
      Enjoy, Koos

    18. Randy, I am with idlife because it helps people get to there optimum health with an assessment which is free by the way. Yesit has a comp plan but it's not what I am after. I want success with satisfaction & reward & money won't do that. I need that at a boy that brings those good feelings I need.

    19. Hell yes! I joined you on this epic adventure long time ago brother. 
      side note, ya know before the sabbatical a blog post might be 2 or 3 sentences, seems like they're all more like novels now. I saw this one last night but had to wait till I could set aside some time for it. You been inspired by your buddy Richard Bliss Brooke's blog or something? 😉

    20. You could have used your own body.  This post reminded me of the book I just finished "Divergent" by Veronica Roth.  If you haven't read this one yet, I think you might enjoy it.  I'm pretty sure you wouldn't agree with all the philosophies in this work, but I still think you would find it fun.

    21. What an amazing post card Randy sir. Count me in your Epic team to wake people up from The Matrix.
      I'm so glad that at the age of 19, being introduced to Network Marketing helped me to open up my eyes to the real world and these age old lies couldn't brainwash me any longer. 
      Infact I was asking these very questions from my childhood:
      - Why do I have to study subjects I don't like? 
      - Why do I have to sit in a classroom for 55 minutes if I don't understand anything the Mr. Know-It-All is saying?
      - Who invented the famous formula for live-happily-ever after "Study hard, get a good job & tada!" ? Then why most 40+ old people don't smile at all?
      - Why being human isn't enough? Why do we need so called religions? 
      - If businesses are risky, then how can jobs be safer when it is just working for some Govt./private businesses? 
      - Why people who are not happy & successful themselves give so much advice to others about how to live life?
      ... endless list! 
      You can imagine how I used to be treated when I bombarded adults with these questions. Teachers got irritated, parents got scared, friends thought me crazy. I fought quite long against these MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE in charge of THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT RUNS THE WORLD know what’s best for us. But I felt very alone. Just when I was about to give up and buy their limited view of the world, I started finding people like you Randy sir. And I can't tell you in words, how much that meant for me. 
      No amount of gratitude is enough for the ways you touched my life. Thanks.

    22. Don't buy the story you have been buying. Find the truth. Believe.

      I'm moving to a city that is rated number 1 for women in tech. I consider inequality abuse. So my only choice is to move or accept abuse. Luckily, there are cities with better equality. I realized it is not just equality but also language, which is also a choice. I am moving somewhere where people are in less conflict with their beliefs and the U.S. constitutional rights. In Spirit.

      Different areas of the country, different cities, different personalities. All dealing with the conflict between religious beliefs and freedom, equality, rights, liberty, property, happiness. empowerment vs unempowered.

      1. thinking you do want to bring the old ways you left to a new country. you want to grow into new ways and you do that by being around people who have been living the new way successfully. So don't let your language limit you to one city or area.

        Some old ways, like healthy natural foods, are good ways, some ancient beliefs of equal rights are good,, while othe old beliefs of inequality are not. So you have to choose the healthy habits and beliefs.

        Ideally, all cities would have equality and equal pay, equal rights .Currently there are some that are better than others. It is best for me to be in the best city that I can be in as a woman in tech and as a woman entrepreneur.

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