The Voluntary Life: January 2012

31 January 2012

Author Interview: Paul Rosenberg on A Lodging of Wayfaring Men Part 1

This Part 1 of an interview with Paul Rosenberg, author of "A Lodging of Wayfaring Men".

Instantly named Freedom Book of The Month and a major influence in the Cyber-underground, A Lodging of Wayfaring Men is the story of freedom-seekers who create an alternative society on the Internet - a virtual society, with no possibility of oversight or control. It grows so fast that governments and "leaders" are terrified, and fight to co-opt this cyber-society before it undermines the power of the governing elite.

In this interview Paul talks about his intellectual development, his influences and the background to writing the book. He discusses the parallels between the novel and recent developments in crypto-currency, such as Bitcoin. He shares his thoughts on the current state of the internet, prospects for liberty and the potential for developing communities of people with shared values.

Podcast Episode

24 January 2012

Financial Independence from Parents

This episode is about the freedom in adult life that is gained by achieving financial independence from parents. Jake talks about some of the findings of the book "The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas Stanley. Dr Stanley surveyed people in America who had become millionaires within one generation and collected data on many aspects of their lives.  One finding that he identified was that adult-children who continue to receive economic subsidies from their parents tend to be much less successful in developing wealth within their own lives. Those who don't receive "economic out-patient care" end up wealthier and also have better relationships with their parents.

Podcast Episode

16 January 2012

Entrepreneurship Part 4: Profit is Sanity

A podcast for entrepreneurs about getting your business to profitability and making it more and more profitable once you get there. The title of this podcast comes from the saying "turnover is vanity and profit is sanity". Some of the topics covered in the episode include:

  • The unjustly-bad reputation that profit has in our culture and it's origins
  • The other motives (unrelated to profit) that entrepreneurs have and the problems that they cause for their business
  • Profit as the truly rational measure of how healthy your business is
  • Two approaches cutting expenses to increase profit
  • The value of measuring profitability at the project or product level
  • The necessity of measuring all aspects of operations to find out where you make a profit and where you don't

11 January 2012

Entrepreneurship Part 3: In Praise Of Selling

In this podcast, Jake talks about the most important responsibility you will ever have as an entrepreneur: selling. He talks about how to overcome the barriers to selling that most entrepreneurs face:  the cultural prejudice against sales, ignorance about what selling really is and the psychological barrier to selling (the fear of rejection).

Stages of Selling To Learn More About:

  1. Prospecting
  2. Contacting
  3. Qualifying
  4. Presentation
  5. Handling Objections
  6. Closing
  7. Referrals

Checklist for New Entrepreneurs:
  1. Have you started selling yet? 
  2. Are you setting aside specific time within each day or week devoted only to selling?
  3. Are you measuring everything that you can measure about your selling activity?

Show Notes:
Glengarry Glen Ross (great movie, but also an example of how negative the representation of selling is in our culture)
How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins (a recommended book).

Podcast Episode

2 January 2012

Psychological Freedom: An Interview With Daniel Mackler

An interview with psychologist and filmmaker Daniel Mackler about the subject of psychological freedom. Daniel shares his thoughts on what psychological freedom means: the healing from past psychological traumas. He identifies the root of trauma in unhealthy parenting and talks about his own journey towards more psychological freedom. Podcast Episode