Hard-Hitting Unapologetic Advice to Get the Most From Life

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I’m an independent writer. What that means is that I’m not under contract at a magazine or newspaper, I’m not beholden to some overbearing editor/publisher, and I’m certainly not whoring myself out to some big media conglomerate. This means I don’t have to beg for airtime. It means I can’t get canceled or censored or intimidated out of saying what needs to be said. I don’t have to pitch a dozen article ideas just to get a thousand words printed somewhere where people will read it.

I write stuff. You read it. It’s that simple.

Now, I’m very fortunate to be in this position. But it’s also not an accident. I wasn’t born on top of a pile of money. Daddy never bought me a Ferrari and I don’t have some shady backdoor business like selling fentanyl to schoolchildren or, even worse, selling supplements on the internet.

I have you. My readers. People who love what I do enough that they’re willing to help me keep doing it.

There’s no middleman here. I write stuff you like. Then I say, “Uhh, hey, mind giving me enough money to like, pay my web hosting bill?” And then amazing people like you do. Because you’re awesome and you like to see amazing, independently-published, no-bullshit content that enriches and improves your life. So you think to yourself, “Hey yeah, this guy Mark deserves a burrito,” and then you give me enough money to go buy a burrito.

That’s how it works, and that’s kind of how it should work. I imagine.

But, this isn’t a donation trip. No, I don’t believe a writer should grovel for money. If you support me and my work, you should get something in return. And so I’ve put together a lot of amazing content for people who are willing to shell enough money to buy me a burrito each month. In fact, it’s a hell of a lot of value for what you pay.

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