Charles Bukowski on Pure Intent and Going All the Way

This quote from Charles Bukowski hit me like an asteroid when I first read it:

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery—isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

When I read this, I see a poetic articulation of a state of Blazing Pure Intent.

Burning Desire. 🔥

Total Determination. 🦈

No Plan B. ⚡

I talk a lot about Pure Intent in my new course, Escaping the Rat Race.

If you’re seeking an Honest, Aligned Life…

A life in which you Do What Makes You Come Alive…

This is the state of being to get to.

This is the state in which you cannot fail.

If you reach this level of Pure Intent…

This “I would rather be homeless and Free than enslaved to a job that is slowly sapping my soul” level of Pure Intent…

You will find a way to be Free. 🕊️

Does this stir you?

Does it frighten you?

Personally, I find it exciting.

I see that it is not easy.

If it were easy, all would do it.

But True Freedom is not for everyone…

(Most couldn’t handle it anyway.)

True Freedom is reserved for the outliers.

The Courageous, Burning, Half-Mad Renegades.

Those brave enough to thrust off the shackles of culture, fear, ego, conditioning…

To truly say, “Fuck what other people think.”

To stop living how a person “should” live and start following a Deeper Whisper.

Those who truly fucking want it.

With every cell.

Those are the ones who find Freedom.

Those are the ones who find Truth.

So ask yourself…

Who am I?

And how badly do I want it?



Here’s something else that’s damn cool:

We live in 2019.

Almost 2020. 🎆

There are now countless ways to find Freedom and Alignment without becoming a street person or a starving artist…

I’ve spent the last 6 years wandering the Earth, exploring the Methods of Freedom, burning away the bullshit to get down to First Principles…

It’s taken me to 32 countries and the Frontiers of Earthly Possibility…

Once a small-town kid from rural Iowa…

Now a bona fide Freedom Hacker…

Multiple-6-Figure Business Co-Owner…

Writer and Artist who has reached millions of people…

CEO and Founder…

And seasoned World Traveler…

This is why I built Escaping the Rat Race.

Because now I know what’s truly possible.

I’ve lived it.

And I built the Course I wish someone would have handed to me 7-8 years ago.

To help illuminate the Path for others like me.

I built an Accelerator to True Freedom.

For those ready to claim it.

A Radically Honest Roadmap to the Art of Following Bliss.

And I synthesized a LOT of cross-disciplinary wisdom…

On Entrepreneurship. 💲

Lifestyle design.

Travel hacking. 🌎

Manifestation. 🔮

Finding online work.

Efficiency. ⚡

Attention management.

Working abroad. ✈️

Alternative housing.

Unconventional living. 🎪

Magnetizing dreams.

Radical money strategies. 💰

Finding the others.

Dissolving fear. 🐅

The list goes on…

On top of that, I laced the Course with loads of Real-World Challenges and World-Unlocking Thought Experiments to get you Taking Real Action and breaking through to new echelons of Self-Understanding.

And I built a Mastermind Community on WhatsApp where the Course Tribe of aspiring and active entrepreneurs, artists, dreamers, travelers, and non-conformists can connect, support each other, and share ideas, hacks, tips, and unconventional (work, travel, housing, living) opportunities. The Community is already buzzing with rich conversation…

Moreover, Escaping the Rat Race: Diamond also includes a ton of Bonus Course Content + 3 Live Video Q&A Mastermind Calls in which I’ll hang out with the Tribe, answer all questions, and provide personalized guidance to individuals on next steps to shift their realities.

To top things off, I sprinkled in a few extra Potent Bonuses

And last but not least, I’m gifting EVERYONE who buys the Course during the launch a 1-Hour One-to-One Video Coaching Session with me, because I truly want to put the value over the top, meet you face to face, listen deeply, and give you razor-sharp guidance on next steps in your situation.

If you haven’t checked out the Course Page and Video Trailer yet, you’ll want to do so, as I infused it with Powerful, Confronting Wisdom to make it a Life-Shifting Art Work in its own right.




2020 is upon us.


A natural time to turn the page.

And start a new chapter.

I built Escaping the Rat Race to help you do that.


Look in your heart…

Examine your Soul..

And ask yourself…

Is it time to go All The Way?

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”

— Jack Kerouac

Peace and Love,

P.S. I truly want everyone who feels The Call to be able to take Escaping the Rat Race, so if times are tough and money is tight, reply to this email and let me know and I will work with you to find a way to make it happen.

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