How to Survive in the Post Industrial World

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Do you ever feel like you’re just a bystander in your own life?

Like maybe you’re just existing and not truly living?

I’ve been there. I’ve accepted the fact that much of my life, I have just been “existing” and not truly giving myself the ability to “live”.

I exist here in this place. This “reality”. All of us do. The question is, “How many of us actually do more than just “exist”, or do something with our lives that turns off the autopilot?”

When I think of what it means to truly live, I imagine doing something with my life that has more meaning than just being here. I think of living as doing something for the greater good. Something for a higher purpose, than my everyday routine of “existing”.

I think of using my time; learning, helping, giving, loving, and moving this world forward to a better state.

Living in Industrial America

I like to use my imagination. I think about the future, my beliefs, my life. I think about what I have been taught and how I was brought up in an environment that showed me what it meant to be a slave to the circumstances of life.

I grew up in middle America. Blue collar family, poverty, always left in want. Learning how to survive, exist, obey, follow, live in fear, cope. It was what they say is an average childhood.

I don’t have any ill feelings for anything in my childhood growing up. My entire path from then till now, has led me to where I’m at today. It’s led me to what I consider to be a higher level of awareness of the world I live in and the environment that surrounds me.

I’m just saying it doesn’t have to be that way. My parents were just doing what they were taught. To be successful you need to work hard, something I learned from my Dad. I also learned, that sometimes the price you have to pay to be successful is greater than the perceived rewards.

My Mom was just going through the motions. Doing her best to keep us fed and clothed. She wanted more for our life, but what could she do?

She was another victim of a flawed system, which does it’s best to keep us caged down. She has been battling depression her whole life. Sorry ma.

That was life, more or less. Of course more, but that’s good for now :)

Not the Life For Me

I always told myself, I would not settle for that type of life. I want to be able to give my daughter a better life. I don’t mean being able to buy anything for her. I just don’t want to, NOT be able to give her what she NEEDS.

It’s hard being poor. Always living paycheck to paycheck. Having to budget your money. Deciding if you’ll have enough money to pay for food and gas to last until next payday. I’ve lived like this for far too long.

I can’t live my entire life this way, and I won’t. That’s why I have done what many have done and are doing right now.

I quit complaining and hoping for life to change, and I started doing something to change it myself. I finally made a connection in my brain somewhere to be on this journey I’m on, and have told myself to never look back.

I’ve found my higher purpose. Now I want to live it, in this, post industrial society. Spreading my knowledge, experience, and stories–hopefully making a small change in the world.

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Post Industrial World

As simply as I can put it, there is an entirely different world out there, most don’t see. They see a world in crisis, an economy in ruins, tensions escalating, and are trying their best just to stay above water. It’s the perception they have of the world and their not wrong, but they aren’t doing anything to change it either.

This other world, this connected economy, the new economy, the new world economy…whatever your name for it–gives you the ability to live a life, of your own creation. A life on your own terms. Unplugged, recreated, and your own Dream Design. How?

You start a journey to change your life, change your perception, and become an authentic conscious human being.

Well, that’s what happened to me.

At first, I was out to find a way I could work from home on the Internet and make enough money doing it, to quit my 9-5 dead end work.

After about a thousand failures, money lost to get rich quick schemes, and a ton of trial and error–I finally figured it out.


It wasn’t about the money or quitting my job. Sure I wanted to be able to do those things, but I wanted to do them for a higher purpose. It was about finding myself, and the path I wanted to take for the future. It was about who I wanted to be and what I needed to do to become that.

The road I’ve taken is not a well paved path by any means. At least not in comparison to the 7+ Billion people in the world. I just think it’s a road that more people need to take.

I know how hard it can be to make any changes in your life, especially ones that require more risk and uncertainty than we already see.

But think about this, “At the end of your life, will you be upset at what you didn’t accomplish, or be happy about what you’ve left behind?

Take Back Your Life

You can escape the fallacy of being an obedient member of society, whose role is to be productive, go to school, and get a career in an industry of your choice.

Where’s the choice in that?

I spent years, looking for what “career” would be right for me. You know what I found?

I didn’t want a career. Nothing that was considered a career, enthused me at all. I didn’t want to live a life that I was “supposed” to live. I didn’t want a career, I didn’t want to take orders, and I really didn’t want to waste half my life away, doing work that to me was a waste of life.

I chose to take back my life. I started searching for something other than just what kind of career I could enter. I started exploring myself and why I was having such a hard time, finding my way in life.

I found it wasn’t about what job or career I could strive for. It was about living life on my own terms and not feeling like a slave to my environment.

That’s why I decided to change.

How to Survive in Post Industrial Society

Just for a minute picture what your life would be like, if you didn’t have to worry.

What would you be able to do with your life, if you had the resources you needed to follow your passions and dreams, and do the things that mattered to you?

Why can’t EVERYONE live a life, free from the financial burden that comes with living in the “free” world?

Isn’t that all we really want? A chance to live a life of true freedom? The ability to fully express yourself in life through the things that bring us passion and fulfillment?

Okay. Maybe not everyone wants that. Some people would rather just keep with the status quo and simply exist. I can’t really relate, as I have spent most of my life trying to get away from the negativity that surrounds the status quo way of thinking. But, just like some can probably attest, ignorance is bliss.

On the flippity flip, there’s a way we all can live a truly free life.

  • Choose to escape the status quo

  • Gain clarity by becoming more present and self-expressive

  • Find your purpose & take action on it through your passions

  • Connect with those who share your purpose and passions

  • Become your own business, Give yourself to the world

I call this method Dream Design. It’s many things and it is always changing and evolving. It’s the map for your mind. A gateway to positive change and abundance in your life.

It’s not just about designing your version of a “dream life” for yourself. It’s about unleashing the creator within and looking at the world from a higher level.

Dream design is the path I walk on towards my constant pursuit of contribution, fulfillment, abundance, love, connection, inspiration, and hope.

From what I can see, the post industrial world is about creating our own dream design.


  1. says

    I take it as encouraging that I now feel as though I’ve been asleep or at least dozing through all of my earlier life – it bodes well for my future that at least I’m a bit more awake now!

    A large proportion of folk trundle along on the pre-determined path, never questioning it, and I truly hope that they are happy – but I suspect not.

    This is, as far as we know, the first time that about a third of the entire planet can theoretically communicate with one another – we need to use it for so much more than sharing pictures of cats and describing our breakfast!

    p.s. – Hi there, how are you doing since the FirePole Scavenger hunt? [I'm Vintagephotographr]

    • says

      Hey Ian. Thanks for stopping by. Doing well man.

      There is definitely more that we all could be doing to use the connections between us for greater things and we are. I believe this will only increase as more people get a glimpse of what is possible in a connected world.

      Crazy too, I have to remind myself that the world wide web wasn’t even around when I was a kid. How many people who don’t even have access yet. I kind of laugh to myself when anyone says that their “niche” is flooded. That is a proven myth. Look at how crowded the marketing space was supposed to have been, then look at Danny Iny from Firepole Marketing. How long did it take to build it into a top online marketing blog?

      I just think it’s the perfect time for people to sort of “wake up” and open their eyes to just what is possible for their lives and what a little knowledge and connection can bring. And it is happening. Definitely wish there were less fluff and more people were doing something to help make the world a better place. It’ll come. Look at what we’ve done in just the last 20 years. Just gotta keep moving forward.


  2. Katherine Harms says

    It is always eye-opening when someone lays his life bare. Most of us don’t have the courage to do that. You have revealed things that will almost surely resonate with people who need your services. I can imagine that your active seekers will find something here they will want for themselves.

  3. says

    Hi Justin,

    I relate to this entirely! You are spot on. I lived for so many years just sleepwalking my way through life. And the scary part is that it felt and seemed ‘normal.’ I was doing what I had been told and expected to do. And then…I started to wake up! I could no longer go through my life pretending that everything was okay and be another cog in the wheel. I realized that almost every decision in my life was being made out of fear. Fear of failure, fear of not being liked, fear of not making enough money, fear of losing love, fear of standing out.

    Then I realized that freedom starts within. I started listening to my inner voice. I started to take baby steps towards having more freedom in my life. Step-by-step I began making decisions that I felt were mine. I think that we all owe it to ourselves to become the greatest expression of freedom possible. Whatever that means, it doesn’t really matter. As long as we are listening to that inner voice and taking baby steps towards realizing freedom in our life. Can you imagine how different the world would be if just a small percentage of people started living this way? Hold on…I think it’s already happening!

    • says

      Hey Michael. Yep, you just described my journey. The awakening is underway!

      I can imagine the world of what’s possible, I also know how far a climb it will be to the changes we seek. Still a worthy cause for sure and a great time to be in cause this is where it all starts. You…me…and an idea plus the millions of others we’ve yet to connect with.

      Thanks man!

  4. says

    Great post, Justin! I encourage you to continue going down this path. It’s great that you have taken back your life and decided what you want to get out of life, and what you want to remember and be remembered for at its end. Your daughter can be proud to have a daddy like that!

    Let’s support each other on this path, and not let each other fail. It’s a worthy cause!

  5. says

    I am so glad to hear that you quit your 9-5 and following your own path! That in itself is a huge accomplishment and something that I admire.
    When I was 18 I joined a network marketing business and one of the things that the leaders focused on was personal growth. Until someone is capable of allowing more to flow into his or her life, it won’t happen. I too have been on a journey of learning to be authentic to me (sometimes I don’t even know what it is ha!). Luckily, the journey is where it is at! :) I hope you are enjoying yours!

    • says

      Hey Khrystle. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to quit my day job yet, I was more implying the intentions of. But the path is where it is and I’m enjoying the ride. Personally, I look at the path as a means to the same end. A way to live my life the way I want to live it, having made some positive contribution to help change our world, and yes quit my day job. Having enough income to provide a decent life for my family and enough to be able to work from anywhere would be a bonus.

  6. says

    “Isn’t that all we really want? A chance to live a life of true freedom? The ability to fully express yourself in life through the things that bring us passion and fulfillment?”

    Yes, that is exactly what I want! Though I have never been one to blindly follow a career path just because of a stable job or good salary. As a minister, I am all about helping people find meaning in their lives, helping them connect with others, and learn skills of self-care and self-advocacy.

    Over the course of my own lifetime the world has so completely changed. When I was a child, people often worked for a company their whole life, and retired with a great pension. When I was in high school, we could connect, by telephone, to a remote, mainframe computer and run little programs written in Basic. Now I’m reaching out over the internet to build a congregation of people with disabilities! Things have totally changed.

  7. says

    Great post Justin. There really are so many opportunities in the post industrial world that a lot of people just aren’t aware of. I’m so glad my eyes have been opened to this and I am now on a path to live my passion and do what I love every day.

    I particularly loved your lessons. These really resonated with me – “Find your purpose & take action on it through your passions” and “Connect with those who share your purpose and passions”. It’s exactly what I’m doing and the journey so far has been wonderful.

  8. says

    Great post, Justin. I, too, am dedicated to creating and living a life focused on the principles you described.

    This part jumped out at me: “They see a world in crisis, an economy in ruins, tensions escalating, and are trying their best just to stay above water. It’s the perception they have of the world and their not wrong, but they aren’t doing anything to change it either.”

    I know you’re right, and it makes me sad. I have been able to surround myself (mostly) with people who see and experience the world in a different way, and I’m grateful that my reality is very different than that of those who only see crisis and a bad economy. As you said, it’s not that those things don’t exist, but if only more people could recognize there is another way (and we’re getting there…). Unfortunately, I think the structures of our society often make it quite difficult for people to change and to climb their way out of difficult circumstances, but every day someone proves that it can be done.

    • says

      Hey Amy. I’ve seen both sides of this “perception” and it makes me both sad and angry. I know more and more people are starting to wake up and look at things differently, but it takes more than just realizing what’s wrong to do anything about it. Unfortunately, I know many people who resist in fully believing or taking action in following their own path because of these “structures of society.” They are still consumed by the systems that have built and conditioned them their whole lives. Even if aware of it, it’s still hard to do anything about it and go against the norm of their lives. But, this is changing and like you said, someone proves it can be done everyday. Too bad it takes Society ages to catch up with us.

  9. says

    Beautiful words. “Dream Design.” I hope you don’t mind me borrowing that phrase once in a while! It’s great! And I’ll quote you, don’t worry. Dream Design is definitely something I am doing right now. I totally resonate with your words here because your struggles in life sound all too familiar to me.
    I truly admire your courage to put yourself out there and be vulnerable. This is true authenticity and we’re in the “unplugged” market of authenticity these days. No one wants superficial and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to be authentic, even when you try. You post speaks for millions of people out there, millions of Americans too- who live paycheck to paycheck and just try to get by… and many of them wonder how to get out, but like you said, most conform. I am glad you said this is “not the life for me.” So true.

    • says

      Hey Jesicka. Feel free to borrow away and use as you wish. It took me a long time and I still struggle with just putting myself out there and being “authentic” and just brave enough to be completely honest and say what I’m feeling. Fortunately, after realizing just how much I can’t stand people being fake, it didn’t take long to start saying what I felt so I wouldn’t become one of those people. I’m just a guy trying to put a little inspiration in the world and hopefully people will become a little more brave and start their own path as a result.

  10. says

    Yep I was one of those people but am happy to say I am growing into someone who won’t be like that anymore. I see people who exist, It saddens and frustrates me because they know, deep down that it’s not right that they are not happy It’s people like us who can change this world and together we can help people see this. Thank you Justin, wonderful as ever. Keep pushing forward. I’m right there with you.

  11. says

    Yep I was one of those people but am happy to say I am growing into someone who won’t be like that anymore. I see people who exist, It saddens and frustrates me because they know, deep down that it’s not right that they are not happy It’s people like us who can change this world and together we can help people see this. Thank you Justin, wonderful as ever. Keep pushing forward. I’m right there with you.

  12. says

    I love your Dream Design directions! I am going to paste them on my monitor. I am trying to walk the path as well. I want a fulfilling life, doing what I love and helping others fulfill their potentials as well!

    Life is way too short to not spend it all on yourself :)

  13. says

    Hi Justin, I can totally connect to what you are saying here. I believe that the path we are meant to take is when we are in our flow. We design our own lives through our dreams and by listening to our heart’s desire. To start a journey of change certainly requires a strength for which we can only gain once we step onto the path to create what we truly desire. Every little step counts, and self awareness is key to keep at bay any outside influences which do not support our personal missions to serve the world. Excellently written Justin.

  14. says

    A world without worry… I’m all about it! You lay this out so well, and bring to light how many people are out there just going through the motions. Thank you for sharing your journey so others can have the courage to begin on theirs.

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