This is it.
We’re officially ONE WEEK from the launch of my brand new product, VISION QUEST!
I’m crazy excited about this. The amount of work to put this out has been exhausting but so worth it.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Vision Quest is a 35-day personal development course with an ambitious goal: to get YOU to find a Vision for your life that inspires you and give you the tools to execute on it!
What I wanted to do now was share with you some of the content from the course so you can see exactly how Vision Quest could benefit your life.
It won’t be for everyone, but I didn’t write it with the intention of getting everyone to want to buy it.
I wrote it for that select, exclusive group of people who will “get it”.
So let’s turn down the lights and get comfortable. Without further ado, here is the first introductory lesson from Vision Quest!
Introduction to Vision Quest
How did this happen?
How did we end up as a society where so many people could be lacking an authentic Vision for their life?
If you saw the salesletter I wrote for Vision Quest, you might remember that I referred to this mass confusion that’s going on as an “epidemic”. That was not just marketing hyperbole.
More and more, I see people who just seemed confused. And while confusion is inherent in any genuine task of self-discovery, we have to address why it seems so pronounced in modern society. The benefit to you of understanding this is that you’ll have a much better grip on your current situation and how to excel.
It will also set the theme / groundwork for everything we are going to do in this course. So you’ll understand where the exercises and theory I’m going to be giving you is coming from.
Let’s dig in.
What Happened to Us?
Science tells us that modern humans are the result of millions of years of intense evolutionary pressure to survive and reproduce. Our early ancestors grew up in environments so harsh your life was constantly on the line.
Because of this, we developed what Abraham Maslow calls a Hierarchy of Needs. Many of you are probably familiar with this model:
So for most of our evolutionary history, humans were primarily concerned with the bottom section of needs, i.e Safety and Physiological. Very intuitive stuff. You’re not going to care much about actualizing your potential as a human being when you’re fighting a saber tooth tiger. You can’t “skip” stages.
But something very interesting has happened. While much of the world is still concerned with the bottom section of needs, those of us who are more fortunate have moved up.
If you’re reading this, the chances you’ll ever have to worry about eating to survive is virtually nil.
Really think about this. In modern western society, even if you lost all your money and became homeless, complete strangers will just GIVE YOU MONEY or food if you ask for it. Or you could go on a number of government programs. That’s at your LOWEST.
So humans have started to evolve. We’ve kind of figured out this “surviving” thing and want to start to learn how to THRIVE and really love our lives.
But this had led to many people feeling confused. Finding a Vision for your life and contributing your greatest talents is much more complicated than “eat food”.
There are many other psychological models of development that account for the existential crisis that is going on in the modern world. Spiral Dynamics is an example. Ken Wilber also talks a lot about this. But the underlying point is this: human needs are evolving on a mass scale.
But Is That The Whole Story?
It’s not. There is one other factor that desperately needs to be mentioned in order to understand modern society’s existential crisis. And that factor is something called social conditioning.
You can think of social conditioning simply as the beliefs that people receive from the outside world, consciously or unconsciously.
When a child grows up and in brought up in a certain religion, that’s social conditioning.
When you go school, that’s social conditioning.
When you watch an ad telling you that you must buy this product or do a certain action, that’s social conditioning.
The possibilities here really are endless. We’re going to go much more in depth on social conditioning in this course, but for now it’s enough to understand that this is a very real phenomena. And NO ONE is exempt, including you or me.
Not all of this is inherently harmful either. We have to learn and understand the world somehow, and learning from others is incredibly important. But the problem is that this can often cause very unintended negative consequences as well.
Many of you may at one point had a Vision for your life. When we were kids, most people’s imagination was boundless. But as we “learned” about either ourselves or the world, we began cutting these ideas off or repressing them.
One major example of this is formal education. In order for formal education to work as a “system”, individual accuracy is sacrificed for the whole. Maybe those standardized tests won’t really measure your abilities or intelligence, but it’s assumed to be the best we can do and it keeps things running smoothly.
So that’s good for the system. But what about YOU?
The end result of this conditioning, whether it be through formal education or simply what you learned watching TV, is that many of us have an extremely distorted or confused image of ourselves.
For instance, growing up I was often told by teachers that I was lazy. I heard it many times. And I don’t blame them, because I certainly was not putting full effort into their class.
But isn’t it ironically that most people would probably place me much closer to the “work-oholic ” end of the spectrum than “lazy”. It’s all a matter of perspective and circumstance. Yet I BELIEVED those teachers as if it was gospel.
That’s the danger of social conditioning.
Hopefully you can see how this effects your current situation. Many of us do have a Vision for our life, but it gets stamped out along the way. Or we end up with a Vision that’s what others want. Or we don’t feel our Vision is “realistic”.
There’s a number of ways this could be effecting you, but the end result is the same.
No Vision. No Quest. Just confusion and frustration.
Could There Be More??
There is. The other problem when it comes to finding a Vision that feels like it’s authentic to ourselves is that “authenticity” is difficult to pin down. Who You Are is largely a matter of choice and what you decide to psychologically identify with.
For instance, maybe you think you’re the type of person who likes math because you got very good grades in math in high school and enjoyed it. But then you’ve also got this talent for playing guitar and singing. Are you a math person or a music person?
Or maybe you like to read books, but then other times you like to go out and party hard. Are you a nerdy bookworm, or are you an extraverted partier?
Who Are You?
The answer is whatever you choose.
But this confuses people because of its arbitrary nature. We may end up feeling like imposters pretending to be someone we’re not. Or maybe we just flounder between different choices, never committing to a Vision because we’re not sure if it’s truly “me”.
The End Result
The end result of all of this is confusion, existential crisis, depression and ignorance.
You should be getting an idea of just how significant of an issue this is. Having a Vision Quest for your life isn’t just some “self-help” project where you’re going to learn “5 quick tips on being more productive!”, whatever that means.
I have no interest in that.
Vision Quest IS your life!
Your Vision Quest is not optional if you want to be fulfilled. If you look back at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Vision is literally a NEED like hunger. You feel pain when you don’t have it. It eats at your soul.
How many people are on anti-depressants or just feel like life is terrible because they don’t understand this concept? Too many. I have close family and friend who suffer from this and it’s painful to see.
That’s why this is an epidemic. That’s why I wanted to make this course.
What will your life be like if you don’t handle this? You shouldn’t have to look too far to see. Just watch people around you and see how happy those who don’t have aren’t on their Vision Quest typically are.
Complaining, bitching, coping. That’s what you’ll see. No happiness, no joy, no love.
Even if your goal is to help others, you need to have a Vision more than anyone. Vision is how amazing products get made. Vision is how great civil movements take place. These people all had VISION.
We NEED people like this.
When you get this down, your life can be orders of magnitude more fulfilling. Like not just 2x or 3x, but a 1000x.
Just imagine doing what you love everyday. How would that effect how you feel?
But Can You Execute?
The other major problem I see is that people don’t know how to execute. They just don’t have the right beliefs and understandings about life in order to really accomplish their Vision.
Having a Vision isn’t enough. Maybe you fall into this category, where you feel like you know what you want to do, but you just can’t seem to do it. All you get is frustration and failure.
So getting this handled is equally important. All great Visionaries had great technical skills and know how to GET SHIT DOWN when it came down to it. They weren’t just stuck in “ideas”.
Society does not teach you how to be an executor. It teaches you to not fuck up. It teaches you play it safe and stay inside the rules.
Executors go outside the rules. They’re creative and pro-active.
So the second half of this course is there dedicated to the QUEST portion of your journey. This is where you’ll learn all the right mindsets and beliefs that will make you a lethally effective executor. You’ll know the exact formula and path for success.
All you then have to do is follow along and walk it.
So hopefully I’ve inspired you a bit. This course will not solve all your problems, it’s YOUR Vision Quest. YOUR journey. I can’t live it for you. But this course can put you on a trajectory that alters your entire existence. It’s that powerful.
Welcome to Vision Quest. Let’s begin.
So I hope you enjoyed that. Hopefully now you’re beginning to see why this is such an important product.
But this is only part 1 of 3! I’ll be sharing more from Vision Quest in the upcoming days so keep an eye out.
You’ll understand more about my story and how this product came to be.
If you liked this, be sure to leave a comment and share with a friend. Vision Quest might not be right for you, but it could be right for someone you