Artists need healthcare

Bad health care or lack of it has killed more American artists than we can count.

This year, I took the leap as an entrepreneur. The number one question in making the decision was How do we get coverage?

By some estimates, the “gig economy” now accounts for an approximate 34% of employment in the country, and it may grow to 43% by 2020. In no way should our healthcare be tied to your job.

How many of you are working a dead-end jobs because it pays for your coverage? How many of you want to start a business but are worried about your family’s health coverage? How many of you can’t get a job that pays for coverage? How many of you are anxious or depressed in your job because it is something you have to go do, not something you get to do?

We are the most in debt, most obese, most medicated, most unhappy adult cohort in human history.

And I believe one of the reasons is because we stifle our ability to innovate, to create art. We don’t make it easy for artists and entrepreneurs to do what they do best.

Of course, there are legitimate issues with universal healthcare. (How do we pay for it? How do make sure quality care is given?) Perhaps, government is big enough, but we can surely demand government to run better.

We are in the midst of the biggest mental health crisis in human history. To answer this call, we have built Pivot Adventure Co., an eight-week adventure therapy course for teenagers designed to help them navigate through lives challenges. We are helping to save and improve lives. Fortunately, after much sacrifice and careful planning, we have been able to make this jump.

But I know way too many Artists that can’t make this leap to do the work they were meant to do. Simply because they have no answer to healthcare. It’s just too big of a chasm to overcome. And too many roll the dice each day just hoping something catastrophic doesn’t happen.

The fact is, the United States is the only highly developed nation without universal healthcare.

Each time another Artist dies because of lack of care, we need to be asking ourselves: What could have been?

The story you tell is the life you live

If you are asked to focus on finding a red bird this week, chances are you’ll find a red bird.

And if you are asked to focus on the cracks on the sidewalk or graffiti on the walls, you’ll find those too.

It’s impossible for our brains to process everything that is going on around us. There is simply too much information. As a result, our brains create shortcuts to conclusions so that we can make sense of the world.

But those shortcuts can get us into trouble. Our biases, prejudices, worldview can get in the way from seeing the world as it really is.

We tend to notice all the bad drivers, but as a result, we ignore all the good ones.

If the story we tell is one full of struggle, suffering and scarcity, then you will only find those things.

On the other hand, if it’s one full of joy and abundance, it’s what you will find too.

The story you tell is the life you live.

Breaking news cycles

The internet has created urgency to check in on the Now:

What have I missed since I was gone? 

And we forget, there is a lifetime of information produced in the last hour on the internet. Those blogs or columns or videos or documentaries…are not irrelevant.

They’re just operating in the Then not the Now.

There are over 900 blog posts on this blog. All freely given away. Most of these blogs are not about current event in the Now and are still just as relevant today.

I hope you enjoy them. Take all the time you need to go through.

If you could see what I see

Then you would know that I am right.

It’s unlikely, however, that you would make the same decisions I would make.

Because we are all born under different circumstances, we’re were taught different things.

We can’t assume people will change even if we present all the right data and argument.

But it helps, if we can align our stories with each other.

Meaning, if someone has been looking for someone like you to lead them, to assemble them, to guide them through their challenge.

You’ll have a better chance of making something happen.

Economic Principles 201

Every public company in America uses ‘Generally Accepting Accounting Principles’ except the US government. As a result, the way the government does its accounting, investments are counted as spending.

Surprisingly, debt predates money.

Credit default swaps, CDO’s, derivatives…everything you need to know about the 2008 financial crisis can be found by watching this.

Just eight men own the same amount of wealth as half the world. And the richest 1% accumulated 82% of the wealth created last year while the poorest half of humanity got nothing.

In terms of wealth inequality in America our perception and reality is severely out of touch.

And why do we see our homes as investments rather than a place to live?

Finally, why trickle down economics 50 year experiment hasn’t worked for the middle class.

“If the bank runs out of money, it may issue as much money of its own as it may need by merely writing on any ordinary piece of paper.”

— The rules of Monopoly, Parker Brothers, Inc.