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Are You a Slave or a Pharaoh?

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Dec 01

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If you are not building your OWN pyramid, you are building someone else’s pyramid.

It is so easy in life to let your dreams slip away, simply because they seem to big to accomplish. Instead most people wind up working towards fulfilling someone else’s dream. I am here to help you accomplish your dreams.

Phlearn is about photoshop and photography, but it is also about helping people get better in life. We all need some inspiration sometimes in life, and that is what today’s episode is all about.

What You Will Learn

  • 0:30 – Intro to Phlearn, and how to say it with a Swedish accent
  • 0:45 – Inspiration
  • 1:00 – Are you a slave or pharoah
  • 2:00 – If you are not fulfilling your own dream, you are fulfilling someone else’s
  • 3:00 – Taking small steps
  • 3:50 – How to cross a desert
  • 4:30 – Taking the first step
  • 5:00 – Why no one wants money
  • 5:30 – Your goals have to be REAL
  • 6:00 – When you take steps to build your pyramid, others gather in support

What are your dreams?

We all have dreams. If you ask most people what they want in life, they don’t know. The question is too big. If you ask people about a few things they would really like to do, then you start to see their dreams come out.

What steps can you take RIGHT NOW to get closer to them?

Big goals and dreams are supposed to scare the crap out of you. If they were something you could do without much effort, you would have probably already done them. What is important to remember, is that you don’t have to do everything today. All you have to do is take the first step.

Want to know what you are walking towards?

Here is a great activity to help.

  • Find someone who cares about you, and whom you trust
  • Ask that person if they will sit down with you for 10 minutes and help you to accomplish your dreams
  • Offer to do the same activity with THEIR dreams – reciprocate
  • The job of the person helping is to ask over and over “What do you want?”
  • Your job is to answer them
  • Do this over and over for 10 minutes

In the beginning most people say the usual. They want a big house, a fancy car, a ton of money. If you answer these things, don’t feel bad. What you will find, is that as the question is asked over and over, your answers start to become more and more real. Remember, this is not a Miss USA pageant, and you get no bonus points for saying “I want to end world hunger”. These have to be real.

I did this recently, and I was shocked to see what my answers were around the 8:00 minute mark. It turns out I don’t really care about having a fancy house. It turns out, what I want more than anything is to leave a positive inpact on other people’s lives, and that when I die, I will be remembered as a person who gave all that they had to something they believed in.

  • Sebastian Ortiz

    Cool, Inspirational talk, Mr. Nace! :)

  • Dale Antony Richards

    If I ever hire photo assistants I will ban them from this episode =D

  • Anonymous

    I want to make art for a living. I don’t want a boring job, I want to do what I am passionate about. What I love. The 365 was my very first step. Art school is going to be my second big step.

  • Beth Duri

    I so needed this episode today! I’m the biggest Saboteur of my own goals.   Sometimes I feel like the pharoah but then as soon as I start getting comfortable in that roll I end up running under the rock and hide. Learning to overcome that is my biggest challenge.

  • Berniharris

    hehehe i love phlearn in swedish accent!! hahaha tickled me! great episode as always :D

  • Berniharris

    also, me and my sister have a goal blog for realistic things we want to achieve in the next 5 years (a few of my goals are to make a living through portrait photography alone, to stay in a treehouse hotel, to run a marathon and to volunteer at an orphanage in africa!) We cheer eachother on and encourage each other when things go a bit wrong! just having the goals written down seriously helps and makes you realise they’re not fantasies but actually possible… but you have to work really hard for them! i’d definately reccomend others to do it to! :D

  • Rattyboots

    Thanks Aaron. Photoshop tutor AND life coach. For me, Phlearn is the best thing to ever happen to the Internet. Keep up the excellent work.

  • Bazo

    Very good words. Thanks Aaron :)

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  • Macxs Oppici

    I really love these episodes about raise the bar and find the way through the desert that every so often you submit to us. What you say about “What do you want?” question, remind to my memory “Stalker”, a great Andrei Tarkovsky’s film. Thank you Aaron!

  • yamaha83

    i like the back lighting!!

  • Sarah Ann Loreth

    I need this today. Thank you :)

  • Lawrence Smith

    lol not kool bro, share the knowledge

  • Ian Arneson

    I really like episodes like this

  • Jason Wong

    Very awesome episode!  I feel myself falling deeper into the rut of the daily grind, helping someone else get rich and build their pyramid.  Thanks for giving us the blue pill, err.. red pill… which ever one was the one that shows the light.

  • Bogdan Zebega

    thenks for all the good advice

  •ðisá/1592784472 Andri Gerðisá

    Sir King Aaron Nace! I love you!!

    Awesome episode!!

  • Jenny Su

    Oh, Aaron you are making me cry. I’m doing things in this way and really really glad someone stand out to tell everyone this theory. What I love phlearn is being very intelligent!!! :] 

  • Daniel Tuck

    Aaron, you are so inspiring and plain awesome. My dream is to get out of working in jobs that I hate where my creativity is stifled beyond belief, and become a photographer full-time if possible. I’ve taken small steps towards this by recently getting a new camera and spending far longer taking photos and processing in Photoshop, and of course watching Phlearn every single day – which has improved my skills no end in the space of around a couple of months since I first discovered it. I dream of taking and editing photographs for a living – it’s all I can think about while I’m sat at my desk at work, and I tend to wile away the long hours browsing Flickr… I wanna be a Pharaoh!!

  • Oscar Wall

    Haha, I love the swedish accent! Flööörn. Great episode, truly inspiring! 

  • Anonymous

    Alright, I am not immune to motivation. From childhood, walking home from seeing a Rocky movie, I decided that I should scale the fences that prevented me from making a straight line. I wanted to train like Rocky! But after a few days, I cooled off. Right now I feel motivation. In fact, I draw motivation from your episodes regularly, but this one targets the idea of motivation specifically, so I have one question for you: If I were to create a daily reminder. Maybe something I should print and read every day, what should it say? Simply, “Are you a slave or a Pharoah?” Right now, I’m a poor pharoah with no slaves. Help me!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Also, I kinda wanna learn how to play the harmonica.

  • Anonymous

    Woops, just watched a youtube video of a fella playing the harmonica. Scratch that. Looks too hard.

  • Jeni

    I think my biggest problem is that I have a KILLER support group (my husband, my mom, and TONS of family). They all believe in me, whole-heartedly. BUT, I’m a slave to self doubt.

  • Laetitia Messinger

    It’s funny that you should post that today because today I set myself the goal to start selling my photos and get an online shop up and running in 6 months at the latest.
    Thanks for the post, my thoughts exactly!

  • Lavidab77

    Great motivational video, Aaron!

  • JoshLaiho

    Great inspirational speech! Loved it!

  • Jen

    Thank you for this episode!  Watched it twice already =)

  • Andrea Peipe

    I want to to have my photos hanging in an art gallery, I want to be featured in a book, I want to be known for my photos! I am working on that. :)

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