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Entrepreneurs: No One Will Give You Permission, so Stop Waiting for It

“When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.”– Geoffrey F. Abert

No one will give you permission to create wealth as an entrepreneur, so stop waiting for it. No one will give you permission to combine and attract new resources in a way that will allow you to live completely free and autonomously.

You are not alone in seeking this, but you are the only one stopping yourself.

As a sovereign human being, you are entitled to have freedom and so is everyone else in this world. Even if you live in a developing country or are starting with little resources, the Internet leveled the playing field.   We live in an abundant world where having more does not mean others get less; there is more than enough for all.

Thinking you’re undeserving and needing permission has subconsciously caused you to reject or sabotage opportunities that have been handed to you because you thought they seemed too easy, or you skeptically thought they were too good to be true. Stop thinking you’re not good enough. Stop thinking you don’t know enough. By being a good receiver, opening your eyes, and giving extreme gratitude for everything that supports your growth, you’ll find The Universe lopping you layups [opportunities ripe for the picking] all the time.

The more means and resources you have, the more you can give and the more you can make incredible changes for your  family, employees, community, cause/non-profit/church,  society,  and yourself. Before giving this gift generously to others, you have to achieve it for yourself. For some of those you will affect, your monetary offering will be your gift, for others it will be your time, and for others it will be your story.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese proverb

Wealth historically comes from creating extreme value for lots and lots of people. Period. Yes, if you want to be a mismatcher or find exceptions, you’ll find them, but haven’t you already been doing that? How has that worked out so far for you?

You may have your wealth engine/entrepreneurial muse already built.  Did  you stop putting  fuel in because you thought you didn’t have permission to stand out and create value?

There are people that might encourage you when you explain your dream or vision for your entrepreneurial venture, but if you’re looking for their approval –  just like you did for other major decisions in your life –  stop.

Be ready and be OK with not receiving approval or ongoing encouragement. When you share your ideas and dreams, often others’ values are called into question, and some may tell you all the ways your idea won’t work. By presenting your ideas to them you’re making him or her evaluate their own level of courage. Some people aren’t ready for that sort of self-reflection.

Who should you seek approval from for manifesting your freedom through creating wealth as an entrepreneur?

  • Not your mother, she wants you to be safe, secure, and happy. An entrepreneur’s life is risky with extremes such as extreme joy, extreme giving, and extremely hard work (for a time).  You won’t be “comfortable” (which can be a trap in life) for a long time.
  • Not your father, he doesn’t want you to move back in the house  if you “fail” [There is no such thing as failure, only feedback]. Secondly, he never was able to make his entrepreneurial wealth dream happen, so it must not be possible.
  • Not your boss, you’re high leverage to him/her. You get billed out at $300 an hour, while you make $40 an hour. He/she doesn’t want you to quit. It would make his life harder to find someone to replace you because you’re amazing.
  • Not your sibling, he/she’s “not interested in money” and thinks you’re “selfish” for wanting to make a lot. He/she’s skeptical and sees most wealthy people as unethical, sellouts, or dull and dumb.
  • Not your coworkers, misery loves company. Crabs pull other crabs back in the bucket.
  • Not your spouse, you already have an awesome, high-paying, prestigious job, he/she doesn’t know why you won’t just stay there and move up the ladder. He/she doesn’t want to have to explain to the friends (the Jones) what you do.
  • Not your grandmother, she doesn’t know why you don’t want to work for 30 years with the same company and retire with a gold watch like grandpa did before he died five years into retirement.
  • Not your friends, they think you’re weird for not wanting to “go with the flow” and crazy for wanting to quit your job “in this economy.” Why can’t you just relax.
  • Not other successful employees, they don’t think like successful entrepreneurs and will view your ideas and execution plans through a different lens.
  • Not the President, global lower and middle-class mediocrity and conforming to what the controlled media says makes you easier to manage and tax.
  • Not God, although there are plenty of sacred religious texts encouraging wealth and good stewardship, God’s not going to blatantly send an angel in a dream that says to you point blank, “Go forth my son/daughter and make bank, you have my permission.” -The Man Upstairs

Remember I said seek approval not approve of and send resources once you are making waves and creating value.  Mark my word, this will happen once you are  giving yourself permission. I say giving instead of given because it is an active process.

Do find self-made entrepreneurs to have as mentors who have been successful in a similar area.  Don’t seek their permission, only their encouragement once you’re doing things to make your dream a reality.

The greatness of it all is that you don’t need the permission or approval of the people I mentioned above. In fact, you may make some of these people uncomfortable and face opposition and negativity. That’s OK. Expect it and accept it. Keep your day job, but start your “side hustle,” until you reach freedom (enough passive and/or active income to live on). Once you’re free, then you can create some real wealth, and achieve what you’re supposed achieve with your God-given talents and reclaimed freedom.

Once you’ve made it and you’re helping all of these people and others with: jobs, inspiration, mentorship, personal development, business skills and spiritual thought processes that make them more money, manifest more love, ignite more confidence, and bring them more fulfillment, they will be glad you did what you did, they just don’t know it yet.

Neil Lemons is an entrepreneur, arts and entertainment magazine publisher, mentor, consultant, and motivator. Follow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook, and join his circle on .

What I Learned from Pee Wee Herman


Yes, I know this picture is creepy. Get over it.
When I was a wee lad, I had an affinity for Pee Wee.
One Halloween, in 1988, I even convinced my parents to
buy me a Pee Wee costume from the local Ben Franklin’s.
The assemble had a cheap Paul Rubens’ face mask which
was molded from flimsy painted plastic with a stretchy string
to hold it on It also came with a thin gray plaid cotton fabric
pull over shirt and pants fashioned to look like a suit with a
red tie. I fancied being able to“do the Pee Wee dance” to the
song Tequila standing on my toes. Why did I like Pee Wee?
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My Reason Why- What I Learned From My Panama Vacation


I just got back from spending a week on the beach in the country of
Panama, Bocas Del Toro, to be specific (not Florida, but Central
America). That is a whole story to itself, but while I was there
I met my new hero. Before I tell you more about this guy, I need
to tell you what I feel he represents: independence, time wealth
(verses famine or being time broke), non-conformity to the
“American Dream” just because of societal and/or family
pressures. He has abandoned reliance on traditional western
thought “just because” instead of letting his background dictate
what he will do with his life.

Escape the Rat Race & Make Your Own Maze

This guy escaped the rat race by not participating
and playing by the rules. He has a true passion for living in the
global village in which we live and meeting his neighbors and being
closer to nature. How did he do it?

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Does Your Handwriting Predict Your Success as an Internet Marketer? President?


Handwriting Cursive Alphabet

The FBI and other government agencies have been using handwriting analysis to profile criminals as well as determine forgery for over 50 years. There are certain attributes that show up to the trained eye that reflect a person’s honestly level, whether he or she is self-consciousness, a good diplomat, depressed, likely to have sarcastic humor, or just an outright sociopath. On the other side there are common traits that exist among the top performing people in the world in the areas of business, leadership, and even in their own personal lives.
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