Big Moves First

I’m taking an extended break from Twitter for several reasons.

Number one, it wastes time. Unless you’re one of those people who make money from Twitter (or trying to), Twitter is a giant time suck. Beyond that, you’re reading stories and comments and horrifically bad takes that only anger you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s a reminder of your powerlessness — if you’re able to see through the blindfold of dopamine addiction.

I constantly see people getting baited into arguments with low-IQ, faceless pseudonyms boasting 15 followers. They will never convince them, and they will only succeed in riling themselves up and abusing their energy. It’s digital Onanism.

Small minds. Small squabbles. Small moves. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Looking Ahead At 2020

Like pretty much everyone else at the end of the year, I took some time over several days to prepare myself for 2020.

Times are dangerous. All times of upheaval are. For me personally, I live in a country that’s on an irrevocable path to becoming a Communist shithole, with a government continually emboldened into authoritarianism, and a populace that lies limp in the hopes of the rapist finishing his crime more quickly.

Yeah, I’m pretty angry about this – but focused. I can tell you right now, I am working on an exit plan for me and my family.

As for the US, like so many I expect to see major upheaval leading up to the Presidential election, and especially AFTER. Prepare from now, friends. And beyond that, please keep an eye on impending natural disasters. The earth is wearied to the core.

Times are also FUN. Or, at least, should be fun, because danger and fun go hand in hand. (I recall the name of a certain blog named after something a certain philosopher wrote).

Danger and fun combine when you make BIG MOVES, taking big risks with a lot at stake. 2020 is the perfect time for this.

Mike Cernovich, who people fail to take seriously to their own detriment, is an expert at reading VIBE and ENERGY. He completely nailed the spirit of 2020 in this tweet:

It’s funny, but it’s true. Don’t laugh it off. Pay attention. If you bring small dick energy to 2020, you’ll get left behind.

Fighting on Twitter with faceless, worthless cowards is the opposite of making big moves. Rather, it’s the epitome of small dick energy.

Now don’t get me wrong – Twitter has changed my life. The people I’ve met and worked with in real life would have remained screen pixels for me had it not been for Twitter. There are several large accounts who wield much-needed influence and make a healthy living on the platform. But they’re not YOU. They’re way ahead of you.

Because here’s the thing: Twitter (and social media in general) disproportionately rewards those who make big moves.

Big Moves First

First produce a film, record an album, write a book or accomplish some other BIG MOVE, and then start industrial-scale tweeting. Why? Because now you’re providing people with value.

If all you have is a regular old 9-5 job that nobody will admire… if you have no special insights gained from the hard-lived experience that comes with making a BIG MOVE, you will doubtlessly be consigned to arguing with idiots on Twitter, and this in turn will keep you confined to a life of no consequence.

Big Moves Are Your Responsibility

“But I have a family.” Yes, so do I. And I’m here to tell you that’s no excuse. Rather, they’re the REASON you should be attempting BIG RISKY MOVES. I want my sons to be proud of me, not ashamed. They will emulate me, so I might as well set an example of courage in a world that so badly lacks it.

It’s your responsibility to make big moves.

I’ve so often been at the brink of financial ruin, that it doesn’t bother me when I see my money starting to run out. I just doesn’t. I’ve lived the life of a full-time, freelance filmmaker for 15 years, so I’m an expert at navigating this feeling. I don’t like when it happens, but I’m never worried. And I’ve never gone to ruin.

Now, I should tell you that I give credit to God for this, because I heavily lean into His promises. If you don’t have that, well then maybe you should take a more conservative, calculated, risk-averse approach.

For me, Mission comes first (bonus point: this is great relationship / marriage advice as well).

If you don’t know what your Mission is, then you should drop everything right now and FIGURE IT OUT. Time waits not.

(Hint – ask your Maker why He made you.)

Big Moves Are Necessary

BUT, 2020 is a year when making Big Moves is becoming NECESSARY. The world is changing rapidly, and over 80% of the population will wake up WHEN IT’S TOO LATE. Doing the same old is a sure path to ruin in times of upheaval.

Again: it’s your responsibility to make big moves.

I started this blog last year with the intent to inspire amateurs to take action in the world of art. But it may be too late. I’d surprised if big changes, whether economically, politically or socially, do not take place within the next 12 months. And I mean shockingly big.

I don’t really know who needs to read this. All I know is, I don’t write for the sheeple. They will get what’s coming to them. The warning bells have been going off for over 10 years now. They have no excuse.

As for me, I’m taking a break from Twitter to focus on several Big Moves. I’ll go dark for a few months, but I’ll surface again when the time is right, and in a different capacity than before.

Big Moves First.

What about you? What Big Move should you focus on in 2020? Don’t answer this in the comments like a jabroni. Answer this in your heart, or your diary or whatever. Take this VERY seriously, trust me.

My last but most sobering point: attempting Big Moves is no guarantee of success. You may very well fail. But that’s what makes it a Big Move – big risk.

See you on the flipside.

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4 comments… add one
  • Roman McClay Jan 12, 2020 @ 21:37

    Yes🤝

  • Jonathan Jan 13, 2020 @ 13:44

    Hi Jon,

    Just got your email and stopped by to read the rest. I wanted to take the time to do something no one ever seems to do anymore, and leave a comment here on your blog.

    You are absolutely right about everything you say here. Taking a break from Twitter is wise, but oh so difficult. For me, I have compromised by unfollowing as many negative and political accounts as I can, making exceptions only for people who follow me and have been supportive over the years. Instead, I have followed artists, creators, aesthetics accounts, classical architecture, basically accounts that uplift the spirit instead of bringing it down. I used to have way more followers but I deleted my account a few years back and when I came back I found it is near impossible to build a following now without continually stepping on the wasps nests. Perhaps is always was, but now you’re not allowed to offend the wasps. The other way is, as you say, to do something big first.

    So I only have one thing to add: If you don’t make big moves when you know you should, providence may just force your hand…

    • Jon Jan 13, 2020 @ 14:00

      Thank you my friend. What’s coming is not for the weak and distracted. We’re going to need as many courageous mission-driven artist-warriors as possible. Much strength to you for 2020!

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