Ten Ideas: Predictions for the Future

What does the future hold? No one knows. But here are ten predictions:

  1. No more movies
  2. No more cars
  3. No more social media
  4. Mandatory LASIK surgery
  5. Big box department store buildings renovated as co-housing communities
  6. Metro exodus to rural planned communities
  7. Free preventative healthcare
  8. Apprenticeships taking the place of high schools
  9. Religion moving from big churches to free-flowing associations
  10. Travel virus eliminates travel; replaced by virtual travel

Ten Ideas: Crazy Fundraising Events

I’ve had fundraising on my mind recently, probably because I just rebooted my Pateon page. Check it out here:

With that in mind, here are my Ten Ideas for Crazy Fundraising Events.

These are just brainstorming ideas, so they’re not fleshed out. But they may work. Who knows? If you try any of these out, let me know how it goes. I’d love to do a follow-up video about this. Also, I’d love to hear your comments.

  1. Nudist Colony
  2. Weird Al
  3. Prisoners of Theater
  4. Monster Truck
  5. Fun-eral
  6. The Hangry Games
  7. Petting Zoo
  8. Thumb and Thumber
  9. Disco Fog
  10. Gone Fishin’

Ten Ideas: Connecting with Friends

I recently had a conversation about the fragile state of adult friendships in today’s world. I’ve come to the realization that friendships don’t maintain themselves, we (the friends) have to do the work.

With that in mind, here are Ten Ideas for connecting with friends. These are just brainstorming ideas, so they’re not fleshed out. But they may work. Who knows? If you try any of these out, let me know how it goes. I’d love to do a follow-up video about this.

Also, I’d love to hear your comments.

Ten Ideas: Businesses to Start (odd stuff)

Here are ten business ideas. They may be odd, but they’re ideas nonetheless. It’s an exercise in thinking and brainstorming. If any of these ideas are actual businesses, cool! If you want to use any of these ideas to start your own business, cool!

I’d love to hear your comments.

Inch wide, mile deep?

Should we have fewer connections yet have deeper relationships or is having more connections — and shallow at that — better?

I’d love to hear your comments.

Quality or quantity when it comes to art

For those of us working on success in our artistic endeavors, should we shoot for quantity or quality (assuming we can truly only achieve one if we’re honest with ourselves)?

Turn your yearly income into your monthly income?

Money is a strange thing. I don’t consider myself money hungry yet I’m hungry when I don’t have money. Make sense?

For a long time, I thought making money was a bad thing, that it was being greedy. But what is the alternative? Not making money? That sounds like a recipe for disaster.

As I’m warming up to the idea of making money (more money than I normally make), I’m finding some really cool resources. Take this video below:

What’s funny is that I am currently writing a graphic novel. One of the characters has a philosophy on success. Coincidentally, the video above points out pretty much the same view. Here it is:

Image pulled from video.

The above is not really the secret krux of the video, but it is helpful. And it’s not rocket science. However, how many of us practice it? I haven’t. But I’m learning.

If you haven’t already, take a few moments to watch the video above. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Hit me up on Twitter and we can discuss!

Can’t be down and out if we’re up and at it

I have an admission to make: I’m currently unemployed. Well, that’s something of a half-confession in that I do own a business and my last “job” was as a 1099 contractor. In essence, I’ve been technically unemployed for over a year. That said, I’m not working as a contractor, my business isn’t bringing in much cash, and I don’t have employment.

So, basically, I’m unemployed.

And this is something that I’m a bit at odds with. I’m still working (i.e., writing, planning, developing new products and services), yet I’m not bringing in income. That’s not good.

Part of me feels like I’m down and out, that I’m going to lose everything and end up a derelict. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has felt this way.

But here’s the thing: while I may not have income at the moment, as I continue to move, continue to work and look for either employment or freelance gigs, I’ll be OK. That’s the “up and at it” part of the equation.

Now, all that sounds fantastic, right? Get up and get going! Success is within your reach, you only have to keep reaching! Don’t give up! Are those inspirational and motivational comments or simply platitudes?

Both, I guess.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been in dire straits. Yet, this time around, I’m realizing something: being at the end of one’s tether is both good and bad. It’s good because, when life is running on greased rails, we can become comfortable with good and not go for great (à la “Good to Great” by Jim Collins); we run the risk of dulling ourselves. Additionally, we may even get to thinking we’ve got everything figured out. The latter may lead to self-glorification and vanity. In a struggle, we tend to humble ourselves and attempt to look at our situation (and how we ended up there) through an objective lens.

The bad is self-evident. There is stress and self-doubt in times of want, not to mention the precarious nature of trying to operate one’s life with a bank account close to zero; one misstep and the whole thing comes down like a house of cards. And it can take years to heal. They say successful people count their pennies. In a way, unsuccessful people do too.

Yet, it’s good to put things into perspective. I may be down but I’m not down for the count. And I’m not as down as so many others have been or who are currently struggling. I still have a roof over my head, food in the fridge, and gas in the car. Compared to so many, I’m rich.

It’s times like this when I recall the book “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl. Many of us have read this book and have been inspired. Yet, I’ll admit that, internally, I overemphasize my own struggle and underestimate the struggle of men and women like Frankl. Think of it: he was able to not only endure the harsh environment of a WWII concentration work camp, and, at the same time, come up with one of the most inspirational books in history! And I’m worried about bills and achieving self-actualization? It’s ludicrous to compare.

Having said that, we can use our struggles to help us understand ourselves and others. Heck, we can even create our own inspiring works under such circumstances. In doing so, we can never be truly down and out.

I had a life coach who told me (when I was going through tough times in the past) that the experience I was having was part of my story. I love that. And I’m looking forward to a happy ending.

Having said all that, I’m going to get back to looking for work.

REVIEW: “At The Shore” by Jim Campbell

After reading it through, I found myself revisiting this book to admire the art. There’s a spot-on energy about the art that fits the story. I love it!

The story is a bit on the odd and obtuse side. It’s a zombie story with nostalgia and a twist. For me, the nostalgia is the best part about it. The setting seems to be based in the not-too-distant past, a time where cell phones were rare (if they even existed) and friends hung out for the sake of hanging out (and not to take selfies). This adds to the mystery and intrigue of the whole adventure, which I like. Also, it has just enough humor to make it fun without getting goofy.

The book was written and illustrated by Jim Campbell. I purchased this particular work when I met him at Denver Comic Con 2017. I enjoyed the energy he had about him and his booth. He had a record player playing a vinyl of his band if I remember correctly. He also had some additional items to accompany “At The Shore”: a soundtrack on tape as well as buttons. When I saw those, I was sold.

I won’t get too in depth with an analysis on plotline, dialogue, or writing in general. A few pages in, and it’s clear that Campbell is having fun with this work. And that’s how I read it. From what I understand, this book is a collection of shorter comic books. I’m not sure if it continues after this book but I hope so. I enjoyed it immensely!


Jason Salas is an author and illustrator. He is the creator of the comic strip “Perk at Work” as well as numerous other works of humor. Learn more by clicking here.

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