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April 10th, 2007 by shawn · 1 Comment

I’ve always liked what is commonly referred to as the “DIY ethos”: the guy who wants to do something or have something, and doesn’t just plunk down his money in order to purchase the experience. He gets what he wants by learning it, doing it, creating it, improving upon it, and making it with his own hands. What’s not to love about that?

People respect DIY-ers. We honor DIY-ers and love to talk about their feats – people like the Wright brothers, for instance, or Thomas Edison or even modern-day (lesser known) DIYers who have done useful things like convert their cars to run on vegetable oil.

DIYers do what you’re not “supposed” to do. They do things they are told not to do. They do things which are unconventional and perhaps unacceptable. They do the things the crowd won’t do.

And that’s cool.

DIY dollars = earning your own money, in your own way…for yourself. It’s not just entrepreneurship – it’s a little bit bigger and badder than that. DIY Dollars are earned by someone who doesn’t want to be a slave to the Man or a rat in the Rat Race. This kind of DIYer just wants to live free – the way we were intended to live.

The DIY philosophy is really the most sensible way of thinking and doing when it comes to the area of earning money – it not only encompasses the spirit of entrepreneurship but also embraces a healthy spirit of rebellion against our modern-day system of Living to Work.

“DIY” is sometimes the most unconventional way of doing things and often a very creative way of doing things. You’ll often see it’s a very “punk-rock” way of doing things. But mostly, we like to think of it as the quintessential American way of doing things in the true spirit of the people who built successful lives…out of little or nothing.

DIY means you want to earn money when you want to, the way you want to. It means you aren’t blinded by the false promise of job security in some corporation. It means you believe you can do what you love and love what you do. It means you don’t want to spend your life working in a cubicle while missing out on the things that really matter.

I hope you enjoy reading this blog, and I hope we can express the DIY earning ethos more clearly in further posts. I also invite your comments, suggestions, ideas and submissions. We hope to provide you, the reader, with ideas on how to make a living on your own, along with money management tips, advice on how to live more and use less of your life working for others. We want to help you Do It Yourself and Do It FOR Yourself.

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    Comment by Dave
    2009-01-21 09:43:44

    Great post. It doesn’t matter what you DIY it will always make you feel good. You have a sense of achievement after…even if it fails, at least you tried.

    You can always learn from a DIY failure.

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