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Escaping The Slave Cycle One Post At A Time


luke-with-whiteboardDone. With. It.

Hi my name is Luke and I am 'done with' the mundane, ineffectual, apathy inducing slog of the daily grind.

Not ‘done with’ in the way you are done with your job at the end of the day but too tired to do anything about it rather than drink beer to dull the senses and eat to provide quick comfort and refuel your body for the next day's grind.

Not ‘done with it’ as in going home and watching coma inducing TV programs because you’re too tired to think your way outside of the box your in, or too tired to even have a meaningful conversion with you partner, unless it’s about how soul destroying work is and how ‘if you only had more money and time’ you’d change it.

Not ‘done with it’ as in deciding to fight the system by forgetting about the system, having another beer and turning back to the 480 channels of scripted humour and the canned laughter of the long deceased.

The next thing you know, you’re getting your ‘recommended’ 8 hours sleep – well actually it’s 6 – but you can’t sleep before midnight, you’re not sure if it’s the suppressed rage or the dormant stress of your mounting debt but ‘that’s just the way it’s always been’.

Now after six short hours of restless sleep where the worries of the day turned into twisted dreamscapes and shadowy figures from your past (arguably the most exciting part of each 24 hour cycle) you’re forcing your bones out of bed and beginning the trudge back to work, rinsing and repeating the slave cycle day after day after day after day after…

What Would Einstein Do?

the slave cycle is repsonsible for proping up the capitalist pyramidTo be clear, I’m not saying your life is like this. I hope it isn’t. But this is how I see mine, have seen mine and if I don’t change it now, this is how I foresee mine. So when I say ‘done with it’ I mean DONE WITH IT.

I think it was a bloke called Albert Einstein that said something like “the definition of insanity is repeating the same experiment over and over again and expecting a different result”. It’s taken me 34 years to really understand this.

So, I am done with it. Lets change the experiment. From now on, I am only working enough to provide basic needs (+ broadband), there is a real danger here of financial ruin in the face of growing, but not yet spiraling debt – I don’t care, something needs to change. I need to change.

Act first, apologize later. There is also the very real fact that in doing this I am placing, what I hope is not too much strain, on my willing and supportive partner as I chase the dream to make a better future for the two of us. Take a bow Demelza. I love you. This is for you too.

Time Is The Only True Commodity

I’ve believed for a long time the true commodity in life is time. With it you can learn, you can earn and most importantly you can ‘spend it’ with your loved ones. Unlike capital accumulation – time, at least in physical terms is finite, and I’ve been giving it away for a pittance for most of my life.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve had a good life, especially if take the greater world at large into consideration. My degree in International Relations constantly reinforces the paradox of the lucky westerner trapped within the apathy of hotchpotch liberal democratic system that ‘is not the best, but the best possible alternative to all other systems’ (thank you Churchill) or rather 'Luke want’s more money so he can buy nice things' #first world pains.

This is a short sighted view that is, in my opinion, just plain wrong. Sure I have been blessed to live in a more affluent society but that doesn’t mean I should sit back a accept my lot in life through some misguided sense of shame for those less fortunate than me and who’s to say that in aspiring to build a better life I can’t put myself in a position to help others?

There Is No Sob Story Here

So to be clear. There is no sob story here. If anything there is a strong sense of disenfranchisement and a burning desire (thanks Alex) to move forward and create a real life for myself and my loved ones whilst the time is right.

Right now, in this moment, my ridiculously low wage and lack of interesting or viable prospects to move into is actually a blessing and I’m acting on it. I find myself in the position where I can turn this unfortunate situation of a low wage into a a real change of life and change of pace. You see, the thing is, I only have to make a very mediocre amount of money each week to be able to swap my crap job (sorry hospitality industry, it’s been emotional but you’ve bled me dry) for a scalable business that I love.

Of equal importance, when I make this small amount of money (we’re talking $250 per week) I’ll be able to quit my job and then I will be able to ‘invest more time’ into growing the business whilst still providing basic needs. Once this is done, then I can start growing the business and then the fun begins.

Yes I know we all want this dream, well guess what, over here, for me, right now, I’m gonna make it happen and you’ll see it happen right here on this blog.

How am I going to do it? Well that’s what I will be finding out one step at a time. I'm going to work out this internet marketing business. My ventures so far (excluding ebay selling) have not provided one penny, one cent, one iota of wealth but this doesn’t deter me and there are four reasons for this.

  1. Drive: I am massively motivated to make this happen for me and my family. I’m leaving the slave cycle and I’m pulling others with me.
  2. Need: I have debt to clear that my current job cannot manage. So it’s a no brainer.
  3. Support: My girlfriend believes in me and is generously continuing to work in a job she hates to afford me the time to make this happen. I am under no illusions that this time is finite. A great motivator!
  4. What would Einstein do? Why is this time different from any other time? I'VE MENTORED UP!

Sure Einstein is right, hey look – I ain’t gonna argue with Einstein, right? So, through all my trials and tribulations with affiliate marketing I got nowhere, financially. Sure in time I would’ve, but TIME is my thing right. It takes too long, it isn’t stable enough and I’m still ultimately working for other people and all this whilst trying to outsmart google! Not a great plan. Never be afraid to walk away from something if it isn't working.

What I did learn form affiliate marketing is the skill-set to work online. That’s where the juice of that particular experience is for me. And what I really learned from total immersion in the world of internet marketing is this:


Well thanks to Einstein, I went out and got myself one. A real life Welsh one. Take a bow Alex Jeffreys. I’ve joined up with his Inner Circle and we are now on a one-way course to success. Is this a risk? Hell no, not judging by what I have learned so far. What Alex is giving me is the magic dust. I'm learning from his mistakes and being guided by his successes.

The way I see it, the very worst case scenario sees me back to square one, still broke, still in debt, still in my dead-end job, but now with a decent amount of SEO knowledge, a growing ability to code, and new found love of website design and a pretty keen understanding of business practices and productivity.

But you know what, I’m not letting any negativity in. I have no time or space for it. I’m gonna make this happen. I’m not sure how, but I am sure it’s going to happen, and I am going to document it all on this blog, the good, the bad and the downright awesome. I have the aspirations, I have the time and I’m going to escape the slave cycle one post at a time. Join me.

Time for a Statement of Intent

I, Luke Corden, will earn my first $1 via internet marketing by December 1st 2013
I will not take part in the slave cycle in 2014 therefore by December the 31st at the latest I will quit my job.
In the next 60 days I will take a minimum of one action each and everyday to make this a reality.
I will document all of this on this blog, via twitter and facebook.

On a note of full disclosure, my partner [hi baby] hasn't yet found out that I joined this coaching program, she knows I'm working hard and that I am working with people but not 'a mentor'. So there might be a little conversation about finances needed as soon as this post goes live… act first, apologize later, make a success of it and no apologies are required —> hmm, we'll see, this might be the shortest lived blog ever, but I doubt it. There is success within my grasp.

If you’re still reading this you have hopefully enjoyed the post. I would really love to hear your comments and any advice you can offer. If you are an experienced entrepreneur that wants to drop some wisdom bombs or just a newbie like me looking for help or encouragement then please get involved. I will reply to all posts. Look forward to hearing from you!


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  • Aga Szczuka November 6, 2013, 10:13 am

    Hi Luke, what a fantastic post. I love the way you write and I will definitely follow your blog. Good luck on your journey! I’m sure you’ll do great!

  • @Aspirationalist November 9, 2013, 10:12 pm

    Thanks Aga, I see your blog is coming on nicely!

  • Becks November 10, 2013, 8:15 pm

    Hey Luke

    Love your posts they are so well written! Good luck on finding that $1 by December 1st!


  • @Aspirationalist November 10, 2013, 11:43 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Becks! Nice to hear.

  • Samuel Kadyakale November 13, 2013, 11:26 pm

    Good luck and all the best in your quest for the 1st dollar. With Alex Jeffrey as mentor you will definitely fulfill your dream.

  • @aspirationalist November 15, 2013, 9:04 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Samuel. Alex is a legend isn’t he. I have complete faith in him and also myself. What experience do you have with Alex?

  • Stacy Fleetwood November 21, 2013, 12:02 pm


    I freaking LOVE this post. I have NO DOUBT that with your determination and Alex’s coaching you will succeed. I’ll be following along for sure.

    Setting a tough, almost impossible goal, and documenting my efforts to get there has been an incredible experience in learning and creativity for me. I think something to push for gets you experimenting and working on things that are maybe outside of your comfort zone.

    Quite motivating to connect with you.

    Best of luck,

  • @aspirationalist November 21, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Aha! Stacy! You did stop by. Thanks.
    I’m glad you liked the message. Reading your blog was like looking into the future for me. I loved it. Great job.

  • MC November 25, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Great post. Very motivational, I know EXACTLY how you feel…cheers from Toronto.

  • @aspirationalist November 25, 2013, 3:25 pm

    Nice one MC. Thanks for commenting. It is always nice to hear that people get where I am coming from!
    Definitely making strong progress towards these goals.

  • Deb November 27, 2013, 6:45 am

    Luke, love your conviction! Good luck in your venture! – Deb

  • @aspirationalist November 27, 2013, 9:09 am

    Thanks Deb. My conviction is growing by the day. What’s your story?

  • Ben Solomon November 28, 2013, 11:02 am

    Hey Luke,

    Love the conviction and challenge.

    Are you in AJ’s IC?

    Hope you’re pushing though and smashing any obstacle in your path. :)

  • @aspirationalist November 28, 2013, 9:08 pm

    Hey Ben,

    Yeah man, I’ve been the AJIC for a couple of months now. Going great guns just now. Things are actually falling into place. I genuinely feel I have found what it is I want to be when I grow up. Only took 34 years 😉

    I love this work. I just need to start seeing the coin. Not long now. I don’t think I will make the the $1 I need by december 1st but I do plan to smash it through December and January.

    No matter what happens I am quitting my day job on NYE if not before.

    I’m stepping out!

  • Gurpal November 30, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Wow Luke.
    I loved this post. It’s inspiring to see how driven you are and it motivates anyone who reads it
    This post reminds me of is the saying Alex mentions “Work through the hard days”

    Glad we connected and looking forward to all your progress

    Good luck!

  • @aspirationalist November 30, 2013, 8:44 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Gurpal.
    Definitely wise words from Alex there. Worth remembering. Working through the hard days can be some of the most rewarding work you do.

  • Junior December 6, 2013, 12:03 am

    Hey Luke,

    I like this post, and most importantly the way you are motivated.
    Many people just go through the same routine over and over when it comes to work, and when they wake up at 70-80, they realize they were never satisfied and happy in life and have regrets.
    If one doesn’t take the decision to change his/her life’s direction, he/she will always find him(her)self in the same cycle.

    […] By the way, have you listened to “The Strangest Secret” by ‘Earl Nightingale’? That the only motivational tape this post can remind me of :-)

  • @aspirationalist December 6, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Hi Junior.

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I’m glad you like what I’m putting out there. If I can motivate just one person towards a better life then I have got to be a happy guy. Hopefully, given time and opportunity I will get to help many others (and myself in the process!).

    I haven’t heard of The Strangest Secret but I am about to go and check it out.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Kiwiheretic December 7, 2013, 3:17 am


    keep up the good work. :)

    thanks for putting up this blog. I plan to check back again.

  • @aspirationalist December 7, 2013, 9:06 am

    Thanks Kiwi.

    I am a fan of both Kiwis and Heretics!

  • jenna December 13, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Hey Luke!!! Great blog buddy! Goodluck with it all! I know u will definitely do it. I remember once u told me that I was a person who would be good at anything I do. U know what so are u! All it takes Is the belief in yourself which by the sounds of it u have already got that part under control So I am positive u will make it happen. Love ya Luke and I Look forward to keepingg up with your blog :)

  • @aspirationalist December 13, 2013, 10:34 pm

    Ahah! JENSKI!

    How the hell are ya?! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond and for your kind words. Exciting times for me right now. Really close to achieving the dream. One outcome of which will see me and Demelza back in Australia and then we have to hook up. Big Love LC

  • Adrienne December 24, 2013, 10:01 pm

    Well congratulations Luke and if you’re following Alex then I know you’re on the right path. I was actually taking one of Alex’s courses back in 2010 when I finally quit making all those excuses and did what he said. Because of that my blog literally exploded just from following what he shared. Now I dropped the ball with the product making only because I didn’t want to go the route he suggested but I did everything else he shared including making money my very first month.

    If you’re willing to put in the work and do what he says you’ll get there. It’s really funny but out of all the people who signed up at the same time I did I think there were only about four of us that did what he said and continued to make money the entire time. I oftentimes wonder why the heck those other people never took action. Oh well, more for me right!

    Hey, good luck and I have no doubt we’ll be reading about your success in the very near future.

    Happy Holidays!


  • Luke Corden December 30, 2013, 9:57 am


    this is exactly the kind of inspiring comment that you want to hear on your fist day back from holiday! Brilliant timing. It’s true though isn’t it. If it works why wouldn’t you follow it. I love the way Alex just cuts through the BS and keeps you going in a fast straight line.

    For what it is worth I also intend to start mimicking you in your social media strategies. You have a great style and clearly you are making a go of it!

    Happy New Year!

  • John Michael January 2, 2014, 5:02 pm

    Hey mate. I just found your blog through a post you made on Warrior Forum. Fantastic post! What you have described is exactly how I feel. I actually walked out of my last job because I couldn’t stand it any more. After about 15 years I decided that I wasn’t going to work in a ‘corporate job’ ever again, and I was determined to make a modest living online.

    4 months, numerous books, courses, forums, and half-baked affiliate marketing attempts later, someone emailed me about a permanent job in an IT services company. I took it out of fear, because my savings were running low and I was yet to make my first £1 online. I see this as a massive step backwards in my journey towards self-employment (I was a contractor before), but I am trying to remain positive and have resolved to put every spare minute into making this online thing happen.

    Just joined the War Room the other day, so I’m hoping this provides the answers I’ve been looking for.

    Your comment about your ‘light bulb’ moment is why I ended up here. I have thought the best approach was probably to develop my own Clickbank product before, but I have a terrible time focusing, and ended up dabbling in everything from Amazon affiliate marketing to Ebay. End result: no real progress on anything. Jack of all trades, master of none.

    Anyway, enough rambling.

    Fantastic blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Luke Corden January 2, 2014, 10:20 pm

    John, thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment. The war room is great but try to avoid the negativity you find in there. Remaining focused is incredibly hard until you get yourself on the right track. And even then it can be tricky at times.

    If I can offer you one piece of advice it is to get a mentor. I invested my last cash into Alex Jeffreys and it has been transformational. I’m not suggesting you take such a risk. I had a few safe guards in place as this blog attests to.

    Actually, you know what. If you really want to keep yourself on the straight and narrow and remain laser focused. Probably the very best thing you can do is invest $9.95 in Cashbox Blueprint: http://www.lukecorden.com/CashBoxBlueprint

    That’s my affiliate link – but I use the information from this product daily so I stand by the recommendation.

    Also, if you want some excellent free info on affiliate marketing check out this:
    http://www.lukecorden.com/super-affiliate-download – no sign up needed.

    Good luck mate. Connect with me on FB and if I can help you anyway I will.

    Happy 2014.

  • John Michael January 3, 2014, 7:48 am

    Thanks for those tips Luke.

    I was up until half 1 watching the Cashbox Blueprint stuff and now I’m back at it again at 7:30.

    About half way through your Super Affiliate book too (it will probably take me a while to shake the habit of having 20 browser tabs open and doing a few things at once, but at least now I think I know where to start with the overall process.). Great stuff.

    I also committed to 12 months sober at the start of this week, so hopefully this is the new normal!

    Happy New Year.

  • Luke Corden January 3, 2014, 9:09 am

    Great work on taking action mate. Cashbox will not only change your working patterns you’ll end up applying it to your daily life too. I’m really excited for you.

    Let me know if I can help.

  • Tony February 26, 2014, 10:51 pm

    Hi Luke, I bought your product a few days ago and followed the trail here.

    Glad it’s working out :-)

    I’ve been along your path

    5 years ago I literally had holes in my shoes and a mountain of debt

    Today things are different …

    And it’s the attitude that you so elequently expressed above that thats needed to make change happen

    As it is doing for you …

    Do good work and enjoy the ride; particularly the bumpy bits, because that’s when you learn things really quickly.

    Oh, btw, the speed up your site thing …

    A lot of it I knew, but didn’t really implement that well

    So I followed your instructions …

    And it works



  • Luke Corden March 4, 2014, 7:54 pm

    Hey Tony, thanks for stopping by. Glad you have been getting value from Speed Demon SEO. I love hearing of peoples success. And thanks for taking the time to comment on this post too. I am enjoying a very different perspective on life now and I look forward to helping many people along the way. This first post seems like another lifetime already but it is a great reminder of why I am pushing on.

    All the best,


  • Aspire To Dream March 9, 2014, 1:55 am

    Great words Luke! I got here from your list. Thanks for sharing.
    Out of curiosity, when did you first start looking at Internet Marketing?
    There is nothing like focusing on your single goal like a laser to make a change in your life.
    In my opinion that is what having a mentor helps with most.

    All the best, and I look forward to seeing more of you.

    Alvin Curren

  • Mike C Smith March 9, 2014, 5:19 am

    Hi Luke
    Looking good, I guess success is all in the planning, that is once you know what your doing. For me the picture is much clearer after starting on Speedemon, it’s opened up so many possibilities I simply find it amazing.
    Thanks very much, look forward to viewing more from you.
    Mike Smith
    PS this is the site http://beezeebooks.com it’s a new one and my goal is to use all your ideas to get a very fast working site. Thanks again

  • Luke Corden March 9, 2014, 4:26 pm

    Alvin, Thanks for taking the time to stop by. You are right, being able to organise and strategise correctly will create the focus you need to accomplish most things and I believe finding a mentor you can connect with is an essential first step.

    I first looked into internet marketing around 2004 but I didn’t really take the time to embrace it until around 12 months ago.

    However, this post 31 October 2013 is the real starting line for me. It was here that I really COMMITTED to my won success.

    I’v got some good tuff coming your way way soon my friend. Stay tuned!


  • Luke Corden March 9, 2014, 4:33 pm

    Hi Mike,

    I wish you well with your site, it certainly is loading up fast and you are of course correct knowing what you are doing is one of the first crucial steps that and realising that you don’t always know what you are doing!

    I am a big fan of the saying that you’ll never get out of the maze until you realise you are lost. This takes self reflection and honesty in the early stages of business… or indeed any aspect of life.

    You sound like you are well on your way to carving out your own path I look forward to finding out where it leads you. I guess now you just need to isolate which possibility you think will bring you the biggest reward and go get it. I hope Speed Demon can play a small part in that.

    Thanks for taking the time out to comment. If you ever need anything you know where to find me.