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The Most Future Proof Jobs: Investing in Life as a YouTuber

Most future proof jobs aren’t as fun as this one

I am a travel YouTuber and all of my belongings make little sounds when I put them on or take them off.

Gear

Serious socks and shock-absorbing shoes

I chuckle when I hear my socks creak as I stretch them over my feet. I empathize with their complaining. They have just returned from 4 days of baking soda and boot-use. 

Like the socks, my Vasque boots kind of creak too, but theirs is more of a leathery whipping sound. You know what they remind me of? Old cargo ships raising sails. They are every bit as beaten and dirty but more noble for it, somehow. They were pretty expensive too, for the college budget I was working with at the time.

Practical pants

My pants snap into place. They are my favorite investment so far for living the digital nomad lifestyle. They cost more than a hundred bucks, but the thin, heat-proof, quickly drying material has kept its promise. Thousands of hours have been filmed for my channel, Poetry From The Future with a portable charger snug in these wide weather-beating pockets. 

Bulletproof bags

My 100-lb rucksack clatters and rustles. I can’t sneak up on anybody when I am in full YouTuber mode. Inside I keep clothes, accessories, filming stuff, and a collection of knives — LOL no, I kid. I do keep a multi-use tool at all times, though.

The rucksack holds … well … it holds two smaller bags! These are for everyday use. Think of it like this, rucksacks are for the Greyhound. Daypacks are for the Uber. Other digital Nomads know exactly what I’m talking about. 

My day bag is a Thule; which means it is clever, hardworking, and Swedish. The smallest bag is a fashionable leather satchel that I use when I want to blend in at social events but also film a bit. 

The Most Future-Proof Brands Sell Merch

This blog IS monetized 🙏

Affiliate Marketing

I’m very proud of the gadgets and tools I travel with. I’d recommend them to my brother if he told me he wanted to start traveling full-time. That said, the links in this article are monetized through Amazon using a practice known as affiliate marketing. Amazon sends me a commission through any purchases made via my blog.

Aside from this stream of passive income, I plan on rolling out a my own merchandise in 2021. The name of the store is CyberTribe.

CyberTribe

My accessories are a critical part of the brand. They provide the only flash in what is otherwise a solid-color “YouTuber uniform.” Like Steve Jobs and Einstein, I trade off between six identical shirts that I call my YouTuber uniform.

Juan Lozano holding cybertribe necklace made by Misak tribe

Good Luck Amulets

Because my personal brand is not a solid-color kind of enterprise, whenever I’m filming, I wear pins, earrings, and beautiful necklaces made by indigenous groups whom I work with.

To best rep the brand, my pins must always be either light blue or purple. Electric blue. Plum purple. These pins, badges, and necklaces that adorn my plain, red YouTuber uniform are vital.

Heady Pins

I have one pin that says ‘Start Today’ in bronze and one that says ‘Amor’ in graffiti style. The third pin is a tape measure.

I keep my earrings embedded into the same three-inch cardboard slip. My favorite among the earrings is a red badge of Gryffindor. 

The reason the accessories (man ornaments) are so important is that I am going to be selling them very soon as part of the brand’s merchandise.

YouTube doesn’t actually pay that much in most cases, did you know that? Many people don’t. No. What you have to do to make money from YouTube is merchandise. (is that a verb? Can I do that?… doesn’t matter, I guess, because I just did 😉)

Conclusion (and a complementary tour of Bogota’s Graffiti district)

I am a dual citizen of the USA and Colombia currently living in Bogota. My YouTube adventures like the time my cousins and I shot fireworks are each other are how I spend my spare time.

The colorful, lovely people in my life and the unique opportunities I’m lucky to have are the context for my YouTube channel, Poetry from The Future.

Poetry from The Future itself is about life hacking and adventure. Subscribe if you want to see more brash personal growth hacks.

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Verse Lozano

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What is Dopamine? The Motivation Molecule

Vaughn Bell once called dopamine the Kim Kardashian of molecules. It’s popular, sexy (?), and it just pops up where you least expect it.

Dopamine is often called the pleasure molecule, but that is the wrong way to understand America’s favorite neurotransmitter. In fact, dopamine is more like the desire molecule. You could even call it the motivation molecule.

This article is about a misunderstood molecule that secretly determines almost everything you do. Read on to find out more about:

  • What Dopamine is Used For
  • How to Have More Motivation
  • What Jordan Peterson Says About the Relationship Between Responsibility and Meaning

Oxytocin, not Dopamine, is the most aptly called “pleasure molecule”

What is Dopamine Used For

In 2009, scientists published a study that showed an extreme difference in motivation between rats with and without dopamine.

The conclusion of the experiment is that the dopamine-ful rats would develop cravings so strong that they would keep pressing the lever that signaled food until they literally dropped from exhaustion. Meanwhile, the dopamine-less rats would not get out of their little rat bed even for food or water.

The rats that had dopamine blocked were still capable of feeling pleasure if food was put in their mouths, they just lacked all will to live.

How does this apply to me? It applies to you, friend, because you live in the most dopamine-drenched time in human history.

Social media, junk food, and masturbation are all dopamine-intensive activities.

This is a problem because our bodies quickly develop a tolerance for dopamine, like with alcohol. Our body’s homeostasis automatically defends us from over-motivating. The problem is that this doesn’t stop at junk food.

If your dopamine pathways are overstimulated for too long, your motivation plane is destined to plummet and crash land in depression valley.

So what causes your brain to produce dopamine? The simple answer is anything where you anticipate a reward.

How to Summon Motivation

photo by @LievanoFreeman

Meaning automatically leads to motivation

Verse Lozano

Have you noticed how there are weirdos out there who don’t seem to dread going to the gym? Some people have so much motivation that they somehow don’t mind coming home from their 9-5 to stay up until the wee hours working on their side-projects.

Highly productive people have made friends with their dopamine glands. Sometimes, without even knowing what dopamine is or what it’s used for.

One surefire way you can infuse your life with chemical motivation is by discovering what brings you meaning. Meaning is a sustainable source of the reward feeling that is triggered by dopamine.

For many people meaning is the pursuit and/or maintenance of artistic ability, love, responsibility, or family. Let me know in the comments what other things I haven’t thought of that can bring us meaning.

How to Get Respect and Motivation at the Same Time

Jordan Peterson likes to talk about the relationship between responsibility and meaning. If you begin to accept responsibility over things in your life, you will generate meaning and therefore, align your dopamine homeostasis with things you actually care about and are good for you.

Meaning aligns your dopamine levels with healthy activities

If you embrace responsibility over something, this relationship becomes a tool you can use to boost yourself into a meaning-rich lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if your responsibility is over a child, a dog, or a manager position at the Barbie doll factory.

Before we talk about positives such as respect and meaning though, let’s just try to imagine the life of a very frustrated person who suffers without meaning and enjoys very little respect in his/her life for some one reason or another. The reasons don’t matter. What matters is that this person would obviously be better adjusted with respect and esteem. Likely, the person knows this.

Practical Applications

Philosophy without an application is pointless. So we have included two ways you can actually re-structure your dopamine balance.

These tips will help your body begin to crave productivity.

Get a Simple Elephant Agenda:

This particular agenda is better than others because it leverages positive psychology to propel you toward your long-term goals. It comes with a generous amount of blank pages in the back that let you express yourself creatively, loosely, and spontaneously; it includes a vision board and mind map in the front that keep you aimed toward your goal; and it includes random appearances of an elephant icon throughout the regular entry pages—when you see this icon, you are supposed to go back to the mind map and vision board in the beginning and reflect on your progress.

Learn What is Meaningful to You:

Meaning aligns your dopamine levels with healthy activities. Psychologists talk about the relationship between responsibility and meaning.

If you begin to accept responsibility over things in your life, you will generate meaning.

If you embrace responsibility over something, this relationship becomes a tool you can use to boost yourself into a meaning-rich lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if your responsibility is over a child, a dog, a company, or a job as a busboy.

Jordan Peterson’s Advice

Peterson uses the relationship between responsibility and meaning as a recurring theme in his bestselling book Twelve Rules for Life. He believes it is a valuable relationship to explore because it is so dang underrated.

Twelve Rules for Life offers psychology’s solutions to the mental health problems of modern society.

Peterson’s twelve rules are:

  1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back
  2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping
  3. Make friends with people who want the best for you
  4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
  5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
  6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
  7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
  8. Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie
  9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t
  10. Be precise in your speech
  11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding
  12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

Conclusion

Dopamine is a misunderstood molecule. Its use is not pleasure, but chemical motivation. Learning to recognize when your brain is launching a dopamine campaign on your affect can be a useful tool in your personal development arsenal.

If you want to learn more about psychology in an artistic way, check out our debut book on Amazon. Our books are made to feel like the paperback form of an educational YouTube channel.

Critique of Self-Help Writers in Poem Form

This poem is about the (necessary?) narcissism of self-help authors

Cringey arrogance:
Our curse,
us self-help writers.
We get a special kind of hell.


It is a boisterous pit,
like the tower of Babel,
but obviously inverted.

It’s below-ground,
this metaphor ☝🙄

In self-help hell
no one listens to each other.


No one can even speak, really
over all the tongues
flipping and fluttering.

But I believe in cures and redemption.
I Iove human change.

Plus I’m arrogant too.

Behold Juan’s two cents 🌟🤏
check out my poultice of words.
River meet rudder:

You are not much
pero también eres alguito.

How Does the Puppet Let the Puppeteer Know He Is Alive?

By accepting that the puppeteer is a person too and then using the word “gaslighting” very liberally in his day-to-day.

Does somebody else control how you feel and act? Around this person, you are not yourself. You feel mentally weak compared to this person and you wind up doing what they want more often than not. Do you know what it feels like to be hopelessly manipulated?

This is an article that seeks to capture and describe a vision of manipulation and control called The Puppeteer Archetype.

Sharie Stines, a California-based therapist, says that a manipulative person might twist what you say and make it about them, hijack the conversation or make you feel like you’ve done something wrong when you’re not quite sure you have.

Please, reader, just read the disclaimers before making any judgements about the person who manipulates you.

  1. Puppeteers are people. People are complex. There is more to a person who embodies the Puppeteer than just that one archetype. In other words, they can evolve.
  2. The Puppeteer archetype is just one of many. Not only do many manipulative individuals fall outside of the vision that this article will try to illustrate for you, but those who reside within this vision do not often do so permanently. In other words, take this article with a grain of salt. It will not apply perfectly.
  3. The Puppeteer archetype seems like a natural manifestation of the nature of some people. Historically, puppeteers are born from self-defense and a form of entertaining themselves. In other words, manipulation is nothing but a game they are good at and you are not.

You Need to Know How to Get Respect

After all, most puppets are deader than a doorknob. Unfortunately, this applies to you too if you are a person who is being manipulated. You have to prove that you are alive.

This is a question of limitations, control, and probably most importantly, it is a question of respect. You have to respect yourself before anybody else will respect you. So how do you do that?

  • Address micro rejections
  • Use the truth as your shield
  • Whatever you do, don’t take it personally
  • Use the word “gaslighting liberally

1. Dealing with Micro Rejections

Did you know that the pain from social exclusion activates some of the same pathways activated by physical pain?

It’s exactly what it sound like. Micro rejections are a habit. They are a common habit. In a relationship, they can lead to abysmal feedback loops that leave love shredded.

Visually, micro-rejections are often talked about in psychology as a tech replacing human interaction phenomenon. Visualize the girlfriend who automatically checks her phone while you are talking with her. It can also be any kind of automatic shutdown that is not thought through.

These are easy to brush off individually, but if you are have a problematic relationship with somebody who doesn’t respect you, you need to be aware that these micro-rejections exist and they DO mean something.

2. Why is Telling the Truth Important

The truth is a powerful Spartan shield that you can do all kinds of cool moves with.

For starters, it keeps you and your values straight. If you are truthful with yourself and others, you will always be able to defend a past position. Admit it to yourself when you’re wrong!

If you are truthful with others, but not with yourself, you have built yourself an unwieldy lead shield that will do nothing but drag you into the mud. If you have a manipulative person in your life and you need him/her to respect you, you will need to be nimble and solid.

Telling the truth brings you

  • Peace of mind
  • Bigger man-ness
  • Growth for you and those around you

3. Don’t Take it Personally

Oh yeah. You need to get over yourself too. Manipulative people suck, yes, but I’m sure you have problems and peccadilloes too.

Mickey Singer, author of The Untethered Mind, puts a great deal of faith in the value of not being offended. If you expand this idea, you can apply it so sooo many things.

Things we are daily offended by:

  • Poor manners
  • Loud personalities
  • Slow computers

It’s easy to forget that a whole multiverse exists out there and our problems are a 0.000000001% of it.

4. Learn and Use the Term “Gaslighting”

Words matter guys. This particular word means: “when somebody else tries to make you out to be somebody whose thoughts have no value because you are crazy.”

It’s a very common strategy among the puppeteers of the world. You have to be careful not to use the word so so often that it loses its potency, but it will serve you well as the basis for your honest, unoffended confrontations about how he/she is micro-rejecting you and playing silly games with your heart.

Conclusion

Honestly, guys, respect is a very easy thing to get if you are brave and honest with yourself. You need a word-tool or two to leverage your ballsiness, sure, but why not give “gaslighting” a try? You might just reverse the puppeteer-puppet dynamic you have going on in your life.

Who are you, puppet, or puppeteer? Personally I’m actually more of a puppeteer 🤷‍♂️

Love Poems >> Play Videogames With Your Roommates

Originally it was the hearth
where we converged
to gaze at other eyes
and mesmerized
clasp hands by the fire.

Then what was it?

Maybe … A radio set
or talk show
blipping signals to our great grandfathers.
Were those even ones and zeros?
Idk …
I’m 22-years-old-and-tired.

Then what was it?

For sure
I know of the ol’ television screens
which became another meeting point
at the house of Mick McGuire.


And now where are we?

We console ourselves with gamer tags, pcs and outlets
often not together in anything but mind.
They know though,
that true commune means a smidgeon more
when friends chatter over a living fire.

Robinson Crusoe is a Good Negative Role Model

Robinson Crusoe is a British guy who gets stranded on an island after selling the Black guy who helps him escape from pirates. It is considered a contender for the first British novel.

Philosophy >> Morals >> Negative Role Models

Who has impacted you more: The person you think of when you think of whom you don’t want to be, or your hero?

It’s not an easy call. I couldn’t tell you my own answer.

Heroes are important. No doubt. Goes without saying, really, but rarely is the importance of the villain vocalized. It’s true that we would never get anywhere without Simba, but sometimes it is all we can do to Not Be A Scar. That is normal. It does not make you a bad person. 

Negative Role Models

Adding fuel to this argument is the element of Lowest Common Denominators (LCDS) — the LCDs of a society. The LCDs of understanding a hero will have serious obstacles to overcome in order to be like the hero. The path of least resistance for these folks, and many people, really, is to simply avoid rather than seek. And although it is an incomplete path, there is nothing wrong with where it leads.

For more clarification on what it means to be an LCD, check out the attached link.

Some people, including a lot of kids and teens, might not understand all the deep virtues in a complex story, but they WILL understand that being the bad guy gets them nowhere.

The Point

So why would a proud South American recommend that you read an annoying book about how the British colonizer successfully converted South American cannibal savages into proper Christian citizens?

Well, it is because there are people whom I accept are a part of me who I very strongly do not want to be like. However, my solution is not to detach myself from the negative role model entirely. Frankly, it would be really nice to raise the LCDs and the negative role models.

Of course that leads to a whole other discussion about Absolute Progress.

culture from The Future

Will it be flying cars or extensive underground tunnels? This article will discuss neither sci-fi nor Mad Max dystopia. Prepare for powerful propositions about the people, places, and predilections of the near-future.

Culture >> What Will 2030 Look Like?

If you sat a million people in a room and asked each one what superpower they would pick, you would find that strangely enough, all of the entrepreneurs, investors, and racetrack gamblers would ask for the same exact thing: Knowing what will happen next.

Location: a college party in 2030

About 30 college kids sit in a living room lit by a skating tricks compilation on YouTube while listening to Baby Yankee, the latest reggaeton sensation who made his name by parodying the classic songs of Daddy Yankee.

2 of them are on coke, 4 are soberish, 16 are tipsy or drunk, and 20 of them are smoking weed.

Millennials and Gen Zs have the highest IQs in history, according to James Flynn, the psychologist who popularized the “Flynn Effect,” which is the theory that states that competing forces influence our intellect throughout our life.

Basically, the explanation for this phenomenon is that people have never been better fed or had easier access to high-quality education. The main source of education for millions of kids around the world is and wil continue to be the internet. The outcome of a new kind of home-education is already expressing itself in interesting and unexpected ways.

The following are three odd things you might notice at a college party in 2030:

parties from The Future will be smaller

The reason is that Gen Zs (born after millennials) have a lot of alternatives to what we consider a conventional party. These include gaming, obviously, but they also include hanging out at a legal weed or kava bar.

parties from The Future will be healthier

The explanation for this is simple. There has never been a good reason not to, aside from your friends calling you names. Teens today are acutely aware that drinking a gallon of sweet sweet H2O a day will elevate your mood, sharpen your mind, fix bad breath, cure headaches, and keep your lips from chafing when you go in for the kiss.

parties from The Future will have famous people

Having a well-known personal brand has become so valuable that we have made up a job title for this kind of casual fame. The college party of 2030 will feature A LOT of wannabe influencers.

Location: a Manhattan kitchen in 2030:

The cabinet is filled with exotic powders and shorteners. The shelves are lined with cookbooks that name recipes from intriguing countries like Peru, South Korea, and Sri Lanka.

The kitchen of 2030 will be stocked by health-conscious people who weigh nutrition over taste. Luckily, there are a lot of interesting options.

Telltale signs of this phenomenon has can be observed by the proliferation of publicly traded nutritional supplement companies that sell no actual food such as Herbalife, Cyanotech, and Natural Alternatives International.

the kitchen from The Future will be more green

The overarching shift will be in the tastiness and market reach of already healthy food “genres” like tea, kombucha, yogurt, and nut butters. It is no coincidence that Impossible Food, a company that researches and manufactures meat substitutes, came out as one of the top brands of CES 2020.

In 2030, not only will the individual be well-informed about the kinds of inputs the human body needs, but of equal importance, their peers will also be well-informed. This will lead to consumers dedicating their basket toward whatever is perceived as optimally healthy with a few exceptions for pleasure, rather than the other way around.

The Office:

Many people will opt to work from home. In 2012, 39% of Americans worked from home. In 2019, that percentage was up to 43% with no indications of slowing. Human resources in 2030 will be under pressure to create a business culture for their CEO in a world where more than half of the employees are names on the screen. There are many opportunities here for AR and VR companies to develop niches.

Once 5G arrives though, nothing will be the same. This amplified internet has the potential to sweep office culture out the front door. In 2030, your boss could easily be the hologram of a guy in China.

Although offices may change, they will not disappear. Definitely not by 2030, in any case. Co-working spaces with social agendas and open floor plans market themselves as an alternative to cubicles. WeWork itself may not be profitable, but the companies that create products for co-working spaces are to the third industrial revolution what shovel salesmen were to the 1848 California Gold Rush.

The following are products that have been positioned as staples of the co-working ecosystem.

the office of The Future is communal

The cubicle model was created for cramped cities that don’t give a fig about their inhabitants. That mentality is long-gone by 2030. Co-working spaces have been on the rise for a decade now and a new culture has risen with it.

the office from The Future will have drinks on tap

The patrons of co-working spaces are often millennials with a concern for nutrition. In the office, this translates to the omnipresent barrel of kombucha and the accompanying keg of craft beer. As the popularity of this style of management spreads, there will be other options such as CBD, matcha, and kratom.

the office of the future has a retro pinball machine

Just because the party of 2030 has less people than you might expect does not mean folks in the future don’t know how to have fun.

Inspired by the Face-Tattooed Maori

If God exists he must be tatted.
After all,
what is a face tattoo
but a commitment to your faith?

The idea of an officials’ wet stamp
smushing paper
is an old one.

It relates to irrevocability.
It relates to visibility.
In a way,
even personal pride.

That was how they’d formalize
in olden times 👴
is what I mean to say —
even currency.

Poem About Richard Spencer

This poem is about how everybody thinks they are the good guy.

Warnings >> Nazis >> Confusion

Don’t twist your definitions

beyond recognition

or you will be sorry.

People may pass each other on the street

and say

“Wow. That fella sure is sorry.”

Others may empathize.

You may gain a following

as you walk.

You are the author

of a little world.

But be warned,

keep it straight, man.

Make it Good.

Or you could turn into Richard Spencer,

self-taught “racist Nazi,”

seeking abominable regime.