IMAGINE (read time :57) Imagine a new world where you were encouraged to create, innovate, invent and manifest something different, unproven and risky. Where you were not only hailed for making a profit, but also acknowledged for making a difference.Imagine a new world where record companies could no longer pillage a whopping 77% of your hard earned, well deserved cash, then rip off your fans with high-priced product.Imagine a new world where publishing companies did not decide how your art is marketed, who uses your music, what articles and graphics get published or what chapters get deleted from your book.Imagine a new world where you have the choice to run a business, produce a record or publish a book from your kitchen table...in your PJ’s.Imagine a new world where you were encouraged NOT to make a five-year plan, simply because there were too many fast-changing factors and endless possibilities that lie in your future—anxiously awaiting your arrival. Imagine a new world where you could attract thousands or even millions of customers and fans without any salespeople or advertising. A tribe of devotees that follow you because they like what you do, use your products and services and enjoy your art. NOT because they were provoked or manipulated by mass media marketing. Imagine a new world where if you wanted to continue to manifest, express and profit from your creative offerings, you had no other choice but to respectfully (and courageously) walk away from the old world and embrace the new one.Imagine you were reading this message from a device that you were holding in your hand that was connected to the entire world— what would you do next? “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one...” —John Lennon
J Michael Dolan

IMAGINE (read time :57)

Imagine a new world where you were encouraged to create, innovate, invent and manifest something different, unproven and risky. Where you were not only hailed for making a profit, but also acknowledged for making a difference.

Imagine a new world where record companies could no longer pillage a whopping 77% of your hard earned, well deserved cash, then rip off your fans with high-priced product.

Imagine a new world where publishing companies did not decide how your art is marketed, who uses your music, what articles and graphics get published or what chapters get deleted from your book.

Imagine a new world where you have the choice to run a business, produce a record or publish a book from your kitchen table...in your PJ’s.

Imagine a new world where you were encouraged NOT to make a five-year plan, simply because there were too many fast-changing factors and endless possibilities that lie in your future—anxiously awaiting your arrival.

Imagine a new world where you could attract thousands or even millions of customers and fans without any salespeople or advertising. A tribe of devotees that follow you because they like what you do, use your products and services and enjoy your art. NOT because they were provoked or manipulated by mass media marketing.

Imagine a new world where if you wanted to continue to manifest, express and profit from your creative offerings, you had no other choice but to respectfully (and courageously) walk away from the old world and embrace the new one.

Imagine you were reading this message from a device that you were holding in your hand that was connected to the entire world— what would you do next?

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one...” —John Lennon


COMMENTS


Posted By Spunky Munkey
Imagine
There is positive hope in your post and that is half the battle, I like that. I really believe in planting the seed no matter the obstacles.


Posted By Mike
great blog!
Hmmm...where is this place you speak of Michael? :) Great one this time...I will have to share this for sure!


Posted By Julie
Imagine
Fabulous!


Posted By Darut
Imagine
Imagine occupying yourself to make yourself whole and spiritually free..... Seeing that change on the exterior won't work without changing the interior!!! Imagine then let's do it.... I'm down are you?


Posted By Rachel
It's an Image...
I want to imagine there IS a heaven, because we need to know there is more than this life, or we are like Aristotle who claimed it was better to never have been born..


Posted By Zark
Imagine
Let's do it! We The People have the power and the creativity to make it happen---- Thanx J. Michael for the reminder! Henry--we all grumble sometimes---gotta vent! But in grumbling one can do it in a positive manor--- Peace To All Beings!!! Joel Zark


Posted By Robbin Michael Wagner
Imagine
Art, Food, Music & Love is what John was about. And, if you break down each of these ideas of art, food, music and love you can simplify what life on our daily planet could look like. Art is all things of matter that matter. By design and inspired by nature. Humans have the ability to make a choice based on emotions. John new this. His lifeís work reflected this. We seek out art no matter where we are. Art can be still or moving, Silent or audible. Art is long. Only life is short. Make art lifelong. Food. Food for thought. Food for our bellies. Food for our eyes. Food to nourish. The most important three things in our house. An open door, an open mind and an open invitation to stop in, sit down in the kitchen and lets fix us something good to eat. Leave your guns outside. They have no place in my house. Stretch a string and stroke it with another string. Hum along in time to the cadence of galloping hooves. Listen to the Skylark while tapping your feet. The need to express comes from our hearts and minds. Our fingers and throats make that happen. If music is in the air than love is everywhere. An early man, woman and child were sitting in the quagmire of uncertainty in their dark caves. They had a good day today. She gathered dry leaves and small twigs and carefully placed them just inside the entrance. She witnessed the creation of fire and now found herself busy making it tonight. He was sitting outside the entrance looking up into the night sky and seeing the exact same moon we see today. Art, food, music and love would someday put us on that very moon. He gently drummed a dried animal skin he had stretched over a hollowed out gourd. He didnít owe anyone money for his cave. There was no interest due on it tomorrow. The child played with stones while contemplating sleep. He went inside. She was lovely in the glow of a small fire. They lay down next to their sleeping child and he hummed to her a song he heard earlier that day. They ate squash and wild berries and clear water from a a few feet from them. She ground up a plant root today and made it into a rustic red paint. She painted her fire stick with it. They lay there silently, he gently touched her. Their passion demonstrated the big bang from where we all came from. It was beautiful. Just Imagine.


Posted By Christopher Key
Imaginings
Exactly! Then imagine creative artists using their newfound power and influence to help make the world a better place - by spreading beauty, peace, love, understanding, reconciliation, etc. through their art. (John Lennon would like that) That'd be real groovy


Posted By Miles Bennett
The future is here
My response to the question below from Solveig: It was science fiction writer William Gibson who said: "The future is here it's just unevenly distributed"


Posted By Uke Jackson
Imagine
Living on that planet and loving it!


Posted By Doug
John Lennon
I believe that John Lennon's imagination is described in his song "Imagine." I've always imagined that the song was singing about lack of war, among other things. I don't think that any of the other things were record companies.


Posted By Solveig
"The future is here...
...it's just uneavenly distributed." Name that quote (it's not mine).


Posted By Stig Skovlind
Hey Michael
Thank you for reminding us that the path lies ahead. A path of our own choice. It makes so much sense and is so inspiring. I am about to quit my daytime job and just grab it all. I already tested the 'new world' back in 2004 where I presold my new album to my network. It was a fantastic process and I'm going to go further this time. Again thank you for reminding me.


Posted By Gunnar
Imagine
Oh do I imagine all this! And how quaint that John Lennon was my first hero/idol as a kid. I remember the day he was shot; I was sick and my mom thought I was faking my illness because she knew I loved him and the Beatles. (That's two "I was" in one sentence, yuck) I sat in front of our 13" tv all day watching the story unfold. From all these hours of viewing I also learned the truth that Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (LSD) is NOT a drug reference, but rather John Lennon's niece actually had a dream about Lucy and drew a picture of her in the sky with diamonds. How we Americans love to speculate conspiracy!


Posted By Carole J McCoy Artist
Imagine
This is profound for the solutions needed for Artist taking control of their personal economy. I found this article timely and optimistic. If one can imagine see more fruits of their work, it may inspire one to create more abundantly. Great article going into 2012


Posted By Henry
Imagine John Lennon ......
Imagine yourself the same age when we found out John Lennon was shot 31 years ago... Words can't describe the loss we all felt. But, yes, we don't have to imagine the changes above, J.Michael, because we are living them thank you for reminding us not to take them for granted. The crash of the music industry as we knew it devastated some, freed others. But it changed our world, as John did. But John Lennon himself said he wasn't the ONLY dreamer. What can each of us dream into a reality to make the world a better, more connected place? We can surely use today's and tomorrow's technology to enhance our creative projects. When the Jews were freed from Egyptian slavery, some of them later grumbled to God, saying, (paraphrased), "life is hard, maybe we should go back to Egypt (and slavery)---at least we were fed!" Those that grumble about "the good old days" are missing the gift of the present and future. I am guilty of grumbling myself sometimes. My New Year's resolution is to stop. Thanks again.

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• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)