Hey, what's going on guys? Jackson Gage here, IncreaseLife, the IncreaseLife podcast. I appreciate you being here for the first episode. I'm trying to figure this thing out, so you figure it out with me. This episode is about the brand: why I created this podcast, what it's about, and who I am. Just stay tuned. If you have any questions, get ahold of me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This podcast is my service to whoever needs it. The way that I can best serve you is you get ahold of me and ask me any questions that you have related to the show or related to something that maybe I can help you with.
About the IncreaseLife Podcast:
Let's get into what this show is about. Basically, at least each episode, I want to bring you valuable personal development advice that you can apply to your life. We'll be able to hear the story of humans who have overcome struggle and are living an inspired life, and have found a way to follow their passion and make a difference in the world. Hopefully, their stories will help inspire you to do the same thing.
Just like you've heard in the intro, we've created this show to be a vessel of conscious knowledge and inspiration for those seeking to become the greatest version of themselves. This show at its base is a free, weekly personal development platform, aimed at bringing you usable knowledge that you can immediately apply to your life and the lives of those around you. I created it for you. If you're here listening to this, this podcast was created for you. The awakened human, the self-educated radical, the heretic entrepreneur, the success driven rebel who is consistently and consciously creating your own reality, or learning how to create your own reality. The freedom seeker who realizes that true happiness can only be found through personal growth, authentic living, and optimizing your mind, body, and spirit, personal development.
It doesn't matter what race or religion you are. It doesn't matter what land mass you live on or what flag you've been conditioned to worship. It doesn't matter who you choose to love or how you have come to understand God. It doesn't matter how much money you have or how much you don't have.We all want increase. It's human nature. That's how we evolve, through constantly seeking to become better than we were yesterday. Whether it's increase of the mind, increase of the body, spirit, relationships, health, meaning, and even increase of the bank account. All areas must be in good, working order for us to be able experience true happiness and success in this lifetime, here on this amazing planet.
Anyhow, I hope that little rant explains to you what this show is about in a nutshell, and we'll figure it out as we go. We'll figure it out as we go. We take action, and we don't worry about how it's going to happen. We just take action. We start walking down that road and doors open and paths present themselves. That's what we're doing here. We're taking action, and we're going to figure it out as we go.
Why I created the IncreaseLife:
As far as why I created the podcast, I've been a fan of podcasts for a long time. I don't watch television anymore. The only thing I watch is I'll watch documentaries, things that I can learn from, things I can be inspired by. Just documentaries and nature shows. I like shows about animals. I like to watch how animals interact. You can compare it to the lives of humans. We're all animals right. We watch nature in action. We can see ourselves. I like nature shows. Then I'll watch UFC events. That's about it. I watch UFC and nature documentaries, or maybe social documentaries, anything I can learn from. Instead of TV, I've given it up completely, I like to read. I read a lot of books, personal development books, and I listen to podcasts. The thing I love about podcasts is they offer a medium that you're able to filter through according to things that you're passionate about.
Personally, I like personal development, and entrepreneurship, and exploration of consciousness, and plant medicine. I find shows that cover these topics. I put on my earphones, and I'm learning about the things I'm interested in while I run, or drive, or workout, or hike, or whatever it is I'm doing. With podcasts, I can learn and grow. Podcasts are also great because they're free, and they don't have any commercials for the most part. I decided, well shit man, since mainstream media constantly pumps fear into you, it turns you into the living dead with a brain full of mush. They're always pumping fear into the masses. That's how you control the masses, pump fear into them through media. Propaganda. I decided, let's create some media that elevates people to become the greatest version of themselves. Physical revolution will get you nowhere. You're not going to get anywhere using force. Trying to create change through physical force will never get the job done. War will never create peace in the outside world or within yourself.
If you want a successful revolution, if you want true freedom, true personal freedom, it begins with the mind. It begins with your mind, and it begins with the mind of humanity. A revolution of the mind, like Bob Marley said, "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds." That happens through a conscious effort. Like I said above, I'm passionate about these things. Personal growth, and entrepreneurship, and consciousness, and success, and prosperity, and I want to create a show that embodies all those things while showing people the way into becoming the greatest version of themselves. At least giving you an example or maybe sparking a light bulb in your mind that leads you down a new path or gets you where you want to be or helps you manifest the reality that's been hidden in your mind your whole life.
Basically, if you were to ask me why I created the IncreaseLife podcast. "Hey Jackson. Why'd you create the IncreaseLife podcast?" Well, I would tell you, I wanted to create a space where people from all over the world who are seeking to purposely evolve could unite and share ideas for the conscious advancement of the human race. Anyhow, I hope that all makes sense. That is why I created the podcast. That is what this podcast is about.
About Jackson Gage:
Now I want to tell you about myself, my story, and share with your who I am and who you're listening to. You want to know who you're listening to, where you're getting this crazy advice from, and who's talking to these people, and whatever it is. This is the about me section.
Obviously, my name is Jackson Gage and first and foremost, before anything else, I'm hear to learn. Like I said, this show is my service to you. At the same time, while you're learning, I get to learn. I get to speak to people who can teach me something new.That's my passion, always getting better. I've always been passionate about that. I like to share that with whoever else wants to get better. We can all get better together. That's how we move forward. Like I said, I'm here to learn. Through many years of personal growth and struggle, I found my purpose. That is to use my passion and creativity to inspire and motivate people to discover their purpose and authentically share it with the world.
I was born in a relatively large city in the Central Valley of California called Fresno. I currently live on the tropical island of Kauai. It's one of the most naturally beautiful and remote islands in the world. I was raised by two loving parents who always encouraged me to think for myself. They were both raised Catholics, but never once told me what I should believe about God. They took the best approach you can take with a child, and they allowed me to find truth on my own time.Because in the end, no matter what you tell your kids or anybody else for that matter, their thoughts will always be their own. At some point, they will have to come to their own conclusions in life, and it may be completely different from what you want them to believe. You're going to have to live with it.
Growing up, my house was always full of personal growth and spirituality books. Being that I was extremely reserved and quiet, I liked to sit at home and read. I grab whatever's closest to me and I just dug into it. From Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Don Miguel Ruiz, Khalil Gibran, Napoleon Hill, Paulo Coelho, Neale Donald Walsch, Wallace Wattles, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the list goes on. After reading all of these books that are about personal success and personal freedom, I began to develop a strong passion for personal development and spirituality, and how it relates to success in life. As I observed this sheep mentality from the majority of people around me, I started to realize the strong need for these teachings in our society. It became my passion, helping people switch their paradigms.Like my friend Michael Allen likes to say, "Rattling cages." I'm pretty passionate about being a cage rattler.
Throughout my youth, I battled fiercely with social anxiety and fear. A lot of fear growing up. It's a fear of interaction, and it's been a huge thorn in my side all my life. I made the choice to go to war with this fear at a very young age, and a lot of that has to do with reading these books. At a very young age, I started battling this fear and battling this ego. It's a battle I fight to this day. We're never perfect. We can always get better. We can always face our fears. Most of the decisions I make in life are based on me facing fears. I also had a strangely strong, overwhelming fear of death that haunted me probably until about fourth grade. About fourth grade, I was just completely fucking terrified of death.I couldn't stop thinking about it. I wouldn't go to school. I didn't want to go to school. I would get to school, and then I would cry and have these anxiety attacks and have my mom come to school and get me because I was so fearful of death. It was the weirdest. I'm still trying to figure it out to this day. I have a few ideas of how I got those thoughts in me, but it was a really strange deal. It was an uncommon thing amongst, I didn't see any other fourth graders. I used to be so angry about it. I would think, "Why am I the only one that can't handle life? Why can't I handle life?" Around fourth grade, something hit me. I think my dad, I'd talked to my dad a little bit, and he told me a few things. Something happened where I lost the fear of death. I lost it. It went away, and I never feared it again. Anyhow, I just wanted to add that in the story. I don't know why, but just so you know who I am. These are the things I've faced.
Anyhow, I remember one time actually when I was going through a pretty rough time around fourteen years old. My mom brought me the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. She turned to now what is one of my favorite passages of all time, and she said, "Read this." The sentence read, "This moment is as it should be because the entire universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the entire universe by struggling against this moment." That one sentence changed my life. I thought to myself, "Holy shit. Everything is working in perfection, and it's my job to learn to let go and allow it to happen. All of these fears and anxieties that I have can be cured with a change in mindset." That's when I got really deep into the reading, and to developing myself, and to facing my fears, and to not allowing myself to succumb to this bullshit fear that I had, and fighting through that. To this day, I've never taken any pills or any of that shit.
I don't take any medication. I don't need pills to get my mind right. We can do it ourselves. We're naturally able to transform our own life. We've been given everything we need to naturally be happy. We're happy creatures. We've created this unhappy world around us, and then we succumb to it. Then we get on drugs and pills, and doctors give us drugs to feel better with the side effects of suicide. "Here, take this pill. It'll make you feel better. Be careful. It'll also make you kill yourself." We'll get into that a whole different day. That's a good topic just to talk about on another day. For me, to this day, I've never taken a pill. All of my growth has happened with me pushing myself through my fears. That's where it's at. We can't sit back and let this world push us down. We can't sit back and hide in a closet and cry and lose all hope and give up on the world. It's up to you to make the changes you want in your life.
If you look around and don't see the world the way you want to see it, then you need to make some changes within you. It's possible. You can become the person you want to be. You can get rid of depression. You can get rid of unhappiness. You don't need drugs to do it. You don't need alcohol to do it. You don't need shopping to do it. You don't need food to do it. All you need is yourself. All you need is your own mind and discipline. That's all you need. You can change the world. Change the world by changing yourself. Anyhow, we can get further into that later.
After realizing the power of all of these teachings when applied to my life, I became even more intrigued by the thought of spending my life helping people to cut through the bullshit to see things more clearly, and to find personal freedom in a society that is dependent on controlling your mind.
I've worked my whole life. Nothing's been handed to me. I've always worked. I've always worked my ass off. I got a paper route my first job. I got a paper route when I was twelve years old. That's when I began working because that's what I was told I was supposed to do, work for money. Seven days a week, I'd get up at four-thirty or five AM, fold papers, and take off into the dark on my big ass beach cruiser. I had a basket on the front, a basket on the back, and then a double-sided canvas newspaper carrying bag that was slung over the seat. It was all stuffed with newspapers. Four containers on this big ass beach cruiser, stuffed with newspapers. I would take off into the dark because usually the sun wasn't up yet. I fell. I dropped that bike over so many times that a couple times I had to go knock, wake up neighbors, and ask them to come help me pick my bike up. Then get back on it, keep riding, throwing papers.
I learned about life. I learned about working. I learned what work was. I learned if I liked labor work or not, and I learned it many times over, these lessons. I spent the summers working with my dad who had a lawn maintenance and landscaping business. I did not enjoy taking part in hard labor in the Fresno summer dry heat of a hundred and ten degrees. Again, I was doing what all good Americans are supposed to do, work your ass off for some money. My dad would always tell me, "Son, if you don't like working out here in the heat, then create the life where you don't have to do that." I absorbed his advice, but it is a lot easier said than done. If you've never been taught how to be an entrepreneur, if you've never been taught success principles and a prosperity mindset and you have to teach yourself, it can be a long ass process. Because I come from a family where my dad worked three jobs at some points.
My dad was the hardest working human I've ever seen. The guy, he'd work all day doing lawns. Then he'd come home. I remember he would come home, and then he worked at a winery overnight. Sometimes on the weekends, he was in a band. He'd go make extra money on the weekends with his band. He worked his ass of. When you come from that, that's what you think life is about. You have to, in some cases like me, teach yourself what success is, teach yourself how to find personal freedom. Seeing my dad work so hard and then him telling me, "Look. Create a different life." That was powerful for me.
At sixteen, I was spending the summer working at a fruit packing plant, spending eight to ten hours a day in an unairconditioned brick building in the desert heat, unloading pallets of empty cans in an endless cycle of mindlessness. I completely remember thinking to myself, "You could hire chimpanzees to do this fucking work."
I would think that every day. I look around and I see, maybe we're all different, but I would see these guys who were just working eight hours a day. They were happy, and that's okay. Everyone's happy, everyone gets happy for different reasons, but for me, I was like, my brain is getting put to waste. I need to find higher levels of success than this shit. You could hire a group of chimpanzees to do this work. I would get so annoyed. Anyhow, peace and love to all the guys working their ass off. Everybody has a place on this Earth. We all have a place in this society. If you're happy doing it, fucking go for it.
At seventeen, I was a shift manager at a local movie theater. Between eighteen and twenty-four, I worked numerous other jobs, from a merchandiser for Pepsi Corp., to a cashier at a grocery store, and I was a counselor for a group home for troubled and abandoned youth.
I did a shit ton of thinking while I was working on these jobs, and I remember that one thought continued to pop in my head, "This shit is slavery. Who in the hell spends their life doing shit they don't want to do just for money?" Then, I thought, "Apparently, millions of people." At that point, I was one of them. The slave mindset had been successfully propagated into my reality. I thought maybe going to college was the answer. That's what society tells us, so I attended the local community college, did my two years, and transferred to Fresno State University. After some time at the university, I began to observe the kids around me, and the same question haunted me. Why do so many people do shit they don't really want to do? Why are people so easily swayed? Why do they all worship the outcome? I started listening to conversation and realized that most of the students were in college either to please their parents or to figure out what they wanted to do with their life.
They didn't even know. Most of the kids you talked to, "What's your major?" "Maybe this, maybe that. I'm trying to figure it out. Maybe I'm going to be a teacher. There's no money in that though, so maybe I'm going to do this where I can get some money." They were there because they wanted to make money, and they were trying to get the training, which is college, to make money. Again, nothing wrong with college, but this was just my views spending time in a university.
So few people know their purpose or are even looking for it. The pursuit of money, I think, has decimated man's search for meaning. To me, college was like a big, robot training center that created high paid slaves. "You've graduated. Here's your paper that says that you're slave status has been elevated. Now you can get larger sums of green paper in return for your most precious commodity, time."
Me personally, Jackson Gage, I wasn't feeling that shit. At twenty-two years old, I saved up my money from the two jobs I was working at the time, and I bought my first investment property. It was a house in California that actually still pays me cash every month to this day. That was from reading books. I was able to do that because I was reading books. I was reading Robert Kiyosaki, and then I read a book by, I guess, it's his real estate investment guy, a guy named Dolf de Roos. I started reading these books like, "Hey, I'm going to buy a house." I told everybody. I told my mom, "I'm going to buy a house." I told my dad. I was twenty-two, working at a grocery story. I was like, "I'm going to buy an investment property." They didn't put me down, but nobody believed I was going to do it. I did it. I saved up the proper amount of money, and I went and bought my first house.
These are things anybody can do, but you have to want change. You have to study. You have to want to become better. You have to read and learn n'shit. You can't just go through life hoping good things are going to happen to you because, I'm sorry, it just doesn't work that way.
Anyhow, back to the college thing. I had read so many books on success principles, and in my years of reading the stories of highly successful entrepreneurs, not one time in one book was one of their principles of success to attend college. Not that you shouldn't go to college. If you have a passion and going to college will assist you in pursuit of that passion and your major goal is to solve a problem for humanity or make a difference in the world, then I'm one hundred percent behind you. Follow your passion. Go for it. I back you, and I support you. If you're going because society says it's the thing to do, you my friend are headed down a fucked up road of misery.
I got out of there as quick as possible, and I decided to do what all the teachers, mentors, and personal development books that I had ever read had told me to do: face my fear and force myself to grow. At twenty-four years old, I became a police officer. It was a strange choice for me being that I've always been reserved and laid back. I told you about my fears and my anxiety and these things. I was really quiet and didn't like any social interaction. My major motive, again, in choosing that career path was personal growth. The idea of all the things that come along with being a police officer scared the living shit out of me. I listened to Paolo Coelho, and I let fear be my compass, which in my experience, I have found to be the most powerful way to expand and grow as a person. I knew I'd had to level up in a lot of areas of my life if I wanted to be able to do that job.
Other than the personal growth that I was after, I knew that the pay for officers in the city that I was working in was very high in relation to the cost of living, and I needed to step my game up financially. I wanted to buy more investment properties. That was another reason. I needed more money. Becoming a police officer definitely gave me the life experience that most will never even get close to. From the outside looking in and hearing people talk, they just have no clue what a police officer goes through. The average citizen has no fucking clue. You can guess, but until you smell blood, until you have to fight for your life in an alley, until you see a child's bone sticking out of their leg, until you see brains blown out and you have to step over pieces of skull with hair growing out of it.
I don't mean to gross you out man, but until you see those things, you can never know what a police officer has to go through and the decisions they have to make in a split second. We can get into that topic later as well. I've seen things you would never want to see and had to do things you would never want to do. I've had to physically hurt people on numerous occasions to save my own life. It's not something I wanted to do, but I have to go home. I have to go home, so I got to do what I got to do because guess what, I went home every night that I was a police officer. I spent ten years exploring and living in basically the underbelly of society. I remember working and we would talk about, like man, the people up there on the North End don't even know these areas exist.
They have no clue that there's people living in here in these shacks with dirt floors, no food in the fridge, bugs all over, babies with dirty diapers and no shoes running around on the dirt floors with bugs in their hair. These people up there have no clue that this exists. They're in their happy little world, and they're not doing anything to help. They're just living their life and living that selfish life and materialistic consumers. They don't even know this exists. Man, being a police officer, it just opened my eyes to so many things in this life. I feel like I experienced levels of growth and understanding that I would never have been able to experience any other way as a human. I considered myself a hard charging officer, and I was always trying to get into the action. Wherever something crazy was going on, I wanted to be there.
After three years, actually, excuse me, let's me. After three years as a patrol officer, I moved to a tactical team, like a gang unit. It was based out of the area that I grew up in. From there, I moved on to two other high profile gang units, and at one point, I was the leader of an eight man team of highly trained officers who hunted down the most violent criminals and only responded to violent, in progress crimes. That's where I wanted to be. I don't know if I had a little fucking psychotic mindset. I don't know what that did, but it gave me the adrenaline I wanted. It put me in a place where... some guys jump from planes, some guys ride gigantic ways, some guys chase down killers. Just chasing down killers, it satisfied something for me primally maybe.
I felt like I was becoming a stronger person mentally by putting myself in these situations. Looking back, to have been such a shy and reserved kid growing up and turning into a person who was leading eight highly trained warriors into battle, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment at that point in my life. I never would've become that person if I didn't put myself into a situation that I feared.
Before I continue, I want to encourage you to go after the things that scare you. Regardless of your age, go for it. It'll force you to become a more well-rounded person. As you grow as a person, you attract your vision to you. Grow into the person who can handle the life that you want.
Look around at your life right now. Is it the life that you've always imagined for yourself? If it's not, then it's your responsibility to grow yourself into the person who will attract the life that you want to life. It's a pretty simple concept. Go to the personal development section at the bookstore. Start reading how to develop yourself. Listen to the IncreaseLife podcast and other similar podcasts that were created to help you grow into the person who can attract the life that you want because everybody on this planet should be able to prosper. I don't care where you're from. I don't care what country you're from. Those are just boundaries. George Carlin said, "Symbols are for the simple minded." Fuck a symbol. We're all human beings, and everybody should be able to prosper on this Earth. I believe that we can. We can. It's a slow process, but we can get there. Humanity will move forward. We are evolving. Those that aren't evolving will fall off.
Anyhow, after about five years of adventure and adrenaline rush and stress as a cop, it started to become just another job. My heart wasn't in it, but I was stuck. I dug myself a hole financially like most Americans do. I was looking at spending my life doing something that I was no longer passionate about, which is the equivalent of Hell. If you're doing something every day that you don't really want to do, I believe that you're living in Hell. Hell is not a place you go. It's something you carry on your back. Do the things you want to do in life. Do the things that make you happy, and you won't be in Hell anymore. I started to realize that my passion was in personal development and helping others to realize their own potential and to challenge them to see life from different angles.
After ten years on that job and multiple injuries sustained while fighting people who didn't want to go along with the program, the assassination of one of my very good friends and partners by a psychopath with an assault rifle on a call that I was on. My doctor blessed me with the words, "Sorry Jackson, but ten years of this is enough. You're getting worn down. You can't be a police officer anymore." I remember sitting in that doctor's office when he told me that. My heart dropped, and I felt my adrenaline going, like "Oh shit. I have a family. This is going to cut my pay. They're not going to give me any benefits." That could've been a devastating comment. I could've taken those words as a curse, but I chose to take the positive route and take it as a blessing. A lot of guys will argue with their doctor and fight tooth and nail to keep that career because that defines them. Their badge is who they are, and they subconsciously feel that without their badge, they're worthless.
For me, it didn't define me. The doctor didn't hear anything from me but, "Okay. Onto the next chapter. Thank you sir." My faith in the perfection of this universe will always remain strong. When you have a strong faith, things work out for you. You're on a certain path. When you try to control that path and you don't have faith, you have fear, which is just faith in evil. Faith in the darkness of life. If you don't believe that good is coming to you, it won't come to you. I just have faith that it's all good and everything's going to work out. That's the mindset I take through life. All successful people take that mindset through life. You've got to have faith that the good things are coming to you. If you dwell on the negative, you bring the negative to you, and that's one hundred percent true. Anyhow, I learned one of my ultimate lessons in life, and I want you to learn the same lesson. Don't get stuck doing something you're not passionate about in life. If you do get stuck, there is always an alternative route.
Never give up on your dream. If you have the will to do it and you take consistent action, a way will be made. Never settle for a routine shit life when you have a dream or a vision for something bigger. That dream wouldn't have been planted in your heart if you didn't have what it takes to achieve it. After leaving the department, I made the commitment to always choose the path of passion and meaning over ambition and money. I decided to dedicate my life to helping others expand their consciousness to the mind of a slave to their true nature, the mind of freedom and happiness. We're not here to get. We're here to give. We're here to share our passion with the world. Pablo Picasso said, "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." I'm here to help you find your purpose, and also to assist you in your growth as well as introduce you to new and more healthy paradigms.
I created this podcast to be a place that you can come each week and find a new tool or idea for your life, or maybe be inspired by somebody who's living the life you want to live. They might give you the road map. Whatever it is, I just want this to be a service to you. Like I said before, hit me up, email@example.com.
Just remember, the road to self-discovery and growth is a never ending one. It's our job. We have to continue to walk that road regardless of the peril that stands in front of us. Listen to me, as we fight the battles placed in front of us, it clears the way for those still in the dark. That's what we're here for, to be a light for those still in the dark. It shows others that they can defeat the illusory demons that stand in the way of the life that they've imagined for themselves. I believe if you're listening to this podcast in one form or another, you are a spiritual warrior. That's why you found yourself here listening to this podcast and seeking growth.
Like I've said before, I'm going to keep saying it, this podcast is my service to you, so please contact me with any questions on any topics that you'd like to be discussed on the show. I'll do my best to oblige. Like I said before, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I definitely am looking forward to hearing from you.
That was a good thirty-minute story about what this is about, why I created it, and who I am. I hope it makes sense to you. Tune in. Like I said, I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing, but I'm figuring it out as I go. As these episodes move on, they'll get more tied in and more tight, and we'll figure it out. You can send me emails to help me tighten it up because I'm trying to make this a team effort. We're all in this together, so let's try to get the best quality shit we can and give it to the the world. Anyhow, until the next episode or until next week or until next time, go out and make a difference in the world.
A lot of times you can do that just by going and reading a book and putting some principles into effect for your life. Becoming a better person and doing the things you really want to do and being a light for others. Until we meet again man, peace to you, love to you. My name is Jackson Gage. This is the IncreaseLife podcast. We don't just talk about it. We live it. Have a good week. One last thing, I forgot. Actually, a couple things. If you can go over to iTunes or Stitcher and leave us a nice rating and a review and subscribe, that's how we get seen by more people. That's the idea to get this service out to as many people as we can. Head over their and help us out with the rating and review. Also, you can get the transcription of this show and this episode and jacksongage.com/whoisjacksongage.
Jump on the mailing list as well. I made a list of the top fifteen books that have influenced me in my life and how they've helped me in life. I'm sure that they can help you out too. Everybody's always wondering what books do I read. Well go over there, jump on the mailing list, and I'll give you the top fifteen books that have influenced my life. With all that being said, peace and love to you man. I'll talk to you soon. Jackson Gage, IncreaseLife, we don't just talk about it. We live it.