Why the Matrix Still Has You

By Donte' Ormsby 6 Comments

“The Matrix” was one of the best, thought-provoking movies ever made (and yes, I am referring to the first one, not the sub-par sequels). The metaphors, similes and analogies that can be derived from the story are many – thus my contribution today: The American Corporate Structure is the Matrix, and you are a very special person who is trapped within it.

Are you getting it yet? In the movie the machines had successfully enslaved most of man-kind, using the body-heat of captured humans to power their energy needs. In the modern corporate era we too are living within the 21st century version of slavery. The only difference being you and I can choose our master.

There’s no arguing that it is still our effort, knowledge and abilities that provide the power and momentum to move companies forward – yet the benefits of all our hard work amount to a paycheck. Not ownership. Not freedom. Just a simple deposit into an account where more Machines come in quickly thereafter so we can provide nourishment to them as well. Those machines are called: fast food meal solutions, entertainment financed with credit card debt, escapism via shopping ventures, and the list goes on.

As a technology expert you have ideas, and more importantly abilities to to make systems, process and products better. The problem is your freedom to make positive changes is hindered by multiple levels of bureaucracy, incompetent co-workers who are living in fear that your talents will shine a light on their ineptness, management personnel in charge of tech project who don’t have the background to understand how and why better solutions can solve problems…is any of this starting to sound familiar?

And then there’s you. Trapped within this Matrix – providing the energy for the lumbering machine to continue going on, and giving it the fuel it needs to make you increasingly dependent upon the system. How are you doing that? The list is endless: mortgage payments, car notes, student loan debt, health benefits, alimony, child support, lack of child support, credit card debt, absence of savings, no plan in place for retirement, braces for little Susie…and the list goes on. All of these things keep us tied to the system; making us irrationally fearful of losing our little corner within the very system that is slowing crushing us. Some people call it “Being an adult” or “Living a responsible life”. That very well could be true. But it’s also depressing, and a lot like slavery.

The money the Machines automatically shove into our bank accounts every two weeks is the one saving grace, the one all-too-brief sigh of relief that keeps us coming back on Monday morning convinced we can take another week of utter nonsense and foolishness. After all, we have to stay in the Matrix, because the alternative is, well…what is the alternative?

Life outside of the security and familiarity of the Matrix is, let’s face it, scary. No health benefits, no steady stream of money, no security of any kind. It’s the real world, and way too intimidating to consider as an alternative. And yet, there IS an alternative.

No one says you have to quit your job and jack-out of the Matrix today. In fact, that would be rather dumb.  But instead, the question is what are you doing today, tomorrow and into the coming year that is preparing you for a life away from the Machines if that opportunity should ever present itself?

Don’t you get it? What’s bouncing around in your head is the key to your freedom. Your tech knowledge is rare, and that rarity creates opportunities if you’ll just keep your eyes open. Am I talking about you starting your own business? Yes. Am I talking about you taking out a business loan, creating pages of 5 year plans, and hiring employees? No.

What we’re talking about here is you asking yourself 3 simple questions:

  1. What do you know how to do that people outside of your job would pay you to do?
  2. What need or problems exists within a large demographic segment that you know how to provide a solution for better than anyone else?
  3. How can you communicate to these demographics that an answer to their problem is at hand and that you can provide it?

That, my friend, is your initial step towards obtaining freedom from the insanity that is the Matrix. This is the 21st century; a time when big budgets and venture capitol is not necessary to create your own revenue stream.

Start small. Make and extra $200 a month performing a task for a local business. Then expand to $500, then $1000. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to use your abilities to make money for yourself.

The only thing the Industrial Revolution did was move slaves from fields to the factories and eventually into the cubicles. Your knowledge makes the Internet, Intranet, and e-commerce platforms of the world possible. Learn to leverage that information. Don’t let health benefits and a 401K stop you from thinking about your own money, your own power, and your own freedom from the system. You now have a choice. Red pill or blue pill?

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Donte Ormsby is the president of Profit Website Management. His is a national speaker on the topics of Internet marketing success and website design and improvement. His passion is helping businesses from Towing Companies to Janitorial Services increase their revenue without spending more on ads

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Donte' Ormsby

Donte Ormsby is the President of Profit Website Management, a website design and research development company. He is a national speaker on the topics of Internet strategy, Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Mr. Ormsby is an experienced consultant who follows the philosophies that obtaining success doesn't have to involve complication, and simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. His constant focus is on driving his clients towards a higher level of success and profitability. I can be found online at: www.profitwebmanagement.com @donteormsby

  • Great article Donte’!! There are so many people who are afraid to use their skills to make more money outside of their day-to-day job. I like how you term this, “The Matrix” or slavery in a different form. Just the other day, I heard someone say, “I need my call from Tank!!” Now I know what he meant by that!! Great blog post!!

  • Wonderful write up sir! This is mental motivation for so many that are afraid to “step out there” and start a business of our own. You should look into creating podcasts – reading this while driving is frowned upon by the drivers behind me while at a now green light! LOL! Keep inspiring..and God bless you.

    • Chris,
      Thanks for commenting and taking the time to read the post. Glad to have you as part of the resistance! LOL.

  • I love this article. Jacking out of the Matrix all at once is too intimidating (and foolish, like you mention). But answering those questions and setting a small goal of a few hundred dollars is something that’s a lot more palatable. It’s also a smart way to tune your business model — start with small tests of the market that you can learn from and use to free yourself.

    2013 Resolution #1

    • Glad you enjoyed it. Starting with realistic goals is always critical. Once those are reached, suddenly confidence is built and reaching even higher goals becomes achievable. Thanks for reading! – Donte’

  • Ismihana

    I’ was fascinated with those 3 beginning sentences 🙂 i’d say we share same opinion about matrix as a movie and as media that is trying to wake us up! 😀 it’s not just “stupid sf movie” like lots of people say 😛 (1st part ofc),it has much more deeper meaning with (YES,like you) metaphores,philosphy,deep-minded thoughts etc. 🙂 definitely agree with you!