by Austin

December 12, 2010

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Austin Szelkowski


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About the author 


From a 3412 mile inline skate across America for Freedom to a pilgrimage halfway around the world, speaker and life coach, Austin Szelkowski has lived an intrepid spiritual journey. Over the last 11 years, he has skated across a continent, built 3 successful businesses, been enlightened by a mind-bending spiritual awakening, and endured a terrifying dark night of the soul journey in 2017. His story brings courage in the darkest places – providing a sense of spiritual adventure and hope.

  • It was so nice to meet you today.
    Dont forget to check out the book “Working” by Stds terkel – published in 1972.
    I am thinking its time for a sequel.
    In my 30 yrs in Nursing I have never had to work so much harder, stronger, longer, with less resources and the Healthcare climate is vial.
    What I have learned is that its all about the money.
    What if money just ceased to exist?

    • Pam,

      It was certainly nice to meet you and your daughter, and want to thank you again for your hospitality and your donation. I truly enjoyed our conversation, and I”m glad I was able to talk to you.


      – Austin

    • Oops, Pamela: Missed part of your comment:

      “In my 30 yrs in Nursing I have never had to work so much harder, stronger, longer, with less resources and the Healthcare climate is vial.
      What I have learned is that its all about the money. What if money just ceased to exist?”

      I’ve actually had a lot of interest in the idea of alternative forms of currency. It’s a bit of a pipe-dream, but at the same time, it’s already happening to some extent now: A lot of value exchange is taking place in new digital environments that provide opportunities for “bartering” and sharing that were simply not possible before. Checkout, for an interesting example.

      But more interestingly, true forms of “open currency” are actually coming into existence as we speak (not a lot of steam, though). These currencies vary in terms of their specifics, but the primary thing that seems to connect the interesting ones s an escape from the debt-based model of modern currency (driven by an “overlording Central Bank”). Currently, the Federal Reserve produces one unit of public debt, whenever it sends a crisp new Washington out into the market. In a sort of twisted way, it’s the largest creditor in the world. As I understand it (in a limited sense), banks are able to “create” money by issuing loans and passing the debt on to the public. In other words: There’s never actually enough money in the system to pay off the debt! The worst part is that, though we can all create value, only a very small minority are allowed to create currency and a control it.

      The result is a never ending cycle of further loan creation and inflation, as we strive against the infinite to some how “get on top of it all.” In a way, it may be the hidden driving force behind our frenzied lives. – Great to fuel a sort of wanton ambition, but the best way to create a sustainable society in which we would like to live? Questionable…

      Apart from a world of never ending, and somewhat frantic action, I think our current currency promotes a sort of “limited opportunities” mindset. I’ll use a contemporary example to explain: Land has always been a valuable asset, and we thought it was because it was limited. I’m not so sure any more… The introduction of “Digital Real-Estate” has shown us that page space on a new website can, for example, become very valuable for potential advertisers, if it gets enough focused traffic. Yet, the site was created in digital space, where an infinite number of sites could also co-exist. The question then is not whether the space is limited, but rather, whether the site owner has contributed something of value, for the right people, that will attract eyes.

      What if, instead of a limited opportunity debt-based economy, we had an infinite opportunity economy based on members of society creating and sharing what actually brings value. Life would be very different, indeed.

      Something to chew on anyway. 🙂

      Below is a pretty good place to learn about one form of “open currency.” I had another example that did a better job of following my ideal of an “non-debt based economy,” but I can’t seem to find it for the life of me.

  • Hello there Austin!! Hope your day was great, Really enjoyed meeting you and listening today 2-22-2011 message at the “Big Bass” country store, In Prattville Alabama, Yea I was the dude that was so nosy with the cowboy hat on!! I hope you do great and have alot of fun!!!

    Gary Tapley

    • Gary,

      It was great meeting you as well and sharing the story with you! No worries about being nosy. When you skate down the highway with a giant American flag, you really have to expect people to be curious. 🙂 Good talking to you.

      – Austin

  • Austin, I see that the TV station got in touch with you at Wal-Mart in Monroe, LA. Hope that you have a safe journey to Calif. It was very nice to meet you Keep up the good work, I was also very proud to see you with our flag, my son is in the Air Force and I’m going to follow you to see where you are every evening. Take care, Anita

    Oh I’m the lady that stopped you on the worst road in LA Hwy 80 outside of Rayville, LA.

    • Anita,

      It was very nice to meet you too, and of course I remember you. That was a bad road… 🙂 Yeah, the interview went really well, and we actually were able to make some friends in Monroe. I’m glad you’ll be following along. It really helps to know that people are staying engaged. I had a good portion of the tour where that was not the case, and it felt like I was the only person believing in this. That flag has come to mean so much more to me over the course of this tour. I’ve had this sort of side mission of rediscovering its meaning. Ultimately, I think it will come to represent more than the idea of freedom and a life well lived. It is coming to represent the people of this country. With all that’s wrong in this country, it’s too easy to forget that there are still some pretty great people who live here. I know; I’ve met them. I hope the best for your son. I’m sure that his time in the Air Force is giving him a new appreciation for the nation he serves.

      Stay in touch!

      – Austin

  • Austin,
    I am so proud of you! Keep up the good work and I promise I will do what I can to help relay the message. Just regret that I can’t help more. Just know that whatever you want to do you can as long as you want to do it bad enough. Obstacles are what you see between you and your goals, just take them one at a time.
    Sure wish we would have had more time to talk.
    Best of luck in your journey and know that I love you and have you in my prayers. Again, keep up the good work.
    Love ya,

    • Cindy,

      You were the best part of my day! Thanks so much for your time and your support! It meant more than you know. Our talk was quite inspirational to me, and it really is people like yourself that keep me going. I’ll email you in a second here, so you can contact me directly. Feel free to write me any time!

      Thanks again,

      – Austin “The Freedom Skater”

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