Guardian Academy FAQ [Start Here] - Will Be Updated Frequently
Level 1 - ...And That's Okay
Welcome future Guardian!
You are probably reading this article because you heard someone talking about the Guardian Academy, but you don’t know what the heck it is! So, below is a FAQ to help you orient yourself and determine “is this for me”? It will be updated regularly.
What is the Guardian Academy?
In One Sentence: The Guardian Academy brings together individuals on a shared journey of growth and self-mastery, as they discover their unique strengths, form meaningful connections, and contribute to the world around them.
Why Am I Here?
This is a deep question. I can’t answer why you exist. But I can attempt to answer why you are here reading this post.
You might be here because either:
Someone told you to check out the Guardian Academy, and here you are!
Have a poke around to see if what we share vibes with you.
You feel disconnected from your purpose. Perhaps it is causing you to feel a little bit stuck. And you’re ready to go on a journey of self mastery.
If this is you, start poking around our free articles. You might make the leap and subscribe for more in-depth posts, access to the team and our partners. But don’t rush it. More on this in a minute.
You feel as though you are living on purpose in some areas of your life. Perhaps you’ve crushed it in business. But there are other areas where you want to grow and develop self mastery.
You want to surround yourself with a community of others doing the same. And perhaps, you feel a drive to give back.
If this is you, pay attention to the section below where we discuss becoming a Guardian.
Why are WE here?
The team, partners, and Guardians of The Guardian Academy are here to live to learn, and give to earn. We are not gurus. But we are committed to developing self sufficiency and removing suffering from ourselves. We’re also committed to sharing what we learn for others who want to do the same.
TGA is not our primary income source, so we are not going to hard sell you or try to convince you of anything. If you want to just consume all our free stuff, that’s OK! We’d prefer you actually take action on what is useful for you. If you remove suffering from yourself and contribute positively to this world, that’s all we ask.
But we offer two ways to go deeper if you want to plug in to the community and have some more guidance along the way.
Paid Subscription and Q&A
I’m going to do something weird here and say, “don’t join yet.”Why?
It’s not one of our commandments, but a common lesson we teach is “if the answer isn’t clear, the best action is to wait.”
Just because it’s only $10, we don’t want you to start your journey with us by YOLOing into a decision you aren’t clear about. See commandment #10. When you’re ready, it’s $10 per month and gives you access to all of our articles + access to us for Q&A.
Paid subscribers can ask questions related to the post in the comments. This process of having a dialogue makes the posts better.
Becoming A Guardian
A lot of adults stopped learning a long time ago.
We value ongoing learning so much so that it’s the 5th commandment of the Guardian Academy. Becoming a paid subscriber gives you access to all of our content that helps you get what you want out of life. And the Q&A hopefully serves to help you put it into action. You haven’t learned it until you’ve lived it.
But our underpinning principle isn’t just “live to learn”.
It is also about giving to earn.
When you become a Guardian of the Guardian Academy you have done the work to remove suffering from yourself, and just by doing that you have contributed to the world in a positive way.
Perhaps you have found your purpose along the way. And we want to support you on your path.
If you want to give something back - whether to the Guardian Academy community or to the world - we want to help you do it.
Becoming a Guardian means you get direct access to the team, our partners, and all of the other legends who put in the work to earn their status as a Guardian.
I’m not going to try to convince you to become a Guardian because this isn’t a coaching program. It is something that you earn your way into. There is a way to pay directly into Guardian but you will still be asked to contribute and we want to make sure that you’re a good fit.
Sure, you get access to our team, partners, and a community of other people who have done the work and are contributing to the world in a positive way.
But becoming a Guardian is about who you become in the process more so than “what you get.”
If you’d like to learn more about the process, start here. [Guardian Is Currently Invite or “Earn in” Only].
What Are Capstones?
As I just pointed out, becoming a Guardian is a process. One of the requirements of a Guardian is a submission of a capstone project.
So what is a Capstone?
A Capstone is a project which you undertake to display what you have learned from the Guardian Academy. Remember, we believe learning is changing your behavior based on new information. You have not learned just because you read a post.
The Capstone project helps to shift you from a consumer of information to a producer of change.
A Capstone project can be delivered in whatever format suits your game.
We’ve had quite a few Guardians do this through recording podcast episodes.And we’d love to invite you to go way outside the box. Do an interpretive dance, or a stand up comedy set. We’ll love it, as long as it is uniquely you.
If you’d like to learn more about the Capstone Process: https://join.guardianacademy.io/capstone
TGA Partners & Collaborators
Being a member of the Guardian Academy gets you access to our partners who are at the top of their field. You can check out our growing list of partners here which includes Olympians, Best Selling Authors, and some of the best minds in business and investing.
We also support up and coming contributors from inside the Guardian Academy who have displayed competence in their are of expertise and consistently contribute to the community.
Sometimes we support these contributors by funding their initiatives, donating to their charities, sending them business referrals, and more.
But joining TGA doesn’t mean that we will endorse you. This isn’t a “get endorsed quick” opportunity. But we will help you develop skills to be the type of person worth endorsing.
See Guardian Academy Structure post for a better understanding of how we approach this.
Micro Step If Needed
There is no reason to take huge leaps. Especially if you are short on time or money or a leap would introduce a lot of risk. Take small steps, work the process, build confidence. It can be difficult to be patient, but it pays off.
The more small steps you take, the more you will learn. Learning is always a positive thing.
Simple Financial Framework
We are investors and builders. We love crypto and we love real estate. Do not blindly follow anything you see anyone else at the Guardian Academy doing. We have a framework we recommend:
Clarity: Know your solvable problem number. This means you know how much you need and by when.
Certainty: Get on track to reaching that number through building, creating and providing value.
Collapsing Time: Once you are on track, then higher risk/higher upside investments might make sense using only the overage.*
*You can also choose to take overage off the table entirely, decreasing total risk. This would not collapse time, but it would increase certainty. This is entirely up to you and your tolerance for risk.
It also breaks down our version of “financial independence” - Dan Nicholson’s Solvable Problem. It’s different for everyone.
We will get deep into crypto, investing, and building business. Building business or income that you can scale with leverage comes first. Why?
Because if your job or business does not have you “on track” to reach your goals in reasonable timeline - growing your business and increasing your pay is a higher priority than investing in crypto, stocks and other assets.
This is not a one size fits all, it’s a very broad stroke. And it’s not tactical, it’s skill development based. The world is changing rapidly, developing the skills that increase income is far more beneficial than knowing the tactics that work right now.
The fastest skill to learn is sales. You can become good-enough at sales over a dedicated weekend and some contacts with reality (doing the thing). If you can sell you will always have the ability to earn and increase your own income - you can sell your own stuff or someone else’s stuff. There will always be a market for people that can sell. Getting good at sales often represents an income increase, but has a ceiling - you can’t sell in your sleep.
Unless you learn how to sell one to many through copy, webinars, etc. Those take longer to learn/master, we put them under the next category.
There are many great sales trainers inside the Guardian Academy. We will add them to this directory as they contribute to the community. Start with reading: “Never Split The Difference” by our friend Chris Voss.
The second skill to learn is marketing. Marketing takes longer to learn, but it has a much higher ceiling. Most people should learn copywriting, first. Don’t worry about AI or any of that jazz, learning to write copy is learning to communicate to an audience effectively. If you can write copy you can market or sell on any medium using the same frameworks.
The hardest skill to learn with the most earning potential is product. Good product takes time and many iterations. If it’s good enough, your customers become both your marketing and your sales department. Product encompasses how the buyer feels before, during and after the purchase, the ease of use, and the degree to which expectations are met.
Generally, we recommend learning them in that order; sales, marketing, then product.
If you’d like to learn more about the tools and tactics derived from TGA principles used in marketing and advertising you can visit:
The Guardian Academy is not designed to help you make “as much money as possible, as fast possible” - it’s designed to help you reach your goals and fulfill your mission - whatever that is. We also realize sometimes finances are a limit - especially if your mission is an expensive one. If you do the work, you will make it.
We’re here to help.
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