Do Not Despise Small Beginnings – An Incredible True Story That You May Find Hard To Believe

Michael Snyder

It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Well, I would like to share a little bit of my journey with you, and hopefully this will inspire someone out there. We live in a day and age when you don’t have to be a celebrity to make a difference. I know this is true because ten years ago I was about as anonymous as you could possibly get. I was newly married and working as a lawyer in the heart of Washington D.C. not too far from the White House. That may sound glamorous to you, but it definitely was not. Approximately one out of every 12 residents of D.C. is a lawyer according to some estimates, and so they are a dime a dozen. And my work was about as meaningless as you could get. If there was a lawyer version of a toilet scrubber, that would have been me. Nobody knew who I was, and nobody cared who I was. I was having no real measurable impact on the world around me, but I wanted to. I just didn’t know how.

In 2008, I started to look into something called blogging. I learned that there were more than a million blogs already on the Internet by that time, and so I had no idea why anyone would possibly want to read anything that I had to say, but I decided to try it. I began with a few free Blogger blogs, and my readership in those days could have been measured with a magnifying glass.

But I stuck with it.

And that is one of the keys to success in any area of life. So many people give up if they don’t have immediate success. And that is so sad, because all “overnight success stories” had to start somewhere.

So do not despise small beginnings – they can ultimately lead to something great.

Eventually my readership began to grow, and the real turning point for me came when I left the legal world at the end of 2009 and started The Economic Collapse Blog. Of course that had very humble beginnings as well. The first month the site was live I only had about 4,800 pageviews. But that was a whole lot more than I had before.

Very early on I decided that I was going to try to put out the highest quality articles that I could possibly write, and people really responded to that. They knew that they weren’t getting straight answers about the economy from the mainstream media, and they were seeking out alternative sources of information. We have seen the “alternative media” absolutely explode in recent years, and I am proud to be part of that revolution.

In early 2010, my wife and I decided to take a leap and move across the country to a little town outside of Seattle, Washington. We didn’t really have much money, so it was kind of a crazy thing to do. But we felt called to do it, so by faith we packed up our lives and moved all the way across the continent. We figured that I could make a little money writing and she could make a little money painting furniture and we could figure out a way to survive somehow.

We spent a little over a year out near Seattle, and during that time The Economic Collapse Blog started to grow by leaps and bounds. We also had other websites such as End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News that were really starting to grow as well, and so we felt secure enough to seek out a more permanent home. That was always the plan anyway, because we wanted to get away from the large population centers.

God eventually led us to a wonderful home in the mountains in a very isolated part of the northwest United States. And my wife and I both agree that this is the best place that either of us have ever lived. We absolutely love the peace and quiet, and the view that we have across the valley is priceless. I could have very easily sat up on that mountain living a very quiet life for the rest of my days and been very happy.

But God had other things in mind for us. When we moved up there, we believed that God was instructing us to prepare for what He wanted us to do. So we studied, and we prayed and we kept working on our websites. And then we studied, and we prayed and we worked some more. We never knew what kinds of doors God was going to open up for us. By faith we just tried to do what we believed that He was instructing us to do.

And of course many of you already know about the amazing doors that God has been opening up for us over the past few years. He is doing things that I never even would have imagined asking Him to do.

The reason why I am sharing all of this is to say that if someone like me can be used to make a difference, so can you.

If a completely anonymous Washington D.C. lawyer can move to the mountains in the middle of nowhere and be used to touch millions of lives all over the planet, that just shows that all things are possible with God.

Of course not everyone has a talent for writing. But we all have some way to make a difference. Individually, each one of us in limited, but collectively we can make a massive difference in this world if we are willing to work together.

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a rock star someday, but to this day I still don’t have any musical talent. However, there are people out there with amazing gifts in that area, and I often find myself in awe of their talents.

Other people can make a different in other areas. What some people are about to do with YouTube videos absolutely amazes me. Others write gripping novels or host amazing radio shows. And yet others organize street protests or get heavily involved in local politics.

We all have different gifts and abilities, and we all have ways that we can make a difference.

Part of my message is to warn people about the incredibly hard times that are coming, but part of my message is also to give hope to people so that they can come through those hard times.

You may choose to curse the darkness when it comes, but I plan on lighting a candle.

No matter how bad things get, I will not bend, I will not break and I will not fear. It is when times are the darkest that the greatest heroes are needed, and we need people that are going to be willing to face the great challenges that are coming with tremendous strength and courage.

Even in the midst of all of the chaos and all of the darkness, my wife and I believe that the greatest chapters of our lives are still ahead of us.

And we invite you to work with us to make a difference. God took the broken pieces of my life and turned them into a beautiful thing, and He can do the same thing for you.

No matter how hard things may seem right now, please do not give up.

It’s not over.

In fact, your future is only just beginning, and all things are possible…

(Originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog)

3 thoughts on “Do Not Despise Small Beginnings – An Incredible True Story That You May Find Hard To Believe”

  1. I do take some inspiration from you, Michael, and have also touched a few of those same bases:

    I lived in Seattle for almost twenty years and have now moved to a farm up in a mountain valley, too. We have the capacity on the farm to grow our own food if need be and to provide growing space for hundreds of people in the communities around us if the time comes that there is a food shortage. We have topsoil that is over four feet deep and are surrounded on all sides by mountain views and have wildlife all over the farm — deer, bears, cougars, coyotes, eagles, hawks, owls, salmon, etc. In a time of droughts, we have abundant water with four streams flanking and crossing our property and two wells of the best-tasting water on earth. On the first day of owners of the farm, I got a photo of the most brilliant rainbow I’ve seen in my life over the farm — a rainbow that had rays of light streaming down from it as if it were a big lens in heaven shining down on us.

    I started writing about the economy right after the economic collapse in 2008, syndicating articles to a few newspapers. I started because I had predicted the economic collapse back in 2007 to my wife and convinced her to get her family to sell a small family estate before the housing market collapsed, which I said would turn into a global collapse. When all of that happened with the timing I thought it would, I felt the desire to start writing about this because I could see the directions taken by George Bush to stimulate the economy and bail out the banks were going to be an even bigger disaster.

    The newspaper articles didn’t even make me enough money to bother with collecting the checks that were due to me, so I let it go after about half a year; but I had enjoyed the writing. In 2011, I was writing almost daily to a Chinese friend of mine who is an investor and was once a stock broker, and I told him that the US credit rating would be taken down a notch in August due to the Republican brinksmanship that was being played out over the national debt and that this would cause a horrible stock market crash. I said that would happen, even though the Republicans had no intention of actually defaulting on the debt. It would happen because ONLY THE REPUBLICANS knew they did not intend to actually carry us over the edge. Credit agencies would not sit around and wait to find out, and the nation’s credit would be damaged whether Republicans actually took us over that edge or not. And that’s exactly what happened.

    So, that’s when I decided to start writing about it again. Like you, I’d heard that people had good success with blogs, so I started a blog. This time I decided to stay with it. For four years, it didn’t make a dime. It only cost me money to keep it running. It was a long slog, but I kept at it simply because I felt compelled to write on the subject and hoped that some day tenacity would pay off. I got only about 100 page views a day … for YEARS. Very discouraging, and so I reached a point where I was going to quit if it didn’t take off because it takes a huge amount of time, and it’s not worth doing if almost no one is reading it.

    I had always believed that, if I staid with it, was consistent on what I say and believe, did the best I could to write good articles, that it would take off when the events that I believed were about to happen started to happen. Being FULLY convinced at the start of 2015 that the entire world would be deep into economic collapse by the fall and that the US stock market would crash, I belt my blog on that outcome, figuring if I was wrong on something I was that convinced of, I didn’t have anything worth sharing anyway, though I had been right at other points in the past in seeing what most others were not. I’d rather stop writing than make wrong predictions.

    Like you, I’ve written in the past about biblical prophecy. In the process, I’ve encountered numerous wannabe prophets who claim things are happening in the name of God that NEVER HAPPEN. I’ve gotten sick of that sort of thing. I make now claims that any prediction I’ve made on the economy is of divine origin; but, even so, the last thing I’d want to do is be a fear monger making big proclamations of horrible events that never happen. So, if I was wrong about what was coming at the end of 2015, I decided I would definitely hang up my pen on the subject of economics, rather than inflict the world with fear mongering about bad times that don’t materialize. I hate it when people do such things in God’s name, and I don’t want to even be a part of doing it in my own name. So, even if the website became a huge success, I would absolutely hang it up, if things did not unfold as I had said.

    As fall came around, I noted that it was clear the economy around the world was clearly in a state of collapse, but said the crash in August of the stock market was not the crash I had been talking about, but it was a foreshock. I said the actual crash would begin on December 16 when the Fed would finally raise interest rates because it would feel compelled to do so before the year ended. The crash would start (in a counterintuitive manner) by going up, not down. Then it would curve down, and then at some point go over a cliff; but we’d be able to look back at that date as the turning point.

    During December my blog finally started building some real readership, moving from the constant average of 100 page views a day to an average that is more around 2,000 to 4,000. That’s still not enough to even begin to pay any bills, but it got a breath of life. As the economy did seem to follow the path I thought it would, I’ve continued with the writing.

    I’m not an economist or a lawyer. I’m a writer by training, and this has been my chosen subject for several years because it seemed to be something I have a knack for. (Like you say, different areas of ability for different people. I write on this because I felt I had something to share. if the website had not picked up in December, I would have quit writing on the subject for good and just focused on developing my farm, even if the economy had gone the way I thought it would. Likewise, if the website had blasted into success but the economy didn’t go the way I said it would, I would have still quit writing on the subject for good, too. In the first situation, there is no point in continuing to write if no one is listening even when things are going the way you have said they will. In the second case, there is even less good reason to write if many are listening but nothing is going the way you said it would. (Why mislead many with false fears?)

    For a fair amount of the time that I’ve been writing on economics, I’ve also watched your writing grow. I’ve seen articles appear on David Stockton’s website, Zero Hedge and elsewhere. Seen your audio/video interviews start to pop up here and there. I’ve been glad to witness your growing success. It did cause me to think there might still be some reason to keep blogging when I was at a point where I was feeling like it was a big waste of time. Now I see the same thing happening with my own writing and with audio and video interviews. Not on the same scale, but it is finally breathing and taking on some life. So long as there is growing interest and people are finding value in it, I’ll continue. I’ve intentionally structure my career around it this year to make sure that I have time to continue at it, whether its profitable or not.

    What matters is whether there is truth in it and (to me) whether or not there are enough people reading or listening to get value out of it that merits the time I put into it. I am absolutely certain we are this year entering a global transition that will be unlike anything we’ve experienced before. I am certain it will transform the world economically, that it will position us toward a global cashless society, and that it will be a very dark time.

    I don’t personally live in fear of that. Everyday, I see the beauty of God as I look across the acres of grass and mountains and streams around me. We often have a little patch of blue right over the farm when it rains on the mountains around me. That’s been the case wherever I’ve lived for the past ten years. Here in the Cascades, on Diamond Head in Hawaii, at Ko’Olina Resort in Hawaii on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. I’ve been blessed with abundant rainbows and blue skies directly overhead and an extraordinary amount of God’s beauty around me … even when I have at time been financially broke. Sometimes I’ve made a great living. Sometimes, I’ve been nearly destitute. But in both times, I’ve been filled with wonder at all of God’s beauty and the joy of knowing God during those times. Some of the worst times have been the very deepest and richest. It’s all good when it’s with God.

    Even though I write on doom and gloom, I’ve always tended to be a very happy person. I prefer to laugh in the face of adversity. So, though the times ahead look very dark to me and I know that adversity will affect me as it does others, I look forward to the richness of seeing God work through those times. I encourage others to focus during these times on your friendships, family and the beauty of God. Ignore the false prophets, and focus on what is good. If what I say, doesn’t happen, ignore me, too. In fact, I’ll ignore me and stop writing on it. After all, I have a lovely mountain farm with more than enough projects to keep me busy every day; so why be a false prophet of doom and gloom for any reason? But if I am right about such things, then I think people need to know what is going to happen and why and have some idea of the timing but to do so with no fear and without alarming others.

    Though I write on this stuff, I never talk about it with anyone among my family or friends who doesn’t want to hear it. I share with those who want to hear and hope that it never creates fear. As we see the world changing and dark clouds bringing down rain all around, keep your eye open for the rainbows that appear within the holes of light that remain. There is still beauty everywhere, even in a storm. Know that, as fierce as the days become, it also all means we are living in the momentous days of Christ’s return. The earth is beautiful. Your friends are beautiful. Your family si beautiful. In the very least, there are pockets of beauty in all of that. Focus on those pockets of beauty and joy. Be thankful for what you have and that you get to witness momentous days. You’re part of the climax of the greatest story on earth; but it’s a real story, and the pain is real. However, there is beauty even in a storm. My wife and I sometimes pull out our lawn chair, here under our little patch of blue and watch the lightning and rain come down on the surrounding mountains and watch the clouds swirl around us.

    We even had a little tornado tear out a huge ancient willow tree right beside our house, but it didn’t hurt us or anything else on the property — just touched down and blew the willow over, then skipped across the highway and over the neighbor’s field and went on down the river. There is majesty in all of it! We had another windstorm tear the roofing off half our barn. I came home from work at night in December and wondered why a tent was pitched out in the field in the middle of a fierce windstorm, only to go out there in the storm, walking in the headlights of my truck, to discover it was the sheet-metal roofing of the barn, pitched up in a peak. I told the story with amusement, and my wife said it was so good to live with someone who didn’t get angry about such things. We both believed God would take care of us, as the story continued howling and the trees leaned hard in the wind and, even though we couldn’t afford to replace the large roof, which was almost new, so a shame to lose it. It turned out to be a literal windfall from God, as the insurance company paid more for the replacement roof than what we actually wound up having to pay to fix it. There are rainbows even in the storm.

    So, as the storm clouds gather this year, look for those patches of blue, appreciate the majesty of the storm, and keep your eyes open for the rainbows! There is great beauty everywhere!

    –David Haggith

  2. There may be millions of other blogs out there in cyberspace, as you stated in the article, but how many of them are as well researched and documented as yours? To quote one of my favorite tv programs: “The truth is out there!” But not much of it can be found in the mainstream news media. Your hard work in getting the message to us is very much appreciated. ~ Wm

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