Matt Karamazov is creating A Better-Educated and More Humane Society
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First off, thank you for even CONSIDERING supporting me in my creative work, and also in my human rights work. I'm pretty sure that makes you some sort of hero. In any event, you're a hero to me!

If you're a reader of my website, MattKaramazov.com, then you probably know that I'm on my way to reading 1,000 books before I turn 30.

So far, these include classics like The Republic and Paradise Lost, business books like Good to Great and The Effective Executive, personal development books like Turning Pro and The Slight Edge, psychology books like The Sane Society and The Denial of Death, etc.

It's basically the collective wisdom of humanity slowly gathering inside my brain.

While I can't even accurately DESCRIBE the wonderful things that books have done for me in my own life, I will tell you that I've made a commitment to taking notes on every single book that I've ever read, and making those notes available online for interesting and curious people like you.

All of my notes are separated by book and by year, and supporting me on the second tier (right-hand side of this page) means that you will get ALL of those study notes sent to you (updated monthly with notes from every book I've read in the past month), as well as my "master" document containing the best study notes from every book I've ever read.

As of right now, that master document alone is over 400 pages long!

But don't think that you're going to become some sort of genius just by reading my notes. One of the things I've learned from reading hundreds and hundreds of books is that I don't know ANYTHING, compared to what there IS to know out there.

That's both scary and exhilarating at the exact same time. I wish that feeling on everyone.

The available knowledge out there, just waiting for your discovery, staggers the imagination. It's funny how I'm actually getting stupider (not a real word, I know), since every time I learn one new thing, I find THREE new things that I didn't even KNOW that I didn't know.

So reading widely is basically an exercise in radical humility, and it's not something you'll ever regret doing.

ANYWAYS, let me tell you a little bit about why I joined Patreon, why I need your help, and what's in it for you, in no particular order...

WHAT YOU GET:

1) By supporting me at the first tier, you get access to the Patron-only stream where you'll be among the first to know about EVERY new and exciting thing coming down the pipe, and where I try to provide as much value to my patrons as I possibly can (e.g. discounts and free stuff).

It's just $1/month to support me at that level, and although it may not seem like much to give, every pledge means something special and is sincerely appreciated.

You're showing me that my work has affected you in some way, and that's incredibly motivating to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

2) I take notes on everything I read, and after a long time of reading 100+ books every year, that collection of notes has grown to over 400 pages! Support me at this level and you will receive ALL of my current book notes, and I will send you an updated version of my notes as they become available. Check out my reading list at MattKaramazov.com to see which books I've read and taken notes on so far. For $10/month, it's an awesome investment in yourself!

3) By supporting me at the third tier, not only will you get all of my book notes from the previous tier and access to my Patron-only stream, but you will receive a free copy of every book that I've ever written, and access to a monthly video Q&A where I answer YOUR questions personally. Just email me your question(s) and I'll create a special video with my answer. This is $25/month and you'd make this writer extremely happy to receive your support at this level.

4) We're not even gonna really talk about the fourth tier, because it's $100/month. If you decide to donate this much to little old me, we're gonna have to talk about what I might be able to do for you. Obviously, you get everything in the previous tiers, but please let me know what else I might be able to provide. 

WHAT YOU CAN HELP WITH:

1) My website expenses come close to $100 every month, and that is growing all the time, as my influence expands. From website hosting, to my email service, to virtual assistants that I hire occasionally, the costs add up.

So your generous contribution would be a HUGE help in keeping the website sustainable and helping me to keep turning pages for years to come!

2) Books and coffee just go together; I can't explain it. I drink a lot of coffee and I spend a lot of money on books (and on library late fees!), so if you could toss a few dollars my way for a cup of coffee, that would mean everything to me.

I definitely spend a few hundred dollars a year on books too, so your contribution could help buy a new book for me too! Make sure to buy yourself one as well!

3) In the end though, my human rights work is the focus of my life. It's taken me a long time to get to the point where I've made this a priority, but with each passing day, I'm becoming more and more acutely aware that there are a great mass of people who desperately need my help. OUR help.

Thousands of children under the age of five years old STARVE TO DEATH each and every day, and I've seen some of them with my own eyes. I sit here with my books and my coffee and my modern conveniences, and meanwhile there are millions of human beings who are silently begging for my help.

Again, OUR help.

I have to do what I can to answer them. And I have to try and convince good, decent, and caring people like you to hear their stories and to take action.

I've started a nonprofit, The Volunteer Incentives Program, and I've been funding it myself. We basically reward volunteers with discounts from local (and online) businesses just for tracking their own volunteer hours. Then we donate a percentage of that discount (25% of it, to be precise) to Doctors Without Borders, the international humanitarian relief organization.

Supporting my Patreon would help me take this initiative to the next level.

It's a struggle right now (struggle can be good for you, though), working 5-7 nights a week at 5 different jobs (bouncing, hospital security, cleaning, writing, and running my nonprofit), trying to put all this together and do my part to help relieve global suffering.

I'm not telling you how hard I work because I'm interested in sympathy;
I recognize that life is HARD, man! Life is SUFFERING (that's the First Noble Truth of the Buddha).

But I believe in the power of books and education to transform individual lives, and I believe in the power of the internet to build communities and establish movements.

Supporting my Patreon would allow me to put more money into my nonprofit and it would help replace the income from one or more of my jobs so that I can dedicate more time to building The Volunteer Incentives Program into some kind of force for good in the world.

Because, as I've also come to ask myself as a result of reading so many amazing books, What are we here for if not to make life a little less difficult for each other?

MY NEXT PATREON GOAL:

The next milestone that I'd like to hit is to have 5 people (just five!) supporting me on Patreon.

If those five people each pledged at the third tier, then not only would it almost completely cover my web expenses for the month, but it would also give me a MASSIVE shot of motivation to really double down on what I've been doing and make an even bigger impact on the world.

So check out the rewards on the right-hand side of the page and see if you might be interested in any of them!

But even you don't end up pledging (and no hard feelings if you don't) you can still do me a favor by going out, finding just one person who believes that they're all alone in the world, and convincing them that they're not.

All the best,

Matt Karamazov

ADDITIONAL LINKS:


Below are some of the best non-profits that are well-deserving of your time and/or money. If you don't donate to me, I'd still be tremendously grateful if you would consider donating to any one of them:

Giving What We Can

Doctors Without Borders

Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International

The Volunteer Incentives Program

Also, here is a link to my website, the place where you can download my new ebook on self-discipline for free, as well as enroll (for free) in my daily email course on the "Great Books". I've also linked here to my nonprofit, The Volunteer Incentives Program where you can get paid just for tracking your volunteer hours.

Tiers
Thanks for the Tip!
$1 or more per month
It may not seem like much to give, but every pledge means something special and is sincerely appreciated. 


You're showing me that my work has affected you in some way, and that can only motivate me to work harder for your benefit. 


You'll also gain access to my Patron-only stream, which means you'll be the first to hear about crazy discounts and free stuff that I put out from time to time. Thank you!

All My Book Notes
$10 or more per month
I take notes on everything I read, and after a long time of reading 100+ books every year, that collection of notes has grown to over 400 pages! 


Pledge at this level and you will receive all of my current book notes, and I will send you an updated version of my notes as they become available. 


Check out my reading list at MattKaramazov.com to see which books I've read and taken notes on so far.

Monthly Q&A
$25 or more per month
You're an incredible person for even considering pledging at this level! 


Not only will you get all of my book notes from the first and second tiers and access to my Patron-only stream, but you will receive a free copy of every book that I've ever written, and access to a monthly video Q&A where I answer YOUR questions personally. Email me your question(s) and I'll make a special video with my answer.

Zarathustra
$100 or more per month
Wow, thank you! Let's talk about what you need. 
Goals
5 of 10 patrons
Several heroic individuals took the leap already and pledged to support me in my work. Will you be next? 

Ten patrons could cover all my website costs for the month and help me to reach even more people with my message of personal responsibility and the power of books to change lives!
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First off, thank you for even CONSIDERING supporting me in my creative work, and also in my human rights work. I'm pretty sure that makes you some sort of hero. In any event, you're a hero to me!

If you're a reader of my website, MattKaramazov.com, then you probably know that I'm on my way to reading 1,000 books before I turn 30.

So far, these include classics like The Republic and Paradise Lost, business books like Good to Great and The Effective Executive, personal development books like Turning Pro and The Slight Edge, psychology books like The Sane Society and The Denial of Death, etc.

It's basically the collective wisdom of humanity slowly gathering inside my brain.

While I can't even accurately DESCRIBE the wonderful things that books have done for me in my own life, I will tell you that I've made a commitment to taking notes on every single book that I've ever read, and making those notes available online for interesting and curious people like you.

All of my notes are separated by book and by year, and supporting me on the second tier (right-hand side of this page) means that you will get ALL of those study notes sent to you (updated monthly with notes from every book I've read in the past month), as well as my "master" document containing the best study notes from every book I've ever read.

As of right now, that master document alone is over 400 pages long!

But don't think that you're going to become some sort of genius just by reading my notes. One of the things I've learned from reading hundreds and hundreds of books is that I don't know ANYTHING, compared to what there IS to know out there.

That's both scary and exhilarating at the exact same time. I wish that feeling on everyone.

The available knowledge out there, just waiting for your discovery, staggers the imagination. It's funny how I'm actually getting stupider (not a real word, I know), since every time I learn one new thing, I find THREE new things that I didn't even KNOW that I didn't know.

So reading widely is basically an exercise in radical humility, and it's not something you'll ever regret doing.

ANYWAYS, let me tell you a little bit about why I joined Patreon, why I need your help, and what's in it for you, in no particular order...

WHAT YOU GET:

1) By supporting me at the first tier, you get access to the Patron-only stream where you'll be among the first to know about EVERY new and exciting thing coming down the pipe, and where I try to provide as much value to my patrons as I possibly can (e.g. discounts and free stuff).

It's just $1/month to support me at that level, and although it may not seem like much to give, every pledge means something special and is sincerely appreciated.

You're showing me that my work has affected you in some way, and that's incredibly motivating to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

2) I take notes on everything I read, and after a long time of reading 100+ books every year, that collection of notes has grown to over 400 pages! Support me at this level and you will receive ALL of my current book notes, and I will send you an updated version of my notes as they become available. Check out my reading list at MattKaramazov.com to see which books I've read and taken notes on so far. For $10/month, it's an awesome investment in yourself!

3) By supporting me at the third tier, not only will you get all of my book notes from the previous tier and access to my Patron-only stream, but you will receive a free copy of every book that I've ever written, and access to a monthly video Q&A where I answer YOUR questions personally. Just email me your question(s) and I'll create a special video with my answer. This is $25/month and you'd make this writer extremely happy to receive your support at this level.

4) We're not even gonna really talk about the fourth tier, because it's $100/month. If you decide to donate this much to little old me, we're gonna have to talk about what I might be able to do for you. Obviously, you get everything in the previous tiers, but please let me know what else I might be able to provide. 

WHAT YOU CAN HELP WITH:

1) My website expenses come close to $100 every month, and that is growing all the time, as my influence expands. From website hosting, to my email service, to virtual assistants that I hire occasionally, the costs add up.

So your generous contribution would be a HUGE help in keeping the website sustainable and helping me to keep turning pages for years to come!

2) Books and coffee just go together; I can't explain it. I drink a lot of coffee and I spend a lot of money on books (and on library late fees!), so if you could toss a few dollars my way for a cup of coffee, that would mean everything to me.

I definitely spend a few hundred dollars a year on books too, so your contribution could help buy a new book for me too! Make sure to buy yourself one as well!

3) In the end though, my human rights work is the focus of my life. It's taken me a long time to get to the point where I've made this a priority, but with each passing day, I'm becoming more and more acutely aware that there are a great mass of people who desperately need my help. OUR help.

Thousands of children under the age of five years old STARVE TO DEATH each and every day, and I've seen some of them with my own eyes. I sit here with my books and my coffee and my modern conveniences, and meanwhile there are millions of human beings who are silently begging for my help.

Again, OUR help.

I have to do what I can to answer them. And I have to try and convince good, decent, and caring people like you to hear their stories and to take action.

I've started a nonprofit, The Volunteer Incentives Program, and I've been funding it myself. We basically reward volunteers with discounts from local (and online) businesses just for tracking their own volunteer hours. Then we donate a percentage of that discount (25% of it, to be precise) to Doctors Without Borders, the international humanitarian relief organization.

Supporting my Patreon would help me take this initiative to the next level.

It's a struggle right now (struggle can be good for you, though), working 5-7 nights a week at 5 different jobs (bouncing, hospital security, cleaning, writing, and running my nonprofit), trying to put all this together and do my part to help relieve global suffering.

I'm not telling you how hard I work because I'm interested in sympathy;
I recognize that life is HARD, man! Life is SUFFERING (that's the First Noble Truth of the Buddha).

But I believe in the power of books and education to transform individual lives, and I believe in the power of the internet to build communities and establish movements.

Supporting my Patreon would allow me to put more money into my nonprofit and it would help replace the income from one or more of my jobs so that I can dedicate more time to building The Volunteer Incentives Program into some kind of force for good in the world.

Because, as I've also come to ask myself as a result of reading so many amazing books, What are we here for if not to make life a little less difficult for each other?

MY NEXT PATREON GOAL:

The next milestone that I'd like to hit is to have 5 people (just five!) supporting me on Patreon.

If those five people each pledged at the third tier, then not only would it almost completely cover my web expenses for the month, but it would also give me a MASSIVE shot of motivation to really double down on what I've been doing and make an even bigger impact on the world.

So check out the rewards on the right-hand side of the page and see if you might be interested in any of them!

But even you don't end up pledging (and no hard feelings if you don't) you can still do me a favor by going out, finding just one person who believes that they're all alone in the world, and convincing them that they're not.

All the best,

Matt Karamazov

ADDITIONAL LINKS:


Below are some of the best non-profits that are well-deserving of your time and/or money. If you don't donate to me, I'd still be tremendously grateful if you would consider donating to any one of them:

Giving What We Can

Doctors Without Borders

Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International

The Volunteer Incentives Program

Also, here is a link to my website, the place where you can download my new ebook on self-discipline for free, as well as enroll (for free) in my daily email course on the "Great Books". I've also linked here to my nonprofit, The Volunteer Incentives Program where you can get paid just for tracking your volunteer hours.

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Tiers
Thanks for the Tip!
$1 or more per month
It may not seem like much to give, but every pledge means something special and is sincerely appreciated. 


You're showing me that my work has affected you in some way, and that can only motivate me to work harder for your benefit. 


You'll also gain access to my Patron-only stream, which means you'll be the first to hear about crazy discounts and free stuff that I put out from time to time. Thank you!

All My Book Notes
$10 or more per month
I take notes on everything I read, and after a long time of reading 100+ books every year, that collection of notes has grown to over 400 pages! 


Pledge at this level and you will receive all of my current book notes, and I will send you an updated version of my notes as they become available. 


Check out my reading list at MattKaramazov.com to see which books I've read and taken notes on so far.

Monthly Q&A
$25 or more per month
You're an incredible person for even considering pledging at this level! 


Not only will you get all of my book notes from the first and second tiers and access to my Patron-only stream, but you will receive a free copy of every book that I've ever written, and access to a monthly video Q&A where I answer YOUR questions personally. Email me your question(s) and I'll make a special video with my answer.

Zarathustra
$100 or more per month
Wow, thank you! Let's talk about what you need.