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A Wake-Up Call (And What Happened Next)

December 20, 2022  

By Charlie Hutton

December 20, 2022

Deep down I didn’t want to share this with you… 

But it’s insightful so I thought it best to swallow my pride. 

See, last week I was taking the last applications of the year for The Fellowship.

And there was this one man.

… Let’s call him JU.

A man that I liked… 

A man that I was 100% certain I could help…

A man that I believed (despite his profession – recruitment) had integrity and grit.

Turns out, I was wrong.

… Despite offering him a seat at the table.

… Despite him accepting.

… And despite him swearing blind he would call back to put down the deposit.

He vanished from the face of the earth. 

  • No call to admit he wasn’t ready.
  • No email to explain this was not the best time.
  • No reach out to discuss direction.

‘Ghosted’ I think is the term. 

Turns out that there is still little honour among thieves.

Truth is, I don’t mind the “no”.

However, I do mind the dicking around.

Now, I’ll be honest, behind the mask, I’m pretty ashamed about the whole situation.

Over the last eight years of running this movement and forging self-made men in fire – I feel like I am a pretty good judge of backbone and bullshit.

Yet – someone still managed to pull the wool over my eyes.

The worse part being, I felt guilty for almost contaminating this group, with this new member and his toxic behaviour… because I swore blind to protect the men here, with an iron fist.

Anyway… here’s how I’m now treating the whole situation:


… Because I don’t know about you, but me, I take this shit personally. 

Talking to Emma about it, she shrugged…

“Is he a wanker? Better to find out someone’s a prick before you get into bed with them.” 

And she is right. 

Right now there is far too much of this shit happening… 

… A rise in dickhead demands…

… A rise in late payments… 


Something that should never be tolerated and needs a swift bullet to the back of the head.

Time to be RUTHLESS.

And let me be clear – that means…

… Ruthlessly charging what you are worth…

… Ruthlessly working with good people… 

… Ruthlessly turning down shit work…

At all costs. 

What I’d call the ruthless rapid deployment of One Man Empire Iron Law #9:

No Dickheads Allowed.

Anyway – more on rapid deployment and the two other pillars of progress in this new economy below:


Make More. Provide More. Be More.

Charlie Hutton 

  1. If you apply for a seat… If you then get offered a spot…  and if you then swear an oath to join us – fucking do it.

Truth is, if you don’t, you will be the one that misses out.

It will no longer be skin off my nose.

In fact, it will be you who has to live with the consequences of could have been.


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