What the fuck.

We've made many abnormal decisions about what this platform should be and do. As such, we get asked many questions. Below are the WTFs, the rest can be found elsewhere.

What the fuck.

We've made many abnormal decisions about what this platform should be and do. As such, we get asked many questions. Below are the WTFs, the rest can be found elsewhere.

No Years Lost ™ 👌

No Years Lost ™ 👌

We spent three years building this f***er. We hope our years lost, result in no years lost for you.

As young creatives we spent years sacrificing things we loved for the one thing we loved so much we couldn’t live without it. During those years we often dreamt of an easier way, when it never came, we set out to create it.

No Years Lost takes care of the things you hate to do, so you can focus on the things you love to do.

You was never gang, gang, gang, gang.

You was never gang, gang, gang, gang.

Almost everything has undergone a complete transformation since beginning this platform, ideas, assumptions, functionality, design, and the like, but the belief that it should always be exclusive to creatives has remained unchanged. Oddly, this is what we’re asked about most often. More specifically, “Why is No Years Lost invite only?”

Funnily, creatives never ask this. Still, it’s worth answering because it seems to perplex just about everyone else. Those who seem to ask more than anyone else, typically fall into two camps, investors and posers. We’ll speak to that, since it actually helps to answer this question, both wish to be a part of No Years Lost, however, if they were, it would negatively impact the community.

The former cares about user growth, and nothing else. They believe that by keeping the platform closed off, it will fail to grow at high rates, and therefore, fail to make them money. When we respond, we explain that we’re not interested in making them money, we’re interested in making our users money. Our success depends on our users’ success, and nothing else.

Being invite only, protects us from the investor effect, which would reduce you to a number and make you the product. In this model, value is derived from how many mouths we can shovel shit into. If we’re going to shovel shit, it’s to fertilize your garden.

The latter cares about perception, and nothing else. They believe that by belonging to a creative community, it will give others the impression that they are creative, and therefore, elevate their cultural status. When we respond, we explain that creativity isn’t a title or a look, it’s an embodiment. Our users’ credibility depends on our authenticity, and nothing else.

Being invite only, protects us from the poser effect, which would reduce your cultural status by allowing others to borrow from it. In this model, value is derived from how many roses can be plucked from our garden. If we’re going to pluck roses, it’s for you to transplant into your own garden.

You can think of it like this, we’ve tried to build you a creative heaven with a beautiful garden and by making it invite only, you became Saint Peter at the pearly gates. We’ve given you the most important role of all, who gets in and how we grow from here is up to you.

How do I get an invite?

How do I get an invite?

Every new member is given three invites. If you know a current member, perhaps they’ll give you one. Members can also ask for additional invites on your behalf if they’ve run out of their own and feel there are exceptional circumstances.

Apart from that, we’ve also hidden little secrets in obscure places across this beautiful city of ours.

What are you doing with your life?

What are you doing with your life?

Raise your hand if you’ve been confronted with this ridiculous question. Now, raise your middle finger, because, fuck everybody that ever doubted you or your creative endeavours. We know there are a lot of fingers in the air right now, because we were once young creatives in the hustle ourselves. Okay, out of your system? Good, because that’s all we’re going to give you.

As we know, the people who tend to ask this question are typically pursuing very little with their own lives. They wake up, go to work, shut off their brains for eight hours, slug through repitive tasks, go home, watch tv, go to sleep and then repeat five days a week (that’s if they’re lucky.) Most of us call this, “The American Dream,” because it comes with a lawn you get to cut on weekends.

This is the formula for a relatively basic and meaningless existence. Still, it’s an existence that’s been employed by the majority for centuries, and therefore, it’s common and accepted. As we know, anything that doesn’t belong to the majority is quickly marginalized and oppressed. This is where we fall in as creatives and it’s why we get asked this question so often.

The world’s changing rapidly though, and the aforementioned formula no longer works, not unlike the formula before it, which led to the industrial revolution. The majority, or middle class, will crumble as a result, this is something we’re already witnessing. Our politicians promise to bring back these meaningless jobs, they’re awful enough to say it and we’re dumb enough to believe it.

Subsequently, this way of life, will no longer be common or accepted. There’ll be many disheartened people. As creatives, we’ll be called upon by these people, despite years of oppression, and it’s our responsibility to work through this hardship. It’s what we’ve always done anyway, smash the boundaries of human potential through the exploration of our own limitless creativity.

The people who change and improve the world are not doctors, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, or any other likened subcategory, they are creatives, because they take difficult, impossible or unforeseen problems, apply skill and creativity, and create new and meaningful solutions. This is where we’re heading and it’s why we remain optomistic, because we believe in ourselves.

We didn’t build No Years Lost for you to stick your middle finger in the faces of those who once opressed you as you fly past them. We built it so you could extend a helping hand, and say, “This is what I’m doing with my life. Let me show you how it’s done.” The truth is, we all have a bit of creativity in us, it’s what makes us human, and if we’re going to succeed in this new world, it’s going to take every single ounce of it.

They never pay the slaves enough so they can get free, just enough so they can stay alive and come back to work.

Bukowski