Q&A with Daniel Suelo, “The Man Who Quit Money”

Daniel Suelo has been living without using money for 12 years, and is the subject of Mark Sundeen’s book The Man Who Quit Money.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    this is a pretty complex subject
    that I have a lot first hand experience with
    and I know lots of others who can also “live without money”
    but it’s not so much about living without money for me
    (though I haven’t had a day job in about 15 years)
    it’s about living creatively among the Lilliputs
    and co-opting their system for my benefit & avoiding what doesn’t work for me

    PS: living this way doesn’t necessarily require
    that you live like a refugee
    but the programming is so strong
    that many people think “living without money” means poverty
    and live accordingly

    • Juan

      Do you give seminars? Have you written a book or a paper on just how to achieve this?
      I find this topic fascinating and would very much like to know how people can manage this in a way that does not invlove living under a freeway overpass and eating out of dumpsters.

      • BuzzCoastin

        the basics of the process are well know & widely distributed
        pick a guru, there are thousands who’ve written in English
        I know a dude who charges ~$3000+
        to teach you how to live without money
        and people pay it (LOL)
        but ultimately, the last trick has to be done by you

        as far as I can tell, your intent starts the process in motion
        circumstances begin to change
        your first reaction is to be afraid and avoid
        but once you learn to relax and allow, things get easier
        obviously, no one makes the first jump
        but ultimately, there is no spoon

      • sebastienpaquet

        hey, I used to dumpster dive and I would eat like a king. I had a spot from a fancy little market where they threw out expensive cheeses and you’d be surprised at the type of people that would show up.

  • Heath

    There is still money behind the process of living without money.

    • Andrew

      Not really.

      • Heath

        Convincing argument.

        • Andrew

          Like yours.

    • BuzzCoastin

      you’re right
      the book costs money
      and even if he receives a gift from someone
      most likely it came through money
      this doesn’t diminish his monumental accomplishment
      it simply shows he has some mental programing he’s yet to dissolve

      • Heath

        You live without money correct? Even if your using the public library to type a comment, some entity used money to afford you that correct?

        • BuzzCoastin

          no, I’ve never been without money
          the dude in the video lives without money & he does so on principle

          • Heath

            His shirt doesnt look hand made to me…

          • BuzzCoastin

            Your point is what?
            That his philosophy isn’t consistent with his reality?
            Not many people are consistent when it comes to living an ideal
            just ask Catholic priests or politicians.

            But as far as hypocrisy goes
            I’ll take this guy over any priest or politician any day.

          • Heath

            Sure hope he has spare glasses or is carefull, money still afforded that luxery, as well as his clothing. If all one needs to amass items to opt out of money, living with item that cost money, isn, t any more honest than a priest or a politician..

          • BuzzCoastin

            during “The Great Depression” in the US
            large numbers of people lived without money for years
            Polynesian cultures never had any forms of money or ownership
            the lived by gift giving
            this guy would fit into Polynesian economics quite well
            assuming he could grow taro & fish

          • Andrew

            Does the idea of not using money make you angry? It’s not the ground of being, you know.

  • BuzzCoastin

    when I started living without props (job, savings, permanent residence)
    people would invariably question me on how I did it
    and whenever I told them how the money would somehow arrive
    they would invariably assume that it wasn’t magic at all
    simply another way to get money
    even if it meant doing nothing to get it
    other than to say yes to the offer of money
    so this guy is trying to eliminate that impression, among other things

    however, he has setup what I consider an artificial boundary between himself and money
    I’m more inclined to agree with Jebus on this
    Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s
    and render unto God the things that are God’s

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