50 Things I Learned Last Year

Most of your game will carry over to other countries, but sometimes you have to completely reinvent the wheel or do the exact opposite of what you’re used to.

There’s no guarantee you’ll be happy in a country no matter how much due diligence and research you do. Don’t travel unless you’re ready to take the good with the bad.

Don’t underestimate how much local guys will hate you for being successful with their women. Watch your back when rolling solo.

There is a point where having additional money, without fame or status, will not at all help you fuck more or better women. That amount is much less than you think.

Too much success drives you away from what made you successful in the first place.

There are no regrets if you failed after listening to your gut.

Fucking pussy gets old, but fucking young pussy never does.

Success is less great if you don’t have anyone to share it with.

Everything they say about European winters is true.

When you’ve been with enough fast women, it becomes impossible to wait for pussy. During the time you’d be waiting you can fuck something else just as good, if not better.

Life is much easier when you assume that every girl will flake on you all of the time.

There are organized movements in Western nations to eradicate gender, particularly masculinity. Losing this war will make it all but impossible for you to find a feminine woman who wants to serve your needs.

The happiness you experience from success cannot be bottled up to appreciate another day. You need to constantly seek out more success that is even better than your last. If you cannot top an achievement, you have peaked.

Having an apartment near your favorite bar or club dramatically increases your notch count.

Some countries are not worth figuring out. If it doesn’t work after you gave it your best shot, move on.

The more happiness you find outside of your country, the more hate and criticism you will get from those who still live in it. They will do everything in their power to make you come back and suffer with them.

If you’re feeling depressed or lonely in a foreign city, go out for a one hour walk in the center. Something will happen.

Don’t dismiss eye contact from women; it’s the primary way they show interest. Your response to eye contact from a pretty woman should be instant, like a reflex.

The biggest way that men self-sabotage themselves is overdrinking. It’s worse than being best friends with a cockblocker.

Foreign women are almost just as bad about not using condoms as American women.

The layout of a nightlife venue is just as important as the ratio of girls to guys. I can pick up better in a sausage fest with a favorable floor plan than a gigantic mega club with more girls.

It’s hard to find good clothes in many foreign countries. You’re eternally stuck with H&M and Zara.

Tourist apartments are always cheaper than hotels, but they are more comfortable and don’t make you seem like a sex tourist. I see no advantage in staying in hotels.

As much as you hate your country, you will defend it if it’s criticized by a foreigner.

If you’re going to wear a suit, it will be much better received if you wear it in a venue where there are no other guys in suits.

You can’t go back to what used to make you happy. You have to find new happiness.

You should learn the local language, even for a short stay. It improves your experiences and scores points with the girls.

If you’re going away for a while, write a diary for one month before your departure. If you ever get homesick on the road, read that diary. If that doesn’t cause you to stop being homesick, you’re probably not meant to live abroad.

The low point of an expat’s year is Christmas. Buy good food and presents for yourself to dull the depression.

Women highly value honesty from a man, as long as it doesn’t involve positive feelings you have for her.

Baking soda.

Fear is man’s greatest enemy. I don’t ask anyone for advice with something that involves risk because they will try to talk me out of it.

The best city in the world can suck in the off-season. Not only do you have to know where to go, but when.

It’s better to overpack than underpack.

The first thing you should do when you get into a city is buy a small bottle of vodka to arm your afterparty move.

Foreign girls like silences. Don’t be so eager to fill them.

If a book doesn’t excite you, isn’t teaching you anything you don’t already know, or doesn’t fascinate you, stop reading and find one that does. Finishing a crappy book is like dating a girl you don’t like.

There are many first world countries in Eastern Europe where the cost of living is half that of the United States. You don’t need to live in Peru or Thailand to see considerable savings.

Polish and Russian are excruciatingly hard to learn for English speakers.

Your haters increase in direct proportion to your influence.

Life will you throw you problems that you can’t immediately solve, or solve at all.

Feminists have successfully brainwashed men into thinking they’ll become unattractive to all women if they choose to remain bachelors. Truth is that a man’s best pussy-getting years starts at 30.

Some guys say they grew out of the game. Then you see his unattractive girlfriend and realize he never got good at it.

The only game that will always work, no matter where you are, is the numbers game.

It’s better for a girl to look at you and laugh than for her to look at you and offer no response at all.

Reading books is the most powerful thing you can do to gain the experience of life without experiencing life. I’ve learned more from reading last year than I have from four years in college.

You adapt to little increases to your happiness each year. The dream life you envisioned for yourself ten years ago will be seen as normal when you finally get it.

No one is looking out for your interests 100% of the time, not even your family. You’re always on your own.

Your brain is capable of so much more if you clear it of distractions. Learning is a form of meditation.

There’s a reason why foreign guys don’t travel to the United States to get laid.

59 Comments

  1. Disciple January 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Roosh you are da man – love your philosophies on life….and of course the trickey when it comes to getting some serious pussy!

  2. Johnny Milfquest January 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

    “Some guys say they grew out of the game. Then you see his unattractive girlfriend and realize he never got good at it.”

    ^^ This.

  3. Aruba January 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    #1 most important thing i’ve learned in 2011, just 2 days before years end! was…

    MELANIN.
    The miracle substance which gives men energy, spirit, confidence, strength, coolness, dance, inner joy and ultimately- sexual attractiveness.
    Google: Jewel Pookrum. She says 100% truth about it.

    It also explains why girls living North: Iceland, Norway, much of USA, Canada, Sweden, Latvia, UK, Germany- are so f#cked up. Low melanin makes them WEAK in all respects. Well if you like weak women its OK 😉

    Thats the reason why Roosh, girls in North Europe will always be attracted to you. Simply because their zero melanin guys are weak, tend to drink 10x too much, have very poor sexual abilities…

  4. Mike January 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Thank you for this entry it was excellent to read

  5. DoesNotMatter January 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Bro, yes there is a reason foreign men do not travel to the U.S. to get laid. But it is not what you think it is. The real reason is lots of cheaper options exist. There is something about poverty that makes a woman much sweeter and feminine when dealing with a well to do man. But remember thai girls are pretty rude to their native thai boys just like American girls are to us. But let the U.S suddenly become a poverty stricken hellhole and lots of foreign guys will start coming over to bang the women. BTW, my two cents. The U.S. is the mecca of game. Best godamn place to learn game in my opinion. Practicing game in the U.S. will kill the last vestiges of Beta in you. Every day, I put on my hard hat, my camo fatigues, take my M-16 in my hands and head for the battlefield of game and hope to survive at the end of the day. When I go abroad, I just have to laugh at the Aussie/Brit/Latin boys hitting on the local woman. Verily, American men have the best Godamn game, period! No lie!

  6. eric January 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Some men still travel to the US for business and pull bitches on the side, the US will never be a sex tourist spot.

  7. rudiger January 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

    great list. you have a talent for being introspective and actually learning from your experiences, roosh.

    what books have you read this past year (and would recommend)?

  8. Anonymous January 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

    The point you made about life experience through books. I agree to an extent. It gives you wisdom, but hardly any experience.

    The best knowledge comes from actually living it.

  9. Raz January 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Australians can get laid in spades in the US as can British because of their accents. It doesnt work the other way around…

  10. Alpha January 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

    “Guys don’t travel to the united states to get laid.”

    Lol, that made me laugh pretty hard. I’m really glad you’re doing what you’re doing. Hopefully in a year or so I’ll be there with you – and by there I mean not here.

  11. Spuz January 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “Fear is man’s greatest enemy. I don’t ask anyone for advice with something that involves risk because they will try to talk me out of it.”

    Particulary this. Finding friends who will talk you into taking risks it’s vital.

  12. greenhorny January 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    The Evil Generalissimo is transcending himself and becoming a Philosopher King!!

    Stellar!

    My Faves:

    — Happiness is transitory, almost a by-product;

    — EYE CONTACT is the only way they have to reach out, think how gutless you [used to be / are] and imagine being a chick who’s constitutionally 3x weaker.

    — The only game is the numbers game

    (That one is truly brilliant in its brevity and insight)

  13. outlaw josey wales January 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Roosh:

    For 2012, do more video posts.

  14. Amour Fou January 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    “For 2012, do more video posts.”

    Agreed.

    And my favourite was:

    “Some countries are not worth figuring out. If it doesn’t work after you gave it your best shot, move on.”

    Oh my…

  15. ersatz January 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    “It’s better to overpack than underpack.”

    What made you subscribe to that philosophy? I’ve found it the other way around personally. Double the money, pack half the stuff, bring only what you really need that is actually worth some money. You can buy umbrellas, socks, etc that you’ll end up losing on the way anyways.

  16. The G Manifesto January 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    “If you’re going to wear a suit, it will be much better received if you wear it in a venue where there are no other guys in suits.”

    Ha.

    I knew the day would come when Roosh would start talking Suit Game.

    In fact, I think I predicted it in the comments here a year or so back.

    This is good advice. Additionally, I would add that Custom Suit Game works even better in places where guys “should” be wearing suits but don’t ie high end clubs, lounges, restaurants etc.

    The kind of place where every girl is in high heels and skirts.

    You will clean up. Trust me.

    As far as the “video posts” for Roosh, I have to agree.

    It seems like the Internet is going the Video/podcast route.

    That would really help jump up this blog to the next level.

    – MPM

  17. Theodora January 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Roosh PLEASE don’t go “Suit” Game, suits are for halloween!! or music videos, they just look ridiculous in real life (and like you’re putting too much effort) Don’t listen to anyone, you got your own style and it’s working just fine.

    “There are no regrets if you failed after listening to your gut.”: The truest

  18. The G Manifesto January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Theodora –

    You realize that what a girl “says” is a reverse barometer, right?

    Best endorsement I have seen in a while.

    – MPM

  19. Anonymous January 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    “Australians can get laid in spades in the US as can British because of their accents. It doesnt work the other way around…”

    That’s probably good news, while I’ve only been to England once for a week, I lived in Oz for 18 months and I’ve never seen a bigger group of pigs in my life.

  20. Theodora January 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    @G: I wonder how you keep up with that way of thinking when half the female population loves suits and the other half hates it!

    Roosh’s look, and the one I find hotter in guys, is NOT the manufactured by men’s magazines (writen by gay guys) and music videos (styled by gays), brainwashed “suit” look..That’s just my opinion, I know a bunch of girls who think suits are hot..And I think they admit it so you should definitely aim for them if you’re that type and NOT assume they don’t mean what they say..ok this is confusing..Good luck with your views on how to live life based on -the opposite- of what -some- people think (!!)

    “No one is looking out for your interests 100% of the time, not even your family. You’re always on your own”: SO true..we’ve been having the same new year’s thoughts roosh, I think there’s some maturing going on 😉

  21. Rich January 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I love these types of posts where wisdom is shared.

  22. lurker January 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    “Australians can get laid in spades in the US as can British because of their accents. It doesnt work the other way around…”

    yes it does.

  23. The G Manifesto January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Theodora –

    ” I wonder how you keep up with that way of thinking when half the female population loves suits and the other half hates it!”

    Easy.

    The half that likes it are the hotter half. Others can share the other weesh half.

    “.Good luck with your views on how to live life based on -the opposite- of what -some- people think (!!)”

    Thanks for the well wishes.

    One thing I have learned over the years is that if you do things the opposite of the masses, you are usually on the right path.

    – MPM

  24. Mr.GM January 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Great list Roosh!
    I second the requests for more Video posts.

  25. samseau January 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    G, are you done with the forums?

  26. crunchy January 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Great post, and thus a very productive year.

    How long did that list take you to make? Did you sit down in December or write them down as you learned them?

  27. Anonymous January 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Roosh’s look, and the one I find hotter in guys, is NOT the manufactured by men’s magazines (writen by gay guys) and music videos (styled by gays), brainwashed “suit” look..

    Men’s mags, music videos and other media outlets created by gay guys don’t push Roosh’s look, but they sure as hell don’t push suits either. This generation is one of the most averse to wearing suits ever.

    P.S. I hate when a woman’s refutation to a point is “*I* don’t do that and that tactic doesn’t work on *ME*, therefore your point is objectively wrong.” Who the fuck cares if you personally don’t like it. Everything is not about you specifically. For all you know you may be the exact type of girl G Manifesto consider unattractive and wants to repel.

  28. beta_plus January 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    @DoesNotMatter

    “When I go abroad, I just have to laugh at the Aussie/Brit/Latin boys hitting on the local woman. Verily, American men have the best Godamn game, period! No lie!”

    Don’t forget the Canadians (search for Toronto in the forum). Ross Jeffries may have invented modern game, but Mystery made it understandable.

  29. Jordan January 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Great Post! I will be the third request for more video posts in 2012. If not on your blog then just put them on your youtube channel.

  30. Obstinance Works January 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    When everybody’s dressed up you dress down and up wheb they are down. I don’t like videos as much, they usually such and next explaining anyway. A few now and again is ok but too many dumbs it down.

  31. zig zag January 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Pussy is like beer; every man has his own amount in oder to get his “fill” then he goes home and throws up… well not exactly, but this is in reference to the guy you mentioned who had it with game. My point is that game will get you hotties and super hotties, but for any man who wants a stable female in his life he will have to settle for an UG or an oldie. The hot chicks are hot and look great when sucking on your johnson rod, but they are pretty useless otherwise, and when not fucking they simply are retarded children. So the dude who is sick of game is now settling for an expired female with domestic skills, who will nl longer be pretty to look at.

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  33. Moses January 5, 2012 at 1:45 am

    “No one is looking out for your interests 100% of the time, not even your family. You’re always on your own.”

    Yes, you are.

    This is especially important to remember in business. No one cares about you.

  34. Hencredible Casanova January 5, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Roosh – Wise insights brother.

    “Fear is man’s greatest enemy. I don’t ask anyone for advice with something that involves risk because they will try to talk me out of it.” – Words to live by.

  35. kerouac January 5, 2012 at 2:25 am

    You’ve spoken many truths with few words with this post, Roosh. Here’s to a great and successful 2012!

  36. nguyenimproved January 5, 2012 at 3:29 am

    great post roosh.

    concise and useful to the reader.

    you have a lot of life experience lived self-aware so i’m sure you’ve garnered a lot of these nuggets.

    it’s good to see you share them.

  37. Twenty January 5, 2012 at 4:13 am

    @ersatz

    “You can buy umbrellas, socks, etc that you’ll end up losing on the way anyways.”

    Ha! Just try to find an umbrella in Medellin.

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  39. language January 5, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I especially value the Learn a Language Lesson. Knowing a few sentences is a HUGE weapon in Game. I think it pays off for guys if you insist more on that in the next edition of your manuals.

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  41. DoesNotMatter January 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

    @30 beta_plus I was not talking about the game gurus like mystery or Tyler Durden. If you do game gurus, there are some pretty good Brits out there like KrauserPUA and some phenomenal Ozzies too. What I’m talking about is the guys I come across in my daily life while I attempt to pick up women in the U.S and in my travels around the world. Unfortunately for some reason I have not come across a whole lot of Canadians. PErhaps I mistake the canadians for Americans as their accents are similar, atleast to an Indian guy like me. It’s true that The Brits/Ozzies get laid in the U.S., but that is solely due to accent, which American chicks seem to love for some silly frivolous reason known only to them. But, In any country apart from the U.S. in a game competition between an American guy or an Aussie/Brit/Latin guy, my money is on the American. True that!

  42. Rollo Tomassi January 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    “Your haters increase in direct proportion to your influence.”

    So noted.

  43. Nestorius January 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    “It’s better for a girl to look at you and laugh than for her to look at you and offer no response at all.”

    Exactly. Laughter is a sign of excitement.

  44. Tyler January 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Quite insightful!

  45. Anonymous January 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that the G Manifesto’s custom suit game consists of wearing acid washed jeans and one of those tuxedo t-shirts?

  46. BornAgainAlpha January 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    hmmmm – the only item on the list that runs counter to my experience is the overpacking is better than underpacking. IMO overpacking is like overanalyzing and overthinking. It prevents you from getting on with things. The just do it approach to travel works for me. Forget your tooth brush – it’s an opportunity to ask the girl at the local pharmacy about buying one. Dressed inappropriately – ask a girl to take you shopping. Didn’t bring a good book – borrow one. Don’t like where you’re staying – no big deal you don’t have a lot of stuff to move.

    Roosh – maybe you can elaborate

  47. Shawn January 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    @ Mike

    New meaning to “White Knighting”.

  48. Retrenched January 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    “Women highly value honesty from a man, as long as it doesn’t involve positive feelings you have for her.”

    ^^ This x 1000

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  51. Socialkenny January 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    The greatest of the 50 points(in my experience)was about ppl in your own country would do anything for you to return and be miserable with them.

  52. Nate C January 19, 2012 at 5:13 am

    G Manifesto: I think you push the suit game thing just a bit too hard. Don’t get me wrong–I love to read your posts cause they are full of great info. It’s just suits don’t suit everybody’s style, and especially not mine, in my particular circumstances. If I’m going to wear a suit I’m like you, it’s going to be a high quality one done right, and that costs money I can’t spare right now. I’m an entrepreneur in my late 20s and I have to watch every dollar I spend. Blue jeans and funny t-shirts suit me just fine and I have no problem getting lots of female interest with this combination in this podunk town I live in.

    So in summary, I’d say definitely keep doing what you’re doing with the suit thing and putting out quality info for folks like me to absorb and put into action when the time comes. Thank you. But don’t assume those who nay-say or don’t get the suit thing, or don’t see how it would apply to their life, are ignorant. Maybe it just doesn’t fit their circumstances at this time.

    And as far as American accents getting one laid in other places….I can’t speak for other places but if you’re from Alabama it sure does. Hot American men with game are at the top of the food chain just about wherever they go. And don’t forget that the United States is as big and culturally diverse as Europe, so there’s plenty of fun to be had in the states. Small town life still has plenty to offer, despite the ever-encroaching police state. Based on Roosh’s description of D.C. women, WOW…..while we’re building a border fence, how about putting up one around D.C. as well, to keep those bitches in? Wow..

  53. Just a black middle class college girl with dreams of a better tomorrow January 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

    “Too much success drives you away from what made you successful in the first place.”

    Remembering that will be the key to your greatness, Roosh. Not that you needed me to tell you. You’re an awesome guy, you deserve a good wife.

  54. stray April 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    “Don’t dismiss eye contact from women; it’s the primary way they show interest. Your response to eye contact from a pretty woman should be instant, like a reflex.”
    My largest obstacle. I will end this in 2014.

  55. me August 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    LOL ew. ahahah you seem like an ugly, hateful man who preys on insecure women. good for you and your purposeful life. lol. you, in america are the definition of what we call a “douchebag”. LOL. fucktard. men like you are what make the world terrible. find a new purpose, find a new method to living life. you are a sick fuck.