7 Things I Would Tell My Teenage Self

Yesterday I turned 32 years old in Poland, a place where I have a pleasant lifestyle thanks to years of work on my game and my books. Yet if I followed the below suggestions from a younger age, it would have cut short the amount of time I spent doing things that made me unhappy, allowing this moment to arrive much sooner. These are the things I have already told my 15-year-old brother.

Dear teenage Roosh,

1. Don’t listen to your parents. They want you to have a stable and boring existence without the struggle they had to go through. They want you to play it safe instead of taking risks that may lead to your ruin or even death. Unfortunately, if you follow their advice the most you’ll get out of it is a steady paycheck. You will have a mere average existence with average women and average experiences in an average city. Understand that the more risks you take, the greater rewards you receive.

2. Hit the gym. Just because you’re not the best looking guy doesn’t mean you should give up on being attractive. Weight lifting will help you build confidence and increase your testosterone level so that taking risks literally becomes in your blood.

3. Cut off the television, internet, and video games. Pick a hobby such as music, writing, DJing, languages, or sports, and dedicate one hour per day on it. You’ll be a beast before you even hit 21, where it’ll not only make a positive contribution to your life, but give you the option to take an alternative path.

4. Read at least two books every month. You don’t know shit about life right now. Hell, you still won’t know a whole lot even when you turn 30. Keep yourself sharp by tapping into the brains of others through their work. Writers have spent hundreds of hours to create books that distills all their knowledge or experience in an easily digestible format. Take advantage of that, and watch your conversational skills increase as a result.

5. Stop being concerned about what other people think of you. They don’t care about you. They are so wrapped up in their own insecurities and what you think of them that you’re wasting your energy trying to get accepted by strangers. Take risks, fuck everyone else, and note down what you learn. If you’re not making a lot of mistakes, you’re not doing enough.

6. Take the pussy off the pedestal. You know what? Just become sexist. If getting laid is what you want, that’s the path you should take in the feminist society you live in. You can soften that stance when you get older, but for now just view women as mindless fuck toys who are garbage. Whether or not they really are garbage, this will get you more pussy than you’ve ever imagined. Sure it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy in a way, but you’re living in an age where the laws and cultural environment concerning marriage are set up to destroy you. You might as well get laid a lot.

7. Have a backup plan to earning a living. Don’t count on putting in four years at college and getting a cushy job that lasts until some golden retirement. Don’t count on some cunt in Human Resources to like your answer to what your greatest weakness is. Don’t let people who don’t care about you determine your income. Re-read number 3 again. One hour a day into something has probably made you a mini-expert. What service or product can you now create with your expertise that someone else would be happy to buy? Trust me when I say you’ll be much happier making $20,000 a year controlling your destiny than four times as much being controlled by someone else.

Good luck little Roosh!

Sincerely,

Old Roosh

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The Truth
The Truth
9 years ago

Good advice. Happy Birthday!

JT
JT
9 years ago

Amen! Happy birthday!

MO
MO
9 years ago

Happy Birthday Roosh man

olivherbst
olivherbst
9 years ago

Epic post. Especially the last point got to me. I really should go on writing this self-defense book I started some time ago.

Tully Mars
Tully Mars
9 years ago

100% spot on…agree whole hearteldy with all your points. I tell my high school students constantly about turning off the t.v., reading books, thinking for yourself and taking risks. Being an American Male in his mid 30’s I have watched how the USA has been and keeps being destroyed by warping the minds of the masses/young people with its fucked up media and pussified pop culture. Throw in money grubbing lawyers, and entitled unfemine women and it just makes me cringe as to where this country and it’s future holds. I still have some hope, that a small percentage of our youth can right this ship, keep doing what your doing…..happy bday and keep living the dream. –Tully

pilgrim37
pilgrim37
9 years ago

Hope some Pole has the decency to put out to celebrate your Birthday!

samseau
samseau
9 years ago

Have a good birthday, Roosh, and this post is excellent. It reminds me of Pook, and his Book of Pook, who said the similar things except with much more poetic language.

Mr.GM
Mr.GM
9 years ago

Congrats Roosh!
Shit I’m 25 and I will follow the list myself..
great advice for life.

Begby
Begby
9 years ago

excellent, excellent advice. I’m 7 years older and my letter to my younger self would look very similar. In other words, you already know a lot of the shit it’s taken me till now to figure out – and I thought I was a truth seeker throughout my whole life. Problem was thinking truth could be found in politics, music, or art. It’s all there but it’s not YOUR truth.
respeck

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Maybe your best post today. Happy birthday, and I just realized we have more in common (I turned 31 today).

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

*to date

L
L
9 years ago

At least I’m still considering myself a late teenager… Happy B-day? from Colombia

virlge kent
9 years ago

Happy Birthday bro,

I have a feeling The Weekend Mix tape and an afer hour party was involved.

I would tell my teenage self that all the girls that I think are hot and might have dissed me at the time, in less than ten years they’ll be fat, have little fat kids and hate their lives. Time is the ultimate equalizer between the sexes.

rich
rich
9 years ago

Happy birthday.. your last two posts have been great. Keep it up.

GH
GH
9 years ago

Dude you almost lost me with your first point. Don’t listen to ur parents? I have 3 kids. My daughter is hard headed and likes to learn things the hard way. one of my sons listens all the time. Neither extreme is preferable. Follow the middle path. Heard of that before? 😉

Johnny Milfquest
9 years ago

That’s sound advice. Not just for teenagers!

Marmot
Marmot
9 years ago

Happy birthday!

Mackroyal44
Mackroyal44
9 years ago

Preach playa preach. I get into arguments with my parents about this shit all the time. I took their advice all the time and its gotten me a college degree which is useless because i cant find a job here in D.C. I also got a huge amount of debt. If I had listen to my instincts I would have been a concert drummer with the skills I have. I definitely would not have wasted my time in college. A 9 to 5 is a waste of life.

The G Manifesto
9 years ago

There is a lot of good advice here.

I would also advise to start traveling early.

“Don’t listen to your parents.”

The problem with parents advice these days is the things they say worked great before America got completely f*cked up.

Now is just Pitbull eat Rottweiler.

In this day and age, their advice doesn’t translate as well. Especially concerning college, careers, and financial advice.

However, my MOM is still right about nearly everything.

“Trust me when I say you’ll be much happier making $20,000 a year controlling your destiny than four times as much being controlled by someone else.”

Great point.

It would take about a million a year (probably more) for me to start working for some balding chimp in khakis in some crap office.

Freedom is everything.

Hell, I just spent the day hitting on topless girls at the beach.

Try that trick in an office park in Topeka.

– MPM

Steven Lurkel
Steven Lurkel
9 years ago

@19 “Freedom is everything.”

Man, you ain’t never lied.

Chad Daring
9 years ago

Its cliche to say his really resonated with me but its true. The past month I’ve been in a funk. I got a new car a new pad and a promotion but I was less happy then I’ve been in a while.

I was empty. My life was plain and thankfully I’ve been realizing this on my own in no small part thanks to you and the other masters.

I feel lucky to have been exposed to your site and books at a young age. I’m not a teen and I wish I had gotten this advice even sooner but everyday is a chance to change.

Happy birthday and thank you.

The G Manifesto
9 years ago

Chad Daring –

“I got a new car a new pad and a promotion but I was less happy then I’ve been in a while.”

That is because that crap doesn’t mean anything. (Now if you are talking Custom Suits, then, yes, those make you feel great).

Hell, before I found freedom (not complete mind you, still working on that trick) I had a ton of material stuff (not jacka*ss material stuff mind you) but I was not nearly as happy as now.

That is why you see so many “successful” people hit drugs so heavy; they hate their lives.

I can’t even remember the last time I did drugs.

– MPM

French Connection
French Connection
9 years ago

Solid post.

When I finished university I got a decent job with the idea I’d save some money and buy a house and settle down.

It sucked, all I wanted to do was go back to university where I worked a bar job, hooked up with girls and drove my motorcycle all day.

Within a year I quit and went to Rio (another Roosh inspired move).

Money doesnt buy happiness. If you’re living your life making someone else happy (parents, partner, boss), chances are you’re not making yourself happy.

Matt H.
9 years ago

Truly priceless advice.

raliv
9 years ago

Roosh, you are 9 years older than me.

I feel lucky to have stumbled across your blog and forum a year and a half ago. There is so much wisdom to be found from older more experienced role models. When I was younger, all I knew was that I didn’t want to “ride to conveyor belt of life.” I attribute your writings as part of a major lifestyle philosophy that I am working hard to put into practice now.

Rest assured that my younger brothers will all be getting their copies of Bang, as well as this blog when they turn 18.

Happy birthday, Roosh.