Less Knowledge Is More

You have more knowledge in your brain right now than 98% of humans who have ever lived, including men of the past who you’ve read in history books. Instead of accepting that you have enough, you’re trying to gain more, thinking that it will help you in life. It’s hurting instead.

Accumulating knowledge is a fancy way of procrastinating. Learning without acting is laziness. Unless you’re a theoretical physicist, there is little knowledge needed to start on any task. Only the modern man needs to read a book on something that prior generations did through trial and error. Consider that there are men today who won’t speak to a woman without first reading about it, and even then, they need to read several books before finally making a single action. There are men who want to be spoon-fed knowledge to reduce their likelihood of failure, but it actually reduces their likelihood of success.

It disappoints me that as much as I’ve written about game, there are still guys who want more. They are holding out on taking a risk until I first tell them how to do a certain action. “Write about running game in the circus… after the first intermission… when the elephants have been put away.” No, figure it out on your own. You know the principles: if you truly want to succeed at something then use what you already know to make love to women in the circus, or wherever else you happen to meet them.

After a certain age, I wonder if the goal should be not about learning more, but removing junk from your brain that has accumulated over the years and which act as an anchor on your propensity to take risks. If you happen to read newer books and pop psychology blogs, the knowledge you think you’re gaining is nothing more than old knowledge that is cleverly disguised. I hate to inform you that there are no new theories of putting your penis inside a vagina that have not been explained thousands of times before in one form or another: start a conversation, try different things to get her interested, get her on a bed, and stick it in (local laws apply). If you can’t fill in the details with the most minor of hand holding, either accept you are being weak and lazy, or that this goal is not something you desire. I failed too many times to count in my attempt to fill in those details, so I have little respect for a man who doesn’t do the same.

There are only five concepts you need to succeed in life: persistence, hard work, careful observation, experimentation, time. Ignore those who try to deceive you into believing more is required. Seek knowledge for pleasure, curiosity, entertainment, or to connect different disciplines of thought, but you don’t need to know anything more to accomplish your goals. You know enough right now.

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  1. Johnny Charms August 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Spot on Roosh. I must admit that I’m guilty of this as I’m a man who likes to learn and obtain knowledge. A lot of the shit that I know from history, politics, economics, religion, etc. is only used when I’m debating people. But, the instances where debates occur aren’t many. So I have a shit ton of useless knowledge in my brain.

    However, when it comes to picking up girls, I realized that it wasn’t going to get done staring at my Kindle. You definitely have to get out there and do it. Your material is helpful in that it provides a guideline and a few tips here and there which I found helpful. However, I found out early on that your material only got me so far. I had to fill in the blanks on countless occasions. In some instances, I was successful and sometimes I totally sucked ass! In examining why I sucked ass I’ve learned so much more and have come up with ideas on my own (using your concepts as a guide) for improvement.

    Great post man.

  2. AxelayBR August 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    So true. I’ve noticed that I actualy got some sticking points because I was so eager about learning game. For instance, when I learned about state, it was even harder to get in state.

  3. trs August 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

    > after a certain age,

    Hah, there’s this Einstein quotation (probably apocryphal) that sums all this up perfectly:

    “Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

  4. Gavin Madden August 7, 2013 at 9:41 am


    Reading too much and doing very little will inevitably lead you to frustration and a very much plateaued lifestyle.

  5. Inside UoM August 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Great advice. More doers required.

  6. jake August 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

    me thinks game is the opposite of knowledge. be empty. be in whatever the moment is. enjoy whatever the experience brings. that doesn’t sell a lot of books, granted. but it’s FUN.

    sometimes you do make all this stuff sound too much like work, eh, rooshface? maybe you’re finally chilling out just a little.

  7. Nestorius August 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

    “Consider that there are men today who won’t speak to a woman without first reading about it, and even then, they need to read several books before finally making a single action.”

    Men of old days didn’t need to speak to women, even unmarried men.

    These modern men need to read about women because the modern situation is modern and didn’t exist before.

    On the other hand, if you read old books, you will notice that they all agree that women are the source of many evils, that one should be caution when dealing with them and that women should be subject to men. Maybe it’s these things that the modern man should read and apply, not seduction.

  8. Francesco August 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    “After a certain age, I wonder if the goal should be not about learning more, but removing junk from your brain that has accumulated over the years and which act as an anchor on your propensity to take risks.”
    Well written Roosh, this is pure gold!

  9. prep August 7, 2013 at 10:41 am


    This is such a chronic condition of this “more education is better” mentality in our culture that we lose site of the purpose of learning — to actually derive some benefit, value or advantage from it. Otherwise, I see the constant pursuit of knowledge as nothing more than entertainment. You might as well be reading romance novels because the effect is the same.

    It’s like with weight (fat) loss. Essentially, everything that really works boils down to eating less. However, there is an endless array of diets, programs, books, websites, foods, etc that distract gullible people from the simple fact that if you eat too much and exercise too little, you get fat. To lose the fat, eat less, exercise more.

    Even if you read everything on game out there, memorized it, internalized the theories and concepts, but never got out in the field to try it, you have no game.

    Men are better off getting a framework of what game is, or any subject for that matter, and getting out there in the laboratory of life to confirm and deny what works and what doesn’t work. That’s the only way to find out what, out of all the approaches, works best for any individual.

    I say, “stop learning,” and start earning — the good ‘ol fashion way, with hard work. You’ll learn more from just doing it than from reading 1000 books on the subject.

  10. Rez August 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

    reminds me of an English literature lecture about Hamlet.

    Hamlet was paralyzed by indecision and excessive thought/analysis, where fortinbras (his foil in Hamlet) acted. of the two, the latter had a happy outcome…

  11. Nomad77 August 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

    As with everything in life the best path is the middle road. You need some knowledge before you should act because you need to know what to do. Sure you can learn through trial and error but then you would be learning the hard way instead of from the experience of others. There need’s to be a balance between knowledge and application of that knowledge.

  12. Quintus Curtius August 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Sage advice. You will never reach a point of “perfect” knowledge. And if you wait until all the stars are aligned in the heavens in order to act, you will never do anything. Over-analysis is a crutch, a safety blanket for people who are looking for excuses not to act. Analyze long enough, and you will talk yourself out of anything.
    You can start that business that you’ve been thinking about NOW. You know enough now. You won’t know any more a year from now, so why wait?
    Recall the Tom Cruise character in the 2006 movie “Collateral”, as he dissects Jamie Foxx:
    “All it would have taken to start your limousine business is a down payment on a Lincoln Towncar. And you can’t even do that. You can’t even call that girl. After 14 years, what the fuck are you doing still driving a cab?”

  13. thecaptainpower August 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Its 10x worse with bodybuilding….

  14. OWK August 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings.

  15. der Geraet August 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    This makes so much sense. Analysis paralysis is a big problem of mine. Was, still is.

    still, reading is such a pleasure, I couldn’t do without it.

  16. Lehtair August 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm


    I recommend you push through and game even when you don’t have your state.

    I believe Tyler/Owen was the one who coined the term and formalized the concept. The most important thing he said that everyone ignored is you must persist even when you’re out of state. Many newbies will bitch out and use their lack of state to justify taking no action.

    A lack of state is a convenient excuse for guys who are uncomfortable with their masculinity. You’re a man. You should feel excited to approach when you see a girl you want.

    One of the best guys ever said pickup is war. You gotta be ready at anytime. Are you going to approach when you see that exotic 9 at 10AM in the morning, or mindfuck yourself about a lack of momentum and state?

    I recommend reading some Roosh V field reports for inspiration. He once had a night where a girl played him for drinks. He wasn’t happy with it, but he pushed on and still got a one night stand from another girl.

    fuck state

  17. Ali August 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Absolutely first-class post.

  18. Carlinhos August 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I respectfully disagree. Case in point, I’d have never found the Red Pill in real life without reading on the Internet about it. I was educated blue pill, everyone around me gave me blue pill advice and lived the blue pill life.

    Learning about this stuff hanged my life.

  19. Eric S. Mueller August 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    “Write about running game in the circus… after the first intermission… when the elephants have been put away.”

    That cracked me up. Made me want to add “Write about running game in a 3rd rate taco joint! While heading back for 3rds after the emergency toilet run!”

    You are right. There’s a huge difference between theory and application. When I learned about electronics, there’s no way I could have learned about every single electronic problem I would have to solve. I had to take building blocks and reorganize them as appropriate. I don’t see how game is any different.

  20. Uncle Elmer August 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I had a friend who’s wife asked him “If you were on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, who would ask to be your lifeline?”

    He said “Why Uncle Elmer of course. That guy is full of more useless knowledge than anyone I ever met.”

  21. Viceroy August 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Ecclesiastes 12:12 – Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

    1. kayotic July 22, 2015 at 1:53 am

      the bibles ancient sage wisdom once again summarizes our plight.

  22. revelation August 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    A distinction has to be made here. This isn’t an anti-reading post.

    This speaks of the college business professor who has never made a sale. The minister for agriculture who has never been to a farm. And rightly so, the self confessed PUA who is terrible with women.

    Reading is a fantastic way of increasing your knowledge in fields that you have a weakness (I would like to hear of anyone thoroughly understanding basic economics without reading a few books).

    Where reading doesn’t serve you is where it obstructs your ability to learn your own lessons. Where it lays down perimeters to your line of thought. This differentiates from person to person – some are more easily influenced by a certain thought from text than others. I can’t say this enough but: EVERY BOOK YOU READ MUST BE READ OBJECTIVELY.

    A difference towards the written word’s importance is simple with issues inkling towards a more practical means – such as game. It is something that takes patience, observance and perseverance. There are no short cuts – and it is very much a practical life skill rather than a theoretical. THIS is where less is more. Make the differentiation and reap the benefits.

  23. Joe Dick August 8, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I believe knowledge really saves my ass. I have always learned the best stuff from making real life connections and stuff I learned from books.

    But I agree about ‘less is more’. If you think that reading a book makes you ‘having done your homework’, well, you haven’t done shit.

    ‘Knowledge is not enough, you must apply it’. I never found out who that quote is from. Some says Da Vinci, not sure. But anyways. It says a lot.

  24. bob August 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

    “It seems perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.”

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  25. Black Heron August 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    This is something that has been alluded to before; the “Sherlock Holmes Brain Attic” idea.

    I still remember reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection as a kid, and finding much of it fascinating. That first book still has a strong place in my memory, however, with Watson expressing surprise at the fact that Holmes had little knowledge of space, so little that he didn’t even know that the Earth revolved around the sun!

    Holmes basically said that the mind is like an attic, with limited space, and that a man should take care as to what he takes in and how he organizes his “attic,” or the information stored there.

    Then again, I like to fill up on loads of interesting trivia in my spare time, so I’m kind of contradicting myself here. Strange and interesting trivia make for some of the absolute easiest conversation starters, however.

  26. nguyenimproved August 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    This is why roosh is the best. His shit is designed to light a fire under guys’ asses to get into gear. It’s always a call to action.
    Other sites just want to get you addicted to their theoretical shit which addresses every case from 1-100.
    Only skipping the 69.

  27. nguyenimproved August 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    @23 Well Roosh is not against books/ knowledge as he has a whole section on large tomes he’s read.
    He’s saying today’s men are soft-cocks who try to mitigate “danger” by competing in a knowledge arms race when only action is required to move forward.

  28. nguyenimproved August 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    The incapacitating habit of Ready Aim …Aim
    and Analysis Paralysis I think they call it.

  29. JV August 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Man I’m the 30 y/o virgin. I have psychological problems and a t like a nervous ass when I talk to chicks but at least I went to the mall and approached 10 chicks.

    I act nervous and always go( youre stunning, whats your name, are you single, can i have your number, i think ill try some mlp patrerns to amuse them i. The future- having anxiety disorder sucks ass but at least i tell women they look good how many lame guys dont have the guts to tell a hot stranger that?) but I got a Facebook connection (lame I know). I wish we could be cavemen sometimes and just grab a chick and pump her- no smiles, no chigger charter, just a woman moaning as she’s filed with stiff rod.

    Roost man I wish I could tell the chicks I want to pound their hole into submission when I first walk up to them. To me all the chitter chatter is fake nice guyact just like the lame ass guys who buy endless flowers and dinners hoping by sucking up to a chick they’ll get some. I’m an animal I just wish all the social conditioning had t repressed my emotions

    . I’d like to just tell I girl- ill screw your brains out when I first walk up any of you guys done his? Has it worked?

    Ps- just because I can’t game don’t mean I’m weak I have such a cold viols t stare I can intimidate many and am well trained in some things to back the look up. I just am an emotional train wreck all my life.ni probably wasn’t hugged enough growing up.

  30. David H. F*cktrelle-Male Feminist Extraordinaire™ August 9, 2013 at 2:30 am

    now rooshiepoops…

    you no realize no one is gonna buy your creepy books now, you just admitted it’s a waste….

    only keyboard jockeys buy PUA stuff…

    it’s like getting guitar lessons without the guitar…

    just think, if a guy makes enuff cold approaches, he might find jodie arias, and, viola, the scum manefesto lives….

    maybe you are doing a great service by keeping guys from approaching and reading….

    I never realized ut til now but it’s not Elam whose the true mra, it;s you…

  31. Giovonny August 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Knowledge without action is masturbation.

    We must read, visualize, and then do. Reading is only step 1.

    Many suffer from “paralysis by over-analysis”.

    Information overload.

    When I feel this way, I go out and approach 10 girls.

  32. Billy Tsunami August 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I just dialed down my life long learner attitude and am better off for it. Anything I still need to know can be looked up as needed.

  33. Dirk Diggler October 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Magnificent post. Works for just about any situation.