Return To Austerity

I quit my bartending job. I lasted 4 months. This is after 17 months of not working. Towards the end I started buying clothes, taking taxis, eating out, and going out on dates to expensive lounges. I was trading my labor for things that were unnecessary and less important than my leisure time.

While I will stick to my Johnnie Walker Black habit (thanks Dad), everything else must go and I will stop getting phone numbers of girls who I know won’t put out on the first date. I will endure bike rides in the cold. I will go back to counting every dollar that leaves my pocket. The world has righted itself, and I look forward to focusing more on important things like writing, reading books, watching mediocre foreign films, and squatting for six hours a time at my regular coffee shop.

I do not believe in the Western idea of continuous work. I work only has much as I need to, and not a day more. This will fuck me over pretty bad at some point in my life, I’m sure, but not today.

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Arguably, isn’t it more of a breakdown of your discipline of not succumbing to consumerism than it is the fault of the job giving you money?

I don’t think it’s a bad thing to return to your frugal roots, but I’m not convinced income automatically means wasteful spending.

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Weren’t you only working a couple of days a week? It seems to me that not only could your bartending job lead to lays, but the extra income could be invested in a way that could substantially increase your lay probability (possibly renting an apartment near downtown D.C.).

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Roosh experienced the quarter life crisis, which is why he quit is prior career and traveled. Now he is approaching 30, realizes he’s stuck at the bottom, but is afraid to start again. Just suck it up, get a job and move on. You don’t stay young forever, and your youth is pretty much over.

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I commend you for doing what makes you happy. It seems like a lot of people I meet are not happy.
If I’m chatting up a girl and she tells me she does not like her job; she is not worth dating. 1) I have no respect for anyone that would waste something as precious as their time doing something they don’t like. 2) They are probably looking to get knocked up and take your money.

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I have a feeling you aren’t telling us the whole story.

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@adrock, low future time orientation is a sign of low intelligence. Depending on the kind of girl you’re looking for, that’s either an awful or an excellent screening device.

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@adrock, some people who do not live in their mother’s basements, actually keep jobs they don’t like because THEY NEED TO EAT AND PAY RENT.

Jesus I am constantly amazed by the overprivileged douchebags who post and comment on this blog.

On the other hand, I agree about not wasting time on people who bitch about their jobs, but for entirely different reasons as yours.

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Why does it have to be work vs. not work?!

Go back to bartending. It’s all about balance.

Having a low stress stream of income (bartending) + frugalness = lots of leisure time + a hoard of cash for early retirement.

You win now and you win later.

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You were buying crappy clothes, taking taxis to boring crappy places and drinking at crappy “expensive” lounges.

Keep a job and just be more critical about how you spend your free time. (Unless you really hated bartending)

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@4 adrock “If Iā€™m chatting up a girl and she tells me she does not like her job; she is not worth dating”

If a 10 walked up to you and said she doesn’t like her job, would you still not date her?

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@4,
Dude ok,maybe you are looking for a relationship or something with more substance in a chick.I hear you.
Good luck,my experience has been alot of women and girls are empty heads who just want someone to party with and get a hard cock to fill their holes when they feel they want one.
@10,
dude their is no such thing as a 10.maybe on tv or mags.
#4 just inst into to what he has been seeing and chatting with.Even a hot girl turns me off these days if im not into her.Oh well. life is a bitch yall.

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Roosh,

Perhaps you could write a novel based on Game with a central character who uses it to his advanatage.

The character could be one who uses Jeffries NLP subconcious “weasel words”, various negs and approaches from the Mystery method, and other methods of Game as described by Tony Clink and Tyler Durden. All the mental tests, the approaches, the women induced to cheat, the divorces it causes, a marriage repaired by a husband using Game mentality on his wife, etc.

Ive tried to run this idea past Roissy. He has spectacular writing talent. It would take time, yes, and a lot of hard work, a publisher with an ear, but you’ve been published once.

Game is real psychology as practiced on one sex in action and not an instruction manual of “theories”. If only a really advanced player (Roissy) could clip a recording device on his person somewhere and record approaches and this could be written down in book form****, I really think it would sell as it would answer the question “what do women want” loud and clear for feminists who would decry the book to high heaven (assuring that it would sell rather well if they did it publically enough). The novel format could include maybe 10-20 different “seductions” within with their consequences later (Im talking a big novel here a la Tom Wolfe, 400+ pages). An omniscient narrarator would probably be necessary to catalogue all the thoughts therein. A woman you know (Lemmonex, Kassy K, etc.) could provide honest anonymous feedback on what the women undergoing seduction might be thinking aloud (for the narrative) and contribute to the book.

One can tell by reading our blog casually that you have high intelligence, hence your boredom with bartending.

*****Another idea:
If you and your two pals (VK and Roiss) get some week or two off at the same time, you could all go to another city nearby (Baltimore? Virginia Beach? Charlotte?) and by-God put some recording devices on and try and number close various women every night of the week and do day game at various shopping malls during the day. One party knows the recording is going on, so its legal (at least in my state). When the women give their names, you could dub over them later to protect yourselves legally. This material could be packaged and edited and sold as an audiobook, maybe even over the internet. I think it would be far more interesting than “reality” TV would. This also might sell. Even if it didn’t, just think of the value it would have as an historical document of America in 2009 A.D. on the mating protocols and rituals. Come to think of it, you could give it a real smart-assed name like “The Secret Protocols of the Learned Elders of Poon-Tang” or the like…..

Well……………I need my caffiene. Best of luck at whatever pursuit you undertake Roosh.

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It’s actually a pretty Western way of thinking to assume that you don’t have to work to live. Look at who does the HARD jobs in this country. It certainly isn’t the 5th generation, college educated, living off his/her parents, American.

People are willing to die to come to this country to work. And from my personal and frequent conversations with those who made it here alive, they’re pretty disgusted with people who take their opportunities here for granted.

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Nah.Roosh has it made man.
He has a south american and foreigner attitude toward living,and playing.
In brazil(rio) they work til close to noon and then hit the beach til late afternoon and then finish off back at work and go home.some just work seasonally and play when they want.
They do this in Tel aviv to and hit the beach etc(israeli girls are pretty hot on the beaches there)
the american culture doesnt really allow this unless you are rich or a trust fund baby who just inherited a butt load of cash who is hanging at at every popular hang out in LA or NYC
because they can financially.
Who knows maybe Roosh will inherit his dads house someday and still live a carefree lifestyle.

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Luckily there is someone (your dad) permitting you to not have to work, and therefore have the luxury to “not believe in the Western idea of continuous work.” For 99% of the people on the planet, Western or otherwise, that is not an option, whether they believe in it or not. Hopefully… you’ll be able to use your living situation to your advantage to create a life where things you like, like writing, is your work. And thus ceases to be “work”. Sometimes though, an actual job, even if temporary (like working as a scientist or bartender), even if it’s unpleasant, creates opportunities, directly, or indirectly. Unemployed & living off the fat of the land is liberating, but also in many ways limiting (and not only financially).

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Ha, Back to the Life of a Privileged Bum! Welcome Back to the Club! hehehe!

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@10,11
When I said dating, I was referring to someone whom I’d like to spend real time with. If a dime walked up to me and said that she was a teacher but didn’t like it and had no plans to change, I’d still try to get the notch, that’s about where that ends. There’s a difference between looking for a relationship and looking to surround yourself with quality people.

We all have friends that are in Med/Law/etc Schools that complain about the work and the hours of their life they spend there, but if you ask them if they like it (hopefully) they’ll say yes. You don’t have to enjoy every step along the way, but you better like it for the sake of where it’s taking you.

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A+

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I’m 25 and a self employed carpeneter. That means that I work hard and I work alot. It also means that I make mad cash and I don’t need a membership to a sissy fucking gym to stay in shape. BTW, driving a nice business truck makes pussies wet.

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well done, sir. be free. live for yourself.

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Roosh,

You need some “geoarbitrage”.

This post reminded me of a friend I have that always spends like 9 month trips in India.

You should look into it.

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Frugality, while indeed a positive virtue that more Americans should strive for, doesn’t automatically bring balance to one’s life.

Roosh sees frugality as an easy answer to bringing balance and order to his life, which clearly spins out of control when he has extra cash, and his reptilian brain tells him to spend it on booze and loose women.

There are millionaires who live with balance. It just takes self control.

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welcome back to the fold. f*ck working. money and most things/possessions are overrated.

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G Manifesto,

How does your friend get a visa to do that? Tourist visas/visa waiver programs in any country are usually good for only 3 months (unless he/she crosses a border and back every 3 months). Just wondering.

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Huh?,

Great question. I never asked him, as I have really had no desire to duplicate the move.

He might cross the boarder, but I know he has brought his kid and wife there on the last few trips, and I know his kid goes to school there and stuff.

Maybe he has a work visa.

Ill check for you.

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So SWPL.

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damn missed out on a free drink. šŸ™

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Roosh is in the process of inventing a new Game profile : the Ascetic Reclusive Player.

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Man, I fucking hate my job, but I get free rent (average rent where I live is around $1200 for one bedroom) and get to snowboard everyday with a free $2000 dollar season pass. So really, I deal with bullshit all night but get to do what I love all day long. I work all season, then take 2 months off to travel. For me, it is worth it most of the time dealing with the little bit of bullshit to do the things I love to do. If I didn’t have this job, none of that would be possible. The job does take a lot away from me pulling puss because I work until 12, but I still do alright for myself.

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@32
dont feel bad,Ive been working at a beach resort area on a part time basis for a bit.at first i was very to myself and not being out going with customers.no i dont give ashit and flirt with every hot women over 21.at first i did it out if boredom and to see what would happen.no im having problems turning some invites from women down because i hate to be a party poop and say no(i love to please these women who are looking for a good time away from their distant homes,or husbands who knows).just making a once shit job into something fun now.anyways good luck.

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I don’t really work either. I do things that are interesting. It’s just, my interesting things have gotten lucrative. A long time ago I was like you. Sat around coffee shops in Alaska, writing. It got old, got boring. Would hitch a ride on the ferry to Seattle. Sit in more bars, writing. I wasn’t writing about anything interesting. I just wanted to live in leisure, get laid. One day, someone I knew asked me to organize a party. I liked creating a “total party venue”. And that was it. I was hooked. That’s what you gotta do. Find your calling. Now I live a life of leisure, get paid alot of money doing it, party with awesome people… and still get laid.

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Ever check out Tim Ferris’s book The 4 Hour Work Week? Maybe you could put some of his ideas to the test.

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It’s worth remembering that if you didnt have your food+shelter provided for already…your spare cash from work wouldn’t be spent on things you disdain: “clothes, taking taxis, eating out, and going out on dates to expensive lounges.” It’d be needed for your survival: rent, utilities, health insurance, etc, etc.

Living off the largesse of a parent, working some menial job (like at a bar), and spending the money on clothes/entertainment… that’s the life/mentality of a teenager. Quitting the job = unemployed teenager lifestyle. Living an ascetic, non materialistic/consumeristic lifestyle is respectable. But more so, i think, when it’s a choice, like someone posted earlier…having money to spend, but choosing not to spend it on a vapid life.

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I assume you’re going without health insurance these days?

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27 Huh?
20 hours, 33 minutes ago
G Manifesto,

How does your friend get a visa to do that? Tourist visas/visa waiver programs in any country are usually good for only 3 months (unless he/she crosses a border and back every 3 months). Just wondering.

Huh you just pay around 3k to get your business license in the country stay as long aas you want.

Rhoosh
I keep saying dude save money.
Go get some trailers around atlanta area going for 3k a piece then you make 350 a month each for rent That is around what hundred percent return in 10 months. pay 10 percent to maneagement company and then 10 percent repairs over ten years. You are then good to go. This shit too easy don’t let it get you down. You have what 10k allright now buy three trailers and make 1100 per month and stay in latin permanant. Just don’t do like I did and lose 100k on stock market and then start over. Although my woman is still good she never loses money because she puts it into solid items like land that returns profit or a business (salon) that also returns profit. I have now learned from her (she figured how to beat the life game and just does it) doing the real estate is too easy and pay that shit with cash. It doesn’t take working till your 65 to retire it just takes a monthly income coming in and if you just need 1500 to live large for you too easy.
Peace Bro

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When you can fail twice by 33 and then still be on track for 35 retirement you know the game is a sham. You just have to unlearn all the stupid ass rules you where taught in school about working till you die and shit.

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Good for you, have you read the Dishwasher Pete book. You have alot in common with that guy.

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I second the plug for The 4-Hour Work Week. Great complement to the world of game–it’s game for your work life. The book is 40% self-aggrandizing bullshit, but the other 60% is pure gold.

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LOL, I’m in the same boat. I’m 29 and also quit the rat race about a year ago.

I’ve read 4HWW and would love to implement some principles.

Roosh, how about implementing that? Like you said in your earlier posts, you can live in places like Argentina on the income you make from the site, what about Brazil instead with the weak Real? or Medellin.

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