The Unit Of Man

When you look at an accomplished man, what do you see? Maybe his intellect, his strength, his appearance, his body language? Do you sense happiness in his voice as he tells you the stories of his life? Do get a feel for his pain and the struggles he went through? Maybe you see all of that, but I see something different. I see one hour. I see time—the time it took for him to get to here from there. I see the accumulation of hours.

Even though there are sixteen waking hours in a day, how many of those do you put in developing yourself? How many hours do you spend lifting, creating something, learning something? Do you know how many hours per day most men put towards their development? Zero. They work to complete someone else’s project, they consume all the entertainment you can throw at them, and they browse through hipster blogs to know what they can wear with a fedora, but they don’t put time into developing themselves.

One hour. That’s one gym session. That’s two Pimsleur language lessons. That’s 1,500 written words. That’s 20 pages of hard reading. That’s the rough draft of a blog post. That’s four approaches in the mall. The hour is my god. No internet, no distractions, just a one hour prayer where I stretch myself in ways that most men refuse to do.

Men have told me I’m productive, but I only write for two hours a day at most, usually only one. Since most men spend zero hours a day on their own creations, I agree that I’m productive. With 3-5 hours of honest work a day that goes to my mind, my body, and my crotch, it’s hard for me to believe I’m lucky or even intelligent. No, I just work harder than most others, and after accumulating several thousand of these hours, my brain has become one level sharper. Yet it’s not my brain that I’m depending on when I want to succeed at a task—it’s the labor I dedicate to it, one hour at a time.

You must worship at the altar of the hour. Wake up tomorrow and dedicate one hour—not a minute less—at a task that serves you and no one else. There are no days off—there is no vacation. One hour a day you must work on your own project and your own development, and then after a few months, after looking back to see what you’ve accomplished from just one hour a day, add a second hour. This will be a tremendous struggle, I promise you, but it’s the only path to greatness. There is no other way. Great men are made from this trivial increment, that when compounded over time, results in the realization of your potential. One hour is what makes the man.

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  1. Gavin Madden August 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Would you rate Pimsleur a more effective language learning tool than Rosetta Stone?

    [Roosh: I dislike Rosetta Stone. I only use Pimsleur or Michel Thomas.]

    1. Gerard January 5, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Assimil method is way better than those two, hands down.

  2. Deebos August 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

    One of your top 100 posts. As a man in his 40’s who recently decided to drop out of the corporate race, I can tell you with certainty that men have stopped developing themselves and focus on achieving other’s goals, typically a corporation or spouse and measure themselves by the accolades, industry awards or brief thankfulness of their spouse. All of these are fleeting (layoff, forced retirement divorce) and after being used up find little comfort in their lives.
    We must start breaking away and dedicating more to ourselves…one hour seems like a good start.

  3. Tampa August 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I couldn’t agree with your more. It’s not only good for the mind, it’s good for the soul. I have a competitive hobby that you can really only do in the warmer months and without a doubt, i feel my best and physically look my best during those months when i spend about 2 hrs a day workign on it. Great post.

  4. Matt August 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I meet with 2-3 technical groups a week in the evenings after work. It helps keep me up to date in what is happening in the computer industry and the networking helps to keep me employed.

  5. Phantom August 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Awesome post, and so true.

    1. Wall Street Stallion February 28, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Yes. One of the best reads ever. “One hour. That’s one gym session. That’s two Pimsleur language lessons. That’s 1,500 written words. That’s 20 pages of hard reading. That’s the rough draft of a blog post. That’s four approaches in the mall. The hour is my god. No internet, no distractions, just a one hour prayer where I stretch myself in ways that most men refuse to do.”

  6. Linkus12 August 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I discovered Roosh 2 years ago and my life changed! Thanks man.

  7. OlioOx August 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I don’t know, Roosh — I find the philosophy of “Ratlife” much more attractive:

    Sure, Ratlife is rehearsing with a band and working on getting a music career going. But he clearly doesn’t give a flying damn if the career takes off or not, because his current lifestyle of near-total shiftlessness is completely satisfying, and apparently sustainable. It will last as long as the status quo of the USA lasts, and that’s going to be another 30 years at least, before any really dramatic changes.

    Look neurotically at the clock every hour, worrying about whether or not I’ve made the best of that hour, for the rest of my life — or grab another beer and head down to the beach (or back to bed with a good book) to spend another 18 blissful hours doing almost nothing at all? Hmmm. Not a tough choice, really.

    I cheer full-throatedly for all you energetic men who want to DO things and BECOME things! But count me out — I’d rather just read about you.

    1. Touched September 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      2 years later, but I’ll be the first person to tell you that you’ve entirely missed the point of this article. You choose not to be motivated and thus choose to be an inferior man every time you wake up.

  8. Ert August 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I slowly realize that the only readable “manosphere” blogger is actually Roosh.Heartiste is unreadable,hes like a retarded teenager trying to rebel against something only because he wants to blame his shit life on it.Returnofkings is like 10percent readable if we take into the account the articles written by Roosh.You can actually write meaningful things,thats good!

  9. Anonymous August 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Very Inspiring! One of the greatest posts ever !

  10. Anonymous August 16, 2013 at 11:53 am

    One hour of lifting…15 minutes of prayer/meditation. Everyday. If I have any other free time I spend it reading or doing something productive.

    Then I give at least one hour to God every week. That has been steadily increasing as well.

    Time is more valuable than money.

  11. doclove August 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    This is the best advice ever. Even if you aren’t interested in seducing(GAMING) women, it is so true. You can use this for any endeavor you wish. Improving yourself is the best idea. Take at least one hour a day to do so.

  12. WB4L August 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Totally awesome, as always.

  13. MattW August 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Sometimes I think about writing or making videos to put online. I have things to say, even though there are many people smarter than me saying profound things I see a slim gap that I might be able fill.

    But then I take a step back and think, Is that really useful? Putting out more information for other people to consume? Would I actually be contributing something of substance or would I simply be providing more ways for other people to waste their time?

  14. kizzle August 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    amazing. have been in a funk lately but am gonna snap right out of it. one hour. thanks uncle roosh…

  15. smartass August 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    “my brain has became one level sharper.”

    i loled hard when i read this. another level sharper and you might get your tenses right

  16. smartass August 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    nevertheless, one of your best posts ever. i will purchase the next book you release just because of this post

  17. JF August 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    One thing that pisses me off is the time wasted. I wish I phones and good blogs like this were around like this when I was in college. Back then i wasmso fearful of rejection and im nearing 150 cold approaches now and imdont give a flip what the chicks think.

    At least today I had the joy of
    Complimenting a girl and making her blush. The time I spend out complimenting women makes me feel more alive than anything else I do. I just wish I had those years back.

    If anyone reads this and is in college.
    Man when you aren’t doing other things go try to hustle
    Some sweet warm pu pie. Don’t sit in the corner afraid that is such a waste of your life. And what other time in life is most everything you see a 7 or better. If only
    Game had been as wide spread but its the best feeling being out sarging.

    Roosh dawg do you ever do Nlp patterns or use hypnotic poetry?

  18. Kieran August 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Good post. I think most men have this drive to improve, it’s just that most feel that they are improving by way of their consumption (cars, home, etc). Instead, I think it’s best to try to invest in things that you can actually carry with you (physical skills, language ability, game, knowledge, and looks).

  19. Sam Spade August 16, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Great post. One thing to emphasize is it’s about the journey, not the results (which will come if you work steadily). Take lifting. People don’t slow down and concentrate on each lift, each push. It takes time. Anything worth doing takes time and effort. But you’re not going to wake up one day, be buff, and stop lifting. It’s something you keep working on. Set goals of course but enjoy the process. Same goes for anything…there are no short cuts so you might as well enjoy it.

  20. psyrus August 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I have spent two hours a day everyday for eight months studying Portuguese using Michel Thomas, Pimsleur, teachers and language partners thru Skype. Now I am currently in Brazil in the dead of winter partying with locals. You must put the work in.

  21. Alex August 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Impressive, Roosh.

  22. FormerMCSDandallthatshit August 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    @4 “I meet with 2-3 technical groups a week in the evenings after work. It helps keep me up to date in what is happening in the computer industry and the networking helps to keep me employed.”

    … This is one of the most fleeting things you can invest on (personally I feel like throwing up just by remembering the work in the IT industry), anyways, it has nothing to do with personal development. Good you can keep yourself employed but surely “IT slavery” is one of the thing this post is NOT about!

  23. Lone Wolf August 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Great way to present an achievable goal. Hell even if you’re doing zero a week now, and start off with just 3 hours a week, that alone is a huge difference.

    Many years ago and throughout my youth I learned to play and instrument. I once read that after learning the basic rudiments, that just 1 hour a day is all you needed to see substantial improvements.

    While many days I would put in 2-3-4 hours, it held true. By practicing 1 hour a day I became one of the best in my city, and this accomplishment is something I will never loose. Thanks for the reminder and pep talk Roosh.

  24. Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta August 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    “They work to complete someone else’s project…”

    This is it.

    Managers are for people who can’t manage themselves.

    We betas were born to follow. That’s why we suck up to our prophets, like Mr. V.

    Like many I struggle.

    Self help? Inspiration? Motivation?

    6 days a week times 4 hours a day is 24 hours a week… that’s only 1200 hours a year.

    @ 1 hour language / rhetoric
    @ 1 hour intellect & spirit
    @ 1 hour physical & body
    @ 1 hour professional

    What holds us back? Our laziness? Fear? Not knowing the path of our journey?

    Enough distraction.

    Back to work.

  25. Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta August 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Pozniej uczymy sie jezyka polskiego…

    Kto tez?

  26. DJ August 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Agree, I work on new goals each day, week, month and year. Learned to scuba dive, fly planes, travel, foreign languages, investing and fitness. All better than wasting time on marriage.

  27. Mark August 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Its funny you say this. I’m currently working long hours in the oilfields of North Dakota to save money for my goals. I don’t have time to do as much reading or exercise as I like. Often I’m too exhausted after a 20 hour day to do much besides eat a quick meal and sleep. But the other day, I looked at the many books I’ve read while working here and my work out logs, and I realized I spend more time improving myself in my hectic circumstances than a lot of people do with their larger blocks of free time. There is never an excuse to not seek continual improvement.

    PS I’m travelling to Saudi Arabia in January I want to spend a weak in East Europe en route. Which country do you recommend?

  28. Daiki August 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I was feeling pretty down today, and this post really helped me get focused again. I am the key to my own success, thank you for reminding me Roosh.

  29. Rtt August 17, 2013 at 1:40 am

    25-I już wiem,gdzie jesteś?

  30. Joe Dick August 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

    completely agree.

    If you aren’t learning anything, you aren’t doing shit.

  31. nguyenimproved August 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    i started reading this as a game blog ..but somewhere along the way you morphed into something bigger mr Roosh.
    this is one of your best posts along with the campaigns one. great call to action.
    you help improve lives and open eyes. not just sell boxed sets of CDs and bootcamps like most blogs.

  32. John Doe August 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Great article, Roosh. I also have become very conscious of time lately and have been spending a lot of my free time learning new skills and trying to improve myself. Been learning new IT skills, and learning a new language.

    We all need to focus on learning new skills and stop wasting so much time jacking off and chatting on the net.

  33. Diablo del Sol August 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I just started my own blog, I also see it as a long term project.

  34. Inside UoM August 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Good read, today being Sunday I usually put 3-4 hours of productive time together.
    Gym, Writing, Study, “Other” Developments.

  35. Stevan August 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Thank you Roosh! I’m a self improvement junkie but I fail to lose focus at times. So easy to get distracted nowadays. This helps me get back to what’s important…I think at times, the definition of genius, is just stating the obvious and breaking things down to it’s most simplistic form, which you’ve just done. I’m moving to a beach house and starting a new modeling website so this advice will help me more than anything!! Appreciate your wisdom and for sharing it bro! Cheers to the good life!!!

  36. pdwalker August 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    top, top advice.

  37. Mr. Big August 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    1 hour for lifting
    1 hour for Chinese
    3 hours directly for God, while mediating on his word day and night

    Glory be to God.

  38. Lemon August 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I measure myself by the technologies I’ve created, and by the joy I get watching my children grow and develop.

    I am truly blessed.

  39. John August 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    This, this post right here is what the manosphere needs more of.

  40. Ruling part August 19, 2013 at 1:40 am

    This is a hell of a good post. I’ve never thought of it like that. You have given me an opportunity. Thank you very much.

  41. Zack August 20, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Really good post. For the sake of your mental well-being you should dedicate at least an hour a day on something productive instead of sitting on your ass playing games and watching TV.

  42. Anonymous August 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    You should seriously look into motivational / career enhancement seminars for sales people. The whole “closing a deal is no different than closing a women” meme is pretty much accepted wisdom amongst sales people by now; and you have the results to back up your babble.

    The amount of money spent by the likes of realtors and financial account reps on career enhancement is staggering. And you are about to enter an age group where you will be taken seriously by such people; no longer be dismissed as some college kid who gets laid due to youth. I can imagine the free PR you’d get from taking a class of realtors out, and teaching them how to close girls……

  43. brazilian guy August 28, 2013 at 2:45 am

    thx Roosh

  44. julian k August 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    This was needed at just this moment.

    Roosh, you are doing great work with posts like these !

  45. J Dilla December 27, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Spot on. I’ll give myself 2 tomorrow.

  46. Chris March 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    WOW – what an essential post – thank you and good luck in russia

  47. HeWhoDares March 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Read the book The Slight Edge. It relates perfectly to this concept of compounded interest of actions over time.

  48. kicab April 17, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    The Roosh is a pervert just playing out his disgusting ideas and fantasies out to the world… and no one thought to take the guy who wants to legalise rape to prison?! he is a vile, disgusting pig and what he says about women being more fertile with long hair is absolute crap. Absolutely Mental.

  49. kicab April 17, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Roosh is a pervert just playing out his disgusting ideas and fantasies out to the world… and no one thought to take the guy who wants to legalise rape to prison?! he is a vile, disgusting pig and what he says about women being more fertile with long hair is absolute crap. Absolutely Mental.