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The faster you realize will not change the world the sooner you will stop doing things for everyone else and start doing it for yourself.

Do you know how advertising works? Through repetition. You’re infected without being aware. When the opportunity arises you will buy the product your brain is already familiar with. Those who think they are immune to advertising are most affected because they make no attempts to block it.

TV is to program you. That’s why it’s called programming. Turn that shit off.

You’ll be dead before your dead. Your spouse will die and your adult children will visit you once a month. You’ll be scolded by a minimum wage immigrant whenever you soil your pants. Life is long, but there is a window you need to take advantage of.

No one will complete you. People can only increase or decrease your happiness level. No more.

“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor.”

Get a medium sized box and put all the possessions you need in life inside. If you can’t say goodbye to all that other shit, well that shit owns you. In one year get a smaller box and do the same thing.

Buy nothing day? How about buy nothing month. You’ve been trained like a monkey to buy since you were two years old.

There is no God. You will die and that will be the end of your existence. All that you are will disappear forever. Remember that every time you stall, hesitate, and fear.

Enjoy it while it lasts because it’s going to end. I guarantee you it will. Take a deep breath because the pain will pass or you will adapt. I guarantee that too.

Do you think you’ll be playing golf in Florida at 65? You’ll be lucky if you can hold a golf club. Don’t believe the lies, don’t believe the 40-year work plan, don’t believe in retirement. Right now is your retirement. Don’t believe your real estate broker, don’t believe your investment adviser, don’t believe your boss. They are using you for your money, time, labor. Use them instead and get the hell out.

That so-called legacy you want to leave? In just a few generations your descendants will be as genetically related to you as a random stranger off the street. Do it for the right reason.

What’s the one thing you can do to put your life on a more fulfilling track? Don’t ask others for advice, don’t put it through committee—just do it now. But you’re lazy.

Remember it’s the journey, not the end result. No end result has changed any man.

A poor Argentine man I met travels by juggling at intersections and asking restaurants for leftover food. What was your excuse?

Do not work a day more than you have to. Are you sure that 401k is going to be worth it to you some day? You’re betting the prime of your life that it will.

If you want to be unhappy, all you have to do is try to impress other people. If you want to be happy, don’t do things which you are told makes you happy.

If you’re spending more than your income, you will work until you die. How many years of college and work have you put in so far? If you quit right now, how many years would you last without having to work? Do you see what the problem is? But you’re rich all right because you can go out to the new restaurant serving fusion dog shit and down $15 cocktails at the club with people carrying business cards.

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.”

Tell me you are not sleepwalking through life.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

I’m going to guess that you didn’t have a lot of friends in high school. Am I right?

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

well his points are all true

Laura
Laura
12 years ago

That philosophy is all fine and dandy, and I’m sure we all would like to be unemployed and travelling through South America… you’re lucky that you’re in a position to do it.

Some people want to raise families. Juggling on the corner of the street is not gonna put your kids through college or put braces in their mouths and dinner on the table.

Some people have other people to think about than themselves. There are ways to make a living without being a cubicle monkey, and there are ways that allow a person to balance work and life without sacrificing the ability to support a family.

Congratulations for quitting your job and travelling, it really is a wonderful experience. But please don’t sit on your soapbox and try to make the rest of the world feel bad about their lives.

Maryland
Maryland
12 years ago

That was a great post. Thank you.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

And after all, if there were no people sitting in those cubicles designing aeroplanes or busses, travelling to and in South America would be much harder.

rcr
rcr
12 years ago

What, are you reading Nietzsche down there?

rcr’s last blog post: Bad Journalism, or, I?m a Huge Dork.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Someone is in a bad mood today. 🙂

Anon
Anon
12 years ago

Thanks, Tyler Durden.

Rajia
Rajia
12 years ago

I also disagree that you can’t be active and enjoy life at 55, 65, 75. My parents still travel. My grandparents still travel. Not everyone’s life is about finding 18 year olds to sleep with. Some find success and satisfaction in seeing their children grow up, in holding their grandchildren on their knee.

Some people like being cubicle monkeys, because it allows them the resources to shower, live with heat, grocery shop for their families, and provide shelter.

Happiness doesn’t have one definition, or one path. If you’ve found yours, congrats. Although by the tone of your posts, it doesn’t exactly sound like you’ve found your happiness yet either.

terps
terps
12 years ago

You in brazil yet? what are you waiting for? methinks that once he’s in brazil, he won’t be writing depressing posts like this.

Jack
Jack
12 years ago

I needed this post today. Good work Roosh.

spaceman
spaceman
12 years ago

im printing this out… im getting more and more convinced to do my RTW trip when my lease is up, in march.

Rigoberto (Cubano proprio)
Rigoberto (Cubano proprio)
12 years ago

I’m glad only your life plan is acceptable. I’d never want to live a life where I drive a Audi A6 to work every day, have a 3 story house in Palos Verdes, where I have a legion of housekeepers to maintain my luxirious home, the money to get the best healthcare, to own a beachside villa in Barcelona that I can retire to for 3 months out of the year, my own private jet, and endless good health to enjoy it all. Sounds absolutely terrible. I’d never wish that life on to anyone. Wouldn’t you be depressed owning your own vinyard?

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

Some outstanding replies to cliched hippy bullshit…your about 40 years too late man.

GJ
GJ
12 years ago

Although I don’t embrace all of your beliefs Roosh, I do think you are spot on about taking risks and getting out there. Per Laura’s comment, sure, Roosh has some cushion that is a combination of luck (parents that care for him) and planning (saving up enough money while being a corporate whore like the rest of us) that let him take this trip– but the fact is he made a conscious effort to make it happen.

It’s easy to spend life rationalizing why one doesn’t take risks (I need find a husband/wife, I need more money, etc), but this isn’t a dress rehearsal, and the chains that bind us socially and economically only grow as we get older.

HB
HB
12 years ago

Roosh’s dry spell has really thrown him on a downward spiral. Nietzsche called, etc, etc.

Nullpointer
12 years ago

Please actually read Nietzsche, before you go making comments about it. I believe it’s Fyodor Dostoevsky you are thinking about. Nietzsche was a propoent of the overman idea, wherein you use your creativity to overcome nihilism and define your own morality.

I don’t know why people associate nihilism with Nietzsche, besides the fact that he noted nihilism is what results after the first step in the three step process as you attempt to achieve your true potential and reject all societally imposed moral values, because logic by itself is incapable of generating a coherent value system as there in no basis for it when relativism is introduced.

Roosh seems to have already come to the most immediate and obvious answer, which is a toned down version of hedonism.

If you want to truly be exposed to “nihilism” go read Brothers Karamazov.

Nullpointer’s last blog post: Social Robots.

Sean
Sean
12 years ago

I think the main point here is we live in a fear based society. Anyone who can break out of that mindset deserves kudos. Be it by living the life of a nomad or having the balls to start a business and make crap loads of money. It’s up to each of us how to overcome the elite’s plan to keep us in line.

Patrick Swayze
Patrick Swayze
12 years ago

Sean… DO YOU SEE THIS? This is an Anger Prisoner. A textbook example. DO YOU SEE THE FEAR, PEOPLE? This boy is scared to death of the truth. Son, it breaks my heart to say this, but I believe you are a very troubled and confused young man. I believe you are searching for the answers in all the wrong places…

Sean
Sean
12 years ago

Patrick for a guy who hasn’t had a decent gig since “Roadhouse” you seem awfully sure of yourself.

D
D
12 years ago

Best Post in a while… as I sit in my cube farm I now hate my life… thanks Roosh

miik
miik
12 years ago

Excellent clutter-busting advice. Your advice is BANG on target.

Tampa
Tampa
12 years ago

“They say money can’t buy happiness? Look at the fucking smile on my face. Ear to ear, baby. Anybody who tells you money is the root of all evil doesn’t fucking have any.”

roissy
12 years ago

all maxims to live by. i predict women will find disagreement with these thoughts more than will men because women are practical creatures by nature while men are nonconformist strivers and experimenters.

When the opportunity arises you will buy the product your brain is already familiar with.

one word: ipod.
iriver makes an equally good mp3 player as apple at half the price yet no one has heard of it. why? apple saturated the consumer market with advertising, and effective advertising at that. once a critical tipping point was reached — i.e. the point at which ipod became a tribal tattoo that defined the in-group from the out-groups — it practically sold itself regardless of the merits of the product relative to its competitors’ products.
anyone who says salesmen, marketers, and ad execs are overpaid have no idea how much those skilled manipulators of the human psyche are indispensable to moving a company’s product.
kind of like game.

Buy nothing day? How about buy nothing month.

while i agree with the spirit in which this advice is given, it is probably the most unrealistic to put into action because it would require an uphill battle against human desire. women buys things to make themselves prettier to potential mates and men buy things to impress women. both buy lifestyle goods, machines, and toys because it gives a temporary blast to the reward center of the brain.

That so-called legacy you want to leave?

kids are a buzzkill.

roissy’s last blog post: Mystery.

GFY
GFY
12 years ago

because women are practical creatures by nature while men are nonconformist strivers and experimenters

Women are practical? Sorry Roissy, going to have to disagree with you on this one. I’m no misogynist, but you can’t break it down to women are practical while men are nonconformist. I’ve known my fair share of chicks who are not in the least practical, and I’ve met quite a few dudes who are as straight-laced and anal as is humanly possible. It goes both ways on that one.

If anything, women might disagree with this post more than men because many of them have a powerful instinct to procreate and raise younguns, which doesn’t allow for much soul-seeking.