Book Review: Confessions Of An Online Hustler

Make a list of things the world needs more of, and “books about making money online” will rank right in between malaria-infested mosquitoes and male feminists. You open a car door in 2013 and you’ll hit some kid who thinks he’s the second coming of Tim Ferriss, because he mastered the art of the WordPress one-click install. The make-money-online genre is as overcrowded and scam-filled as the ab-exercise device industry.

Furthermore, 99% of what aspiring bloggers need to know is available for free. The links at the end of my post, What You Should Know About Making Money Online, are more informative than any product you can pay for. This post by Victor Pride of Bold And Determined is also very good.

But all that said, Matt Forney’s Confessions Of An Online Hustler is an absolute must-read for anyone even considering starting a Red Pill blog.

As every true blogger knows, 21st-century readers are only capable of ingesting information in list form. So, here are my top three reasons why you should buy this book:

1) Matt knows his shit. Take it from a guy who has written a few blogs and read a lot of faux-authoritative puff from a posing amateurs, Matt is the real deal. He has been in the game for a while. He has had his share of big wins and failures, and learned from both.

2) It’s Only Eight Bucks. In the highly unlikely event that you are already an expert in blogging, web development, online marketing, writing, and every other subject this book covers, you might not learn a lot from Confessions Of An Online Hustler. But you will definitely learn enough to justify the $8 price tag.

3) It’s Specifically Tailored To un-PC Red Pill authors. Confessions is a good read for any aspiring blogger, but frankly the nuts and bolts of starting a mommy/fashion/kitty blog are not that complex. Matt sets his book apart by devoting a large chunk of it to the particular challenges that materialize when a man chooses to hoist the black flag and start poking holes in the politically correct dogmas of our era. If you want to blog about indie music or vegan recipes, Confessions is a nice-to-have addition to your library. But if you suspect you’ll need information on protecting your anonymity and fending off Volunteer Thought Police, these are topics that this book – and only this book – covers extensively.

Verdict: Confessions is a must-read for current and potential contributors to the Red Pill blogosphere, and probably a fun read for anyone else involved in the community. Buy Confessions of an Online Hustler here.

The High School Student’s Guide To The Red Pill

Many high school students are stumbling across the Red Pill community, and wondering: What can I do to improve my life now? The vast majority of the Red Pill advice is written by and for men in their late twenties and beyond. Smart high school students coming to this odd new corner of the internet for the first time are an under-served market.

This essay will fill the gap.

The first thing you should do, as a young man, is recognize how ridiculously lucky you are. How old are you? Seventeen? Congratulations my friend. You are a full decade younger than I am. That is a full decade of opportunities to seize, mistakes to avoid, and experiments to run. If you take advantage of it – you will be deadly by the time your balls sag as low as mine.

When I was your age, the nascent Red Pill community consisted of an motley crew of ‘spergy social misfits that was the early PUA movement. But your generation and yours alone has the opportunity to embrace truth, right from the beginning. You have access to resources like Thumotic that, humility aside, will teach you everything you need to know about being a man.

Lesson one is: Read this post. Here are the five key actions I would take right now if I were in your shoes:

1) Take A Vacation From The Present

What is the Red Pill? What are its core tenets? What unifies the fields of paleolithic nutrition, strength training, picking up girls, laughing at feminists, shunning typical careers, and whatever else seems to pop up in my blogroll every morning?

The answer is: Truth. We are not the inventors of any radical new ideas. We’re simply a collection of men rediscovering Truth in a society that has turned its back on it. Our focus is often on subjects that are of particular interest to the young men doing the rediscovering – i.e. women, money, pumping iron – but the Red Pill extends into the realms of current events, political science, history, anthropology, and art, if you eventually care to follow a bit further down the rabbit hole. The Red Pill is not just about girls. It is a comprehensive counter-cultural movement that stands in direct opposition to everything our modern society stands for.

As you would expect, no one has a monopoly on Truth. There is nothing new under the sun. This is why so many men who have “discovered” the Red Pill, later go on to learn that all these dangerous new ideas we’re playing around with would have been considered common sense to pretty much any historical figure with half a brain and a pen – Mencken, Nietzsche, Shakespeare, Plato, and Jesus all would have fit in quite well as guest posters at Return Of Kings. We are not unique for having learned the truth. The 21st century western world is unique for having forgotten it.

So, my young friend, the first thing you should do is disconnect. Disconnect from TV and movies. Disconnect from your teachers and professors (though feel free to regurgitate as necessary). Disconnect from the mainline internet. Disconnect from the values and judgement of your family and friends.

In their place, immerse yourself in the ideas of better men. Read the archives of the best Red Pill blogs, and follow a select few that are ongoing. Interact with men on a similar journey towards enlightenment (r/RedPill and the Roosh V Forum are fine places for this). Above all, spend your quiet time immersed in the best that the past and present has to offer.

2) Forget Sex And Status

I offer this point with a necessary caveat: It is no more possible for a human male to forget sex and status, than it is for a drowning man to forget about air. So you will not forget about getting laid. Instead, you will read every post that Roissy and Krauser have ever written (start from post #1 and work your way to the present.). You will read the Solomon archive. You will read every post here at Thumotic and at Freedom Twenty-Five. You will buy books on seduction, books on the mechanics of game, you will study social psychology, evolutionary biology, persuasion, seduction, and while you are reading all of that – you will find the courage to approach women, introduce yourself, and make your way into sexual relationships with them.

But, throughout all of this, you will never lose sight of this core truth: Your success with women in high school is utterly inconsequential in the long term. Once you internalize this, you will start treating women as a fun little sides dish to the real meat of your life. Your focus at this time should be on your mission, which we’ll get to later in this post, and not on a pride-fueled quest for the next notch.

Quite simply, you have better things to do in your energetic and neuroplastic teenage years than chase girls who will be of a quality that renders them utterly invisible to you in a decade’s time. Time is not even the relevant constraint here. Please, go spend many, many hours of your salad years finding and fucking hot girls.

But don’t let those girls define you. Don’t let them be your motivation. Don’t let your success or failure with them affect your core identity. A man’s youth should be spent building skills, knowledge and an intellectual foundation.

As for social status, you currently fall somewhere along the jock-nerd continuum. Words cannot express how irrelevant your current tribal ranking will be, the instant you graduate. Feel free to experiment and broaden your social skills, whatever category you’re in, but please do your best to de-prioritize the holy grail of coolness. In a decade, half your classmates will be broke, overweight, and depressed. Ignore them, although you should be on the lookout for smart and ambitious people to connect with.

3) Acquire Skills

What are skills? Where does one go about acquiring useful skills? You are about to decide on a career path, so this question should be at the top of your list. Let’s start by ruling out the bad ideas.

Getting a business degree is a bad idea. Business is important, but it’s best learned in a practical context. Getting a soft liberal arts degree is a bad idea. You will be taught ideological left-wing cant, and you will graduate indebted and unemployable. Law school is a bad idea. Applied sciences are not the worst idea, but probably not a great one. Getting a degree in the ‘true’ liberal arts – i.e., Cal Newport’s strategy of English Lit + Math is better than any of the above, but still not ideal.

Tragically for me, this blog wasn’t around when I was seventeen and decided to do an undergraduate degree in marketing of all things, in a school I chose on the basis of its gender ratio and general reputation as a prime hunting ground for hot girls. Fortunately it all worked out for me, but if I were to travel back in time and pow-wow with my teenage self, I would advise him to take one of two paths:

Path #1 is programming. The geeks shall inherit the earth. Three resources to start with are:

Harvard EDx CS50x

r/learnprogramming

Codecademy

But this is not my area of expertise and I am as green as you. Use those links to get started, but there are better guides than I to lead you on that path. Find them.

Your second option is to find a trade. Crazy idea, isn’t it? To learn a real, tangible, useful skill, and then go practice it. The typical high school guidance counsellor would laugh in your face. And yet, the payoff is undeniable.

But if you have a good trade and you’re smart enough to leverage it, a comfortable and financially secure life is yours for the taking. And remember, learning a ‘trade’ isn’t limited to blue collar work. Medicine is a trade. Any skill you can learn and then exchange for money is a trade. Crane operator, forklift driver, dentist, massage therapist: Trades. Guy Who Knows A Lot About Sociology: Not a trade.

4) Stop Seeing Yourself As A Child

Our culture has invented a concept called adolescence. An adolescent is a physically and mentally mature person who, supposedly, is not yet ready to accept the full suite of duties and privileges that come with adulthood. ‘Adolescence’ lasts, it appears to me, from the age of 13 to about 30.

If you’re at the early end of this range, you’re probably used to thinking of yourself as an adolescent. You’re no child, of course. But you write off a variety of stupid, lazy, and irresponsible habits as inevitable follies of youth.

Well, I am officially revoking your implicit teenage right to be less than you are. Throughout history, men have divided themselves in two categories: Children and Men. Adolescence is an invention of a poisonous post-modern culture that seeks to weaken us. Glancing around at the number of ‘guys’ my own age who still play video games twenty hours a week, I’d say it’s succeeding.

Rejecting adolescence means refusing to hold yourself to a lower standard on account of your age. Alexander The Great became regent of Macedon at the age of sixteen. Mark Zuckerberg was a billionaire at the age of 23. Young men throughout history have done great things. They were able to do this by embracing their status as Men from an early age.

5) Read the Thumotic Lifestyle Guide

The Thumotic Lifestyle Guide will give you all the information you need to start kicking ass in life. It’s a great starting point for taking control of your health, career, relationships, and focus in life. Give it a read and let me know how you like it.

The Definitive Guide To Focus, Information Management, and Efficiency

The number one cause of self-destruction in our generation is poor information management. Men waste time reading bullshit, they work inefficiently, and they live in perpetual state of distraction.

I believe there are two main causes to this trend. One is technology. Distractions are constantly at our fingertips. Whenever we sit down to get some work done, we’re almost always in front of a magical distraction machine that can conjure up everything from interracial gang bangs to cute puppies to Wikipedia articles on the history lightsabre combat. The personal computer is a distraction machine, and the internet was built by the smartest people in the world to maximize its draw on your attention.

The second reason is lack of willpower. Our generation has been coddled to the point where we lack the basic willpower to close Twitter and get thingsdone. Your Great Grandpa wouldn’t have needed Leechblock to get him through a work day, simply because he was a better man than you.

This guide is going to give you all the tools you need to set yourself up with seven healthy work habits, smart time management strategies, and stress-free productivity tools:

1) Hard focus

Most people spend their work day floating in an ineffective haze of partial concentration. They’re sort of, kind of working on whatever is in front of them, but they’ve got a phone buzzing in their pocket, Outlook fading in and out in the bottom of their screen, and a few tabs of newspapers, blogs, and social media shenanigans kicking around in a minimized web browser.

This is sub-optimal. Your workflow should be structured around one goal: Maximizing the time you spend in a state of hard focus. I strive to have two work modes: Insane starving wolf on steroids, and totally relaxed hibernating bear. There is no middle ground between these two.

When a man enters a state of hard focus, he can do anything. He is invincible. When you reach hard focus, you work five times as fast as when you’re only half-assing something. Read more about hard focus here.

The way to consistently reach hard focus is simply to train your mind to accept nothing less. When you’re working and you feel your concentration slipping, take a break. Stand up. Walk around. Vow to return to the task only when you’re ready to give it 100%.

2. Designated Check Times

You probably don’t need to be at the beck and call of the world 16 hours a day. In all likelihood, you don’t need to check your personal email more than once or twice a day. Your Facebook and other such bullshit can be on a once a week schedule.

I don’t know what your work environment is like, but in my observations, people who should be checking their work email every hour check it every few minutes, and people who should be checking it every couple of minutes will learn how to piss with one hand so they don’t have to put down their Blackberry.

In both cases, personal and professional, ponder on how rarely you can get away with checking your email. Figure out the minimum number of daily checks you can get away with, and start getting away with it.

3. Avoid people

Interacting with people is deadly for productivity. I try to funnel as much of myprofessional communication as possible through email. This forces colleagues to be brief, leaves a paper trail, and keeps projects and correspondence well organized, comprehensive and easily searchable.

4. Get Things Done

I will not even attempt to summarize David Allen’s excellent Getting Things Done. It is the greatest book on productivity and work flow analysis that has ever been written. Buy it, read it, implement the advice in your life. I also recommend the The Four Hour Work Week.

5. Block The Internet

I love the internet. It informs, entertains, and to a limited but growing extent, pays my bills. I even love sites that are absolute poison to productivity like Reddit and Twitter. A man can learn a lot about the Zeitgeist by keeping up with the rantings and ravings of pseudonymous autists.

But there’s a time and a place. Hungover on a Sunday morning – right time. Slouching in an office chair putting in ‘face time’ between three and six PM, rather than actually getting shit done – wrong time.

I use a program called Leechblock to keep my internet usage in check. You should too.

6. Pop culture

Pop culture is not completely worthless, but diminishing returns set in pretty damn fast. I don’t think there’s a set limit on how many hours a week or whatever a man should spend on TV, movies and video games. Instead, use this rule: Indulge in pop culture only insofar as you truly enjoy it. if you’re watching TV or playing games just for ‘something to do’, stop it and find something better to occupy your time.

And remember, there is almost always something better to do. The only exceptions are 1) You’re sick or hungover, 2) You’re on a flight, or 3) You’re with a girl and need something to occupy yourself with during your refractory period.

7. Just Do It

My favourite idea in the aforementioned book Gettings Things Done is the two-minute rule: If something will take less than two minutes, do it right away. Always. It’s a great rule.

We can apply it to things that take longer than two minutes as well. You know those annoying little jobs that spend months on your to-do list and intrude in your mind on a daily basis, jarring you out of your serene existence? If not I envy you. Last week I realized that I had put the following three things off for over a month: Renewing my driver’s license; scheduling a restricted firearms licensing test; and paying my electricity bill. Stupid shit. Between five and thirty minutes each. And yet, I let them niggle at my concentration for a month. Then I did them all over a single lunch break.

Little distractions like that have a pernicious effect. More important than the practical consequences of delaying basic life tasks (late fees and such) is the daily cost to your focus as you acknowledge and re-file your little ongoing mental reminder of the shit you need to do. Your mind is a computer, and each open loop clogs up a tiny bit of RAM.

There is nothing worse in life than getting distracted while trying to get work done. Being outright lazy is unfortunate, but at least you get the pleasure of sitting around playing video games and eating Cheetos. An easily distracted man gets nothing done, but also must suffer through the motions of work, and so deprives himself of the pleasures of leisure.

Don’t be that guy any more. Build systems that keep you focused, and abide by them. Read Getting Things Done and implement the advice into your life.