Ah, today it’s Friday. The courts are closed. I wake up leisurely in my big house around 9:30am, answer some emails, and take some phone calls. My physical office is located a block from my house in Fishtown. After a session of Crossfit, I decide to ride my bike down to the pool, and work from there instead.
It’s been a great year. I’ve got money in the bank. Earlier this month I took a few trips to the Poconos to shoot guns in the woods.
Right this second I’m looking into a taking a trip to Alaska because I want to ride a dog sled.
Being self employed, single, and having a few bucks in your 30s is absolutely fucking fantastic. Anyone who tells you differently is lying.
Three years ago my life was very different. I had a job working for a corporate law firm, and I was married. Most if not all my time went into billing hours and trying to work my way up to partner. At some point around 30, I knew I wanted more out of life but wasn’t sure how to go about it.
Enter Mike Cernovich, author of Danger & Play. His philosophy on life is considered radical, and even misogynistic by some. Men can save their money, develop streams of passive income, and live a lifestyle that is generally awesome. Mike is also an advocate of functional fitness, and generally being awesome at life. There are very few people whose advice I value. Cernovich is one of them. His blog changed my life.
I was stoked to hear that Mike decided to write a book, Gorilla Mindset. When it came out, I bought a copy on my Kindle, because that’s how I normally read books. When I first opened Gorilla Mindset, I was committed to reading a chapter or two. I read the entire book in one sitting. It’s that good. When I was finished, I ordered a second copy in print, so I could write on it and make notes.
Gorilla Mindset is a practical book of application. Mike starts by addressing your internal mindset, and then moves onto practical lifestyle application. If you actually go through the exercises, you will probably find that you have more purpose, more money, and more freedom.
One of the concepts Mike stresses is living within your means.
I don’t have cable. My home is a fixer upper:
I learned how to cook in order to save money:
My car isn’t a BMW, but it’s pretty cool and completely paid off:
This means every dollar I earn is mine. I can use that money to travel, do Crossfit, or nothing whatsoever. This month I decided to install a Sonos stereo system in my house, because I listen to music a lot.
Based on Mike’s advice, I feel like a free person, living with purpose.
If you’re willing to listen to Mike, and decide to make changes, you can live the lifestyle of your dreams. Gorilla Mindset is a workbook that will help you get the most out of life.
It’s not for everyone, though. If your goal is to make $55k a year, work in a cubicle, and take a week’s vacation every year, you probably won’t like it. But if your goal is to make a bunch of money, enjoy your life, and be completely free, Gorilla Mindset is a life changing book.
Have fun this holiday weekend. I certainly plan to.