It’s been a couple of weeks since I last blogged. I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still here. Here is what has been happening.
About a month ago an old employer called me with the proverbial offer I could not refuse. I accepted the job and started about three weeks ago. The only downside is that I now have a hellish daily commute into the city. This has put a giant crimp in my writing time on the weekdays.
The past few weekends have also been a bit crazy. In addition to obligatory social events, my nine year old Saab decided to take dive a couple of weeks ago which forced us to spend the following weekend car hunting. For the first time in my life, I am now the proud owner of an SUV.
The past month has given me the opportunity to practice what I preach in my writing—in spades. When the going gets tough, the advice you read here and elsewhere in the manosphere works. Apply it and you will be able to tackle challenges that you would have thought far beyond your abilities.
The good news is that my next few weekends look open and I should be able to resume a more regular blog posting schedule. I thank you for your patience in the meantime.
I’m a big believer in always learning and working on self-improvement, even if constrained for time. After chatting with the other Return of Kings writers, I decided to try out Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade.
Convict Conditioning is a workout program that is designed to take you to the point where you can accomplish six very difficult bodyweight movements including the one-arm pushup, the one-arm pull-up, the handstand pushup, the one-legged squat, and a straight-legged hanging leg raise.
Most books or articles that talk about bodyweight exercises seem to assume that you are already close to being able to achieve these goals. But what if you are too weak to be able to even do a two-handed pull up? How can you develop the strength to get there?
The genius of Convict Conditioning is that the author starts out with exercises that almost everyone can do and progresses gradually from there. For example, to build the one-arm pushup, he does not start you off doing regular pushups. Instead, he starts his readers with the wall pushup, which is terribly easy. But if you follow the cadence and do the number of repetitions that the author recommends, you will feel it.
The reason for the gradual approach is that it strengthens the tendons and ligaments, preparing them for the heavy weight that will be placed on them in later stages. It also is supposed to clear away any lingering injuries that would be exacerbated by diving directly into a more strenuous exercise. In my case this is perfect as I have a lingering shoulder injury that has prevented me from doing regular pushups or bench presses for several months.
I just started the program so I can’t say much about it’s efficacy. The RoK writers all agreed that it was a solid program but that it does get much harder as you progress. The consensus is that it works if you follow it, but it is not a quick fix. It takes diligence and time, but most good things are that way. I will write a review and let you know if the program lives up to its promises.
I haven’t written anything on Trump for a while. Since my last Trump-related post, he has all but clinched the GOP nomination. It looks like most of the GOP establishment is knuckling under to the will of the voters. They are doing it unwillingly, but their desire to stay in office overrules their distaste of Trump’s policies.
It seems the approach now is to work to sabotage Trump’s campaign against Hillary but trying to do it in such a way that they don’t look like they are saboteurs. Take Paul Ryan’s limp-wristed refusal to support Trump because of his “principles.” These principles are nothing less than open borders and the desire to inundate the US with Muslim invaders.
If they fail at their act of sabotage, and it appears that they will fail, their next approach will be to sabotage Trump’s presidency as much as possible.
On being swashbuckling
Speaking of Trump, I read a tweet the other day that speculated that Trump would eventually win women over because of his swashbuckling attitude. I agree. While he will never win all women over, women are naturally attracted to bold, confident men.
Up until recently, most of the reporting on Trump was limited to the news networks—and most younger women do not watch the news. Once Trump starts making the rounds of television shows that women watch, you’ll start to see his ratings among that demographic increase.
There’s a lesson for us in this. We should approach everything in our life with a nonchalant, swashbuckling attitude. View life as a great adventure. Be bold in your undertakings. The women in your life, whether that is your wife if you are married, or your girlfriends if you are single, will notice, and it will increase their attraction to you.
But what if you are not naturally fearless? What if your personality is the opposite of lionhearted? In that case, you must act as if you are a dauntless person. Take on the role of a swashbuckling person. Think about how a bold and valiant person would act in a particular situation, and then follow suit.
This is not a dishonest way of acting. It is a tried and true method of self-improvement. Adopting it will have positive ramifications in every aspect of your life.
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