Alexander Cortes, Jay Campbell, and Mike Cernovich: How To Make the 2020s the Best Decade of Your Life

Key Takeaways

  • As a man, the number one virtue you can possess is being physically strong. If you’re strong, you’re likely more useful, competent, and harder to kill.
    • “Probably 80% of a man’s self-improvement is just learning to lift weights… If you do that, everything from how people perceive you to your self-confidence, it all changes.” – Alexander Cortes
  • Becoming aware of your bad habits will separate you from the crowd
  • In 2020, READ MORE
  • No matter what happens, you can always control your mindset and beliefs

Intro

Books Mentioned

  • Mike highly recommends Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Advice for the 2020s

  • Mike’s advice:
    • You don’t need to have an opinion on everything
    • To add, if you’re going to formulate an opinion, first seek out experts and factual information
  • Alexander’s advice:
    • Become more conscious of your actions related to your health, body, and what you consume
      • Consumption includes not only food but also information
    • As a man, the number one virtue you can possess is being physically strong. If you’re strong, you’re likely more useful, competent, and harder to kill.
      • “Probably 80% of a man’s self-improvement is just learning to lift weights… If you do that, everything from how people perceive you to your self-confidence, it all changes.” – Alexander Cortes
  • Jay’s advice:
    • You need to have situational awareness of your surroundings
      • If you don’t know what’s going on, you won’t be able to act or defend yourself when things go south
    • Get active and build muscle
      • Working out is one of the best things you can do for yourself, both physically and psychologically
    • Increase your testosterone by eating only organic foods
      • “If God did not make it, don’t eat it” – Jay Campbell

More Life Advice

  • When it comes to supplements and diets, it’s challenging to give a blanket recommendation because one person’s body may respond differently than someone else’s
    • The only way to figure out what works is to test it out for yourself
  • When it comes to lifting weights, you’re better off finding one expert and sticking with their program for a year than constantly jumping between programs
  • You can’t choose everything in life, but you can choose A LOT of things:
    • Where you live
    • What job you have
    • Who you spend time with
  • Who you are does not equal who you can become
    • And remember: Sometimes you have to take the jump, even if you don’t have any experience in the field you desire to be in
  • Many people aren’t aware of their bad habits – one of the best ways to discover them is to create a time log and track all of your habits/activities
    • For example, this might lead you to discover that you’re unhappy in the morning because you always check the news immediately upon waking
  • Health advice: Get natural sunlight, fast often, and exercise

It All Starts with Your Beliefs

  • “You get what you focus on, so why in the hell would you ever focus on negativity?” – Jay Campbell
    • Stop thinking that you’re a victim or that the world owes you anything. Focus on what you can do to improve yourself and how you can contribute to making a better society.
  • Your beliefs become the energy you give off
    • “If you want to change your energy… it starts with self-love. Do you believe your life is significant and meaningful? Do you believe you can do something and have an existence that is personally gratifying to you?” – Alexander Cortes
    • “Your mindset is your future” ” – Alexander Cortes
      • 🎧 You can’t control everything and yes, sometimes bad things happen to good people, but no matter what, you can always control your beliefs and mindset 
  • No matter how great your life is, even if you’re making $100k a month, you’re going to have ups and downs
    • When you love yourself, it’s easier to take everything in stride

On Fear

  • “Most people, until they can establish a love and trust of self, are going to live in fear” – Jay Campbell
    • “When you’re in fear, you’re paralyzed from contributing, serving, and ‘doing the right thing’ because you’re always apprehensive of your choices and decisions”
    • “Fear is the great deterrent to success”
  • 🎧 Once you become okay with death, you can truly live life to the fullest
  • “If you deal with a lot of fear, then read history” Mike Cernovich
    • Why? – Studying history will help you understand why we have certain fears
    • Related: Mike highly recommends reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

The Importance of Reading

  • 🎧 Jay is an avid reader – he usually reads 70+ books a year
    • “You can’t be anyone in the world unless you’ve learned from the past, you’ve learned from the ancients, and you’ve learned from the great teachers and thoughts leader of human history” – Jay Campbell
  • Reading gives you access to other people’s lives, allow you to think from new perspectives
    • These new perspectives then give you the ability to start thinking and acting differently within your own life
  • In today’s ever-evolving world, it’s even more important to read in order to gain new knowledge and skills (with which you can generate multiple streams of income)

Additional Notes

  • In school, children need to be taught how to think critically
    • Most just use Google, Alexa, or Siri whenever they need an answer for an assignment
  • There isn’t much of a middle class of man anymore, you’re either far ahead or far behind
    • “You’re either top twenty or ten percent, or you’re forgotten”Alexander Cortes
  • Jay recently read a study dictating that the IQ of an average American is now below that of an average person in China
  • “Technology makes things so simplified and easy… No one wants to train, they don’t want to eat right… No one wants to do anything that requires physical effort.” – Jay Campbell
  • The value of a college degree is going down while the cost of tuition is only getting more and more expensive – student loan debt is now over $1.5 trillion!
    • Many college students lack a strong work ethic, useful skills, and are drowning in debt, and lack real useful skills
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