One flaw all humans seem to share is a belief that ideas are ours. When we believe something, we cling to the idea as if it’s a loved one. We refuse to reject ideas that don’t work for us, as if our ideas are children owed unconditional love.
What if you stopped viewing ideas as children who need protection and started viewing ideas for what they are?
Ideas are not children. Ideas are moving parts in your machine.
As you get older and more experienced, you realize there is no One True Paradigm or System explaining human behavior.
Yet that’s now how we treat ideas. We act as if we can’t learn from people who follow a different way from our own. When is the last time a bodybuilder read a few articles on veganism to learn how plant-based foods can reduce inflammation?
Look for ideas you can apply to your life, that you can add to your machine, rather than obsess over whether a given idea is consistent with some paradigm or worldview you didn’t even come up with.
Bruce Lee said it best:
Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless.
Accept no way as the way, accept no limitation as limitation
When I read about an idea that has appeal and comes from a trusted source, here’s what I do.
I try out the idea.
That is a controversial position to take these days. We should never try out an idea. Instead we should argue on Facebook and internet forums.
I’ve stopped arguing (or at least that’s the resolution I’ve made).
When an idea seems to intuitively make sense or when someone trusted suggests the idea, I try it out.
If the idea works, I add it to my machine.
If the idea does not work, I remove it from the machine.
Don’t argue with why something works. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
At Danger & Play I’ve shared thousands of ideas. Some of these ideas have worked for you. Some have not.
When you try something out and tell me it doesn’t work, I don’t scold you or say you’ve done it incorrectly.
I say, “Cool. But I bet trying out that idea helped you find the right idea, didn’t it?”
Some men want to argue with me all day. This is because they are losers who think winning an argument online will somehow advance their lives.
Rather than win an argument on the Internet, why not try out these ideas to see what works?
Don’t reject ideas because they came from someone else.
There is a cognitive bias known as, “We didn’t come up with it.” We are less likely to believe an idea someone else suggests. We like to believe we are original thinkers, when the truth is nearly none of our ideas are original.
Our egos can’t tolerate learning from others. If someone has an idea, we have to tear it down rather than use that idea to build ourselves up.
Ultimately this is due to our obsession with status. We believe adopting another man’s ideas makes us inferior.
If I want parts to make my car go faster, I don’t care that someone else created those parts. I add them to my car.
If you come up with a great idea, even if you’re an insufferable asshole, I’m going to apply those ideas to my life.
An idea might work for the “wrong” reasons.
Years ago I read an article in the Life Extension Magazine about calorie restriction and lifespan. I had no desire to eat 1,800 calories a day, but wondered if one could get the same effects from daily fasts.
I started intermittent fasting and no longer care if fasting expands lifespan.
I later found out there’s a cottage industry built around IF diets, and guys wrote in to tell me, “You don’t do intermittent fasting properly because you don’t train in a fasted state.”
(Then they showed me a site of a guy on tren who claimed to be 100% natural.)
Why I do something might differ from why you should do it.
I fast because it prevents me from binge eating.
I do IF because I like to eat large meals. Let’s say I’m eating 3,000 kcals to maintain weight. That gives me five meals each day.
If I eat a 600 calorie meal, I’m hungry one hour later. Yet I have to wait another hour or two to eat the next meal.
My day is miserable, as I’m waiting for my next meal even when not dieting.
I would rather eat 2-3 big meals than several small ones.
Is that optimal? I don’t care. I am neither a competitive bodybuilder nor a fitness model.
A lot of what you read in muscle comics, or even serious websites, doesn’t apply to you.
If you are not a bodybuilder or person whose livelihood depends on his body, why do you obsess over every macro, every gram of protein, every calorie, and every scoop of branch chain amino acids?
Besides, all of those guys are running test, tren, masterone, hgh, insulin, and a lot of other stuff. They aren’t even telling you the truth about human optimization.
While you’re measuring out powders in grams, they are measuring out oils in milligrams per millilitre.
(Anabolic steroids, when used properly, are not dangerous, and I am far from anti-drug. I do, however, find it odd to read an article on “optimizing performance” that waxes poetic about BCAAs rather than Anavar.)
Here’s my perfect diet and eating plan on a training day:
- Wake up around 9 a.m.
- 16 ounces of water if urine is clear, 32 ounces if urine has “dirty” or “toxic” smell.
- 1-2 green teas.
- Raise some hell on Twitter.
- Drive moto for 20-30 minutes to get in moment.
- Start writing for four hours.
- 3 double Chemex coffees while writing.
- No food until 2 p.m.
- Eat English Breakfast or.
- Gym. (This is how I train in the gym.)
- Sauna. Stretch in sauna. Do deep breathing.
- Jump into cold shower.
- Take a contrast shower.
- Drink 24 ounces of beet and carrot juice.
- Eat a huge meal.
- Eat another huge meal.
I even smoke an occasional post-workout cigar.
That’s it. That is how I live my life.
My way might be a horrible idea for you. For example, many naturally skinny guys fail when doing IF because they have naturally smaller appetite. Some men need to eat more frequent meals (some even eating up to 8 times per day) in order to get in enough calories.
Maybe you want to be more jacked, more ripped, or more [insert your goals] than I am.
Great! You are not me and I am not you. Your life is yours and my life is mine.
I don’t argue anymore.
If you think you can’t smell toxins in your urine, that’s totally cool. I can. I also know when my body is “acidic” and thus my protein needs to be come down and my juicing needs to go up.
If you think I live by bro science, cool.
Go post on Bodybuilding dot com all day and night.
Maybe you’ll be able to cash those “rep points” in for Bitcoins one day.
Meanwhile, I will apply ideas and incorporate them into the machine. I’ll share them with others and we will all learn from one another.
Ideas are moving parts. Add a part here or there. Take away the bad parts. That is how you build the machine.