One of the great things about being the boss is that you aren't on anyone else's time.
I was out swimming laps in the cool, morning air and something occurred to me – it's January 6th, I guess I can post my new years article now.
In the last post I asked you what you wanted to see from Bold and Determined in 2014.
So what's in store for B&D in 2014? Same thing as in 2013 – Killin' with a smile.
Below I will respond to some questions, concerns etc.
Comments from readers are in italics, replies from Vic are in black.
I want to see content that gets me fired up but also leaves actionable steps to implement right away or in the nearest future. I want to see some more kicking dirt into feminist’s faces and I want to see the truth about emasculated society laid out even more.
Feminists gross me out, if they would stop emailing me I could be done with them permanently. Actionable steps? Friend, everybody is different. The plan that works for Johnny might fail for Jimmy. Mindset is key, the plan means jackshit without the right mindset. That's why I always write about MINDSET!
Inspirational is okay, but concrete is more valuable. I need information about e.g. how to protect my privacy more than I need exhortation. Also I think Feminism is the greatest ideological evil of modern history, not excluding racism, Nazism, and rap.
Agree about feminism, the solution is to starve the beast. The only way I know to truly protect your privacy is to never get online and never fly anywhere. I gave up my privacy paranoia.
I’d like to see meditation & other mind building techniques explored.
I've never meditated a day in my life and I won't be starting any time soon. For mind building I enjoy reading books. Something that works for me, along the lines of meditation, is waking up early, taking a cold shower (or swimming laps in the cool morning air), shaving and getting ready for the day before anyone else has even woken up.
I’d like to see more posts on how to deal with those negative issues that can arise: loss of vision, laziness, plateaus, self-doubt.. all that bad shit. Would be cool to hear how you overcome that crap, I’m sure everyone must suffer from time to time.
Like Rocky, take the hits and keep moving forward. JUST DON'T QUIT!
I understand that you are a private man, but I would love to read more of your private life stories. Especially stories of your greatest life struggles and the things that pushed you to become the man that you are today. I myself am motivated by shameful past mistakes and rejections. I now use those feelings of pain and shame to fuel myself to become better and stronger. I would love to know what fuels you from the core.
I would love to see more exercise regimens, more direct responses to people’s bullshit, deff more recipes for cooking meat, and various other diets and fasting routines you have to share.
Nowadays when I'm hungry I say “cook me some eggs” or “cook me a steak” and 15 minutes later the food appears on my desk, as if by magic. I've cooked steak the same way for years, pan fried in butter with salt and black pepper. I picked up some himalayan sea salt in Malaysia last year, holy moly that stuff is good. I recommend picking some up for your steak and eggs.
I’d like to hear your views on the concept of “honor” and what it means to you. We all need codes to live by, and a sense of honor has to fit into it somewhere. It would also be great to see more articles on people that inspire you. People that have done great things and made their mark on the world.
That's simple: I don't like alcoholics or drug addicts or sex fiends. I like clean people and don't like dirty people. “But Vic! You live in Bangkok!“. Good point.
I love the fact that you provide quality over quantity. It makes me want to come back and check this blog. Whenever a new article is about to arrive, I get psyched. Why is that? Because I just know that the article is going to be fking awesome. You shouldn’t change a thing. Keep it the way it is, because it’s brilliant.
The most important thing you can do as an artist is put out QUALITY. I use the Metallica Method. Metallica has been around for 30 years and they have only released 9 albums – they're one of the greatest bands of all time. If it takes me 3 weeks to write a great article then I'll spend 3 weeks on that article. I will never post just to post.
Going to go with part of what Alex DC said. It’d be nice to see what your take on a more personal code could be like. Rules and regulations that your companions must abide by before being kicked out of your group? Things you won’t tolerate from other people in their habits or behavior?
I don't have a group. I have friends here, I have friends there, but I don't have a group. When I do choose friends I want them to be dual purpose friends.
I’d like to see some more ideas regarding making money online, I could really use practical information of that sort right now in my life to help me accomplish my own goals.
I've actually got 4 reports that I give away for free to people who want to start a blog and open a hosting account with hostgator (see details here).
Oh, 1 more thing – I’d like to see some guest-posts as well, I’m sure there’s a bunch of people eager to contribute and you could easily screen the posts, so you’d get some quality content w/o expending much effort.
If your writing is on fire, if your writing kills, if your writing makes 'em cry or makes 'em buy I will allow the guest post. Otherwise I won't. Quality content without expending effort? Don't make me laugh. I've allowed only one guest post on the site and I put almost as much work into that post as I do into other posts. Tell Ludvig it's easy to write for B&D and he'll laugh at you.
A forum to talk to other wolfs, more pics of your journey.
Here's a picture of my legs on a journey.
An article about how to juggle/balance health..wealth…relations would be welcome. I have observed many times its difficult to do this as when i focus on one thing others take a back seat
It is difficult to juggle these things. Immensely difficult. When I do something, I immerse myself in it. The solution I have found is to Blast and Cruise. Blast = working on one thing at a time, when you're at a point where you're finished (or burnt out) you cruise on that issue and move on to the next one. For example, you work like hell for 6 weeks, then work just a little bit and do something else for a while. Or if you need to get in shape, you work like hell in the gym until you get where you need to be, then you shift your focus to another endeavor while going to the gym just to maintain, or “cruise”.
I was about to ask for the essentials of eating and training when I realized the hallmark of your writing style is very head-on. So that calls for new topics rather then refining already refined ones. Meditation resulting in poise and mental strength + what can we learn from Bruce Lee stuff? Basic self defense in case someone jumps me. How to top physical, mental and economical strength with being a good (non-pussy) person?
What can we learn from Bruce Lee? I met him a few years ago in Hong Kong when I was skinnier, I should have asked him that question…but he seemed a little quiet.
I would love to hear more about your stories, and if you can make videos then that would me more awesome. Thanks to you bro I was a wimp before and became a better man.
Vic we need a Bold and Determined Podcast. Would love to hear you simply talk about your ideas on life, business and lifting for 2 hours or so every other week.
Working on both of these.
From Bold and Determined I would second the common request for personal stories, but also I feel that interviews with verified winners would be good, with winner wolves, men that live the B&D lifestyle and reap the success from it, whether that be in business, sports, positions of leadership or any other aspect of their life, let’s hear what they do and how it has brought them success.
I won't be doing too many interviews. I'm not a journalist, I'm not a DJ, I'm not an emcee and I never wanted to be.
I would like to see a Bold and Determined forum. I think it would be a much welcomed community of ass-kickers. Bold and Determined, in my opinion, has become more than a website, it’s become a community, it’s become a haven of information that us men NEED. Victor, as I have told you time and time again, without even knowing you, you helped change this guy for the better, and as corny as this may sound to some of you, I am VERY grateful.
The #1 reason I started Bold and Determined is because I used to post my ideas on a forum (long since dead) and 50% would always just want to argue with me. I thought “this is ridiculous”, I will just start a website and the guys who want and need this will find it and the people who just want to cry will stay away. If B&D opens a forum it will be a paid-only forum, I don't want knuckle-heads signing up. I only want serious men who have something valuable to bring to the table.
I’d like to see more of your ideas against feminism and being masculine. I feel my test running through my veins when I read that stuff, makes me primed for lifting weights.
Act like a man and feminists just won't be a part of your life (but they will still stalk you online). For more about lifting weights from a no-nonsense bodybuilder check out my man John Doe.
I’d be interested to see how you approach writing a post. Is it a structured approach or more free writing?
I’d like to see your approach as well.
I sometimes think my posts are way too long.
‘Saying the most, in as few word possible’ = powerful
I start with an idea. Something that has been burning up in my head for a while, sometimes years, and eventually I have to get the idea out onto paper. I don't write an outline, I just start writing. I go over and over and over the articles 500 times editing and re-editing. Then, at the end, I cut out entire chunks of text and make the article as concise as I possibly can.
Language is very important to me and I write two types of articles: educational and poetry. And each type has a different style of writing. An example of an educational post is How I Make 10k Per Month Online and an example of a piece that I consider poetry is How to Conquer the Fear of Success.
I’d like to see The Gentleman’s Guide to Modern American Dating’ part II.
I haven't dated an American girl in over 3 years. There will never be a part 2 to The Gentleman's Guide to Modern American Dating.
…stuff on copywriting, more on dating maybe? more on productivity?
more books, most definitely, more on nootropics, probably have you ever considered running a “30 days of discipline” bootcamp for corporate or public audiences? just a thought…,
To read about nootropics you guys should check out Pill Scout, he writes about all that stuff.
As for copywriting, I'll give you a little secret: be an authority and be genuine and people will come running to you with money in their hands. My buddy Chris is making a ton of money and he doesn't do any traditional copywriting, he's just genuine. Check out his video review of 30 Days of Discipline below:
With that in mind I would like to see more about life as a lone wolf. I want to learn how to enjoy it.
I'm a lone wolf but I'm not lonely and there is a big difference. Living alone and being alone all the time will rob you of intimacy, intimacy is vital for man. If you don't enjoy being a lone wolf then maybe you aren't one, or maybe you just need a woman.
– Personal training / coaching business etc – your experience, advice, your failures / mistakes
– More about developing real friendships
– Big Government and how it is fucking up peoples lives
– Government surveillance (I know you have mentioned this a little bit, but it would be interesting going deeper and wider into this topic)
I've never been a personal trainer but if I were I'd follow these two guidelines – 1) You should be in great shape and 2) You should be a good listener. It really doesn't matter if your clients get in shape or not, a personal trainer is more like a therapist.
Developing real friendships? These things just happen. School? Waste of time for most. Government surveillance? What can you do, live in the forest like John Rambo?
For B&D I like the idea of adding a forum and maybe more on social skills, like knowing who to trust, how to gain the upper hand in a negotiation, etc.
Knowing who to trust is all in the eyes and first impressions are usually accurate.
Podcast/video would be awesome. More articles about making money through internet entrepreneurship.
Below is an example of a guy who is doing it pro from the get-go. This guy has done the best review for Body of a Spartan I have ever seen. For all you guys trying to get started making money online THIS! is how you do it. Pro from the get-go. The website looks fantastic and the writing is fantastic. After reading the review I even want go back and buy my own book!
I would like to see 3 things: First, a forum where fellow wolves could share stories/ideas and have discussions. Second, a post from your perspective about joining the military/being in the military. And third, a post that puts together a list of some of the baddest wolves (past or present) you think we should be emulating. Thanks and Merry Christmas. Forget about that politically correct ‘happy holidays’ bullshit.
The military I have two opinions….
- It can be great for a young man to develop discipline and pride in himself.
- Why would you ever want to go fight for people who hate you. Why do you want to fight to make them rich while they continually shit on you?
A post about specifically what goes through your mind when you work. Do you have a very specific game plan for the next day, with a time, duration, etc? Or just sit down and blast through until you’re done with a post or whatever you’re working on? What kinds of things help you with your mindset to be productive during that work session?
I sit down to write every single morning, without fail. I never eat food first thing in the morning, I like coffee, sometimes I take modafinil – but I always have the same goal in mind. I want jaws to drop to the floor when I publish an article. You may see one blog post per week, or one post per two weeks but the amount of work that goes into those posts is not small, I can promise that. I spend 8 hours minimum on each post, and sometimes up to two or three weeks. For every post I publish, 15 more are in the unfinished draft state because they weren't good enough.
I wish you would have some AdSense banner so I could click on it every time I read something :)) That would make some solid income alone :D Wish you all the best !
I will never have AdSense banners here, I don't care if they would make me 20 grand a month. They are ugly, phony baloney and they hurt my message. But I appreciate the thought.
Visit Eastern Europe and write about your experiences! In most places, you can find girls who look like professional models and will admire you like no other. Don’t believe it? Go to Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia etc. So many girls have great bodies, cute faces (w/o make-up even!) and are great company. If 2014 is planned for you already… well, it’s my goal as soon as I will deal with other things which planned for now.
I haven't been to Eastern Europe but you guys should check out a guy called Maverick Traveler, great writer and he's killin' it over there.
I would like to see some insight into the history of Bold & Determined. Specifically, I am referring to events and/or posts throughout its three years that caused profit and audience to grow significantly.
The magic T word is what grew my audience – TIME.
Hey Victor, could you elaborate on how you manage relationships? You talk about how your girlfriend treats you really well and gives you proper respect. But what about American girls? They have been indoctrinated by feminists and can be quite sassy and demanding. Is there any way to handle them?
Pick the right girl and not much management is needed. I don't like American girls, they simply can't compete with foreign girls. They can't cook, they can't clean, they are good for only 3 things: sex, arguing and drinking. They act like “just one of the guys”, but I'm not a homosexual and I don't want one of the guys, I want a girly girl.
How to handle them? Ignore them, try to find yourself a recent import. Now I know a bunch of fatsos will come out and say “you just can't get American girls“. Don't make me laugh, I was a player before playin' was cool.
I would also like to note that the percentage of users who are intelligent, motivated, and articulate (or trying to improve in this regard) on B&D far exceeds that of most websites (as you most likely know) so incisive content is most welcome.
I agree, but! for every 20-30 great comments I get one comment from a retard that I delete. Comments here add up, so I get quite a bit of retards leaving retarded comments. It's enough to make a man want to turn off comments (don't worry, boys, I won't).
At B&D, you’ve done a great job with the mind and body. In 2014, I wish to see you shift more towards the soul. I once watched a Thai kickboxing match, it was bloody and violent. Ironically, it began with a long prayer session, with priests and incense! I believe there is a great relation between success and spiritual growth. Being in Thailand may actually help you into reaching the logic of oriental religions: Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam etc…
I won't be doing that, I'm white. White Buddhists are so phony baloney they make me sick – like the dirty, dreadlocked white hippie I saw on the skytrain the other day. But I do want to tell you about the funniest thing I have seen in several years…
I was at a Thai kickboxing match, and in the middle of the match a man went into the ring with a snake. He was a “snake charmer” trying to kiss the snake. He was doing his little trick when all of a sudden the snake bit him on the face, hard! The sound he made when he was bitten on the face by a snake was so funny I'm laughing about it one year later. It was a real wimpy, defeated sound, like a whining dog – imagine a sound effect from the Simpsons of someone getting bit in the face by a snake. The sound he made was straight from a cartoon.
-How to maintain youth, staying healthy and looking young, vitamins skincare etc.
-how to counter feminists and those who think like them or pretend to
-how to deal with coworkers…or bosses or people that take advantage of you and how you can defend yourself from them or fuck them over (ideally be your own boss but if you don't quite have the funds yet, not all of us have made it quite yet)
You don't need to counter feminists just like you don't need to counter people with schizophrenia or down's syndrome.
How to deal with coworkers? I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy, my suggestion is to quit and start a new job – it's called Create-a-job. What you do is the same thing you do now, only you leave your company, you call yourself a consultant and you make a lot more money and have a lot more freedom.
As for looking young, I have always looked young for my age and I don't do anything special – soap and water.
I just finished University, am now looking for a job until my business is snowballing. How do I do this, without lying to the HR-ladies and HR-wussies? Victor You opened my eyes, but I can never say it during interview. Do I need to lie? Is that honorable?
I haven't been to a job interview in 5 or 6 years but should you lie? Yes, of course. That's the only way you get past Bitchy Becky, the new HR recruit. Is it honorable? Selling your soul to work a job and lowering yourself to be interviewed by an unqualified interviewer isn't honorable, so who cares if you lie.
Vic, it would be fantastic to see your views on time management and how to do as much of the things you love doing, along with the necessities.
If you can't manage your time there are a few reasons why. A) You have a job taking up your time B) You have the time, you just don't have the energy or C) You truly don't have the time because you work so much. In case of C the best thing to do is to hire someone to do the work for you.
I hired a guy a few months and it allows me to get a lot of things done that I can't or won't do on my own.
Of course I didn't take a paycut to hire somebody, that would be dumb. Instead, I planned a way to increase income to cover the cost of my right hand man. How? By setting up websites for people who don't know how to do it. If you want to start a blog but don't know how click here.
From this website I’d love to see posts like the one you have on projection of power. Anything that provides real advice concerning everyday life that won't turn me into a bitch is something I’m willing to read. Also, posts like “The #1 way to get what you want” are a great addition to the site and I’d love to see more work like that in the future. Perhaps even, if you feel like it’s worth it. A post or two that gives everyone more insight into who you are and the experiences you’ve had.
The #1 way to project power is to be be big and strong. Like me…
Bold and Determined has already given a lot . You should sell some stuff . t-shirts, hats ,supplements whatever I guess . Spread your message make a bit of money . With the name Bold and Determined there really is nothing stopping you from creating a real brand there. I could see it on t-shirts , weight lifting clothing , supplements .MMA gear.
A Bold and Determined store is in the works. I'm waiting on the t-shirts to arrive to me in Thailand to check their quality. We'll eventually add baseball caps, gym shorts and some other things.
So, you are starting a website, you are doing well but you hit a creative block or a shit like that, instead of the ideas and the confidence you use to have all you have now is reasons in your head why you will fail and not a single good idea comes along, what do you do?
No confidence for the project when 2 weeks ago I was on fire, no motivation for going to the gym and no job.
My girlfriend broke up with me in the process, so that could be one of the reasons, shit, even modafinil isn’t working and just giving me headaches.
Imagine running into your ex-girlfriend one year from now. How do you want to appear then? Rich and successful, or broke and lazy? I'd want to be rich and clean so I could have a good laugh at her and not vice versa.
I know you guys keep wanting video, video, video – try not to get hypnotized.
What you see above is the product of two things: 1) Tons of bench pressing 2) Letting a Thai cut your hair. They think every white guy wants to look like Forrest Gump.
Oh, and if you're curious that shirt I'm wearing is Thai size XXL. If I get any bigger I won't have clothes to wear. I even stopped training legs so I can fit into my pants. If you come to Thailand to bodybuild make sure you bring big clothes with you!
We'll be back to our regularly scheduled killin' in T-minus whenever it feels right.
Until next time,