This article is quite long, but I've done my best to space out the paragraphs and use simpler language to communicate my message (not going to be a regular occurrence, but I think it suits this sort of piece better - I did this with "How To Be Happy" as well)
I'll leave an excerpt here, and a link to the full article at the bottom. The introduction doesn't really do the full article justice, because it gets a lot better. So I urge you to go and check that out. Thanks for reading, and have a good day!
When I wrote monk mode, my intent was to communicate on a practical level to losers "how to stop being a loser". I used to be a loser, I personally devised and tested monk mode, and it helped me massively, so I shared my findings with others.
Now there is some controversy surrounding monk mode, mainly concerning "when one should use monk mode" and "if monk mode is being used by introverts as an excuse not to socialise". Although I will address these questions and concerns eventually, they fall outside the purview of this article.
If you are broke and have no friends, your first port of call is not to make friends. It's to get enough to discipline to master a hobby, and then flip this skill into making some money - this is monk mode. You can't focus on others when you need to build yourself up from nothing. People who aren't losers and rely on networking to do business don't understand this, but monk mode was never written with them in mind - it was written for losers.
If you lack discipline, don't have much going for yourself, and are distracted by nonsense social activities rather than building yourself, I highly recommend monk mode.
That being said, monk mode is not for everyone. Monk mode is life support for losers who need to prevent themselves from drowning in an abyss devoid of discipline, and dominated by depression. Monk mode is a route out of the gutters of hell, a long and winding path of redemption for the mediocre who've decided enough is enough.
So what's the next step after Monk Mode? Let's assume you have used monk mode, are no longer a complete loser, but still aren't killing it in life. What key ingredient are you missing, what do you need to give you that extra edge? You need a champion's mentality - this article will tell you how to get one, as well as demonstrate its attitude.
Champion mentality is about optimising your life and relationships so that you continuously win, improve and raise your value. Inevitably by merit of accomplishment and the achievement-based narcissism that accompanies it, such a lifestyle leads to a higher quality of life spiritually, socially and financially.
2.) Monk Mode Recap:
People who create are more interesting than people who don't because they apply their essence to an art form. In doing this they add value to themselves, they are more developed human-beings and thus more interesting.
People who do nothing but consume are basic people who have no real value, most of their interests (and thus what they talk about) is vicarious and based on the achievement of others. Losers live through other people, winners live through themselves; losers invest in nothing, winners don't stop investing. Winners invest in themselves before investing in others, losers are interested in everything, but have no actual value to invest.
So how does a loser stop losing? Minimise hobbies that are consumptive and acquire hobbies that are productive. It's really that simple. Switch Netflix for reading, writing or coding. I'm not going to babysit you with examples and brainstorm a 100 different hobbies that are productive so you can lazily pick one you like the sound of. Part of being a winner is doing the mental legwork. However, if you're ailed by the creative capacity of a damp towel, I will note some generalised examples to get you started: martial arts, musical instruments and languages.
Assess your life by looking at the activities you engage in. Now categorise which activities create value, and which feel good but don't really enhance your value as a person. Now cut out/reduce the things in the consumption category, and replace these activities with those that build value.
The full article can be found here.