One Gorilla Mindset seminar changed my life
Friends, I’m normally not one for the self-help section of my local bookstore. For one thing, there’s a ton of smutty books on “improving intimate relationships” for guys who are too incompetent to satisfy their women in bed — a pathetic group of losers to which I hold no membership card. And for another, a lot of the non-sex books there are just guides on how to get rich quick — for the author at least. Nonetheless, Mike Cernovich’s book Gorilla Mindset somehow ended up in my hands several months ago, at a time when I had hit rock-bottom and was weening myself off of SSRI’s and getting over a bad case of being a liberal. I recall fondly sinking into the soft, velvety chair in my study on a fresh spring morning as I read the entire thing from cover to cover in a single sitting.
Over the next few days I had read it again, only this time making notes in the margins, highlighting key phrases and filling it with post-its on pages and passages I felt I would need to revisit a third time — or a fourth or fifth. The words were simple and clear and the message spoke directly to my soul: get off your b*tt, get to work and take some personal accountability. So I followed Mike’s words, worked until exhaustion, started lifting again and excelled in my personal and professional life. Weeks and months flew by and I realized how I had finally, for the first time in my entire life, achieved a state of flow I was truly happy, not to mention successful. I was invincible.
Several months later I faced some unexpected hardships in my professional life. I don’t want to rehash old stories (if you are interested you can read about them from my profile page here at Medium) but suffice to say I was temporarily dethroned — all but exiled from my professional field. Forgetting the teachings of Cernovich, I returned to old thought patterns and soon found myself once again alone in my study, blaming others for my failures and shortcomings. I wallowed in self-pity for many weeks before an e-mail that would change my life flattered into my inbox. “Gorilla Mindset Workshop” read the subject. I glanced at the contents of the e-mail, looked at my calendar for availability and thought to myself “Why not?”. I pre-ordered my ticket immediately.
A couple of weeks later I entered a small room where the seminar was to be held. Surprisingly, the event was filled with many participants from all walks of life, and I was immediately welcomed by the eclectic group who all seemed quite eager to learn from the master himself. Before the lecture began, I made small-talk with my neighbor. A 40-something-year-old African American who said he had tried, and failed, at launching businesses his whole life. He blamed it on racism, until studying Mike’s books. After reading Gorilla Mindset, he said, his next venture soared higher than he’d ever imagined. He was here to pick the Cernovich’s brain and see if he could get some inspiration for his next business idea. He had opted for the deep-dive session afterwards, and I was immediately a little jealous that I hadn’t shelled out the few extra bucks to do it as well. Maybe next time.
A few minutes later Mike Cernovich took the podium and the next several hours were an absolute blur. With a professional slide deck and accompanying presentation so tight that it could easily rival anything McKinsey has ever put out, Mike took us all on a journey through environment, body and mind with the final destination of self-actualization. While the content he covered here wasn’t exactly new, he framed each chapter with relevant anecdotes, analogies and background information that really helped some of the more complex concepts to stick. It wasn’t like the written form of the book or the audiobook, both of which I have worked through many times. It was like a good, trusted friend sharing with you the secrets of the universe. Applied Living 101 — and I was going to know it all.
By the end of the seminar I was full of creative energy, so I rushed home to get some work done. On my way, I was pulled over by a cop for speeding but, using some of the techniques Mike had just taught me, I talked myself down to a simple warning. The officer even wished me a pleasant evening! At home, I retired once again to my study and worked throughout the night on my upcoming non-fiction book. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but… well you’ll just have to wait. Stay tuned.
It’s now been a couple of days since the seminar but I still feel like I’m sitting in the back of the lecture hall and just soaking in all of the knowledge. I am still just as, if not more, motivated and inspired to make the most out of my life. I highly recommend Mike’s work and if you ever have the opportunity, you should definitely book a slot at his next seminar.