The Competitive Spirit

Sacrifice: The Price of a Good Trick

Sacrifice… that is the price of a good trick.

A lot of “gurus” (most of them never reveal their face) write their opinions on what it takes to become successful. The funny thing is they never talk about sacrifice.

To be honest, most people in the self-improvement industry are full of crap. Most “manosphere” bloggers are anonymous guys that were the loner geek type in high school and college.

They didn’t have much of a social life growing up (they probably still don’t). Most of them have a lot of bottled up anger when it comes to women/making friends and they spit a lot of venom from behind a keyboard because of it.

Most of them ignore the obvious truth because they don’t know it.

They don’t have actual experience putting in the physical and mental work to get what they want. They didn’t play sports growing up. They weren’t conditioned to be competitors who were obsessed with winning.

They weren’t forced to run gassers on old school astro-turf in 110 degree weather in the middle of July. They have no idea what “suicides” are.

They didn’t experience competing in sports all over the United States against the best competition in the country.

They know nothing about pushing their body beyond their limits through grueling strength and conditioning training in effort to become an athletic powerhouse.

They talk about the importance of “generating state from within” or being “free from outcome.” Those things might help but they don’t strengthen you to the point of getting what you want.

Pretending that you are happy when you are truly miserable on the inside will not do a thing for you. Pretending to be a big bad alpha male when in reality you are not a person who is worthy of that universal respect will only give you a “try hard” vibe.

The truth is… Anything that is not given to you upfront comes with a cost. Everything costs something.

What about your life’s purpose or you “path” in life?

Yes, that costs something too. Sacrifice. Dedication. Whatever you want to call it… You will have to make sacrifices (if you want it bad enough).

It means that you are going to have to make a decision that you are 100% about that life.

Decisions terrify most people. People fear decisions because they fear chosen commitment. Most people make commitment out of convenience. They don’t usually freely choose it. Most relationships today are an example of this. Another example is occupation.

Most people don’t really go after what they want in life. If that were the case, everyone would be brand building and eventually starting their own business. But that’s not the case. Most people live for convenience aka take what is given to them.

They don’t make decisions. They ask everyone else for their opinion and usually just pick what is most convenient or the majority opinion.

I was guilty of this up until high school. Finally, college decision time came and I naturally asked my father what I should do. He told me: “Not this time. This time is different. You pick what school you want to go to. Only you. And you live with your decision. No transferring or wanting to come back home. Whatever school you pick, that’s what school’s stage you’re going to be walking across and earning your degree from in four years. So make sure you pick the right one.”

Since then I’ve made my own decisions and then asked for input afterwards.

You want to master your trick?

It starts with making the decision to commit. It starts with you making the decision that you are going to live your trick.

You decide that you are going to eat sleep and breathe your trick until you decide to move on to another one. You know you have found your trick when everything else naturally takes a backseat to it.

Friends. Family. Sleep. Girlfriend. You start to care a little less about those things because you become obsessed with your trick.

Reminder: Don’t completely ignore everything else. You need some balance.

It is big advantage to have that fearlessness toward losing it all in pursuit of mastering your trick. That’s more fire for your competitive spirit and what you tell it.

The Perfect Movie Scene

There is a movie about 2 magicians (portrayed by Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) in the 19th century who develop a great rivalry over who can outperform the other with the best tricks.

The movie is called The Prestige. You could probably find it for free online somewhere.

There is a scene where an old Chinese magician puts a silk cloth in front of his body and magically pulls a gigantic fish bowl seemingly out of thin air.

One of the magicians (Hugh Jackman) and his advisor watch as members of the audience.

The magician does not know how the old man does it. The advisor remarks that the old Chinese magician is actually holding the fish bowl in between his legs the entire time before the trick is performed.

The magician (Jackman) says it’s impossible because the Chinese magician is an old man who is slow and walks hunched over.

The advisor says that it’s all an act. The Chinese magician is actually quite strong and able bodied. He simply fakes his hunch and wide legged walk.

The lesson is that he sacrificed. His entire life revolved around making his fishbowl trick seem more believable. That’s the price he paid…

The question is what price are you going to pay once you find the trick you want to master?…


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  2. Neocrummer
    September 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm — Reply

    Great article. I really like how you can be redpill without coming off as a weirdo or loser. Anyways I’m surprised you didn’t mention risks and going through defeat if said risk didn’t fall through.

    • September 19, 2014 at 5:12 am — Reply

      Yea. Plenty of time to talk about risks and defeat.

  3. Isaac
    September 19, 2014 at 3:16 am — Reply

    Good article. I always have an anxious kind of feeling when things are going too easily for me. A bit of a poking at the back of my mind that something’s not right. Now I realize that it’s the fact that everything is going smoothly and I’m not sacrificing anything to get what I want. Nowadays I look for the pain, look for the opportunity to suffer a little bit because I know that something good will come of it. When everything is going right, when everything is easy, that’s when you stagnate, or worse fuck up really bad.

    • September 19, 2014 at 5:11 am — Reply

      good point about looking for the pain… more on that later

  4. Teo
    September 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    Great article, your writing have improved so much( even though your first articles about girls was awesome and helped me alot) . I can feel your bad-assness through the words haha. Your articles have helped me get on the right path and i have improved in most areas of my life, since i started reading your art.

    • September 20, 2014 at 1:31 am — Reply

      thanks man that’s great to hear. Only going up from now on…

  5. September 26, 2014 at 5:08 am — Reply

    This is my favorite scene in The Prestige. Great movie, and a great lesson.

    • September 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm — Reply

      yea man very powerful scene.

  6. Lucas
    October 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm — Reply

    Hey Sonny. Thanks for the article! It was a great read. And I must point out how its cool that you reply to all comments on your site bro. Props to that.
    Sacrifice is so true. It’s impossible to be everything you want, sacrifices MUST be made.
    Every time I chose a path, I missed another one. The best sprinters are crap marathoners. The best musicians focus so much on it and don’t paint, dance, sculpt, etc so much as they could and it works all ways in art. Life is full of different things.
    What stood out to me was that you CAN be a good TV-watcher, job-goer, family-carer, food-eater, boyfriend and so on, but this takes time from your trick. And it can be a choice.
    Luckily my trick chose me, and I’ll improve being a musician over all else (but without neglect).

    • October 3, 2014 at 5:57 am — Reply

      Yea there’s really only so much drive you can put out there among your various interests.

  7. March 9, 2015 at 4:39 am — Reply

    […] I’ve talked with some of them over the past year. That’s part of my job because I need to learn how that particular demographic thinks. It’s all a part of developing a good trick. […]

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