2 Steps to Improve at Any Skill

I tend to be a methodical man, taking a problem and working through it very analytically.  Oftentimes, I will lay out a step-by-step process to handling a situation, either writing it down on paper or making a checklist in my mind.

This same analytical process comes to bear when I am trying to improve a skill set, be it a physical endeavor, an entrepreneurial venture, or a hobby.  Throughout the course of my life, I have come across a few practices that I have found beneficial to helping me develop the skill in question.  Today, I’m going to share these practices with you.  One method many of you will know about, but the other you probably won’t.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

Most of you have probably heard of this principle in the past so I won’t spend much time on it.  Basically, S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for tackling what may initially seem an insurmountable goal.  If a project or problem seems so large that you don’t even know where to begin, this tactic can easily help you begin building momentum to get you kick-started.

S.M.A.R.T. stands for five key aspects of a goal you’re wanting to set.

  • Small – Pick one small piece of the project to start on.
  • Measurable – Your goal should have some metric to determine if you are making progress.
  • Attainable – This means that your goal should be something you can realistically achieve.  Setting a goal to put on 20 pounds of muscle in a month is not attainable without copious amounts of Kratom (heh).
  • Relevant – Deciding to clean up the clutter in your house shouldn’t begin with mulching your garden bed.
  • Timely – Your goal needs a timeline and deadline.  If not, you’ll find that you might never start, nor finish.

A simple example of the S.M.A.R.T. principle in action is applying it to your fitness routine.  Let’s say I want to lose 5 pounds within a month’s time.  Let’s apply the S.M.A.R.T. criteria and see if this is, well, smart.

  • S – This is a small, short-term goal that doesn’t stretch out into the far future.
  • – To measure this, I will use a health kiosk at my local grocery store.  Also good for measuring my blood pressure and heart rate.
  • A – An individual can safely lose up to 2 pounds of fat per week so this goal is certainly attainable.
  • R – Is this relevant towards my overall fitness levels?  Yes.
  • – I have a deadline and a loose timeline (1.25 pounds per week) to help determine if I’m on track.

3 Goals Method

While the last approach can be viewed as a more macro approach, this one can be utilized each session.  I initially learned of the 3 Goals Method while competing in Taekwondo tournaments and employed it extensively during my more junior years although it can be applied no matter your skill level.  For this method, grab a small piece of paper and a pen and write down 3 very specific goals you want to complete in your session.

I will use a Taekwondo match to help illustrate:

  1. I want to execute at least 5 kicks to the head.
  2. I want to feint my opponent and then execute a spinning kick when they react at least once.
  3. I want to slip my opponent’s attack and put myself in an advantageous position at least twice.

Notice what these goals don’t have?  They aren’t dependent on successfully landing a technique on my opponent.  Rather, they force me to do things I might be struggling with and want to improve.  By writing the goals down, I now have something to measure my rate of improvement with.

Basing your skill against whether you beat your opponent or not can be misleading.  After all, not every opponent is the same and even the same opponent can have off days or be trying a new approach of their own.  By writing down personal goals that are independent of who I’m up against, I can not only improve my skills, but I have a metric of success outside of winning or losing the match.

Conclusion

Improving any skill takes consistent and diligent effort.  Sure, you’ll make some gains simply by getting in there and bumbling around, but in order to excel to the highest levels, you must critically analyze what areas you are weak in and take steps to improve them.

If you have another method I that you think might help others, leave it down in the comments section below.

Author: Jak

Jak, married and father of three, seeks to help the Red-Pill Community take its next step past the petty cynicism and ineffectual anger. While he recognizes that men are significantly handicapped by the modern legal system and culture, he doesn’t accept that traditional marriage is untenable in today’s social climate.

Rather, men must be willing to adapt to this new world by implementing new tactics and approaches to maintaining a balance of power. Jak is here to provide you with these lessons.

  • S.M.A.R.T principle.
    Not dumb like everyone says, S.M.A.R.T

    • Stoic Nihilist
      • bem

        damnit!!!!

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

      S.M.O.T.

      • bem

        not D.U.M.B. (like everyone says)

    • bem

      Every.
      Single.
      Goddamn.
      Day.

      • cheeseburgercheeseburger

        anyone using the word “smart” or the acronym should get a game misconduct

        • bem

          they should at least learn the casino business first…

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            if coppola would stop making shitty vino and get back in the director’s chair, at least we’d have Godfather 4 to quote mine

            • bem

              At the very least he’d get his shitty daughter out of the director’s chair…

              • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                I’ll take my 34 minute ban for admitting Lost in Translation is a great movie

                • bem

                  We’re done here.

                • Jak

                  You’re 34 minutes begins…..
                  ……
                  ……Now.

            • AutomaticSlim

              Godfather 4 — The Crackdown!

              • bem

                Godfather 4 – The Real Money is in Gangster Movies!

                • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                  GF 4- Pacino owes millions in child support to chevy chase’s wife in Vacation

                  • bem

                    Hoo-ahh ing all the way to arbitration….

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      “I should take a flamethrow-uh tuh this place!”

                  • AutomaticSlim

                    Oh god…she was old even in “Hair”…

                • AutomaticSlim

                  The Exorcist 4 — “the power of cash compelled them!”

                  • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                    pt 3 was very very good.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Yeah. Loved the scene where the grandma saved the girl.

    • Consolation_of_Philosophy

      Fredo is SMART, and wants respect!

      • dckhead_con_artist

        In my city we keep the traffic to the dark people the colored they are animals anyways

        • bem

          let them lose their souls…

          • I knew a guy once who would get his wife so mad by claiming that Africans did not have souls.

          • they’re animals anyway

        • Consolation_of_Philosophy

          Let them lose their souls… to Kratom.

  • AutomaticSlim

    “Sure, you’ll make some gains simply by getting in there and bumbling around…”

    “Bumbling around” is pretty much the story of my life. Even at work. To this day I have never “designed” a computer program. I code as I go. It was how I started back in the 80s and how I have remained. It has served me well up till now as I am the type of consultant companies bring in for tactical work and updates, not architectural overhauls.

    But I have to admit, the methodical approach seems more professional and most likely much less stressful.

  • Mahatma Gandhi

    As the Vedas state: “It is better to be S.M.A.R.T than dumb.”

  • Stoic Nihilist

    I’m just here for the upvotes

    • Ainigmaris Thales

      Tits or GTFO.

  • Sir Lee

    These are great – and seems the proper way.
    But, I’ve never been like that. Sure I make lists, and such.
    But, somehow – whether construction, small business startups – including construction in retail bar/restaurants.
    Legal paperwork.
    yachts – maintenance/circumnavigations
    Massive Wall St software projects.
    Mostly all single handed, and just get in and make it happen.
    Perhaps the planning is happening on another level…

    I graduated software degree in 2004. there was some modern project management modules, where we had to work in groups( carry thru the strong and independent women).
    That sucked and not my style.
    prefer do it alone…

    • AutomaticSlim

      “…not my style. prefer do it alone…”

      Yup.

      • bem

        I have far more success getting results from things than people.

        • AutomaticSlim

          Things are better than people.
          They don’t have attitudes and “feelings”.

          • bem

            why not both?!?!?!?

            • AutomaticSlim

              The coffee pot guy looks a little like Christian Bale.
              Or the guy who played “Ghoul” in “Hacksaw Ridge”.

              • bem

                hah!

            • Chip Baskets

              Expert level simpsons reference.
              Good job der lil buddy

              • bem

                Thank you. Pabst who, right??

                That clip has consistently made me laugh since it came out. EXPERT absurdism.

  • cheeseburgercheeseburger

    Matt Lauer fired- musta blew a kiss at someone back in 1998.

    • bem

      “he asked me on a date – I’M HARASSED!!!!!”
      “I wore a short skirt and he looked at my legs – I’M HARASSED!!!!!”
      “he smiled at me – I’M HARASSED!!!!!”

      • Jak

        “He said ‘Good Morning. How was your weekend?’ – RAPE!”

      • AutomaticSlim

        He looks like Brad PItt — “I’m so lucky!!!”

      • iBooB

        Her tits were violating my eyes

        • bem

          yeah – what about MY rights?!?!?

        • Fat women in spandex should be shot on sight

          • bem

            they call that “harpooned” on sight.

            • “thar she blows”
              “She ain’t blowing me!”

    • AutomaticSlim

      They haven’t put out the details yet, but I am going to guess the female he “harassed” was over 40. He seems the type to go for the old bags, like the Guthrie woman (although was not her).

      • Sir Lee

        I did see him walking arm in arm with an appropriate looking/aged fairly hot slim/svelte woman…

        • AutomaticSlim

          Before or after he got sh*t-canned?

          • Sir Lee

            this was about August – I just looked up wife on internet and seems it was her.
            for the Hampton’s it could have been anything – much younger chick with wealthy dude – or gay (seems he would be to me)

    • Consolation_of_Philosophy

      Again? I am getting sick and fucking tired of this bullshit. They give a man public consequences based on undisclosed accusations of “harassment,” whatever that means.

      No more. I have no love for Lauer, but he’s now in the public stocks, being fired and slimed before anybody has a clue what he’s done, or if it is even out of line. Being a scummy, needy jerk is not a crime, unless it violates the specific bounds of law. I was looking at a list of Hollywood “predators” the other day, and almost all of them committed no specific crime— they are just assholes.

      We need to stop this shit now, or we won’t be able to find jobs without being chemically castrated like sex offenders.

      • Jak

        I agree it is going too far, but unfortunately, a business can pretty much fire anyone at anytime for any reason. That being said, if this Lauer person is indeed innocent, he needs to take the broad to court and sue the pants off her (pun intended).

        • Consolation_of_Philosophy

          Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like these guys, and if I was a woman I am sure I’d loathe them. But this #metoo moment is spiraling into a Salem Witch Hunt. It is a civilizational-level orgy of antimale bigotry, and we’re all going to feel it, in turn.

          • Jak

            Totally agree. I’m at the point to where MSM and Hollywood can be hit by a meteor and I wouldn’t blink, but this kind of shit floats downstream. It’s something that can wipe them out, but it’s going to take a lot of innocent men on our side out in the process.

            • UWOTM8

              I will say though, that some men of our sort can get out of this alive. Look at Mike Pence, the MSM lambasted him for refusing to be around any other woman than his wife. Now that’s made him untouchable by any of these schemers.

          • bem

            You can ruin anyone’s life by putting up a sign in their front yard that says: “Child Molester”
            This is no different.

            • cheeseburgercheeseburger

              did it work? did your neighbor sell his house?

              • bem

                No, but I got kicked out of the PTA!

            • AutomaticSlim

              “Ive been combing the high schools all day”

              – Booger

          • Jim Johnson

            Agreed, this idea that the media can come in and destroy people at will without any verifiable proof. This has gotten to the point that anyone can be destroyed just for going against the wrong people.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            should start a #methreesome

        • Consolation_of_Philosophy

          Don’t get me wrong. I’m not rising to defend men who genuinely use threats to a woman’s career position to bargain for sex. That’s already against the law. Furthermore, I don’t like these guys, and if I was a woman I am sure I’d loathe at least a few of them.

          But this #metoo moment is spiraling into a Salem Witch Hunt. It is a civilizational-level orgy of antimale bigotry, and we’re all going to feel it, in turn. Standby for the interpersonal blowback.

          • AutomaticSlim

            Weinstein seems like an actual rapist.
            Ratner is worse than a rapist. He was a lowly, vile procurer (wimpy pimp) bringing young models (most likely exclusively white and non-jewish) to the vile no-talent Simmons.

            Franken is an annoying jerk and always was. But his “trangressions” with females seem very minor.

            Roy Moore did absolutely nothing wrong. A single guy dating pretty girls back in the 70s. People making a stink about the age need to realize the age of consent laws were more reasonable back then.

            • Consolation_of_Philosophy

              Franken is a major asshole— but what he did is no worse than what happens in every high school drama club, everywhere.

              Would I have done it? No. Do I approve? No. Do I expect it from actors/carnies? Totally comes with the territory.

              • AutomaticSlim

                Yeah, agree and as I said, what he did is very minor.
                But that Ratner — he needs to be dealt with in very bad ways. That motherf*cker deserves the worst.

                • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                  yeah, he directed the worst XMEN movie ever. almost ruined the franchise. off with his head

                  • Consolation_of_Philosophy

                    I must beg to differ: Age of Apocalypse looks less like an X-Men movie than it does a gay pride parade.

              • I am officially going to replace “actors” in my vocabulary with “carnies”

                • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                  “and the award for Best Supporting Female Carny goes to…”

                  • bem

                    Seconded. Motion passed.

                • Consolation_of_Philosophy

                  We treat actors as paragons of civic virtue. It is helpful to remember that in Antiquity, actors (and assorted carnies) were literally whores.

                  • Jim Johnson

                    Yup, whether for a million bucks or 20, they are what they are.

      • Sir Lee

        this is true. its what I stated on day one.
        nothing will happen to any of these top democrats/feminists…
        and it is the precursor for tightening controls over men.

      • bem

        These witch-hunts are sounding an awful lot like ThoughCrime.

        • I saw goody proctor grab an interns ass!

      • cheeseburgercheeseburger

        guilty until proven guilty. justice american style!

  • Sir Lee

    Another important part of planning.
    I don’t work in a cubicle – but if I did – I would soon be fired for ogling the office chicas – so wouldn’t…
    Last year I saw Richard Gere’s beach house for sale $54million. and sold to someone called Matt Lauer. had to look up name. and thought how can some guy on a news show afford that?
    And today he is fired for being a man or something…amazing shit.
    So if you plan to keep your job — don’t fraternize with the office staff.

    • AutomaticSlim

      I work in an open area on a long flat desk – they call it “trader style”.
      The building floor space is enormous, and there are several hundred people on the floor. 90% male. And of that 10% female only 1 (!) is ogle-able. And that is TYPICAL of IT.

      BTW, the ogle-able one is a young, yappy, chinese girl. At times she yaps like no tomorrow and can be quite annoying.

      • Sir Lee

        then its a safe space for me

      • Sir Lee

        I would definitely try and fuck her.
        Damn – was just thinking – whats the body odor like in there?

        BTW – I have long haul holiday over xmas – will be couple of stops in SE Asia… going to be great!

        • AutomaticSlim

          – Yappy chinese girl is engaged — and Converting to Judaism for hubby-wubby!

          – Body odor is atrocious. Bathroom odor is atrocious. Microwave curry stink from the pantry at lunch is atrocious.

          – Enjoy SE Asia! Bang some tang real hard!

          • Sir Lee

            har!

          • Mahatma Gandhi

            Is conversion to Judaism that easy around those parts of the world?

            • AutomaticSlim

              New York?
              Um…yeah…

            • bem

              It is a standard move for asian chicks who believe that Ari loves them and isn’t just indulging a fetish or looking for cleaner genetics to mate with.

              • Mahatma Gandhi

                Contrast it with just how difficult it is for a male to convert to (Orthodox) Judaism. It makes little sense since t is a Jewish mother not a Jewish father who makes the child officially Jewish…

                • bem

                  In the US it is absolutely cultural. Orthodoxy is limited to in-bred fringes while the Law of Moses is meaningless to the cult at large.

              • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                had an asian friend who married a jewish chick; oh man, that scene was awesome! buncha of Japanese trying to speak hebrew…rabbi said something, they tried to repeat what he said…also:yamulkes.

                • bem

                  Poor bastard….express my condolences. She’s just looking for a sperm-donor and will ruin his life.

                  • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                    a Jap marries a J.A.P.!
                    oh that went up in flames. she was like 5 yrs older than him.

                    • bem

                      hah!
                      Yeah I’m not terribly shocked. Besides, she was just trying to hedge their kid’s SAT prospects.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      yep, thought the culture diff, not the age, would do em in…had to move to bergen co to be close to her parents…she couldnt have kids, wanted to move back to the city to be closer to her friends…whole marriage was about 5 yrs

                    • bem

                      “had to move to bergen co to be close to her parents..
                      ugggggh, pussy like a venus flytrap. Dude got sucked in. Hope he’s OK now.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      nah, he was a best friend, dicked me over. he got what he deserved.

                • AutomaticSlim

                  Didn’t steamboat willie stab that guy?

                • AutomaticSlim
                  • Ainigmaris Thales

                    Quit with the homoerotic shit, you fags.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      He certainly stuffed Mellish’s derma, that’s for sure…

                    • bem

                      guy was a dik

                    • bem

                      Hebrewerotic.

                • bem

                  I’ll SEE that, and raise you:

  • Boothe

    One place I worked put up “STAR” placards up all over the place. Nobody knew what this was about. After about two weeks of “suspense” management rolled out the S.T.A.R. program to improve our safety and efficiency:

    Stop – before you take an action stop.
    Think – think about the action you plan to take.
    Act – take the action.
    Review – review the results of that action.

    But they were dealing with a blue collar work force predominantly made up of male military veterans. We knew better than that BS. What S.T.A.R. really meant was:

    Shit
    That
    Ain’t
    Right

  • Mahatma Gandhi

    I have recently found this thought-provoking article:
    “The Fall of the Manosphere”
    http://primalexistence.com/the-fall-of-the-manosphere/
    What do you guys think? is the Manosphere dead …or is just that some people expected a bit too much from it in the first place?

    • bem

      Sound like a lot of the same frustrations that led to the creation of this site – the need to disengage from Pop-Outrage and focus on positive changes one can achieve on the individual and family level.

      Besides, I’ll say it again: ‘manosphere’ always sounds like some kinda gay thunderer-dome or some shit….

      • Mahatma Gandhi

        You are probably right.
        Btw..I really hate therm “Manosphere”, too.

        • cheeseburgercheeseburger

          “return to normality” woulda been better imo

        • bem

          sooooooooooooo

          “I hate the term “Manosphere”, too”
          -Gandhi

          • Mahatma Gandhi

            I love this site – an Indian man was made a top example of manly wisdom and wit.

            • bem

              BANNED.

              • Jak

                “BANNED.” -Gandhi

                • Mahatma Gandhi

                  In Hinduism your ban can extend to your next lives, too.

                  • Jak

                    *phew*
                    Good thing I’m a Christian then!

                    • bem

                      yeah fuk that….

                • Jim Johnson

                  “BANNED” – AIDS

                  • Mahatma Gandhi

                    In Soviet Russia, AIDS will ban you.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      No….that only happens in Ukraine or Haiti

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      Lol. Why only in those two countries?

                    • Jim Johnson

                      You’ll learn soon enough, Charles Bronson will make sure of that.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      BTW, why does that weirdo have to pick two of the greatest actors (he was Ins. Callahan too) to use as avatars.
                      HIs incarnation as John Brown was much more approriate.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      The late actor Bronson, or the infamous British prisoner Bronson?

                    • Jim Johnson

                      see Slim’s comment below

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      Is that Kersey fellow still around?

                    • bem

                      Wait – hold up…..
                      you’re not…..it CANT be!!!!

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      Im hoping he is jerome kersey

                    • always off the back of the black man

                    • He is like a fart….

                      Asking about it is direct evidence of identity. Also, he stinks like poopie

                    • Jim Johnson

                      And a sticky fart at that. Need to shower to get rid of them at times.

                    • Hate those

                    • Jim Johnson

                      You called it, well done.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      He will pop up every now and then, shit all over the thread and then delete his account. He thinks we are the Klan because we don’t follow the PC mantra about race.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      I fucked a half-PR chick once, so I can’t be racist.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      Was she any good?

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      Yes, but she had weird nipples.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      I fukked a PR chick once; she worked for Burberry

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      Puerto Rican or Public Relations?

                    • Jim Johnson

                      I saw a PR chick once…..no wait, she was Mexican.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      Mexicans tend to be nicer.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      Could be, I have ran the gambit with Mexicans though. Some would give the shirt off their back to a stranger, others will stab you if they thought you had something in your wallet.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      PRs will stab you for looking at them funny. Or if they are just bored and you happen to be nearby.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      Well, I guess that settles it, Mexicans are nicer.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Eh…some of those MS-13 guys make a compelling argument against that… (yeah I know Salvadorean, Mexican…)

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      MS-13 has got a great PR department. Pretty much every Mexican gang is “MS-13”.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Yeah, like all NY hispanics are “Puerto Rican”.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      “Hispanic” is a made-up word.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      I’ve always preferred “mestizo”.
                      Has a real nice ring to it.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      Not all Hispanics are mestizos…

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      No need to get all pedantic, Uncle Ben.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Oh boy, now I’m confused.
                      Time for a booze break.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      Don’t drink and drive.

                    • bem

                      FACT. ‘perta-reekin’ to be exact.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      MS-13 is mainly Salvadorean. Just saying…

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      Nothing in that statement contradicts anything in my statement.

                    • bem

                      Their favorite soccer team doesn’t interest me.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      Mexicans born and raised in Mexico tend to be genuine (cartelmen excluded)
                      US-born Mexicans can be different…albeit most of them are still OK.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      My wife served a mission in Miami, she would say the same about the Hatians, direct immigrants are very nice, the second generation makes a change for the worse.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      That may be true.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      “Always walk fast through the Puerto Rican neighborhood.”

                      – A. Bunker

                    • thats perrter rickan

                    • bem

                      delayed rake

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      The NY variety? Probably.
                      The one in Puerto Rico itself tend to be more relaxed and less hostile.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      Did I say PRs? I meant New Yorkers.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Now you’re talking!

                    • Jim Johnson

                      WB Fitness, You, Bem….How many others of you are from NYC?

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      I’m not from New York.

                    • bem

                      Yes you are.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      No I’m not.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      You should be- you arent likeable

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      FUCK YOU IM VERY FUCKING LIKEABLE YOU FUCKING FUCK YOU ARENT FUCKING LIKABLE FUCKWAD

                    • bem

                      Yup. Pure Valley Stream, just like CB said….

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      I WILL STAB YOU IN THE NECK

                    • bem

                      I rest my case.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales
                    • bem
                    • Jim Johnson

                      Gentlemen, this bit right here has to be one of the funnier threads I’ve seen in awhile, well done.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      Funny? Funny how? I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      you ever hit a deer on the way to your mudder’s house? sometimes you need a big knife to cut its paw outta your grill

                    • it’s a hoof…the hoof

                    • Jim Johnson

                      Did you at least grow up in NYC?

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      Nope. Born and raised in the South by the grace of the good Lord Almighty.

                    • You don’t talk like one of us…..

                    • Andrew Dice Clay doesn’t talk like a jew

                    • bem

                      “grow up”?

                    • bem

                      diggin’ your own lime-pit….

                    • You just prequalified for a condo in turtle bay

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      I am…for better or worse.

                    • bem

                      I’m not really. Born/raised in the ‘burbs thereof, but in Philly since college.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      The Badlands of Philly? Even Gandhi himself wouldn’t dare to go there…

                    • bem

                      NO WAY.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Geno’s or Pat’s?

                    • bem

                      Jims

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Is that the same as Chink’s?

                    • bem

                      I dont think so…..but having only been here 25 years I’m by no means a native.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      My bad.
                      Chinks is actually Joes.
                      http://www.philly.com/philly/food/Chinks-Steaks-changing-its-name.html

                      Like I said above, this cheesesteak stuff is complicated.

                    • Murdoc34

                      Nah, that’s the easy part. To really make sure you are getting a square deal in Philly is check to make sure they aren’t on the “big pile of feces” list.

                      http://www.philly.com/philly/health/special_reports/clean-plates/clean-plates-restaurant-inspections-philadelphia-fecal-mice-roaches-20171102.html

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Hahaha!
                      Now that I know about it, it will always be the first thing I check!

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      “Elaine & Paul Deli
                      1627 S 2nd St.
                      A big pile of fecal matter was found in the basement area.

                      Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the
                      establishment was issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue
                      food operations immediately. The establishment could not operate for a
                      minimum of 48 hours. Inspected Oct. 17.”

                      Yes, because 48 hours is the exact time it should take to clean and sanitize a basement after removed a big pile of fecal matter.

                    • Murdoc34

                      The thing that gets me (unless I’m reading too much into this) but reading through the various descriptions, there seems to be a distinction between the operator voluntarily closing to address the problem and the need for the health department to issue a ‘Cease Operations Order’.

                      Which would mean the owners of this particular establishment, on their own accord, saw no reason to stop serving food merely to take care of a big pile of feces.

                    • Murdoc34

                      Pft. Steve’s near Cottman & Bustleton. Always make a point to get there whenever I’m back east.

                    • bem

                      I’ve heard Great Things. yet to make it out there though.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      correct answer is Tony Luke’s.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Looked them up on Google.
                      They have a 12 pack for $209.

                      Oh wait, that was Jim’s…
                      This cheesesteak stuff is complicated…

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      he had a franchisee on 9th off 42 st- too bad it shut down

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Everything good shuts down…Really sucks.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      see if they deliver roast pork,sharp prov, brocoli rabe sammiches. might be worth it, although that $200 cuts big time into your “ladies of the night” budget

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      200 not so much. 30 mins these days.
                      Maybe I can find one that will accept half payment in pork…

                    • “Not that muslim porn star probably”

                      I had the joke at the ready but don’t have the reference.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Mia Khalifa…not my type…tits are too fake…

                    • I never like that type either and couldn’t pick her out of a crowd I just remember someone telling me about this muslim porn star.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Funny thing about her.
                      Even though she shaves her poontang bald…she still seems hairy…weird.

                    • Yes, arabs are ontologically hairy. It is like how a lot of women are ontologically fat. The actual hair or weight content doesn’t matter, it is part of their being a priori

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Here’s a pic in case you were curious. This one is “postable”.

                      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/445b8b9eae5445c88970482596c303fcc3f17bc772d93293430652b3c8ef0d13.jpg

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      WA

                    • not hot

                    • roast pork and broccoli rape (spell it right!) is the real treat of philly food

                    • ” there are, like, thirty Ray’s Pizzas. They all claim to be the original. But the real one’s on 11th”

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      nah, the owner of Luke’s insisted the franchisee get his food from him- daily. he would always run out of shit by EOD. dude finally said eff it and shut it down

                    • somewhat off topic, best slice in new york (slice shop pizza, not coal fired pies which is a whole different topic), is and will always be Joes on Carmine and 6th.

                    • goldbely app! love that shit. Pretty soon I will never have to leave this city for the rest of the god forsaken country.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      AT is a southern belle…I always accuse him of being from nyc metro

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      I can really fill out a pair of Daisy Dukes.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      Twins?

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      I’ve had sisters, but not twins. Yet.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      That would be just weird to me. Something about a family tree looking like a Christmas wreath

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      I’ve actually done a few different sets of sisters. Mostly it’s dating the older sister and then banging the little sister on the side, but I’ve also dated the younger sister and then banged the older sister. The competition angle always seems to overcome any family loyalty. AWALT.

                    • As long as they’re not YOUR sisters

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      Meant Puerto Ricans living in NYC…

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      I meant all New Yorkers and especially lolknee.

                    • bem

                      lolkereeken?

                    • bem

                      Capital of PR: Manhattan.

                    • bem

                      BULLSHIT. Some of the nicest people I know.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      I’m so proud of you. Spelling out bad words like a real grown ass man. So proud.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      Of course, 10 million people, all wanting to live together. They would have to be the most people friendly people around.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Burberry, huh?
                      So I take it you met her at the mall?

                      A long time a go I used to bang a DR chick.
                      Never did that again…They are freaking nuts.

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      You need to have solid game to handle them.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      DR= direct response? I hate advertising chix too

                    • Mahatma Gandhi

                      See what you did here…

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      No..a Doctor. They are the worst.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      lol, they don’t have doctors in the Dominican Republic.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      This one was. A witch doctor with the emphasis on witch.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      witch doctors are a 2 month certificate program down there.

                    • bem

                      sure they do – they wear these big-ass masks and dance around.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      I think that’s Haiti.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      Why can’t any of you pussies spell out the word “fuck”? Misspelling it just makes you seem like you are 12 years olds who are too scared to use real curse words.

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Or just a lapsed Catholic…

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      If you wanna be dropped from a choppa into that giant gleeming black cube in the utah desert, be my guest.

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      Gleaming the Cube was some of Christian Slater’s best fucking work, but I don’t know what the fuck that has to do with fuck all.

                    • Chip Baskets

                      He sure showed that zipperhead adopted brother what sskateboarding looks like

                    • bem

                      DONT FUK WITH MY BIT!!!!

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      SPELL FUCK OUT LIKE A FUCKING MAN YOU FUCKING PUSSY

                    • bem

                      SCREW YOU DAAAAAAAD – YOU AINT THE BOSS OF ME!

                    • Ainigmaris Thales

                      FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING FUCKBALL

                    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                      I didn’t know one could make half a career at PR. Neat.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      Part time job

                    • Boothe

                      So she was half Public Relations. What’s the other half? HR? Marketing?

                    • My wife has French blood. They’re kinda shady….

                    • AutomaticSlim

                      Its a Kersey reference…

                    • Jim Johnson

                      Ex nay on the ersey Kae

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      Beetlekersey! beetlekersey!

      • Jak

        A lot of the old brass from the manosphere’s creation are doing the same thing; shying away from the term. I’m fairly neutral on the term. It is what it is. I don’t use it out of some sense of loyalty for a cause, but rather more to help men looking for sites like ours. SEO plugging if you will.

        • Jim Johnson

          No matter what term is used, the opposition will figure out a way to poke fun. The “teabagger” phrase comes to mind.

          • Marius Aetius Lucullus

            exactly Jim, it doesnt matter what Men call themselves, as soon as the liberal/anti male media gets hold of it, BOOM, movement over, the left can make up any false info they want & get away with pushing anything ie Hitler worshipers, KKK members, panty sniffers or basement dwelling virgins, it doesnt matter what they label men, society as a whole is still attached to their lies, and believe what they read on facebook, the news paper or what some talking head tells them at 6 pm every night, thats something men really need in their corner, news delivered by a man to men (thought Roosh was that man for a little bit, but i guess he got burnt out)

      • AutomaticSlim

        Gay thunderdome…hahaha!
        Two men enter….

        • bem

          ….One man limps….

    • Jim Johnson

      Naw, this is just wishful thinking by feminists. The manosphere is bigger than a bunch of sniveling guys protesting about hurt feelings as is portrayed in this article. There are real social issues that we are working to improve. The manosphere has three major factions, PUA, MGTOW, and traditionalists. All of these are marked my life choices, not waving a banner on a street and claiming victimhood. Even if the organization does disintegrate, those lifestyles will remain.

    • Bart Manson ✓ᵂʰᶦᵗᵉ

      I think Manosphere is a stupid name. It should be killed.

      That said, the whole thing is evolving.

      Sites that cater to guys who just whine that they can’t get laid and women are all evil trash are no longer interesting.

      Conversely, sites where a bunch of guys tell each other they’re all alpha males because they banged some chick and never texted her afterwards are boring as well.

      People are moving to new sites that are either more useful, more mature, or more closely aligned with the person’s specific interests (or some combination of all three).

      • Jak

        There’s a reason we said a long time back that our site and sites like ours are the next evolution of the red pill. The reasons you provided are exactly what we saw and partly why we chose to take AKC in this direction.
        PUA has been beaten into the ground and is ultimately unfulfilling for most ment in the long term.
        MGTOW is weak and whiny.
        The screeching about politics and feminists/SJWs does nothing to improve your own life.
        AKC is about creating your legacy that you will leave to your children.

        • AutomaticSlim

          Your articles steer away from some of the more argumentative topics on ROK. It is more pleasant here.
          That’s not to say I wasn’t one of the more caustic commenters on ROK, as I was. Am trying to tone it down.
          Your articles help.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Yeah, I hate those caustic commenters, too.

          • Jim Johnson

            I agree, even my wife comments that I am more pleasant to be around since August.

        • Jim Johnson

          While I am not a part of it, I do appreciate the MRA’s who work to get the word out that we are not playing on a level field. Things like divorce rape, job discrimination, etc. are real issues that need to be put out in the public if feminist attitudes are going to ever change.

    • B1k3_Ch41N

      Once you take the red pill you can’t go back. Sort of like a soldier that returns home form war but the war never leaves him.

      • bem

        Just like herpes….

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          Is that what herpes is like, bem? Because I don’t have any idea what herpes is like. Please, tell us all about herpes, bem.

          • bem

            Like AIDS only you dont get to die.

            • Jim Johnson

              So immortality, except with genital warts….got it

              • bem

                Everything has a price.

        • Mahatma Gandhi

          Are you an expert in herpes, bem?

        • B1k3_Ch41N

          RIP Bem s dik.

  • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

    Golly, I feel old. I plan out normal life activities pretty rigidly, but that said, life goals right now are pretty sparse while I await the new phase in my life to commence (outside of diet stuff and regular living stuff). Ideally my next goal will be getting a new house as well as buying a bar and retiring, but that comes after next year. Guess I’m on the other end of the race track compared to a lot of guys here. I take hobbies as they interest me, but as far as my career, unless I want to go into management (I don’t) then I’m pretty much at the top/end point of my game (hence why I’m considering buying a nice bar).

    Feeling really unmotivated today, yet surprisingly content and at ease in life. 🙂

    • Mahatma Gandhi

      I think age indeed plays a role in that changing attitude. Don’t fight it off- it is natural.

    • bem

      I know what you mean re: career. My next move will likely be OUT.

      • AutomaticSlim

        It’ll be over for me too. Probably sooner than later. 10 years, 15 years left? Who knows? But when that day comes the spending of the FU fund will commence. And when that’s gone…so am I!
        Goal: Die broke, owing as much as possible to the IRS.

        • You and I are not only on the same page, but roughly the same schedule. Remind me to buy you 12 bottles of champagne one retirement day as we race to a point where money is gone, credit is no more and the irs is demanding money. I hope the last thing I hear in life is a gulp, a giggle and the ringing of my phone from a collections call

          • AutomaticSlim

            I wanna croak at the upscale AMP.
            Spending my last 400 on being treated like a king.
            They can throw me out into the alley when my hour is up.

    • AutomaticSlim

      “then I’m pretty much at the top/end point of my game”

      I’ve been there since 1999.
      Could be better. But also could be much, much worse….

    • B1k3_Ch41N

      You have changed GOJ, you’re a lot calmer and your comments seem to be less serious. Your profile picture kinda gives it away.

      • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

        If by calm you mean less prolific, yeah.

        I’m entering a really peaceful phase right now. Maybe it’s the dreary winter weather and my summer-me is just put away and I’m kind of hibernating. Dunno.

        • Jim Johnson

          “For everything there is a season” – Fred Ecclesiastes, ca. 634 BC

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            “WIL-MAAAAAAA!!!!”- Fred Flintstone, ca 55,000,000,000 BC or 1965 AD depending on who you talk to

    • Iattacku

      You should have a ring that way we can have official bar fights . We can have the fight between jak and Kersey there .

      • Jak

        Word.

        • Iattacku

          Kersey“ The AIDS Bandit “ vs “Jakrabbit”Jak

          • Jak

            Jakrabbit?
            *sigh*

            • bem

              huhuhuhuhuh

            • AutomaticSlim

              Well, it is slightly better than that other animal that starts with “Jack”…

              But “Jackhammer” would have been optimal.

              • Jak

                Or Jak “The BanHammer” and Kersey “The Ethiopian Epidemic.”

                • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                  You can’t name yourself. That’s now how nicknames work. Sorry man.

                  • Jak

                    Well you certainly aren’t naming me, but I still submit that “The Ethiopian Epidemic” is fucking brilliant.

                    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                      Oh, you can name Kersey. Just not yourself.

            • Iattacku

              Ok you can be “JakHammer of Terror”

              • Jak

                Of Torment and you got yourself a deal.

      • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

        I’m having a problem coming up with a valid reason why this isn’t a great idea.

        • Iattacku

          I don’t know what all rules and regulations they have about sparring matches. But it seems possible. Just have them sign a waiver beforehand and let them go at it.

        • Jim Johnson

          Livestream PPV event through YouTube, proceeds go to the winner.

          • Jak

            I take either check or cash.

          • Old Goat

            Speaking of that, what happened to the King’s Castle Youtube vids being a regular occurrence? It seems like it’s been a while since the last one.

            • Jak

              It has been a while. We all have just been busy. Will try to get back in the swing of doing them soon.

            • Jim Johnson

              that would be a question for Jak. I have not a clue, was viewership low?

      • cheeseburgercheeseburger

        dude, everyone(including him) is married and over 30, best fight solution is this

      • Boothe

        I vote for a cage!

      • Beartastico

        You mean bum fights? All I need to do is go about 4 miles to the gas station and it is on like donkey kong every 1st and 15th.

    • Boothe

      It’s gotta be a biker bar…

    • Consolation_of_Philosophy

      Put a stripper pole in that bar and keep a space near the taps for me!

    • Beartastico

      Management as a job is highly overrated if you actually give a shit. I am in the process of turning around a pretty decent sized business at the moment. What type of bar are you thinking about? I know about the new digs but a bar is definitely something I could give you hand with professionally.

  • dckhead_con_artist

    Oh no management techniques…. I was forced to take at work like smart. Next up asking people if they should follow your orders instead of telling them .

  • AutomaticSlim
  • Jim Johnson

    Gandhi deleted his account?
    Was he the latest Kersey incarnate?

    • Ainigmaris Thales

      He deleted his account? He didn’t even go on a big AIDS fueled rage fest yet.

      • maybe he died…..of aids

      • Jim Johnson

        Probably busy thinking of a new celebrity to use for an account.

        • Greg Louganis would work. Also Rock Hudson

          • Jim Johnson

            Freddy Mercury?

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Magic Johnson.

            • Jim Johnson

              If his Johnson were magic, he wouldn’t have gotten the aids

              • AutomaticSlim

                A direct quote from Donald Sterling, right?

        • cheeseburgercheeseburger

          everytime he makes a new account, I get a new tattoo. where should I get the Gandhi tat? I already have Bronson on my left asscheek, Eastwood on the right, so it cant go there

    • Bart Manson ✓ᵂʰᶦᵗᵉ

      What’s a Kersey?

      • Ainigmaris Thales

        Uh-oh….

        EDIT: Have you ever been to Haiti? The Ukraine?

        • Bart Manson ✓ᵂʰᶦᵗᵉ

          No. Why?

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Do you know have or have you ever had a sense of humor?
            Does you wife peg you in the ass on a regular basis?
            Are you a card-carrying member of the ACLU?

            • cheeseburgercheeseburger

              LOL Barts an OG- was on that other site since forever

              • Jim Johnson

                I had my doubts and checked his comments log, I would concur with CB

                • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                  I’ve “spoken” with Bart for years on the interwebs, he’s not Kersey by a long shot.

              • UWOTM8

                Second that, I remember his Disqus tag.

            • Do they actually have cards? Shit lord tree murderers

    • He who smelt it dealt it is fool proof. Out of the mouth of babes and all. The rules we learned as kids are true. As soon as he asked I knew it was him

      • Chip Baskets

        He who hath denied is he who hath shat his pantaloons.

  • Boothe

    S.M.A.R.T. my ass? D.U.M.B. is the way to go. Want to do virtually nothing? Park your fat ass in a cushy chair while your fellow countrymen support you? Then collect a fat pension and full benefits? If government employment sounds right for you, you need to be D.U.M.B. about it:

    Dull – pick a career path that is so mind numbingly boring no imaginative or productive person will want to do it.

    Useless – make sure your job has no value in the private sector so there’s never any danger of free market competition.

    Mediocrity – always shoot for average or slightly lower performance so your superiors don’t see you as a threat.

    Banal – never do anything to stand out or bring attention to yourself or your position so you remain unnoticed.

    If you can be little more than air conditioning load for a mere thirty years, you can retire with a pension and benefits most people will only dream about. Then you can tour the country in your motor home while the productive working class stiffs continue to support your sorry ass for the rest of your life! That doesn’t sound so D.U.M.B. after all, does it?

    • bem

      HAHAHAHHAHAHAA Fukkin brilliant!!

    • excellent work here

      • Boothe

        It was actually your fault. You responded to Ghandi about dumb vs. smart right before he dematerialized. I just picked up the ball and ran with it. Crédit where credit is due. 😉

    • UWOTM8

      This speaks to me on a spiritual level….

  • Lou Skunt

    Is there any way that I can sign-up for text message alerts when there’s a Kersey sighting? I miss him every single time and then all I get to see are “deleted comments” – I’m starting to feel left out over here! WTF!!!

    • AutomaticSlim

      We didn’t know it was him until way after the fact.
      Well, at least I didn’t. Lolknee seems to have known.
      Not sure what the Kersey’s angle is. He is one strange bird.

    • Jim Johnson

      It wasn’t very exciting. If you remember yesterday, he was Gandhi. I cracked a couples aids jokes, and as soon as he started asking “Who is this Kersey?” Lolknee figured out who he was. Deleted his account again.

    • Jak

      Sure! All we’ll need is your email, social security number, and credit card number and we’ll get you set up to receive the latest texts.