by Sean Croxton
Inspiration can come from the strangest places.
I don’t tell this story often. In fact, it’s somewhat embarrassing.
But hey, I’m an open book. So here goes…
Way back in 2005 — long before Underground Wellness ever crossed my mind — I was having some serious issues when it came to meeting women.
So one day, while hanging out in the personal training office at my old job, I stumbled across a CNN article about a book called The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss.
The article told a story of a rather socially inept, disheveled Rolling Stone writer (Strauss) who, with the help of the world’s greatest seduction artists, transforms himself into a man of boldness and confidence.
In pickup speak, he went from AFC to PUA.
Needless to say, I bolted to the local Borders bookstore (gosh, I miss that place) and picked up my copy. From the moment I cracked open its leather bound cover, my life changed forever.
But not in the way I expected. Or the way you’d expect.
Although to the naked eye The Game may appear to be a manual for womanizing and male chauvinism, it turned out to be my gateway to becoming the best version of myself.
You see, picking up on women isn’t all about canned routines, negs, tactics and strategies. Rather it’s about developing as a person and becoming confident in who you are — mastering your inner game.
As I studiously pored over Strauss’s fascinating odyssey through the pickup underworld, eventually leading him to the woman of his dreams, I was introduced to some of the author’s favorite success writers — Napoleon Hill, Tony Robbins, Robert Greene, George Leonard, David Deida — all of whom have since made a significant impact on my life.
Eight years later, I am still treading the path of personal development set forth by this often misunderstood book about seduction.
I know very few successful men who do not mention The Game on their list of most influential books.
(By the way, Neil Strauss’s videos were my introduction to YouTube. Without him, I would have never uploaded my first video.)
Why, after eight years, did I decide to tell you this story?
Well, because over the weekend I found myself reminiscing over the clandestine inspiration of The Game.
However this time it was a book about fitness that galvanized my inner alpha, as it combined several of my favorite things — nutrition, hormones, and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey — in its narrative instruction on transforming your body and life from the inside out.
From ordinary to alpha.
Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha by John Romaniello and Adam Bornstein is, in my opinion, The Game of this decade — not about picking up women but picking up yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Then, by lifting yourself you inspire others to do the same.
Burn fat. Build muscle. Become the best version of you.
Helpful but Not Condescending.
Confident but Not Cocky.
Vain but Not Conceited.
Prideful but Not Arrogant.
Humble but Not Self-Loathing.
Tolerant but Not Weak.
Dedicated but Not Obsessed.
You become The Hero of your own life, rising from the ashes as you realize the potential and purpose that is who you are.
John (a.k.a. Roman) and I got together recently to chat about what it means to be alpha, how to optimize male hormones, and what Harry Potter has to do with transforming your body and life.
Click the video below to watch. And don’t miss tonight’s episode of UW Radio with Roman and Adam. It’s guy’s night!
Download the first chapter of Engineering the Alpha for FREE at the link below!
BTW, if you’re easily offended by four-letter words, the free chapter may not be for you.
If you throughly enjoy the chapter, order the entire book RIGHT HERE.
See you tonight.
Author, The Dark Side of Fat Loss