Gorilla Mindset written by Mike Cernovich is a practical guide with applicable steps on how to set up yourself for improving all aspects of your life. He mentions concepts such as self talk, posture exercises. NLP and the mindsets for nutrition, money and health in general.
The first thing that you will notice upon reading his book is that the author was never a privileged person who had everything served to him in a silver platter. He didn’t have rich parents and he was not supposed to succeed in life and it seemed like he would live in mediocrity, quiet desperation and low self esteem for the rest of his life. Despite the unfavourable odds however he managed to turn his life around. Seeing at what he is life right now it is very inspiring for people who want to live a special life without too many worries but somehow got their dreams crushed by the mediocre masses. Most readers, including me, can easily empathise with the problems that he faced and will appreciate the simplicity of the techniques that he advocates.
The most important thing is that Mike Cernovich is practising what he preaches. Too many authors today will just spew every kind of recycled material that was said by previous authors, throw in a few complicated scientific words and claim that it is a science for self improvement. In reality, books like ‘The Secret’ are nothing more than feel good material that will not give you any specific actionable steps to take in order to move your life in the direction that you want to.
The best way to tackle this book is by reading it once, bookmark the most important pages, fill in the worksheets and then read the chapters that stick out the most to you. I personally read some chapters multiple times because there are so many habits and actions contained in this book it’s impossible to remember them all in just one or two readings. If you are anything like me, there is a high chance that you will need to read some chapters multiple times, especially during the hard times when you need it the most.
The downside of the book is that it’s packed with so many useful mindsets and habits that some chapters are a bit underdeveloped. For example, the money mindset chapter merits its own book by itself, especially when you consider that the author was making money online for years and had his own financial challenges for years before that. He could have easily wrote a book about how to minimise taxes, personal finance and investing with the amount of experience that he has. The fitness and health chapter was more comprehensive but I believe that this another subject that needs to be tackled on a separate book. The rest of the chapters were well developed.
In conclusion, Gorilla Mindset does not give direct advice on how to be an alpha male or a rich banker but rather sets the foundations for everything that you want to accomplish in life. There are no magic bullets in there and internalising the whole mindset and habits that he has mentioned is going to take time and willpower even though most of what he wrote is simple to understand and fairly easy to practice. The hard part is staying consistent with those techniques in order to turn life to a different direction.