This past weekend, I went to the Gorilla Mindset seminar by Mike Cernovich. Having been a long-time reader of dangerandplay.com and purchasing Gorilla Mindset, I thought it would be a good place to go to meet like-minded men.
Some people I spoke to felt that they did not get much from the seminar – I personally enjoyed and absorbed every part of it. Mainly, because I spoke my mind there and made my presence known. In life, you will always reap what you sow. After expressing my life vision – many people came up to me and offered to help. Others came to me looking for help. I’ve met some solid people during my time on the west coast, but these were some of the most down to earth and driven guys I have met thus far.
They say to ‘never meet your heroes’ because they’ll invariably disappoint you.
I wholeheartedly disagree.
It shows me that these people are human. That they have faced and overcome many of the obstacles that I am currently facing. Mike is a very bold and honest writer – so not much came to me as a surprise when meeting him.
However, my first thought when meeting him was “Wow, this guy looks like hell.”
Bear with me, because this was not just some snap judgement.
Mike has written plenty of times about how he has a very painful and unsightly skin condition known as red skin syndrome.
He looked exhausted.
And that inspired me beyond belief.
I saw a man, who despite being Jet-lagged and most likely in a lot of pain, chose to focus on helping others.
He was kind and gave everyone who asked great pointers, myself included. From finance to posture, he was spitting 100% certified gold to anyone who would listen.
I also had the pleasure of meeting some of his close friends. They were very supportive of Mike and even helped with the seminar. I can only hope that I can have such a solid crew one day.
If anyone you follow on social media is having an event or meet-up. Go.
You never know who you’ll meet, what kind of ideas will be thrown around or what you can learn.
I saw the same thing when I met Brandon Carter a couple years back. I saw a man, who despite all the bullshit – persevered. A formerly skinny guy who essentially made something he loved (fitness) into a full-time job and helped thousands of people along the way.
This guy is loving his life. because a long time ago he decided to stop making excuses and put in the work.
When I was ready to abandon my fitness goals forever – one of his videos gave me the kick I needed to go all in and not give up.
Why is it important to meet your heroes?
Because they’ll show you exactly what it takes to get there without saying a single word.