How do I join the top 15% in my 20’s?

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June 5, 2020

I’m 16 turning 17 and going into my senior year of high school and I’ve been following red pill ideology for a couple months and been applying it into to my life and it’s worked wonders I’m much happier now than I have been since I was a little kid and I think most of you guys are good with money or at least have knowledge on it. So my question as a young guy is what are some tips so that I can make good money before I’m in my 30’s?

Edit: jeez man I was only expecting like 3 replies but this is awesome! You guys gave a lot of great advice that I’ll be writing down and apply to my life appreciate it you guys are the best!

Also any other young guys save this post and look back on it cause there’s a lot of good shit in these replies.

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Title How do I join the top 15% in my 20’s?
Author Dripsonhold
Upvotes 127
Comments 117
Date 05 June 2020 02:57 PM UTC (11 months ago)
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[–]ddd1337208 points209 points  (18 children) | Copy

Don't do a lot of drugs and alcohol. That makes you less hungry for valuable things.

Edit: I'm surprised my comment blew up. This community is best thing I have found lately. People below me wrote also great things including books, education, style, clothing, haircut, learning to save money as early as possible and learning how to manage their own finances. EACH of these things is a must. Also lifting and nutrition. After becoming bigger and fitter people behave with me differently. From time to time I say some unthoughtful and dumb shit. Now cause of my looks I always get away with it. It feels like girls assume everything that comes out of my mouth is right and it's much easier to game them. Guys. Learn to diet properly. Now.

As to drugs. Let me explain that I meant by Don't do drugs from RP perspective. Never was a heavy drinker, stopped drinking around a year ago cause of uncontrollable shit I was performing while drunk. Also I don't need alcohol to have fun and to be confident to approach people. Few times have done cocaine and MDMA, that shit is fake euphoria and joy. You wake up and realize you have wasted your whole evening and now you feel like shit for the rest of the day. Time is very valuable, don't waste it like that. I'm now battling my addictions with drugs such as porn, internet and weed. MJ is a two faced bitch, you feel alright while high, you get away from your daily problems but you don't fix them, they keep pilling up. You get free joy (also internet and porn) for nothing. You get used to feeling good by not doing anything productive. You get used to being lazy and still find joyful activities. That's not right. Gaming girls is much better feeling than porn. Achieving your hard goals is much more better feeling than getting high and browsing endlessly the net. In the future you will be able to look back at your life and realize you didn't throw it in the bin.

[–]findingHabibi88 points89 points  (8 children) | Copy

Can’t stress on this enough.

To keep it simple, never chase things that only give you a few moments of pleasure. Like drugs, porn, procrastination, social media, etc

[–]alikebabay17 points18 points  (6 children) | Copy

I wanna get in on this. So before drinking and smoking people already get their dopamine hit. So lets say its friday morning and they pepare for evening party. Already at work they will be thinking on which booze to buy, which girls to invite, logistics and already getting pleasure. And then they will talk about party for the next week.

As for myself when I take smoke break I already feel the pleasure of nicotine before getting to smoking area. And then i get my hit.

So how do we remove it? I am trying with lifting doing housework, excelling at work. But it is still hard and grinding.

[–]findingHabibi9 points10 points  (5 children) | Copy

Tbh it’s not easy once you walk down those paths. That being said, anything done excessively and impulsively is not going to end well. Know your limits!!! Know when to stop!!!

Stay actively conscious about your thoughts and actions and only then you’ll be able to guide yourself instead of aimlessly going through life. When you know there is a need for change, be strict and hard on yourself. There is pleasure in that too. This is one thing that has been helping me.

I would suggest you read 50th law and the interview with the devil. These kinda things are explained very well in those books.

[–]alikebabay8 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy


[–]hashishandbeer2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy


[–]Onestop390 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

It looks like there is a couple of books with 'interview with the devil' in the title. Which author wrote the one you are recommending?

I've found the 50th law book I think (50 Cent?)

[–]findingHabibi5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

Napoleon Hill. There are audio books on YouTube if you prefer them.

50th law is based on 50 cents life but written by Robert green.

[–]Onestop390 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Cool beans, thank you!!

[–]4LW4YS0NG34R1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

if i could, i would give an award to you sir, but as i can't, take my upvote and gratitude

[–]minbooz11 points12 points  (0 children) | Copy

Psychedelics are an exception tho

[–]Noodlesoupe25 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

Don't do a lot, but like anything else its fine in moderation. If you strictly stay away from "unvaluable" things you are going to have a boring life and will regret not having fun in your 20s. I don't know why TRP pushes people to be workaholics and monks when having fun is a part of life as well.

[–]ddd1337-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Got a friend who smokes weed few weeks daily, few weeks weekly, he spins alright looking girls and is a god when it comes to clubbing and is very hard working student and employee, so already is building his career.

My opinion? He still operates fine in real life even with drugs but I think he would strive for much more if he didn't. I have addictive personality, so I lost 1 year because of drugs, That's why people suggest not starting it at all, you can lose much more than you will ever win. But I will agree with you, those things are fun sometimes, can expand your social circle and even teach new things about yourself. Although risks will be always high going down the rabbit hole.

[–]L0neWolfAlpha1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Wish I heard this years ago after my divorce. Seriously listen to this, don't chase things except your goals!

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

Definitely, thanks man.

[–]babybopp1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Like seriously... don’t do drugs or alcohol at all. Most of us made that stupid mistake in our teens. That is a career trajectory killer and it is hard to recover from. I was able to but most of my friends wasted away. Focus on your life and education. Drinks, drugs and women will come later

[–]RedBloodHunter1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

As much as I agree with this, I think realistically it'll be hard to abstain from indulging in drugs and alcohol, especially going into environments (tertiary education) where this sort of behaviour is the norm.

The key is moderation, but the issue is that addiction and abuse is an easy behaviour trap to fall into given the nature of drugs and alcohol.

I think it's fine to indulge occasionally, but OP, be very aware of how easy it is to fall into a cycle of addiction. People often think they are above it, they are wrong.

My suggestion is to make a list of goals you want to achieve by 30, then work out what steps you need to take to make that happen. This is your mission, stay focused on it. Indulge in pleasures, but only scarcely. Stray from a hedonistic lifestyle; if you're living for the high, you've lost your way.

Somoene in a thread above said not to chase things that only provide fleeting moments of pleasure, and I think that sums it up well.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

YES THIS! Stay the hell away from drugs and porn! I am battling an addiction and it has wasted years of my life. I would be so much further on if I never touched anything. Don't play with fire. Maybe drink a little socially but that's it.

[–]moto10197 points98 points  (20 children) | Copy

Stay in shape, limit social media time/dependence, keep cool and interesting hobbies that you're passionate about, become the leader of a close friend group that values the same things you do.

Save your cash, start investing what spare cash you have, learn to budget, and understand how money works. Learn to detach yourself from cheap material things that your peers will be spending money on in hopes of "appearing" to be further along in life than you.

Work hard and always do more than what is expected of you. Do not rely on one source of income, work to develop multiple sources.

[–]bloody_condoms40 points41 points  (18 children) | Copy

Okay i have a slight rebuttal. Again, this is my field experience and has worked for ME it’s not trp law.

BUT, having a model-esque Instagram with high quality photos of you doing cool shit really really works (for me at least).

I recommend everything u/moto101 has said for sure. Great advice. However, detach from social media as in don’t make it a routine, but have a super clean and high quality Instagram. Post cool shit of you climbing, fishing, at the beach, etc.

TLDR: Most men don’t know how to have a good social media presence, capitalize on it and be attractive.

[–]DoubleConversation417 points18 points  (0 children) | Copy

Social media should be only used if you're in top %10 value-wise

And if you can signal your value through photos

Other wise don't even bother, it's going to set you back more

[–]rnsbrum4 points5 points  (10 children) | Copy

Hey can you give some feedback on my instagram? (@rvbrum)

[–]DoubleConversation49 points10 points  (2 children) | Copy

Your photos are not interesting

I'd put most of them into the archive to be honest

[–]rnsbrum0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Which ones? Dirtbike ones? Physique ones?

[–]skyrunner228 points9 points  (0 children) | Copy

I think the dirtbike and cycling ones are good. The ones with sunglasses I would take down. If you want to attract more then think pre selection or social circle, thats one thing that seems to be missing. Doing activities like beach or night life.

Also not sure if on purpose but a little color as the theme seems kinda dark

[–]enjoiiiiii1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Not very good. The Zyzz and workout photos are all super cringe. Also you need to learn how to do push-ups properly.

[–]rainaw[🍰] 1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

I liked it bro, I'm 20 but I've had a really good experience with my insta game since high school. I only quickly skimmed your photos but you seem to understand your framing and focus. I'd say just get nice camera and go pirate Adobe Lightroom. Don't get too deep into cameras tho or you'll be like me pouring money into my camera builds😅

[–]rnsbrum1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Thanks, I quite enjoy photography lol. I have a nike d3200, some of those pics were taken with it, I'm of buying something better down the road, I bought an iPhone X for some better pics and making some cool stories, the camera in is pretty good. The problem is that I don't have anyone to take pictures of me, so I have to position the camera myself lol

[–]rainaw[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Ahh dw bro I was in the exact same spot 3 years ago. I got my lg v30 specifically to use as a camera as well.

Im on the Canon/Sony ecosystem so idk how applicable this is to Nikon. But for my Canon t6i I got myself a vertical grip that had extended batteries along with being a wireless receiver for the shutter remote it came with. This let me take my own shots along with all day battery. All you need then is a nice tripod and that's the best lightweight self photography setup I've found so far.

[–]desvenlafax0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Cara, acho que tá suficiente. Tem fotos de shape e hobbies. Talvez arquivar algumas imagens pra deixar o feed mais limpo. Anyway instagram eu só uso pra postar story vez perdida, receber reply de quem tem interesse e daí trabalhar logística. De vez em quando responder algum story de alguém interessante e ver se daí rola algo ou ela é completamente apática (hard next). Tu é de onde?

[–]rnsbrum0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


[–]dusara2171 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Do you know of any good guides on how to develop a good instagram?

[–]bloody_condoms2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Just look at douche bag influencers. They’re lives are always seeming to be the coolest. You’ll get an idea

[–]electricspresident1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

What's life like for you? Model esque instagram dudes probably gotta be slaying all the time. Like if u run out of plates just hit up insta and done.

I know it cant be too easy but not sure since I never got my insta off the ground. You can dm if you would rather

[–]bloody_condoms3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Tbh it just makes DM’ing girls easier. My photos are not shot by any agency, unless you count my best friends as professional photographers. I don’t even have a crazy amount of followers, I just have a clean Instagram with high quality photos.

My life is wild and fun but people don’t understand that the struggle is always the same. I’m just doing it with higher SMV women. They are all the same but in the end, you play the part and you play to a higher level of women.

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I agree social media does have its benefits I’m definitely going to work on it a little, appreciate it man.

[–]moto101-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Fuck your Instagram. Work on your business instead.

Social media will be dead in 10 years. OP is wondering how to set himself up for the future, if you want to kill it you need to cut the distractions.

But I get it... it’s still part of life especially at 16.

Post rarely if anything and make sure you’ve improved your life since the last post.

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks man,I already hate all the superficial fake crap a lot off people do nowadays so detaching shouldn’t be a problem but overall great advice I’m definitely going to write some of this down appreciate it!

[–]NotoriousEEDN43 points44 points  (3 children) | Copy

Study. Work hard. Do sport. Always keep social contacts, especially with the smartest people in your circles. If they are not in your circle, find a way to get into their one. Learn from your errors. Take smart risks. Don’t do drugs. Don’t do bullshit. It’s really all you need to know, you will definitely be ahead of 90%.

If I may add: always be generous, honest and helpful. May not help you get in the 15%, but no one knows if everyone in the 15% is really proud to be himself.

[–]electricspresident9 points10 points  (1 child) | Copy

By smartest people he means the grifter/social butterfly types. Nerd friends are good for other shit but grifters teach u natural game. That said don't lean on them

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks man this is great advice.

[–]Fabulous-Craft30 points31 points  (1 child) | Copy

Get an education/credentials for a good job.

Don't spend frivolously.

[–]IndianaBW13 points14 points  (0 children) | Copy

I know this is really controversial, but

Don't spend frivolously.

I'm going to do a hot take and say this isn't incredibly deep, in the context of <23 y/o. Don't look a bum and dress in Goodwill hand-me-downs while getting chicks #'s on your crusty 2009 android in the bar because you're the one douche bag boasting about how your peers are "suffering in consumerism" as you furiously masturbate to dave ramsey's voice. Don't get me wrong, his underlying message is spot on and wise, and don't get hooked into credit cards or anything full retard, but:

Your $2,3,4 grand blown as a punk kid to live a little before big-boy bills come & have some cool toys with your spare change from mowing lawns is going to have an absolute micro effect in the long term. Save a little, don't blow everything because you're bored on stupid shit or video games.. but buy some sharp shoes & clothes if you get a chance, a nice cologne if you want it, get the new iphone lease if you worked hard for it, a copy of ableton to produce music, some new speakers .etc. Your money right now is thimbles of change in contrast with what you should be earning should you do your due diligence.

Unless you're broke as fuck with no path foward, live a little while you can and before you have money sucking dream killers and a wife with access to your vault. Obviously do not let this mindset scale, you should be contributing to a 401k during the entire time you're more careless with your paychecks. Instill some discipline.

[–]superbad4life25 points26 points  (6 children) | Copy

  1. Continue to side bar as you have been.
  2. Pick up at least one job, and a hobby that could be turned into a side job. The first will keep your money coming in, the second will keep you sane, not focused on women, and help build network (see #4).
  3. Live well below your means, develop an emergency fund, invest the rest. This could include living at home as long as possible to avoid paying rent, using a bike instead of a car, buying generic instead of national brand. Emergency recommend 6-months worth of living expenses (minimum 3-months plus a buffer for when that thing you didn't expect to happen does). Talk to a financial advisor about investing if you're not into it.
  4. Read, specifically about money. Books are best, blogs aren't bad, be weary of subreddits - a lot of information out there. Be willing to listen, pick and choose what suits you.
  5. Build your network to include people who are where you want to be, either wealthy themselves or are connected/related to someone who is. The adage of your network is your net worth does hold some water, and more importantly, can get you access to opportunities you wouldn't have otherwise had.

[–]little__kid__loverr2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Could you suggest some good sources/books to learn about money? #4 point was something I lack on rn.

[–]superbad4life2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Of course. I am not the biggest fan of his, but I think that everyone needs to start with a Dave Ramsey with specific focus on his baby steps (first 4 although there is nothing wrong with the other 3). If you can't do or at least understand this (which for most is a discipline issue imo), then you can't be financially successful. Then I would refer you to Robert Kiyosaki, specifically Rich Dad Poor Dad in which he looks at how financial success is built on assets rather than a paycheck. I also studied this in college, and read books like A Random Walk Down Wall Street and some much more technical books that helped me to understand investing. Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich is also good, but is more about a mindset. Also have been told and planning on reading The Richest Man in Babylon. YouTube Stephan Graham is also a great wealth of information as well as Ask Kevin - both real estate guys. For general knowledge, recommend Investopedia as it isn't trying to inherently sell you anything.

My situation: Built up an emergency savings fund with a six months of savings (baby steps). Utilized credit cards to buy things I would have normally (Stephan Graham, the Points Guy) and use the points for things I would have been willing to pay for (such as a plane tickets, hobby or once in a lifetime event); I don't spend frivolously or for the sake of. Used 30-year mortgage loan to buy house living in (against Ramsey who advocates 20) in order have a lower payment; you can always pay the balance down, but you can never get the payment lowered. Planning on buying vacation home that will be owned by an LLC for tax purposes, and basically get to do annual check ups on the property that happen to coincide with my vacation (making sure its legal). I have been investing since I've gotten a paycheck starting with mutual funds. When I got more comfortable and doing my own research, I invested in individual stocks, and recently, options, on my own personal account. Currently sitting on a nice "chunk of change" for my retirement, all mutual funds, all handled by a financial advisor. Big thing here was starting when I was young and allowing it to compound. Also have been taking advantage of my employers matching for retirement because it is free money.

[–]dusara2171 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

When it comes to point number five, what do you think is the best way to go about building a network?

[–]superbad4life6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy

Ideally, your network is with the top people in your industry. Note that this is not necessarily a riches game, but a power/influence game (48 Laws of Power, cannot recommend enough). The idea is that if you are around the person/people that are highly influential in your line of work, you are more likely to be influential yourself. This is because you become a connection to the bigger connection - you get power by association.

How do we meet people in our industry? We put ourselves out there on social media (LinkedIn) and go to meetings where people of our interest go such as conventions. We need to meet these people on 'their turf,' where they are likely in charge and most comfortable. Then it's about reading the situation in terms of what their needs and your abilities are. Maybe they have a big project that you can help work on, or maybe you can feed their ego by just listening to them and they can call you their protege. I should also mention that in certain cases it may be unwise or challenging to talk to this person. In the same way as I mentioned in the last sentence of the last paragraph, look at who they are hanging out with and influences them. One of their connects may be easier to befriend, and a stepping stone to the bigger connection. Just like if you want to get close to the King (son), it is wise to befriend the Queen (his mother).

Edit: clarification

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Appreciate it man this is some good stuff!

[–]superbad4life0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

NP. Let me know if you have any questions

[–]_-resonance-_10 points11 points  (1 child) | Copy

Figure out what drives you and figure out how to monetize it. Most people who work beneath someone else seem unhappy. But stay focused on the drive, not the money. Money is a byproduct of having created value.

  1. Create value for yourself
  2. Share this value with others
  3. Receive financial gains from value you share.

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Great, I’m definitely interested in self improvement maybe in the future I can try to help others with it or something like that, thanks man🙏

[–]trppr8 points9 points  (3 children) | Copy

Condition yourself to minimize dopamine addiction. That means conditioning yourself to engage in sustainable and healthy habits, and minimizing and really pushing away and isolating yourself from the bad habits of the masses.

A major part of this is figuring out the right diet for you. Getting into a healthy diet makes it easier to condition your mind to right action.

Study philosophy and psychology to create the right foundations for your mind to grow and not be drawn into wayward directions by the chaos our society is in...they just want to draw you into dopamine addictions and self destructive behaviour.

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Gotcha, thanks.

[–]Larryech0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Any specific type of philosophy or psychology?

[–]trppr0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I have my own biases.

The key point is to listen to yourself. Allow your curiosity to drive you into areas of interest. It needs to be a self driven process in order to come up with an independent perspective. Of course nothing is truly independent, but if you work at it long enough you will have your own niche of uniqueness and view on the world...but all roads lead to rome so to speak.

The study is an act and process of self creation.

[–]zeekt128 points9 points  (2 children) | Copy

  • lift and take your nutrition seriously
  • dont fap or watch porn
  • talk to everyone
  • SAVE YOUR MONEY, even start investing. Its very easy nowadays with apps like robinhood and questrade

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

•Been lifting in my house with some dumbbells and a bench but once gyms open I’m going to get a actual stable lifting routine.

•trying to quit porn on a 15 day streak right now

•Once quarantine ends I’m definitely going to try to get out there more

•Absolutely, I’m trying to learn about investing and once I get a job I have a plan for how I’m going to save my money

Thanks I appreciate it man!

[–]babban_rao1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Quit porn and fapping. This shit is too dangerous.

[–]PinacoladaSauce16 points17 points  (1 child) | Copy

For money there’s a bunch of things. Get a job now, even just weekends or nights, if it won’t impact your school too much. Do well in school and it will benefit you later in university and beyond. Expand your knowledge, ik history is boring but learn about great people and the way they think. Sun Tzu, Aristotle, Alexander, Napoleon, Saladin. Learn it. Take the money from your job and invest in hobbies and in income streams. Real Estate funds, cryptocurrency, stock market. There’s probably a recession coming so hold off until you turn 20, or earlier if the recession comes before then, and then invest 90% of what you can. DO YOUR RESEARCH before making an investment and BUY LOW, SELL HIGH. Don’t buy shit that’s currently peaking no matter what anyone says. It will drop. Find sources of income basically. The most successful people have multiple streams of income. Read books on smart finance written by rich people. Listen and read Tim Ferris

Invest in your mind. Get books on improvement and life and philosophy. Expand that as you choose. I like to read a book about the soul/emotional states/psychology in the morning, a book on self improvement during the day, and a fiction or history book at night before bed. Watch and listen to interestingnshit. Find hobbies that keep you creative. Drawing, music, photography, writing, whatever man. I like music, so i started on guitar bout 6 years ago, picked up bass a few years ago, and am now leaning piano this year. Expand that creative aspect of yourself. Lift and run, or another athletic hobby. Imo lifting is not enough. I lift 4x a week, martial arts 5x a week, run and stretch in the morning 6x, and surf 2x. I wake up at 5 and go to bed at 10. Not because I want to be a badass, but because I actually take pleasure in this lifestyle. That said, the first year or so I had to force myself into it. I made smart investments as a teen and got a good job at 19 and made a ton of money relatively and invested it smartly. This really benefitted me. I will always recommend a door to door sales job as this will massively improve your social skills.

I’m missing shit. I know that I am but yeah man, all the stuff people say makes a high quality person, actually does. Listen to it, and tweak it to fit your lifestyle.

Good luck brother

[–]OlderRedBrother2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

great post!

[–]NeuroBoss316 points7 points  (4 children) | Copy

All good advice here, but overall be careful and don't peak to soon. Men are supposed to peak by 30 not 21. So make intelligent long term and short term decisions.

[–]RuleTheOne1 point2 points  (3 children) | Copy

What happens when you peak too soon?

[–]NeuroBoss316 points7 points  (2 children) | Copy

Exaggerated example: you bang 10s in high school, are prom king, but are unemployed and in jail due to drug abuse by 30 vs banging 10s at your late 20's being in shape, making 6 figures and overall being a nice well-rounded person.

This shit happens.

[–]coochiecoochiexoxo2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

why is that? is it because we think we have “made it” and thus fall into our old terrible habits? genuinely curious

[–]infamous32381 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Exactly. If you're on top of the world the only place you can go is down.

[–]DoubleConversation426 points27 points  (4 children) | Copy


Detach yourself from the society as much as you can

Study money-making abilities in isolation with dedication

Listen to the wise elders (who made and makes good money)

48 laws of power

You'll be in top %5

[–]thiccmonkeyz1233 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Seconding the 48 laws of power. A book that deserves to be read and re-read often give the different perspectives you’ll have at different stages in life.

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Noted, I’m definitely going to look into the 48 laws of power I’ve heard good things that’s probably gonna be my next book after I finish TRM.

[–]D50HS0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

What resources do you recommend for money making abilities?

[–]DoubleConversation40 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Udemy and lynda

Coding is one of the best

[–]1Red_Pill_Brotherhood5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

Read Wall Street Playboys dot com. Find your talents, invest in yourself and put in the work.

[–]Cp05195 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

don't forget to have a social life.

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy


[–]Dripsonhold[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

I Appreciate all the replies you guys gave some great advice that I’ll definitely be using thanks.

[–]electricspresident2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Be fuckin happy u found this shit at 16 . That's literally a gold mine for u

[–]stoned-as-a-rock4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

Since everyone is talking about investing, the podcast ChooseFI was life changing for me. It boils down to (especially early in life) invest in index funds, Vanguard's VTI is arguably the best.

[–]failed_singingcareer3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

This is generic investing advice. No one knows whether these index funds will hold up in the next 20-30 years considering the current economic and political climate. They might, but this putting all your eggs in one basket. It's good to max out your retirement accounts in index funds. Beyond that, other investment vehicles (high risk, high reward) are more sensible for a young person.

[–]QueenSlapFight4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Your peers are going to glorify alcohol. Don't fall into that trap. Being good at dead lifting is impressive. Being able to down a bunch of alcohol is not. People pass their early 20s who have a high tolerance hide it because it's kind of embarrassing, not impressive.

[–]BePrivateGirl4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

I recommend the book “The Slight Edge” it’s about discipline. The first lesson is about how small habits overtime become cumulative. If you overspend by a dollar a day, you’re $360 in debt over a year. If you spend 5 extra minutes in the gym a few times a week that’s like 20-25 hours of extra time in a year.

Advice about investing: Start where you are. Some really good funds have $2-3K minimum buy ins. Don’t wait to invest because you “aren’t there yet” just start where you are. Shares of AT&T are like $30 right now. I bought AMC theater shares a few weeks ago for $3 and now they are up 80%. The things you learn while playing the small stakes game will help you when you move on from being a newbie.

[–]TheodoreDanson2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I feel that the true red pill way would be to concern yourself more with getting first what you need and then want without concerning yourself with a number on your bank statement or some arbitrary "top 15%". Money will follow your actions, your actions should not follow money. If someone offered me the option between everything I wanted with enough money to have and maintain that or to have enough money to be top 15% at the expense of time, happiness, and having to work harder than is worth it, I will choose the former.

[–]RedPillD4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Unscripted by MJ DeMarco

You’re not going to have an exceptional outcome by doing what everyone else is doing.

[–]TreatYouLikeAQuean3 points4 points  (2 children) | Copy

Join FIRE subreddit.

Get a job that you can make money throughout college. Limit expenses. Create a roth IRA and start maxing it out annually. By 30 with a good job after college you could have over half a million.

[–]NukeNark0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Got an example of a recommended job where you can make money through college?

[–]TreatYouLikeAQuean0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Library or desk assistant in the resident halls. Don't work nights tho, it will fuck you up. Every "night owl" that I knew that did that was productive as fuck all. Jobs won't pay much but having some consistent hours of pay each week (where you can just study 90% of the time anyway) will be beneficial.

If you have cash to begin with and you are interested in learning a few things, you can do research into certain investment strategies that can net pretty solid returns with defined risk. Certain trades that seem like inevitable wins (barring completely unexpected event) can provide $500 a month (assuming account value of like $2k).

[–]Joe_Doblow3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Start a business now. Landscaping, water blasting, buying/selling on eBay, affiliate marketing... you don’t get into the 15% with a job. You get there by being a sharp businessman

[–]izrd1232 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Make sure you live your life and enjoy it in your 20s. Do wtf you want but avoid drugs and alcohol. And commitment.

Find your frame, lift, explore the world, fuck backpackers.

Plenty of time for earning lots of money later on in life. So many of the richest 10% get to a certain age then have a severe midlife crisis because they had never truly lived.

[–]arcanepolar3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

learn to code.

[–]_Last_Man_Standing_2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

By being RP aware you already have a massive head start.
Work on yourself: body, education, skills, etc... etc...

Learn about economics: Austrian schools is right (all the rest are trash)
Learn about cryptocurrency: Bitcoin will change the world

[–]wretched_skillz2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

excersice, diet, hard work. sace and invest.

[–]VigilantSmartbomb2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I would say don’t forget to live- everyone here is suggesting xy and z but one of the biggest teachers is experience itself.

Just remember everyone is learning so don’t be too afraid

[–]comcain2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

When you go to college, you'll find you have to work really hard to keep up. A quote I once heard applies:"If I'd worked this hard in high school, I'd have had straight A's". It's really true. You might as well get a jump on it. Besides, winning a scholarship is a Good Thing.

Go to college.

Hang in there in high school. It's a strange, regimented society, but soon it'll be over and you'll never see those people again.


[–]Texan21162 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Look for top 15% friends. Show me your friends, and I can show you your future.

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[–]TreatYouLikeAQuean15 points16 points  (5 children) | Copy

lol he said top 15% not top 0.001%. I doubt you know a single person who is 6% bf.

[–]dusara2174 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Frankly, 6% bf looks gross. It's just unhealthy. If you're a bodybuilder, it's fine, but for anybody looking for a sustainable weight that won't kill their libido and energy, hovering around 12-15% is going to put you way ahead of the vast majority of men out there without destroying your social life and making you hate food.

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[–]YoungLilAccident0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Learn to read fag.

[–]_DeezNuts714_1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Being smart doesn’t really matter in the context of dating tbh - most guys who are doing well with girls are like B and C students in fraternities and the sort.

[–]Dripsonhold[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Good thing I’m already 6ft lmao, It’s gonna take awhile but I feel like if I stay disciplined everything else is attainable I’m definitely gonna have to work on my physique though I’m 165 and I’m trying to gain up to at least 185 by college time. But thanks man this is great appreciate it!

[–]failed_singingcareer1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Save money, be frugal, invest in experiences. (travel, books, classes)

You need good credit & multiple banking relationships. That way, when an opportunity presents itself you will have the ability to capitalize on it and potentially create a revenue stream for yourself.

Don't let a girl, friend, or family member, hold you back from where you want to go.

[–]IBETITALL4201 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy


get as big as possible




[–]Stupyyy1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Educate yourself. You might think learning and studying is boring as kid but every adult at one point in their lives figures out that actually learning is very cool and wish they understood that as teenagers or kids and worked and studied harder than they used too.Work on improving your life. Start working out, eating healthier, developing healthier and positive habits while getting rid of the negative ones. There is always room for improvement when working on yourself.Understand and learn the importance of money. Find and read books how money works, how to acquire it, how to cultivate it grow it. By understanding these basic principles you'll understand how to manage money lot better than 95% of your peers and do better with money and have better life.

[–]Snowboard181 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Your at the perfect age to get very serious about lifting. Perfect your form, every set you should have perfect form, there’s no need to just throw on a bunch of weight to look strong, that’s for insecure mfs.

Dial in your diet, quality food and 1g protein per lb of body weight.

And most importantly, stay consistent and learn to love the process.

[–]henry5891 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Minimize your expenses think of things as ROI when spending.

If you want to balance your spending just aim to spend 35-50% of your income, that way you at least enjoy life a bit.

Learn to code, a new grad Software engineer working in top tech companies make $150k+ easily. (, cscareerquestions subreddit) if you need proof.

Read books. Work on some side hustle not for the purpose of making $$ but you enjoy, naturally the money will come.

[–]xJaegar1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I'm not that much older than you (20) and the one thing I'll stress is everything should be done in moderation. Sadly that's easier said than done and I personally have done things in excess such as drugs and alcohol in university. Focus on your studies, read quality books (check out stoic philosophy) and build meaningful friendships. All these things will fulfil your life and give you meaning.

[–]Lateralanouncer1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Think about what kind of man you want to be when you are thirty and work towards that. When your thirty work towards what kind of man you want to be when your 40 and so on. Be aware of the trap if you become attractive. As many naturals wast there 20s and at 40 are still trying to figure thing out.

[–]jababa_10 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

1 - Do you care about fun ? Do you like to travel ?

2 - Where do you live ? Do you want to stay where you live ?

[–]Dripsonhold[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

  1. Yes I care about fun but at the same time I understand life isn’t all having fun so I’m willing to sacrifice some fun to get to what I want. Yes I love traveling.

  2. I live in Connecticut but I’m going to college in Florida and I’m most likely going to opt to not move back in with my parents and get a place there once I graduate also I have a lot of family there like my older brother who is also pretty good with business and self improvement stuff.

[–]Zapche0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Use the screen time app on your phone limit social media to 1 hour per day. You won’t even believe how much your going to think

[–]sasakuowo0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

well first off aim for the top 1%, if you fail you’ll probably be in the top 10%.

Make yourself VALUABLE. In general, people are paid for how irreplaceable they are. You increase your value with experience and knowledge. Some people still shit on college but a degree increases your value.

Just don’t major in some bullshit degree with low income potential. Do your research and then pick a path

[–]NukeNark0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Got a recommended degree?

[–]sasakuowo0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

You really need to do your own research and find out what’ll work for you. College isn’t for anybody and you can make really good money in sales or real estate.

Look up Shane Hummus on YouTube he has a lot of great videos on degrees

[–]xxx69harambe69xxx0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

software eng at an ivy league school. If you can't get into ivy, then go to community college for a year and get straight A's, and transfer to the best state school with a made up resume of software eng internships

trade leveraged financial assets while doing this, and make software around it, so you can join a hedge fund as an analyst for at least one internship

after graduation, join a cushy tech company that doesn't make you work too hard, so that you can focus on shit that matters instead of sucking your bosses dick

dm me if you need clarification

[–]SpecialSpnk0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

As far as setting yourself up for the future goes, you need to be able to pursue a career that is both lucrative and pleasing. If you are going to go to college do not waist your time in fields of study that are not STEM related.

Financially, you want to set yourself up to be in as little debt as possible. Also, if you can invest do! Compound interest is a great wonder of the world. Use it to your benefit to make 50,000 turn into 500,000.

Lift and eat well, take care of your body and the mind will follow action. If you have a good MMA gym and have the ability, check it out. That has done wonders for my mental game.

[–]entrep4-3 points-2 points  (0 children) | Copy

You can start by learning to use full stops.

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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