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The following post will come as either a welcomed warning or obnoxious preaching, depending on your maturity.

Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
How long will you lie down, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
“A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest”—
Your poverty will come in like a vagabond
And your need like an armed man.

-Proverbs 6:6-11

Blackdragon recently published an article called “The Two Life Paths” that perfectly illustrates this proverb.

“Path A” is analogous to the path of the sluggard. This is the life path most people take. It goes something like this:

  1. Childhood – No Agency
  2. Teens – No Agency
  3. 20’s – Screw Up Your Life
  4. 30’s – Repair the Damage
  5. 40’s – Max Income, Max Expenses
  6. 50’s – “Oh Shit, I Have No Money!”
  7. 60’s and beyond – Poverty
  8. Death

“Path B” is analogous to the ant or the diligent man:

  1. Childhood – No Agency
  2. Teens – No Agency
  3. 20’s – Work Hard
  4. 30’s – Live a Great Life
  5. 40’s – Live a Great Life
  6. 50’s – Live a Great Life
  7. 60’s and beyond – Live a Great Life
  8. Death

The key difference is what you do in your 20’s during the phase when you have “no chief, officer, or ruler.”

It seems that when most people reach their 30’s and 40’s they have too much ego investment in their life decisions. So they double down on their efforts and tell younger men that this is “just how life is.” They are unable, or unwilling, to acknowledge that life didn’t have to be that hard.

And, like the bitter middle-age spinsters who try to sabotage the life of young pretty women by poisoning their minds with feminism, so too do older men sabotage the lives of younger men by stubbornly denying essential truths about women and money.

As I write this, I am 28 years old. The biggest mistakes I’ve made in my life are:

  • Getting into debt ($30K for college, $5K for badly executed entrepreneurship)
  • Blowing my extra cash on business opportunities instead of securing a “Screw You” Fund
  • Getting married before I established my career (women cannot emotionally handle the turbulence a man must go through to find and establish the right career)
  • Wasting 5 and a half years of my life for a (mostly) worthless college degree

But I didn’t screw up my life too bad because I still managed to:

  • Avoid alcoholism
  • Avoid having children out of wedlock
  • Marry the right woman (i.e. hot, smart, and, when I’m not being a pussy, sexually attracted to me)
  • Avoid drugs
  • Break my video game addiction
  • Avoid getting a felony
  • Pay my bills one way or another and avoid filing for bankruptcy
  • Find the right career path (in spite of my wife’s anxiety about not pursuing a “normal” career, I’m very close to establishing an ideal lifestyle career)

So I’d say I’m on the retarded ant path. I’ve got some things to fix, but I’m on my way.

I think the ideal path for a typical young man would be this:

  1. 20’s – maximize your SMV, establish your career
  2. 30’s – marry a hot woman who’s significantly younger than you (high fertility, and age difference makes submission easier)
  3. 40’s and beyond – live the good life and teach other young men to do the same

The remedial path would look like this:

  1. 20’s – Start the wrong career, marry the wrong woman
  2. 30’s – Secure a “Screw You” fund, learn new skills, change career; implement Dread Game (concludes in either reviving the bedroom or divorce)
  3. 40’s – Marry a younger woman or enjoy the revived bedroom; Escape the Rat Race and invest your money like a wealthy person (see Rich Dad, Poor Dad)
  4. 50’s and beyond – Live off of your passive income, teach young men to avoid the same mistakes you made

The stages might be delayed by a decade depending on how quickly one recognized, accepted, and took responsibility for his problems.

Obviously, the remedial path is much more difficult than the path of the diligent young man and the reward is not as great. Hence the reason few people do it… and the reason most red pilled men prefer to spend their time complaining instead of fixing their lives.

Make of this what you will.