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I’m Going Into “Monk Mode”

I love the idea, not the crowd

I spend a lot of time on YouTube. I truthfully think there is a lot of value to be had there, from tutorials to motivation, from Gary Vee to Price Ea. There are documentaries on plant-based diets and financial advice. Anything you want to learn; you can learn from YouTube.

But you have to be careful.

I came across a few videos touting the benefits of something called Monk Mode. The thumbnail looked interesting, “disappear for 6 months and see what can happen to your life!” The premise is for you to remove all the distractions from your life, and basically live like a monk. No social media, TV, sex, going out with friends. You focus on a few things for 6 months or more – health, a business – anything important enough to focus all your attention on.

A lot of these guys are saying it gave them the focus to build a business or lose weight, and they were hugely successful. The problem is that many of these guys are young and impressionable, many are incels. They survive on a diet of Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson and buy into the toxic message that guys like this push.

But the idea is sound.

Imagine if you could somehow focus all your attention on one or two things at the expense of everything else. I have such an opportunity coming up.

When I go to China, I will leave my family behind in the Philippines. I will be alone, and I had planned on using this time to catch up on my writing. But, since my family will be back at home, and my teaching schedule will be light, I will have time, for maybe the first time in my life, to focus on just two things: my health and becoming financially successful.

I am doing well on a plant-based diet – no meat, eggs, milk, oil, or sugar. There have been a few missteps, but for the most part, I have kept to it. I just found out today I have already lost 30 lbs.

What if I could put all my focus on diet, working out, and getting healthy? I would love to get down to a weight where if my legs would allow me, I could start running. I want to lift weights, do yoga, swim, walk, and do active things I have been ignoring for years.

I can do all that.

I could finally figure out a way to make money – a business, a career, freelancing – something that I could focus on becoming an expert and have no distractions. I usually split my time into equal parts work, fatherhood, and supporting my wife. I’ll be supporting my wife by working so she can go to college, and now that I will be alone for a while, why not focus on becoming the best version of myself, a financially successful version of myself?

What if I came back in 6 months to visit the family, and I was healthy and fit and was making more money than I had ever made in my life? What if I could focus on just these things – almost like an obsession?

I don’t really like the people that the idea came from – I have no love for incels, but there are others who talk about the same principles. I think it’s a great idea, and I am in the perfect position to make a go of this since I will be alone anyway.

My life is fairly overwhelming, with a passionate wife, an autistic 4-year-old, and a daughter in High School. But it’s happening because I need to work and staying in the Philippines is not an option, but for my family, it makes more sense to stay here where the cost of living is comparably lower.

I never thought I would be in this position at 55, with the blessing of my wife and family. It would be idiotic to pass up this opportunity and going into Monk Mode will get me there faster.

Instead of sitting around scrolling social media and being lonely, I can focus on two things that are of utmost importance to me.

What could go wrong?

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