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 No.147[Reply]

Post on this board and success, money, women, fame, and health will come to you.


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 No.252[Reply]

I hesitated to post this but after a couple days of no posts, I think it may be a needed jump-start for some people.
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 No.331

Roll fur funzies


 No.334

aughgh rolly rolly


 No.335

roll


 No.336

Roll


 No.342

roll




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 No.339[Reply]

If anyone stumbles across this board id like to invite you to our discord server to Make Improving Great Again , for yourself & everyone else on the server.

People of all races,ideologies,religions etc. are welcome , as long as you stick to the golden rule : You should be actively improving every day.

If you arent we can talk about it & work on it with you to get you going , from there its smooth-sailing.

https://discord.gg/p8F4BUD

The link only has 1 use , so just ask for another one if its been used.

 No.341

>>339

Link expired.




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 No.14[Reply]

What languages are you learning and why?
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 No.306

latin for religion, hawaiian for fun

german cause I took b4 in high school

french, spanish, anything else for extra reading ability


 No.338

>>282

Pretty accurate comic, but

Ы doesn't sound like "i" in "bill" at all.


 No.340

English, i know spanish and a few of portuguese




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 No.337[Reply]

Have you taken the brown pill yet, mateys?

it's a tough pill to swallow! The brown pill was founded in 1999 by Sir Reginald Brownpill, who presents and narrates the attached video.

Forget red and blue pills, brown pills are the way of the future.

Video related. Please leave your questions, comments, and concerns below about this radical new paradigm of thinking!

Swallow the brown pill today! Red pills are for fedora fucking wearing faggots, blue pills are for the ignorant masses. Ignore the other le epin /pol/ maymays, this one is the readl deal.34734737



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 No.326[Reply]

>go to a party

>do everything to hit on a chick (she was also the host), short of shoving myself onto her

>don't manage to get anywhere, not even to kiss her

>she seems to want to dance with another, nerdier guy who has a better personality

>at the end everyone leaves, she says "I'm really glad you came"

>say "Y-you too"

>leave with all the other chumps

FUCK

In retrospect I should have isolated her, taken her to another area of the house to make out with her.

 No.327

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 No.328

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 No.333

>>326

>>326

define better personality




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 No.188[Reply]

Post /alpha/ books you recommend, want to read, reviews, etc. Everything book related.

 No.193

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Seen this pic floating around

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 No.278

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"The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs" by Stephen S. Ilardi

The book describes a lifestyle program that wards off depression. Enlightening (explains a ton of just what depression is... basically, our brains are being ruined by the modern western lifestyle), and very easy to read. The program consists of 6 parts:

1. Fish oil
2. Engaging Activities
3. Light exposure
4. Exercise
5. Social contact
6. Sleep

Highly recommended for anyone strugglig with depression.

 No.304

Guide to the Good Life. stoic Philosophy primer, makes you super strong mentally.

 No.332

>>196

Great stuff man, thanks!




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 No.26[Reply]

your stance on politics /alpha/?

pic somewhat related
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 No.40

Capitalist
Nationalist
Conservative

 No.52

>>40
>Nationalist
And how's that going, Sweden?

 No.318

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marxism

now gtfo


 No.321

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Ancap.

Voting is prayer for anarchists, even less useful than masturbation.


 No.330

Nationalist, statist and conservative.




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 No.322[Reply]

Hey, /alpha/,

is this beta?

 No.324

>>322

They make some points I think are accurate. They miss one, though: very early on when you meet someone and start dating, they want the arrangement to be tentative while they check you out. Being too "nice" puts them in a position where by convention, they are "obligated" to be "nice" back, or risk looking rude. They don't want to be in a position like that when the relationship is tentative, and if they are afraid of being forced into it too soon, they will bail out.




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 No.296[Reply]

hey /alpha/
which Pokémon would you fuck?

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 No.74[Reply]

I found this board and because of its stand on self improvement and motivation and thought you might be interested in the board I made.

>>>/teach/

its focus is on self teaching. I'm trying to add more resources to it and always looking for feedback.
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 No.78

Also if you want to learn Microsoft office, this site has video tutorials on both older and newer versions of Office. These are the programs used by most big companies so knowing your way around them is key. Some of them are just really handy. Excel spreadsheet is a godsend when you know how to use it.

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

 No.93

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I love Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/) for almost any topic. They have a good Android app too, and here is a nice Python script for downloading whole courses to watch offline: https://github.com/dgorissen/coursera-dl

 No.96

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>>93

I've taken a Coursera course before and it was pretty decent. It was a data science class that was put together by Johns Hopkins University, which is serious business because of all the data-driven research they do.

 No.294

try this one op
>>>/freedu/

 No.303

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1. iTunes has a particularly great catalog of free university courses.

2. TTC courses are usualy decent. The "other" video section on tpb is full of them.

3. Udemy is also decent, but definitely more cluttered with yoga instructional escapism

4. I almost went through a full semester of History of the English language by loitering in the classroom after my class finished.

Loiter hard my friends



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 No.275[Reply]

An interesting thing I've noticed is that twenty minutes is an ideal time for me to do practice and training-type activities.

I'm talking about things like lifting, walking, meditating, etc. Anything that you just have to set aside some time to do daily or every other day, but there's nobody or anything there to push you.

This feels like an optimal amount of time because it's not too long nor too short. It's long enough to feel like you put in some effort but not so long you start to get bored.

Twenty minutes is my sweet spot. What's yours?

 No.276

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The Pomodoro Technique uses periods of fifteen to thirty minutes, and the traditional period they'd use was twenty-five minutes.

http://pomodorotechnique.com/

I notice that when I'm doing housework and I time the bursts of activity, they usually end up being more than twenty-four but shy of twenty-five minutes.

I came up with a method similar to The Pomodoro Technique that's somewhat inverted: I try to work on something for at least twenty-five minutes without getting distracted or even looking at the timer. If I'm pretty confident that I've worked for at least that long, I go back to the timer and check. If I fell short of twenty-five minutes, I reset it and try it again immediately. You then have an incentive to stay focused for that long and not be distracted and you may find you've done more work than twenty-five minutes (it's not uncommon to get almost thirty-five while you think you've done twenty-five).

I had a few influences in coming up with this system: The Now Habit by Neil Fiore, where he tells you to keep track of how long you spend on tasks on which you typically procrastinate to track your progress, but tells you not to count them unless they exceed some set period you decide (I think his is between fifteen and thirty minutes) in order to keep you focused. I was also influenced by a study that I saw about the 10,000 steps program, where it noted that people walked more steps if they had a step counter with a cover on it to keep them from looking at it throughout the day (but I can't remember if they were told not to look at it, or if just using one with a cover made people less likely to look at it). Nonetheless I find I tend to work longer stretches if i "gamify" this effort.

 No.300

>>276
I tried Pomodoro. It's effective, but not for me. It's about as effective as drafting out a plan and sticking to it with some goal in mind.
For example, with books, I count out all the exercises and pages and have a set goal per day to finish it within a set time. If I were to do it with exercise, I would do some energy intake and expenditure calculations.

 No.301

>>276
I've been using the pomodoro technique and generally use periods of about 20 minutes.

 No.302

Lately I have been worried about the effects of chronic sitting so I set an alarm on my laptop to go off every 15 or 20 minutes. Then I take a 1 or 2 minute walk. It seems to work pretty well.



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 No.284[Reply]

What supps, noots, or meds do you take?

I'll post my stack with reviews, experiences, and thoughts soon.

 No.288

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Walgreens A thru Z would be the only one I take. I take a lot of other medications for conditions I have and I tread carefully on introducing more things into the mix.

I remember hearing about nootropics in the early nineties, and around that time you would see "smart drinks" at raves as well, which I tried once. I went looking for them at a health food store a few years later and the woman there didn't know what I was talking about, but asked me about what foods I was eating (college dormitory cafeteria food) and cringed at it, while suggesting that stagnant food it my intestines might be fermenting and sending toxins into my bloodstream. I gave up looking for them after that.

 No.298

My current stack:
>Fish oil
>Vitamin C
>Vitamin D
>Multivitamin
>Saw Palmetto
>Tongkat Ali
>Bacopa
>Tribulus terrestris
>Ashwagandha

 No.299

I'm taking piracetam, oxiracetam, choline citrate, and noopept. The stack works great, but it's really expensive. I need it right now in school.



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 No.295[Reply]

What does it mean to you to live an /alpha/ lifestyle?

To me, it is very simple. It is about allowing yourself to feel however you want to feel about things. Society says you must feel certain ways. You must feel good or bad if according to if certain things happen to you in life or not.

Also it means to me that you primarily are not a follower of others, and you desire to cultivate your own "thing" whereby others will follow you (business, creative work, blog, religious cult, etc.)

 No.297

Certain people would label what you describe as "zeta" rather than "alpha" (this is not the same as "omega").



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 No.289[Reply]

My Dad got me a Paul McKenna book w/ CD for becoming more happy. I researched this author more and I have been listening to this (vimeo.com/36462664) confidence increasing hypnosis track I found (I d/l the video with youtube-dl and ripped audio with ffmpeg) for about 10 days at night when I get in bed. I think it is doing something, but I want to give it more time. Anyone here tried hypnosis before?

 No.290

https://vimeo.com/36462664

Better link, hopefully

 No.293

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I've seen this book before, but it sounded really boring.



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