Awhile back, I picked up a copy of Victor Pride’s 30 Days of Discipline.
I really wanted to love it. I really wanted to come on here, endorse it wholeheartedly, and then earn a nice chunk of change through Victor’s generous affiliate program.
However, my integrity matters more than my bank account, so here’s the good AND the bad.
While I may have a few negative things to say about 30 DOD, I can’t argue with the RESULTS—and they were excellent.
This is the bad.
To put it bluntly, the biggest lesson from 30 Days of Discipline is how to execute a good marketing plan. There was great hype around this product. With adverts running on major men’s sites and so many glowing reviews, it had to be amazing, right? RIGHT?
I respect Victor and regularly read his blog, but to be honest, when I forked over $10 and received a measly 24 half-filled pages, I felt a little duped.
I know a product is worth what people are willing to pay for it—and hat’s off to Victor’s success—but 24 pages for $10? I thought, “Seriously, bro? This is the e-book equivalent of a catfish.” I felt like the whole thing was a giant Manosphere pyramid scheme and was disappointed that so many reviewers had sold out with glowing reviews to earn their commissions.
Admittedly, I also felt a tad jealous. I thought, “I spent two and half years slaving away at my book, and this dude is charging top dollar for something I could slap together in a weekend!”
But despite these reservations, I supported Victor’s efforts and decided to approach the program with an open mind. After all, as Victor mentions in the start of 30 DOD, this is not an e-book—this is a boot camp.
The Actual Program
Victor recommends 12 habits you must practice over 30 days. While some of them were more practical than others (cold showers in the NYC winter are a terrible idea), in general, it’s a pretty good framework with many positive suggestions. I’m not going to discuss every habit (because that would basically give away the entire book), but I will talk about the three habits that had the biggest impact on my daily life.
Getting Up Early
Without doubt, this was the most radical change I made during the 30 days. I’m used to getting 9 hours+ a night, but at the start of this period I forced myself up even if I only got 4-5 hours. I eventually adjusted and began averaging 6-8 hours a night. Surprisingly, this change did not affect my energy levels. I was getting less sleep, but better quality sleep because I was more tired at bedtime. I also found myself getting A LOT more done with my day. I now set alarm everyday to make sure I get up at a reasonable hour and get shit done.
A Strict Diet
No junk food or snacks for 30 days. Only 3 feeds a day. This was actually more difficult than I expected. I never released how much I was snacking. I also gave up drinking for this period. The results after 30 days? I lost 8 pounds and was the leanest I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve relaxed a bit more with the drinking and put on a few pound since then, but I’m a bit more conscious of what I eat nowadays.
Looking Your Best Every Day
I’ve officially become addicted to suiting up. I barely owned a button down at the start of the year, but now my wardrobe consists of several blazers, ties, and pocket squares. People in NYC are quite stylish so I rarely feel overdressed in such attire. During the 30 days, I looked like a slick mo-fo everyday and I loved the positive attention I received from women and men alike. I’m now feel that I’m the snappiest dresser in my neighborhood. Now I find it hard to wear normal clothes going out!
If you’re looking for a good read, skip it. But if looking for some motivation to develop some positive habits, think of it as an investment in yourself. It’s value is only what you make of it.