10 Rules To Being A Badass

There’s much more to being a badass than having a strong, lean physique.

Being a badass is all about your attitude and the way you carry yourself throughout the day. It’s the way you perceive yourself. Your mentality.

And, most importantly, if you are able to Execute.

You follow a code that most people don’t even fathom.

This is the Lean Warrior Philosophy.

Apply these rules to your daily living and you will unleash the Warrior within.


1. Find Comfort In Discomfort

One of the most powerful changes you can make in your life is to shake it up. Do something that causes discomfort.

When your life becomes more and more comfortable, you’re bound to fall into mediocrity. You’ll find yourself feeling lazier and lazier.

Let this be a sign that you’re sitting in your comfort zone.

The key to being a badass is the ability to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Doing so separates you from everybody else and unleashes your potential.

You’ll never know what greatness you’re capable of until you find joy in discomfort.


2. Be Ready to Fail Over and Over Again

You’ll never get anywhere until you start failing. I’m the king of failure which is why I’ve found success.

One of my favorite memories was when I was in Manila with some friends. We were at a lounge that was playing a Michael Jordan documentary on the TV for some reason.

This was when I came across one of my favorite quotes of all time by the GOAT:

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

(Also, the day I’m writing this happens to be the 30th anniversary of Jordan’s iconic dunk from the free throw line).

This is the attitude that separates those who succeed in life from those who do not. Failing isn’t a comfortable feeling. But, this is how you build yourself into a living, breathing badass.

It’s okay if you’re afraid to fail. Just don’t let them fear keep you from taking action. That is the key. Which leads us into the next rule…


3. Never Wait For The Perfect Moment

The greatest enemy to mankind is what Steven Pressfield defined as Resistance. He wrote a great book called The War of Art which goes into depth about this.

You’ll always experience feelings of doubt and uncertainty. Your mind will always find excuses to quit. Battling through resistance makes you a complete badass. There will never be a perfect product, a perfect business, a perfect idea, a perfect amount of time, and so on.

All you have is the moment right now to do what you got to do. Stop over-analyzing and Just Do It.

Fight through resistance. It will never go away. Understanding this and pushing through is what separates you from mediocrity.


4. The Power of Saying “No”

The most important word in your vocabulary should be the word “no.”

A true badass knows that value of being able to say NO to other people.

The more you say “yes” to others, the more you give up time for yourself.\

You’ll find yourself committing to things that don’t improve your life.

You’ll put things off since you’re so worried about making others happy.

It’s incredibly easy to lose focus on your own mission in life when you’re running around trying to please others — all because you struggle to say one word: No.

It’s okay to tell people that you’re busy. You should want to be busy doing your own thing.
And, other’s will respect that.

You can’t be a badass when you’re at the beck & call of others. Learn the power of saying NO, and proudly say it often.


5. Stay In Your Own Lane

Forget about Lavar Ball (a fake badass) for a minute. He might always wear his “stay in your own lane” t-shirts, but clothes you wear doesn’t make you a badass.

A real badass doesn’t get involved in the drama of others. You’re a drama-free zone with no time for bullshit.

You don’t get involved in the personal problems and concerns of others. You realize that time is your most precious commodity. Therefore, you don’t have time to argue.

People are going to do what they want to do. Don’t let that be of concern to you. Mind your own business and stay in your lane. Learn to focus and get busy.

There are things you can get done in a day that would take others a week. Focus on your mission, keep your head down and hustle.

Don’t let anybody else pull you from your path, no matter how tempting it may be.


6. Eliminate People Who Don’t Enhance Your Life

A true badass isn’t afraid to cut ties, or severely limit contact, with people who don’t enhance his or her life. This is a rule you must absolutely do no matter how much it might hurt.

If you’re in a relationship with someone who is pulling you down? It’s time to start rethinking your relationship.

Got a family member who doesn’t support the mission you’re on? Severely limit your contact with said person. It’s harsh, but being a badass isn’t a walk in the park. If it was, everybody would be one.

The truth is that most people won’t want to see you succeed. Your success brings out their insecurities and makes them feel weak.

Therefore, they try to bring you down to their level. They’ll bring drama into your life, start arguments, criticize you and so on. So, it’s important to limit your contact with these people.

Keep a close circle of like-minded individuals. It can get lonely on this journey because you’ve chosen the hard path. But, that’s the path of a badass.


7. Accept Yourself But Never Settle

A true badass doesn’t settle for mediocrity. The badass gladly welcomes challenges. Discomort is comfortable. Reaching new levels is the name of the game.

Therefore, you must learn to accept yourself the way you currently are. Only then can you work on being the best version of yourself.

No matter what you may believe, there’s always a way to better yourself. The badass knows this. You approach life with an attitude that takes on obstacles.

Every day is a new day. Go big or go home. Hit the ground running and push yourself. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ve grown over a short amount of time.

This is the reality of a badass. They’re always moving forward and testing their limits. Which leads us to the ever important rule to…


8. Evolve and Adapt

A badass knows that the world is always changing. Understand that the world doesn’t revolve around you. It won’t wait for you to catch up.

Therefore, a badass is always on top of his game. You must be willing to adapt to change. There are always new opportunities for you to capitalize on.

A true badass has an eye for these things. Know when to be patient and when to jump at the opportunity that presents itself.

Both are life skills that the badass is aware of. You can’t force things to happen. But, when the windows open, you know how to act. This is what separates the badass from everybody else.

We all have opportunities. The badass knows how to capitalize.


9. Take Action But Be Outcome Independent

Fighting through Resistance and taking action will move you forward in life. Becoming outcome dependent is what will make you a true badass.

One if the best quotes for this comes from the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High:

“The attitude dictates that you don’t care whether she comes, stays, lays, or prays. I mean whatever happens, your toes are still tappin’. Now when you got that, then you have the attitude.”

This quote applies to everything in life, not just personal relationships. A badass doesn’t let circumstances in life knock you off your mission.

No matter what happens, your toes are still tappin.’ You’re still in your lane doing what you do. This attitude will carry you to the top levels of badass.

People will sense that you have this attitude before you even open your mouth. It’s that powerful.

Until you’re consistently living your life this way, you’ll struggle to be a true badass. You’ll be at the beck & call of others. That’s no way to live.


10. Train Hard. And Eat Well.

Your body is your temple. Treat it right. You must take care of yourself physically. You should care about your appearance and your health.

Get your ass in the gym, train smart, and eat well. Don’t worry about looking pretty in the weight room. A badass doesn’t need the latest tech pants to lift heavy and finish strong.

Train with passion and give it everything you got. Don’t half ass your workouts. Focus on progressive overload. That is how you build a badass physique.

Build your own workout routine around these exercises:

Most of your gains or weight loss will come from whatever you put into your mouth. The Lean Warrior Diet is all about healthy eating.

Check out these resources to learn about the science behind weight loss and how you can burn fat with the foods you eat:

It’s important you calculate your macros and stay consistent. Eat a clean diet. Avoid white sugars and processed foods.

Being a badass is much more than being a tough son of a bitch. It’s being the best YOU that you can be, and not letting anyone get keep you from reaching your goals.

Now get out there and kick some ass. Become the badass you deserve to be.