“Become excellent. Become the best possible
version of yourself you can be, and then share your story
with others who want to do the same. In a culture that has
purged itself of confidence, let’s create a counterculture
organized along the exact opposite ideals: Pride. Courage.
Self-respect. Strength. Become a member of the New
– Jonathan Frost, The Freedom Twenty-Five Lifestyle Guide
As much as I enjoy self-improvement books, I find that most of them are too focused on accumulating material wealth. Maybe I’ve watched Fight Club one too many times, but I think it not right to improve yourself solely for monetary gains. If you’re unhealthy, socially awkward, and unintelligent; buying a Ferrari isn’t going to solve anything.
The Freedom Twenty-Five Lifestyle Guide, by Jonathan Frost, is a book that understands that money won’t solve anything; as Frost explains:
“The majority of men in our generation will spend their lives working boring, meaningless jobs while hunched over a desk. Millions of ambitious, intelligent people will spend the vast majority of their waking hours doing busywork in cubicles. They will wake up ten years from now as burntout 35-year-old lawyers and investment bankers with nothing to show for the best years of their life but dark circles under their eyes, a fancy title, a fast car, and a well-furnished condo.”
Instead of chasing money, Frost advocates good health, financial freedom, relationships, wisdom, and purpose; and he does so in a straightforward manner that feels like getting advice from your cool uncle. Because it’s written for young men and doesn’t bother with being politically correct, The Freedom Twenty-Five Lifestyle Guide is packed with practical advice that an author like Tony Robbins would never publish; least it generate controversy.
One thing that I really liked about this book is the fact that Frost is very vocal about his viewpoints (voting does nothing, Facebook is a waste of time, don’t get married just because it’s expected of you, etc..), but never transcends into the “holier than thou” mentality that most opinionated authors quickly settle into. If Frost doesn’t know something he’ll admit it, right in the book description Frost admits that:
“There’s only so much advice I can offer on [life purpose], since I still have a lot to figure out for myself. But I can tell you this: Once you’re in control of your health, your money, your relationships, and your time, everything else starts to become a lot clearer.”
While not for everyone, The Freedom Twenty-Five Lifestyle Guide is a great book for young men. I enjoyed it, and everyone who I’ve lent my copy to has enjoyed it as well. If you’re a man between the ages of 16 and 30, I highly recommend getting a copy of this book.