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Right on, thanks Brandon, I love when that happens
that means you’re ready for it brother!Reply
Me too!!! This came along at the perfect time for me. So stoked I found it and read it. I am officially ready to be a total bad ass.Reply
Aye man the comment line is so long so I just wrote this here man. You are truly an awesome dude for putting this out there. Man with out this I’m like fucking dead man. I just had to let you know this man. Im gonna train like a motherfucker man. Imean you are theee fucking man bro. I can’t say it any better man. You gotme So pumped man.Reply
oh wow micah
thanks so much for sharingReply
You are helping people and that is pretty cool ! Stumbled upon your blog at a perfect time. I am 49, married to my soul mate of 26 years, been in a corp career for 25 years… Basically miserable. I’ve been searching for answers… Is it the economy? Do I need a new job? Is it my boss (he just got laid off), maybe I need to see a shrink, get some drugs. I am currently taking sleepers because my mind is buzzing, and also on stomach meds, out of shape too. I have always been healthy and have enjoyed a life of outdoor adventure. OK enough! Reading your BLOG has given me the strength to get out on the edge and stop waiting to go pursue my dreams! I have come up with a 6-mo plan to simplify, divest some material possessions, and get going on life’s great adventure with my great Man! We have worked our asses off our entire adult life and saved enough to live comfortably and get what we need, although it will be a life-style adjustment. It’s kind of scary, man. My good friend was just diagnosed with cancer this week. She’s a big corp career woman too- VP title and all. We always talk about retiring and how we can’t wait to have freedom to do what the hell we want. Well guess what, life just dealt her a big fucking shit sandwich- sucks. She is a strong woman and hopefully will pull through- but her suffering has helped me realize what’s been in the back of my mind for a few years now…that life is too short. I need to follow my heart. No more living in fear! The dream is NOW baby… Bring it on! Thanks for the raw wake up call Chris!!!Reply
Chris I am fucking speechless man. I am a relative newbie to your world. I connected through a link of another link from someplace. But I truly believe things fall into place for a reason. This post of yours hit home on so many levels for me , I don’t know where to start. I knew you were no bullshit when I hit the pic of snake plisken, dude you have my attention!
You have managed to break the politically correct kiss everyone’s ass shell off this business and you are 100% right on the money. We have all worked for a check, bought our own bs, and told clients what they want to hear to keep the peace.
All I can say is …you are right, tomorrow is going to be fucking fantastic, and I can not wait!!!
I owe you a beer my friend…..probably 3 or 4 ..
Hey thanks Mike!
Snake Plisken, I put that up wondering if anyone reading was gonna know who it was, I mean, I figured they would know it was Kurt Russel, but that’s a pic of Snake, not Kurt Russel ya know
that dude was my fucking childhood hero man
thanks again mikeReply
Really awesome post man. Snake Plisken’s the shit. My brothers and I would watch escape from New York and L.A. all the time.
This is the first time seeing your site. Glad I found it. It’s nice to find a site that’s a little more badass. Nicely done man!
Snake was my childhood hero brother
The LA didn’t do it for me
But that first one, in New York
thx for sharing JustinReply
You did it once again. Another awesome post. I love your writing style. I love all of these, I need to work on Number 9 more:)
Thanks for this amazing post, it was just what I neededReply
Yeah, 9 is a big one for a lot of people
Thanks a ton for sharing Moni, I always look forward to happy little comments (=Reply
I’m just about to go over it, but I skimmed through it. Really cool stuff, man. I think I’ll share it on FB right after I’m done typing.
And speakin’ ’bout typing, found a typo: “…4 out of 5 doctors recommend ChrisMcCombs.net forgetting rid…”
I think you mean, “for getting”, not “forgetting”.Reply
Right on DK, really appreciate you having my back there man
You should see these thing before I have two people review for edits…. doh!!!!Reply
Love this blog Chris!
Keep the inspirational words coming!
Another fucking great post Chris.
I have never considered myself to be a badass but a majority of the things you posted are things that I have done throughout my life. Following this path has led me to some interesting jobs, situations and places.
What is interesting to me is how these things have made me successful in other countries but would have acutally held me back in the USA. I think this illustrates the direction our country has gone.
Here in Egypt, where I have worked for 4 years. Despite my full sleeve tattoos (well, one arm is done, working on the other), my disdain for wearing suits (something that higher ups are expected to do here) and my no bullshit attitude, I am a HSE director of a petrochemical country that gets invited to weddings, dinners and other social type things. I’m expected to meet with boardmembers and investors (and fuck no, I don’t wear suits for that) and at the end of the day, get the job done.
The chairman values my opinion and refusal to be a “yes man”. I have fucked up more times then I can remember, owned up to my mistakes, fixed what I could and got the fuck on with my business.
I treat everyone the way I would want my family to be treated regardless of position.
In the USA, I would have no chance of getting a position like the one I have here because in the US, I’m just not the corporate type.
I’m results oriented, they value that over here.
Ironic, I have more freedom in an Islamic country then I do in the “Land of the free”.
I think this post could be subtitled “37 rules for success”.
Randal, I lived in Saudi Arabia for a number of years and even though there was a strict dress code for Western women when we were in Arab towns, it was still a place where I felt like everyone could just be themselves. It was only coming back to the States that I felt the pressure to conform – irony, indeed.Reply
Chris, great post!
I have to say #24 and #25 really resonated with me, but all in all, I love how you speak the truth brotha! Today, I’m officially a BADA$$ for reading this!Reply
There is an old saying “when you want something bad enough, the universe conspires to give that to you.” That’s just what happened.
Good thing with you is that you have lived this so there is a real world perspective in what you are saying rather than someone just blowing gas.
Keep the awesome stuff coming.
Much respect !Reply
hey thanks Gauruv , thanks man
“when you want something bad enough, the universe conspires to give that to you.”
Awesome post dude, I love this quote: “Instead of trying to extract value from this world, add to it in your own unique way, in a way no one else can but you, contributing massive value to people’s lives in the most impactful way you possibly can.” I really liked how you took a complete and multi-faceted approach to becoming a true badass and I think you really hit the nail on the head with this post.
You really covered everything it takes to become a really cool mother f*cker, it almost seems easy with this step by step formula you created. Very badass of you.Reply
Shaun, you are bad mother fucker my friend, I always enjoy and appreciate your commentsReply
Love this post, Chris!! I have 6 new things to change/work on before I’m as badass as you. =)Reply
This is my first time posting. I appreciate this list because sometimes people forget what badass is really about because we stick a dollar sign to it. My parents came from a different country and work two jobs to send money back to their home country and provide for us. We had 11 people (aunts, uncles, cousins etc.) living in a two bedroom apartment. We grew up in a ganginfested area with drive by shooting but all my five brothers never got involve. I am not saying we are perfect but my parents and others in similiar situations are badass. I have a dream of starting a fitness business and this list reminds not to look down on myself because I can make it if I focus on my passion. Thank youReply
wow man, that’s crazy, thanks so much for sharing JTR, and you must be proud of your parents, they’re done wellReply
Brau…Brau…Brau…Damn! Man, if or when you are in Jersey (Jersey shore) you, Zach-E, Mike Steehle and me have got to hang out. We are all within a few miles of eachother and I can’t think of a more bad-ass group of really good dudes to chill with for a bit. Brilliant stuff, brother Chris! I am sharing that shit right now…Reply
thanks Matt, super cool of you to say
Zach is good friend, connected with him out there before he took my part way down a big busy new york street it was crazy, you should have seen the U’y he flipped… then we got lost in Jersey for soooo long, it was a crazy day, ask him about it, thanks matt!
just peeked at your website, cool man, keep it up brotherReply
That post is the shit Chris! you’ve been honing your skills brother, that’s a long ass post that never gets boring and leaves you wishing you had another 37 more to read. I must’ve tweeted ( I know, I can’t believe I said it either!) at least 4 passages and another pile of quotes I got so juiced reading it! You knocked it out of the fucking park this time amigo.
don’t ever stop doing what you are doing bro.Reply
awesome steve, thanks so much for sharing, may that “social media karma” come back to you bruddha!Reply
WOW! I am impressed, bro! Amazing read and extremely inspirational! I love the concept of being nice to others is BADASS and not considered weak. This article was full of positivity and contained so many lessons to learn about life such as forgiveness, mistakes, flaws, and slaying the dragon were all such powerful concepts. I loved what your wrote about training the body, too. Thank you very much for creating such an incredible article. It was as BADASS as they come.Reply
Thank you Shaun, glad you enjoyed it man
Yeah, being nice is a big one
Life would so much better if everyone was just nicer to eachother ya know?
thanks again brotherReply
Simply Awesome! One of the best posts I’ve ever read and put out at a time that I needed to read it. Thanks for the post, Chris!Reply
NICE, glad you liked it so much! It’s honor to be on your wall!Reply
BTW, went to your site Brandy, that looks awesome that crazy stuff you’re doing out there in the snow, wowReply
Things are still on the up and up. I think we both have hit some of the same rocky road paths with our ex-wives. It’s hard man. Keep your head up man. It is hard for me to do at times, but you never know.
I run my own business and a million dollar Strength & Conditioning Facility. This just rocks. I worked hard and busted my butt to get there. I just signed up 3 clients this week for a long term package and 2 short term programs.
At the same time, I lost clients too … in one door and out the other. I’m definitely at peace with it all. The bills are paid and I get to make an impact in my son’s life. That’s all that I really want.
I’ve realized that my lifestyle is not meant for my wife. We totally conflicted. Train, help others, and give back to the community. Build a legacy. I’m investing my legacy into my son.
I talked to a military guy, he is actually going to take my clients that I’m training in Brazilian jiu jitsu. He is going to just take them. I lose the money … and he isn’t even going to charge them!
But, my clients are happy. Better yet, I am happy. That gives me more hours to spend with my son and focus on training myself rather than training the others. Money is definitely not the answer to happiness.
Once I sign these clients over, I’ll have lost 6 clients this month. Money I was counting on … actually money I was settling for. I’m not even worried about the financial hardship because I set myself up for success. And that is not really a financial success. Although — I’ve definitely got it ALL lined up so that my future is secure.
I’m talking about working part time and making 100k/year …
First off, I love what I do … so it is NOT work.
Second off, I set myself up for success — Rather than going into debt (although I struggled!) I met real people and made meaningful connections with them.
Saying NO is a huge thing my friend.
Rather than say “no” beforehand. Now, I am going back and saying, “enough is enough. This ends now.”
I’m letting 6-8 clients go this month and made back that money in 3-4 new quality clients. I started with no money, a kettlebell, time, and a vision for success.Reply
Daniel, I love your outlook man
Not sure if you realize all the wisdom in your words there, it’s a lot my brother
you are so on the right path… leave that legacy man, your son will be proud
And have a helluva good time while you’re at it
thanks again for sharing DanielReply
I love this post and your no BS approach. You cut through all political correctness and it’s refreshing. I will share this with my friends and family. Looking forward to your new book. I’ll be one of the first in line to buy it. Keep inspiring!!Reply
thank you so much for sharing with your friends, that means a ton to me
I’ll definitely keep you posted on the book (=Reply
Love this post. Such a great collection of thoughts you’ve touched on a few times before but in bigger, badder, bolder fashion. I’ll share this quick story that I thought of as soon as I read #1 – 10+ years ago I was driving through campus at the University I work at and this dude in front of me blew through a pedestrian crosswalk nearly clipping a couple students. It pissed me off and a few blocks later I caught up to the dude – beamed him a few times & he pulled over. I got out of my car, ready to lay into this dude verbally and physically if necessary. Now, I’m not a real physical person but I was pretty worked up and felt pretty invulnerable at the time – terribly stupid in retrospect. I get close, barking at this dude and he is cool as a cucumber, looks me dead in my eye and says “don’t be a hero”. Stopped me in my tracks. He said he was wrong, didn’t see the kids and was driving too fast – but that I needed to back off. He was a badass motherfucker just by his outward appearance and the vibe he kicked. He probably would’ve kicked my ass, easy. But he was cool about it, we spoke for a second, shook hands and we went about our ways. This wasn’t the way I saw it all going down but it has left an impression on me ever since – first, there is probably someone bigger & badder out there who will give you that fight you might be looking for so be careful what you ask for and second, be cool. No need to go crazy to make your point, as I was doing. I still speak my piece & do the right thing like #8, but under control (most of the time).Reply
Andy, that is an awesome story man
I have a similar one I’ll share sometime, crazy how those moments stick with you
Sometimes we need to be humbled a little
thanks for sharing brotherReply
hey thanks Kevin … get his “Get in the Van” on audio book, it’s dark, but the writing is amazing… you can hear part one here:
and check out his spoken word stuff
it’s cool to compare his stuff from 20 years ago with what he’s doing no… he’s evolved a lot, super hilarious, like stand up comedy in a way with a message
I have Just discovered you and all your help that you provide on KBL. Let me tell you on this particular post you articulate everything that I practice or try to aspire to.
I am just a regular dude who is turning 44 this month. I love to train and I love to help people. I am testing for my NASM cert at the end of this month. My dilemma— which is very similar to many Joe Schmo’s out there— is that I have a secure job (not training related) that pays my mortgage, feeds my 2 1/2 year old boys (yes, an older Dad), and takes care of my wife, but I want to transition into a group fitness business. The challenge is making time and getting the balls to take a few chances and make a leap of faith… So your help on KBL and your inspirational words on this blog help snuff out the inner-wussy.
Keep coming with your sage advice and whether it be personal or fitness business. I for one have to remember life is fleeting. I need to slay my dragons and take bold action to get to my goals and remember my life is fleeting… I need to be a Badass or Snake Pliskin (minus the eye patch), to be the best for me which, in turn, I believe will inspire my boys to also be Badasses… Thanks.Reply
love that dude
my childhood hero
I know a guy named mark greenwood https://www.facebook.com/mark.greenwood22 who about 18 months ago was in the same dilemma, family, full time job, the whole deal
now he has almost 60 clients, his goal is 80 and he’s almost there, and did it all while working full time. It is very doable, just be willing to put in a year or two of long hours ( meaning full time work and an hour or two of groups a day before and/or after work) … after that year or two you can ditch the job and refine the training biz to be anything you want
Im keeping good thoughts for you reaching your vision tommyReply
Thanks Bro… I so appreciate your kind words. I’ll keep you posted.Reply
I’ve been following your blog for about a month now, and I so grateful for your daily wake-up calls! Such great insight. Can’t wait to share! 🙂Reply
Awesome Marcy, thank you so much for sharing, super duper cool of you (=Reply
Awesome article, so many well written posts that are pretty relevant to most people.Reply
Another solid self-awakening article man! This is the kind of information that needs to be fed intravenously to people today, starting with young men the world over. I struggle with quite a few of these, none so often as #24, the bane of my existence. I’ve got a soul crushing job, and coma inducing workmates, but with baby number 5 on the way, it’s the hardest one to solve. I start a lot of sentences and facebook status with ” I wish I could…or Why can’t I…. and that needs to stop, I’ve at least progressed to that stage of realization. Keep the asskickings coming, hopefully others are getting just as much out of this sage guideline as I am!Reply
Hey thanks Joel, love the intravenous suggestion, I’ll see if I can make that option available to all my readers
I know about those soul crushing jobs man, Im holding a good thought for you as a strive for the existence you want deep down insideReply
One word for you my friend….PODCAST. Get it out there Man! I like what your saying and I am sure other will as well. You probably know how to get on i-tunes or sound cloud but if you need some help let me know. Great Blog.
Appreciate it Don, yeah I love the podcast model
I’m huge fan of the joe rogan experience and listen every chance I get
Only thing man, I’m more of a writer ya know, just kinda the way Im wired, I enjoy writing , but no doings videos, or interviews or speaking gigs… For the most part at least
However, it is on the horizon of possibilities
Cool brother….until then keep the blogs coming and I will keep on reading.Reply
This is a killer of an article. Motivating, insightful, just BRILLIANT.Reply
I love it…thanksReply
Great post man. Kas and I got a lot of “to-do’s” out of this one. For myself it’s numbers 12, 13, 16 and 28. In fact, I’m gonna go restring my guitar and get a jam session in right now. Thanks for the post bro.Reply
Right on Ben , string that bad boy up
Proud of you man, your new gym is looking awesomeReply
Chris, The thing I love the most about you, You tell it like it IS & I’m sure you have NO trouble sleeping @ night. You Tow , Walk & Know the “line”.Reply
thanks Victoria, I appreciate your super cool comment
Glad you liked it (=Reply
Chris, yet again you hit the nail (or nails) square on the head. Going through a time in my life at present that has led to some actions and behaviours that I regret and to me being in a very dark place mentally. This has been another positive on my road back. Thanks
Thanks for sharing Stewart, darkest before dawn brother, do your best to stay out of regret and look for the gift in all this… something great will come out of it. Many people point to their darkest being what brought them to their current heightened levels of happinessReply
Good to see this site is still kicking ass!
What an awesome round up of all these nuggests we’ve discovered over the years.
It just amde me think once again of the incredible series “Conversations With God” and the main principles which sum it all up:
– We are all One
– There’s enough for us all (so don’t be afraid)
– Think, speak and act on your truth
Your presentation at Weekend With Sam in February really helped me understand these concepts even better – especially acting on your truth which you are doing 100% in this blog.
Keep em coming bro
Hey Justin thanks so much for sharing, you’re never gonna believe this man, but I had a dream about Neale Donald Walsch right before I woke up and read your comment
I’ve read the first one and seen the film , great message brother
Why does the use of guns have to portray a bad-ass image? This entirely depicts violence as a way of becoming badass. True badassness comes from attitude and not from gunpowder and bullets.Reply
Chill out Robyn , those pics are all just in good fun … That, and they’re badassReply
I did enjoy the rest of your content! Staying true to oneself and the world is harder than it looks, and anyone who can master this skill has to have some balls. It’s easy to get caught up in wearing masks and trying to impress the other.Reply
I got directed here by Kevin Ross (Muay Thai fighter) and I have to admit, this is a post i really needed to read.
right on Danny, glad to know it’s getting passed around (=Reply
EXACTLY…. I MEAN EXACTLY what I needed to read, RIGHT NOW and today. Awesome write up. THANKS!Reply
why thank you Lori, it was here for you right when you needed it (=Reply
I dig this brother, staight to the point, and honest. A lot of people will take great value in what you have listed here. # 20 ,”Dig your flaws”, stood out to me today, when I think about it, most people don’t even see the flaws I see in myself, meaning I am my own worst critic. I will reread this for some time to come, it is a good guidline to become a better version of myself. keep up the greatness, and thank you.Reply
Awesome Joshua, yeah man, I know about being my own worst critic
Just yesterday I was baggin’ on myself for being a shitty writer and then I wake up today and not 12 hours later BAM, this post has 4000 likes and counting
you may enjoy this post here as well https://chrismccombs.net/overcoming-self-doubt/Reply
Wow. I can’t even find the words to express my gratitude for your post! Thank you thank you thank you! And I’m so looking forward to following your blog (and through sharing this, I hopefully will be leading a few other peeps your way). Hope you have a freakin’ amazing day.Reply
Alison you just stoked me out Girl
thank you so much for sharing it and for your kind words (=Reply
Never read your blog, but will be reading it full time now. Straight badass is right. You hit the nail on the head so many times it’s not even funny. I’m a professional firefighter/emt, I could rename this , how to succeed in the fire service, give it to the 8 kids we just hired on Monday, and in ten years, they will be the firefighter everyone aspires to be. Hands down. Strong work son.Reply
wow Pip, that means a lot. sounds like you’re a great mentor to a lot of the young guys coming in. Appreciate you keeping us all a little safer manReply
WOW! This is the first time I’ve read your blog (and I DON’T read blogs) and I’m already hooked. What inspiring, humorous, wonderful words to live by. Definitely looking forward to reading more of your stuff!Reply
SWEET, that was one of my goals, resonate with people who don’t normally read blogs
glad it’s working (=
thanks for the kind wordsReply
Thanks Chris for this. I was having a bad day, but this helped put things into perspective…keep up the good work!Reply
i try to incorporate all 37 each day. These are important actions that we all need to try to achieve each day. #25 hit home today as yesterday my college kid was not getting the correct advise or resolution to an issue. So I made a simple phone call and found out what he needed to do. Yes, I SHOULD not interfere in an 18 year olds world, but this was the exception to the rule. He is now on track and will be reading this copy when he logs into his email or reads the print out that is lying on his bed.
thanks for writing your blog! I love them, so real life, educating stuff. I feel I have earned my “Bad-Ass” certificate over the years. Embraced my chemo treatments with a passion and energy that made me finish without side effects, all to an open mind, hard workouts, and LIFE!
We can all live our lives this way…again thanks!!
Right on Holly, chemo huh? Sounds like all that stuff made you a stronger and better person
yes, you have officially earned your “Bad Ass Certificate” that’s for sureReply
There is SO MUCH TRUTH in this- a lot of it is stuff I’ve heard or read before, but from so many varying sources. This is awesomely condensed. I could read it every day and still get new insights from it. I know you’re not the “religious type,” but God is speaking through you and will use you in awesome ways. I’m a definite fan of the blog and will keep reading to become more of a badass. 🙂 You rock.Reply
hey thanks Kim
I’m more than happy to used in the awesome ways you speak of. I actually pray for it daily (=Reply
That was truly amazing. It totally puts things into perspective and for that I am grateful.
Awesome article man. I would love to buy you a few rounds of beers. Cheers.Reply
Hey thanks Man
Beers and me don’t mix too well, it gets ugly fast, but I’ll take a large ice coffee (=Reply
Facebooked and Tweeted. Best piece i’ve read in a while! Thanks for the ass-kicking.
As I was biking around and tempted to give people an attitude, I remembered: we’re all in this together. It turned my mind around.
I think you’ll enjoy something similar that pulled me out of bed on the first morning of the year. I wanted to sleep a bit more, but the words wouldn’t let me:
Keep on rockin’
oh hey Nicolas, thats awesome man, so many great points in your post
One of my favorites:
“2013 is the year to clean up your information sources. The mainstream media’s main sources are privately owned by a very small group, and the result is socially engineered propaganda. It’s time to wean off the consensus trance. As Mark Twain said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” And reality was much, much less manufactured in his days, due to the lesser reach and influence of media.”
Love it, thanks for sharingReply
Dude this is the best list of Life Changing things I have ever read…! Excellent Job Sir!Reply
It made me laugh out loud, nod in agreement, deeply contemplate, all in one blog!
I’ve been needing to reconnect and this hits all the right spots including getting fierce with my training, moving forward in life and keep releasing that fear! Cos the damn stuff creeps back in when you’re not looking!
“It made me laugh out loud, nod in agreement, deeply contemplate, all in one blog!”
That’s what I was going for!!!
Loved this so much, read it three times in a row….and, of course, shared it. I will read it again, obviously. And, now, more of your writing. Thank you!Reply
I came across this blog from a retweet.
Dude. Everything you said is perfect. I love it! It’s totally just where I am in life as well, trying to be a bad-ass, and be the best version of myself out there. Love it dude, plan on reading more that you have to offer. Keep it coming!
glad it resonated Chadwick
And I promise I’ll keep em coming (=Reply
Powerful list and it was greatly appreciated…minus the barrage of photos with a girl or a guy yielding a gun…especially with the first photo to kick it off, it simply doesn’t flow with the rest of the post and it does nothing to re-define what a ‘bad-ass’ is beyond the average perception.
I find it far more powerful to show images of someone being a leader, a coach, a teacher, an artist creating something or images of one pushing themselves training (which I you did at times).
Really enjoyed reading this! Very encouraging and super funny! I love and agree wholeheartedly with your perspective on success ie the true badass. AND of course the glorious joy of book collecting! Amen mah brotha!! ;D I Just subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more.
right on Heather
yeah I love the books, I think just having them makes me smarter (=Reply
This is what I will share with my two year old son as he gets older. It pretty much encapsulates all the advice I wish I had growing up.Reply
A friend of mine posted the link to this on her facebook page. I am so glad I clicked on it. I’ve let myself get caught up in the utter mess that life is sometimes without remembering how truly blessed I am, and how much worse off I could be. It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Someone happens to post something, you happen to click on it and it turns out being exactly what you needed. Thanks for the reminder! Kudos for responding to your comments. It was a awesome thing to see. Although I haven’t read all of them yet, I did see your need to buy a suit, good luck! It’s a knock down drag out fight but kids are worth it =) Hang in there!Reply
Hey thanks katie
got the suit, went Resevoir Dogs Style (= http://www.btchflcks.com/2012/12/twenty-years-later-reservoir-dogs.html
glad you liked the post
And Yeah, I love how life works like that, things just showing up right when you need themReply
Fantastic post, Chris. I got here late to the party by way of a friendofafriendofafriend kind of thing. I’d vaguely figured out a lot of this, and had a lot more pounded into my head in a more organized way. And have tried to live it for the past 35 years or so. Needless to say, it has been with varying degrees of success. So I pick it up and try again. That’s one of the advantages of being old, I guess. But I just loved the way you laid it out, brought some stuff to the fore that I hadn’t put together, etc. Thanks so much for it, I’ve passed it around to several people. I hope it sticks to somebody else too. Thanks again.
Hey tom, thanks for passing it around, super cool of you
I hear ya about the “picking it up and trying it again” thing, what’s great about life, is that we’re allowed do-overs any moment we want, we can just start over, done it many times in my life, like it sounds like you have tooReply
Chris- you just made me want to quit my corporate job and work for and do something for myself. I feel like I’ve kicked ass in everything I’ve done, and this makes me think about what I could do leading something myself, instead of following. My crossfit gym posted the link to your blog, and I feel like training in crossfit has all of a sudden rekindled my inner spirit and drive. My inner creativeness is suddenly awake the last month and I feel like I should Do something bigger than be a sheep in the herd before my time is up on this earth.
that is soooooooooooooo awesome
there’s nothing like doing your own thing
and yeah, training can change everything huh?
just wrote about it last night actually https://chrismccombs.net/why-i-train-no-matter-what/Reply
Right on, Chris. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to be the best version of myself that I can be.Reply
Hmmm…I was just getting started on writing a “Ways to Turn Your Life Around” post based on my life experiences…starting high school in honors classes, getting involved with the wrong crowd/drugs at age 16, (temporary) recovery, losing over 80 pounds, becoming a trainer, breaking my neck in a motorcycle accident & losing the use of my right arm, depression, stripper girlfriend, bad break-up, more drugs, alcoholism, homelessness, and then coming back to open my own gym where I currently lead a team of 5, training some of Hawaii’s top athletes (including one very well known UFC fighter with the last name Leben), and was recently invited to speak to an exclusive entrepreneur group (min. $1,000,000 annual sales to join).
I’ve read (and bought) your stuff for a long time. It has been inspirational, and immensely helpful to say the least. I attribute much of my success (if I can call it that) to things I’ve learned from you.
BTW: I was recently in Orange on a trip to Disney, and met Corey Beasley. He said you were awesome dude, and that you weren’t far from his gym. Even though I never ran into you, it was cool to know that one of my heroes was so close by.
Now, how the fuck am I supposed to finish my little post after reading such an epic post like this?!? I think you’ve covered almost everything! Great job, brother! Keep fighting the good fight. We’re all standing beside you.Reply
Holy shit Chris, that’s one helluva story man
Sounds like you have many greats posts, as well as books, in you
Checked out your site, your gym looks awesome
All that shit in your past has made you the success you are today, and your story will help many people I’m sure
I’m humbled by your super nice words, and Corey is one of the coolest mofos around, that’s great you got to meet himReply
One of the best things I’ve ever read. I need it on a poster in my house 🙂
awesome…. didn’t realize i’ve been a bad-ass for that length of time ….. i just consider myself a decent human being…. thanx for the insights…Reply
This is too awesome. I have no idea who you are, but congrats on having some great insight about life! My friend posted this on FB and I had to share it, too, and so far 2 other people have shared it from my post. Well done! People need to read this – a lot!
I’ll be checking out your blog again :o)Reply
Absolutely awesome. Loved this, thank you for posting, keep up all you do!Reply
Hey Chris, I have NO IDEA who you are, but after reading this, I look forward to reading more of your stuff. I think what you’ve written here is BRILLIANT. <– period — I am a martial arts instructor and I can't wait to share this individually with each of my students. I can't wait to go through this line by line with my wife (of 26 years), who is a BADASS herself and my two girls (25 and 21), certified badasses. You have CAPSULIZED beautifully the things that I have tried to pass on to them in a way that I could never hope to myself. I am going to cut and paste this and place it by my bedside for my own daily reflection. This is my new BIBLE. If you are ever in the SoFla area, a beer or three is on me…Reply
Russ, I am stone cold honored by your words and you would share this with the people you care about most, damn, I’m humbledReply
Awesome post Chris and so true…great reminders to keep your mind on the present and live in the here and now! Write some more!Reply
Great read 🙂
Three points hit home, dragon slaying, relationships and training .
I’ve been so busy with the job that feeds the kids I’ve neglected my body and she’s pissed! This read is the nudge I needed to refocus.
At one point life forced me into survival mode and my mind helped me survive by focusing only on the moment. God has blessed me and I don’t have to just survive anymore but I am so scared of stepping out of survival mode…especially where money is concerned . I’m determined to face my financial dragon.
I have neglected my relationship with the one who created me, The God Who Sees Me. I became so burned out by religious crap that I walked away from all things churchy. My relationship with God has suffered. I’m glad he hates religion too 🙂 I want to grow this relationship …. Thanks for the reminder!
Best Wishes – Cynde
Hey Cynde, I can relate to your words a lot
thanks for sharing them
yeah, the ducks never are all in a row huh?
life’s weird like that ya knowReply
great post again Chris. A lot of what you talk about we all know but by GOD do we need to be reminded & pushed, as 20th century living can be apathetic, toxic and far from creating the kind of real treasures and values you so eloquently put forward.
BIG BIG THANK you, & please continue as your work, it has a real HUMAN & profound message that hits home,
huge Thanks again
Hey thanks Dominic
I promise to keep writing my brother
we do like in a pretty crazy time don’t we ?Reply
YES!!! that makes me feel fucking great Kris
I’ll take a compliment like that any day of the week my friendReply
Hello, I just wanted to let you know that your posts have reached Saudi Arabia. This is a very awesome article. I learned a lot and I was inspired a lot as well.
My favorite part was number 13. I’ve always thought that it’s my fault for not getting stuff done. I’ve always blamed myself for not getting everything done.
My to do list have always been so long and so stressful. However, reading your posts made me realize that I could only do much. I will focus on doing what’s important and try day after day to get more shit done. I’ll never feel bad for not being able to finish everything on my to do list, especially when I know that I’m actually trying.Reply
Hey Ali, wow man, Saudi Arabia, that’s crazy
Yeah, man I get sucked into that to-do list stress too, not worth it though ya know?
People do that and there whole life slips by
there’s a much better way to live (=Reply
Page bookmarked and blog tagged for following. This post absolutely spoke to me, bro. It’s an affirmation of many of the things I do well and several I need to work on. I got canned from my job a couple of weeks ago (laid off) and I’ve had a few days full of self pity. Fuck that. Getting your security blanket yanked out from underneath you can generate a lot of fear but it can also be the eye-opening motivator that propels you on to greater accomplishments. Fortunately for me, I have surrounded myself with quality people who are positive influences. It’s times like these that I’m grateful to have them to lean on and slap me in the ass when my confidence is waning.
Thank you for putting words to a solid framework for what it takes to seize the day and suck the marrow out of life.Reply
Hey Right on Ed ( Epic Ed, that’s a cool fucking name BTW )
Use this as an opportunity brother
it’s all up to you how it goes down from here ya know?Reply
This is the first thing I have ever read of yours, it was linked by a Farcebook ‘friend,’ and it comes with perfect timing. I really needed this and you hit all the nails on the head for me. I have some young friends who really need this and will share it with them – start off being Badass young, I say! Seriously, thank you so much for writing and sharing this, it was exactly the counsel I needed right now.Reply
Awesome Joseph, yeah , it’s good to get this stuff when your young, I’m 42 and am just getting some of this stuff now ya know
Late better than never
Everything in its timeReply
I just returned to this today and started rereading the list. #16 hit me right ‘tween the eyes. Yep, do the work, but remain unattached to outcome. Very tough to practice, but very necessary for me at this time.
That ones a biggie for me too
I used to try to control EVERYTHING
made me miserableReply
Brother, I don’t have the words for how this speaks to me! Well fucking done, getting this out into the world has already helped prolly thousands! Am digging it, and hungry for more!
There is good advice here, but I’m not sure I understand the desire to be a “badass”. Why not just trying to be a good person? Anyone who wants to be cool or “badass” is narcissistic or highly insecure in my book. Be true to yourself and try to be the best version of that. That is all.Reply
simple, cuz no one is gonna read a blog post called “Just Be a Good Person”Reply
Chris, there is an amazing amount of truth and wisdom here. THANK YOU for clarifying my thinking, and leading me to actually making a decision on a course of conduct that will benefit many others but perhaps come at significant cost to me. You helped me realize that, for me, for sure, the cost of NOT acting is even greater. I particularly loved the line about not needing to fear a band of crazed horseman sweeping over the village tonight. Don’t see much of that, at least here in the states, anymore! It reminds me of the great scene early in “The Searchers”, where the farmer is standing at his porch shortly after dusk, hears bird calls that are not bird calls, and realizes that he and his family are about to be attacked, and in his face you can see the profound resignation that only he and his wife can fight back, which means they can’t cover all four sides of the house at the same time, and will be dead by dawn….Keep up the great work! JeffReply
Jeff that’s a powerful fucking story man
yeah, when I worry about my “problems” , thinking about those dudes on the horses makes me sooooo gratefulReply
Your 41 reasons to work out, especially number 38, got me to the gym today for the first time in months. I never thought of exercising that way before, and it is a very powerful motivator. One day down, all of the rest of my days to go!Reply
I work at a grocery store, spending about 80% of my shift in a cooler, and the rest on the floor. About two months ago I started “recognizing” veterans (typically from their baseball cap or t-shirt). I shake their hand and thank them for their service; I often ask what branch or when they were in. I am a big fan of military history and sometimes can guess where the were and/or what they did. The time that was the best was about a month ago, when a very old man and his wife came through my area; his baseball cap had a “WW II Combat Vet” badge on it. After I shook his hand, I asked what unit . He said “101st Airborne” and I immediately said “The defense of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge”. I think this made his day; I know it made mine. We chatted a bit and then he and his wife continued shopping.Reply
that’s so cool Jeff, sounds like you stoked that dude out, pretty sure you did make his dayReply
I’d like to say I stumbled across your blog but I am prety sure it found me! Great stuff here! No frills no bullshit just real. I am a fan!Reply
Hey thanks David
Podcast MAY be in the future, love Joe Rogan’s, listen to it everything chance I getReply
Love everything on this list. It is almost like this should be our wake up message every morning. A recording to be listened to along with the read. I know I am guilty of being my worst enemy, too hard on myself..trying ways to be better to myself and those around me. Nothing makes for a better day than a smile and a laugh from someone around you.Reply
Glad you liked it Andrea
And RE: this: “Nothing makes for a better day than a smile and a laugh from someone around you”
Never seen this blog or heard of you, but that’s besides the point. Love this post and I hope that the rest are as quality as this one ( I literally put everything I was doing on hold to read its entirety, even reposted it) since I just subscribed. Everyone needs a reality check every now and than. Anyone who doesn’t take at least one thing from this is either perfect or stupid. But thanks for the great material.Reply
Yeah, we definitely can all use more reality checks ya know, the more the betterReply
Too bad I have an exam in a couple of hours an I coldn`t read everything carefully. All I can say is that you just gave me a new idea to “redecorate my walls”. 😀
Honestly, I am trying to do all these stuff for some time now, believing that it is the “right thing”, becoming a better person for others and myself….and now I`ve found them all here and seeing that someone else listed all these points, encourages me to keep my path, because I still have a long way to go and there is not much time. As you said: Life is short, isn`t it?
Thank you for sharing this with us and I hope you`ll have an awesome day, sir!
Hey Madu, thanks man
and yep, it’s over quickly
and we never know when we’re gonna go ya know
I have soooooo many friends who are dead now, it’s a tripReply
Hey Chris, just a quick one from the land downunder. I like all this. Sometimes what it means to be a ‘man’ gets so screwed up but you have nailed it on so many levels. The more people who read this and act like this the better we are all going to be. Normally I wouldn’t take the trouble to comment but it hit home. I hope my young step son gets to take this on board in his life. Very cool mate. Well done.Reply
Hey thanks Anthony, my evil plan was to slip important stuff into posts that were fun to read
glad you like it (=Reply
Hey Chris, thanks for sharing this. Quite a few things hit home with me. I know I got a lot of baggage and emotional crap to shake some people into screaming in terror. But I am gonna bookmark this and read it every time I need a reminder.
I haven’t been true to myself in a long time, and am not quite sure who I am anymore. I work the 9 – 5 job just to keep afloat. Just to keep bills paid. I enjoy writing, keep getting idea after idea from being able to remember dreams long after I’ve slept / lived them. I believe remembering and reminding myself of what you said here should help me focus enough to follow the dream of getting my creative mind published.
Hey right on Tom
you may enjoy “The War or Art” and “Turning Pro” by Stephen Pressfield based on what you say here, check em out bro, I think you’ll dig emReply
That was a great post I am kind of happy now to be on face book to run into it. keep the good stuff comingReply
Yeah Adrian, we all walk around with too much damn fear
Thanks for posting Holy
I need to work on a few of these myself
Sounds cliche but it truly is a lifelong processReply
thank you! just read this 3 times and could easily read it 3 more TODAY!Reply
3 times! awesome, I’m a slow reader so that would have taken me like four and a half hours, but you’re a girl so you probably finished up all three readings in like 11 minutes total
Just wanted to express my appreciation for your blog post. To be honest, I had no idea who you were; I was directed to this post from a link on Thriving Business.com, a website about growing your business. My story is as unique as everyone else’s. I am however, most likely a lot older than your average reader. I just received my Medicare card! I may be getting older, but I’ll never be old! I started my career as a young person as a Physical Education teacher, so I know the value of good training, and having had to modify my own exercise habits as my body has gotten older, I know the wisdom of keeping up with training. And, after a lifetime of working at various and sundry J-O-Bs in 3 different career fields, I was laid off 3 years ago, and found that I was considered “too old” for a career position. Well, being the BADASS person I am, I decided enough was enough and have been freelancing for the last 2 years. I am just now starting my own business and will be taking it offshore by the end of the year.
Your definition of Badass is such a hoot! I’m old enought to have seen the definitions of many terms change over the decades, and I really love this blog post! I am sending it to all the young people I still work with and have in my life and family. Even though it is, as I was warned, “a little hard edged” and the language is not something I use, I do appreciate the difference in culture. Back in the old days ( tongue firmly planted in cheek), most people were raised to live by your Badass principles, and they weren’t really news to anyone; it’s just how most people lived. In this “Brave New World” we live in, it’s good to see someone like yourself has undertaken the challenge to teach young people the truths of a much older generation, in the language, and with examples, they understand from their lives. I applaund you! You are truly BADASS!!!
I appreciate your insight, kind words and that you’re sharing this some young people
Yeah I didn’t start leaning a lot of this stuff until my 30’s
I mean, some of it goes back to good old wisdom our grandmas all gave us, but many of us mostly seem to learn by making mistakes
And if we’re fortunate enough, in time, we do learn
thanks Ms. JoReply
Inspirational and a lot of common sense words. Arrived on my facebook wall at a particularly low (the lowest) point in my life. It has given me the push to carry on and keep on plugging away.Reply
Right on Glen, I know all about those low points my manReply
I found you online 3 years ago and you helped shape my business for free! I owe you BIG time, you continue to be an inspiration xReply
Thanks for the kind words Yvonne , hope all is well with you (:Reply
Thank you, Chris. It was one of my personal priestesses who turned me onto your Temple of Badassness! ;-D I’m no longer, at 53, the KIND of badass I was when I was younger (street counselor; corporate mole who actually loved her jobs and brought both spirituality and lessons in self-esteem to the folks with whom I worked) — now I’m an urban shaman. I LOVE this post because it’s such clear cut-the-fucking-shit, DOABLE instructions in heart-centered championing of both self AND Other (don’t think you’d put it that way. That’s just what I got out of it.) Wanted to say THANK YOU for your candor; the brilliance of the wake-up call that is your is-ness; and the assimilable wisdoms you share with such passionate eloquence. You rocked my world, Dude. I’m moved to tears with how you’ve helped me want to take even better care of myself, Good Sir. You’re a Warrior who’s waging peace on behalf of a better world and I’m HONOURED to hear what you have to share. I’m signed up and dialed in… PLEASE let me know if there’s ever anything that I can do to support you in a more concrete way — your beingness ROCKS! “At the heart of every mistake are the seeds of a great wake up call” ~ The Urban Bliss ShamanReply
Hey Julie, thanks for this awesome comment
Love that, never heard it before, so cool
Happy to rock your world anytime (=Reply
That was one hellva badass article and I loved it so much I shared it in at least 5 different places including FB, Twitter, Macro7, Conscious Index, etc.
I’m a baaadass too. I happen to be a global spiritual healer in training with a pair of ears that don’t fucking work.
wow Stephen, 5 places, thank you soooooooo much man, REALLY appreciate you putting it out there man
Global Spiritual Healer in Training huh?
Just embarking on a whole new life, fuck the new chapter, this is an entirely NEW me we are talking about. Read your blog and it just made me know I can do this and I can do this well.
Thanks for reminding just how much ass I can totally kick!
This is seriously great, it is all live your life by cool shit.
Really feel your heart and soul pouring out of this, love the way you write.
You just reminded me of stuff I had read and forgot all in one bad ass post.
Sweet, glad to help remind you bro, we can all use more remindersReply
Love the blog. I recommend it to everyone. Whenever I get tired, frustrated, hungry, or stressed. I read your blog and it re-centers me. I have been dealing with some pretty serious depression and separation from my wife and 2 year old daughter who is my life. Whenever I need to refocus my life I read these 37 ways to be a total badass and I am reminded of who I really am. Thanks for your insights.
hey james, I’m honored and humbled brother
I feel for you regarding your daughter, that’s a tough one
It’ll make you stronger bro and your relation with her will be solid
My thoughts are with you JamesReply
Thanks Chris. I will tell you that you are dead on as it relates to your other posts as well. Especially about training. I get into the gym or work with the heavy bag, and all the other heinous shit that I am dealing with just disappears. You are the man. Reading some of your posts have inspired me to create my own list of rules by which I live. Some of them are directly stolen from some of your posts and others come from things that are important to only me. Keep doing this great work as I know that it must be an inspiration to many.
I appreciate it james
It’s awesome how training can change everything
you can walk in stressed and feeling like shit, and walk out feeling like a bag full of boobies
I’ll keep posting brotherReply
Not exactly sure where in the world you may be Chris. The boat boys from NorthCraft Fabrication in Sooke, British Columbia are kickin it in these ways, and a free thought fist rises up from the stratosphere. One.
My girlfriend linked your page, and having a few laughs with the fellas about a couple mentionables. Many of these aspects are not only “badass” but of a star children ascension mindframe and thought pattern. You’ve done an impressive job of breaking it down into honorable categories. An acquired truth is wisdom, and I see many in your writing today. Kudos to you brother.
From a westcoast kid.
Keep on rockin… subscribed.Reply
Hey thanks Refugee Carpenter ( love that btw)
Sounds like you guys got the goods going on out there in Sooke
Glad you liked it my friendReply
Who the fuck are you? This shit is awesome lol! Have very few fav sites, this is new one!Reply
Darko, damn you got a bad ass name
Who Am I? Why i’m Chris McCombs (=
Happy to virtually meet you DarkoReply
Fuck yea! Need to read this everyday. Way to put all of the random thoughts and lessons (and more) into one, nearly perfect, guide to living in today’s world. Thank you!Reply
hey thanks Bree
“Way to put all of the random thoughts and lessons (and more) into one, nearly perfect, guide to living in today’s world”
so cool, love the way you put thatReply
Dude! Totally love the way your mind works!! Excellent article that would show us all the way to Nirvana if we could practice what you preach. Personally, the dragon spoke to me. I need to walk into that fire. Fear is a constant companion. Will work on that. Thank you!
P.s. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a proofreader who knows the difference between there, their, and they’re. My mind kept having to bump over that error again and again, distracting me from the meat. And yes, I’m easily distracted. 🙂Reply
hey Bev, appreciate the words and thanks for the tip, I had two people edit it but I guessed we all missed those, thanks for the heads upReply
What an awesome, amazing, and inspiring piece of work. Never heard of you before. Someone shared your post on FB. Now I’m a fan!
This post could be renamed The Essential Steps to Live an Extraordinary Life, or something like that.
Reposting and sharing!Reply
Hey thanks Nicole
Happy to have you as a reader
And thank you soooooo much for sharing (=Reply
Thank you for your encouraging words I try to live by the same type rules everyday of my life I’m not always successful but your blog hit the spot tonight. Life is short and precious and thank you for sharing your views.
god bless uReply
thanks Nannette, I’m not always successful either
Progress, not perfectionReply
chris- good effort here and i applaud your vehemency however, whats with all the swearing and all the gun pictures? i mean.. i can understand the overuse of swear words since you are trying to advocate being a ‘bad-ass’, whatever that means these days. but the pictures of fools with guns? im not sure where you were going with that. guns and gun pictures mean only one thing: violence. this certainly does not go along with your value of ‘being super cool to each other’ etc. i know that you think that guns and gun movies and chicks with guns and photos of people with guns and ultra close camera angles are cool and bad ass but really thats kind of out dated. gun stuff and the whole ‘guns are badass’ image is obsolete and if you are still trying to use that archetypal image then you are kind of a tool and i doubt that is what you are going for here. you really seem like youre advocating for peace and harmony in a urban cool kind of way which is cool. the gun imagery just doesnt fit here. i would go for less contradictory images and a tiny bit more humility. secretly, humbleness is the new bad-ass. we’re all in this together man!Reply
First off, the swearing is how I write, and this blog ain’t for everyone. Fortunately, it reaches a lot people who wouldn’t normally read spiritual and personal development stuff. People who say things like “fuck” … There’s 20 million other blogs that all teach that stuff the same way. I write like I talk and this blog is mainly written for the kind of people that in real life I would be friends with
I get into it here: https://chrismccombs.net/about-chrismccombs-net/
Now, about the guns. I never thought this post would be as popular as it is. When I wrote it, I just posted pics from movies and characters from movies that to me, are “bad ass”
Now, I’ve had quite a few people bring up the gun thing, in fact, I’ve even had a few real haters come on here and say some really mean shit ( those comments i did not publish )
After reading your comment, as well as a few others, and reflecting on it a little I’ve come to this conclusion…
While to me, those were bad ass characters in bad ass movies, I do not want some kid to think that owning or using a gun can in anyway make him or her a bad ass
I definitely don’t wanna promote that.
So… I have taken down most ( if not all ) of the gun pics
Thank you for getting me to look at it in a way I hadn’t before, even if you did call me a “tool” (=Reply
please dont stop writing the way you do I love it personally. Its you its a reflection of youReply
Best fucking shit I read in years, you a dude Chris !!!Reply
Thanks to Wealth Warrior : Steve Chandler for the link to your incredible post.
I’ve just found my new ”go to” inspirational read – for when life in general seems to make so little damn sense, that I have to dig way deeper for my MAX ENERGIZER BUNNY, positive-about-everything-SELF than usual.
I’m grateful for this post today. Especially today!
You’re a powerful writer.
Right on Wildcherry, your MAX ENERGIZER BUNNY thing, that’s so cool
This is one of my fave go-tos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6xLYt265ZMReply
I came across this on Facebook, friend linked it with one word – BOSS.
And I must say I agree wholeheartedly. This post was fucking boss. It reminded me about how lucky I really am, even though some days just suck, and suck hard when you’re a single parent. I have a roof over my head, food in the pantry, and a car that works. My job may suck, and the people I deal with there on a daily basis may drive me up a wall on a good day, but I have one.
So thank you Chris, for the swift and needed ass-kicking reminder. Much appreciated, good sir.Reply
Why you’re welcome Dora, and thank you for your kind words
You have food in the fridge, a roof over your head and there isn’t an army of badass mother fuckers on horses coming over the hill right now to kill everyone and burn down the entire village. Not tonight.
You may enjoy this https://chrismccombs.net/35-reasons-your-life-kicks-ass/Reply
Phenomenal article, very well written. Your bit about training really hit home today; I’ve been training for about 8 months now, and have managed to lose 75lbs 🙂 I tend to feel guilty when I miss time too, even on rest days! lol My biggest battle is the negativity that comes out when things get really intense, especially when exhaustion sets in and there are still sets to get done. But the last line in that segment about carving out a better existence brought me back to why I train in the first place, so thanks for the much needed reality check.
Rock on 🙂Reply
Great read. I like your mix of zen and kicking @ss, it speaks to me. I coach people on how to live a more bad @ss life and will definitely add some of your insights into my tool belt.
Also, if you’re up for it, maybe we can do a phone interview sometime. I’d love to share your outlook with my group.
Hey thanks for the kind words
yeah, mixing Zen and Bad-ass, never thought of that one, but it sounds good to me!Reply
You are an Harbringer of Badass
in a sea of Me dio cracy.
The post is dat bomb chris . You are on point with it. Some people always did call me a bad ass but I really didnt know what it was about. Until I read this post. I love it.Reply
Good stuff here. The thing I like most is the fact that you take the time to respond to people who comment. I think that is badass.Reply
Thanks Matt, yeah it can take quite a bit of time, but this blog means a lot to me, and the fact people are commenting, like yourself, means a lot to me tooReply
I found your blog via Alex Zinchenko mentioning it. I just gotta say I have only been read a couple of the articles; but I already know I love your thought output 🙂 I look forward to following your musings…Reply
Thanks Sara, I knew you’d love it, cuz of course, I wrote it just for you (=Reply
I was truly impressed by you. You have your own voice, which seems to be getting only rarer in a world where everyone is chattering – simply because it is easy to do this – but few are thinking. You have a great gift, I believe, for identifying diamonds in the rough and then faceting them to reveal their beauty. This is not the kind of comment I usually bother to make. I hope that you will keep writing.Reply
Hey Marion, thanks a ton
It’s definitely taken me a while to find my voice, been a process, I’m excited to see how it evolves
I’ve gone through phases where i sounded like this person, or that person… happy to be peeling away layers of the onion so I can get to some raw stank
your comment means a tonReply
Weird and great finding this – after i got fired from a shitty job i hated – i picked up the Power of Now – joined a boxing club kept of the drink and stuff – its went well for a while but I’ve fallen back into my old groove kinda – but even though im sitting drinking an 8 pack now – today I tried to improve my voice by reading aloud some Bukowski poems – I sat down and listened to some classical music while I tried to get back into my writing – got 2 pages done – then later i sat outside and watched the sunset while I read some of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence – and on monday I go back to my new volunteer job for a charity that fights 3rd world hunger – strange im doing the”RIGHT STUFF” but it wont all add up – Im still my fucked up self – if that makes sense? feels like the Higher me is always getting blocked off for some reason? – “I kneel in the night’s before Tiger’s that will not let me be” -Bukowski ps great article manReply
ohhh, I can relate… fortunately you are doing some good things ( like volunteering, being creative, Power of Now )
First of all, we’re all fucked up to one degree or another
And the ducks will never all be in row
However, I know if it’s me, the alcohol blocks a lot of the good stuff, so I gotta stay away from it myself, cuz I know where it can take me
It may be something worth addressing IMO
IF it’s a problem for you, this is a good place to start http://www.aa.org/
I appreciate your comment, thank youReply
Chris…great stuff here and to think all these years I thought I was an honest, good person, just doing my thing, going along and getting along…now I KNOW I am a BADASS and so are you. Thanks I needed that boost today, glad I was paying attention when I saw you post float by in my newsfeed.Reply
As someone who writes about gratitude as often as possible, and about trying to make the time to truly live life and love it, I really respect what you have to say. Thanks for this post. You have a powerful voice and it’s awesome to see it being used for good, not evil!
Signing up to read your blog as I type. It’s the bomb. Figuratively speaking of course. Would kind of defeat the purpose if it was literal…
yes it would be
Glad you enjoy it Kate, thanks for signing up (=Reply
I so love this! I especially love how you stress that being a BADASS is not the same as being an ASSHOLE. Too many people think they have to treat everyone around them like dirt to get respect. Being kind to society’s “invisible” people is, in my mind, the mark of a true badass and just the right thing to do. Kudos to this awesome post. So glad I found this site!Reply
Thanks Tamera, yeah being an asshole ain’t being a badass in my book, its just plain being an asshole
whos got the time ya know?Reply
My friend showed me this in our “Hunt the Good Stuff” group.
You’re a genius and inspirational.
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah Buddy! Chris My Man! Hahahahaha. I too was one of those silent mysterious types. Didn’t want people knowin I was a big softie then one day thought FUCK THAT SHIT take it or leave people cause I loves all o Yall and for those of yall hatin on me I wish yall the best of luck in life.
You lit a fire my friend. My sincere gratitude to you for sharing your wisdom.
Right on John, yeah there’s probably quite a few kid friendly versions of these kinds of teaching out there ( heck , most of the places I originally learned all this from are VERY family friendly )
You sound like a great fatherReply
I am a first time reader, and I found your list thoroughly inspirational. A year ago I was 30 lbs. overweight and suffered from a variety of insecurities and bad habits. I am now extremely fit and look the best I have in my life. I run all the time, work out almost everyday, eat ridiculous amounts of delicious healthy foods and run a half-marathon on average every two weeks. A few months ago I was wondering why it wasn’t all still coming together for me. It is not about looking like a badass or acting like a badass, it is about being a badass. The training will never stop, but I am concentrating on the following, quite in line with your thoughts: honesty, integrity, humility, courage, tenacity and kindness. I becone a better person everyday!
Wise words Steve, and I commend you on the positive changes you’ve made and are making my manReply
I’m so excited about your words and thoughts i don’t even know what to say, but I just need to say something, you know – just need to express to you I think this is absolutely brave, strong, SO tough, touching – you’re blessed, and I feel blessed to have met you here. Wow. Joanie:)
Wow back at you Joanie, LOVE your passion, thank you so much for tossing some if it my way (=Reply
Wow! I just finished reading your blog for the first time and I am beyond blown away! Got a referral to check you out…so very glad I did! So amazing and wonderful to hear a man speak so boldly, bravely, intelligently and so straightforward about such relevant issues. I checked out another one of your pieces…You’ve come a long way, brother and traveled a very inspirational path. Well, you’re stuck with me now, dude! LOL! I’m hooked. Looking forward to the next one. Oh, and I will be spreading the word. Thank you so much, Chris.
Ahh, thank you so much Amy, glad it stuck (=
And I soooo appreciate you spreading the word, that’s *pretty much* the only way I get new readers
thank you, thank you, thank youReply
Thanks, I really needed this , a friend forwarded your link, I was having the conversation of I keep reading all this positive stiff hoping I’ll absorb it, but it was becoming a bla. This hit home no Bullshit how it is Thanks. Will be read more of your blogs this was my first. Great to get started : )Reply
Hey Right on Ranae, glad it resonated with you
Plenty more to come (=Reply
A buddy of mine (he’s a Bad Ass IMNSHO) turned me on to you and your blog yesterday. I just got through 37 Ways right now and dude, your shit is awesome.
I agreed with everything … even the ones (like “Train”) that I need to work on.
Thanks for a great read. I’ll be on your blog every day from now on.
Hey right on man
Glad you liked it
Yeah training is a biggie in my experience, we we’re meant to move
Here’s some great reasons to get in there and get to it:
Hey Chris Thanks for signing me up to/for your blog. Great material here. My story is no more profound than any other here. It is just the honesty and straight up vibration here from you and all that moves me. I’ll probably read more than comment. I’m a work in progress! On July 10th I have a gallbladder removal and surgery to remove a mass in the transverse colon to go thru. Don’t know if cancerous or not until after surgery. I’m not concerned either way really. My wife/partner of 20 plus years left our relationship because she “didn’t want to come home and find me dead”. So she left, bills and all. Also my gig of 35 years is on the line. Actually I find freedom and a bit of humor in all of this. You see, my life has only gotten better and sychronicity or not, it gets better each day and each moment of each day! I ‘found’ your blog!! Now thats wonderful. I’m coming out better, stronger, renewed, healthier and financially happier than before!! If there is a God/Universial force, whatever thats how it works out for me. So right after my 59th birthday in Dec./2012 I picked up my guitar and recorded the following vid. I submit it because many of my associates have termed it “badass” for anyone at any age. The point is; ‘Move on Maurice. More good shit is headed your way baby. Stay in the game.’ It isn’t my music, a friend wrote it, I just wanted to touch it and encourage folks around me to do the same. Enjoy it. I gotta go work out, surgery or no surgery. Been a martial artist for 47 years. Take Care Chris!!
Man, you inspire ME Maurice
Awesome guitar work by the way, you’re gifted brother
thanks for sharing Maurice, both your incredible journey as well as your musicReply
Thanks Chris for your words. Very kind. When you are in Las Vegas again, and only if you have some time ‘scream’/FB/email me and I’ll buy you a few iced coffees, as long as of course you aren’t going for an immediate workout! I’ll probably leave then to let you enjoy The Mecca of this Realm/adult Disneyland, Las Vegas. BTW Life got better today. Too bad I just can’t say everything. But then the absolute good side here is I probably wouldn’t have met you if it weren’t for social media. After surgery I’m reviewing your product site again to assist in re-shaping my lifestyle. Well now, I’m off to “Do The Shit You Love” vibration. Warmest Regards to You and All who read this, MauriceReply
I stumbled upon this while looking for Frank Kern’s Assistant (Specific Keyword.. still don’t know the answer lol) and your video interview of him came up which led me to your blog. I too am an “assistant” for a successful online marketer… anyways… I really enjoyed your blog. Definitely gave me a feeling I have been missing for a while.. For some time now I have been feeling a little uninspired and lost. Seeing success by the people I work with but finding myself staying stagnant and slowly becoming foul (or so I feel with my life). I can’t remember the last time I lived in the moment, always consumed by worry and stress thinking about what is going to happen to my future and how can I get to where I want to be. I am 27 and can say I have done great things… but those “accomplishments” have passed and I am not sure what to do or create next. I don’t see the vision… Soooooo I just wanted to tell you that sitting here at home on a random Monday morning as I am getting ready to kick off work, your blog gave me some warm and fuzzies… I will be a frequent visitor to give me some ju ju vibes to help kick off whatever it is I am supposed to kick off inside me to make it happen. Thank you
hey so cool of you to share this Andrea
read this one if you haven’t yet https://chrismccombs.net/the-art-of-doing-something-great/
I think you’ll enjoy it (=Reply
AWESOME STUFF! So many great quotes on here! I wanna steal them all I definitely beacame a better person taking the time to read this blogReply
Hey Chris I just got my first full time job about 8 months ago as a stationary engineer. I have been working a bunch of overtime and don’t spent a lot of time with friends or family but since I have read this it changed my whole perspective on life. My 21st birthday is in 2 days now that ive read this its time to… party now and die later
thanks alot man
Absolutely one of the best posts I have read in a while. I will be sharing with friends!Reply
Great post man. Are you familiar with Clark Bartram. He has a book out that covers a lot of this ground and I think you would enjoy it. PeaceReply
Hey Jimmy, I remember Clark from the old Muscle Media days in the early and mid 90’s
hadn’t heard about him for a while and didn’t know about his bookReply
This post made me happy. The line that made me happiest: “The ducks will never be in a row… in fact most of the time, half of them’ll be quacking their little asses off and running out in front of cars.” It’s taken me a long time to let the ducks run where they may and do my real work. Thanks for this post.Reply
Thank you, Chris. I’m going to print this and stick it on my wall. Been going through a rough life transition, and this is something I needed to hear. Thank you.Reply
glad you found it helpful and I’d be honored if you printed it and put it on your wall
This is my first time to your website and this article gave me a kick in the ass I needed. I’m a 38 year old with 3 college degrees stocking shelves in retail and have wasted my life. Went through some bad shit ( clinical depression, anxiety and panic attacks) for nearly half my life and just can’t tolerate being disrespected and used anymore. After reading this, I decided I needed to get my shit together ( a career NOT a fucking low paying, entry level job, get my ass to the gym to drop the extra 200 lbs I have and maybe find someone to come home to if I’m lucky). My life is too short not to be happy, excited and for at least most of the time do what I want to do ( serving/helping others). You remind me of Larry WInget and his no nonsense way of being. Thanks for kick in the ass !Reply
Darren, you’re at the perfect point in your life to turn this shit around
late 30’s, early 40’s is when a lot of people make their biggest shift, often times after some kind of crash, but the crash isn’t mandatory
happy to hear you’re turning your discontent into something positive now
you may enjoy these:
Chris, what a incredible, wonderful article. This is my first time visiting your blog. I am looking forward to reading more. Oh and by the way, I might have to repost this.Reply
hey thanks Corey, i’d be honored if you’d repost it (=Reply
Love this. This year I have recently come into my own learning Krav Maga, ran my first marathon and boxing. This is an awesome motivator to keep going!! Reposting and now following you 😉Reply
Krav Maga is BAD ASS
that’s some serious ass kicking shit right there
very intense stuffReply
For being so intense it has eliminated any anxiety I had in the past and has made a calmer person all around! I think every women should know some of the basics at least! Keep up the good work! It’s not often guys that look like you on the outside have such positive and intelligent things to say!Reply
ha ha, thanks Vanessa
I am a little rough on the eyes
But softy inside, mostly (=Reply
enjoyed this thoroughly.
Sent it on to my boys,
The thread of truth which connects us all.
Check out the Mankind Project. You would love it.Reply
Hey Joel, thanks for commenting and sharing man
checking out the mankind project
thanks for the hot tipReply
As a lady we are taught to behave certain ways and that if we don’t its not acceptable. I LOVED this read because it tells me that regardless of gender I CAN be a badass and I CHOOSE to do things outside of the norm! There are lots of things in this read I currently practice but man o’ man you just have me an arsenal of new guidelines to add to my practice! I will be following!!!!Reply
awesome, thanks Kelly
and I got a good chuckle out of “As a lady we are taught to behave certain ways and that if we don’t its not acceptable”
glad you enjoyed the post (=Reply
This is the first time I have run into your blog, Chris. I am really impressed by your take on the world and your success up to this point. I am a soon to be personal trainer and I have always wanted to write my own blog. I saw this and can’t help myself now. I read your content every day! There is a whole wealth of information on here and I’m stoked to study all of it! Thanks Chris!Reply
oh hey Patrick, that means a lot man
so happy it’s helping to push you to do that blog you have in you
Independent is the only way to go
Just help a ton of people, help help help and you’ll be setReply
that was some thing man.especially number 34.35.i like your way.thanksReply
most people spend a lifetime just scratching at what you posted, great job there! nice way of keeping it real, i am a fan!Reply
This evening I was searching the web looking for reasons not to jump off the Grand Canyon tomorrow morning. Now that I’ve read the great stuff on your site, I’ve decided to postpone my jump until tomorrow afternoon. Just kidding…. Thanks for developing a unique and worthwhile site. I look forward to reading more in the future…Reply
ha ha. Yeah man, don’t do it!
thanks Richard. I appreciate your kind words.Reply
Chris this was a really great post. I recently launched my career as a personal trainer, getting in the game has been so intimidating but I know in my heart I want to help others to get the most out of their lives and bodies and I intend to do it no matter the cost- I hate that people assume it’s only realistic to train on a part time basis. Thank you for reidifying these points; do what you love, face your fears, stick to your gut, and help others. Great blog, great post. Thank you!Reply
hey thanks Ellen
training is by far one of the most rewarding careers around
focus on helping people, just help like crazy, do that and success will follow
hey right on Juan
yeah man, I’ve been that other kind of bad ass many times myself
with shitty results every time
like I’m sure you know
good you’ve made a shift… changed directions
keep doing your thing brotherReply
Chris, that just gets better with every reading of it. I just wish I’d heard it about 30 years ago but it’s never too lateReply
Thanks Chris – not sure how I missed it first time around – but totally awesome stuff and for me, right on time!Reply
You know Chris, I’ve been one of those “#19 guys” all my life, for 58 years, but recently things have been really shity for me and it’s slowly killing me!
I lost my business to a fire a few years ago BECAUSE of my kindness and generousity, it’s a long story but basically I was helping out one of my 5 daughters by giving her and her family a place to live, unconditionally, and her husband “accidentally” burnt it down.
Regardless, I lost everything I had worked so hard for and since the fire, I havn’t been able to recoop and am about to lose my home due to unpaid property taxes. And it seems like each day I get a little more agrivated and depressed, basically because the harder I try to get back on my feet, the further away I get from it.
And I still use my kindness and generousity trying to achieve it, but it isn’t working! What I guess I’m trying to say here, is that, thanks to your blog, which I read every other day, it keeps me from losing it completely. I guess I’m being tested here, but my God, how much do I have to endure before things get better! I really do appreciate your posts Chris, thanks man!Reply
Hey Jim – thx for the kind words
the most awesome people I know have endured the most, true story
crazy about your house burning down – was he running a meth lab or something?
trudge forward brother, trudge forwardReply
This is probably one of the best pages I’ve been on. After watching some fighting videos and taking some classes on hand-to-hand combat, I thought that I could be a “bada**” just like the movies. Well, not really. I just thought I could be cooler (I know movies are fake, but it’s cool to imagine they aren’t). After reading this, I realize that there is clearly a lot more to life than learning how to beat the s**t out of people. This changes everything.Reply
I love break-throughs like that
this is good news SpencerReply
I’m following you dude. Being a badass is an asset. Thanks a lot.Reply
My best buddy sent me this with the caveat, “not that you need this” because according to him, I do these ( he is a nice guy) but it is so ultra cool to find this post. I am a new subscriber and will read often.
You phreaking rock, Dude!
25. Go with your gut, it’s right, but only 100% of the time
As DeNiro’s character, Sam, says in Ronin: Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt.
All good things to you and yours!Reply
hey thanks Artrain
and that is a GREAT quote man, love itReply
This is seriously one of the best things I’ve read in a long time. I’m thinking of turning it into a 37-day meditation thing, where I work through one of these every day.
Thanks for this. I told the guy who shared this on Facebook thanks too!Reply
Really awesone chris I loved all of it. Seems like I am reading this at the right time to let it really sink in.Reply