37 Ways to Be a Badass

A1518C68-BE33-4712-B44E-367C235264DFThe Official Guide to Being a Badass

Most of the articles on the internet about being a badass focus on getting laid.

Now, there sure ain’t nothing wrong with gettin’ some, but this post ain’t about that. It’s not for the aspiring pick-up artist, nor is it about getting ripped or being able to kick someone’s ass.

It’s about going through life as a true badass…

It’s About Being an Agent of Awesome on a Grand Adventure

…and having a helluva good time along the way.


1. Be cool to everyone

One time I was in line for something at the local bagel shop and the line got kinda messy, and it was hard to tell who was next. I was in a hurry, and felt I was next, but this other dude started walking up to the counter, kinda cutting in front of me. I called him out on it and was basically a total asshole to the guy. He turned around and said “Hey we’re all in this thing together, man.”

How right he was. I’m not saying let people walk all over you, but we are all in this thing together, and the cooler you are to everyone else, the cooler they’re gonna be to you.

“Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.”

Wilson Mizner

how_a_about_a_boxing_with_hemingway2. Put people before ones and zeros

It can be so easy to get caught up in making a buck. We’re conditioned to believe money will make us happy, but we forget about what’s really important: each other.

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, by contributing massive value to people’s lives in the most impactful way you possibly can.

When you fall down in life and climb out of the holes along the way, be the hand that reaches down and lifts the next guy up and says “Here, let me show you the way.”

3. Make as many mistakes as possible

Be amazing at making mistakes; make more mistakes in the next year or two than you’ve made in your entire life. When we make mistakes, that’s when we learn.

If you’re not making mistakes, you probably aren’t learning and growing, and that which doesn’t grow dies.

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein

4. Stay in your own business 

I once heard a guy say, “At 18 I worried about what everyone thought of me, at 40 I stopped caring what they thought, and at 65 I realized they weren’t thinking about me at all.”

At some level we all care what others think, and the guy who says he doesn’t care what people think of him wants people to think he doesn’t care what people think of him.

Even though we ALL care what others think to some degree or another, the more you can realize that what others think of you really isn’t any of your business, and that your business is what you think of you and what you think of them, the more badass your life will be.

Just like your thoughts are your business, their thoughts are their business. Stay in your own business.

4474D10E-7F57-462A-AB41-15B883F9E7C85. Piss people off

Don’t intentionally piss people off—remember, you wanna be cool to everyone.

But when you walk your own path in life, others will be irritated and often offended. That’s their problem, not yours.

Refer to #4—their thoughts are none of your business, so stay in your own business. BTW, I have to give credit for the whole “Stay in your own business” thing to a true badass,  Byron Katie, whose teachings called “The Work” have had a profound impact on my life.

“The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.”

George Bernard Shaw

2932788E-7CB6-4830-98D6-4573DCCA83416. Right your wrongs immediately

Whenever you’re wrong, and someone else becomes wronged in the process, fix things as soon as possible.

For one, this will keep a lot of your relationships with people running fairly smooth…but also, as you get into the habit of righting your wrongs as you go, you’ll become much better at seeing when you’re wrong. You’ll notice patterns within your behavior, and more and more often you’ll be able to catch yourself in advance before you go and step all over someone else’s toes and end up owing them a pedi just to make things right.

Admit your wrongs as soon as possible and do whatever you can to make things right.

7. Slay that scary ol’ dragon

There is an AWESOME life, FAR beyond the innermost depths of your imagination, waiting for you right on the other side of that shit you’re afraid of.

And no matter how hard you try to avoid the things that frighten you, there is no way around them, only through.

Funny thing is, doing what you fear usually isn’t bad at all—it’s the thinking about it that’ll fuck with you.

The big scary nucleus of the thing we’re afraid to do is like a dragon…’cuz just like a dragon it’s total fucking make-believe.

We must approach the dragon head on, feel its fiery breath, and do what needs to be done.

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”

Steven Pressfield

muhammad_ali8. Stand up 

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it’s a safe bet you’re of stronger body and mind than the average citizen.

When you see someone being taken advantage of, abused, or wronged who may not have the strength to stand up for themselves, do whatever you can to kibosh the injustice.

When you see our planet or the people on it being given a raw deal, rise up and take a stand.

I’m not talking about being some self-righteous white knight so you can get an ego fix, I’m just talking about looking out for your fellow man and doing the right thing when it needs doin’.

“We live in a culture where people are more offended by ‘swear’ words and middle fingers than they are famine, warfare, and the destruction of our environment.”


9. Say “no”

It’s important to know when to say “yes,” but it’s much more important to know when and how to say “no.”

If you don’t know how to say “no” you’ll end up over-extending yourself, committing to things you can’t really give 100% to, and spending your time running around trying to make everyone else happy. You’ll lose your focus and dilute your power.

“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying ‘yes’ too quickly and not saying ‘no’ soon enough.”

Josh Billings

10. A.B.L. – Always be learning

Read books, listen to audiobooks, take courses, read blogs, work with coaches and mentors, and model others who are doing things that you wanna know how to do. These days you can find the answers to whatever you need, as well as the guidance, and oftentimes for free. Information is everywhere.

Choose which actions to take from what you’ve learned, and take them with everything in you. (And then refer back to #3 and make as many mistakes as possible, ‘cuz that’s when the real learning begins.)

812C730C-5C39-4205-8941-B94251CDDA7011. Drop the mask

Grandma was right again. Just be yourself.

If you aren’t, others will know it, and more important, you’ll know, and hate yourself for it.

And what’s awesome is that being you is the one thing you can do better than anyone else in this entire world.

I recommend Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” to learn more on this subject.

12. Do the shit you love

Life is over quickly.

While you’re here, do some totally awesome stuff. Now, I don’t know what that is for you—maybe it’s climbing mountains, surfing, starting businesses, or just sitting around writing about stuff that’s important to you. Believe it or not, it’s writing that gets my juices going more than just about anything else in the world.

Maybe it’s one thing, a bunch of things, or always something new.

Whatever it is, whether as a career, hobby, or just random adventures in awesomeness, spend as much time as possible doing the shit you love.

13. Accept that you’ll never get everything done

The to-do list never ends.

Between taking actions on the goals that’ll get you to your dream life, making money, needing new stuff, getting broken stuff fixed or fixing it yourself, family obligations, being a good friend, having to do that thing you should have said “no” to three weeks ago when you were asked and now it’s too late, taxes, car stuff, house stuff, kid stuff (should you have any of those little loveable monsters), health stuff, legal stuff , bank stuff, food stuff, and any of about 113,984,767.63 other things that require your attention….you’re never gonna get it all done.

3EEAF0D5-B329-4185-8E12-A49788BB41CAThe 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.

Not only is chaos the order of the universe, tossing new shit to deal with at us every chance it gets, but to make matters worse our minds are basically machines on overdrive looking for stuff to keep us busy so our ego remains intact. Anything to keep us busy.

Also, Aunt Madge needs your help moving some furniture this weekend, you’re low on almond milk, and the car needs an oil change and the tires rotated…plus, looks like your website just crashed, so there’s that too.

How in the heck are you ever gonna find time to do the important stuff that gets you one day closer to your dream life?

Well, do the important stuff first, and watch out for any non-important “busy-work” or seemingly urgent tasks that like to creep up on you every chance they get so you can avoid doing the real important shit—the stuff that scares you, the actions that require you to grow and evolve so you can become the person you need to become to get to where you wanna go.

You’re never gonna get everything done, so just do what you can do today, focus on what you’re doing right now, and ease back a little into the seat of your being instead of losing yourself in the ever-growing to-do list.

14. Never relent

Life will try to beat you down, others will try and take what you have, and your own mind will tell you that you’re not good enough, but…

…set your sights, move forward, and keep punching.

“If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession, be it music, the ballet, or just a basic degree. You have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way.”

Henry Rollins

imagese15. Adapt

Stay on your path and trudge forward with big strides, but be flexible and adapt to the conditions of the road.

If you’re too rigid, life will feel like it’s against you, so sometimes you gotta adapt a little and go with the flow. Be like water, not cement.

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”

H. G. Wells

16. Take bold action yet remain unattached to the outcome

Do your part, do everything you fucking can, go after your goals like you have a gun to your head and unless you give it your all, that trigger is gonna get the squeeze…but then let the chips fall where they may.

You can only control what you do, NOT how things turn out.

Worrying about the outcome will tear you apart inside with anxiety…and that anxiety will create even more worrisome thoughts, feeding more anxiety in the body, creating a big mind-body loop of stress wreaking havoc on your system like a mosh-pit in the bottom of your soul.

pam17. Realize life is about relationships with other people

Put and keep good people in your life.

Cherish and nurture the relationships you have with the ones you like and love.

Start new relationships with the giving hand. Be a friend rather than looking for friends.

Life is about others. Again, going back to number two, put people before numbers and zeros.

18. Cut out the crap

Less is almost always better.

Hoarding possessions that you can’t take with you after you breathe your last breath is a futile activity.

The only exception is books. Books can take you to another dimension of existence—and, since I collect books and love having a massive library of them, I figured I’d write in this little exception to the rule (=

“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”

George Carlin

3BBF92FC-A44B-4A92-AB4B-93A0BB9EA41119. Make the world a better place

The world is fucked up, and it needs our help.

Do strategic as well as randomly awesome shit that makes the world a better place for all of us, and do it as often as you can.

Go through life looking for ways to make this planet and your community more awesome for everyone in it now, and for generations to come.

Leave a legacy you’ll be proud of.

“When Paris Hilton can top the bestsellers’ lists, we are one more Connect Four move closer to Armageddon.”

Corey Taylor

20. Dig your flaws

You’re a flawed creature…we all are.

We have bumps, lumps, scars, and moles. We have insecurities, back problems, and daddy issues. We doubt ourselves, we try to be things we are not, and when we look in the mirror all we see are the things we don’t like.

We are human. We’re not a fucking magazine cover.

We aren’t Men’s Journal, Cosmo, or Details, and none of use will ever be as cool as The Fonz, Matthew McConaughey, or Samuel Jackson in Pulp Fiction.

Accept yourself as you are, warts and all.

Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 4.00.15 PM21. Don’t buy into your own bullshit

When you start thinking you’re cool or something, life will show you just how uncool you are.

The wise dude (or dudette) chooses the humble path.

Maybe you have a public persona, and that’s OK—but keep it as authentic as you can, and if people start telling you how great you are, thank them but don’t let it go to your head. When you start believing the praise, buying into your own marketing, thinking that you and your awesome Facebook profile are one…life will show you that you’re just like everyone else.

If you don’t stay humble, then you just may have a date with the grueling process of humiliation…which can suck. I speak from first-hand experience: You’ll be better off just being humble in the first place.

22. Do a lot of the right “little” things

Constantly strive to make small improvements.

There’s no ONE THING that’s gonna come along and make everything better…no magic bullet, no book with all the secrets to life, no seminar where you’re gonna walk in an asshole and walk out the Dalai Lama, no perfect mate, no perfect mentor, no one big action.

It’s about doing a lot of things right and constantly making small improvements. The little stuff adds up. Kaizen!

“Don’t try to be 100% better, rather 1% better a hundred ways.”

Ann Mitchell

D154D7A1-B4C9-4ACA-AFE8-5761D41BC5FD23. Learn from your mistakes and move on

Everyone’s life is chaotic and problematic, and bad shit happens to all of us.

There is no ultimate destination in life where everything is gonna be perfect. Learn to be reasonably happy no matter what you’re going through…and realize that whatever it is, you probably caused it.

Your mistakes can beat you down, make you sick, turn you into a bummer of a person, and kill you…or they can make you stronger, more humble, more loving, more giving, and more badass.

There’s a gift in all your mistakes and everything you’re going through. Look for it.

24. Choose a career path that you burn for deep inside

Far too many people settle on whatever comes their way just to make a buck and maintain their false sense of security. The looking within, listening for the call to adventure and putting one foot in front of the other, and tearing that little security blankie to shreds and putting it all on the line is just too much for them.

I think putting your destiny in someone else’s hands—like working for some company, corporation, or boss who could kibosh your ass any second they want—is a lot riskier than working for yourself, but hey, maybe that’s just me.

Some people weren’t meant to work for themselves, and there’s nothing wrong with that…but at least spend your work week doing shit you love. There are plenty of badasses with day jobs.

But trading your dreams and your time for a check on Friday, whether it’s minimum wage or a cool 7 figures,  at least in my opinion, sucks. But this is what most everyone does, settling for the “steady pay” instead of going after their dreams with relentless vigor, focus, and intensity.

A25F3DBA-7A53-4ED8-A873-B888D2E04F27Do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. Find and do what you feel called to do. Do what you know with every cell of your being is the shit you’re supposed to be doing.

The badass refuses to settle for 9-5 mediocrity. If he ever sat in a cubicle, chances are he burned that thing down a long time ago, unless of course, his dream career somehow involves cubicles… in which case I say burn that fucking thing down anyway.

Now, there are a few exceptions to #24… 

If you’re a single parent or father of 10 who just can’t afford to risk the steady income to go follow your passion, hey, I get it, it’s cool. If you’re working your ass off ‘cuz you have more mouths to feed than the old woman who lived in the shoe, I don’t care what you’re doing for a living because you, my friend, are a badass.

And, kids or no kids, if you spend your free time engaged in some kind of hobby that you love, and are happy putting in your 40 doing just about anything to pay the mortgage…you too, can keep your official badass membership card.

But, by and large, badasses spend most of their time doing the things they’re intrinsically motivated to do and are passionate about, and get fulfilled by far more than just money. With this path, you’ll be much happier and have a much bigger impact on far more people than the stuff that you do only because of extrinsic motivation (money).

In the short term, the extrinsic stuff might pay more, but it can also rob you of happiness and rob the world of the gifts that come from you doing what you love.

Jam your tunes; even if you’re in a garage band, crank those amps on ten and fucking jam.

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”


CF75B63A-3346-4D60-BED7-C81451D00F3D25. Go with your gut; it’s right, but only 100% of the time

If someone or something feels wrong to you, or a project just doesn’t feel right…listen to what your intuition is telling you. It knows a helluva lot more than you do.

There’s a part of you that knows what’s best…it KNOWS what path you should be on.

I discussed this in detail in my Stranger Than Pulp Fiction Post, including some pretty crazy things that happened to me.

If you’re having trouble getting in touch with that part of you that knows best…try meditating, going for more walks, and dropping any substances that may be blocking or jamming up your inner compass. (I know Fat Burners were one that really seemed to disconnect me from my intuition. ECA stack = Little or no serendipitous experiences…at least that’s been my experience.)

“We always know which is the best road to follow, but we follow only the road that we have become accustomed to.”

Paul Coelho

EBD4B64C-FBB5-4CDA-8474-AE842DBE874326. Know who you really are

You’re not your designer jeans, t-shirt, shoes, haircut, car, house, bank account, income, business, job, biceps, abs, butt, or face.

You’re not a magazine cover. You’re not who they think you are or who you think you are, and you’re not your tweets or your fucking Facebook profile.

Never fool yourself into thinking who you are is what you do for a living, how much you have, what you look like, who you’ve fucked, how many of them you’ve fucked, and what you put on your “about me” page.

Smash the trophy case and burn it to the ground.

Money, possession, status, sex,  your body…everything comes and goes, and it has nothing to do with who you are at your core. Our egos love to attach to these things as a way to compare us to others…and it’s all bullshit.

Your heart and your deeds are way better places to hedge your bets when it comes to defining who you are, but the awesomeness of who you are is even FAR greater than that—yet it’s so simple it’s impossible to define.

You are just you. The space where your entire life happens.

“You’re not your fucking khakis.”

Tyler Durden

D9E37BAB-899B-40BF-A306-9FCC6477C2E927. Forgive yourself and forgive others

When you forgive, you’re not actually doing something for them. The karmic cause and effect of their life will work itself out on its own. You forgive them for you.

Usually when you have something against someone and need to forgive them, it’s actually something in yourself you need to forgive; the other person is just holding up a mirror for you and you don’t like what you see.

Sure, you still may need to go up against them and handle whatever business needs to be handled. But do it from a place of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the path to peace.

Resentment is the road to misery. And it’s toxic as a motherfucker.

It’s like putting a gun to your head, pulling the trigger, and hoping the bullet hits them. But it never does.

This is one I’ve struggled with a lot personally, and all I can say is that when I stay in resentment I’m all clenched-up inside and angry. When I’m in forgiveness, I’m in total peace.

brucelee28. Be grateful

When you’re in gratitude, you’re in the opposite of regret, resentment, envy, and longing, all of which make it REAL hard to be a badass.

I know you have a ton of problems; I get it—I do too.

But I bet you have food in your belly, a roof over your head, and there isn’t a tribe of bad motherfuckers on horses coming over the hill to burn the village down tonight.

Be grateful, even for your problems, for they’re all just gifts in disguise—AND most of ’em aren’t nearly as bad as your ancestors probably had it and other people all over the world are having right now.

And when you’re grateful, you’re happier, life flows better, you get better stuff in your life, and you get to live like a true badass.

29. Tell it like it is

Secrets and lies poison every cell of your being.

At minimum, be honest to your friends, family, and the people you care about. I haven’t always been this way, and I’ve paid dearly for it.

When you tell the truth life will treat you better, because YOU are treating life better.

And if you’re honest, you’re never really wrong. Sure, you’ll still make mistakes on the reg, but when you’re transparent about everything and admit your wrongs and flaws, the fear that comes from trying to be something you’re not is taken completely out of the equation.

True badasses are open and honest about their intentions in everything they do.

4F362B61-1582-47B9-ACF0-0C0C4A3A732330. Treat the following people extra-awesome…

Servants, waiters, busboys, baggage handlers, cashiers, counter attendants, house cleaners, dishwashers, cooks, bathroom attendants, gardeners, helpers, tellers, the poor, the abused, the homeless, the handicapped, and the elderly.

Be super cool to them, and leave big tips when appropriate.

Say “hi” to people most people ignore, like the landscapers who mow the public greenbelts.

Give a few bucks to those who need it more than you.

Understand that old people move slower than you and are often in a lot of pain, and make their lives easier in any ways you can.

Again, refer back to #1 and be cool to everyone—but be extra cool to these people and anyone else you can think of who could use a little dose of your awesomeness.

31. Be funny

Being funny is a great way to put a smile on people’s faces and make their day a little bit better.

The silent mysterious type who can’t crack a smile is only a badass in the movies and at picking up females who have monster-size father issues. And that dude actually ain’t all that mysterious—he just usually doesn’t have anything intelligent to say, and that’s why he’s so silent.

A TRUE badass loves to laugh and make others laugh.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the only one who thinks 80% of the shit you say is funny, because that means 20% of the shit you say IS funny, and this is enough to make you a badass.

So be funny, even if you’re the only one laughing.

9DFDB4D7-3855-4C72-ADD0-0BB6F31977F932. Realize you don’t know shit

None of us do.

Ever met a happy or badass know-it-all? No, ‘cuz they don’t fucking exist.

Stay open—you’ll learn more, you’ll be happier, and you’ll be WAY more of a badass.

Recently I heard Joe Rogan put it like this…

“We don’t know shit. Yeah we know a lot and are brilliant in comparison to cavemen, but in comparison to understanding just the very nature of the universe, with sub-atomic particles (all rules go out the window when you go subatomic)…to say we know a lot, yeah we know a lot FOR PEOPLE, but there’s some shit we don’t understand at all…they don’t even know why the universe stays together, they don’t know why it doesn’t just fly apart!”

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”

Frank Zappa

33. Realize everything you do affects everything else

We’re either putting positive or negative out into the world…with every thought we think and word we speak, and in everything we do.

We affect not only our own life, but the lives of the people we touch and the lives of the ones they touch.

There’s no such thing as a small insignificant action; everything we do effects everything else. Period.

“Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

Scott Adams

34. Enjoy the ride…it’s short

Seriously…we’re all gonna be dead soon anyway, at least the you and me as we know ourselves to be right now—so live it up and have a helluva good time while you’re here.

“Life is short. I’m 47 years old. I’ve got 10 years to go where I can be the best I can be. I want those 10 years to be precious, not like before, cranking two or three movies a year. I’ve made a ton of movies in my life, but so what?”

Jean Claude Van Damme

Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 6.19.03 PM35. Train 

To be a true badass you need to train your body and make it strong. Training can make you feel so damn good—it’s the best anti-depressant around.

Training has done so much for me. A few days without it and my body cringes and screams at me, “Fuck you Chris, fucking train, motherfucker!”

It opens the pressure valve and releases the demons. It takes me out of my story, my life, and my problems.

It puts me into the moment. A single point of focus. One rep at a time. One set at a time.

I’m never more alive or more ready to take on the world than when I’m training.

Look at old people who don’t work out…they’re slouched and brittle.

And look at old people who’ve been training for years. They’re sprightly. They stand up straight. They smile. They look like they just got laid. They are able to outrun death one more day.

Training gets rid of stress, anger, and anxiety.

Training teaches you the value of sacrifice, hard work, and discipline.

It moves you in the direction of something greater.

When you train. you’re carving out a better existence for yourself.

36. Eat good, healthy stuff

Everything you put in your mouth can either give you better health, or cause you harm.

It’s hard to feel dialed in like a badass when you’re living on fast food, Cheetos, and soda. If it’s 5% or 10% of what you eat, that’s one thing, but if you’re living on 40, 50, 60, or 70+% crap, that’s another story.

There are plenty of ways to make healthy food taste great, so there’s never an excuse not to eat at least mostly good stuff.

Most of the time, stick with high-octane foods.

johnny-cash-finger37. Read this blog as often as possible

This one is a must if you wanna be among the baddest of the bad. In fact, 4 out of 5 doctors recommend ChrisMcCombs.net for getting rid of inner-wussy and becoming a straight-up badass.

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“Your mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe. When you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear.”


Talk soon,

Big Chris


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  1. Really awesone chris I loved all of it. Seems like I am reading this at the right time to let it really sink in.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Right on, thanks Brandon, I love when that happens

      that means you’re ready for it brother!

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!!!

  2. 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 ..

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 mike

      • Hey Chris,

        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!


        • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

          Snake was my childhood hero brother

          The LA didn’t do it for me

          But that first one, in New York


          thx for sharing Justin

  3. 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 needed

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 (=

  4. 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”.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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!!!!

  5. Love this blog Chris!

    Keep the inspirational words coming!

    Xoxox C

  6. 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”.

    Great job.

    • 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.

      • It is the same in Egypt Tamera. The thing I love about Egypt is that it is borderline anarchy. Traffic is chaos and dangerous. And interestingly enough, I feel much freer here than I do in the USA.

        How ironic.

  7. 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!

  8. Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

    Yes you are Rodney, yes you are (=

  9. Hey Brother,

    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 !

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      hey thanks Gauruv , thanks man

      “when you want something bad enough, the universe conspires to give that to you.”

      Tru Dat

  10. Avatar Shaun Brant says:

    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.

  11. Love this post, Chris!! I have 6 new things to change/work on before I’m as badass as you. =)

  12. Hey Chris,

    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 you

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      wow man, that’s crazy, thanks so much for sharing JTR, and you must be proud of your parents, they’re done well

  13. 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…

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 brother

  14. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      awesome steve, thanks so much for sharing, may that “social media karma” come back to you bruddha!

  15. Chris,

    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 brother

  16. 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!

  17. This might be the best “HOW TO” I’ve ever read! Thank you. I am printing it and tacking it up on my wall!

  18. Avatar Craig Huntington says:

    Awesome stuff as always Chris.

  19. Hey Chris,

    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 Daniel

  20. Inspiring Chris! Thanks Bro 🙂

  21. Avatar Nicole Rorden says:


    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!!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Awesome Nicole

      thank you so much for sharing with your friends, that means a ton to me

      I’ll definitely keep you posted on the book (=

  22. 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).

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 brother

  23. Hell yes Chris!

    I’ve got a few things to work on to get my official badass membership card.

    In the meantime, can you tell me where you get the Rollins quotes? Does he have a book you recommend?

    Thanks 🙂

  24. Avatar Tommy Gill says:


    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Snake Plisken!

      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 tommy

  25. 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! 🙂

  26. Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

    Awesome Marcy, thank you so much for sharing, super duper cool of you (=

  27. Awesome article, so many well written posts that are pretty relevant to most people.

  28. Avatar Joel Herrmann says:

    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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 inside

  29. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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

      Thanks don

  30. This is a killer of an article. Motivating, insightful, just BRILLIANT.

  31. Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

    Thank you Renaldo. Glad you enjoyed it

  32. I love it…thanks

  33. 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.

  34. Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

    Right on Ben , string that bad boy up

    Proud of you man, your new gym is looking awesome

  35. 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”.

  36. Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

    thanks Victoria, I appreciate your super cool comment

    Glad you liked it (=

  37. Avatar Stewart Jordan says:

    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


  38. Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

    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 happiness

  39. Hey Chris

    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


    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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

      Love it

      I’ve read the first one and seen the film , great message brother

      Thanks again

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. I must admit. I’m impressed.

  43. I got directed here by Kevin Ross (Muay Thai fighter) and I have to admit, this is a post i really needed to read.


  44. EXACTLY…. I MEAN EXACTLY what I needed to read, RIGHT NOW and today. Awesome write up. THANKS!

  45. Fuck yeah mother fucker! Woot Woot! Work Hard be Awesome!

  46. Avatar Kim Hughes says:

    Just what I needed today…will keep to read often!!

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Alison you just stoked me out Girl

      thank you so much for sharing it and for your kind words (=

  49. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 man

  50. Avatar D'Arcy says:

    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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:


      SWEET, that was one of my goals, resonate with people who don’t normally read blogs

      glad it’s working (=

      thanks for the kind words

  51. Thanks Chris for this. I was having a bad day, but this helped put things into perspective…keep up the good work!

  52. Avatar Holly Geier says:

    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!!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 sure

  53. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      hey thanks Kim

      I’m more than happy to used in the awesome ways you speak of. I actually pray for it daily (=

  54. Avatar alexei muniak says:


    That was truly amazing. It totally puts things into perspective and for that I am grateful.



  55. Avatar Man Ha says:

    Awesome article man. I would love to buy you a few rounds of beers. Cheers.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks Man

      Beers and me don’t mix too well, it gets ugly fast, but I’ll take a large ice coffee (=

  56. 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’

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 sharing

  57. Dude this is the best list of Life Changing things I have ever read…! Excellent Job Sir!

  58. Avatar Catherine says:

    Absolutely brilliant.
    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!
    With grattitude,

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      “It made me laugh out loud, nod in agreement, deeply contemplate, all in one blog!”

      That’s what I was going for!!!

      thanks Catherine

  59. Avatar pamela says:

    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!

  60. 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!

  61. 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).

  62. Avatar Heather says:

    Hey Chris!
    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      right on Heather

      yeah I love the books, I think just having them makes me smarter (=

  63. 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.

  64. Avatar Katie S says:

    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!

  65. Avatar Tom A. says:

    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.


    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 too

  66. Avatar Mike rodbro says:

    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.

    Thanks man!

  67. Avatar amanda says:

    Right on, Chris. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to be the best version of myself that I can be.

  68. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 him

  69. Avatar Michele says:

    One of the best things I’ve ever read. I need it on a poster in my house 🙂

    Thank you!

  70. 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…

  71. 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)

  72. Avatar Margaux says:

    Absolutely awesome. Loved this, thank you for posting, keep up all you do!

  73. 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…

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Russ, I am stone cold honored by your words and you would share this with the people you care about most, damn, I’m humbled

  74. Man, I want to be a badass. Great article.

  75. Avatar Tristan Erlenbaugh says:

    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!

  76. Avatar Cynde Rich says:

    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

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 know

  77. 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

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks Dominic

      I promise to keep writing my brother

      we do like in a pretty crazy time don’t we ?

  78. best thing I have read in a long time!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      YES!!! that makes me feel fucking great Kris

      I’ll take a compliment like that any day of the week my friend

  79. Avatar Ali Almubarak says:

    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 (=

  80. Avatar Epic Ed says:

    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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?

  81. Awesome read. Thanks….

  82. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 time

      • 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.

        Thanks again!

  83. 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!


  84. Chris- totally badass! Love “Go with your gut, it’s only right 100% of the time”…How true and wish a lot more people believed in their gut rather then the bad angel on their other shoulder, lol.

    Again, totally Badass!

  85. 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.

  86. Avatar Tiffany says:

    I think this is perfection and simply amazing.

  87. 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! Jeff

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 grateful

      • 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!

        • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:


          One workout at a time bro

          • 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.

          • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

            that’s so cool Jeff, sounds like you stoked that dude out, pretty sure you did make his day

  88. 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!

  89. Chris,
    Well stated and poignant. A lot of thought went into this and respect it highly. Really enjoyed the photos as well. There are photos in here that I have loved my whole life. Keep it up and I do agree with the podcast idea, I think you have a lot to say. David

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks David

      Podcast MAY be in the future, love Joe Rogan’s, listen to it everything chance I get

  90. Avatar Andrea says:

    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Glad you liked it Andrea

      And RE: this: “Nothing makes for a better day than a smile and a laugh from someone around you”

      I concur

  91. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hellyeah Andre

      Yeah, we definitely can all use more reality checks ya know, the more the better

  92. 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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 trip

  93. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks Anthony, my evil plan was to slip important stuff into posts that were fun to read

      glad you like it (=

  94. 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.


    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 em

  95. That was a great post I am kind of happy now to be on face book to run into it. keep the good stuff coming

  96. Hi Chris. Fantastic, Great to hear the real stuff about life that no one really admits is what we need. I think everyone is afraid to really live, too concerned about getting it…..wrong?
    Few less gun pictures would be nice.

  97. Well said, brotherman. I need to work on a few of these! Re-posted, and I’ll be following you!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Thanks for posting Holy

      I need to work on a few of these myself

      Sounds cliche but it truly is a lifelong process

  98. Avatar stephanie says:

    thank you! just read this 3 times and could easily read it 3 more TODAY!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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


  99. It’s BAD ASS!

  100. Chris,
    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!!!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      So cool

      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. Jo

  101. 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.

  102. 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 x

  103. 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 Shaman

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Julie, thanks for this awesome comment

      Urban Shaman

      Love that, never heard it before, so cool

      Happy to rock your world anytime (=

  104. 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.


    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      wow Stephen, 5 places, thank you soooooooo much man, REALLY appreciate you putting it out there man

      Global Spiritual Healer in Training huh?

      love that

  105. Avatar Isabella J says:

    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!
    Isabella J.

  106. Damn Chris

    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.

    Nice 🙂


  107. Chris,

    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 James

      • 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.


        • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

          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 brother

  108. Avatar Refugee Carpenter says:

    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 friend

  109. Who the fuck are you? This shit is awesome lol! Have very few fav sites, this is new one!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Darko, damn you got a bad ass name

      Who Am I? Why i’m Chris McCombs (=

      Happy to virtually meet you Darko

  110. 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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 that

  111. 38. Always assume George Carlin never said that!

  112. 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. 🙂

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 up

  113. 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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks Nicole

      Happy to have you as a reader

      And thank you soooooo much for sharing (=

  114. you quoted tyler derden –you bad ass 🙂

  115. Avatar nannette says:

    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 u

  116. Avatar jonny smokes says:

    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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Jonny

      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: http://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” (=

  117. I’d like to turn this into wallpaper and plaster it to my walls…

  118. life is good, ya know? : )

  119. Avatar Savoy Horvath says:

    Best fucking shit I read in years, you a dude Chris !!!

  120. Avatar Jason Rogers says:

    great read Chris..keep up the good work!

  121. Avatar Wildcherry says:

    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.

  122. 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.

  123. Hey Chris,

    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 🙂

  124. Chris,

    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.


    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks for the kind words

      yeah, mixing Zen and Bad-ass, never thought of that one, but it sounds good to me!

  125. LOVE this post! Thank you for keeping it real and reinforcing the positive! “It’s About Being An Agent of Awesome”

  126. Thanks Bro.
    You are an Harbringer of Badass
    in a sea of Me dio cracy.

    OoRahh CMc


  127. 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.

  128. 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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 too

  129. 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…

  130. OMG! How is this the first time I have ever come across your blog?! This is an amazing post! Came at the perfect time for me as well. I love moments when you read something that you felt was written only for you! Thanks so much Chris!

  131. Revenge Of The Nerds was all about becoming a real badass.

  132. Hell Goddamn YEAH!

  133. Avatar Marion David says:

    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 ton

  134. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  135. Avatar hunterc says:

    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 man

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 you

  136. 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.

  137. Hey Chris

    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…

    Stay happy.

  138. 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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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?

  139. Avatar Michelle says:

    Thanks for this, Chris.
    Your path is a very good thing.

  140. My friend showed me this in our “Hunt the Good Stuff” group.
    You’re a genius and inspirational.

  141. Avatar Francois Tsao says:

    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.


  142. You lit a fire my friend. My sincere gratitude to you for sharing your wisdom.

  143. Hi Chris, First time reader. Really loved the article, just need to figure out a kid friendly version to share with my sons. The motto I try to live by is “Be yourself, unless you can be somebody better”


    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 father

  144. 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!


    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Wise words Steve, and I commend you on the positive changes you’ve made and are making my man

  145. Dear Chris,
    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:)

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Wow back at you Joanie, LOVE your passion, thank you so much for tossing some if it my way (=

  146. Hi Chris,
    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 you

  147. 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 : )

  148. Great post – super motivating and the truth.

  149. Chris,

    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.

    John Mann

  150. Avatar Maurice Ottey says:

    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!!


    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      FUCK YES

      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 music

      • Avatar Maurice Ottey says:

        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, Maurice

  151. Hi Chris,
    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

  152. 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 blog

  153. First time I’ve read your stuff, man. Great thoughts! Keep doing your thang!

  154. 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

  155. Absolutely one of the best posts I have read in a while. I will be sharing with friends!

  156. Avatar Jimmy Taylor says:

    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. Peace

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 book

  157. 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.

  158. Avatar Charlie says:

    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      glad you found it helpful and I’d be honored if you printed it and put it on your wall

      thanks Charlie

  159. Avatar Darren Wolbers says:


    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 !

  160. 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.

  161. Avatar Vanessa says:

    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 😉

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Thanks Vanessa

      Krav Maga is BAD ASS

      that’s some serious ass kicking shit right there

      very intense stuff

      • Avatar Vanessa says:

        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!

  162. glad I stumbled into this place:-) I totally resonate with all of the above. So refreshing to read truthful, honest and ballsy stuff. Looking forward to reading your posts ~ Mel:-)

  163. Powerful stuff man, keep it coming!

  164. Awesome Chris,
    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.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Joel, thanks for commenting and sharing man

      checking out the mankind project

      thanks for the hot tip

  165. I loved all of it, but especially #12, 13 & 25 🙂

  166. 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!!!!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 (=

  167. Avatar Patrick says:

    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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      oh hey Patrick, that means a lot man

      so happy it’s helping to push you to do that blog you have in you

      so cool

  168. Definitely needed this today. Thanks for setting the tone for my week! Just recently went fully independent as a trainer and this helped level out the stress of starting new!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:


      Independent is the only way to go

      Just help a ton of people, help help help and you’ll be set

  169. that was some thing man.especially number 34.35.i like your way.thanks

  170. most people spend a lifetime just scratching at what you posted, great job there! nice way of keeping it real, i am a fan!

  171. Hi Chris:

    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…

  172. 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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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


  173. That’s one bad ass article. Having gone through life being a bad ass myself (in the wrong way – fucking people over) i learned that being nice & honest really is easier than being a prick.


    bad ass city – Miami, Fl

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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 brother

  174. 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 late

  175. Thanks Chris – not sure how I missed it first time around – but totally awesome stuff and for me, right on time!

  176. 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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      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?

      wow man

      trudge forward brother, trudge forward

  177. 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.

  178. I’m following you dude. Being a badass is an asset. Thanks a lot.

  179. 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!

  180. 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!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      oh such a cool idea man

      We could all use something like that

      • I did it…37 days, I went through one of these per day, wrote your words in my meditation journal and burned them on my heart. And I’m working to incorporate them into my life (some of them I do pretty well with…others, I need to work on)

        Keep up the great work brother! I will be reading and sharing your wisdom with other basasses!

  181. I’m a lil late to the party but I’m here now! Thanks for all the check points, reminders & guidance. Badass, is right. OXO

  182. Love Love Love #18 (I have my own filled library but tend not to collect a lot of mess in the rest of my home). I get a lot of crap about it, but rarely care (no sometimes I just kinda feel like staying home, snuggling, reading to my hearts content and being a hermit for the night – I suppose that’s my saying no!). I don’t always agree with #25 because I think jealousy can make your intuition blind sometimes. I think when you can take a deep breath and step back from it can you really hear what your gut is telling you. I’ve noted this a lot!

    Great list though, my own personal list is incredibly close to this. Do good things, don’t hurt others (even when they hurt you despite how hard that can be!), never hit below the belt, enrich your mind every chance you get, show your family how much you love them (even when they make you crazy), always be exactly what you want to be, and stay out of trouble. 🙂

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks Elle

      yeah, this is the deal:

      “Do good things, don’t hurt others (even when they hurt you despite how hard that can be!), never hit below the belt, enrich your mind every chance you get, show your family how much you love them (even when they make you crazy), always be exactly what you want to be, and stay out of trouble”

      I just tend to be long winded when i write so i needed 5000 words to say basically the same thing (=

  183. This is probably one of the best things I’ve read, as regards the ways in which I want to make me a better me. I’ve probably read this blog 8 times in the last 3 days. I’ve shared it, I’ve thought about it, I’ve contemplated recording it to mp3 so I can listen to it at work. Looks like you have a bazillion fans and followers, and it’s good that I have a long weekend coming up so I can read more about you, but for right now I just wanted to thank you for putting so many amazing thoughts in so many real ways – ways that really speak to me. So glad to have crossed your path along my journey. 🙂

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Kippy, thanks so much for your heartfelt comment – really cool of you. Honored that you got so much out of this

      and what’s crazy is, I didn’t even write it, I outsourced it to India (=

      Just joking

  184. How did you know that I’m almost out of almond milk, need to rotate my tires, get an oil change, AND I just crashed my website. It’s like you’re in my head man!

  185. Avatar Adam Kadmon says:

    To point #1

    “There is no spiritual practice more profound than being kind…

    Certainly there are spiritual mysteries to explore, and states of ecstasy or enlightenment beyond description. But as we mature, it becomes clear that those special experiences are meaningful only when they arise from and return to a life of ordinary kindness…a genuine feeling of kindness in our hearts is the practical expression of any spiritual path.”


  186. Avatar Steve Bean says:

    Glad to see you’ve found The Work of BK. Big for me as well.

  187. Avatar Douglas Dowell says:

    Not likely that I will ever have kids at this point. Male or female though this is a summation of what I would teach from age 0.

  188. I’ve had a rough few weeks (at my own hands) and this helped put it all in perspective. Keep doing this and I’ll keep reading. Thanks for being a kindred spirit.

  189. wow.. awesome stuff Chris.. im a fan of yours now..

  190. wow. flipping awesome. i am going to print this and share with my wife and two kids and everybody else i can think of!

    i know my wife is going to be all all up in my business about chasing my dream to be a writer.


  191. Avatar Brandon Lawson says:

    Man… You really hit the hammer on the head bro. What a great perspective on what it is to be a true bad ass. Everyone in the construction trade needs to read that one, half of those guys are bullies, just straight up bullies. Keep on inspiring people. Lifes a garden dig it brother!

  192. Avatar Sandy Kingsley says:

    Hi Chris, I’ve been reading your posts for a couple of months now. You are awesome! I’m a 52 year “young” woman, who in the last 3 years, got out of a toxic, abusive marriage, went through cancer and raising 4 teenage boys on my own. Man, I’ve been drinking from the fire hose of learning and growth for awhile now. Nothing like hanging over the edge of your own mortality to get clear, real fast on what’s important. First words out of my mouth when I got my diagnoses, was “I can’t die, I have kids to raise, they don’t have anyone else!” Sold the big house (huge pain in the ass!) and I live a minimal life because I don’t want a bunch of stuff that means nothing to take up my precious time! I’m a CrossFitter (PR on DL today…175 lbs! Got my eye on 200!) Also, play hockey….both are passions of mine. Work…right now, it pays the bills, but I have bigger plans that I’m moving toward. Your posts keep dialing it in for me, what really matters. Plus, I like your style. Also, I’ve been in recovery for 22 years, so I get you on that level too! Keep it coming!

  193. Chris,

    Have you read “Loving what is” by Byron Katie? It’s right on the money with your thinking.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me now or in the future for anything.


    PS. I’ve learned; Give what you want and give it as if you already have it 🙂

  194. I am ready to be a total badass today.

  195. Love this!
    A ‘your’ in #6 should be ‘you’re.”

  196. There’s only one thing for it.. Chris you rock! I feel better just reading this….

  197. Thank you Chris! You are fucking awesome!

  198. Chris, thank you for opening my eyes!

    I am currently 46 years old. I had put my dreams on hold to work and provide for my family for the last 20 years. I busted my balls, sometimes working 7 days a week. It has been tough.
    I have been going through a phase wondering what I missed out on, but now you made me realize that I was a bad ass for doing what I had to do to pay the mortgage and put food on the table.

  199. Dude!! Just what I needed was a kick in the ass in a time where I am having a pity party. I used to feel like a card-carrying badass and current situations had taken that from me. Very inspirational! Thanks for reminding me about what to focus on and what to let go.

  200. Whoa, great list Chris! btw, your humility and vulnerability make you a bad ass in my book. I appreciate you sharing. Happy holidays bro!

  201. Avatar Mark Parkinson says:

    Chris, this is a turning point in my life and you are an inspiration. I’m taking your list and using it as my bible as I go forward with my dreams. Keep on keepin on brotha.

  202. Avatar James Wilkin says:

    This Blog is Rockin Man! I came upon it after looking for ways to begin my day on an impactual note to make best due with what little time the day has in it to get a solid habit down to make it the best I can. I have found so far your writings highly impactual in a thoroughly motivational sort of way and hope to include much of the gifted treasure into my own life. Including how to be a badass.

    Thank You for establishing this sight, I hope you are continue to be inspired to write more of what people need to know in a way that helps us to be the best people we can before our time is spent and gone.


  203. Hey Chris,

    Don’t you get sick of of hitting it out of the park?

    I think you have a “New York Times Best Seller” inside you and Im looking forward to buying the first copy.

  204. “I think putting your destiny in someone else’s hands, like working for some company, corporation or boss who could kibosh your ass any second they want, is a lot riskier than working for yourself, but hey, maybe that’s just me.”

    OMG!! I’ve been saying that ever since I was kicked out of my job 4 years ago. I’ve worked for myself ever since, even though it’s been the toughest thing I’ve ever done. It’s the thought I come back to every time I think I should go back to the false “security” of a J O B. You are so right on!!

  205. Chris,
    Alright I must confess here, I stumbled upon your bad ass blog on accident. The funny thing is is that as I was reading this post I was listening to “What its like” by Everlast which I also find inspiring . You see for a while now I have been wanting to join the Army but being a girl and all I have been getting lots of shit from people. I have been wanting to enlist full time in the Army as a Military Police Officer. I think I just listened to those people and decided not to pursue this dream. And thank the motherfucking god I found this when I did because I was really loosing inspiration. You are totally right Life is too short to not do what makes you happy and I give you my Thanks for giving me my inspiration back! Thank You Thank You Thank You:-)

  206. No #31 Ah, I knew my daddy-issues were the reason I like the the psychotic, mean types 😉
    This post was a real kick in the face- definitely subscribing to the blog!

  207. Avatar John Lober says:

    It’s like reading the Tao, when someone puts to words what you have been doing, but didn’t know it. Good stuff Chris. I’m a fan.

  208. Hey Chris

    You RULE!!! Your blog came on my path at EXACTLY the right time! Today is DAY 1 of my badass transformation! Thanks for confirming a few suspicions I’ve had for a while – it’s great to “read” someone else saying what I’ve been pondering for a while now! Keep up the GREAT work – you’re the master badass!



    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      hey thanks so much elmi

      you’re gonna do great with your transformation, keep me informed on your progress (=

  209. Bro I love this article! It is by far one of best ive ever read! Ive read it so many times and I never get bored of it! For me this is a code how to live ones life- I see it as the “ten commandments!” I jus signed up to ur wikid blog I look forward to reading more of your articles! U truly are a badass good sir! Thank you for the great wise words of wisdom! 🙂

  210. Absolutely love your blog! These are great guidelines for life. I think I’m going to print this out and put it on my wall. I’ve got a lot of work before I can truly say I’m a badass.

  211. Great stuff! My favorite is #17. Funny how everything falls into place when you realize that.

  212. Freakin’ awesome. Love it, man.

  213. Avatar Keith Charlton says:

    My oldest friend, who I consider totally bad ass by the way, shared this on Facebook. I love synchronicity. I’ve been consciously putting out energy to improve every aspect of my life for a couple years now and things are starting to fall into place slowly but surely. Eating better, working out and now more fuel for my mind and spirit in your blog. A well written post that definitely speaks to me. I’m printing it out and putting it where I can refer to it often. Keep up the good work.

  214. Avatar Michael Gallaher says:

    I live what you teach, because you teach it, really well!
    13 weeks post prostate cancer surgery (that makes me a 3X survivor 2-Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and now Prostate Cancer. Whew what a ride). My sobriety date is 3/13/13.
    I am one with the moment.
    I smile at everyone. I am happy but not in a slapstick comedy way. Not aloof, willing to engage or just be alone but Happy to be in this moment.
    I love my wife. And she loves me. At 64 this month all I’ve truly learned is that ain’t nothin’ I can do about the moments gone and I can’t predict the future so I am Here, Right Here, Right Now and that is enough. Hell that’s everything.
    Been workin’ out too. Like so many I don’t push it enough. I am committed to changing that. Rusty Moore has really helped me, almost as much as you!
    Lost the stupid 30#’s of booze fat-a lot came off with the surgery but I don’t recommend that as a fat loss discipline-HaHa!
    Thanks for the reminders and Thanks for YOU!
    Peace and Joy!

  215. Avatar Phil Mundie says:

    I love this blog Chris. Thanks for reminding us of it. I’m probably good at about half the things here, but the hardest one I find is saying ‘no’!

  216. Avatar Eric Muirhead says:

    Thanks again Chris. I love the badass life! The best part is waking up every morning knowing the quality of today is totally in my hands, and then deciding today is going to be a great day no matter what comes my way!

  217. Avatar Erick Tieva says:

    This was my first article of yours that I have read. It really touches some of the things that I have been struggling with in my personal life to change and become just a better person. I never really cared if anyone thought I was a bad ass because I never thought I was. Creating a culture of success in your own mind/body/life is like creating a culture of success in a business/team/organization gotta start small and work your way up. Thanks and I look forward to continue to read posts.

  218. I read this a while back, and it really resonated with me. I have reached the age where I not only “get” this one, I am actually able to live most of it. Not as well as I would like, but doing my best. Thanks for the reminder to keep it up!

  219. You had me at byron katie and kept me all the way to rumi. also. burn the fucking cubicle down. find what you love and let it kill you. i do what i want as a matter of principle. but a lot of people need permission to burn it down and live their passion. so the more “successful” or “credible” people say it, the more they will feel like maybe it’s ok for them to have the life they want. nice work. ps- website should be up end of this month, so check me out if you wanna 🙂

  220. Avatar Jennifer says:

    I teach fifth grade and have taught this list to the kids and have it posted in the room! I did change the title and some words to avoid curse words, but the message is the same and is clear! I call it ‘the official guide to being awesome.’

  221. Avatar Dealova says:

    This is true … this is fucking true… thx man.. LETS EVOLVE !!!

  222. My friend suggested I’d personally like this web-site. He or she was once completely perfect. This particular create absolutely designed my own day. People can not think about just how a good deal occasion I needed invested with this info! Thank you!

  223. So useful and badass! thanks for sharing man!

  224. I just stumbled across your site. Love this article. I appreciate you included pics of strong women.

  225. Hey dude: My best friend sent me a link to this article and MAN did I dig it. He sent it to me after a conversation he and I had when he told me i was a “badass.” I told him ‘nawww, I’m a big ole teddy bear” and started tryin to explain how I wasn’t and thought he meant cuz I used to box (I had to give it up for medical reasons, pain disorder called trigeminal neuralgia).

    But the artilcle really opened my eyes to a more than a couple of the people in my life I already consider awesome, but now I will consider to be badasses. 🙂

    I feel fortuniate to have so many badasses in my life, mainly my son who’s 17, autistic, and takes a big bite outta life each day.

    And also Ricky who grew up Deaf with no deaf relatives and then put himself thru college, and always stands firm to his own truth. So now that Ricky sent me this, I’m sendin it back to him AND with the big ole smile ya gave me while readin this. I’m a lucky man and this article helped me to see how lucky I am surrounded by such amazing people.

    And those people, like my son and Ricky, are who I hope I’m like in many ways especially with it comes to their own truths, happiness, and integrity.

    Keep it rockin, bubba. 🙂
    A true thanks for openin my eyes a bit. (and sorry it’s longwidned. I’m a writer and I can’t write anything short to save my life lol)

  226. It was just few months ago , for the first time I came to know about the word BADASS and all I wanted to be is a total fucking badass. Thank You Chris for such a wonderful post.

  227. Hi Chris

    A big badass thank to you for writing this post. I’m kinda new here and this post was the first post I read. I should say it was awesome.

  228. A great man (in a chessy but cool film) named Cyrus once said,
    “Can you dig it!”
    Yes I can.

  229. Avatar straight-edge says:

    awesome post chris … want some physiological psychopathic tricks scare the shit outta people so that they can’t get messy .. like ” u think am here to amuse you ? ” one

  230. Avatar Mary Jane says:

    A lady at the supermarket was reporting having her purse stolen while I was trying to make a return. When our eyes met, I smiled at her. She then said, “oh you think it’s funny?” I got pissec and “defended” myself.

    I had a crap day today. I came across this blog, just what I needed.
    Thanks, Chris. Sometimes I need a little reassurance in the world as well as the direction I need to be heading.

  231. I don’t like reading blog posts. But this is a complete guide for living a great life. Thanks for the wonderful insight.

  232. Great stuff Chris. Thank you. #5 (Piss people off). I walk my own path. You are so right that people get irritated and offended. That really effected me bad because I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t be happy for me. When I was working 3 jobs and helping them or staying where they were instead of moving on I was one of the boy’s. Once I decided I need to move and make things happen and I did I could see the jealousy and hear it in their voices. I’m letting that all go. Like you said it is their problem. I’m going to keep on rolling. Thanks again.

  233. Great Stuff! I read your blog often, always helpful and insightful. Appreciate all you do and your expertise in the industry. Thank you.

  234. always pays to re-read this from time to time – keep it fresh in you mind and go out an do it!

  235. Hey Chris,
    I just want you (and the whole freakin’ world) to know that not since The Four Agreements has someone laid out a concise, no-nonsense way to live live! It’s not only this post, but all the others that have lit a fire under my ass to get out and do what it is I know it is I HAVE to do (write kids books) and how to do it! Because of your past enlightenments that you so generously offer, I get up early every day to write (yes, that came from you), get my ass in the gym more, only try and focus on stuff that really matters and read the three Steven Pressfield books (War of Art, Turning Pro, and Do the Work) and have given them to everyone I know that is trying to “Rise Above.”
    So THANK YOU!!!!!

  236. It’s the first post that i read in 2015 and i guess this year hides many surprises for me (if i keep reading your blog)
    Its just awesome dude! thanks a lot.
    The problem is that you gave me plenty of hints in one shot, i’m afraid can’t handle em all..

  237. Avatar shivam banerjee says:

    beatifully written….loved it…simplicity atvits best.

  238. Hey Chris.

    I recently moved home to Franklin, TN with my dad and step mother. I’m 26 years old. My mom is an alcoholic and I’ve not talked to her for nearly a month. I now work full time at Starbucks. I’m a college graduate. I an actor and I’m very intelligent, so why is it that I’m working a stupid job that I hate?

    I want to be a professional actor.

    Since graduating nearly four years ago, I’ve been in four stupid relationships with men who didn’t give a fuck about me and had about 15 jobs, all of which I’ve been fired from because I tend to drop things and make really dumb mistakes that make me look like a fucking idiot.

    I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and I’ve been struggling with depression for over ten years.


    Thanks for your blog. I really love it.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hi Jamie, thanks for sharing. Check out the book “The Obstacle is the Way” A quick an easy read and I suspect you’ll find it helpful. I know I have. And BTW, love that picture on the top of your homepage, with all the stuff in the water. AWESOME.

  239. Chris, love your shit man! It’s so refreshing to read a blog written in real everyday language that really hit’s home and feels like I’m talking to a close friend. Very well written man…

  240. Never read your site before but I’ll be back. Great piece, my man. Very well done.

  241. Avatar william zaiser says:

    This is awesome.

  242. Daymm,… yo this shit helped =>

  243. I like, this website dude yer chilll so im having this KILLER party n can ya give meh some ideas?

  244. Avatar Jared BiJeaux says:

    Dude I gotta say this is what I’ve been looking for. Like you said there’s no magic book of secrets. Believe me I’ve looked. I’m happily married with three young kids and I’m very happy,however, I’m always looking to get better or for motivation when life just gets monotonous. I’m about to be 31 and get in stages where I feel like I’m not what I used to be which is bullshit. It’s all about the hear and now. I constantly search online for stuff like this and you summed it up and nailed it with a bow on top. I didn’t even plan on writing a long Los but I felt like I needed to commend you. I’m laying in bed and I’m ready to wake up tomm and take life for everything it’s worth. Fine job

  245. Simply, I love you!!!!!!! This is amaze-balls!

  246. What a big hunk of awesomeness! I practice 80% of the things you laid out!
    I love training! And I love your energy.

    Let me give you a Cube Reading, mainly because I want your Bad Assness
    Awareness! And because I’m a Bad Ass who likes to share my gift!
    Thanks for doing what you do!

  247. Avatar Marti Masters says:

    Hi Chris, I am totally speechless. No, I am awesomely totally speechless.

    Great blog!

    Wishing you a BEAUTFUL weekend!


  248. Chris this just randomly popped up in my inbox and although it’s an oldie, it’s still a goodie. Perfect timing as always, exactly what I needed to read today. Time to get back on track, thanks for the reminder of what really IS important. Hope this finds you well.x

  249. Avatar James Morgan says:

    Mr McCombs,

    Just a quick note to let you know your badass post is still spreading badassness across the land. I am working out tomorrow ( sounds lame huh?) it’s 11:09pm and a school night. So there’s that. Haha .
    Remember you can’t rest on this …..

    There’s more for you to write .



  250. I have to say this blog got my attention. I’ll never be who i want until i am who i am. Tired of defending myself, gotta just do what’s right. Thank you!!!!

  251. I just wanted to say thank you. I can’t believe the timing of finding this site. Last night, I drank myself into a stupor, cried the entire day and night, just feeling completely defeated, useless and worthless. I read so much of your blog, and watched video recommended by you, and couldn’t stop if I tried. And honestly, I didn’t want to stop. There’s a tiny start of this beacon of hope that I thought burned out forever. Mind you, I’m not miraculously healed, and pulled a complete turn around, but, I feel like I can take a step in the right direction, I FEEL hope where there was none. I thank you, truly. I’m grateful to have found this site, and grateful that I can reignite some fire within.

  252. Hey!
    This is my first glimpse of your site and I loved it!
    I have a few troubles to work threw right now and just to read this post (wich I found by accident), made me feel much better about everything. Just like I was supposed to find and read this right now!
    Thank you very much for sharing those thoughts/tips/rules to become a bad ass 😀


  253. For some reason, “BE A BADASS” kept creeping into my thoughts when I was trying to choose my theme/word for the year. Woke up this morning like let me Google this real quick and yep, signs. This year I choose to be a badass. (Not like I wasn’t one before but you knowwwwww)

    Thanks Chris!

  254. Thank you for such a badass post Chris!! Really helped put perspective on my confused thoughts and gave me more confidence in being myself, mucho gracias!!

  255. Avatar Hany Essam says:

    Without a doubt the most deep, meaningful and rich article i have ever read in my entire life.
    learned alot, and will keep getting back to it over time.
    keep up the good work Chris.
    Greeting from Egypt

  256. Avatar Alexander Alekhine says:

    Good stuff, we all need to hear this stuff sometimes.

  257. Modern badass advisor …………… this world need guys like you . ★★★★★

  258. Just read this and felt compelled to comment, I’m going to send this to several people. Thank you very much for all the advice, I’m 57 and have been obsessed with self improvement after reading Think and grow rich 37 years ago, just wanted to say I couldn’t stop reading all your thoughts, you perfectly said in a very consise manner and in a very very cool way precisely much of what many self improvement books message is, and woke me to motivate me to continue to make positive changes in areas I need to improve. Thank you very much Jim Smith (my real name)

  259. I just wanted to drop a line and say thanks, This came in the perfect time. I hav been on the fence about doing my calling and didn’t know if it really was the thing to do.. I started it but never finished. I am now going to get off the fence and finish up my calling and get the ball rolling really fast. Thanks again for being an awesome badass!

  260. Avatar JP Swilley says:

    WOW! Who are you and how have I never heard of you? I see why writing gets your juices going. It is definitely your calling. I’m about to start a new career at 46. I’m scared. That excites me. I now know why. Keep it up. The world needs as many people like you as it can get.

  261. Chris! What a fantastic post! Thank you so much! It is awesome!

  262. Avatar John Witczak says:

    Hey Chris, I want to thank you for this. I really needed to alot mentioned in this post from an unbiased standpoint. Im 30 years old and feel Ive hit my life crash. Mainly the the realization how short life really is and whether or not I’m happy with the path I’ve been on. I’m not a man of Faith so that makes my day to day and that much harder. Everyone wants to convince you their way of life is right but you never really know. Your views have given me more clarity and lightened the weight on my mind.

  263. Avatar Dan Michael says:

    Wow! This has just got to be the best advice I have ever read.

  264. Awesome brother!!! Needed to hear this shit. I only thought I was a badass…..I have a long way to go. I trust more of what I just read will help me get there. Keep up the good work!

  265. So glad to have found this dose of inspiration. I decided that my intention for the coming year is to be a badass motherf$%$er and this is exactly the kind of badass I’m looking to be.

  266. This is the best piece I’ve ever read. I don’t know about others but it really did a whole lot of good to me.Thanks so much Chris xo

  267. Chris,

    Every guy, deep down wants to be a Badass. They just don’t know how to become one. This Blog post should be part of the Core Curriculum for all guys beginning in elementary school. This is excellent stuff every guy should read. Cheers.

    Rich Patenaude
    Wealth Coach to Young Adults

  268. Hey Chris, I’m a new subscriber, and I wanna know…
    How can a tiny, eccentric, artistic, 16-year old girl like myself become a badass like you and my dad? I asked him, and he only said it would be something that would take time. I have begun working out, I’ve tried to cut the crap out of my diet (though who said an occasional piece of chocolate ever hurt anyone?), and I’ve begun to embrace my assertive side. However, I know I can do better than that.
    Any tips?
    Best, “Zoey”

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hi Zoey, well reading content like this is definetly a step in the right direction. At 16, improving myself was the furthest thing from my mind, so I’d say you’re on the right track. There’s a book called “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” that I think you’d enjoy. Anyhow, good luck!

  269. Thank you for this mind fresher blog and hi from Istanbul….

  270. Great Points, Thank you!!!

  271. Chris, there’s some lovely writing here. You’ve pulled together stuff that I found out the hard way, from many different activities and over many years. People should understand that value. Especially the bit about being of service to others.

    More power to your elbow.

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