I am the alpha male. (in Off-topic)

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 14 2008 6:17 PM EDT

Yes, that's right. I am now the alpha male. Well, what is an alpha male? The alpha male is the person who is always on top. He is a leader, not a follower. He is successful, happy, and looks on the bright side of things. He has high self-esteem and fears nothing. If he makes a mistake, he doesn't blame other people but he examines ways he can fix it and doesn't let it slow him down. Life is not a big deal to the alpha male.
Some examples of alpha males in today's society are:
Johnny Depp
Bill Gates (kind of)
The CEO of that company you work for
The band members of Metallica

Throughout my life, I have been a shy person. I was scared to talk to women, and I feared rejection. I felt like I had no control over my life and thus, I was not as motivated and I gave up easily. I was that shy kid who couldn't talk to strangers, or even ask someone at the dinner table to "pass the salt." I was unsuccessful in school even though I had the brains to surpass even my teachers in their own subject. I was bullied by people who were absolutely nothing compared to me.

However, now I realize that I am in control of who I am. I control my own life, my destiny, from the food I eat to the house I live in. I no longer live in other people's perception of reality, but I have forged my own. I no longer live life thinking it sucks. Even though I didn't graduate high school, I am taking my GED and I am looking for a job. I am going to enroll in my local community college soon and transfer to a university when I graduate. I am now a confident person and I believe I can do anything I set my mind to. I recognize my achievements for what they are, and I no longer call it luck. I now have the power to live my life on my terms. I am an alpha male.

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] September 14 2008 6:20 PM EDT

*high five*

j'bob September 14 2008 6:20 PM EDT

Buddy Lee says skip the alpha male crap. Makes you sound like an animal.
Instead insist that people recognize you for what you've presented yourself as in the wording above...
A confident and intelligent young man with a bright future!
Go get 'em!

00 September 14 2008 6:21 PM EDT

looks like someone lost their mind...

Obscurans September 14 2008 6:31 PM EDT

You don't look like no leader until you have at least a degree.

And remember for every person who leads... many must follow.

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] September 14 2008 6:35 PM EDT

Leadership has nothing to do with a degree though.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 14 2008 6:40 PM EDT

Thanks bruno and bob =)

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] September 14 2008 6:41 PM EDT

I was wondering what you were talking about in chat earlier. It is a nice story though. GooD LuCK.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] September 14 2008 6:42 PM EDT

I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the walrus, Coo coo kachoo ka coo coo kachoo

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] September 14 2008 6:47 PM EDT

eats the eggman

Xiaz on Hiatus September 14 2008 6:49 PM EDT

I'm so inspired - where do I put my CC payment?

Charlie September 14 2008 7:06 PM EDT

This is what the web says but maybe you can get them some good press and do it the nice way :)

- alpha males are generally bad for the health of those around them (with higher incidences of illness, absenteeism, burnout, etc.). Their "wake-up calls" are insulting jolts that are anything but inspirational. It goes without saying they have no concept of work-life balance, at least for those around them.

Competitive, belligerent, and impatient, these hard-charging leaders can run roughshod over colleagues and employees, to the detriment of their careers and the bottom line.

Alpha males don't have to be unhealthy for an organization (or a family) but they often are. They can turn normal business meetings into something right out of the "Apprentice" (which the authors' call the "Alpha Male Show"). They also say that there is often a discrepancy between how an alpha male leader believes the meeting has done and how everyone else felt it went. (Readers who have not encountered this during at least some point in their career should consider themselves lucky.)

DoS September 14 2008 7:16 PM EDT

Now would you come off us and stop saying "I'm so sexy" and crap like that in chat. The other, common people (people not you), don't care.

And I love how you imply that people that work for someone don't lead their own life.

Oh and on a side note if the world ever develops a time machine, then I laugh at your "destiny."

But congrats anyway :)

DoS September 14 2008 7:18 PM EDT

Oh yeah, I like Charlie's post ;D

Cube September 14 2008 7:21 PM EDT

Awesome. Two-handed high five.

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] September 14 2008 7:24 PM EDT

lol be nice dos.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 14 2008 7:40 PM EDT

The alpha male I'm referring to is obviously not the one you are referring to Charlie.

And DoS, I know that you may be jealous, but really, you don't need to flame me for my fortunes. ~_^
And if you seriously think that I implied that those with bosses are not in control of their own life, then you may need to step back and take a look at how your life is going. Oh, and if you think this is an offensive post, then open up a little and don't take things personally. Really, nobody is out to get you. Unless, of course, you pissed off someone in the mafia or something. But for the most part, I'm sure no one is out to get you. So please, take your resentment elsewhere.

DoS September 14 2008 7:57 PM EDT

Oh yes, I am very jealous of you. Yeah not enough worth what I was going to say, but to summarize it I will be graduating in 2009 with my class.

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] September 14 2008 8:00 PM EDT

People are not to be judged according to grades and diplomas, I hope you know that.

DoS September 14 2008 8:05 PM EDT

Ok Bruno, but don't go jumping to conclusions hero.

And that shouldn't be "enough" in my previous post, but rather "even"

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 14 2008 8:08 PM EDT

Hey good for you.That saves you $125 that you might end up spending on the GED test.

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] September 14 2008 8:10 PM EDT

hahaha. Dos is a tough guy.

three4thsforsaken September 14 2008 8:29 PM EDT

I congratulate you on your achievements, but I find the fact that you find this "alpha male" concept so important a little disheartening.

To live by your own terms is to be able to feel achievement without looking around yourself and saying "I am better." In your current state of mind, you have simply found a quick fix for a deep insecurity.

You are a great person, not because you are better than other people, but rather because you are taking charge of your life confidently.

Hazzard September 14 2008 8:33 PM EDT

go Raveshaw!! :)

BootyGod September 14 2008 8:48 PM EDT

Ya'll are hysterical! =D

Charlie September 14 2008 9:05 PM EDT

I always associate alpha male with kangaroos...just read a sad story of some Aussie sicko having a roo held by his mate while the hero practised martial arts on the roo until it was ko'd - guess alpha male doesn't resonate well with me right now

TheHatchetman September 14 2008 9:08 PM EDT

"However, now I realize that I am in control of who I am. I control my own life, my destiny, from the food I eat to the house I live in. I no longer live in other people's perception of reality, but I have forged my own."

It's about damn time! Now if only everyone else would do the same, we'd be much better off ^_^

TheHatchetman September 14 2008 9:14 PM EDT

"Oh, and if you think this is an offensive post, then open up a little and don't take things personally. Really, nobody is out to get you."

To anybody who knew Rave when he first started CB, this line is actually hilarious :P

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 14 2008 10:02 PM EDT

lol hatchet, so true.

three4ths, I'm not saying I'm better than anyone, just that I see a lot of people who just float around in life and blame other people for their mistakes and let the past slow them down. The people who say "Oh I was beaten as a kid, I was poor, the public schools I went to were horrible," etc. aren't taking charge of their life. They are letting the past slow them down. Sure, I've had a rough life, however the past does not exist anymore.

Also, for those of you who don't like the whole "alpha male" thing, I've got another one for you. If you've ever seen "You, Me, and Dupree" then you'll recognize this. Call it Raveshaw-ness. or three4thsaken-ness, or joe-ness. Call it a revelation. But it all comes down to the same thing really. I'm finally taking control of my life and I'm not going to let the past slow me down. I do not fear unfamiliar situations as I did before, and I don't care as much about what other people think about me. I can't control what other people think, so why try and change it? I can be who I want to be and live happily while doing it.

BootyGod September 14 2008 10:10 PM EDT

Words are words.

I won't pretend to have any opinion this this (except amusement) until I see what you do with this newfound "alphamaleness".

Colonel Custard September 14 2008 10:11 PM EDT

Nice, man. But don't you already have a girl in your profile picture, anyway?

And +1 or 2 to three4ths. Good call.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 14 2008 10:14 PM EDT

Yeah I have a girlfriend, I'm not saying I'm going to cheat on her or anything. I couldn't ever do that.

Revs September 14 2008 11:55 PM EDT

Control is an illusion, don't let it claim you. You can change your perspective, which is good. You can choose positivity, also good. But the more you try to control, the more frustrated you will become when things naturally move out of your control and into the great scheme of unknowns that inevitably happens. When you give up on control and relax some, I think you start to really find out who you are, as opposed to who you want to be.

three4thsforsaken September 15 2008 1:20 AM EDT

well, Raveshaw then I am glad :). Don't forget the past completely though, it keeps us modest and strong. Sometimes great bouts of enlightenment comes with an overpowering arrogance, I guess I was just worried about that.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 15 2008 3:29 AM EDT

Thanks for your support guys =)
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