THE RULES OF FIGHT CLUB


  • Fight Club Rule 1 | You don’t talk about fight club.
  • Outside Fight Club: You do not talk about your plans, your thoughts, or your feelings.
  • Fight Club Rule 2 | YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB.
  • Outside Fight Club: Don’t talk about it. Be about it.
  • Fight Club Rule 3 | Someone yells stop, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.
  • Outside Fight Club: You don’t need a break.
  • Fight Club Rule 4 | Only two guys to a fight.
  • Outside Fight Club: Diversification spreads you thin and gets nothing done.
  • Fight Club Rule 5 | One Fight at a time Fellas.
  • Outside Fight Club: One project at a time.
  • Fight Club Rule 6 | No Shirts, No shoes.
  • Outside Fight Club: You don’t need anything to get everything.
  • Fight Club Rule 7 | Fights will go on as long as they have to.
  • Outside Fight Club: It takes as long as it takes.
  • Fight Club Rule 8 | If this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.
  • Outside Fight Club: Start now.

ANDREIAN FIGHT CLUB


The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Henry David Thoreau

Oregon author Chuck Palahniuk wrote Fight Club in 1996. In 1999, Fight Club the movie released worldwide, and its message was lost on theater patrons.

When Fight Club released on DVD and syndicated television the movie became a cult-hit. Fight Club embraced the empty existence men experience without an enemy to fight or a purpose to align with.

Fight club is a good book and an amazing movie. David Fincher–the director–captures the spirit of desperate men with flawless execution. The story of Fight Club works better on screen than in print like a screwdriver works better to hotwire a car than to tighten a screw.

Fight Club’s message is lost to the younger male demographic–below the age of twenty-two–who still retain hope and haven’t had their spirit curb-stomped by office politics and HR departments like the older men.

All men need to watch Fight Club. The movie is an uncomfortable analysis on the pointlessness of life and repeating, monotonous grinds like Groundhog day brought to life.

 FIGHT CLUB BOOKS AND MEDIA

Palahniuk released a sequel to Fight Club, called Fight club 2. It’s a graphic novel with mixed reviews. A sequel many believe wasn’t necessary for a story that ended in a satisfying manner.

fight club 2

Who is Tyler Durden?

Tyler Durden–the legend of Fight Club–is an idol for men who live miserable lives of desperation.

Tyler Durden is the quintessential masculine icon all men strive to become whether they admit it or not.

Durden is confident, smooth, a risk-taker, and brave to the point of foolishness. Nothing bothers Tyler Durden. He has as many emotions as a 12th-century gothic Gargoyle Statue.

Durden doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him.

He doesn’t care what he thinks about himself either. The blind perceive him as a misogynist with an ego the size of a Freightliner, but in truth, Tyler is enlightened. He is a Buddha granting freedom and enlightenment through blood & violence. His temples are the concrete floors of basements under dingy dive bars.

Durden doesn’t care what happens to himself. His focus is a cruise-missile targeting his goal, ready for imminent destruction. While his body falls apart, the world bends to the future Durden holds within his twisted, brilliant mind.

Tyler doesn’t exist. Only the path exists.

Nothing bothers an enlightened man who let go of all attachments. You can’t find enlightenment in a week-long meditation course in Beverly Hills, with a price tag that could feed an entire village for the year.

True enlightenment is a cessation from all desire 

  • No wants
  • No fears
  • No emotions

True enlightenment is rock bottom. Human waste. Less than zero. When you have nothing you’re free to do anything.

You Can Never be Free with an Identity.

An Identity confines you to living within a set boundary of behavior you’re expected to maintain. Or, a set of believes you must uphold to retain your identity within a group.

  • A vegan who eats meat isn’t a vegan anymore.
  • A Liberal who attends church isn’t a liberal anymore.
  • A black man who votes Republican is a turncoat
  • An Apple Fanatic who sells his iMac for a better, stronger, PC isn’t a creative anymore.

People who subscribe to an identity group–an ideology–hand their dreams, their rational thought, and their dignity over to the group and lose their individuality and free-thought.

You’ll never know who you are, indoctrinated into a group that demands subscription to a set of standards without allowing flexibility to adapt those standards to your needs. You know the groups.

  • You are not your dietary plan
  • You are not your political affiliation
  • You are not your Operating System
  • You are not your skin-color
  • You are not your sexual orientation

You are an individual with individual goals, dreams and inspirations. Let know one decide your values.

The new Andreian Philosophy is releasing a code for life that strips the useless standards from common belief patterns and provides a code to live by to live your best life instead of living under the thumb of a dictatorial virtue-group.

The Andreian Code will be free, for everyone, forever.

You are the all singing, all dancing, crap of the world


-Fight Club

The Rules of Fight Club

The rules of fight club are a declaration against giving up and becoming a faceless ghost underneath vanilla, fluorescent lights.

Tyler Durden pronounced the rules of Fight Club with the same Brevity of Leonidas declaring: “Tonight, we dine in hell.”


Fight Club Rule 1 | You don’t talk about fight club

Outside Fight Club: You do not talk about your plans, your thoughts, or your feelings.

You do not talk about your plans, your thoughts, or your feelings.

Durden knows your words are used against you by everyone, not just the police. What you say will find a way to be used against you by your friends, your enemies, and even your family, depending upon the context of their gain.

Career and community suicide comes from a single accusation of being racist, sexist, anything ending in an ist.

Sticks and stones can break your bones but words will always hurt you. Something like that.

Anything you say can be used against you. It’s better to not talk at all. Keep your thoughts to yourself and your journal. Don’t share your thoughts with anyone whom you’ve spent less than 1,000 hours with. Never talk about women and what you think of them. Don’t talk about what you think about anyone. It doesn’t matter. Stay in your lane and keep your words to yourself.

There is no free speech without consequences today. Speak your mind with your associates, not the outsiders.

Fight Club lives and dies inside of fight club. Nothing leaves the walled garden built by the fictional club. Big lips sink ships. You’ll find examples everywhere of misfortune caused by saying too much.

Fight Club Rule 2 | YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB

Outside Fight Club: Don’t talk about it. Be about it.

Don’t talk about it. Be about it. Silence is a superpower.

The majority post their personal lives on Facebook, their bodies on Instagram and their split-second thoughts on Twitter. The majority reveal even more in person. They’ll answer any questions about themselves to feed an insatiable ego.

People who talk the most get taken the least-serious. The more words you use the less valuable they become like comparing a precious stone with a mountain of coal.

Your actions show the world who you are, regardless of what you say you are. Stating you’re “virtuous” while screaming at others, declaring they need to be more like you isn’t a virtue; it’s an annoying hypocrisy.

Your words act as the opposite of your beliefs in many cases, like a man who declares how much of a badass he is, but can’t back it up.

Your words show the world your insecurities.

Silence is strong and secure.

Some broke guys use their tips from Subway to rent Lamborghinis for the day for a photo shoot made for Instagram. They’ll withdraw all $500 dollars from their bank account with two hundred dollar bills and the rest in ones to give the appearance of a stack of Benjamins–you see a stack of excuses.

Look at the people around you who talk about themselves the most. Is it because they’re great, or are they compensating for a lack of accomplishment that cannot be found without a life plan? A Philosophy.

To be someone you must do something.

Fight Club Rule 3 | Someone yells stop, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.

Outside Fight Club: You don’t need a break.

Don’t yell stop. Go out on your shield. Avoid permanent damage you cannot come back from. Everything else you can handle.

Is a job sitting in a chair all day so hard, that one needs to go home after work to rest–in a couch; a softer chair–while watching Netflix and drinking beer?

You can be so much more. Your ancestors fought furry elephants with spears so you can watch stupid videos on YouTube of other men playing video games while wearing wigs.

Andreians watch courses that make them better thinkers.

Humans are made for adventure and not leisure. A type of spiritual death occurs from too much leisure, like an overdose of complacency that flatlines confidence.

Without challenge there is no meaning. Responsibility–a higher calling–is what gives life purpose. Finding purpose requires taking some shots and often, getting punched in the face for defending your beliefs.

Without a true call to adventure, people create fake problems that can’t be solved and pray to a great, golden god that provides purpose without resolution.

You need to have goals within a natural possibility and pursue their solutions and repeat this process until you die from natural causes or bullfighting in your 90’s because of hell yeah.

The people crazy enough to change the world do so. We’re all crazy. Most of us die with our potential still caged inside like a king locked inside an iron maiden.

Giving up is a decision

Stop deciding when it’s time to stop. Instead, endure until you physically or mentally can go no farther and the machinery starts to misfire. That’s when you need a rest. A few days a week at the gym does not make you a Spartan or a man who deserves a day off.

You stop when you’re finished. Obliterated. Destroyed.

Push your mind to the brink of extinction. Ask more from yourself. Unlock some animal rage you didn’t know existed deep down inside of your stain-proof khaki pants.

You’re not done when you’re tired. You’re done when you’ve accomplished.

Fight Club Rule 4 | Only two guys to a fight

Outside Fight Club: Diversification spreads you thin and gets nothing done.

You cannot focus on more than one thing at a time. You can have a plan to accomplish multiple goals at a time, but you can’t accomplish them at the same time. Instead, learn to pivot to antagonistic practices when you’re burned out of your current practice.

If you’re taking a course and you’re struggling to keep your eyes open, go to the gym–hit it hard–then come back and pick the course up again.

You’re allowed to pivot. You’re not allowed to quit.

Your path will take you in many directions but your path can only achieve one true purpose. All of your acquired skills and life experiences will conspire together in your mind and birth a new creation ripe for the world.

Fight Club Rule 5 | One Fight at a time

Outside Fight Club: One Project at a time

Tyler Durden made Fight Club his project. He finished. Then he created project Mayhem. Tyler takes one project at a time.

Tyler knows how to delegate and assign missions to his followers. He understands he is, but one man. His followers make him omnipresent. He can accomplish anything through his flock of misfit martyrs.

Tyler is an entrepreneur of violence. Entrepreneurs are masters of their time. They understand time is a non-renewable resource in the self but an infinite resource in the other.

Not like money.

You can’t make more time but you can make more money. You can find time, not make it. It’s important to not waste your time. You’ll never get it back. You can waste money and get it back but never time.

You’ll never become successful working for someone else.

Some people are leaders. Most are followers. The people who follow Tyler Durden do so because he has a clear vision for the path he walks on. Others who don’t have a purpose–they haven’t found it yet–attach themselves to someone with a clear, defined destiny.

Everyone has a path. Even if they don’t find it. There is a path for everyone.

Hell is meeting the best version of yourself in the afterlife. The man you couldn’t become.

Cults are attractive because cults offer meaning. Meaning is everything and meaning is the true human spark for change. There is no change without meaning.

Tyler uses his flock to his advantage, leveraging time. He offers the light for people in the dark.

Fight Club Rule 6 | No Shirts, No shoes.

Outside Fight Club: You don’t need anything to get everything.

You aren’t your tools.

You aren’t your clothes.

You aren’t anything.

Having less can give you more. Stripped to nothing, men can be free.

Tyler wants his followers to be nothing. To have nothing. Once his followers got a taste of freedom they couldn’t go back.

Outside of fight club, Tyler’s followers are what they pretend to be: Accountants, gas station attendants, artists.

In fight club they’re nothing. They’re free.

All men want to be free. Tyler knows this, and Tyler frees them. Tyler gives men the permission they need to be free.

If you want to be an artist, paint. Some believe they need items to achieve creative endeavors.

Having too much dilutes art. Having nothing gives the freedom to create. Tyler wants his disciples to create meaning through violence. They do.

A master can create with a beginner’s tools. A beginner cannot create with a master’s tools or beginners tools.

Tyler wants to take away all of the nonsense. Tyler wants all matter to be stripped to the essence. The essence is where the beauty is; where meaning is.

Fight Club Rule 7 | Fights will go on as long as they have to.

Outside Fight Club: It takes as long as it takes.

It takes as long as it takes. You may be stuck in traffic, reading this on your phone, desperately needing to get home to play Yakuza 0. Be patient. Everything takes as long as it takes.

This applies universally to all things. The majority to tell you to be patient. But what if you’re not? It’s a poor mental framework. Instead, understand things take as long as they take.

This applies to goals. This also applies to great sums of wealth.

Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, didn’t become a millionaire until he was forty-four. Henry Ford: Forty-five. Ray Crock, the founder of Mcdonalds, became a millionaire when he was fifty-two.

Colonel Sanders didn’t become a millionaire until he was seventy-three. Too old to enjoy his fortune, but it isn’t about the fortune.

Rewards are an incentive for a journey, they aren’t the real reward. The reward is accomplishing your journey; the reward gets misplaced because it’s difficult to measure the value intangibles like improvement and suffering in the present. Months or years later, the suffering endured in the present allows for greater challenges and rewards, like an amateur boxer who never gives up and becomes the heavyweight champ, winning a 10-million dollar purse.

All the pain you endure will get you to your 10-million dollar purse later. Keep fighting. Don’t do it for the reward do it for the experience and the suffering.

Suffering is your loyal wife and reward is your dirty, backstabbing mistress. Reward is fun for a one-night-stand, but she isn’t here for the long ride like suffering is.

Rewards are short-term and forgotten within a week. You never forget a hard journey saturated with near-death experiences and tremoring panic-attacks.

It takes as long as it takes.

Don’t be impatient on your path or impatient on the time it takes to accomplish a goal; but don’t be lazy, either. You need to get after it every day. Earn your next sunrise.

Fights take as long as they do. Missions take as long as they do.

Fight Club Rule 8 | If this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.

Outside Fight Club: Start now.

No Hesitation. No time to build fear. The longer you wait, pondering on taking action the more time fear gets to grow.

Procrastination feeds it’self. Like compound interest, fear compounds the longer you wait to take action.

Tyler Durden required men in fight club to fight on their first night to throw them to the wolves early, where fear isn’t paralyzing yet. This serves another purpose: indoctrinating the man into fight club similar to gangs “jumping” members in. Gang members and members of Fight Club pay their dues to join the club with blood, instead of paying with money or influence.

Setup a goal–or multiple goals–write them down and set out to accomplish them immediately.

An Evernote account is a good way to keep track of your goals and rewards on any device.

On the first day of your journey, you have to walk.

That’s the message.

Fight Club Modern Rules Summary

  • Fight Club Rule 1 | You don’t talk about fight club.
  • Outside Fight Club: You do not talk about your plans, your thoughts, or your feelings.
  • Fight Club Rule 2 | YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB.
  • Outside Fight Club: Don’t talk about it. Be about it.
  • Fight Club Rule 3 | Someone yells stop, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.
  • Outside Fight Club: You don’t need a break.
  • Fight Club Rule 4 | Only two guys to a fight.
  • Outside Fight Club: Diversification spreads you thin and gets nothing done.
  • Fight Club Rule 5 | One Fight at a time Fellas.
  • Outside Fight Club: One project at a time.
  • Fight Club Rule 6 | No Shirts, No shoes.
  • Outside Fight Club: You don’t need anything to get everything.
  • Fight Club Rule 7 | Fights will go on as long as they have to.
  • Outside Fight Club: It takes as long as it takes.
  • Fight Club Rule 8 | If this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.
  • Outside Fight Club: Start now.

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