An Interview With Mike Cernovich - Part 3 - Russell Newquist

An Interview With Mike Cernovich – Part 3


A few weeks ago, as I was finishing up my review of Gorilla Mindset, I reached out to Mike Cernovich for a blog interview. He graciously agreed.

Mr. Cernovich is the author of the aforementioned Gorilla Mindset as well as Danger and Play: Essays on Embracing Masculinity and Juice Power!: How to Juice for Healing, Fat Loss, and Lifelong Health. He’s also the producer of the upcoming documentary Silenced! about the decline of free speech in the modern west. Wednesday’s Part 1 focused on his bestselling book, Gorilla Mindset. Yesterday’s Part 2 focused on writing, publishing, and business. Finally, Today’s Part 3 focuses on Mr. Cernovich himself and his upcoming projects. As always, this interview is presented unedited exactly as he gave it to me.



Aside from authors and works previously listed as inspiration, can you tell us what your own favorite fiction authors and works are?


What non-fiction books have been the most helpful to you in finding your own path?

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. Nietzsche’s stuff is great as well.

A book about cognitive biases called The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making also completely changed how I viewed “truth,” along with my own abilities to know the truth.


What did you do before you became a writer?



Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe you’ve long since left the world of real jobs behind. How long ago did you do that, and how did you know you were ready for it?

I’ve been living 100% off of my books and websites for a couple of years, I think.


Do you have a college degree? If so, what in?

Philosophy and Legal Studies major, and and I have a J.D. (law degree) as well.


What would you say was the single biggest event in your life that set you onto the path you’re on today?

I was falsely accused of rape.


If somebody asked you for just one piece of advice on finding their own successful path, what would you tell them?

There’s no such thing as a “big break.” If you’re waiting for that big break to come, if you expect someone to discover you, you’re dead.

Life is a bunch of “little breaks.” Keep hustling every day for years and years. Then, like me, people will say, “Where did that guy come from? He’s an overnight success!” If only. I’m at best a 20 year overnight success.



And so ends my interview with Mr. Cernovich. Once more I’d like to thank him for taking the time to answer these questions!


Russell Newquist

My name is Russell Newquist. I am a software engineer, a martial artist, an author, an editor, a businessman and a blogger. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, but I'm technically a high school dropout. I also think that everything in this paragraph is pretty close to meaningless. I work for a really great small company in Huntsville, Alabama building really cool software. I'm the owner and head instructor of Madison Martial Arts Academy, which I opened in 2013 less to make money and more because I just really enjoy a good martial arts workout with friends. I'm the editor in chief of Silver Empire and also one of the published authors there. And, of course, there is this blog - and all of its predecessors. There's no particular reason you should trust anything I say any more than any other source. So read it, read other stuff, and think for your damn self - if our society hasn't yet over-educated you to the point that you've forgotten how.

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