On Being a Beast Part Two

by Johnny Pain

In a serious bit of irony, I woke up two days after posting my last article “On Being a Beast” to a bank of missed calls on my iPhone.  One of my friends had been trying to reach me since early in the morning to deliver the message that two of my closest friends and associates had been arrested and were currently in police custody. Both were looking at fairly serious charges as a result of decisions that they had made that morning. I was being contacted for two reasons, the first being to let me know of their situation, and the second, more relevant to our previous discussion in “On Being a Beast”, to inform me that my one close friend’s cell phone was in the hands of the police and that anyone communicating with him through that line was being investigated and/or set up.

Now, a closed minded individual for whom dealings outside of the law have never been a reality would simply say that if I were not guilty of any wrong doings that I would not have any cause for concern. This is certainly true on the surface minus a few important details.

For starters, these two individuals are very close friends of mine with whom I have a serious history. We have been there for each other in many different ways in many different situations. There is not much that I would not do, or haven’t done for them, and vice versa. Now, imagine a text message coming into me, a known associate of the individuals in custody (and persona non grata within some law enforcement circles for that very fact), from my friends phone asking me to do him a favor, meet up with him, etc. Understand that JP didn’t just fall off of the tree yesterday, and that it is not the easiest thing in the world to pull one over on me, but recognize that the effort could definitely be made to attempt to spur me into action that would/could implicate me in some serious charges.

Now, I sit here typing this a legitimate businessman, an entrepreneur who has evolved much over the last decade in terms of the structure of my life. My life is very enjoyable and full of exciting events. I am very content with how things are, and the direction my life has taken over the last few years. It is certainly not at the top of my things to do list to catch a case and get incarcerated for any reason.

The decisions that I make to do (and not do) certain things are made with that idea in mind. Freedom is my most prized possession, and I am not looking to lose it for even a minute. I do however have strong loyalties to those with whom I have shared many of my most treasured times in life and will forever look out for them as they will me and my family. To think that this simple fact irks some in positions of power to the point that they would attempt to use that love that I have for my friends to get me to slip up and lose my freedom is something that I am not fond of.

It is also the ever-present reality that keeps me motivated to be on top of my game and ready for whatever at a moments notice.

I have often been quoted as saying that boring people do not have to worry about much in life. That being said, few will want to read their memoirs when it’s over. I’ve never been a boring individual and have no intentions of starting now. I have learned from mistakes in my past and used them to make my present self stronger and better prepared for the future. Not being boring however places one in a position of greater attention often times, both positive and negative.

If you aren’t pissing someone off, you’re probably doing something wrong.

Now, back on track here…..

Use my current situation as an example of the unpredictable nature of life. One of my two friends will be going away for a while soon. One probably will not. Neither thought when they left the house that morning that this would be happening. I certainly did not think when I went to sleep the night prior that I may be the target of a set up the following morning.

This might strike a chord with you or it might not. If you can’t imagine the shoe fitting, don’t wear it. Fantasize though if you will the possibility of losing your freedom and being sent to a place where strength and readiness to act in a serious manner meant survival and your ability to see those whom you love again.

Are you ready for that? If not, it would certainly be beneficial to prepare yourself. If you never need to be ready then you did good.

Your punishment for over-preparation, or “paranoia” as some might call it, will be a hard, strong, aesthetically attractive body that will make attracting love interest(s) much easier.


Next we will look at assessing where you are currently, and what you should be looking at doing in order to consider yourself a Beast, ready for whatever surprising hands the world may deal you.

Johnny Pain is the man behind StrengthVillain.com as well as the notorious Greyskull Barbell Club, and several other ventures. He is the author of several books on the subjects of all things pertaining to strength and conditioning. He can be found comically entertaining questions on his Q and A forum at StrengthVillain.com. or can be reached for consultations, training seminars, or speaking engagements at john@villainintl.com



3 Responses

  1. excellent points brings to mind this quote
    “But I don’t go around fire expecting not to sweat”

    ltr Pat

    October 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

  2. Tac

    Nice article – I like how you put things us perspective.

    October 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm

  3. Rob

    Speaking from personal experience as someone who has made the decision to say asta la vista to some close friends because my life and my family’s life is more important than the choices said friends have chosen to make, My opinion is,

    While certainly it is possible to be the focus of law enforcement attention by circumstances not entirely under one’s control, I think the more important lesson here is to evaluate the company you keep.

    I understand friendships and family and for the most part they all deserve the benefit of the doubt and support in trying situations. However, when you know up front how they choose to live their life and it is contrary to the expectations of a law abiding citizen, one would be wise to disassociate themselves completely from that person. I dont care if its your own mother.

    If you are a criminal you got nothing coming and if your the friend of a criminal and get caught up, you have nobody to blame but yourself. Choosing to remain in a close friendship with a known criminal is putting yourself and subsequently your firends and family at risk.

    I liken it to screwing a prostitute with no condom them wondering why you got the hiv.

    All that aside shit happens and you should of course be prepared mentally and physically for those possibilities.

    Devils Advocate.

    November 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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