Hey guys. I know I've discussed this before, but I feel like since so many guys have struggled with this at some point (including myself) it's worth talking about even if my information only helps one person.
That being said, some things in my own life have made me think about what makes an alpha. Those little 'events' where you're standing at a crossroads, and that part of the back of your brain urges you to take the easy road... and I'm learning not to. As a result, I've felt a TON of more confidence, way happier, and my life feels much more successful than it was previously.
So, what is this difference I have found?
Well, the main difference is... (this also relates to the above picture is)
A Beta Male is affected by the world around him (his environment, the people, his family, his job, etc)
An Alpha Male affects the world around him. He influences peoples, he instigates change in his environment, job, and family. He controls his environment and is himself in his truest form wherever he goes and whatever happens to him.
In life, people are going to tell you things that are 'good idea's. Ways to live your life... how to act, more importantly, what to think. At first, it may just start with your friends and family. A great example is religion. Chances are, if your family is religious, they will try to influence you into becoming religious yourself. They will apply their beliefs, rules, and thoughts onto you, and convince you to agree with them. As you grow older, these outside influences spread to your friends and colleagues, the media, and your government.
The media tells you what causes you aught to believe in. What people you aught to feel sorry for.
Your government tells you things you aught to believe, aught to follow, and aught to obey. Unfortunately, your parents just set you up for failure with this, teaching you young to 'listen and obey authority'.
But you might say... 'you can still be an Alpha Male and obey laws and such'... which is perfectly true. The difference between how a beta and alpha handle it however, is worlds apart. A beta adopts other peoples beliefs as his own, falls in line, receives his stamp or ticket, and follows the on-rails train ride so many before him have dubbed 'life'. However, an alpha listens to beliefs, laws, and ideas, but through critical thinking chooses what to believe and what not.
As an example, I believe murder is wrong. That being said, I believe killing someone in order to prevent them from hurting a lot of people to be right. Thus, I have no problem at all with vigilante justice, so long as it doesn't spiral out of control and lose sight of what's important.
So what can you do?
Think critically, formulate your own opinions and beliefs that are truly yours. Don't just take what you are fed. The day you start letting people tell you how to live your life (including your parents, friends, and significant other) is the day you let yourself become just another beta lost in the blinding rustle of white wool.
Be a wolf instead.