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The 3 Values of the "Rubinshteinic Soldier" -- How to Design Your Mentality For Task Completion

Updated: May 16

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Introduction: Why I am a Soldier by Mindset

The call to serve, the dedication to a cause - these are the hallmarks of the soldier archetype, also known as the warrior archetype. Even though I haven't worn a military uniform, I've always felt a kinship with that spirit -- one based on strength and its mastery. It's about efficiency, excellence, and unwavering commitment to completing the task at hand. This mentality has become a cornerstone of my life, though perhaps to a fault, as I abstained from the "need" to have fun, and dedicated much of my time to asceticsm.

It lead to a withdrawal from the world, as it is uneasy to make others understand that I care not for reaching certain emotions, but certain ambitions, regardless of whatever I feel and will feel. My focus is laser-sharp on the task at hand, and I taught myself to deny the temptation to give up.

The sheer effort I dedicate to every endeavor, as presented b this very site, is undeniable, and you can learn from me how to reach this militant-like productivity as well. I'd be more than happy to teach you, for helping others is the gretest altruistic act there is.

A soldier one can be and remain even without a weapon, as presented in the organization formed by Japanese philosopher Yukio Mishima. The missions I choose in life hold greater value than fleeting comforts, and one can perform an action militantly without any necessity to inflict violence on others. That's unless that action is violence. As an example, I've been seeing it through that all Philosocom articles will be renovated to my liking. I refuse to fully rest until that task, which I vowed to complete since August 2023, will be finished.

That is how something is done militantly: Doing whatever it takes until it is done. No excuses, no entertainment of the possibility of withdrawing. The Spartan ideal of disciplined simplicity still resonates deeply, as such a mindset allows greater sphere and extent of action in a person, than the hedonic treadmill does. Comfort and luxury can wait, and do not influence me enough to deter me from my work, my purpose.

With this militant mentality, a pursuit of mastery and unwavering spirit for effectiveness, can grow, and become a habit.

The Rubinshteinic Soldier -- Towards Self Mastery

The "Rubinshteinic Soldier" (RS) is an archetype I developed, embodying the core values of self-respect, self-improvement, and mental well-being, necessary for a life of greater accomplishment. I made it so, so anyone can aspire to become an RS, for the path is and should be open to all. However, it requires embracing these three pillars and making an active effort to feature them into your life.

The RS embodies unwavering discipline, comparable to a soldier's. But unlike the battlefield, the RS conquers inefficiencies and distractions that impede personal growth. By ruthlessly prioritizing tasks and eliminating the enemy that is time-wasters, the RS carves a path towards self-mastery. One, that can make him/her expand their freedom of choice, in this pursuit of internal power.

1. Self Respect

Those who fail to appreciate your strengths and weaknesses are not worthy of your care. Therefore, concerning yourself with the ungrateful and the unrightfully entitled, might be both a waste of time and resources. You might help someone who belittles you, only to find their disrespect continues despite your efforts. They may even manipulate you, like the energy vampires some of them are, to keep you as their energy feeders. These ungrateful individuals don't deserve your attention, regardless of one's need for external validation.

The more you differentiate between them and those who genuinely care for you as a human being, with and despite your flaws, the more your self-respect grows. This type of respect stems from your descision to surround yourself with people who are there to support you, not to use you. By doing this, you can create a life where respect is not a privilage, but a socially-engineered habit.

These people simply don't deserve your precious time. They will remain offensive regardless of your attempts to please them, rendering people-pleasing questionable. That's why self-respecting individuals don't waste time on those lacking basic respect. We influence one another, thus enabling each other's behavior, no matter how depraved our actions are.

Remember, your time, and the people you interact with, are limited. Choose to associate with those who uplift you and your chosen purpose, not belittle you with intended arrogance.

Furthermore, there's no point in exhausting arguments with strangers, especially trolls, who are known to enjoy others' suffering. Invest your mental energy in creating the life you want to live. Treat your mental energies with respect. Some thrive on lengthy discussions, but that bliss isn't for everyone, especially those who suffer from social fatigue. The respect for yourself is expressed through your time management and the people you choose to surround yourself with. Choose those who respect you as you wish to respect them.

2. Self-Improvement

The allure of complete mastery is powerful, but it's a horizon that constantly recedes like a certain villain's hairline. No matter how skilled you become, there's always more to learn. To quote Albert Einsetin:

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know.”

Every art form, every skill, possesses depths beyond initial understanding. This is why veterans and novices alike can always improve.

Just like running a website, there's nearly always room for refinement, even for minor improvements. Reality is rarely absolute in flawlessness. Learn to take criticism like a professional, and you can improve yourself and your methods towards this rarity. This rationality stems from Socrates' claim of knowing nothing. Believing you're fully knowledgeable can blind you to new discoveries – the "ignorance of not knowing you don't know."

Even purely mental skills require maintenance and development, or your mind will actively forget them. Think of your brain as a muscle. Although it is not composed of muscle, it adjust to the environment like one. It needs constant exercise to maintain or improve your abilities. Age is no barrier, and a fallacy, to claim one is too young or too old to improve. Time itself doesn't enhance your skill; it's the dedicated practice you invest towards its improvement. So, regardless of your age or experience, the path to mastery is a lifelong journey, and mastery, like importance, can be but a means to a greater end.

Therefore, always make sure you dedicate some time to self-improvement, and not depend too much on self-accaptence. Don't accept failure. Learn to see your failures as your pavement towards victory, like one may do when climbing back a cliff, and swearing revenge.

3. Mental Health

Mental health can be a challenge for everyone. Some face steeper predicaments than others, and recovering from difficulties can be a journey. Use difficulty, like constant rejection, and build up on it, instead of accepting it with grief. Furthermore, regardless of your current state, fostering inner peace is crucial for overall well-being. This includes:

  • Prioritizing Self-Care:  Develop healthy habits like exercise, relaxation techniques, and social connection (according to value number 1). These practices build resilience and equip you to handle life's stressors.

  • Trusting Life's Process: You cannot change your past, as unfortunate as your life was thus far. Why, then, not reflect on it and become its student? People may claim that the past is to be forgotten and overcome, but much wisdom can be distilled from our personal experiences, and from history in general. Why not learn from the past in the name of greater mental health?

Making Wise Choices:

Certain situations or activities can negatively impact your mental well-being:

  • Identify Stressors: Be mindful of people, places, or situations that drain your energy for no reason that is functional to you. Consider minimizing exposure or developing coping mechanisms. Develop the habit of coping, and you may be able to better endure them, should you be left with no choice of withdrawing. That is how self-improvement could often be better than escapism.

  • Learn From Mistakes: Mistakes should be learned from, even if it would entail repeating them. Understanding why certain actions are mistakes is the key to greater accomplishment.

Investing in Opportunities:

Life offers a constant stream of choices. Approach them strategically and in relation to your self knowledge (which should also be continously improved):

  • Seek Growth: Pursue opportunities that align with your values and contribute to your personal development. Utilize your development for your goals.

  • Practice Continuous Improvement:  Just like a sniper should improve their aim, always seek to refine your mental fitness. Explore new coping mechanisms, stress management techniques, or mindfulness practices.

Maintaining mental well-being is an ongoing process, not a destination. Just as soldiers prioritize physical fitness, mental fitness is equally important. A healthy mind empowers you to navigate life's challenges and navigate towards the opportunities that matter most.

Insult and injury are like quicksand. Don't succumb to them too much, or you'll miss the opportunity to develop the habit of rising as a stronger being from their adversity.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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