“How do I become an alpha male?”
Plenty of men, after being exposed to the manosphere, ask themselves this question…but it isn’t entirely accurate.
There’s a billion articles talking about “Top 10 Alpha Male Behaviors,” or “Signs You’re a Beta Male,” and I’m here to tell you it’s all bullshit.
Yeah, most of it is bullshit. Being “alpha” or “beta” has NOTHING to do with your behavior, and everything to with your BELIEFS.
If this sounds confusing to you, then read on.
When a lot of men first get started in the field of self-development, they go through this sort of “fake phase.” What I mean by this, is that they’ve read about alpha males and beta males, and they’ve realized that they act like a beta male.
When most men try to learn how to be an alpha male, they fret over behaviors and try to change their surface level actions.
They spend all of this time fretting over questions like:
But what they don’t realize is that you can change every single one of your behaviors…and it still won’t change whether you’re a beta male or not.
Whether you’re an confident man or a beta man is determined by your mindset. This is my gripe with most of modern masculine self-development. It trains men to attack the surface level problems, and not the underlying causes.
So instead of trying to change every single one of your little behaviors, just change your underlying mindset so that the behaviors will change themselves naturally.
If you’re reading my blog, then you should be out building your social circle on the regular. This is one of the most important habits for men to have, and it will change your life in ways you can’t even imagine.
If you’ve been going out to various night clubs, bars, and other social venues, then I guarantee there’s something that you’ve seen a large number of times.
Ugly, fat girls who try to hide their unattractiveness with flashy jewelry, loads of makeup, and silk dresses.
Not to be a dick, but I’m just telling it how it is. Do you find those girls attractive? Of course not. You can see through their fake exterior. You can tell they’re just covering up their underlying unattractiveness with a bunch of external bullshit.
Yeah, that’s right. That’s exactly what girls think when they see a beta male who tries to “act alpha.” They can smell through it in a minute, because they’re extremely intuitive. They can tell when a man is just acting confident, but doesn’t actually have true confidence.
You men have a bunch of articles and bullshit misleading you, telling you that you can “Become an Alpha Male by Following These 4 Behaviors!”—and it pisses me off, because I was in the same boat as you a while back.
Don’t get misled by bullshit marketing and hype—if you want to become an alpha male, you have to do more than just cover up beta male behaviors.
You have to shift your mindset. You have to think about things like an alpha male would, and you have to feel the same way that an alpha male would. You need to completely transform who you are.
Like I said before—if you just change your mindset, then everything will fall into place. Having an alpha male mindset will naturally change your behaviors, so that they’re congruent with who you are.
There’s an old saying, which is that “The self is always shining through.” There’s no way to hide who you are—especially when you’re talking to a woman.
I love to use examples, so let me use one again to help shed light onto this concept. Hopefully these will help you become an alpha male.
Say that Jerry is a 24 year old guy who is a total beta male. He’s meek, unassertive, fat, lazy, and a complete failure at life.
He probably has a number of underlying beliefs, but let’s take a look at one in particular, which is extremely insidious and very common nowadays: “I need other peoples’ approval.“
This is one of the most fundamental beliefs of a “beta male”—because his parents probably didn’t give him enough attention, he seeks to get it from others in a futile attempt to nourish his wounded inner child.
Now—say that he reads a bunch of articles about “alpha male behavior” and decides to implement it into his life.
He ends up having a date with a girl, and the whole time he’s in his head. The whole time, he’s thinking “UHH okay, how would an alpha male act?!”—and he ends up seeming wildly incongruent and fake.
Maybe he tries to confidently lead her, doesn’t break eye contact, and exhibits certain behaviors typically associated with alpha males. But then, when he’s talking with the girl, he always seems to be seeking her approval.
His behaviors say “I’m an alpha male,” but his emotions betray him—you can’t hide a beta male mindset with alpha male behaviors.
His beta male mindset will sneak its way into his tone of voice, his body language, his facial expressions, and his behavior—and they communicate one thing, loud and clear: this man is fake. He’s the fat woman trying to hide her chub by putting on a loose fitting dress.
It’s not attractive, and it’s pointless. The woman is not going to be attracted to him. Not to mention, other men who are actually alpha males can see through this facade so, SO easily.
Your underlying beliefs manifest themselves through little sub-communications, so trying to change your behavior is literally pointless. Patrick would probably get a little pat on the back by this woman and then never see her again.
Patrick would then, probably do one of two things: either try to change his behavior even more, or get mad at women and blame them for his own problems.
If he tries to change his behavior even more, he may actually get really good at it. He may become very proficient at fooling people—but it won’t last long. The cracks in his behavior will begin to show up in 25 minutes rather than 5.
It’s just a fucking wild goose chase. He’ll spin his wheels trying to “act more alpha,” and all the while he’s just delaying the inevitable rejection.
Or, he’ll take the other route, and just get mad at women. If he doesn’t at first, he will after months of trying to change his behavior to no avail. “Women are all selfish, narcissistic whores!” screams Jerry.
You see this belief a lot on the manosphere. SO MANY men get mad at girls for not accepting them, and they blame women for their problems. What’s so funny is that they don’t realize that it’s actually their fault, and they’re actually rejecting themselves by desperately seeking validation from women.
Again, this is because they’re very misguided—this comes from a very negative underlying belief: “I need women to accept me – and if they don’t, I FEEL REJECTED AND WILL GET FUCKING ANGRY >:(!”
Don’t be like this guy—instead, choose to change your beliefs.
Say that instead of reading “Top 10 Alpha Male Behaviors,” Jerry stumbles upon my blog. So, instead of trying to change his behaviors, he focuses on changing his beliefs.
Now this doesn’t mean you can’t do both—in fact, I recommend doing both at first. Change your behaviors AND your mindset, but focus on your mindset.
The focus should always be on changing your underlying beliefs. So maybe instead of spending hours and hours trying to change all of his needy little behaviors, let’s say that Patrick decides to change his beliefs.
Patrick starts cultivating a very deep love of himself; he starts putting his own interests first. Patrick learns to live life fearlessly, and gets rid of negative influences in his life.
Patrick begins to read books, and starts working out. Maybe he even picks up a copy of my eBook on masculinity, because he knows that it’s the fastest way to turn from a beta male into an alpha male.
At first he’ll start changing just because he wants to “be accepted,” but soon enough he’ll come to enjoy improving himself as a man.
Slowly, but surely, he will integrate positive beliefs into his life—he’ll begin to develop core confidence and self-love. He’ll begin to appreciate himself, and develop the belief that he’s an alpha male.
So the next time he’s with a girl, what do you think is going to happen? Is he going to be all in his head, thinking “UH OH should I do this? OR MAYBE THAT? Is that too beta?”
No, he’s just going to do what the fuck he wants.
If a woman is rude to him he’s not going to chase her, seeking validation, he’s just going to ignore her. Not because he’s bitter, but because he just doesn’t want her in his life.
If he really likes a woman and wants to treat her to dinner, he’ll treat her to dinner. Not because he wants her to approve of him, but because he actually just wants to do something nice for her.
In short, he’ll do what he wants to do, rather than doing what he thinks will get him validation and acceptance.
Depending on the mindset, any behavior can be either alpha or beta. Whenever you do something, out of social pressure, nervousness, or fear of retaliation, it’s generally from a beta male mindset.
On the flip side, whenever you do something because you actually want to do it, it’s coming from an alpha male mindset. Let’s use the examples below to clarify.
For example, say that Jerry has been working out with a girl, and she comes back to his place afterwards. Jerry has been desperately trying to have sex with this woman for months, and she continues to reject his advances.
But this time around, she says she’s “sore,” and needs a massage. “O-Oh my g-god, now’s my chance!” thinks Jerry.
Foolish Jerry. If she’s rejected you many times before, what makes you think this time will be any different? But, he’s desperate to get laid—so despite this girl’s repeated rejections of him and playing games, he gives her a massage.
In fact, he gives her a 30 minute massage…the works. He whips out the cacao butter, and gently massages this girl—the whole time he’s eagerly awaiting his prize at the end.
Then, when he goes in to kiss her, she pushes him away and laughs “Haha, no thanks…soooorry!” and Jerry’s confidence is instantly destroyed.
Then she puts her shirt on, grabs her purse, and bolts out the door. Jerry is furious! He thinks that women owe him sex, like a transaction, so he feels like he deserves sex just because he gave her a message.
“What the fuck,” thinks Jerry. “I did all of that and she didn’t even fuck me.” And I guarantee you, Jerry is going to continue working out with this girl, because she sends him the occasional “winky face” emoticon and he thinks he’s going to get lucky this time.
This behavior is clearly beta male behavior. Why? Because it’s stemming from a beta male mindset. He feels like he has to “do something,” to get sex—he’s desperate to get some action, so he’s willing to sacrifice his time and effort to try to “earn it.”
Now, a different example. Say that Jerry has been reading my blog for a while and he’s starting to become an alpha male. He’s implementing the advice that I give, and slowly, but surely, transforming his life.
Jerry met the exact same girl in the last example, but as soon as he realized that she was playing games he stopped inviting her to do stuff.
Jerry wasn’t needy and desperate for female attention,so he stopped hitting her up because she was clearly just using him. Consequently—she became very attracted to him, because she saw that he had firm boundaries and was an alpha male.
So she starts fucking him, and they grow closer and closer. Sometimes she comes over to Jerry’s house and just hangs out, cooks them dinner, and sucks his dick.
“Wow,” thinks Jerry. “This woman is pretty cool—she’s been real nice to me, I kind of want to return the favor,” he says to himself.
So he texts her, saying that he has a surprise for her. She asks what it is, and he says she’ll have to come over and find out. He gives her a nice massage, and then they fuck afterwards.
The difference is the mindset that it’s coming from. In the first example, Jerry was coming from a very desperate, needy mindset.
Even though that woman was treating him like shit and stringing him along, he put in tons and tons of effort to please her, hoping that she’d sleep with him. This is clearly “beta male” behavior, which stems from a beta male mindset.
In this first example, Jerry is coming from a complete lack of abundance, and zero self respect. He has no girls in his life and has no purpose, so he’s incredibly desperate to have sex.
He’ll jump through whatever hoops it takes to get laid—he doesn’t care if it insults his dignity, or makes him feel like less of a man.
He’s just so needy and he craves validation, so he’ll do whatever it takes to get it. This is the telltale sign of a beta male—they need female validation.
In the second example, however, Jerry literally did the exact thing for her. He gave her a massage. So what’s the difference? Well, this time, Jerry’s underlying mindset was “This girl’s been doing some pretty cool stuff for me—I want to return the favor.”
He gave her a massage, because he wanted to, not because he was desperate to sleep with her. Do you see how literally the exact same behavior can be either alpha or beta depending on the mindset that it arises out of?
When you act out of a desire to help, or to give, generally speaking, it’s going to be an alpha male behavior.
When you act out of a desire to take, generally speaking, it’s going to be a beta male behavior.
Alpha males act, because they want to. They have an abundance of good emotions and resources, so they aren’t afraid of giving it away to people that they like.
Beta males act, because they want validation. They are desperate for good emotions, approval, and sex, so all of their actions are calculated and designed to “take” from others. They’re needy, because they’re always trying to get something from other people—whether it be validation or acceptance.
This is the difference: the alpha male acts because he wants to, the beta male acts because he is needy and has an agenda.
To help really flesh out this concept, I’m going to give you men a list of beliefs that Alpha vs. Beta males typically have. As you’re reading this, ask yourself: which beliefs do I have?
Now, contrast some of those beta male beliefs, with alpha male beliefs.
Do you see the difference? Alpha males and beta males have different belief systems, which build different BEHAVIORS!
Okay—so now that I’ve made it clear that being an alpha male is about a mindset, the next logical question is: how do I change my mindset?
Generally speaking, there’s a few ways to change your beliefs—and you’ve actually already done the hard part.
The hard part is becoming aware of these underlying beliefs. Most people never even become aware of them, and just drift through life unconsciously.
So, now that you’re aware of them, you can start changing them. It won’t happen overnight, because changing your personality takes time—but, if you stick with it, you’ll be glad you did.
Here’s what I recommend doing.
The very first thing that I recommend doing is to implement good habits into your life. They won’t change you immediately, but they will change you over time.
The guy who improves himself by just 1% a day will be leaps and bounds ahead of the average person in just half a year.
This concept is known as the slight edge—it’s the idea that just improving yourself by 1% every day won’t seem significant at first, but over months and years, it adds up to the difference between a mediocre man and a millionaire.
Generally speaking, there’s a few “core habits,” that I’ve compiled, which I believe every man should have:
That’s really all that you need to be successful. Sure, there’s other things you can do with your life, like learning an instrument, a language, or starting a business. But those are the 4 fundamental habits for success, and they’ll slowly change your mindset.
This is actually a very deep topic, and I’m going to write an article about this in depth in the future. But basically, you can weaken a belief by searching for evidence that contradicts it and by shining light on it.
For example—if you have a very deep seeded insecurity, ask yourself: where did this belief come from?
Trace it all the way back to its roots, which is likely your childhood. Then ask yourself: “Is the person who taught me this belief worth modeling my life after?”
More often than not, the answer will be no. It was probably a fucking loser who gave you this belief. Maybe an alcoholic parent, a needy mother, or an abusive step-father. Or maybe a certain bully or a teacher who made you feel stupid.
Either way—it was a fucking loser who gave you this belief. What kind of an adult would put this belief into a kid’s head? Seriously – how fucking pathetic do you have to be to teach a child that they’re worthless, or stupid, or not good enough?
Pretty fucking pathetic.
That should start to weaken the belief. Once you realize that the person who gave it to you isn’t worth your time, you’ll start to realize that the belief isn’t grounded in reality. There’s no reason to have it.
Beyond this, you can do even more. There’s actually specific exercises you can do to weaken a belief, but I’ll save that for another article.
Having a purpose is the most important thing that a man could ever have. It will put fire in your belly, it will give you will and drive, and it will push you to achieve and conquer.
If you haven’t discovered your purpose yet, finding it is a great way to become an alpha male.
Alpha males understand that their purpose in life transcends everything else. Their purpose is more important than anything else, even their lives.
This may sound melodramatic, but it’s true—when you completely embody a purpose, suddenly you’ll find that you don’t put up with bullshit.
Your purpose validates you—you don’t need other peoples’ validation. You feel complete, because you have a purpose. Thus, you don’t seek completion from others. What type of man spends hours trying to figure out how to act like an alpha male? Clearly, a man without a purpose.
A man with a purpose doesn’t give a fuck how people interpret his actions—not in a negative or mean way, but just because he’s okay with being himself, even if he’s not the richest, tallest, or whatever.
And he’s okay with being himself, because he feels that his life has meaning—a purpose gives him determination, decisiveness; it gives him energy and vitality. These things are all characteristic of alpha males and you’ll find that once you have a purpose your beliefs change.
For example—right now, I’m writing this article in a coffee shop. There’s a hot woman over in the corner who’s been staring at me and playing with her hair, and it’s pretty obvious that she wants me to go talk to her.
But fuck that, because I want to write this article for you men. This is my purpose right now. This is the path that I live in this moment.
My purpose is to write this article—I’m INTENSELY focused on churning it out, and everything else in my life becomes stupid and trivial…for now. Do you see the fundamental belief here?
The fundamental belief that I have right now is that “my purpose is more important than women.” My purpose is more important than getting some girl’s number. Who the fuck cares about getting some girl’s number when I’m embodying my purpose?
This is an example of how having a purpose will naturally set your beliefs straight. Once you learn this, your self respect will 10x in value.
When you have a purpose, women take a backseat in your life. You don’t seek validation from others. You’re determined, decisive, and you take fucking action to further your purpose.
So start finding your purpose, and learn what your real path in life is. If you need help with this, consider trying my “7 Strategies” program.
In addition to developing the alpha male mindset, there’s a few distinct traits that every alpha male has
Here are some alpha male traits:
Once you start to develop the alpha male mindset, most of these characteristics will come naturally.
That being said, let’s take a moment to dissect each one in-depth.
Alpha males are confident in who they are, period. It doesn’t matter what you think of them—because it’s their opinion that matters.
When you’re an alpha male, you’re not concerned about the opinion of sheep… because you’re a lion.
Alpha males have the confidence to go for what they want, and they’ve go the willingness to make their goals come to fruition.
Another key characteristics of alpha males, is that they’re very decisive. They know what they want, and they take action to get it.
They don’t spend hours flip-flopping here and there, over dumb shit. Most men spend WAY too much time worrying about dumb shit and never actually pulling the trigger.
This isn’t what alpha males do.
Instead, they’re decisive. They know what they want, they create a plan to get it, and they just fucking take action.
Alpha males know that it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and you have to be willing to fight for what you want. You have to be assertive.
Without assertiveness, you won’t accomplish anything. You must be willing to scream out to the world: “This is what I want, and I’m taking it.”
One of the key alpha male traits is that of assertiveness. They’re willing to assert themselves, their needs, and their wants, very easily.
Another key trait of alpha males is that they’re dominant. Not in an insecure way, where they feel the need to dominate everyone, but just by their very nature they’re dominant.
They’re leaders, by nature—they’re at the top of the totem pole. They’re willing to stand up for those they love and care about, above all else.
If you want to be an alpha male, you need to spend some time learning how to be dominant. A lot of us have mental blocks towards this.
Dominance is important, however. It means you always come out on top in any situation—and it’s exactly what alpha males do.
Another strong indicator that someone is an alpha male, is that they have a very clear masculine purpose. Most men fuck this part up.
In fact, your purpose should come before everything else. Your purpose should come before women. Period. No exceptions.
When a man puts his woman before his purpose, he deprives the world of his authentic self.
When he puts his purpose before all else, he can accomplish great things—in fact, that is the only way that you can ever accomplish great things.
In life, you must be willing to take risks. You must be willing to follow your fear, and do that which scares you must.
…and this is exactly what alpha males do. They have no second thoughts about taking risks, even if they may seem scary.
The only way you can ever accomplish anything worthwhile in life, is by taking risks… and if you aren’t willing to do so, you will live a quiet life of desperation, in the words of Henry David Thoreau.
Having courage is one of the key characteristics of alpha males… because without it, nothing worthwhile will ever be accomplished.
Another key alpha male trait is calmness, especially under pressure. Alpha males know they’re on top, so they have no need to prove themselves.
Have you ever seen those men who always try to start fights? They’re always looking for some way to prove themselves.
This is not alpha, but rather it’s beta. Only beta males feel the need to prove themselves and put others down.
Men who are real alpha males don’t give a fuck what other people think, because they know that they’re always on top.
There’s a lot of confusion surrounding how to be an alpha male, from behaviors to style, grooming, fashion, and more.
The core thing to understand is that becoming an alpha male comes down to self respect, learning to live your life, and becoming a leader who is confident in his purpose in life.
Everything else is just minor details, but still, I want this article to be as comprehensive as possible, so here are the answers you want.
Lots of men wonder if having expensive things or luxurious fashion and style will help them become more of an alpha male.
The truth is, that while getting them doesn’t hurt, it’s not going to change your core confidence, self respect, or any other alpha characteristics.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the richest man in the room or not—if your self respect is lower than the floor, nobody will view you as a leader.
Sure, still do some looksmaxing and make money, but your main goal should be to raise your self respect and live your real purpose in life.
The core of being an alpha male isn’t expensive things, being the richest guy in the room, or having cool hairstyles (although that all helps).
Really, it all comes down to being a strong man who isn’t afraid to live life on his own terms, and who has a high level of confidence and self respect.
People like that inspire other men to respect and follow them as a leader, which is the core of being an “alpha male”—a leader of men.
If you want to build real confidence and real self respect, it’s not going to happen overnight—you will have to stay strong, persevere, and fight for it.
This being said, anything worth doing once is worth doing right, and the payoff you get from developing a real alpha mindset is worth it.
It may take months, years, or decades, but the level of self respect that you’ll have once you get there will 10x your life in ways you can’t even imagine.
If you really want to become an alpha male, I recommend you check out my book available on Amazon, “Elite Dating Secrets.”
It’s my best-selling eBook by far, that teaches you EXACTLY how to fix your problems with women, mindset, and life.
“7 Strategies” is meant to fix the underlying problems you’re having with your dating life, by turning you into a full blown alpha male.
Here’s what you’ll get with my 7 Strategies program:
So if you’re serious about becoming an alpha male, and you’re willing to do what it takes to become one, then for your own sake, I highly recommend you check out my “7 Strategies” program today.
As always, I hope you enjoyed the article. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to let me know down below—and I’ll see you next time!
Becoming an alpha male takes times, because it requires that you change your personality. It's important to note that it CAN be done, however. It will take a while, but it is absolutely worth it to become an alpha male.
The best way to start is by improving your self-confidence. Alpha males are extremely confident, and beta males are not. If you want to improve your confidence, you need to start doing things you're afraid of, until you begin to overcome your fears.
While it may sound difficult, and while it may not be the answer you want to hear, this is the only true way to become an alpha male. Most advice will give you cheesy tips that barely work, but the REAL way to do it, is to change your underlying personality.
Alpha males typically have several personality traits that make them alpha males. The most important personality characteristic is a high level of self-confidence and self-esteem. This is really the core of what it means to be an alpha male.
Other important personality traits of alpha males are determination, decisiveness, purposefulness, persistence, and being naturally charismatic. If you don't have these traits, don't worry. Every man can build them in himself. It just takes some time to do so.
Mostly self-confidence. Alpha males have a high level of self-confidence, and are willing to fail at anything if it means they can get better at it. Understand that alpha males aren't born, they're made. Every man can make himself an alpha male if he tries.
The best way to be more alpha is to simply focus on improving your own life. When you do this, you will naturally become more confident, as you begin to see how things improve. You'll also naturally become more purposeful and decisive, which are alpha male traits.
The journey to becoming an alpha male will certainly take some time, but again, it's important to understand that alpha males aren't BORN... they're made. So, if you have enough willingness, you can easily turn yourself into an alpha male and become more alpha.
Jon Anthony is a dating coach, fitness expert, and self-improvement guru. He dropped out of college to start Masculine Development in 2015, and has since been self-employed, helping men across the world achieve their best lives. You can best reach him on social media, or via email for questions.
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