Bold and Determined is a men’s self-improvement website written by an author who goes under the pen name Victor Pride. I recently clicked “unsubscribe” and in this article I’ll explain why.
I first discovered Bold and Determined about a year ago when I typed into Google “how to make money online”. I was very impressed by the layout, the presentation and some of the articles I read.
Slowly, I began to comment and get involved in the community. It’s a whole truck load of hungry, driven young guys looking up to their fictional mentor Victor Pride as some sort of demigod who they aspire to be.
It would be easy to get sucked into this dynamic if you were indeed an unsuccessful, submissive and ultimately gullible man.
I, however, am none of those things and as I have kept following B&D for the previous year, I’ve begun to notice some glaring cracks in the otherwise impressive facade.
5 Reasons I Unsubscribed from Bold and Determined
1) Empty Content.
Perhaps the primary reason I decided to stop investing my time in Bold and Determined is that it doesn’t actually teach anything of value anymore.
Some of Victor’s older posts are actually quite good, but as one follows the trail to his current work it becomes quite clear that “Uncle Vic” has let the success go to his head, and his posts now are mostly about how awesome he is, how shitty your life is unless you’re a home based blogger, and how you can never be as awesome as Victor Pride.
There are many, many articles on the Bold and Determined website with many of the older ones being quite good, but very few of them actually teach concrete and useful information on how to achieve goals in the areas Victor tries to cover – bodybuilding, nutrition, making money and being a man.
What you’ll find there are mostly principles and empty albeit reasonably inspirational words. There’s nothing to grab onto, nothing to use, and nothing to learn.
I personally value my time a little more than that.
2) Questionable Practices.
My doubts about the real person behind this fiction of Victor Pride began when I read his article on steroid use.
It seems that this person has absolutely zero understanding of the drugs he is promoting and the potentially deadly effects of using them.
Let’s not forget, steroids cause your muscles to grow at an un-natural rate. At first glance there is nothing particularly wrong with that until you stop to consider that your heart is a muscle, and that the tendons, ligaments and joints which connect and support your muscles don’t grow in accordance with the muscle. That may lead to some serious problems, just ask Arnold about his heart valve surgery in ’97.
Watch this documentary for a true picture on steroids and what they can do to your life. But I guess Victor would know better than a former Mr. Universe and professional bodybuilder, right?
My doubts increased yet further when Victor wrote a recent post recommending his readers to purchase a narcotic in order to feel “happy, calm and focused”.
Of course, Victor gets a nice slice of any sales he makes, so to hell with the consequences for readers lives and never mind that lots of countries have laws banning this substance for a good reason. Just type ‘Bold and Determined Kratom’ into Google and you’ll see this for yourself.
I just hope most of the naïve and gullible young guys reading don’t follow the terrible advice laid out in this ridiculous post.
3) Victor Pride hides his true identity.
I never trust anyone who doesn’t come out and say who they are and what they’re about. Just like I don’t trust a man who doesn’t look me in the eye when he’s talking to me.
Sure, I use the pen name G-Freedom, but my real name is Gavin and I’m currently living in Indonesia, I’m from Northern Ireland and I’m 29 years old. I can tell you virtually anything you’d like about myself, because who I am in real life is exactly congruent with who I am online.
Trust is a key factor in any relationship, even between readers and writers. I don’t trust Victor, it’s that simple.
4) Doubts about Victor Pride’s personal story.
A lack of trust tends to have a spiral effect. I began to wonder: if this guy is using a fake name and hiding behind a facade, what if his whole life is fake?
I do have certain questions about Victor Pride’s story. He claims to live in Thailand yet he is neither married to a Thai national nor is he employed in Thailand. This raises questions as to how exactly he gets his visa to live there.
I live in Indonesia and I’ve been to Thailand many times. There are basically three options for staying there long-term: work, get married or have a business in the country which allows you to stay for limited time periods.
Also, living here has given me an insight into the insecure, pathetic breed of expat who are nobody back home and move to Asia and lose touch with all reality. It seems like perhaps victor has fallen into that trap.
I’m not saying it’s impossible to bribe a Thai official, I’m just saying it’s highly unlikely that you can do this for a sustained period of time, especially when traveling in and out of the country as Victor says he does.
I don’t want to make a direct accusation, but an answer as to how Victor manages to get around the rules of a nation would sure go a long way to increasing trust and bringing some authenticity to the story.
5) I’m not impressed by Victor Pride.
In order to follow someone, you need to be impressed by them. That’s the general idea of following, you emulate.
There are several things which turn me off about this guy.
Firstly, Victor writes that he has built the best blog in the world and is rich. Everyone should quit their boring, mind numbing jobs and be more like him. He makes 10k a month online and is king of the castle.
10k a month is small potatoes. I personally make 15, and I’m only in my second year of my career. I also enjoy six months off so I’m not a wage slave as Vic likes to dub people with real jobs. Never mind the fact that Victor is entirely dependent on those people he disrespects who fly planes, drive taxis, build the computer he uses, and hell do just about everything. They aren’t an independent blogger, so they’re losers.
Also, every web analytics tool I ran Bold and Determined through state that the site makes around $3000 a month. I suppose that explains the disclaimer on the article about making 10k a month online that states it’s for entertainment purposes only.
I also find it decidedly convenient that Victor planted this seed just a little while before releasing Badnet, where you too can start a blog and bathe in online riches, as long as you sign up and Victor gets his $150 commission.
Besides these dubious claims about having the best blog in the world (actually it’s number 31,000 in the Alexa rankings) and making such a mediocre amount of money, the man behind the character himself is absolutely repugnant.
When I really began to go off this guy was in his most recent podcast when he made racist comments about inter racial breeding. You can have a non-white girlfriend, just as long as you don’t have babies together, so says Vic.
What a load of Neanderthal, disgusting dog shit!
How can anyone respect a small-minded, ignorant person like this? I know I can’t. I’m married to a Filipina and half my in-laws are from Africa and I’m 100% proud of that fact. It’s the modern world, and I’m proud to be a part of it.
Finally, before ending this article and saying goodbye to Bold and Determined for good, I have to say one last thing:
If you are buying into what Victor is selling, you’re in great need of a course on critical thinking .
It’s that simple. You’re buying into a dream crafted by a very clever marketer who is only buff because he uses chemicals to enhance his muscle mass, may or may not make the income he claims, and is a racist, arrogant megalomaniac.
This is not the kind of guy I am inclined to follow, nor the kind of direction I want to take in life.
Some people who read Bold and Determined avidly won’t like what I’ve written here. I don’t care. I always speak my mind and say what I believe to be the truth. If you don’t like it, so be it.
Desire. Decide. Persist.