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The Cult of Hamza Ahmed – Brainwashing young naïve people.

Who is Hamza Ahmed?

Hamza is a YouTuber, born on 1997, in the UK, who makes content based on self-help, productivity, fitness and relationships. He has over 100k subscribers on YouTube and he has a cult following consisting of mostly teenagers. Hamza sells mentorship / coaching programs.

In this post, I will discuss the good and bad about Hamza Ahmed.

Hamza’s Credentials

On his website there is no mention of his educational background, where or what he studied at University. It is believed he studied Psychology, unknown whether he graduated or not. Either way his credentials are missing and his site is just filler content of story telling with the whole ‘before and now’ narrative.

“but that doesn’t mean he can’t be self taught on stuff and know stuff”

Sure but you’re going on a whim to trust some guy in his mid 20s without any scientific background. He isn’t some meditation guru or a relationship expert. Sure he has an above average physique but that doesn’t make him a fitness expert or a nutrition expert either. Great football players don’t always make great managers (don’t get me wrong, they of course can but the point is being a great player has no effect on being a great manager).

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As for his credibility with attracting women: He claims to have hooked up with a lot of girls from clubs/bars/pubs – while that is definitely plausible especially considering the locations, still the only actual evidence we have of him attracting women is 2 ex-girlfriends. Now I know it’s not easy to show evidence of hook-ups, but he could at least show the many tinder matches blurred out, that he claims to have/get regularly. “Oh I dont need to prove that to you” sure but this is to do with your credibility in the stuff that you claim.

Generic advice that young kids think is incredibly valuable

The “it’s great advice”-guys

To put very simply – this is SUBJECTIVE.
His general audience is young naïve kids and so to a lot of them his advice might seem great when to most older people it probably does not. These young people might think “people struggle to do the obvious stuff so he gives pretty detailed in depth advice for most things”, if someone is struggling to actually apply the theory they know then more theoretical advice isn’t necessarily going to make them take action.
“Overload of information can actually be a problem. Your brain has finite information in a limited space. You get too much advice and it can all cancel to 0. In modern society, we get too much information too quickly and many have attention spans that are very low.”-Naval Ravikant

The “he saved me”-guys

A few people will say that Hamza has ‘saved’ them, and sure perhaps he played a role in doing so. Though his content also hasn’t saved a lot of others. The element of feeling like someone ‘saved’ them, is that they drew enough inspiration from them to create a drastic change – that inspiration can even be got from the largest fake gurus, though there are also a lot more who weren’t positively impacted or had wasted a bunch of money on courses that didn’t create impact. Testimonials usually only show the good side.

The basic message of Hamza’s is good.

Something can be both generic/obvious advice and still be good.
If the main points are things like do focused-work, exercise, meditate, gratitude journal, learn about your craft – then sure that’s all good but there’s also no need to watch multiple vids on that like “how to X”, “guide to X” etc., when it comes to these things be a practioner not a theorist. Hamza as many other self-improvement youtubers do, takes the most popular topics like “dopamine detox”, “nofap”, “quitting social media”, sleep, diet, exercise, meditate etc. and just states obvious things while dragging it out to make the vids a lot longer than they need to be, and sometimes make multiple vids on the same topic. The basic message of Hamza’s is good but to me it’s also no special advice, pretty obvious stuff to me. It’s like with Jordan Peterson, his basic message of don’t just complain, don’t self-victimize, pull yourself together, act and decide well – that’s all good but when it comes to his philosophical talks there is some questionable stuff.

Am I Just A “Hater”?

No. I actually used to really enjoy and watch a lot of Hamza’s content when he had under 10k subscribers on youtube. This isn’t one of those cases where as someone becomes more successful they get more haters. It’s not about “clout” either; I could care less about whether this post gets “clout”, I just want to help people avoid a scam. This is about how as Hamza has grew in popularity, he has become more business-focused and less interested in genuinely helping others. I understand that there will be some people (mostly from Hamza’s cult), who will try to label me as a “hater” or a “loser”, all in attempts to try to avoid the logical issues presented in this piece.  There’s also a high chance that Hamza’s fans will start calling me names instead of trying to understand the point and I understand their POV, they have been basically brainwashed into believing that Hamza has changed their life.

I don’t blame Hamza

Let me make this clear – I do NOT blame him. The fact is there are many other content creators in the same field as him, doing the same thing as him and I don’t blame any of them. While I do think he is making easy money off mostly lonely desperate people, I don’t want to turn this into a debate on ethical issues. I’m just addressing the points and making it aware for consumers. As long as it’s by legal means I don’t blame anyone for making money whatever way it is, the onus is on the buyer to be smart about it. The consumers need to take accountability for their actions as well.

In terms of Human decency, Hamza is probably at average. He’s not necessarily evil for making money the way he is, he doesn’t come across as a terrible human being and that is perhaps why a lot of his younger audience seem to place some trust in him. One should be aware that just because someone isn’t a bad person that doesn’t mean they have your best interest at heart.

Typical Justification given by self-help content creators

“oh im just exchanging time and value for money”

This is the typical justification by the people selling such self-improvement courses, they say they put in a lot of time and effort into creating whatever course/book it is, and sure that may necessarily be true but it doesn’t justify the prices it’s being sold at. You can make the argument if the prices are very low that it’d be like spending it on bettering yourself instead of buying some takeaway food, however in cases like Hamza’s it’s at a lot higher price. Also let’s not pretend that there aren’t genuine helpful people out there who put in lots of time and provide similar-level value or even higher value stuff while charging a lot less or making it all free.

Renowned clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson sells his programs of “Self Authoring Suite” for only $29.90 ($14.95 for each of the 4 separate programs).
Harvard psychiatrist Dr Alok Kanojia sells his full bundle guide at $60 ($20 for each of the 3 separate modules).
Whereas, in comparison, Hamza’s 30min call program is priced at $747 and his 60min call program is priced at $997.

“oh it’s about accountability”

Paid self helps courses are scummy by nature because the whole point of self-help is that in the end only you can do the work and improve yourself. Others are just guidance and there’s a bunch of free content which is enough for people if they actually just apply the stuff. The problem is they do what’s known as ‘action faking’ where they watch these self help vids and it makes them feel like they’re taking action when they’re actually not. The people selling the courses will be like “oh it’s all about accountability, we’re here to make sure you actually take action” but you don’t need to pay to do that, you can get a friend to hold you accountable or you can hold yourself accountable. Ultimately when it comes down to it, you’re going have to hold yourself accountable to do the work – especially when the course is over and how driven you are starts to decrease over time.

“You just don’t understand business”

Pretty much everyone with a Youtube channel wants to attract more viewers. I mean that’s basically the point in having a Youtube channel – so others can see your content. I have nothing against that.

The point here isn’t that he’s making money. Everyone needs a way to make money and it’s not surprising as his audience-size increases that he starts becoming way more focused on the business and caring less about helping others, and so I get why he is making vids on topic of the trends. Striking a balance between growing business + genuinely helping others can be very difficult as the 2 can at often times cross as mutually exclusive. The criticism here is the scummy way that he’s doing it; he’s doing the generic self help toxicity that large based fake gurus do.

Hamza’s response when called out

Hamza had responded in a discord server created by another youtuber (1stman).

Ad Hominem by Hamza:
Hamza says “marketing tricks lol you sound like a simpleton”, “you sound like a resentful guy”.
Throwing personal attacks because he’s unable to hold a constructive conversation/discussion even as an adult.

Inordinately bad analogy by Hamza:
Hamza says “go complain about every store having a red SALE sign, that’s manipulative too isn’t it?”
Not necessarily because it’s somewhat out in the open and people can still not go into that store or do go in.

Hamza’s comment about healthy foods:
Hamza makes the comparison “that’s like saying why is healthy foods more expensive?”
Healthy foods are not always more expensive, it always varies depending on where. Often times junk food will be priced higher because they’re more in demand. It’s to do with the addictive nature of processed food making you crave more processed foods (involving things like activation of neurons in the gut and dopamine) and so by comparison junk food is being consumed and purchased more, so a lot of people are willing to pay more for them.

Hamza: “a course is like 5-10x a book tbh”
Well no, not necessarily. It obviously depends on the course and the book. Often a well-written book can condense the author’s essential points and knowledge into writing, so can actually be time-saving compared to multiple useless vids dragging out stuff with filler and waffling.

Unequivocally trash logic by Hamza “if my course was overpriced then people wouldn’t buy it”
There are lots of naïve people, desperate people and stupid people who would and do buy overpriced stuff without realizing that it’s overpriced. Lots of people buy overpriced stuff and then later regret it. The logic there is laughable. It’s like saying “if heroin was bad then the people who take it wouldn’t take it”.

Self help in itself isn’t bad

I don’t believe the entirety of the self-help industry is bad. As someone put it: “There must be a BALANCE – both your consumption and action must have a symbiotic relationship, and a combination of both can make self-help something that could prove to be genuinely useful.”

I’m not even saying Hamza’s course itself is bad. I’m saying it’s overpriced as you can most likely create the same change as someone who takes it, without paying $997. Hamza’s site will advertise something like “this price is totally worth it as it will be life changing positive stuff!!”
Whether you pay for some program or not, you still have to put in the work to create an impactful change. Paying hundreds COULD make someone feel like they can’t allow that money to go to waste and therefore be driven to accomplish whatever set goal. The problem with that kind of thinking is that a few years later or perhaps even a few months later, they can lose all that drive and get complacent then start to fall back downhill.

Am I saying to stop watching Hamza?

No. If you like his free content and find it useful as a starting point for self-development then okay. I’m just pointing out his flaws and bringing awareness to the scheming marketing aspect of the paid stuff. As long as you’re not over-consuming his free content then you should be fine.

Now some of you younger guys are probably thinking well watching just Hamza means you don’t have to watch multiple other sources or read many books from 10-20 years ago as you think watching just Hamza means you get all the info from just one source. The problem with that is firstly he says a lot of incorrect stuff – one example being much of his broscience (see below). Secondly, if you’re constantly watching countless vids of his then you’re still spending similar amount of time as you would be from watching multiple different sources – with the difference being less credibility in Hamza’s information.

What I like about Hamza’s content

Though he has his flaws and says some wrong stuff, he also does say some stuff that can be quite motivating for the younger audience. I feel like this is particularly when he’s streaming that we get to see a slightly more genuine side to him probably because it’s not pre-planned vids and so harder to put on an act.
He has also at least admitted he’s running a business (although I do think not admitting that would just make him look even worse)
Hamza and red pill is definitely a step up from black pill.

What I dislike about Hamza’s content

Hamza’s hypocrisy

A few months ago Hamza made a video calling other youtubers frauds for being clickbait – calling others in the same field as frauds can help reinforce the idea to youngsters that you yourself are not a fraud. While Hamza’s basic point makes sense, he also doesn’t seem to understand the other side’s point – which is that self help shouldn’t take over one’s life and have it be their entire personality, potentially leading to becoming egotistical and narcissistic.

Now a few months later he’s doing the same clickbait titles like “why I hate modern women“, “why you should breakup with your girlfriend” etc.

Hamza’s advice can be dangerous to young people

Hamza made a video on how to psychologically manipulate people (in a nice way). The problem with this advice is that you can end up having shallow relationships. It can be extremely hard transitioning all that stuff to an actual connection or feel any affection. The other person ends up having a relationship with a mask, not the real you. The assumed premise for this even being considered a slightly good social tactic is that people only want what’s good from other people – but we don’t always know or even want what’s best for ourselves and others without good values. If you have to plan out a whole mental strategy on how to manipulate her, stopping yourself from texting her when you want to just so she hungers for attention, you are spending a lot more effort and disguising your true self, rather than a guy who is himself and enjoys every minute he spends with the chick as he just does whatever the fuck he wants. At the end of the day she’s the one who has YOU on a leash as she’s forcing you to change yourself for her sake. She’s the one controlling you.


If you’re familiar with Hamza’s content then you’ll know he admittedly uses broscience constantly as advice. The problem here is he often says scientifically wrong stuff then tries to play it off with mocking people who ask for source of his broscience. He often mocks people multiple times on his discord lectures for not sharing his preferences or approach or ideas. (Using an IQ bell curve meme doesn’t support your case either)

One example out of many of his broscience here
Within the first few minutes of the video you’ll hear Hamza incorrectly states “The amygdala is the lizard brain”.
It’s common for these self help youtubers, life coaches and ‘gurus’ to throw around random buzzwords that they saw in some random psychology book or article, that they have no idea about. Firstly the lizard brain is just something that was coined by a neuroscientist decades ago who came up with the model of ‘triune brain’. The amygdala is part of limbic system which is also known as the mammalian brain or paleomammalian cortex. The lizard brain is the reptitilian brain or the reptilian complex.

Now someone might come to his defense that “oh he probably didn’t fully understand it at a scientific level but what he inherently means is right”. If you don’t scientifically understand topics literally to do with science then it’s best to just avoid talking on it instead of acting like you know what you’re talking about. It would be better to watch an expert talk about it and yes there are videos where experts explain things simply, for instance Robert Sapolsky explains the same topic clearly in a ‘Big Think’ video. “Oh but Hamza basically said the same thing as Robert Sapolsky” the difference is Sapolsky knows what he’s actually talking about and doesn’t state anything wrong.

Toxic self-help marketing nature

If someone is selling you something then it would make sense that they’ll try all the strategies to get you to invest in their product. Here are some of the strategies use:
-give some mediocre free content which naïve people will think is decent, while having links to the paid stuff below the vid.
-pretend to have viewers best interest
-relate to the hopeless people by talking about the past version of yourself “I WAS lonely, depressed etc.” Hamza uses this technique frequently by referring to himself as “Younger Hamza”.
-then give the hopeless person some sense of hope by talking about how you changed your life around. Hamza does this by showing some pic of himself as a skinny kid before puberty compared to now with a more muscular physique and abs
-use the psychological trick known as “Charm pricing” to sell stuff by having prices end in “7”
-have a website with some motivating stories, have positive testimonials
-tell them you will refund money back if they didn’t like the program (makes the viewer think they have nothing to lose in purchasing it)

Note: Refund procedures are not always so straightforward as you might think it is.

See the similarities in this typical scheming

Casey Zander is another 20-something year old who has no mention of his qualifications on his site, with psychological pricing of having prices end in “7”, showing positive testimonials, showing body transformation pics and finally selling an overpriced program.

It used to be pick up artists selling overpriced courses/coaching to lonely guys and now it seems to have moved onto self improvement. Even RSD (Real Social Dynamics) moved from pick-up artistry to self help because they realized self help has a wider margin and includes dating & relationships, so more profit in selling courses for that.

Regarding the testimonials on his site

Firstly, aforementioned – testimonials usually only show the good side.
The testimonials he has displayed is an extremely low sample size. I’m sure there will be some of his followers saying there’s a lot more that he’s not showing, but it’s way more likely that there are a lot more disappointed testimonials that aren’t being shown. Also showing random cropped whatsapp messages cannot be trusted as testimonials of integrity.

The “I used to be like that” technique

The whole “I used to be like that too” is a psychological technique which attempts to push the narrative that the other person is wrong and that you’ve ascended.
Someone else can easily use that same technique on Hamza himself. Example: “I used to have a similar scummy business mindset to Hamza a few years back until I reached a point of financial freedom, so I completely get where he’s coming from. Give him a few more years and he’ll probably switch out of it to a new source of income”

Why do people find it hard to change their beliefs?

The science: When you have a belief and you reaffirm yourself of it or find something supporting it, you get some dopamine release it. People get a dopamine hit from the “I’m right” feeling.

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A lot of these young people have been following Hamza for months or years, so it’ll be hard for them to change their mind. Take for instance, Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor, they have even assaulted people and yet still have countless fans supporting them.

Psychology 101:

Brandolini’s Law – it takes more energy to refute bullshit than to produce it, the world is left with a lot of unrefuted bullshit.

The Messiah Effect – most people don’t believe in ideals, but in people that believe in those ideals.
In political campaigns, people often vote based on the person’s characteristics rather than the intricacies of policy.

Countering broscience: Hitchens’s Razor – what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. If you make a claim, it’s up to you to prove it, not me to disprove it.
Russell’s Teapot – If you believe there is a teapot flying around the moon, you have to prove everything because your counter can’t disprove it. Burden of proof lies upon a person making empirically unfalsifiable claims, rather than shifting the burden of disproof to others. (Read Karl Popper if you wish for more info about falsifiability of claims)

Advice for Hamza’s audience

I understand where most of Hamza’s fans come from and I have great empathy for them. A lot of these people are sick of being stuck in their life due to their bad habits and destructive tendencies. But an overpriced course is NOT the answer, nor is over-consuming his content.

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Since most of the people in his cult/discord server are kids close to his age, they probably just relate to him more and so his content might be a good starting point for them. My advice for these kids would be to not take everything he says at face value and to not be attached to consuming his content, turn off notifications about a new vid, limit yourself to about 1 vid of his per week instead of daily following his stream and all his uploads. And most importantly actually apply the useful practical advice you learned. – Now this may sound like obvious advice to a lot of people but considering most followers of Hamza are young and naïve, that probably needed to be said.


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Hamza Ahmed Review 2021 Verdict: Manipulative Sales Man

Hamza tries to portray himself as someone who wants to help people, all the while he tries to manipulate vulnerable people into buying his exorbitant course. He doesn’t have any credentials as a behavioral therapist or psychiatrist or anything close to the sort and thus, is nothing but a quack in that manner. Don’t jump into buying his courses. Firstly before making such a purchase, why not watch a bunch of his most recommended videos and actually apply stuff then you can get some kind of view on his mindset/thought-processes. If you’ve tried everything and tried cheaper courses and still found no change and you like Hamza’s way of thinking and you strongly believe that Hamza can change you for the better and you’re also wealthy enough to splash huge amounts of money around then and only then should you even consider buying his course. His free content is okay but I would strongly advise everyone to avoid his courses.

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  1. Hamza fans are mad funny. The way they worship him when he says some common sense stuff is actually jokes.

    Even Hamza is pretty funny himself the way he gets gassed at some stuff like I saw one of his unfiltered videos about beliefs and attitudes where he mentions the milkshake study and hotel worker study which seems like he had just watched some video that had Alia Crum on it (as those are 2 studies she was part of and usually references) and then immediately made a video about it.

    Some of these kids probably haven’t heard of the mindset stuff or read Carol Dweck books so it’s fine that hamza spreads the messages of what he learns to kids who are clueless of the info but the way some of them say he’s so wise for saying the stuff that he has heard elsewhere without referencing where (maybe he forgot, doubt it tho) is amusing.

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    The “self-improvement trap” of watching many self improvement videos without progressing much in life is so secluded among all the other self-help stuff. Hamza mentioned it a lot more in his older videos before he blew up but if you see now he hardly ever mentions it, last I remember he mentioned it in some 3 min video titled “I don’t watch Hamza’s videos anymore” but that will be forgotten about quick as he pumps out new videos daily, and so it becomes very diluted. Even stuff on his unfiltered channel is now becoming repetitive things he has already spoke about. He doesn’t push the message of the self improvement trap enough anymore because it’d cause his views to go down. He hides behind the excuse that he still posts for “jeffries” to introduce them to self-improvement which is questionable as most people who’d find his videos are most likely already aware of self-help as they would’ve had to type something self-help related for his videos to get suggested in the first place. And not to mention that most people deep down know the basic message hamza preaches, like it’s common sense that you can improve yourself if you’re disciplined with focused-work, exercising, meditation etc.

    + PROS: He has shown some vulnerability in older videos of his like the long videos such as the "Getting Relationship Therapy" video, which is more than what most of the other youtubers in his field have done.
    - CONS: Doesn't talk about the secluded things enough, while keeps repeating the popular things that lots of other youtubers already say. He's just like most of the other youtubers except for the pro mentioned.
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  3. I speed read through the comments and a lot of valid points were made against Hamza but here is what you all need to understand:

    If some kids have been watching his content and seen some improvements in their life then they aren’t going to care much about the criticism on him and they have a bias in his favor. Therefore most of the kids won’t bother reading some of the long comments here because they just don’t care and a lot of them are probably even incapable of having the concentration power to do so.

    Just let these kids go through this self help phase, if you think about it a lot of them would just be doing some other pointless activity instead. This article actually seems pretty fair in that it isn’t telling people to stop watching him and it’s just mentioning some of his faults.

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    Hamza is wrong about the stuff he says regarding competition.
    Sure there is no need to get offended at competition but there’s no need to take that path either.

    Here’s why competition tends to not work well in the long run:

    Most people are actually already competing with each other, they tend to look at the things that are in play, and enter into a conflict in order to achieve that thing. And it has lead most of them basically nowhere. What tends to happen is a game within the game, in just becoming slightly better than your competitor, and only just exceeding them by an inch.

    Competing with someone can essentially be a road to mediocrity. Competition usually breeds parity. The reason parity exists, is because everyone competes. Where there is competition, there HAS to be parity, because everyone chooses to fight for the same prize. As long as you are committed to besting the next person, the moment you best him by an inch, you’re likely to stop, ensuring that you only get to a certain point when you could otherwise go way beyond. If my view was that competition is the way, then naturally my pursuit would be to go and out-practice the other, in hopes that I could get 1% better than him. What do you do when your competition begins to fall off drastically (or die)? Do you just look for new competition? What then when things begin to repeat like the former competition? Again look for a new competition? This would just lead to continual seeking of competition which requires using some focus on deciding who to compete with and every time you make comparisons with the competition you devote some focus onto them instead of just working on your craft.

    Using ego/competition as a drive to get better is just temporary relief that can get you depleted after using it for long time. It’s just motivation until it dies out. Choose discipline over that motivation. Yes motivation is good if it comes along the way naturally but True discipline does not need such motivation from competing, Choose the path of mastering something, as opposed to a path of competition. Yes society will often force people into such competitions like for instance a 100m race, but the hard work preparation for the run is behind the scenes which can be from a place of mastery mindset instead of competing mindset.

    Competition is for those who have not mastered, and they have nothing left to do but compete. If you master darts, and you can hit the bullseye every time, why would you compete? You’d have no competition. Competition is for those who haven’t learned to hit the bullseye every time, and they’re getting together to compete, to see who can get closest. True greatness comes from mastery.

    One should experiment for themselves to see if competing works for them or not. If you think it does work for you then you do you but the above explanation is why it tends to not work for the majority of people.

    And you can’t “do both”.
    The 2 are mutually exclusive, you can’t be on both – if you’re on the path of mastery then that’s a different path to the path of competition. You see the thing with Kobe and other similar elite level athletes is that the competitiveness is in the moment of the game. Aforementioned, society will force upon competition in scenarios (such as 100m example I gave earlier). So yes they are competing and being competitive in such moments of the actual game but they’re deep down on the path of mastery as they do the thing because of their love for it, not out of competition – the competition comes later in a forced-context, but the mastery of the craft is all behind the scenes. Hamza since he preaches about competition and ego, therefore is very likely not on the path of mastery and he has said nothing to make it seem so.

    I’ll explain more clearly why competitive and mastery are mutually exclusive:
    To truly be on the path of mastery is to abandon the need of anything else, be it competition, success, failure etc. To be on the path of mastery is to give yourself completely to that respective craft. Learn everything about it. Immerse yourself in it. Drink it. Suck the marrow out of it. Forget entirely, whether you will fail or succeed. Whether you will progress or not. Whether you will “make it” or not. Whether you will become known or not. Simply do it for its own sake. Do it for the joy that you experience whilst doing it. And do it with every drop of blood rushing through your heart. Come what may.
    With mastery you have freedom of outcome of everything else – be it, what that success will bring you, how wealthy you’ll become, how it will feel to have “made it”, the pleasurable aspects of what the success will gain someone, how you relate in comparison to others at it. Freedom from all of that, you give yourself entirely to the craft – that is the path of mastery.

    - CONS: He mainly just lacks the experience to know any better and therefore encourages his viewers down wrong path when it comes to mindsets. He is only fine for telling people to do basic known good habits.
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    If you admit to something then a lot of people seemingly don’t bat an eye. Hamza admits to a bunch of things and then young kids actually praise him for being brave to admit those things. A lot of Hamza’s viewers don’t seem to realize that just because he admits to something that doesn’t negate the initial point.

    oh he admitted running a business,
    oh he admits using broscience,
    oh he admits he isnt perfect,
    oh he admits to getting info from reading books.

    As someone else pointed out, not admitting to something that is obvious will just make you look worse. And admitting to it can make you look more genuine and honest.

    If hamzas just repeating stuff from self help books and then you think that’s life-changing info then is it really hamza who is helping you? Ok, how about if some 15y/o kid makes his own youtube self help channel and just repeats exactly what hamza or other self help youtubers says and then you find that to be life-changing, you may say the 15y/o youtuber changed your life while being unaware that he’s repeating stuff said by hamza/other self help youtubers. The point here is that too much credit is given to the person who repeats the info. Spreading a message is one thing but giving inordinate amount of credit to someone relaying that message is a completely different thing.

    And then you may defend by saying “Maybe people like hamza so much because of HOW he presents the information?”
    And ok I understand the possible reasons for why some kids might like to watch him, whether that is how he presents the information (his tone, his use of memes, or whatever it is). What I’m saying is it doesn’t take much effort to present already said information by others, in one’s own way and thereby amount of credit due is blown out of proportion. Going back to the example of the 15y/o youtuber who would repeat what hamza says, if a lot of people like how he presents the information it doesn’t change the fact that he would still be repeating what Hamza says. Also to add, some of his viewers specifically say it’s the advice he gives that they think is life-changing, and then give all the credit for that repeated advice to him.

    The amount of credit given for repeating info from elsewhere being a lot could be to the cognitive bias that they only heard it from hamza and completely associated the positives of the info with him.

    Also saw hamza’s unfiltered video “You are a tribesman”. He clearly just reads some stuff and then assumes that the stuff he read is right.
    The only reason you say that human beings are social animals is because what society has told you. How do you know that human beings are social animals? The only reason you’d say that in a verification-esque way is if you looked around and you look at human beings and they were all socializing. Yes, human beings been doing a lot of things but what they are doing and what they naturally are, are two different things. So to try to determine what a human being fundamentally is by looking at his behaviour is not an adequate representation and it is not the proper examination of evidence. So you have come in with a claim, a concept, which is not your own, which is not born of truth. You don’t know that a human being is a social animal. (Obviously not saying to not socialize, just talking about society’s conditioning into making people blindly believe certain concepts or whatever they heard/read from wherever and didn’t truly examine it).

    - CONS: What he did to Andrew Kirby was out of order. His apology to Andrew Kirby didn't seem sincere. He makes a lot of assumptions and acts as if they're facts (I believe he said this is to sound convincing).
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    People should really think again before deciding to purchase his $197.99 aesthetic course when all the info is out there for free on the internet

    And then you may say “everything is available for free out there.”
    Firstly, I’m specifically talking about regarding hamza’s aesthetic course’s info being out there for free, not other stuff.
    Because to an extent sure info on nearly everything is available for free, but there’s a HUGE difference between finding simpler information such as that on aesthetics/fitness vs something a lot more intricate such as building a whole airplane. Yes you pay for saving time and that’s exactly the point, it doesn’t take much time finding the info on health and fitness whereas it’d be way way more time-consuming to gather info on something like building an airplane.
    There are also factors like the reliability of the source that you’re getting information on a topic for, so there’s a difference between getting the info from an expert of the respective field VS someone who isn’t an expert.

    This aesthetic course is just by some 24y/o guy on the internet who has put together a bunch of info of what has worked personally for him, very much anecdotal. Roger Federer and Messi can tell you all about how they swing a racket or kick a ball around but the chances are you won’t be able to replicate it in such a degree. Therefore it very much depends on the subject, and in this case that is aesthetics – to which, how-tos and methods can only serve as a guideline (mechanics of fat loss, healthy diet, diet to add muscle etc.) and won’t necessarily guarantee someone to have the same aesthetics as hamza or their own desired aesthetic either. And to find the info for that guideline on your own for free doesn’t take long at all.

    Also check out youtuber “intellectual-muscle” who did a video on hamza titled “Why @Hamza Unfiltered is WRONG about Fitness & Workouts (knows NOTHING about Training)”

    - CONS: Hamza gets a lot of things wrong about fitness Charges a lot of money for info that is out there for free and easily accessible
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  7. I just saw the unfiltered truth video by andrew kirby. I’m not a fan of kirby either but what hamza did was such a low blow. Hamza is just status-driven which is fine but a lot of people don’t seem to understand that and think he always has other peoples best interest which just isn’t the case. Hamza is most of the time he’s assuming concepts as true that when debated can be pretty harmful in the long run.

    Hamza is quite immature because he’s only 24. He’s gotten a taste of the cash know and understands how this YouTube algorithm game works, so it makes sense why if someone is morally sketchy you would employ tactics like this.

    I feel he’s way too playful with his apology to andrew kirby. Like, he’s down-playing how it negatively affected you, and making it appear like it’s all banter and you’re ‘bros’.
    Even his ‘spot on’ response to your tweet. And his laughy/giggly private video to you apologizing for his contribution to your ‘quarter-life crisis’.
    Something feels off. Maybe it’s his attempt at ‘cool’/’unbothered’ humility?
    And if he’s truly remorseful about unnecessarily dragging your ass on the internet, why was the video still up and only taken down after Andrew made that unfiltered truth video (confirmed as I and others had seen that video just at the time andrew had uploaded his vid and then few hours later it was gone)?

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    Some kid who watches hamza vids regularly tried to say he’d give a neutral review of this article and then it ended up being the whole video of him just trying to defend hamza. And his whole video ended up getting debunked by a comment – here’s the comment below:

    It seems like a negative article as there are a lot of criticism there but I don’t really care what kind of article it is as I’m more interested in the actual content and whether those criticism are valid or not.

    1. Title – “he’s trying to sell hatred”. Ok so this is your opinion, not a fact. Either way don’t think the title really matters as the guy probably just wanted something he thought was catchy.

    2. In the article where it says “no special advice pretty obvious stuff TO ME” the article mentions that it being obvious advice is his opinion to his personal self so how you going to disagree with something that is an opinion relating to how it personally is to him lol. Then you try to give your own opinion about how it is unique (which fair enough if it is to you then that’s personally how you feel) and then go “uhh not sure about that”.

    3. “People would pay for stuff on his 2nd channel”. Well, some people would pay for anything that they think is worth it so there might even be people who would pay for stuff on his main channel or for stuff on some other self improvement youtube channel. So yeah he could sell that in a course BUT we don’t know how many people would pay for it and whether in comparison it would bring in more money or not than the views he gets from all those vids.
    “I think it’s something he feels passionate about..” ok so this is your opinion, we don’t know if he’s actually passionate about helping others.

    4. “Someone’s time is a bit different to someone selling their book”. Correct, I agree with this point.
    But just to add to go back to the previous point, Jordan Peterson also has his own youtube channel podcast which people would probably pay for and Dr.K (healthygamergg) does hour long self help/mental health related twitch streams which people also would probably pay for. So in this regards Hamza’s not some unique generous person for giving out free info.

    5. “I’m sure if Jordan Peterson was to sell his time it would be just as high”. There’s no way for us to actually know that and even then if he were to that doesn’t mean it’d be worth it either.

    6. “He’s lived through that person, he’s came out through the other side”. We don’t actually know this for sure, it’s his own anecdotal claim and it’s unfalsifiable for others to know what one is actually going through in their own mind or unless you lived with him in the same house for all those years you wouldn’t know his actual relation to instant gratification.

    7. The article said “healthy food are NOT ALWAYS more expensive”, he didn’t say that junk food is more expensive, those are 2 different statements. And it depends on the location too, and I’d agree I’ve seen a lot of junk food be more expensive than healthy food and I’ve seen the reverse too, so it varies. Also in this context you can’t really compare the price of a chocolate bar to a whole meal. You sorta just said “everyone knows [my opinion]” then brushed off his explanation as to why SOMETIMES junk food is more expensive.

    8. “Hamza preaches reading thats a bit of a fault in the article”. The article didn’t say all young people might be thinking that stuff about watching hamza instead of reading books, article clearly says “SOME of you younger guys”.

    9. Regarding hamza calling people clickbait – that wasn’t just for nofap. If you click on that link in the article it shows the “self improvement videos are ruining your life frauds” where he calls out other youtubers for being clickbait.

    10. Regarding the video about psychologically manipulating women.
    If you’re going to say some stuff is “waffling” you should quote which part in particular and give an elaborate explanation on how exactly you think it’s waffle. I do agree with your point about “ignoring it”, but that’s your interpretation of that video. Not everyone will interpret the basic message of that video to be like that. A lot of young guys will take things literally and when you’re a self-development coach for young guys it’s important to articulate yourself well and clarify on things to be absolutely clear about what you mean.
    (In fact even hamza has taken back the stuff he said in that video as he mentions it was back when he was influenced by redpill youtubers).

    + PROS: He has taken down the overpriced coaching sessions and for that he gains a little bit more trust
    - CONS: Most of the cons I can think of have already been mentioned by others
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    The People here are mad funny, go cry Jeffrey.

    + PROS: Thick glutes
    - CONS: Advices Bodybuilding
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  10. A lot of people have a narrow perspective and thinking.

    Some kid wrote in hamza’s unfiltered video “Criticise me to start your YouTube channel” that he was being so generous to encourage young kids to make their own channel. lol it’s not really generous when it’s very beneficial to him. If you have his name in the title yes that vid is going to get more views than your other vids but your channel most likely won’t blow up. It’s a lot more likely they’ll search up Hamza instead if they don’t already know who he is and start watching him, which therefore just increases Hamza’s YouTube channel. In the vid Hamza said – there may be people out there that don’t like him and would resonate more with your personality. BUT this is just another case of Probability vs Possibility or Majority vs minority. There are a lot of people who get massive views on just one video while there channel doesn’t blow up. It’s way more likely that a lot more people are going to find out about and watch hamza rather than people resonating with most of the guys making new vids, especially considering if they’re followers of hamza then most of what they’re going to say is just stuff hamza has already said with a slight difference. Also a smart move by Hamza to tell his viewers to make videos criticizing whatever they think he is wrong on because what that does is it means it’s going to dilute and make it harder to find those genuine decent critic vids on him by people who aren’t his fans, and instead means theres going to be a bunch of videos that may not even be decent criticism and rather in support of hamza, since the hamza fans making a criticism video are more likely to be something like “i think hamzas wrong on this one thing…[then talks a bunch of positive stuff about hamza]” which then makes viewers want to check out hamza.

    When Hamza comments on some new content creator’s video that has his name in the title, it’s not necessarily that hes supporting new creators but more that he just searches for positive things about himself for the emotional gain that he gets out of it, y’know like the ole “focus on the positives not the negatives” but going a step further and actively seeking for it.
    Also as an example, if someone quits video games and then they start to be more productive and see their life improve, they often attach the quitting video games to life improving and then form a certain bias in that way of thinking. But of course you can also not quit video games and improve life too. People are just unaware of their own perspective cognitive bias.

    Hamza made a video “Why I act broke whilst making £30k a month” where he tries to justify why he doesnt look rich and all the while trying to convince people that hes wealthy. He has stated he earns £30k a month numerous times and some say he just pretends that to make his viewers be more impressed with his image. In his video he talks about how hes always honest and how his viewers should know that lol. You can be honest 95% of the time then lie 5% of the time and most wouldn’t think you’re lying, and that 5% of lies could be major lies. No one can know for a fact if you’re a totally brutally honest authentic person, if they think that then they’re completely brainwashed because it’s impossible to actually tell just from the tone of someone in videos without empirical evidence (which he says he won’t show – which is also fine since he says he doesn’t care if people believe him or not but then why keep mentioning it over and over again trying to convince people that you do make that much lol). Social blade statistics, (takes into account the views by the way) firstly it’s an estimate and secondly the estimates are £1.8K – £29.3K monthly, £22K – £352.1K for yearly. So you’re just assuming he always gets the maximum estimate. For all we know the true earnings could be on the lowest end of the estimates and it could be £30k in a year instead. (This is just from what I personally know – from a youtuber i know irl who averages around the same daily views as hamza, the earnings is somewhere in the middle and actually much closer to the low estimate). Now that’s just youtube, I dont know his other source of income and how much he earns from it. But let’s just assume he really is earning £30k a month, it’s pretty wild that a mid-20y/o guy wearing his bathrobe in his parents house making mostly around 5 min videos daily on generic self-help stuff and have his editors do all the other work, is earning in a month about as much as some healthcare professionals like nurses make in a whole year. And if he’s really earning £30k a month then why would he have such expensive coaching prices in the first place.

    If you got the basic message by him then all that’s really left is to put the advice to practice. There’s no reason to keep watching his videos for motivation. Discipline > Motivation. And you don’t need motivation to build discipline either, if the motivation comes then cool but to actively seek it is completely different. Motivation is always fleeting, also hamza himself says “do the hard work especially when you don’t feel like it” therefore by that logic you should be able to build discipline even if you’re not motivation to build discipline. And once you’re truly disciplined you wouldn’t need any motivation for that discipline. Also that basic message/advice is something most people already know that they should be doing (deep work, exercise, good sleep, good diet, etc.), to put that advice into practice consistently is what discipline is all about, which you certainly don’t need to watch Hamza to do.

    it’s funny hamza preaches about mental health but hes out there saying don’t watch sports or tv, don’t play video games etc. and despite saying he’s not pushing for the hustle culture, he’s constantly pushing for productivity which he then tries to justify by saying even talking to a friend is being productive lol. The dude keeps saying do the hard work when you don’t feel like it but then also says to try to minimize the amount of work you need to do, get a passive income to do less work, and don’t be like a doctor who feels unfulfilled in their work, even though they are embodying the whole “do the hard work especially when you don’t feel like it”.

    Self improvement youtubers always been a waste of time. It was the same 10 years ago, bunch of young kids at time were hooked on those vids until they got older and realized how life really is. And now 10 years later, there are these new self improvement youtubers like hamza and icecold jt, with the new younger generation being hooked on self improvement videos. Young people are just easy to convince and it’s a nice cope which feels good to think about how much better you can be in your future life once you’re like 30 and there’s a partial truth to it all that if you do put in the disciplined consistent work for years that you’ll be much better off but this gets exaggerated and makes young kids think they can achieve the impossible and get all the girls then what usually ends up happening is they go through the self improvement journey not feeling great because they can’t live up to the great image held in their vision. I’m not saying every single self improvement video is useless, once in a while there might be 1 video out of every hundreds thats more unique and insightful.

    Nearly every community has people saying the founder of the community saved their lives. Hamza bashes guys like freshandfit yet many many guys in that community will say FnF saved them. Likewise there are some people in Hamza’s community saying Hamza saved them yet others outside the community have critical things to bash on Hamza for (as seen on this page). Whether it’s the communities of Hamza, Rollo Tomassi, Freshandfit, or whoever, just know that just because some kids are telling you that you saved them that doesn’t mean what you’re preaching is absolutely right and has no negative affects on anyone else.
    People in any of these communities just aren’t thinking for themselves, and this goes even deeper to things like religion and indoctrination. The whole cult thing and cult leader thing pretty much defies the whole “having your own thinking”, the two are mutually exclusive.

    Hamza is just being polarizing and saying some controversial or offensive things and pissing people off to get more views while having a cult movement going and helping or “saving” certain people. like the rants about all video games being bad, it’s probably something that he partially believes but it’s more that he knows lots of people are going to disagree with him and therefore stay tuned into his videos.
    When he makes a video like “I don’t watch Hamza’s videos anymore” no matter what he says in that video, those people who stopped watching him are more likely to click back onto his vid and increases the likelihood of them being reinvested into his channel again.
    The dude is all about views and money, theres no in-between that he also wants everyone to become successful, those are just things he has to say to convince the audience that he can help them. You don’t need hamza to be disciplined, but hamza needs his subscribers to keep watching him otherwise his income starts to go down. He needs his viewers and thus the whole getting kids into self-improvement, the optimistic outlook he paints for his viewers, the whole story about his younger useless self to try and relate to you guys etc. If everyone stops watching him then he’ll need to find a new job, one that actually might require him to do more work for a lot less money and ofc he like most, wouldn’t want that.

    • Yeah watching him for “motivation” is pointless.

      If you’re truly disciplined you don’t lose it because the good habits become almost second nature. Watching such repetitive motivational vids will usually just hype you up for the moment then the motivation dies out. True discipline doesn’t need any push, you “do the hard work especially when you don’t feel like it”, you only lose the ‘thing’ if you relying on motivation fuel. Motivation isn’t a bad thing, it’s fine if it innately arising along the way but to actively seek out motivation is a different story. In fact you can create motivation in a better way that is by taking action to create motivation rather than watching some self-help youtube vid for it

      I understand that one may not be able to become completely disciplined right away (though also may be possible for others with the right mindset). The point was to build discipline with consistent action rather than from motivation. And sure one may then say but how about using motivation and taking action to build discipline (which is fine if done together like working out while listening to motivational video), and if one can’t seem to do anything unless they get themselves motivated first then fine whatever, but eventually it tends to not be sustainable. Here’s the thing – When everything feels comfortable, it is impossible to train self-discipline because self-discipline comes with discomfort. Anytime you wait for circumstances to improve, you’re telling yourself that you aren’t capable now.

      If one truly cared about their purpose then they wouldn’t need to ‘regain’ purpose. Truly care in the sense that it’s an underlying value to oneself rather than some mere desire that loses intensity over time. If we look at identity-based habits or certain religious people who daily pray they don’t need any motivation or regaining of purpose to keep praying each day because it’s a part of their identity to do it.

      Rather than asking what to do when you side-track or relapse, is it not better to ask how to avoid relapsing in the first place? It’s like rather than resisting temptations would it not be better to just set up environment to avoid temptations in the first place which would then ensure less mental depletion. And yes, temptations or side-tracking or relapse may be hard to avoid and eventually come up in the process but with the right disciplined mindset one can just pick themselves right back up – so discipline also comes down to cultivating the right mindset rather than needing to rely on some external video to regain purpose. This is also why some people find themselves better off going with “baby steps” to avoid that relapse in the first place and to keep the action consistent. If smaller easier action taking is what needs to be done to keep it consistent then so be it, everyone varies with how much they can keep up with.

      One should experiment for themselves. If watching motivational videos or hamza content or some 15y/o self help youtuber does help keep one on track then cool. But this is just the explanation of why it tends to not work for most or be as strong as building discipline from consistent action.

  11. Great stuff. I found this very useful and it gave me a lot of clarity on things. I have organized some of other peoples comments just to make it easier to read:

    1. Response to “it’s great advice” – The review.
    2. Response to “he saved me” – The review. Comment by Christian (potential capping). Comment by Martin (end paragraph). Comment by Pruga. Comment by Baneet (1st paragraph)
    3. Response to “he’s paying for his whole family” – Comment by Christian (potential capping).
    4. Response to “oh im just exchanging time and value for money” – The review. Comment by Christian.
    5. Response to “You just don’t understand business” and “I’m trying to make money… but aren’t you either?” – The review. Comment by Christian.
    6. Response to “It is their choice if they want to pay for it, not a scam at all.” – Comment by Christian.
    7. Response to “oh it’s about accountability” – The review.
    8. Response to “Hamza is putting in hard work to provide his program/content.” – Comment by Christian.
    9. Response to Hamza’s defenses – The review (Hamza’s responses when called out)
    10. Response to Hamza’s video “how to psychologically manipulate people (in a nice way).” – The review (Hamza’s advice can be dangerous to young people)
    11. Response to Hamza’s video “The ‘Why Self Improvement Is Ruining Your Life’ Frauds”. – The review (Hamza’s hypocrisy)
    12. Response to Hamza’s video “Red Pill YouTubers are Traumatized”. – Comment by Benzo.
    13. Response to Hamza’s video “I Scammed You. I’m Sorry”. – Comment by Christian (end paragraph). Comment by Martin.
    14. Response to Hamza’s video “I want more testosterone” – video response by More Plates More Dates. Comment by Anthony.
    15. Response to Hamza’s video “casual sex destroys your soul and nation”. – video responses by John Anthony Lifestyle and Playing With Fire.
    16. Response to Hamza’s video “Learn how to fight for survival”. – Comment by Kane (1st paragraph)
    17. Response to Hamza’s video “Happiness is NOT the goal”. – Comment by Kane (2nd and 3rd paragraph)
    18. Response to Hamza’s video “I want to be better than other men, Ego is the enemy?” – Comment by David.
    19. Response to Hamza’s video “4 Hour Work Week” – Comment by Freddy. Comment by Manny.
    20. Response to Hamza’s video “Watching Sport is a Scam” – Comment by Grbina.
    21. Response to Hamza’s video “Trying to fit in makes you ugly” – Comment by Jenju.
    22. Response to all of Hamza’s rants on video games. – Comment by Cassidy (Paragraph on flawed thoughts on video games)
    23. Response to Common defense responses from Hamza fans – Comment by Primz.
    24. Response to “he could make more money from sponsors if he wanted to” – Comment by Bannet (last paragraph)
    25. Hamza’s credentials. – The review. Comment by Cassidy (1st paragraph)
    26. Hamza’s 2nd channel. – Comment by Cassidy (second to last paragraph)
    27. Hamza’s over theorizing. – Comment by Cassidy (2nd paragraph)
    28. Hamza’s broscience. – The review
    29. Hamza’s potential insecurity – Comment by Julian (1st paragraph).
    30. Hamza’s promoting of earning passive income – Comment by Elijah.
    31. Hamza talks from own experiences rather than from facts or logic – Comment by Julian (2nd paragraph)
    32. Hamza trying to balance self help business and helping people – Comment by Bates.
    33. Toxic self-help marketing nature – The review.
    34. Hamza’s Deceptive marketing – Comment by Willpower.
    35. Response to claim that review is emotionally based – Comment by Cole.
    36. Response to “he just wants to help people” – Comment by Yusif.
    37. Response to “he changes his mind because hes still growing” – Comment by Manny (paragraph on Hamza isn’t entirely the problem though).
    38. Why do people find it hard to change their beliefs? – The review.

    39. Problem with Hamza and self help creators – Comment by Manny. Comment by POV of an adult.
    40. Self-help in itself isn’t bad. – The review.
    41. The basic message of Hamza’s is good. – The review.
    42. Not blaming Hamza. – The review.
    43. Not saying to stop watching Hamza. – The review.
    44. Advice for Hamza’s audience – The review.

  12. While Hamza did help me develop some healthy habits, I can clearly see how narrow-minded he is especially about video games. I don’t like how he always tell the opposition to shut up without providing any argument. I also see how braindead some part of his audience are, being so defensive by saying stuff like “You’re Jeffery” without providing any counterargument.

    He obviously need to be less of a “self-centred” guy that most douchestubers are, othetwise it might ruin his reputation in a long-term.

  13. Just saw the video “Red Pill YouTubers are Traumatized”.

    Hamza was quite hypocritical in this because he called RP ytbers like FreshAndFit, AMS, and FitXfearless feminine when he himself made a lot of disingenuous feminine arguments. He sounded like every other RP detractor. It’s like what Rollo said, channels like Hamza are going to grow faster and go mainstream faster because it’s holding men accountable and telling men to man up. But all that is doing is “building a better beta” like Rollo says. Not to say that Hamza doesn’t ever talk about women but for the most part he shies away from holding women accountable and revealing uncomfortable realities about women because he’s one of those guys that believe that as long as you improve yourself women are going to come correct. Which is only 70% true. You still need looks (can only maximize to an extent), game, knowledge on female nature and experience to really vet and filter a women out to see if she’s an asset or a liability. It’s not like self improvement solves everything. Channels like Hamza are for teenagers that are trying to smash the hot cheerleader in their 3rd period math class. Most young guys can’t handle RP truth, they’re too soft unfortunately.

    Hamza is just some pandering mitch who’s going through a male epiphany phase after making women his prime purpose for several years and realizing that endless casual sex isn’t all it’s cracked up to be despite TRP explicitly warning against going down that route. He’s using this phase to gather a more “mainstream” following by lightly tapping into RP truths and taking grandstands like this against more hardcore RP creators.
    Why did I come to this conclusion? Not one of his criticisms applies to what FnF preach, not a single one. They don’t preach that fathers abandon their kids, or making casual sex with multiple women your goal, or misogyny, or looking at women as adversaries or that 304s are feminine. In fact, they literally preach the exact opposite to all these points. If he felt the need to attack AMS (as clearly all his attacks are directed at his talking points and even then most of them don’t stand up), why include FreshAndFit? Clout dick riding that’s why.

    Channels like Hamza’s are popular because people like optimism and being told that they can achieve anything they put their mind to. However, the truth is humans do have limitations and you can’t achieve everything possible. But self help youtube channels and self help books would not sell well if they told the truth.

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    I feel sad but liberated at the same time…

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  15. Haters gonna hate but also fanboys gonna fanboy.
    It doesn’t take much for Hamza to have his fanboys praise him, you go into comment section of some of his videos and see that they’ll praise him for some pretty lackluster stuff. Usually the haters are blackpillers from wheat waffles’ community so it was surprising to find this page that has actual constructive criticism.

    Be aware of potential capping:
    People seem to just believe almost anything these days without proof or basis that can uphold the claims. When Hamza says he’s paying for his whole family, how do you even know that is true? How do you know his dad isn’t earning more than he claims? How do you know his brother or some other relative isn’t helping with the money?
    When some Hamza viewer says that Hamza has changed his life, how do you know that is true? How do you know he isn’t exaggerating? How do you know he isn’t just saying it to support someone he idolizes?

    About the whole “value for money” yes it has been addressed a bit in the review but let’s go deeper into that:
    (1) Firstly, what you think is value now may not seem as valuable later. When you’re younger you might pay for some course that costs about $200 but then a few years later realize “well actually now that I look back, the advice wasn’t all that great I just didn’t know any better at the time”. When you’re older you might regret a lot of purchases you made when you were younger. So even though you think you’re getting value by spending money on something and you might think at the time that you can take it with you for life, you then realize later on in life that you got it all wrong.
    (2) Paid services like coaching CAN give extra personalized advice and accountability.
    Note that I said ‘can’ and not ‘will’.
    When you pay for such services, you’re relying on the person to solve your problem or give the answer to your problem. You’re banking on them to give you a solution without you actually knowing for sure that they can actually fulfill your expectations.
    (3) Hamza: “I’m trying to make money… but aren’t you either?”
    Yes, people need to make money somehow BUT that doesn’t excuse the way someone does it. There is a difference between making money by working as a physician vs robbing banks. Wild example I know but you get the point that not all ways of making money is the same. Some
    people think you can’t get money without others losing and sure if you’re earning above
    average wage, then technically you’re taking that out of other people’s wages but there is a huge difference between that and actively trying to get your money from others when the information from your services you provide can be found elsewhere for free – that’s called ripping people off.
    (4) Someone defending Hamza: “It is their choice if they want to pay for it, not a scam at all.”
    Sure it is true that it’s ultimately their choice if they pay for something. The guy who wrote the review mentions “The consumers need to take accountability for their actions as well.”
    But note the point is that the producer isn’t necessarily wanting what is best for you. As an example just take people who sell junk food, they’re giving you food in return for money but it’s not great for your health. Of course difference is people usually know that junk food isn’t healthy when they decide to buy it and there usually isn’t places where you can get those junk food for absolutely free unlike nearly all the self help content.
    There are social statisticians, scientists, researchers, people in lab coats, literally very intelligent minds figuring out how to addict you to the news, addict you to social media, addict you to pornography, addict you to sugar, addict you to drugs etc.
    Yes you are making the choice when you indulge in such things but the point is that the producers are not always on your side.
    Yes one is making the choice when they buy a coaching program but if it’s deceptively marketed in a way to convince you that it’s absolutely life changing and then you spend your money on it but find that it’s inadequate then you would feel like you got screwed over. Of course it’s your opinion if you find it inadequate but certain things can be objectively underwhelming and therefore is trickery by the producer.

    I’m not disputing that Hamza has put in hard work to provide his program/content. My point is just because you put hard work into something that doesn’t mean you should get money from it. Here’s a wild example: If I put in hard work to achieve my ideal physique with toned 6 pack abs that doesn’t mean people should start paying me for achieving this. The context matters.
    Also, Iman Ghadzi does the whole overpriced scam courses thing and videos like “ToP fIVe StepS tO BEcOmE a MiLlioNaiRe” yet Hamza keeps praising him. Iman may have put in hard work too but that doesn’t excuse the scamming. You get the point?

    Hamza’s video opening up about scamming is just him appealing to the sympathy and appealing to forgiveness. What I do respect about it is that at least he was brave enough to even speak on the topic. Most youtubers in the same space don’t even dare to touch on the topic, most of them have fully gone to the other side whereas with hamza there still seems to be a little bit that is resisting the quackery. And so he comes across as slightly better than the others in his youtube space but still not great. The other reason he seems slightly better than those others is because he’s sly with his subtle ways.
    Example: Hamza constantly says in his vids that you probably don´t even know what im selling and thereby mentioning it in a subtle way. He also keeps mentioning that he doesn’t do much sponsors like the other youtubers and thereby making him seem much better relatively to them.

  16. Im wondering to the people of this, excluding the courses (which i get) what do you think of his content in general? do you think he preaches good advice or is it only once in a blue moon?

    • To me, his content nowadays is always “Same shit, different day” kind, as well as constantly being a bit arrogant. Unlike in the past where he seemed genuine and understanding.

    • Judging by the comments, most teens that watch him think he preaches good advice whereas most people over 20 think it’s generic obvious stuff that has been said before by others. Not everyone watches his content for the good advice though, some watch him just for the motivation to keep going, some watch him because of his memes that they find funny or entertaining, some watch him just because they were clickbaited, some watch him due to the youtube recommendations etc.
      My own opinion is that he sometimes preaches good advice and sometimes bad advice. When it’s good advice it’s always advice I’ve heard before or read somewhere before. And when it’s bad advice it’s usually when he dives into those controversial topics.

  17. Hamza has just made a video “I Scammed You. I’m Sorry” and it made me think of this review.

    He has at least owned up to this mistake and cancelled the coaching session, let’s hope from now on we see a new Hamza. I know this doesn’t excuse all the bad stuff. Doing a bunch of wrong and then being like “my bad, I’m sorry” doesn’t make full amends but it’s at least taking a bit of responsibility for the wrongdoing.

    People need to understand that when you watch videos and read books they usually influence your mind. So even if you’re not doing something out of care for others you might have convinced or deluded yourself into thinking you are and thereby the tone of voice actually comes across as genuine.

    I just have a question for the guys who say he changed their lives. How exactly did he change your life? What exactly did he say to you or do for you to change your life? I am guessing your answer is that it was an accumulation of watching multiple videos of his that jump-started the motivation to begin the journey of change.
    I was looking through the comments and one of them mentions how he could have potentially acted as a catalyst and another comment by “Baneet” mentions how the commonality of people who change their lives is just that they got disciplined to take consistent action and not necessarily watching him or some other youtuber. But people can get inspired by different things so I understand the gratitude shown by those who say he has changed their lives. Also there might be some over-hyping as when you’re an incel or loser it doesn’t take much to change your life to be better comparatively speaking.

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    Awesome blog, much needed. I can’t beleive hes similar to the quacks we often Lalugh about and i was about to buy that course. This is how one can be hooked up on YouTube

    + PROS: The guys got good intentions but hes projecting his values and insecurities on people (knowingly or unknowingly ) and making a buisness out of it
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  19. You see the same defense responses from Hamza fans all the time:
    Hamza gives bad advice – “well you can’t be right all the time”
    Hamza says something wrong – “no one is perfect though”
    Hamza points out flaws of other youtubers – “hamza is so unique and must be different to those other youtubers because he pointed out some flaws of theirs”
    Hamza doesn’t do something that other youtubers do – “omg look hamza doesn’t use sponsors in his vids he’s so real omgggg” (even though he still makes plenty of money from the youtube stuff)
    Hamza opens up about something – “omg hamza is so brave for opening up about this”
    Hamza changes his opinions on a topic – “hamza is still learning and growing with us”
    Everything wrong with hamza – “but hamza has helped some people change their lives, he genuinely cares about young kids!!!”

    The defenses are nearly always strawman or red herrings or some other logical fallacy.

    Check out an old hamza video “Self Improvement YouTubers Dilemma (How to die whilst you’re still alive)” which has under 10k views as of now.
    It seems he was more genuine about helping others back then with initially giving free coaching sessions before charging crazy prices. Everything he spoke against in that video he has now become, money changes people. Even in the comment section, he handles himself well against comments like asking how will you make enough money to get by, another comment said money is crucial and hamza gave a decent response that “It’s necessary but thinking it’ll make your life amazing is silly. That’s the advertisements and social media comparisons talking, not a human”. He mentions in the old video if money is your goal you live a sub-optimal life, and now more recently on his unfiltered channel he admits that he has become more focused on money as a goal. The current Hamza will probably excuse himself with “oh you need to experience wealth first before you get a better understanding of it and in my old video I was talking without the experience of wealth”.

    From what I can tell, it’s mostly 2nd generation ethnic children who watch him, maybe they can relate more to him. Hamza has also said his videos are now more for those kids with low attention span that are used to watching short tiktok videos, that makes it more understandable because let’s say as an example – if a child has some addiction and attention problems then they’re less likely to want to read Gabor Mate’s “in the realm of hungry ghosts” or Anna Lembke’s “dopamine nation” so having Hamza summarize such books and add some storytelling with memes that those kids find funny and entertaining then they’re more likely to sit through it and get the basic message even if it’s not explained as clear as it otherwise could be. So this is where Hamza may come in to help, as he refers to them as the “spergs” which are the ones that would benefit most from his content. Unfortunately, at the same time those guys are also the weak, minded guys that are easy for such self improvement channels to prey on. And now that hamza has changed to caring less about helping others what this leads to is his channel now just preys on weak, minded guys and usually pushes “Yo just NoFap, lift, hard work, get money, stop looking at girls and girls will come to you” because those viewers just want a quick fix that can help them in their life.

  20. Hamza is trying to convince himself that he’s doing good.
    He has deluded himself and it’s probably partly due to him focusing just on the positive feedback that a select group of his viewers give him. Those select group of “he has changed my life” which is anecdotal and unfalsifiable unless you video documented your progress and even then there’s no way of distinguishing the ratio between those who have been positively impacted and those negatively impacted and those who remained neutral (i’d imagine most are in this neutral not impacted group). The positive feedback feeds his ego and he has convinced himself certain ideologies about ego itself and how he uses it to compete with others or whatever. He has also mentioned that he doesnt take any criticism because he is doing ‘good’ for the people. He’s more focused on coming across as convincing to grow his cult rather than for the value-giving itself, he has said it himself before that speaking with conviction is something he hones in on, also you can see from his body language, where he pauses for a while and just stares at the camera as if he has just said something really profound. A good general rule is that anyone profiting from self improvement inherently cannot be trusted at all, they may start off with good intentions but eventually their only allegiance is to their livelihood and their ego.

    You can see multiple points made against him but there seems to be just one point in his favor. That one point in his favor is “his videos have helped some people” and like the review points out even the largest quacks have helped some people. It doesn’t matter if you helped a certain group of people when you’re being a charlatan, taking advantage of others that haven’t received any good in return. His cult follows a bandwagon fallacy. This one point in his favor is just a Hasty Generalization, based on self-proclaimed examples rather than substantial proof. Even if those self-proclaimed examples are true, that’s cool but it doesn’t change the snake oil salesman attitude.
    “some of his advice is good” is not a valid argument because it’s 100% opinion-based. Most of his “good” advice is just stuff that has already been said before by others. This is what happens in the self-help communities, most things are just repeated and reworded by others. Take 1stman for example, his main ideology is how we peak somewhere in our 30s and that we should spend our younger years focused on building ourselves with discipline and hard work instead of focusing on getting women which will come later in life when we become high value man. This idea of males reaching attractive peak later than women has been said decades before, Rollo Tomassi (the supposed father of the red pill) had been saying it long ago. You will see the same defense responses over and over again from those young hardcore supporters of his. “you’re jeffrey”, “you feel threatened by his content”, “you are jealous he’s doing better than you”, “you are probably not doing much with your life that’s why you hating”, “he tells the truth and it makes you feel insecure that’s why you don’t like it”. None of these responses actually making any rational argument but just ad hominem fallacies.

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    Hamza has a 3rd class psychology degree from a shitty University and has had one average paying job, and has spent the last 2 years making more money by making mostly theoretical YouTube videos promoting an “anti-degenerate” lifestyle. As for what to show about himself, he’s in decent shape but that’s about it and he uses that as to why you should trust him over other self-improvement youtubers to give you advice on how to improve yourself.

    Hamza theorizes way too much but that’s what self-improvement content creators need to do to keep their business going, to keep the content going, to keep the views coming in.
    There’s also some overexaggeration with the whole “masculinity is under attack” like yeah it’s partially true to an extent but likely no where near as bad as some of these people in manosphere make it out to be. He also constantly slates other men and calls those who disagree with him as “Jeffrey” or some other cringy shit. Not everyone wants to be a super rich entrepreneur. Some people want to be a doctor. Some people want to be bricklayers. Some people are on the very low end of the cognitive spectrum and can only be a janitor. If they’re at peace with their lives then it shouldn’t be a problem, why does it matter to him?
    His content is padded out and very repetitive which is common for self help youtubers that run out of topics to talk about so continue talking about the same thing reworded several times.

    His flawed thoughts on video games:
    He shames people for having certain hobbies like having dream cars, watching sports, watching rick and morty or whatever or playing videos. He seems to continuously berate people that play video games too. He thinks that video games will send you into despair and degeneracy. He thinks that video games are “beta” and women will shame you for playing them. First of all, who cares what women or anyone has to say about your hobbies. If they’re not supportive go find one who is. Secondly, if you give up your hobbies, passions and interests to appease women, that’s ironically more “beta” than anything. Moreover, he makes assumptions against playing videos that when people plan to play for an hour they end up playing for several hours, and that may be true for some (mostly in the case of those with addictions) but he acts like it’s true for everyone and that anyone who says they can control themselves to play for an hour is lying. People who make the assumption that you can’t just restrict self to do something fun for just 1 hour are likely just speaking from their own experience because they probably lacked the impulse control/self-control/discipline to do so. Cold turkey works for some, and sometimes moderation works for others. Then you get both ends of the stick saying that only their method works and I guess Hamza falls into the cold turkey category. I found for me it even depends on the activities, like cold turkey method worked better for noporn while moderation worked better for watching tv or playing games. Also would add that the neuroscience on video games is pretty new but so far showing when it comes to video games, it also depends on the game. Different games have different update speeds, different genres, novelty aspects, and therefore have different dopamine release levels. FPS games are a lot different to 3D platform games or logic puzzle games, so to just generalize them all into the same box as “bad” is very flawed.

    Thoughts on his 2nd channel:
    He mostly wants people to check out his slightly better second channel where he can develop his cult further. His second channel is where he gives more of his viewpoints on controversial topics, such as how the West is scheduled for deterioration over time, how the sexual market place is getting more cutthroat and women are becoming more hypergamous, and he slowly slips in his conservative, dangerously Red Pilled ideologies (despite supposedly claiming that he isn’t a Red Pill man several times).

    “no one’s perfect”
    I hear this a lot from people defending him. Ok, what does that have anything to do with the presented case against his flaws and his content? Saying no one’s perfect doesn’t counter the points made against him nor does it act as a get-out-of-jail-for-free card to excuse all the negatives.

    + PROS: Possibly helped a select group of young people improve their lives (anecdotal claims, not actually proven yet)
    - CONS: Theorizes way too much. Overexaggerates instead of being brutally honest. Slates others and uses cringy meme retorts instead of robust counterpoints. Padded out and very repetitive content. Flawed thoughts (including but not limited to - human understanding, women, hobbies, video games, controversial topics).
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    • Another problem with him is misinformation and misrepresentation or misinterpretation. He made a video about Testosterone and how it’s gone down on average according to stats and while it’s not at all bad for a man to care about his testosterone levels, he completely exaggerated the problem. There’s even a video from a pretty well-known fitness channel who criticizes him and he even commented on it but guess what? He didn’t acknowledge the criticism at all. Neither did his fans, they were all like, “Omg I am so happy that he is getting the recognition that he deserves” well, they aren’t wrong. He does deserve to be known as someone who misleads people many times on different occasions. People praise him for his basic advice and ignore his flaws.

      Another example of Misinformation, or actually misrepresentation, is his video,”Reclaim your Male aggression”. He talks about how child abuse leads to kids not expressing themselves or venting about their problems to their parents out of fear of getting beaten up. Plus, problems of bullying at school and how you need to stand up and fight back because no one is going to help you.
      Now as you might have guessed, I have some problems with that video. First of all, he describes this problem as result of a “feminized” society. WHAT? Do I even need to explain the problem? He has shown from time to time that his understanding of feminity is messed up. In his latest video,”Red pill youtubers are traumatized”, he says these youtubers are feminine because they are loud and ARROGANT. Apparently arrogance is a feminine trait. Feminine nature is being compassionate, emotional, expressive, sensitive etc. If society was truly feminized, this problem actually would not happen much. In fact, he defines this problem as a modern world problem but really this is something that has been going on for ages. It’s a myth and a stereotype which is part of tradition that boys shouldn’t show their emotions. “Boys don’t cry” is not something that girls say, atleast not the majority, but mostly other men say this to men. In fact, other people like him online who also keep talking about “masculinity being under attack” say that men should become more traditional and shit on men who express themselves in non-traditional or feminine ways. The problem that he is talking about is caused by people who hold the same belief as him and he puts the blame on the ones who criticize them and actually have no problem with men expressing themselves. He is shown a little bit that he doesn’t like feminism but it’s the good, not radical, feminists who say that that men shouldn’t be called be weak or “pussies” (a term Hamza uses a lot) for expressing their emotions.

      Second issue, he tells teenagers to fight back rather than tell the teacher because the teachers aren’t going to help and when other kids learn that you told the authorities, they will bully you more. Now it sounds quite reasonable except one issue. Kids don’t fight back also out of FEAR of getting punished themselves. It has been proven before that many times when a kid fights back against someone harassing them, the teachers end up punishing them with the bully and sometimes not even the bully.

      He misinforms, misinterprets or misrepresents things. That is actually quite common in self-help channels that it’s either just general good advice or straight-up bullshit. The only difference is that Hamza’s general demographic is way younger than most self-help youtubers which is really dangerous.

    • Response to Hamza unfiltered video “You don’t realise how addicted you are”.

      Hamza goes against the terrible cases made in favor of video games (like someone saying they learned more from video games than reading books) instead of refuting the decent points in favor of it. The first 15 minutes or so of the video is just him giving personal opinions without any actual reasoning given.

      Hamza makes the claim that people have never actually quit video games for enough time to have a decent view on both sides. Okay well, (1) I actually have quit video games for several years then added them back into my life in restricted time schedules and I feel more satisfied with life now than during the years without them.
      (2) You might say what I’ve just said is an anecdotal claim, well so is what Hamza says. You can tell when someone claims they workout whether it’s true or not because of visual evidence, but for unfalsifiable claims such as quitting video games it’s almost impossible to tell and therefore the whole point of take advice from someone who has quit becomes moot.

      Hamza says these guys don’t know what productivity means but then doesn’t actually give an actual explanation for what he thinks it means. Searches will give you different answers, so it’s your own definition of what you mean by productive in the context you’re using it. So we need an actual explanation from him what exactly being productive is because all he said is “being a productive is having a deep conversation with your friend in real life or on a video call” which is just an example, not actually what he means by it. Dude needs to elaborate what exactly he means by being productive.
      He talks about the self-improvement journey as “this shit is fun”. Ok yeah I found it fun on some days too, but I know some other guys who been doing self improvement for years and they say the fun goes away for them. So you can’t just think it’s the same for everyone.
      He makes the excuse that he’s not good at making arguments because it’s trauma-related or something. But If you truly believed in whatever point it is then why is it that hard to make a good case for your viewpoint? You’re not even typing so you don’t need to try and articulate your words properly, all you need to do is just let the words flow out your mouth and be able to convey what you mean.

      He makes the comparison between video games and eating junk food or drinking alcohol or watching porn. But video games is very different to these things, the similarity is there for certain aspects like dopamine release for certain games with addictive nature, but that doesn’t mean all video games are bad or that they’re just like watching porn or drinking alcohol. There is a totally different brain chemistry going on.
      “If you have to ask what’s wrong with X and then give excuses why it’s not that bad. It’s probably pretty bad.” I don’t know how he came up with this logic, you can literally replace anything with X, like if you ask what’s wrong with exercise and give reasons why it’s not bad, that doesn’t mean exercise is pretty bad lol.

      Hamza brings up the point of “addictive personality” and makes a counter to that, but he doesn’t bring up the point that some games don’t have the same addictive nature to them and when he says “video games are made to be addictive” it sounds like he’s talking about certain types of video games like those shooting games and league of legend type games, games that have an infinite aspect to them and never end, games that you can multiplayer with, which I guess are the kind of games that most teens play so I get it and perhaps what most children think of when they hear “video games” but he should clarify on that because there are other video games like puzzle games that are completely different and don’t have anywhere near the same addictive nature to them.

    • the shit uni he went to is Manchester Metropolitan University. He lives in Warrington.

      Anyway, you made some good points about the video games stuff, I would add that it depends on the person’s brain and age and such. because how much you can self control is a lot to do with prefrontal cortex activity and so for a lot of these younger guys like hamza and hamza viewers their pfc isn’t fully developed just based on their age alone, since pfc doesn’t fully develop until around age 25 and for guys it tends to even be a couple years later than that. and thats just age, there are other factors that can affect pfc activity like poor sleep will negatively affect it and end up with worse self control too

  22. Derek (More Plates More Dates) just made a video where he dismantles some of the stuff Hamza says about testosterone and mentions how something he said is dangerous to say which adds to the section “Hamza’s advice can be dangerous to young people”.
    You can tell from the comment section, that a lot of hamza viewers were happy with him just being mentioned, with comments such as “so happy he’s getting the recognition, he deserves it!” and that just points towards how much more attachment to the content creator there is rather than the content itself. Of course his viewers will defend him being dismantled as “self improvement is all about learning, hamza will learn from what derek said” which is fine but it just goes to show that he’s not mature enough in his thoughts, wisdom, experiences to be giving out decent viewpoints on certain topics.

    Apparently he has reduced his coaching calls to $90 or he doesn’t do them anymore, I don’t know the full story but he has changed/removed those overpriced mentoring stuff that was previously on his site which means he knows what he was doing was quackery or he changed it to seem more reasonable. Whatever the case, at least he has changed those ridiculous prices.

    I saw a comment saying not everything on his channel should be taken literally which is pretty ironic since hamza takes a lot of stuff others have said literally, such as “not caring what others think” he took that literally.
    Hamza has just got lucky and worked the algo well, he’s just the new hot shit in the self improvement youtube space. UK youtubers in the manosphere just seem to be growing in popularity at this time, i.e. Hamza, 1stman, Wheat Waffles.
    The status quo can form a sort of herd mentality where they just support some guy even if he’s not great, you see it in politics all the time. It’s not really any issue with hamza (yet) since he isn’t supporting any kind of evil movement (yet) and his cult members will likely just grow out of their phase then being replaced with younger kids reaching their teen years, the cycle repeats until hamza’s popularity dies out like other previous yt channels have.

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    Hamza in most of his videos is wearing his hoodie up indoors while he has a deformed ear.
    What are the chances? Sure he could just like wearing his hoodie up.
    Maybe it’s because he feels the videos where he wears the hoodie up do better in terms of views vs the videos where he doesn’t wear it up. (Although unlikely since he rarely doesn’t wear it up so it would be a low sample size comparison)

    It just screams insecurity and there isn’t anything fundamentally wrong with being insecure but if you’re going to be teaching young guys to be more confident, masculine and whatnot then you should really sort out your own insecurities first. And sure I might be jumping to conclusions but the fact that he has a deformed ear and just happens to wear his hoodie up in most of his videos is very unlikely to be a coincidence.
    “But but there are videos where he doesn’t wear his hoodie up”, “he has instagram pics where he shows it” yeah okay so? If he always had his hoodie up in every video then it would make it too obvious that he was insecure and so it’d be smarter to hide the insecurity by having a few videos where he shows the deformed ear. If you look at the ratio it’s like 99% of his videos are him with his hoodie up.

    I’m not a fan of John Anthony lifestyle but he brought up some good points against Hamza in his video on him (ignoring the trash talking). Hamza talks way too much from an anecdotal viewpoint and probably never actually lived a casual sex lifestyle but rather he barely got any results with women and hence his videos against it and all his videos on how the average man isn’t as attractive anymore and how the sexual market place is all messed up now. And I’m not even saying he’s wrong on some of these but his continual obsession over it is probably due to the fact that he never actual gets any results like John Anthony puts it. It has been almost a week since John dropped that video and Hamza most likely has seen it and John has a big enough of following for Hamza to notice and respond but he chooses not to. Others like Andrew Tate and Bulldog mindset have noted and had long discussions with John Anthony, while Hamza has had long discussions with guys that have smaller followings such as Wheat Waffles. So why is Hamza not responding to John Anthony? most likely because he doesn’t know how to respond to the legit points made by John Anthony lifestyle. But if you ask Hamza he’ll probably just try to justify it with how he doesn’t want to give him attention and that he’s just looking for attention.

    + PROS: Contributed to a very small percentage of his viewers changing a few things to slightly improve their degenerate lifestyles
    - CONS: Comes across as insecure about his deformed ear and so doesn't have much of the assurance to talk about things he promotes on his channel such as confidence and being more of a masculine man. He's dodging responding to John Anthony Lifestyle's legit points amid the trash talk.
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    I also think the same

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    ive been watching his content for ages now and always knew that the course wouldnt really be worth it, and i have been making efforts to self improve. a major issue i see with hamzas content is that he makes so many videos it can be distracting and somewhat manipulative. Roped into watching video after video filled with watered down information, distracting the jefferies from their actual goal. His young age and change of opinions can also be annoying as he has several videos which contradict eachother.

    in conclusion he is very good if u take action and arent a jeffery

    + PROS: good free content inspires many
    - CONS: too much watered down content course isnt worth it perception is only based on what we see of him online somewhat inexperienced
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    • says he’s somewhat inexperienced but also gives him 4.5/5 rating for experience. lol even if you didn’t say you’ve been watching his content for ages now it would still be evident that you do just from that. You make a good point about the cons but for the pros like the article notes, the quality of the free content and whether it inspires people really comes down to individuals and their subjective perception of it. I disagree with the conclusion, if you already take consistent action then you don’t really need to waste your time watching his videos telling you to do what you’re already doing. Those videos would actually be more beneficial to the so-called “jeffries” that need a push to take action (hamza said himself his main channel videos are aimed at those with low attention spans, which is why they’re mostly ~5 mins vids now) but problem is motivation from such videos is often short-lived, people are inspired to take action more during times like after watching a motivational video or a podcast or when the new year begins and then a month later that inspiration dies out and they stop taking action.

      • very good points. i feel his main channel is very sucky and isnt making anyones lives much better. his unfiltered channel is very informative and entertaining. on the experience thing, he is somewhat inexperienced on some topics, some videos i dont agree with, but overall his life and views are documented on youtube so we grow with him

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    February 4, 2022 at 6:25 am

    I live in the same neighbourhood as the guy, only recently found out he has a youtube channel. If you believe me you can take my word for it, here is what I seen from my judgment he is in fairly good shape, and he looks like a regular middle class person (he could be wealthy but I highly doubt). I’ve only skimmed through this page and if I were to guess I would say this online self-help stuff with youtube and courses is his only source of income which is probably why he continues with frequent youtube uploads and has steep prices for courses.

    I have only seen a few of his videos and from that it really made me realize, how you see a guy be online is mostly never going to be an accurate representation of how they are in real life. That sometimes includes the good and bad, like in this case he isn’t as confident but also not as arrogant. He’s pretty much just your average regular guy other than being more consistent with the gym than most are. It’s as if he’s a completely different person when the camera switches on.

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    Hamza made a video on learn to fight for survival. He says “I’ve had guys try to stab me because they thought I was a terrorist”. He probably just made up the story to make the video more entertaining to his viewers, but anyway, 99% of people won’t encounter those situations unless they do or say something to instigate it. It’s not cavemen times where we have to continuously look out for survival anymore. Most of our problems nowadays are diseases of abundance (food, sugar, entertainment, pleasure etc.) and mental health. If you’re regularly anxious about someone going to irrationally randomly attack you on the streets for no reason, then that’s a mental problem and signs of an overactive amygdala. The notion that you should do something just in case that this very unlikely event may occur isn’t a great approach, should you also leave the house less so you’re less likely to get into those unlikely violent situations? Learning to fight can be great for other reasons such as a hobby or as exercise or if it does make you more confident then go for it, but it’s really not an important needed thing to do. Also telling young kids stories of being attacked for no good reason might instil some anxiety/fear in their them when reality is the chance you’re going to be attacked for no good reason is very very very low.

    He also did a video on happiness from the unfiltered channel. He doesn’t seem to realize that book “Almanack of Naval Ravikant” isn’t actually written by him, it’s by Eric Jorgenson who has just put together a bunch of Naval’s sayings without all being in proper context. If you seen the Joe Rogan podcast that Naval was on you’ll see that he actually says let’s get people wealthy/successful first then get them happy. Naval also explains in his own podcast video titled “Happiness” how people have different meanings for happiness and he also goes into explaining the whole desire concept with peace vs drive and how it’s actually possible to have both. Hamza sometimes does talks about things or people without doing much research into the actual teachings of them.

    Hamza throws passive attacks at Naval. He says “this is not a masculine man, this is not a strong man, he’s a skinny little asian guy”. Firstly, you don’t know him personally, you haven’t seen him in a fight, for all we know he could be a great fighter. You’ve just assumed things based on his physical appearance, and sure it’s fine to think a skinny smart guy may not be good at fighting but to say it for sure and say he’s not masculine is an assumptive attack on character. On top of that the dude is nearly 50 and most older people generally aren’t physically as strong as younger adults. We also haven’t seen any videos of Hamza fight, just some random kickboxing training cut footages. And sure I get that not every street fight has a person who pulls out their phone to record it, I’m not saying he’s lying for sure, I’m saying we can’t take his word on it. At least if you had some amateur fight record then we could take you more serious on this subject, but Hamza is trying to act like he’s some Andrew Tate esque guy without the toxicity. It seems like he’s heavily influenced by Tate and has this idea in his head where he wants to be some big macho tough guy.

    + PROS: Encourages people to do some good lifestyle activities.
    - CONS: Attacks people's characters who have done nothing to deserve it. Attacks other people's teachings without actually knowing enough of the context. Says some irrational stuff which can make young children feel scared or anxious. Still has some of that toxic masculinity ideas similar to those red pill traumatized youtubers he has spoke about.
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    I get the feeling from him there’s 2 sides of him battling each other, one being a more genuine guy and the other being more of a money-hungry quack. A few times the more genuine side of him might overpower the other side which is why every once in a while he might say something like don’t watch his short main channel videos, or it might be why he doesn’t promote more sponsors or his courses as much even though he sells them at such high prices, it might be why in some rare occasions he admits that he’s more money oriented than helping others.

    He’s trying to fuse them together and convince himself that you can do both.
    As explained in the article as the typical justification given by self-help content creators, they may often try to convince themselves by thinking they’re exchanging time, effort and value for money. The emotional gain he gets from some fans saying he helped them probably also fuels this belief that he can do both. Him occasionally opening up and admitting some things also makes him appear more genuine and probably further fuels this belief. Even saying you should stop wasting time on youtube while you make money from it doesn’t necessarily make you genuine, it is like telling a crackhead that crack is bad for your health while selling it. The producer knows that the consumer is hooked by crack/youtube so honesty will not reduce their earnings and they will seem more genuine, double win for them. He may even say to stop watching his own main channel videos which are predominantly short videos now but he goes on to say you should watch podcasts and longer vids stuff like that, which he makes too and will actually make him even more money since those longer videos will earn him a lot more than his 5 minute videos.

    It’s true that you can help others and get paid for it, example – Doctors.
    BUT in the realm of the self-help universe that isn’t such the case, if you really wanted to fully help others then everything would be free and you wouldn’t be putting out videos almost every other day to bombard people with too much info that they can’t fully take in. Also factor in that self-help is really about one helping themselves that’s why it’s called SELF-help, and factor in that you can get nearly everything they say easily for free online with just a little bit of searching, along with that there is a threshold point for input vs output when it comes to self-help knowledge and applying action to it.

    There’s a lot of overindulging in self-help content, people are obsessed with optimization now and they’re overthinking way too much. Self-help has become the new TV show, whether that’s those short videos or longer vids or podcasts or books, they all mostly just give you motivation, inspiration and hope but only action changes your life. The argument in favor of the podcasts and books is that they may hold you in a state of mind of inspiration for longer and so have more of an effect on you to take action but rarely do you actually hear/read any new highly profound wisdom which truly changes people to take action. People read and read and listen to podcast and self-help videos, on and on, but the thing that they neglect to do is actually put into practice what they’re learning. It’s fine if you consume it in a scheduled common-sense limited time period of the day to help keep yourself in check or to fuel a new mindset but really most of it comes down to you taking action on things you already know you should do. To summarize what self-help really comes down to is:
    (1) Stop overthinking and Take consistent action on the basic things you know you should do.
    (2) Have a schedule limited time period (of the day/week) to seek and learn new useful information

    + PROS: - Occasionally genuine
    - CONS: - Close-minded. He tries to convince himself things he wants to believe instead of just being open and seeing things for the way they actually are. - He still lacks clarity in his own self and beliefs
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    He’s a 24 year old guy with a decent body, and has practical knowledge on living a healthy lifestyle, but there is NOTHING he can tell you that will justify paying $999 or even $20 for a matter of fact.

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    Couple of guys say they watched Hamza vids and it improved their lives. It was the opposite case for me and some others, I used to binge his videos for over a year and it was only when I stopped watching him and started taking the basic actions (things that I already knew I should do) that my life improved and I know a bunch of others who share this experience. So it doesn’t really matter whether you watch him or don’t watch him, the commonality for people whose lives improved was that they took consistent action and the commonality for people who remained the same was that they didn’t take enough action. Simple.
    Hamza’s advice can be good ONLY IF people put to use the basic actions (ie. good diet, good sleep, exercise, meditate, consistency etc.) and ignore the rest of the stuff he says (including but not limited to – broscience, contrarian advice etc.). If you do watch him, his videos should basically serve as motivation and to keep yourself in check to keep up with the discipline.

    I saw the screenshots in the “Hamza’s response when called out” section and thought it was fake, had to go to the 1stman server to find out it’s actually real. The fact that Hamza only responds once and doesn’t counter the responses made back and instead just leaves the server makes it clear that he’s in the wrong. I’ve also seen Hamza or his mods ban a few people in his server for bringing up valid stuff against what he preaches, like there was this one guy who got kicked out because he made a meme video of showing Hamza talk about how the party lifestyle is bad and then cuts to his instagram story from a few days ago showing him ironically partying in clubs.
    You’ll often hear people like Hamza and other self improvement youtubers make unfalsifiable claims about them making a lot more money now. Then you see their background is just some casual place or in Hamza’s case it’s his parents house. And look, anyone can make a defense for their case, like “not all rich people will show that they’re rich” or with Hamza he claims it’s because he wants to look after his family. If you were actually wealthy I doubt you’d still be making self-help videos (and of course I already know how they’d reply to this, that they’re doing it to help young men or because they enjoy providing “good content”). That’s why it doesn’t really matter what you claim, the fact is that it’s an unfalsifiable claim but they only mention it to portray some superior image to their viewers.

    If Hamza legitimately has people’s best interest at heart then he should make an unfiltered video addressing these problems with the self-help world:
    -Overload of information + analysis paralysis
    -Same content repeatedly said by different people
    -All the stuff mentioned about toxic and deceptive marketing
    -The comments on this page detailing self help content issues
    -A response to all the points made in the article

    So far, I have only seen a small response to the marketing stuff about how he could make money if he wanted to by advertising and promoting himself more. While it’s true he could add sponsors and promote more, that doesn’t really negate the whole point. What he’s doing is essentially the same as others who give free “value” to try and subconsciously influence you to get into their frame. If anyone wants to see another example of this, just check out the site endmyopia where the guy gives a bunch of information on vision for free and says you don’t have to pay him anything but then includes a bunch of paid courses to tempt people into thinking there’s more they can know that they’re unaware of.

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    • “You’ll often hear people like Hamza and other self improvement youtubers make unfalsifiable claims about them making a lot more money now. ”

      lol this is so true, I just clicked on his recent video titled “The things you own end up owning you” im only a few minutes into the video and he’s already talking about how he made 100k in a year. As soon as I heard that, I remembered this comment, quit the video and realized all this time I’ve been watching Hamza and blindly believing everything he claims when it’s likely mostly an act.

  31. It would be cool to see Hamza do a podcast/discussion/debate with someone on this whole topic of problem with self help content creators. And when you choose someone, don’t just make it some hater who can’t argue well but make it someone who gives good constructive criticism. Maybe the reason he doesn’t do this is because he deep down knows he’d lose such a debate and that’s why he chooses to only debate on topics that he feels confident he’d win against such as with Wheat Waffles and Blackpill.

    The reason for why a debate would be good is because you get to hear both sides views, whereas in just your lone videos you can just say something and there is no one to argue a good point against it. For instance, you made a video about using ego of being better than other men and you even mention that Ryan Holiday book but you don’t address the counterpoint that in the book he says using ego as a fuel to get better is just temporary relief that will gets you depleted after using it for long time. If there was someone else to debate with they could bring it up and could mention other counterpoints such as those by Jordan Peterson who goes into explaining why competing with your former self is a much better metric. A lot of the views you changed could’ve been brought up much sooner in such a debate, like a lot of the stuff mentioned on this page. Even with your debate with Wheat Waffles both of you seemed to understand more afterwards and seemed to have influenced each others beliefs a bit. So yeah, do a debate with someone on the topic of the problem with the self help content world where you debate all the valid points brought up not just in the article here but also all the valid points brought up in the comment section of this article.

  32. I just watched his most recent unfiltered channel video where he talks about being semi-retired at 24 and depressed. It’s either a coincidence or he reads this page since every time some semi-famous adviser from the internet is mentioned, Hamza then ends up saying he has been watching that person now. Naval Ravikant and Andrew Tate were both mentioned in his most recent video and were also mentioned way before here in the article or comments. Whatever the case, a lot of these self help youtubers (Andrew Kirby, Nathaniel Drew etc.) say they watch Naval and then just repeat stuff he has said. I’d say if you’re looking for actual value then just watch people like Naval instead of the youtubers that occasionally repeat what he says. If you want some entertainment then maybe Hamza or some other youtuber will suit you more and that’s probably why kids watch him more since he brings in the memes about jeffrey adonis which they may find funny/entertaining.

    You can see in one of the comments below that someone brings up points against Hamza’s 4hr work week video, where they bring up the point that “There can just as well be someone who’s living this 4hr work week and feeling unfulfilled.” And now Hamza in his latest unfiltered channel video has just admitted to feeling that exact scenario.
    I like to watch his Unfiltered channel not for value but just to see the journey as it’s pretty similar to mine the way his opinions on certain things change. I basically had some of the same change in views but just a few years earlier than him (I’m also a few years older than him), he still has some other views that I used to have which then changed later (like the way he thinks about being more masculine and stuff andrew tate said) – you can be more masculine without acting in that way but I won’t dive too much into that topic as I’m interested to see if Hamza will change views on that topic too.

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    Hamza just compared watching sports to porn. This is how usual generic okay advice can become dangerous advice, as kids may start to feel bad for watching sports now. I think what he was trying to convey was questioning the net-gain you get from the religious attachment to sports. He really needs to articulate himself a lot better.
    Hamza’s associated youtube friend 1stman, did much better explaining it in his video “Watching Sport is a Scam”. Hamza’s video on this was a shorts video so he doesn’t have as much time to explain the point that he’s trying to make, but that explanation is crucial when your audience is mostly young teens who will take nearly everything literally especially when there’s no further context. If he sees this post then he should make a new longer video on this topic clarifying what he meant or just tell people to check out that 1stman video on it which is probably where he got the idea from.

    Hamza also seems to have an unhealthy obsession on how men can be seen as attractive to women (this is usually a teenage/early 20s guys phase and people usually grow out of it after around 25 or 30 as they start to settle down, so maybe in a few years we’ll see Hamza change since he still hasn’t reached this age in life). He’s not the only one with this obsession, with other communities like the manosphere, redpill or blackpill, channels like fresh and fit etc. and considering sex has innate circuits due to whatever evolutionary purposes, it’s not much of a surprise that nearly all of us have desires regarding this topic. But what can be problematic is compulsive theorizing on the topic, which is fine if that’s something you’re studying as a part of your craft like an evolutionary psychologist or social psychologist or sociologist or biologist or along those lines. However, an ordinary person obsessed with all the theories on this DUE TO ATTACHMENT of actually wanting some huge sexual gain out of it all – that’s where the unhealthy attachment comes in.

    Hamza has recently opened up on his unfiltered channel about how his father used to physically abuse him and the rest of his family, he also opened up about how his brother would sexually abuse him when he was a young child. He tried to defend their disgusting actions which is probably just a sign of him suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Hamza is traumatized and getting therapy for this which is good progress for him but he doesn’t really seem like he’s in a good place to give good advice on broader topics yet. His channel is okay for kids when the advice is just about things like discipline, consistency, momentum etc. but when he starts to dive into other areas of life that’s when what he says can become controversial.

    + PROS: - Okay general advice for kids about improving yourself - Gives okay summaries on some self-help books
    - CONS: - No new advice - Nothing profound said - Some questionable stuff said when he tries to explore into giving more unique advice - Unhealthy obsession with the idea of sexual value
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    • He knows all those videos on discussing attraction theory and sexual market value is what all the horny teenagers want to watch. And the Nofap videos nearly always get lots of views because those teens have constant strong sexual urges which they find difficult to conquer.

  34. hamza my homie

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    When I first saw this article a month ago I didn’t even read it and I just immediately hated it.

    Now after reading through it all with an open mind and reading all the comments here, especially the comments by “COLE”, “WILLPOWER”, “POV OF AN ADULT” and “MANNY” I realize not just the problems with Hamza but the problem with the whole self improvement community (NOT self improvement itself).

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    These guys will make videos on telling you to get passive income while their passive income comes from kids watching their youtube vids and buying their courses. It’s like those finance gurus preaching about crypto, when they didn’t get rich from it but made their money selling courses for people to learn about crypto.

    No amount of hand gesturing and up-close camera videoing is going to actually make the content’s value any better.
    Only thing I like about him is that he seems more of a normal guy (even though he still tries to portray this cool guy on the internet) than others in the same field as him.

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    He has said it himself that he’s just a dumbass with a camera.
    I wouldn’t say he’s a dumbass though but he isn’t as smart as most people think he is, he is perhaps slightly wiser than your average teenager. And when you’re even slightly wiser than the average and you blow up on youtube, you can make the average teenager follow the way you view things without much thought resistance.

    Luckily most of the time his advice isn’t bad it’s just ideas he has gotten from self help books. So this can be good for a lot of kids because there isn’t really any other popular self help youtuber that specifically has a target audience of young teens. The other well known self help youtubers seem to cater more towards people near their own age (mostly people in their early/mid 20s).

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    Trust – Very little reason to trust this guy. He made a video saying “Trying to fit in makes you ugly” where he bashes going to clubs and then you look at his instagram it shows him recently doing what he preaches against.
    Experience – He’s just some guy in his 20s who is still figuring out life for himself, he doesn’t have much life experience.
    Reputation – His reputation is not great when he keeps breaking up and going back to the same girl. Also making a video on manipulating women even if you say it’s in a nice way it is still going to lower your reputation.
    Customer Service – I know some people who didn’t get their money back from his coaching when they weren’t pleased with it. Although it seems he has stopped doing these paid coachings.

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    If you see most of the comments that point out his negatives they do so with constructive criticism.
    If you see most of the comments supporting him you see they are either insults at the guy who wrote the article or they are just saying “It’s good advice”.
    That alone tells a lot.

    I personally haven’t got any value of his content

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    stfu cunt

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    • “There’s also a high chance that Hamza’s fans will start calling me names instead of trying to understand the point”

      Proving OP right lol

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      Adonis tells haters to stfu and calls them a cunt. Adonis is based as fuck.

      • jeffreyyyyyyyy
        Jeffrey is unable to read more than a few sentences and doesn’t realize there is a section called “Am I just a hater?” which explains it’s not a hate article

  41. Generally speaking, teens will think his main channel is great and young adults in their early 20s will think his unfiltered channel is great. Whatever the case, he is good at playing the algorithm to get people to find videos by making videos on topics of the trend.

    This doesn’t just go for Hamza but for a lot of these self improvement youtubers: A lot of them are like “I don’t like to brag” and then proceed to brag about how many girls they’ve got with it or how many tinder matches they get regularly, how much more money they’re making now, how tough they are in fights etc.
    I get it, they need to put up this image of some chad figure to their audience but most of them are probably not making the amount of money they claim they are nor are they attracting as much girls that they think/claim.

    It’s sometimes funny seeing certain responses from an outside perspective.

    Some guy: “Hamza you’re running a scummy self-help business”

    Hamza: “Im seeing a therapist”

    Hamza can often be narrow-minded, he skews examples to support whatever he’s saying.
    (1) He has a video called “stop hustle culture”, and sure there’s the toxic side of hustle culture and flaws to things said by people in that community like Gary Vee, so if you are to specifically address that then fine. But when you start saying it’s just “oh work all the time and no time to socialize” that’s an extreme and part of the toxic mindset of the hustle culture. You have to be able to see both sides of the coin, there are people who can do the whole hustle culture thing while having a great social life and without the toxic side to it.
    (2) He has another video on the 4hr work week summary.
    In this video he gives the example of an underpaid unfulfilled doctor. And sure he may have a point but you can see the way he skews it. There can just as well be someone who’s living this 4hr work week and feeling unfulfilled. Also it seems he’s making a correlation between money and fulfillment which isn’t accurate. Consider that people who become doctors generally don’t do it entirely for money as there are way more jobs with better ratio of work-time to pay. If anything, it’s the 4hr work week lifestyle that is more likely to lead someone to become civilized – and a lot of people become less happy when they become civilized.
    Hamza seems to get easily influenced by self-help books, he reads Tim Ferriss’ 4hr workweek then immediately starts thinking pretty much the same way without questioning any potential counterpoints to it. He then belittles those in the 9-5 working world. You can embrace entrepreneurship without acting like it makes you better than someone who has to work a normal job.

    Alan Watts had a nice way to put it – one should become completely engaged with what they’re doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. So it shouldn’t matter whether it’s a 9-5 job or passive income.
    Also if we talk about practical ways to make a lot of money without huge luck or being born into money or befriend/marry someone with a lot of money, then it really pretty much comes down to 2 options:
    (1) Be entrepreneurial and come up with a novel idea which will meet the needs of people who are willing to spend money on that particular product/service.
    (2) Study hard, get good grades and progress in a chosen career field that pays well on average.

    People with Hamza’s money mindset think “focus on creating value and that’ll make money as a byproduct.” which is true, simple but it’s not easy. Coming up with some unique creative idea that’s both practical to implement and highly valuable on a large scale isn’t exactly easy.

    Hamza isn’t entirely the problem though.
    A lot of these kids want him to make videos on the topics of the trend. They want these stupid book reviews instead of just reading the book themselves or finding some decent summary of it that’s already on the internet. They want these quick 5 minute videos.
    If you watch Hamza you have to understand that he’s still very young and is naturally going to contradict his values every now and then. Sure it shows that he’s still growing but it also shows that you’re not going to be getting advice from someone who has already matured their thoughts. This is the partial problem with the self-help community as many of the creators are still so young and lack real life experience and wisdom.

    The problem is often when people dabble in the idea of self-improvement instead of just knowing the gist of what you should do or what you want then simply go after it. The problem is when self-improvement gets turned into elaborate “how tos”/”hacks”/”techniques”/”methods”. For mechanical things, how-tos work, but when you’re trying to to operate at the top of a field or when you’re trying to do something creative, how-tos don’t work beyond the most extreme basics.
    And this is where we get people like Hamza and their cults.
    The teacher teaches the how, not only because he feels it is the only way or the best way. But because he simply loves to do so. He gains something from it. Emotionally and financially. The student asks the how, because he seeks a quick resolution to his problem. And though it may only work temporarily, he becomes accustomed to this chase.

    Hamza (or any other self-help creator) if you’re reading this, I know my post may seem a little harsh on you but I felt it needed to be said. You have a strong influence on thousands of young men, and from the comments I’ve read many boys in their teens will uncritically absorb your videos without second thought because they idolize you, lacking any positive male role models in their own life. Having a channel of your size comes with a certain level of social responsibility; an awareness of your own position in society as an influencer and shaper of lives. It’s great that you’ve helped a few people improve their life but if you can take in all the valid constructive criticism then work on your flaws and reach a higher level in your way of thinking then that will likely reflect back onto the viewers and improve a lot more people’s life.

  42. I’ve only seen a few videos of Hamza but have spoken to a lot of people in his server. Most of them I spoke to said they’ve been watching him for over a year and haven’t made any real lifestyle changes. There were a few others who said they watched him and now they’re more productive, these are the ones who tend to say they respect him and defend him more. So I’d say it mostly comes down to the individual whether they really want to change or not and for some people who find his memey videos as entertaining hamza can act as a catalyst to improving oneself for these people.

    I found hamza through his comment on another youtuber’s video. The comment said this:
    “I used to think I was like an 8/10 legend LOL just because I used to get girls in clubs and from Tinder. A couple months ago I did a 2 hour journal session to calculate my real SMV: 4.8 (it’s probably like 5.5 now that I’m making ok money).”-Hamza.
    While I respect the honesty there, it does seem pretty weird to sit down for 2 hours calculating what you perceive to be your sexual market value. I’m not saying SMV and social hierarchies don’t exist but to what extent are you going to break down a human being into a number. To how many decimal places? How many factors are you going to take into account (money, face, height, physique etc.)? Are you going to cross reference your calculation with others?
    This just feels like a whole lot of effort to judge yourself into a number, instead of just solely focusing on bettering yourself where this perceived number will likely increase on its own as an effect instead of obsessing over it.
    And look, I get it Hamza himself has admit that he isn’t perfect and then you get some people saying he’s so brave for admitting that and that they respect him for doing so. But what I’m getting at here and what the article seems to be getting at is there are many things wrong with his way of thinking which is also fine for the young dude who just wants to be more productive and can only watch hamza’s content over other self-help people because they find him to be (more) entertaining.

    Self-improvement itself has become oversaturated.
    There is a threshold point for the theory of a lot of the self-improvement popular topics and once you reach that point any further consuming of content by such self-help youtubers/writers with no impressive credentials doesn’t do much good.
    There is info on almost everything and the content creators just reword stuff with sometimes making slight changes.
    wanna know about habits? go read the power of habit, atomic habits, compound effect, slight edge etc.
    wanna know about willpower? go read willpower rediscovering the greatest human strength, willpower instinct etc.
    wanna know about motivation? go read the motivation hacker, the motivation myth etc.
    discipline? discipline is freedom, mastery etc.
    productivity? getting things done, eat that frog etc.
    focus? deep work, hyperfocus, indistractable etc.
    spirituality? power of now, the four agreements, wherever you go there you are etc.
    purpose? man’s search for meaning, thus spoke zarathustra etc.
    finance? rich dad poor dad, psychology of money, millionaire fastlane etc.
    social skills? how to win friends and influence people, how to talk to anyone etc.
    attracting girls? models, way of superior man, no more mr nice guy etc.
    new thought movement? power of your subconscious mind, breaking the habit of being yourself etc.
    How to become a content creator? Steal like an artist etc.

    And the list goes on and on. Almost everything has been covered and the content creators just regurgitate things they read, then rephrase and add in some personal storytelling with examples/analogies and nice cinematography/presentation then boom got a new vid. Even authors of self-help books build on what previous authors have stated before and drag out their books to make it longer than necessary so that it reaches a quota of words/pages. Content creators know that success, getting good aesthetics, becoming more attractive, making more money etc. is what most young dudes want and so they just make a bunch of vids around those topics. Nofap, dopamine detox, becoming more attractive, happiness, the mind, discipline, consistency and then your usual protocols like exercise, nutrition, deep work, meditation, jaw exercises, socializing, gratitude, journal. – That’s the usual stuff that they all rant about.

    Most young people will just learn about health, relationships and finance. Then obsess over all the theories and books regarding them instead of just taking action towards the gist of it. Whereas most older people have a job and therefore know the career path they’re on, they also have a wife and therefore they don’t need to watch any of those videos on becoming a more attractive man because they don’t feel the need to attract anyone else. Whereas with kids/young adults the whole self improvement thing paints a nice future outlook for them and they then fantasize about that possibility. Sure continuing to learn is good but one can do so in a scheduled time period and self-improvement just isn’t so broad, if you actually did all the productive shit that you know you should do then you wouldn’t have to watch/read anything about discipline, motivation, willpower, habits, etc. it’s fine to learn the overview of these things but your main focus of learning should be regarding your craft in life. Nothing wrong with progress and I’m sure many want to reach greatness, but I wouldn’t advise getting caught up in the obsession of the theoretical stuff in self-improvement instead of just thinking-less + doing-more.

  43. I’ve been watching hamza’s videos for a few months now.(have never paid for anything and dont watch the streams). I am just a young teenager and don’t have much experience so take what I’m saying with a grain of salt. anyways, I do agree with this article’s writer. Everything related to Hamza’s paid content isn’t looking so good, but I still respect him very much, and that’s because without being exposed to his videos I would still be lying around in a puddle of my own negative thoughts with freaking Instagram and Minecraft for 10 hours a day. and you might say well here’s the “he saved me guy” and yes, I am. His advice IS basic. but buy reinforcing those basic messages and repeating them he influenced me to actually take action. I do not have any social media anymore, and I can feel the change in mental health. I exercise, but only a little, to improve mental health and discipline, but not hurt myself. I have become more self aware, and all those things that are good for me and my future. He is no expert but without his damn memey videos I would never be on an improvement journey this young. I just wish I could get off YouTube too lol, currently working on that and I know it’s unprofessional but id appreciate advice.

    • The last line does say watching his free content is okay. And the writer even has a section “Am I saying to stop watching Hamza?” where he says he’s not telling people to stop watching him. The writer seems to understand that for a lot of teens, watching Hamza is likely still better than sitting on the couch doing nothing. There is no issue with that itself and what the writer highlights about the issue with hamza is completely different. In essence, if you do like watching Hamza then take that grain of salt and moderately watch him with it.

  44. As someone a little older than him, I don’t get why many teens think his advice is great, to me he’s mostly just saying obvious coupled with some story telling. He also just rehashes stuff already said by others. Even his meme of jeffrey to adonis is just self-transcendence which has been spoke about hundreds of years ago (e.g. Nietzsche spoke about it as “ubermensch”). He favorite line “Do the hard work especially when you don’t feel like it”, this has been said by a bunch of people, for example David Goggins said it as
    “You have to do the work when you’re least motivated”.
    There is nothing wrong with the advice itself but it’s just that it’s rehashed stuff with nothing new.

    I suppose it’s that it makes people feel good when he boosts their hope with stuff like “I was depressed/skinny/lonely/addicted/[insert whatever bad thing] but then I did [this] and now I’m happy/fit/wealthy/social/[insert whatever positive thing]” then some tiny paragraph like “Oh but it will be a lot of hard work and discipline and I only want committed people to do take this course”.

    With a lot of these self-help gurus, the question is what part of it is good marketing and what part of it is deceptive and that they’ve gone too far?
    Sometimes people don’t even realize that what they’re doing is deceptive marketing
    because they’re in their own bubble and constantly getting some positive feedback
    which then boosts their ego to falsely make them think that they’re some guy giving
    out high value info, and so they don’t even recognize what they’re doing is deceptive.
    And sometimes people feel almost too embarrassed to admit to themselves that they’ve been scammed for their money’s worth. It’s cognitive dissonance and they think “I’m not a sucker” and so instead of thinking that they got scammed they go “Oh I’m a smart guy so it must have been a good learning experience” when in reality you just shouldn’t have paid for any of his courses.

    Looking at some of those prices by Hamza, he surely must know that he’s being deceptive. I imagine he’s thinking something like “I will sell these courses for ridiculous prices and I’m not expecting many people to buy it but if anyone is desperate for help and really wants to take the program then cool and I’ll do my best to help but it’s not guaranteed that their life will change” and then having other much cheaper courses on skillshare for the majority of the consumer audience to pay for. This is also pretty common, to have separate price ranged courses, with one being a lot cheaper – and while it’s a lot cheaper, a lot more people purchase it. Andrew Tate does it too with his “War Room” costing over 4k while his “Hustler’s university” costs $50. So many others do it too, don’t fall for that crap.

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    Harmless 18 year old
    December 15, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Thank you for this article. I always had a bad feeling whenever I watched his content. I knew I’d never want to subscribe or buy his courses. I figured out why on my own by exploring my thoughts and feelings about his content but now with your article, it really opened my eyes more. I have nothing against him as well though. To any other young man, I’d be cautious of the advice you take from him and the courses he sells you.

  46. One can try to argue that the review is emotionally based but the fact that gripeo experts (who probably had no idea who he was prior to this review and had to look things up themselves for confirmation of stuff) have given Hamza a sub 3 rating says something. Then again the hamza fans who think it’s emotionally based, well those are just subjective opinions. The fact that there are sections such as “The basic message of Hamza’s is good”, “I don’t blame Hamza” and “Am I just a hater” shows that the review takes into account the good and so to me it doesn’t seem biased or emotionally based at all. Then again that’s my opinion, like I said it’s all subjective opinions so the only thing that matters is the actual content written (not the assumed tone) and this review outlines in detail the overview of Hamza’s content which as shown by the review, there are flaws.

    Since this review was made, hamza had recently after made videos about his mistakes so it’s possible that he has seen this review and decided to do some thorough self-reflection and begin to change. One video that was recently made after this review was an apology video where he mentions that he tries to speak with conviction otherwise more people wouldn’t follow him. This is common, many people do this. However, I’d point out that you can speak with conviction all the while having the authenticity to truly believe what you’re saying. People often mix up confidence and arrogance but they’re different, and you don’t need to have a big ego to be confident.

    So let’s look at this from a neutral point of view:

    You can see from the comments below that people are either on side or the other, well that is no surprise since most people who visit this page will likely be a consistent viewer of hamza’s who has either gotten self-assumed value or someone who has bad experience with his coaching. I’ve also watched a lot of hamza’s videos and 2 years got what I thought was some value but now would look back at it and think it wasn’t any special value and so as of now my opinion on him is that there is the good and bad.
    So first let’s assess the main good point about him that gets thrown around: “good advice/quality content for young men” – the review has clearly gone over all this stuff in the “Generic advice that young kids think is incredibly valuable” section and in fact starts it of by mentioning that it all comes down to subjectivity. So just continuing to mention that in the comments even though the review has gone through it in detail is pointless and adds nothing.

    Now let’s assess the main bad point from people who have had bad experience with him: “wasted money/never refunds”. This is anecdotal, I can’t argue against or blindly agree with someone else’s own experience.
    However, the people defending hamza don’t seem to understand what looks like the main point of review, and that is the exorbitant prices of his programs. People defending him may not have even read the entirety of this review, considering the fact that the review itself mentions that it’s not telling people to stop watching his videos as you can see in the “Am I saying to stop watching Hamza?” section but rather emphasizes on the manipulation aspect as it’s main point. So if anyone is here to defend him then they probably missed the actual point of the whole review.

    • There is another aspect of Misinformation and Misinterpretation. He misinforms and misinterprets many things. A channel about fitness criticized his video about Testosterone. He actually commented on that video, not acknowledging the criticism of course and his fans in the comment section also don’t. Some other comment also mentioned this.
      I would actually say that people shouldn’t watch him because he is pretty much not an expert on anything. I would rather recommend watching Jordan Peterson, a person who I also don’t like but atleast he is an actual psychologist who knows his stuff. Even if his philosophy is weird. Watching a random guy who also exaggerates, misinforms and misinterprets so many things, isn’t the most smartest decision in my opinion when they are so many free and better options out there.

  47. The only con that has momentum in this review is that Hamza uses marketing techniques that could be perceived as manipulative, the rest comes off as spiteful. Although, it’s irrefutable that marketing must have an edge of manipulation to be efficient otherwise it would have no volume. Hamza clearly has an ego that’s portrayed in the majority of his videos however if he didn’t have a solid confidence in himself why should his viewers? Arguably it’s too much at times but this is clearly visible and doesn’t undermine anyone.

    I can’t say I fully support Hamza as a person 100% of the time however he creates quality content for young men without a lot of external sponsorships which is common to see on other self improvement channels which contributes to him being one of the real feeling of his channel.

    I’ve been watching Hamza’s content for a while and have watched a large majority of his videos and I haven’t agreed with everything he has said however a significant portion of the things I haven’t agreed with he has settled them in newer videos (eating advice and black pill ideologies towards women).

    Most of this review comes off as emotionally based and not subjective as gripeo promotes; ‘Honest, In-depth, Accurate & Unbiased Reviews’
    I’d love to see who wrote the review.

    • Hamza’s marketing technique is just the main con since it does the most damage as people can lose a lot of money from it, we can all see the other cons discussed in the article such as his incorrect broscience, his potential dangerous advice to young people, his hypocrisy to other youtubers, and how hamza ran away from an argument after initially trying to win it shown by the screenshots in the article. But it seems you brushed away all the other cons as “the rest comes off as spiteful” without actually going into how it’s that way at all. You’ve just completely brushed away other cons without any explanation and ironically just given your own emotional opinion rather than any logical counterpoints. The only thing I agree with you is that unlike other self help channels he doesn’t shove sponsorships down the viewers throat, but even then he uses that to push the narrative that he’s more “real” by being like “I could make more money if I signed up with more sponsorships” while he still gets paid from his videos and also he is now sponsoring shortform (book summaries).
      See the comment by “WILLPOWER” where he dives into the talk of deceptive marketing vs good marketing.
      See the comment by “COLE” where he rips apart your emotionally based claim.

    • Just saying something comes off as emotionally based without actually elaborating on why you think that gives no substance. I can just say your comment is emotionally based too.

      And “quality content” is just your opinion, the article even says that some youngsters may see it that way and isn’t telling them to stop watching the free content.

  48. 3.75
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    You don’t have to listen to him or agree with what he is saying. But he does give out good advice for young men. Some of what he says may be a little too much but in general most of what he is saying is good advice that has helped me personally. I do not agree with all Hamza says but I think he produces useful videos. You can yourself decide what you want to listen to.
    I have no idea about costumer service because I only watch the videoes.

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    • Very unhelpful comment. This article is mostly about his manipulative marketing, we can all see his free content to have our own opinions on them.

      You just saying his advice is good for young men doesn’t mean anything. That is your opinion
      and anyone can get their own opinion just by watching some of his videos.

      • 0.85
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        Yes, but we can criticize his opinion. He is a fan of Jordan Peterson right? Well, Dr. Jordan Peterson is pretty obssessed with “objectivity”.There are ways in which Hamza is objectively harmful. The biggest reason is that his general demographic are teenagers. Young teens don’t know a lot of stuff so their opinion is most likely going to be in his favor. If he spreads misinformation, they just won’t know it. For example, if they had the knowledge and understanding to form a well-thought opinion, then they would have criticized him in his video,”Reclaim your male aggression” for misinformation.

        The problem that he is talking about in the video is how in society, men are supposed to be the stronger one. At all times. They cannot express their emotions freely like women because they will be seen as weak. This is a conservative mindset that has existed for hundreds of years. HE describes it as a problem of the,”modern feminized” society. If you have not been living under a rock for a thousand years, you should be able to immediately see the issue. Because it’s exact opposite! We live in a “male-dominant”, a patriarchal society, which expects men to be dominant, strong, aggressive, composed at any moment etc. While women are expected to be subservient to men. Now, obviously that has changed a lot in modern times. But there are people who still think we should be that way. They think that feminism has made men weaker because now they are able to express themselves in the way that they want to and surprisingly for them, many men don’t want to present themselves in the most traditionally masculine ways. These are people who are redpilled, conservative, believe in the Alpha-beta bullshit. And guess who is like that as well? Hamza himself.

        You see feminists defend men expressing themselves in non-traditional ways while they get criticized by these conservatives. Hamza is literally putting the blame of a problem that the people of his belief are responsible for, over the people who are against it. When teenagers who are insecure and maybe even those are actually abused watch these videos, they’ll think it’s true. Because his advice is always helpful right? Yes, technically his advice is usually just simple stuff that we hear many times but Hamza has the habit of misrepresenting things (he also says dumb stuff like nofap but since he is not solely responsible for it, I am letting him off). The guy says the opposite of reality so many times.

        He criticized freshandfit guys for being “feminine”. I was literally confused on what exactly does he mean, then he dropped the next bomb of stupidity which was to call arrogance a feminine trait. Can this guy go even worse? Yes. But I don’t have time for that.

        I don’t know how he was like before but I read comments like he used to hold his meetings for free and wanted to keep everything free and now he goes on is podcast to tell how much he cares about money.

        If he is allowed to say bullshit because of “free speech”, then we have the right to criticize him with the same principle.

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    I was gullible and desperate enough to buy his course which was nothing special at all. Definitely not worth the price

    + PROS: Somewhat Helpful Free Content
    - CONS: Exorbitant Prices Manipulative Taking Advantage Of People Fake Guru
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  50. 0.5
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    If you actually believed what you were saying you’d put your name but you’re a random hater. probably someone who doesn’t have the willpower to change their life lol

    + PROS: none
    - CONS: Everything
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    • “I understand that there will be some people (mostly from Hamza’s cult), who will try to label me as a “hater” or a “loser”, all in attempts to try to avoid the logical issues presented in this piece.”

      Proving OP right lol

    • Agree so hard with this. Next level mental gymnastics. Hamza is just a guy who helped
      himself and wants you to help yourself, if you want to. Nothing else to it really.
      To go to these lengths to review his stuff like this is just weird to me. When the
      reality is really simple.

      • what do you agree so hard with, a comment saying that OP didn’t mention their name? Dude who you agree with clearly doesn’t know how gripeo works, you can see the name by linking the article elsewhere. That comment was clearly made by a child since they responded pretty much the way OP predicted a hamza fan would respond in “Am I just a hater” and giving low ratings to Hamza while being in favor of Hamza. The kid probably thought the ratings was for the article lol

        • Yes, but we can criticize his opinion. He is a fan of Jordan Peterson right? Well, Dr. Jordan Peterson is pretty obssessed with “objectivity”.There are ways in which Hamza is objectively harmful. The biggest reason is that his general demographic are teenagers. Young teens don’t know a lot of stuff so their opinion is most likely going to be in his favor. If he spreads misinformation, they just won’t know it. For example, if they had the knowledge and understanding to form a well-thought opinion, then they would have criticized him in his video,”Reclaim your male aggression” for misinformation.

          The problem that he is talking about in the video is how in society, men are supposed to be the stronger one. At all times. They cannot express their emotions freely like women because they will be seen as weak. This is a conservative mindset that has existed for hundreds of years. HE describes it as a problem of the,”modern feminized” society. If you have not been living under a rock for a thousand years, you should be able to immediately see the issue. Because it’s exact opposite! We live in a “male-dominant”, a patriarchal society, which expects men to be dominant, strong, aggressive, composed at any moment etc. While women are expected to be subservient to men. Now, obviously that has changed a lot in modern times. But there are people who still think we should be that way. They think that feminism has made men weaker because now they are able to express themselves in the way that they want to and surprisingly for them, many men don’t want to present themselves in the most traditionally masculine ways. These are people who are redpilled, conservative, believe in the Alpha-beta bullshit. And guess who is like that as well? Hamza himself.

          You see feminists defend men expressing themselves in non-traditional ways while they get criticized by these conservatives. Hamza is literally putting the blame of a problem that the people of his belief are responsible for, over the people who are against it. When teenagers who are insecure and maybe even those are actually abused watch these videos, they’ll think it’s true. Because his advice is always helpful right? Yes, technically his advice is usually just simple stuff that we hear many times but Hamza has the habit of misrepresenting things (he also says dumb stuff like nofap but since he is not solely responsible for it, I am letting him off). The guy says the opposite of reality so many times.

          He criticized freshandfit guys for being “feminine”. I was literally confused on what exactly does he mean, then he dropped the next bomb of stupidity which was to call arrogance a feminine trait. Can this guy go even worse? Yes. But I don’t have time for that.

          I don’t know how he was like before but I read comments like he used to hold his meetings for free and wanted to keep everything free and now he goes on is podcast to tell how much he cares about money.

          If he is allowed to say bullshit because of “free speech”, then we have the right to criticize him with the same principle.

      • We don’t actually know if he truly wants people to help themselves, you have just assumed that. Just like I assume you’re a fan of his because you say there’s nothing more to it other than thinking he wants the best for you when in reality that is unknown and unprovable. To say he just wants you to help yourself, is a very one-sided favorable viewpoint. Sure it can be good to have trust in people, but to just be sure that’s the case without considering other possible factors is naivety. Some of the comments here explain everything wrong with self help content creation. The truth is reality has elements of unexpectedness and unknowns, to go into lengths to dissect and analyze his stuff gives more accurate insight into the true nature of reality regarding this topic. This can help people make better judgments of whether they want to invest time and money into his programs or other self-help programs, it can also help some people realize why they’re stuck in an analysis paralysis with self-help consumption overload for those that have not seen the change in life they hoped.

        • Agree so hard. There is a reason why his main channel video turned into shorter videos and youtube shorts. He even admits it on his second channel that he cares more about making money. A lot of people don’t realize they fall into the trap of cognitive dissonance when they hear someone admitting something it immediately makes them feel that the person is more of a genuine person now. They don’t just fall into blindly thinking the person is more genuine but also into thinking that the person has really changed – Example: if someone said “I used to be a terrible person who would not care about anyone else and was completely selfish” that makes people think “oh hes admitting to his faults and since he said he used to be like that, that must mean he isn’t like that anymore”

  51. Do you ahve any identity? Why didnt you put any account to back it up? If people listen to you need to know wwho you are?

    • Paste link into discord and you can see who wrote it. Why does it matter who wrote it though, it’s not scientific or medical advise. It’s just about self dev scams and problems so the content is a lot more important than who wrote it.

  52. 0.5
    Customer Service

    I should never have wasted my money on his program.

    He doesn’t say anything new that he hasn’t already said on his youtube stuff

    + PROS: none
    - CONS: He doesn't refund No new advice
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  53. I bought this guy’s program, it was such a waste of money. I never got a refund either

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