Sharon Mazer's "Real" Wrestling/"Real" Life comparison of wrestling to reality offers another really interesting way that wrestling logic can be applied to other things, in this case, life in general. Her discussion of boardroom meetings as wrestling matches near the end of the piece can almost be read as a suggestion to treat life as a work, which is at the same time an amazing and absurd idea. Asking oneself "how can I put myself over today?" seems both indicative of a dissociation from reality and the ultimate motivator. Mazer says she would be interested in writing a book on living as a wrestler does, and I think there is a lot of potential in holding that sort of worldview.
Life is a very serious business for a lot of people, but I think treating one's conflicts in life as if they were wrestling angles would take some of the stress off. With this in mind, I would like to attempt to delineate some of the necessary steps to be included in any self-help books modeled on professional wrestling:
1. Analyze yourself as a person. Write out your strengths and weaknesses, your character traits that you admire and dislike, and any other pertinent information, as though you were doing a character study on yourself.
2. Utilizing your strengths, come up with an idealized persona for yourself, noting any dichotomies between what you envision as the perfect version of yourself and reality. Be sure to include high feelings of self worth and an overabundance of confidence, because this is necessary for all wrestlers.
3. Begin acting as though you were this perfect version of yourself 24 hours a day. Do what the ideal version of you would do, regardless of how you actually feel. (ex. It doesn't matter if you're too tired to go to the gym today, ideal you loves the gym and wouldn't skip it for the world.) Treat all matters, especially stressful ones, as though they were wrestling matches in which you were going to be put over. The outcome is fixed, you just have to work the angle and improvise until you get there.
4. Slowly blur the lines between ideal self and real self until the two are one and the same.
This book would sell like hotcakes. The concept of the "real" is pretty mutable, especially in the human mind: it's just a matter of finding that place oft-discussed in regards to wrestling where the real and the fake blend into something that is neither, but still authentic. Mick Foley discusses this in his book Foley is Good when he writes about the breakup of the Rock 'n' Sock Connection. Mick mixes his personal feelings with the parameters of the angle that he is working, and when he starts yelling at the Rock he creates his own reality.
Many academics have written that whether wrestling is real or fake is a moot point to wrestling fans. I think it would sell a lot of self-help books to argue that whether a person as a human being is real or fake is similarly moot, in that if one makes a conscious effort to think and act a certain way that becomes reality. In conclusion, I would like to propose our class project consist of a philosophical/self-help text based in wrestling logic/philosophy, so we can cash in on our collective labors.