The more I live, the more I realize what’s important and what isn’t.

…The more I’m aware of my emotions, which are worth paying attention to and which ones to ignore.

The more I live the more I realize that we can all live a truly GREAT LIFE, most of us just lack the clarity, and even the permission, to take the necessary actions that will help us live greatly every day.

What follows is a very simple list.

It’s a list that has helped me with my own life over the last few months.

I’m taking bigger action in my business. I’m chasing dreams in my life and in my relationships that even a year ago, I may not have thought were possible.

I’m living bigger, daring mightier, and every day I feel truly alive.

Do these 4 things. Do them today, and then tomorrow, and then every day thereafter.

They’re simple, but they’re powerful.

1. Aim high. Plan. Act.

The few weeks or so I’ve set some pretty big goals within my life and my business, but I haven’t sat back and dreamt, I’ve planned and taken action.

This isn’t a pat on the back, but an admission.

In the past I’ve set big goals, told a pal or two, and then acted as if I’d already accomplished them. I didn’t reverse engineer how to achieve them and I did hire someone to help me do so.

Recently, I’ve set the big goals, then hired a coach to help me figure out how to achieve them.

One of the things that will help me accomplish what I’ve set out to accomplish is the Average 2 Alpha Tribe newsletter.

The other is something I’ll tell you about in a few days.

The goal is actually pretty massive, but the plan to get there is real. The numbers are attainable – not easily attainable – but they’re attainable.

The goal is audacious, the plan is simple (not easy, but simple).

I’ve been so busy working on carrying out the plan as of late that I feel better than I’ve ever felt. There’s a power in taking action on something you deem as big and actually taking the steps to see it through that doesn’t allow you to look at the bad in your life or the things you can get down about…

… you’re only focused on the massive amount of work you have to do, and it’s awesome.

Set a MASSIVE goal in your business and in your life…

… Then take real time, a day or two, and figure out the simplest way possible to achieve the goal.

… Then ACT!

2. Be really, really busy.

The offshoot of setting this big goal then taking action is you’re going to be insanely busy, which takes planning.

I actually hate the term ‘busy’, because more often than not it involves someone doing a lot of stuff that doesn’t really bring them closer to their wildest dreams. (Read This: Why Being Busy Is Keeping You Broke)

If you do the first step, setting that big goal, then figuring out the simple things you need to do to get there…

Simple can be BIG, but clear. Just because something’s simple doesn’t mean it isn’t massive.

Take the second part of the equation to us here at Dare Mighty Things Inc. growing as we want to grow…

… We’re starting a supplement company and launching the first supplement in two weeks.

The idea is simple. Actually carrying it out has been complicated and difficult.

Have simple, massive ideas, then figure out how to achieve them and you’ll have no choice but to be in the moment, every moment of your life.

3. Train ridiculously hard.

I love working out. It doesn’t matter if it’s running or lifting, doing painful things gives you a high, it gives you a dopamine release that makes you feel absolutely wonderful.

When you’re training, don’t just go through the motions, have your goals, the weights and reps you’re trying to lift, and get after it. (Try This: Free Strength Test)

4. Eat healthy.

Training and eating right is a must.

‘Eating healthy’ can mean a myriad of things, and depending on who you talk to, it can contain many different methods.

I’ll give you something in a couple of days that’ll help clarify A LOT…

… For now, follow this simple advice:

If you can pick it, pluck it, harvest it, hunt it, or fish it, eat it.

That is, if it comes from the ground or if it has a heartbeat, it’s likely good for.

Eating whole, natural foods – and ideally wild fish and game – should be a staple of your diet. This should be your focus. It’ll make a MASSIVE difference in your brain health, which will make a huge difference in how you view your life.


Set a massive goal (It HAS TO excite the crap out of you).

Reverse engineer it and make a good, simple plan.

Take action and be relentless in your pursuit of this massive goal.

Train hard.

Eat right.

Get after it.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

You can contact him at –



There is a lot of misconceptions about the effects that protein has on a men’s testosterone level and overall hormonal health.

Most of what is commonly understood about the relationship between the two compounds is spread by word-of-mouth.

Unfortunately, most of what is commonly understood is not the truth.

Protein and Testosterone

There are some well-known facts about the relationship between protein and testosterone that have led to this common misconception.

First off, it is well known that protein deficiency can cause the body to produce much less testosterone than it should. And this can lead to a significant loss of muscle mass.

Many people see this as a suggestion to overcompensate. Why just eliminate the deficiency when you can eat as much protein as you want?

Also, since the body uses testosterone to help with the synthesis of protein from amino acids, then people think getting extremely high levels of protein will cause freer testosterone to be available in the blood instead of being used to create protein.

Both of these assumptions lead to one suggestion: eat as much protein as possible. This is so widespread that many bodybuilding websites and programs encourage people to consume high protein diets – some people consume as much as 50% of their calories from protein.

People are often told that protein is the major contributing factor to the creation of testosterone. While it is necessary to have some protein to create testosterone, it’s not the only important building block.

Many other nutrients are required for a healthy hormonal system. More important than high levels of protein is ensuring that you have a good balance of different nutrients.

Protein, Carbohydrates and Fat

A lot of bodybuilders think that they should eat as much protein as they can and cut out as many carbs and fats from their diet as possible. This makes sense on the surface:

  • If protein is responsible for the growth of muscle mass, then we should get as much of it as possible to see the most muscle gains, right? Wrong.
  • If carbohydrates are used as energy, and our body stores excess carbohydrates and calories as fat, we should keep our carbohydrates low and protein high, right? Wrong.
  • This one’s obvious. If we’re trying to build muscle, we want protein, so why would we want a high-fat diet? Fat will just overshadow our gains, right? Wrong.

These are common assumptions that form the guidelines for many athletes and bodybuilders’ diet programs. Unfortunately, this particular diet is a recipe for a low testosterone and a high cortisol hormonal system.

First off, one of the most important things a bodybuilder needs is a good balance of these nutrients. Yes, fat is a nutrient. Anyway, here’s how these nutrients each impact your hormone levels and your muscle growth.

Protein and Carbs

The optimal percentage of protein for an athlete’s diet is around 12-15%. Protein levels in this range revealed the highest serum levels of testosterone when compared with people who had a diet that contained between 20%, 25%, or 30% protein

It’s also important that the ratio of protein and carbohydrates is paid attention to. People who eat diets that are very high in protein and low in carbohydrates, which is typical for many athletes, have significantly lower levels of testosterone.

However, those who have diets that are high in carbs and lower in protein have much better levels of testosterone in the body.

Carbs are Champions

The information above suggest that carbohydrates have a much bigger impact than protein on our body’s production of testosterone.

If you are really looking to boost testosterone levels, don’t focus so much on protein.

A high-carbohydrate diet will also help you lower levels of cortisol, which is pretty much the worst hormone a bodybuilder could have in abundance.

Cortisol works in the opposite way of testosterone, helping your body break down muscle instead of building it.

Fats and Testosterone

Studies have shown that people who have low fat diets are less likely to have high concentrations of testosterone.

In fact, one study that was done on 12 volunteers – all men who were familiar with working out – proved that fat can have an acute and significant natural steroid effect on testosterone levels.

The study observed serum levels of testosterone in twelve men over the course of 17 days. Those who ate diets high in fat were shown to have higher levels of testosterone both during the day (which could provide them with more drive and motivation to put in extra effort at the gym) and during the well-known post workout testosterone boost.

Protein in Older Men

Most of these studies were done on younger men. If you are an older man, between the ages of 40 and 70, then the rules might be a little bit different for you.

Middle-aged and older men respond better to higher protein diets than younger men. They are less likely to have their testosterone production inhibited by a little extra protein.

Men who have consumed low protein diets, who then switch to a high protein diet later in life, will see the most significant benefits. (Though this doesn’t mean that you should eat a low protein diet for your early life just so you can switch to a high protein diet later.)

Also, older men have shown that they produce more sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) when they eat diets that are low in protein.

SHBG is a compound that our body produces that binds to sex hormones like testosterone. The higher the blood serum concentrations of SHBG are, the more testosterone will be bound by it, and the lower the overall levels of free testosterone in the body will be. For this reason it’s very important to reduce SHBG as much as possible.


Fortunately, we don’t have to entirely rewire our brains to process this information. All we have to remember is that it’s important to maintain the proper ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our diets.

All of these nutrients work together to create a hormonal system that functions properly. For the best production of testosterone, you aren’t going to want to consume more than 15% protein. Make sure your body gets plenty of good quality carbohydrates and fats as well.

About the Author

By Sean Ward, Founder of Naturally Boost Testosterone, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing natural ways for men to boost hormone levels. Check out to learn more about Sean and his work. You can also find him on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook



The call to ‘man up’ is a wonderful call to action to live manfully.

The Roman’s saw manliness as a virtue, as excellence in all things. Is there a better quest? Is there a more worthy quest? (Read This: How to Acquire Virtues of Manliness)

Every day we should be waking up, attempting to be excellent in all things, attempting to improve, living at better men and men who are better at being men.

The role of a man hasn’t changed much over the centuries – forget what the celebrities and politicians say, men still need to be men as they’ve been for centuries.

We have to live by the same virtues, and more than ever these virtues will guide us to a place of power, of strength, of fulfilling our role as provider and protector.

We do, however, get in moments where we feel like the odds are stacked against us. We all get down on ourselves. We wallow in self-pity, feel sorry for ourselves, and think about quitting.

What follows isn’t a list that asks you to get in touch with your feelings. Feelings can be lies. They can be attempts by our weaker Self to pull us off course, to make us feel unworthy of what we’re attempting to accomplish.

You do not have to believe your feelings. You can act as the man you want to become, and force your feelings to get in line or fuck off.

You own those bastards, they do not command you, they do not tell you what to do or how to live and while some feelings are wonderful, like love and joy and happiness, feelings of low self-esteem, laziness, and sadness can derail you, and when men spend too much time listening to their feelings they destroy the life they had the potential to live.

Let’s get after it.

1. the fuck it principle

There comes a time in a man’s life, and even on a daily basis, where the perfect answer is ‘fuck it’.

This is an ‘in the moment response’ to a feeling of fear that threatens to delay or halt your action. It can also be a response to a feeling of laziness.

When you’re faced with a fear in the moment, like weather to go on the hunt alone or a laziness feeling like whether to do the chore in the moment, ‘fuck it’ is a wonderful response that removes the process by which you allow your feeling to rationalize inaction, and opt for action instead.

Get in the habit of saying ‘fuck it’ in the small things, the chores, the daily fears faced, and you’ll be able to apply it to the bigger things in life.

It’s a response that demands a higher perspective on your life and the fear you’re feeling.

It’s a response that looks at your life from above, that forces you to think in the moment, what’s the worst that can happen? And trudge forward in action rather than the contemplation that paralyses most men in a state of rationalized inaction.

2. the ‘I’m the man principle’

A lack of confidence is merely a matter of perspective. Too many of us live small lives because of our view of ourselves and our place on this planet and in this society.

A great story is that of Captain James Cook. He was born poor at a time when your birth place determined your place and role in life. Yet, he wanted adventure, he wanted to explore, he even wanted greatness.

Where he was born was insignificant to his desire to live a great life.

He didn’t chase money, rather, power.

He didn’t let what maybe should have been his view of himself to derail what we aimed to accomplish.

You’re the fucking man. Act like it. Think about who you want to become and be him now. That’s how it works. You’re not going to one day magically become ‘the man’, you have to be him in the present, it doesn’t take time to develop, it takes a change of perspective of who you are and what you can accomplish.

When you act as you can act, when you act as you can potentially be, you act as the guy who conquers all that is in his way – which is in your capacity, no matter how you’ve acted in the past.

Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it. ~ Viktor Frank

3. the decision of destiny

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. ~ Emerson

Two men come to mind when the topic of destiny arises.

The first, is James Cook, once again.

He knew he was here for something greater than his birthplace would dictate. Keep in mind, however, that ‘greatness’ is a personal definition. It NEEDS courage. It requires audacity. But it doesn’t have to be what society tells you greatness is defined as, or what history tells you greatness is defined as. It’s defined by YOU.

Napoleon is the second name that comes to mind.

Both guys were born into a position in life that should have dictated where they ended their lives.

Farm boys didn’t command ships in the name of the King, nor did conquered peoples grow up to command the nation that conquered theirs.

The idea of destiny is a decision. When you decide what you’re here for, moods and emotions cannot hold you back, down, or keep you from taking action.

You are here to fulfill your destiny, something as fleeting as an emotion won’t stand in your way.

4. the principle of pain

The call to man up is one of power and control. It’s a dismissal of the weakness that we all have, it’s a call to action rather than living a life of inaction. It’s a call to move forward with courage than remaining complacent in fear.

It’s also a call to move toward pain.

The act of self-improvement is one of discomfort. You cannot be comfortable and improve. When you hold the principle that you accept that pain is GOOD, that it’s beneficial, and that it makes you better, when you befriend it instead of avoiding it like the rest of society does, you live the life of that call to action.

You create an atmosphere where you nor anyone else will ever have to tell you to man up because that’s who are are.

5. the principle of living dangerously

For believe me! — the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is: to live dangerously! Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius! Send your ships into uncharted seas! Live at war with your peers and yourselves! Be robbers and conquerors as long as you cannot be rulers and possessors, you seekers of knowledge! Soon the age will be past when you could be content to live hidden in forests like shy deer! At long last the search for knowledge will reach out for its due: — it will want to rule and possess, and you with it! ~ Nietzsche

Fear cripples us when it should act as our north star, guiding us to a better life, rather than holding us back from ever trying to experience it.
The quote above is a recipe for a life well-lived. It’s a call to adventure, to danger, to the risk and audacity that allows us to truly experience life.
If this is a principle that guides you, fear stands no chance.

6. the principle of discipline

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle

If your habits bring you closer to your goal, you act correctly, and you have discipline.

If, however, your habits bring you further away from your goals, it’s time you man up and change them.

Part of ‘manning up’ is acting rightly and truly. The truth you want to live by isn’t kept in your mind, it isn’t relegated to the realm of intention, it can only be how you act. What habits do you have? What are your ‘fall-back actions’?

What do you do when times get tough? What’s your morning routine?

You are what you repeatedly do. Take time to look at who you are with truth. Don’t lie to yourself. Don’t be overly harsh on yourself, but don’t you dare make excuses.

Write down who you are, how you act, and what your habits are, then take the time to set new ones, better ones that align with your overall goal for life, who you want to be, and what you want to accomplish.

Then live those habits every day.

7. the decision of daily improvement.

We’ve talked about this a bit…

Some won’t necessarily know what they want or even who they want to become. That doesn’t mean you don’t move forward.

You can use some of the principles already discussed, and you can improve every day.

Identify a smaller goal you want to achieve.

Identify values you want to live by and archetypes you want to model your life after.

Create habits and parameters in your daily life that will force improvement daily.

The more clear-cut you make decisions in the moment, that is, the better you’re able to draw a line in the sand between what must be done and what doesn’t need to be done by forming the right routine and habits, the more you’re going to improve, and the less you’re going to have to tell yourself to man up because it will be habitual.

It will be who you are, how you live, and how you act.

The principle of daily improvement is an acceptance that you are not where you can potentially be, and actions taken every day to inch closer to your potential.

That is at the core of the Roman view of manliness, and that’s what every one of us should aspire to achieve.

Trust the process. Forget the goal. The process is the goal.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

You can contact him at –



Being a man has never, and should never, be easy.

The entire idea of manliness and manhood is something to be achieved, something to aspire toward.

The Roman’s saw manliness as a virtue, as excellence in all things. (Read This: Have We Forgotten The Virtues of Manliness?)

That is, daily improvement.

Improvement requires pain, it demands you get out of the comfortable and do attempt what you aren’t certain you can achieve. That’s how we improve.

We do not improve by staying the same, in the same place, as the same man, and with the same abilities.

Winter provides a wonderful opportunity for pain and discomfort that a man must chase, not hide from in his house with central heating and espresso machines and artificial lighting.

Winter provides an opportunity to develop grit and toughness, to test your mettle, to leave laziness as a past companion you never return to again.

1. Hunt.

Depending on where you are, winter – at least the first part – is hunting season.

Hunting is about more than killing an animal and getting the food it provides for you and your family, it’s a connection to the past. Men have hunted for thousands upon thousands of years. The stalk, the shot, the harvesting of the animal, it’s primal, and it’s difficult.

It’s the difficulty that toughens you.

I’m very new to hunting. And I’m 32. Age doesn’t matter. If you want to do something, figure out how to do it, and do it. Just because you didn’t grow up hunting, doesn’t mean you can’t start, even on your own.

2. Hike.

Hiking gives you the silence you need to find clarity, but also to hear that pussy in you that wants to quit before the summit is reached.

Hiking in winter provides obstacles, reasons to quit if you allow reason to dictate your adventure.

It gives you a challenge that hiking in summer doesn’t give. The cold and the snow and the ice try to hold you back, but you push forward.

Half the battle is doing the work during the week to be able to afford the time to get after it. It takes discipline to even be able to go for a hike or a hunt.

3. Early morning solitude.

The days are shorted in the winter, but that doesn’t mean your days have to be shorter.

I took Teddy for an early morning walk in the cold and dark park that’s a minute walk from my house. We got into the woods, saw some deer under the moonlight and some coyotes in the fields.

Winter provides opportunities for solitude and silence every day that the longer days of summer don’t allow. Seize them. Use these darker days to find clarity. Adjust your routine to take advantage of the woods when no one else goes outside.

4. Run.

Run with shorts and a t-shirt. Run in the cold, where the pain of the freezing wind on your face matches the pain of the lactic acid build up in your muscles. (Read This: How Running Can Make You a Better Man)

Pain is GOOD. Moving toward it and using it puts you ahead of 99% of the population.

Get after it.

5. Be outside every day.

The tendency for the winter months when it dips below -20 Celsius is to stay inside.


Get in the habit of doing morning walks and evening walks. Start doing whatever you can around the house to keep it and the yard in shape. Do what others don’t do because it makes them uncomfortable.

I take long walks with Teddy in the winter, usually because I let him run, he sees a deer, then I have to spend 45 minutes trying to get him back as he runs after the thing.

No one else is out. I can play fetch with the guy, let him run around and do what he can’t do when every other human in the park is looking at me wrong for letting my pup run around – and the park rangers are out looking for people who let their dogs run loose, and fining them $150.

Go outside.

Walk, run, hike, hunt, explore.

Don’t let this wonderful season pass you by without a little danger being had, without stories to tell and grit gained.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

You can contact him at –



Over-sentimentality, over softness, in fact washiness and mushiness are the great dangers of the age and of this people. Unless we keep the barbarian virtues,gaining the civilized ones will be of little avail. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

I just finished watching Braveheart, the true story of William Wallace, the man who led a fight against an oppressive king and, at least in the movie, was spurred into action when a Lord killed his wife.

I know it’s just the movies, but men have always been protectors. Bad men exist. They’ve always existed. And good men have always killed them, or at least tried to.

Then, the other day, another Hollywood big shot was exposed as a scumbag, and I thought…

I thought about Cosby and Clinton and Weiner, and every other celebrity or politician who’s been exposed as having groped or raped or abused women for decades, whose actions are only brought to light after years of being deviants.

And I thought about the priests who molested and raped young boys, and the boys who had to have told someone at some point, and yet no one came to their rescue until it was too late. Until the damage had been done.

And I thought about these deviants, and how none of them have broken limbs or severed heads. None are face down in a river, and every one of them did what they did over the span of decades, sometimes even half-centuries, without ever being harmed.

Our society is soft, too soft.

I don’t care if you’re a liberal or conservative, male or female, at some point you have to see that this hyper-sensitive culture we’ve created allows for less freedom, it creates scenarios where victims aren’t defended and perpetrators are free to do their disgusting deeds for decades.

This has to end.

The participation trophies have to stop. Teaching our boys that they’re a part of an oppressive patriarchy has to end!

Not all men are soft, mind you.

There are still strong men everywhere. Strong men who stand by their principles. Who stand up for those who need help. Who commit acts of violence on the deviants who prey on the vulnerable. But there aren’t nearly enough of them.

Our culture has to change. It must go back to the principles that made it great. Self-reliance, toughness, grit, violence for the greater good. There are reasons beyond the deviants from within, there are enemies and cultures that oppose the values who seem to hold dear, but are too afraid to fight for?

Enough is enough!

Raise your boys to be good at being men, as well as being good men.

Raise them to be barbaric when the time calls for it.

Without the barbarian virtues that conquered lands, we cannot have the softer values we now praise more than ever. So even if you’re a feminist, a liberal, a soft human who hates violence, who wants to tax the wealthy at 100%, who wants to frolic in flowers and sing kumbaya ‘til the cows come home, you have to, at some point (and that point has to be soon), admit that we want our good men to be great at violence because the bad men will always be hiding out in the weeds. (Read This: There’s No Excuse for Being a Pussy)

7 Examples of the West Becoming Weak

1. Participation trophies.

It’s simply a destructive way of rewarding.

Young men want to win, and they should be encouraged to adopt the work ethic, discipline, and guts it takes to win – even if they skate by purely on talent.

The handing out of awards based on participation creates a generation who doesn’t know how to win, and as a result, we all lose.

We need more winners, tougher men, not fewer.

This is just wrong.

2. Serial sexual abusers (who remain unharmed).

We talked about this already. How are so many of these sexual predators walking around with all of their appendages? How are they unharmed?

A soft society, one that teaches violence is never the answer. One that views wealth as bad, success and wrong, strength as evil.

3. Anti-hunting without any logic.

Men are hunters and gatherers, and yet we have a crazy growing group of people who are completely anti-hunting. These same people are anti-slaughterhouses (I’m with you on this – although it’s the only way to get nutritious animals to the masses at a cheap price, or so it seems).

So they’re against slaughterhouses, but also against men going out into nature, hunting, stalking, and killing something that will provide sustenance for their family.

How soft and illogical can you be?

Hunting isn’t nice. There’s death involved. But it’s a necessary part of life for every part of the world, and just as lions need to hunt, so do men.

Only in our modern, soft society, could we have such a soft and weak view of killing an animal to feed one’s family.

4. The rise of violence is never the answer, ever.

This includes those who feel as though we should not kill animals for food. Yet, they kill plants, living organisms.

It’s a softness of our society that ignores the necessity for death. Death is a part of life, a part of its circle. It is not evil, it can’t be, it’s a constant. The lion kills the antelope. You cannot hate him for his nature, and you cannot hate a man for killing food that will feed his family.

You also should not hate a man for killing a bad man who is going to do evil things. We send our military off to kill bad men, then too many hate those doing what needs to be done and what the rest of us are unwilling to do.  (Read This: The Good Guys Need Guns Too)

Violence is often the answer when there is a lack of logic or good on the other side. When one side is evil, they are not practical, and yes, ideologies on this planet are evil when they want to inhibit our freedom, and this increasingly soft society is bending over backward for them while turnings its back on the values that enabled such a free and prosperous society to exist.

Man up for shite’s sake. You cannot reason with everyone, or feel sorry for everyone. You can only be kind from a position of strength and be effective with your kindness.

5. Rules of Engagement (handcuffing our military).

To have a group of individuals who’ve never fought in a war, tell our military how to act, is beyond stupid, it’s soft.

The simple goal of war is to kill as many of the enemies soldiers as you can. To handcuff a military by telling them how they’re allowed to do so harms them, it’s also ignorant of the nature of war.

When our enemies set up firing positions in schools and churches because they know we won’t fire at either, you can see the kind of honor we’re dealing with.

A soft culture thinks war is never necessary, it places rules on its soldiers in that vain, and puts them in harm’s way as a result. It’s a weak way of thinking, a soft way of seeing the world, ignorant of how the world works, and it puts good men and women in harm’s way when we should be putting as many of our enemies in harm’s way as possible.

6. The decline of the family.

When an increasing number of men don’t stick around and raise their seeds, you know we’re in for trouble.

It’s a sign that we’re not raising men. We’re raising boys that never really grow up and accept responsibility for their actions.

Fewer fathers are sticking around. Fewer sons and daughters are growing up without male guidance (and we need guidance from both the feminine and the masculine, ideally). And our society is becoming soft…

… Go figure.

7. The rise of government control.

Both sides of the isle should agree on this, we’ve allowed – even given – our government so much control over our lives, which has to be a sign that we’re soft.

A tough society wouldn’t give up freedom under the guise of safety.

A tough society would allow a government to tell them what they can do on their own land and how they can manage it.

A tough culture wouldn’t turn its back on its own values and bend over backwards for values that don’t align with their own, and that millions have fled.

Tough cultures don’t do this, but tough cultures make it so good that they devolve into soft cultures, and that’s where we are.

Tough men won and defended our freedom, which gave way to soft men, which will create tougher times, which will force our culture to once again become tough.

Why not ensure that you’re living a tough life, as a tough man who’s good at being a man and raising your son or sons to do the same?

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

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