Man Up! Episode #18: Why You Need to Do Manly Shit!

Man Up! Episode #18: Why You Need to Do Manly Shit!

The most frequent email subject I get is guys saying that they just don’t feel like men anymore, that something about their life has sedated them, tempered that once raging fire.

The solution to this is simple, it’s borne in the fact that men have been bred to serve a purpose and that purpose is being served by very few men in today’s society, if any.

We’re hunter-gatherers, we’re warriors, yet few of us are doing either.

The solution, as archaic as it sounds, is to do manly shit!

Books covered in the podcast:

The Depression Cure

TV shows:

Uncharted with Jim Shockey

Man Up! Episode #17: How to Deal With Depression Like Theodore Roosevelt

Man Up! Episode #17: How to Deal With Depression Like Theodore Roosevelt

Black care rarely lists behind the rider whose pace is fast enough. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Depression, feeling down, melancholy, despair, defeat, and sorrow. Their grasp is vicelike. Sometimes it seems as though we can’t break it, but as Theodore Roosevelt has showed over and over again in his life, we can run through it. It’s an enemy that can only be defeated through brute force of will and action, and not by running from that which adds pressure to our lives, necessarily, but by adding more pressure and danger on in the form of new adventures and greater challenges.

The challenge, however, cannot be one we know we can conquer. The weight of the new challenge must be heavy enough to distract us from that which we cannot seem to break free from.

As with most things in life, the way past sadness isn’t in ease, but in action.

Man Up! Episode #15: You Can’t Win With This Wordlview

Man Up! Episode #15: You Can’t Win With This Wordlview

How you see the world can determine your degree of happiness, success, and pride toward the end of your life. Most, however, see the world as somehow owing them something, as success as something dependent on circumstance and not on the man.

If you think that circumstance dictates who you are and what you accomplish in life, you’re fucked.

I can’t put it any other way. If you know, however, that you determine where you end up in life no matter where you’re born or who you’re born unto, then you have the power to exact whichever reality you wish to exact, and create whatever life you want to create.

Choose the latter.

Man Up! Episode #14: 2 Lessons in Success from The Practicing Mind

Man Up! Episode #14: 2 Lessons in Success from The Practicing Mind

Practice for the Sake of Practice.

  1. Adjust your goals.

Instead of trying to create something, bring something to fruition in the future, focus on learning. Focus on learning skills, mastering those that you need to acquire to make that goal a possibility.

2. Focus on the process, and not the end result.

Get good at practicing. And not just practicing to create something, but the actual act of practicing. Learn to love it.

The 3 Challenges from the Podcast:

  1. Go slower.
  2. Focus on the process, on learning, not on the end result you want to achieve.
  3. Read 37 pages per day, or 250 pages per week.

Here’s a link to the book: The Practicing Mind

Man Up! Episode #13: The 2 Roles of Men

Man Up! Episode #13: The 2 Roles of Men

How to Man Up!

How can a life truly be lived in the avoidance of danger and pain?

  1. It’s when we push ourselves beyond what we can do, beyond our safe zones, that we experience life.
  2. Living is a verb, it requires action. It cannot be done while on your ass.
  3. Set higher goals. Explore. Adventure.


2 Roles of Men

1. Explorer.

It’s your duty to go beyond. That is, to set higher goals, to work harder, to explore more, to get out into nature and test yourself against the elements.

2. Defender.

It’s your duty to defend. But not only your duty to rise to the call to action, but be skilled enough and strong enough to actually be of some use when you do defend.

Man Up! Episode #12: The Approval Society

Man Up! Episode #12: The Approval Society

Man Up: Persist in Silence. Don’t Work for Fame.

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. ~ Seneca

Quietly become great, and quietly do good. To man up requires not fame but persistence in silence.

We live in an age and a society that promotes vanity. We do things to broadcast them and not simply to do them or enjoy them.

Your journey and your mission in life is to do what you must to the best of your ability, but without telling every Tom, Dick, and Harry about the work you’ve done or the deeds you’ve done.

The road ahead is rough. There will be losses, it will be riddled with failure. That’s just what life is. Create greatness by hustling and persisting, not broadcasting your every victory and moment of ease.

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Article: Quietly Become Great