Defeat isn’t just a part of life, but a necessary part of life. We need it. We need it to teach us not only how to win in the future, but how to become a man.
Haters don’t exist. You don’t have haters. You have people in your life, some better than others, but if you’re any kind of a leader, you should be helping these people improve not looking down at them from your glass castle.
In the past few years I’ve read every book on the Stoics, by those we’ve deemed ‘the stoics’, that I could find. The big three are Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Seneca was a wealthy businessman. Epictetus was a former slave. Marcus Aurelius was the emperor of Rome. It’s this diversity that’s attractive to any […]
I’m working through Victor Davis Hanson’s Savior Generals right now. Hanson looks into wars that were all but lost, and the generals who won them. These aren’t average generals. These are men who had ideals and courage that their peers didn’t, allowing them to lead in ways that others couldn’t. The second general that Hanson […]
Winners make their lives more difficult where they don’t need to be, and simpler where others complicate things. How Winners Work Winners work on one thing at a time. They know that multitasking doesn’t work, so they do what they’re doing and then they move on to the next task. They work tirelessly. They’re always […]
I can be a tad impulsive. (Read This: How to Fight Your Desires to Find True Freedom) The other week I decided I wanted to sell my truck and get something different. I wanted to sell the truck because it’s pushing 220k kms and I figured it would be a good time to get some […]
How to Become a Better Man My mom’s Italian. She was born in Italy and came over to Canada when she was seven years old. Italian mothers tell their son’s to be ‘good’. That’s the instruction they give at the beginning of the day. It isn’t to be smart, or to do well in school […]
Grit must be trained, and though you weren’t trained in this way as a lad – in our modern society your parents would be locked up for training you to become a man as they did for centuries before us – you must train this way now.
The practice gameness does not mean that you should walk up to a giant human and attempt to beat their brains out. It may mean that you sign up to a boxing gym. Practice gameness may mean that you practice jumping at the chance of adventure despite any danger that may accompany it.
Franklin’s virtues are wonderful, but for many of us some of these virtues will temper what we want to unleash. Before you can focus and become a gentleman, before you can soften, you must become tough, you must return to the warrior that was your ancestors, the strong, stoic men that were your grandparents. The […]
The art of being present is a skill few have mastered. We have so much that brings us out of the moment naturally, our thoughts and fears of the future. Our worries about our past. We have a hard time as it is, without technology, to be present, that technology simply compounds our natural tendencies […]
The reality is that life throws us curveballs that we must feel fully to fully appreciate. (Read This: The Event Doesn’t Matter. Your Reaction Does) As I’m writing this right now my dog appears to be on death’s door. I bought him while on a trip to Argentina and it seems he came up with […]
The masses feel powerless. There are those that don’t vote because they see the insignificance of a single vote. They don’t step back and see that elections are won by thousands of very significant single votes. They see the futility in action. This cannot be how you see the world because it’s a view of […]
What’s lost in Theodore Roosevelt’s story is the fact that he was a big time nerd. From a young age he collected bugs. He learned taxidermy very young and began collecting birds and studying them and categorizing them. He was fascinated with science and learning consumed him. If born in today, he’d have stayed a […]
It’s incredible, but the sickness that is political correctness has oozed its way into the world of pets. I was recently on a trip way down to Argentina. I visited Ushuaia, the southernmost part of the world before Antarctica, and then worked my way up along the Andes all the way up to Iguazu Falls […]