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Written by Mark Cole

Copyright 2005 Mark Cole

Overrepparttar years in America andrepparttar 136838 west generally,repparttar 136839 nature and means of education have dramatically changed. But it is an error to think that beforerepparttar 136840 contemporary era of schooling on a mass scale that no one was deeply or broadly educated. Many in colonial America were exceptionally well-educated, yet largely self-taught or taught by a tutor or mentor. Such wasrepparttar 136841 case with scientist, lawyer, theologian, statesman, patriot and father of seven, Roger Sherman.

In his astonishingly productive life as one ofrepparttar 136842 leading citizens of colonial America, Sherman studied privately with Rev. Samuel Danbar, worked as a shoemaker and then as a land surveyor and an author of an almanac filled with astronomical calculations. He read forrepparttar 136843 bar (as wasrepparttar 136844 custom of his day) and became a lawyer, though he did not earn a college degree. He also read deeply in theology and received an honorary degree from Yale, where he became treasurer. He was even a professor of religion for many years.

Sherman was widely respected and known in Connecticut, as a list ofrepparttar 136845 legislative, judicial and executive positions to which he was elected demonstrates: both houses ofrepparttar 136846 Connecticut legislature, justice ofrepparttar 136847 peace, judge ofrepparttar 136848 Superior Court of Connecticut, member ofrepparttar 136849 Continental Congress, delegate torepparttar 136850 Constitutional Convention, Mayor of New Haven, member ofrepparttar 136851 United States House of Representatives andrepparttar 136852 United States Senate.

Sherman isrepparttar 136853 only member ofrepparttar 136854 Continental Congress who signedrepparttar 136855 Articles of Association of 1774,repparttar 136856 Declaration of Independence,repparttar 136857 Articles of Confederation, andrepparttar 136858 United States Constitution. He died atrepparttar 136859 age of 71 and was buried near his beloved Yale. Not bad for a man who was not a college graduate.

That is all well and good; but, you are likely asking, what doesrepparttar 136860 life of Sherman mean for us today? I think a few things:

Are You Man Enough?

Written by Mark Cole

For whatever reason, something has brought you to this article. Perhaps this will berepparttar first day of a dramatic change in your life.

But before you read any further, let me be clear about something. This article andrepparttar 136812 things I will discuss below are not for every man.

If you are looking forrepparttar 136813 latest fad in feminizing pop psychology, then this article is not for you.

If you think you need to find your “inner child” rather than learn how to be a real man then this article is not for you.

But if you want to escaperepparttar 136814 modern movement to make men and boys ever more effeminate, thenrepparttar 136815 ideas in this article might be for you.

If you never – ever! – want to hear a grown man talking about “finding himself” again, then what follows might be for you.

If you craverepparttar 136816 deeper lessons of true masculinity – of vision, self-sacrifice, courage and leadership then read on. What follows is definitely for you.


My name is Mark Cole. Every day I strive to be a better man and a better father. I aspire to fear no man – but only God. I try to live boldly, energetically, fearlessly, courageously, creatively.

I often fail; but I do not give up. And when I am successful, it is because I am applying one ofrepparttar 136817 principles which I have learned from my ongoing, intensive study ofrepparttar 136818 lives ofrepparttar 136819 Great Men – men like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Davy Crockett, Douglas MacArthur, George S. Patton and many, many others.

A few years ago, I was in a slump and needed an injection of vision and motivation into my successful – by ordinary standards – but repetitive, conformist and uninspiring life.

As I groped about trying to find something contemporary to read (yes, I am embarrassed to say that I have dabbled in self-help literature), it occurred to me: Why reinventrepparttar 136820 wheel? Why not go withrepparttar 136821 tried and true? Why waste time withrepparttar 136822 system of a success guru – especially one who promotesrepparttar 136823 feminine side of man (my quest began, after all, inrepparttar 136824 1990’s)?

Fortunately, I knew enough aboutrepparttar 136825 lives ofrepparttar 136826 Great Men to know that I wanted my life to look more like theirs. The only way to do that is to study them.

So I began and I have never looked back. Since my quest for guidance fromrepparttar 136827 Great Men of history began, I have made dramatic improvements in my life. If I were a betting man, I would wager that you need to dorepparttar 136828 same.


From Winston Churchill, I have learned about perseverance,repparttar 136829 importance of powerful communication and about standing for principle.

From Theodore Roosevelt, I have learned aboutrepparttar 136830 importance of pushing my body – but pushing my mind even harder.

From Charles Haddon Spurgeon –repparttar 136831 greatest preacher ofrepparttar 136832 19th century – I have learned about what a real day’s hard work looks like. After meeting Spurgeon, I will never complain about being tired again!

From Davy Crockett, I have learned aboutrepparttar 136833 importance of real education, but I now understand that most true education doesn’t take place in schools.

From Abraham Kuyper,repparttar 136834 great Dutch theologian, journalist, educator and Prime Minister, I have learned that men need not be defined by a single vocation, but that real men are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to leave their mark onrepparttar 136835 world.

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