For whatever reason, something has brought you to this article. Perhaps this will be first day of a dramatic change in your life.
But before you read any further, let me be clear about something. This article and things I will discuss below are not for every man.
If you are looking for 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 escape modern movement to make men and boys ever more effeminate, then 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 crave 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 of principles which I have learned from my ongoing, intensive study of lives of 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 reinvent wheel? Why not go with tried and true? Why waste time with system of a success guru – especially one who promotes feminine side of man (my quest began, after all, in 1990’s)?
Fortunately, I knew enough about lives of 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 from 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 do same.
From Winston Churchill, I have learned about perseverance, importance of powerful communication and about standing for principle.
From Theodore Roosevelt, I have learned about importance of pushing my body – but pushing my mind even harder.
From Charles Haddon Spurgeon – greatest preacher of 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 about importance of real education, but I now understand that most true education doesn’t take place in schools.
From Abraham Kuyper, 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 on world.