Meriwether Lewis accomplished more to impact the history of this country than most of us ever will. He was more skilled, tougher, and more masculine than most of us. He could shoot better. He could endure more discomfort. He had more courage. He was more accomplished, respected, and connected. And he took his own life at age 35. His life and death carry lessons for men to this day.[Read more…] about Undaunted Courage: Lessons from Meriwether Lewis
“If he is a man, he will learn.” As those of you on my e-mail list know, I’m taking a break from writing about the masculine archetypes to examine a different book: Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara. The book focuses on the leaders at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Lee, Longstreet, Armistead, Pickett, and, by his absence, Stuart for the Confederates. Buford, Reynolds, Hancock, Chamberlain, and, by his absence, Meade for the Union. The movie Gettysburg was based on the book and tracks it very closely. The book gives you more insight into the thoughts of the leaders during the three days of the battle.[Read more…] about “If he is a man, he will learn”
The Magician is the masculine archetype that is often overlooked. Merlin. Gandalf. Yoda. Dumbledore. These are the magicians. The wizards. The men who had access to special knowledge, wisdom, and skills. They touched a place deeper than those around them. And they used that knowledge to help themselves and others channel their energies for good. And every man can do the same by tapping into the Magician inside him.[Read more…] about Masculine Archetypes: The Magician
The Warrior. Even the name gets our attention. It touches something primal inside of us. Every man has felt the warrior ethos at some point – or longed to do so. Whether it was beating up the bully on the playground as kid or protecting our family’s honor or safety as an adult, we’ve touched the energy of the Warrior.[Read more…] about Masculine Archetypes: The Warrior
There’s an old story that Tim Ferriss tells in The Four-Hour Workweek about a Mexican fisherman who was approached by an American businessman. It’s a neat little story, but the point of the story doesn’t paint the full picture. You’ve probably heard it before, but here’s the story for those that haven’t.[Read more…] about The Mexican Fisherman and the American Businessman