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The Men of Iron Minute

by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation

Masculinity is Not Abstract

My office is adorned with wood and rocks. I figure that if I can’t work outside for a living, I might as well bring the outside inside. It works for me. My obsession with nature is evident when you enter my office. Every wall displays something about nature. I am a bit obsessed. One of the creations I admire is a piece of tropical, abstract art made from Suar wood, a tree native to South America. Typically, I wouldn’t be considered the abstract art type, but I enjoy the unique design and grain structure. The usual response when people see it is, “What’s that?” So, then, I go into the speech that I like wood… and that it is abstract art. In other words, it has no practical use other than decor. People usually respond, “Oh, that’s cool…” followed by an eye roll, and then I kick them out of my office. I was kidding—sort of.

The masculine journey is not abstract. Growing in masculinity has real-life implications. True masculinity is worth admiring. As Roosevelt espoused, “We do not admire the man of timid peace. We admire the man who embodies victorious effort; the man who never wrongs his neighbor, who is prompt to help a friend, but who has those virile qualities necessary to win in the stern strife of actual life.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

Men who choose to climb this mountain must grow stronger spiritually, intellectually, relationally, and physically. These practical tools equip a man to be good at being a man, and there’s nothing abstract about that. A masculine man empowers others with the power he has been given.

 

Climb the mountain of manhood.

 

Here are five guideposts on the journey.

Faith. Family. Friendships. Fitness. Finances.

 

Be a mentor

Find a mentor.

Be a better man.

 

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