Don Your Armor

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals.  The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”

-Jesse Owens

For countless millennia, men have waged war.  We have sacrificed blood, sweat, tears, time with loved ones, and often our very lives all to ensure a brighter future for our descendants. Over the many thousands of years of bitter conflict, we adapted – no, adapted isn’t accurate…

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Shut Down The World For Dinner

 

Our world gets more atomized and distracted every day.  Everyone is too busy being “entertained” with all of this nonsense to really appreciate and understand human interaction.  In speaking back and forth with some of the commenters here, the topic of getting together as a family for dinner came up. I thought about it deeper and realized that people are so wrapped up in things that don’t matter that they let their real life interactions slip.  Today, I’ll share what I do with my family and the benefits I’ve seen from creating time to just be together.

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Your Levels of Influence

Inspired by part of our conversation in our first livestream, I decided that I would expand upon some of my statements, particularly those about your levels of influence.

To define your levels of influence for this discussion, I am referring to the impact your choices have on your own life, the life of your family, the community, the nation, and finally the world. Continue reading “Your Levels of Influence”

Remembering to Be a Couple

The wife and I are pretty busy people.  Between the kids, the house, and all the other things we have to do, it can get hectic and sometimes you forget that you’re in a relationship with another person.  Sometimes we even feel tense until we realize that we haven’t “been acting like a couple”  for a while. Today I’ll discuss what can lead to this and how we fix it.

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The 48 Laws of Marriage: Law 7

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”
-Ronald Reagan

Introduction

As men, our natural inclination is to take charge of a situation, even if it means doing it ourselves.  While this means we have full control of the outcome, it also means we’re not utilizing our time and resources to the best of our ability.  It becomes an issue of opportunity costs.  If you’re wasting time doing menial tasks, it means you can’t use that time doing something that adds more value to your family’s life. Continue reading “The 48 Laws of Marriage: Law 7”

Your Kids Are Tougher Than You Think

The year is 1925, my grandfather is only 15. He has two younger brothers, aged 10 and 3. He is living in a mining camp in Idaho with his mother, who is a school teacher, and his father, a veteran of the Spanish-American war of 1898, a miner and alcoholic. That year, his mother contracts tuberculosis and dies. Within a month, his depressed father drinks himself to death, leaving the three boys on their own. My grandfather, now head of the household, drops out of high school and goes to work hand loading boxcars at a railroad yard to support and raise his brothers. By 1930, he marries my grandmother and they start a life of farming (still taking care of his brothers) in which they become successful, running over 2000 acres, despite being in the middle of the Great Depression.

The reason I tell this story is to contrast this with the typical teenager today. Hooked on video games and porn, no work ethic, no real responsibilities. I do not know of any kid that would take on that sort of responsibility today. Continue reading “Your Kids Are Tougher Than You Think”

9/8/2017 Open Thread: AKC Merch

Hello guys,

After the highly successful livestream that happened last night which I unfortunately had to miss, I had time to work on some merch ideas.  I do almost all of the design work here for A Kings Castle so I bring you a design that we here find hilarious, and I’m sure all of you will too. This is just a product mock up to see how the design is received.

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Announcement: Kingstream Tonight

We will be doing our very first Kingstream livestream tonight on YouTube at the following times:

  • 9PM Eastern Time
  • 8PM Central Time
  • 7PM Mountain Time
  • 6PM Pacific Time

We will be discussing the founding of A King’s Castle, our goals for the site, and possibilities for where we are going with it. We may also discuss the purge of commentors from ROK that prompted us to turn A King’s Castle into a full-time site. Of course there will also be some shooting the breeze, reading interesting comments, and answering questions from the listeners.

Co-founder Jak will be on along with long-time commentor GhostOfJefferson. A link to the livestream will be posted shortly before it starts. There will be comments on the YouTube video and on the A King’s Castle post linking to it.

We ask that the off topic discussions on this post remain to a minimum so that we can easily find any relevant questions for us to answer during the livestream. Thank you and we hope to see you tonight!

This post will be updated closer to the livestream time with the link so be sure to check back here later tonight.

They Need Your Leadership

As we know, even a successful man can and will be manipulated if he lets his frame waiver.  I’ve seen this time after time with men I’ve known my whole life.  One account happened recently to a guy I know.  Today I’ll report on why I think it failed and what everyone needs to remember; to be a father/husband is to accept the role of leader at all times.

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