Balancing the Light and Dark

A recent email from Ivan Throne got me thinking about how men must balance our personalities in order to be a complete man.  If you are not signed up for Ivan’s email newsletters, you’re missing out, but I digress.

If memory serves, he was speaking about his training in Ninjutsu and how his instructor was teaching him about keeping one foot in the light and the other in the dark.

But what does this mean?

How does this apply to our everyday lives? Continue reading “Balancing the Light and Dark”

Bible Benefits: An Agnostic’s Review of Bibical Teachings

I am not a Christian.  I don’t go to church and I probably never will.  I’m not a full blown neck beard atheist and I guess if I had to lable myself it would be an agnostic.  All that said, recently I’ve found myself having a more open mind on religion.  There are valuable lessons to be learned and traditional ways of thinking  cannot be ignored.  Today I’ll insights I’ve found in the good book and how I feel they apply.  This is truly an outsiders point of view, but I respect everyone’s religious views.  I intend on this to be a loose series and review of the Bible.  I’ll write about my insights as I read on.

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What Are You Putting Off?

Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Israel, saying, “This is what the Lord has commanded. If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

-Numbers 30:1-2

In the past, we’ve talked a lot about integrity – being true not only to others, but more importantly, to yourself.  How many men here, yours truly included have said you would do something and not followed through?  Do not make excuses such as the task was small or trivial.  Did you say “I will do this” and then not do it? Continue reading “What Are You Putting Off?”

Building Your Tribe

“What’s in a life without Camaraderie? For setting sail on a ship with a band of merry brothers by your side is much more gratifying than drifting aimlessly on a boat lost alone at sea.”

-Saim A. Cheeda

The modern world has changed our lives in many ways, some for the better and some for the worse.  Still, some other changes are unique and provide both benefits and hindrances.  One such modern marvel is the creation of the internet and social media.  With it, we have become more connected than ever before, able to talk to people around the globe in real time.

So why do many men feel more disconnected than ever? Continue reading “Building Your Tribe”

Learning Wisdom

Wisdom: The proper use of knowledge which enables one to navigate through life successfully.
– Pastor Wayne

Success in life comes from wisdom. With wisdom, a man can take advantage of opportunities in life and more importantly avoid the pitfalls in life that entrap and destroy others. Maturity is both growing older and growing wiser. If you are looking to improve your life, the quickest and strongest way to do so is to increase your wisdom. Continue reading “Learning Wisdom”

Focusing Through Negative Visualization

Our society tends to avoid most things with the term negative in it, but that is doing a disservice to yourself.  The fact of the matter is, using negative visualization is a powerful tool that not only helps you keep things in proper perspective, but will push you to new heights. Continue reading “Focusing Through Negative Visualization”

3 Ways to Harness Your Inner Stoic

Stoicism seems to be a rather fashionable thing for many young men to talk about on the internet, but judging by their other conversations, I’m often left wondering if it’s just for show and they don’t really practice what they preach.

Stoicism is a rather rich and complex philosophy, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll narrow it down to it’s most basic interpretation Continue reading “3 Ways to Harness Your Inner Stoic”

Every Day Matters

At church last Sunday, we had a guest preacher speak to us regarding following the teachings of the Bible.  While I was listening,  I was struck by a secondary message that was part of his sermon, but also applicable to all aspects of a man’s life: Every day matters.

To be quite honest, I would have passed over this little piece of his sermon if I had not heard the exact same message the previous day at my Taekwondo testing, albeit formatted differently to fit the audience. Continue reading “Every Day Matters”

The 5 Tenets of Taekwondo

The 5 tenets of Taekwondo are basic attributes expected out of every student that decides to take part in a class, but I would argue they are valuable for everyone to work on improving, not just martial artists.

For just 5 basic tenets, there seems to be a lot of confusion and controversy around them and their meaning.  It’s my goal to help clear some of this up as well as provide my take on them.  If these types of articles are something our readers are interested in, I will go on to cover the tenets/principles of other martial arts in the future.  Let’s begin. Continue reading “The 5 Tenets of Taekwondo”

Are You a Good Man or Good at Being a Man?

I recently read through a conversation some men were having on Twitter about fatherhood and masculinity in general when the topic of being a good man versus being good at being a man came up.  I forget who all was involved in the conversation so I apologize for not crediting the men who provided me with this idea.

This comparison highlights an underlying issue I see within the Red Pill community and is rarely addressed.

Look through any Red Pill site and you will find dozens, if not hundreds of articles centered around self-improvement, fitness, money, game, style, but rarely anything deeper.

Why is that? Continue reading “Are You a Good Man or Good at Being a Man?”