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March 5, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

Power of choice.

Think about this one for a second…. Nick Santonastass was born with one arm and no legs. In his mind, there’s nothing he can’t do… and he’s right. He’s right because he does everything he sets his mind to. Competed as an amateur wrestler, motivational speaker, trains like a beast and today (Sat 9/23) he competes in his first bodybuilding contest. 
We chatted after my workout about the power of choice. He said, I could’ve been pissed at the world for being born like this, but instead I choose to live life to the fullest, be happy and crush everything I put my mind to and hopefully, I can inspire people to do the same.

Yes sir.

Life deals us cards on a daily basis, but we always get to decide how we’re gonna play ’em.

Keep crushing life my man and inspiring all those around you. And thank you for helping frame my perspective on life just a little bit more.

― The Rock

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March 2, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

It was the summer of 2012 and a professional trainer named Rob was hired to train the USA basketball team that would be playing in the Olympics in London.

He had the opportunity to work with so

me of the best names in basketball:

Lebron James…

Carmelo Anthony…

Kevin Durant…

But the player who stood out amongst the stars was Kobe Bryant. 

Rob had worked with some of the other members of the USA basketball team before, but this would be his first interaction with Kobe.

In his first meeting with Kobe, Rob talked about what he specialized in, where Kobe would like to be by the end of summer, and about the hustle of his teammates. Rob then gave Kobe his number and told him to call him any time he wanted to do some extra conditioning work.

Two days later, Kobe woke up Rob with a call at 4:15am in the morning.

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March 1, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person…perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millenia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another.”

― Carl Sagan

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February 28, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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You Are a Direct Reflection of the People You Spend the Most Time With

The people around you are your mirrors.

They are the ones who allow you to see aspects of yourself — and vice versa. If you spend time with people who mirror your own insecurities, or fears, or judgments, then you’re going to see those traits every single day and begin to believe in them. They will be reinforced in you to the point where you decide that is “who you are.”

On the flip side, if you spend time with people who challenge your fears, your insecurities, and the parts of you that need “work,” you will inevitably change. You will soak up and inherit different traits. Better or more positive traits.

Deliberately choosing the people around you is how you can sculpt yourself.

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February 27, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

"I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy."

― James Harrison

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February 26, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

Women aren’t in the business of trading sex in exchange for you being nice to them.

If you think being a nice guy should be enough to get you laid, then you got another thing coming.Women don’t owe you sex, or a date, or a relationship because you’re a nice guy.

Since you’re so desperate for a relationship (or a date, or sex, or attention, or love), you think every woman puts you in the friend zone, when in actuality you’re the one putting every woman in the girlfriend zone.

There is no friend zone, girlfriend zone, or boyfriend zone.

There are simply two people (and sometimes more) spending time together and deciding what kind of relationship they’d like to have together.

Every now and then, those desires line up. You meet someone who wants what you want. Amazing.

But for the most part, there’s a mismatch in what people want. You want a relationship and she wants a friendship. Happens all the time. Get over it.

But instead of moving on you get mad and start asking things like, “don’t women want to date nice guys?”

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February 23, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |


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 “Nobody can save you but yourself. You will be put again and again into nearly impossible situations. They will attempt again and again…to make you submit, quit and/or die quietly inside…and it will be easy enough to fail…but don’t, don’t, don’t. Just watch them. Listen to them. Do you want to be like that? A faceless, mindless, heartless being? Do you want to experience death before death? Nobody can save you but yourself and you’re worth saving. It’s a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning then this is it. Think about it. Think about saving yourself.”

― Charles Bukowski

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February 21, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |


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Everybody knows the benefits of lifting weights but it isn’t the only game in town that can build your body and mind. Learning how to fight also has a place as one of the key things all men (and women) should do to get the most out of their life experience. Sound like an exaggeration? It’s really not, especially when you consider learning how to fight has been a rite of passage since the beginning of time in many dominant cultures. It is only in recent times that the practice of channelled aggression has been given a bad rap.

The practice of fighting, or learning a martial art, is especially valuable for men, for whom the acting out of aggression, the desire to dominate, the ability to look after ones’ family or tribe, as well as having the camaraderie of like-minded males, is a huge factor in wellbeing and something that modern society constantly deprives them of.

The ability to challenge others, to endure pain, and the knowledge that you can look after yourself physically, are very underrated factors that contribute to high levels of functioning in other areas of life. Learning how to fight doesn’t mean you have to go around bashing heads in but, knowing you could if you had to, can make all the difference between a timid boy and a dominant man.

If you are still not sure how learning how to fight can benefit you, the 12 reasons below should clear up any confusion.

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February 20, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

A man’s attractiveness is inversely proportional to how needy he is. The less needy he is, the more attractive he will be to women on average. The needier he is, the less attractive he will be to women on average.

Neediness is when a man places a higher priority on others’ perceptions of him than his perception of himself. A needy man’s actions and words will therefore be primarily motivated by impressing and winning approval from others. Non-neediness is when a man places a higher priority on his own perception of himself than the perceptions of others. A non-needy man’s actions and words will therefore be primarily motivated by embodying his own values and desires.

Neediness, therefore, infiltrates all behaviors because it is what inspires and instigates all behaviors. A lack of neediness also infiltrates all behaviors for the same reason. Because it underlies all of your actions and words, to be non-needy is to be more attractive, in every way. It defines and resonates in everything you say and do, the way you stand, the way you smile, the jokes you tell, the people you associate with, the car you drive, the wine you drink, the jacket you wear.

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February 19, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who didn’t quit, look no further.

Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.

He could have quit many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country.

Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House:

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