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November 8, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

The fear of getting punched in the face can severely limit your ability to defend yourself and your loved ones. Imagine walking outside and bumping into some idiot who doesn’t know to step out of your path. He pushes you back and shouts, “Stay out of my way!” No matter what you do, this aggressive psycho has already decided to get revenge for imagined disrespect. Suddenly, he swings a wild haymaker at your jaw. What do you do?

If it’s your first time reacting to a punch, your instinct might be to flinch, close your eyes, or turn your back to protect your face, but this puts you in even more danger as you don’t know exactly where the aggressive psycho is.

To overcome the fear, accept the possibility that you could get hit. Otherwise, fear takes over and forces you to make poor decisions that could actually put you in more danger. Accepting some pain from a jab to the face is a small price to pay for maintaining the awareness you need to handle the situation or escape. If you want to get over this fear then you have to risk getting hit.

Here are 4 ways to train yourself to overcome the fear of getting punched:

1. Have Someone Throw Stuff At You

Have someone throw objects at you that won’t hurt on impact, preferably something soft. Pay attention to your reactions. Do you flinch more than necessary? Do you close your eyes? Are you trying to protect yourself from something that can’t even hurt you? This is a simple method that helps you understand your own flinch reaction and begin to decide when it’s appropriate to flinch or not.

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November 7, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

"Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why. From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion. Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes."

– Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts

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November 6, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

In high school, I flipped burgers at McDonald’s so I could afford the privilege of taking the SAT. I fed and cared for my three baby siblings until they went to sleep and stayed up until 4am to do my homework. I walked home through a dangerous part of the city after extracurriculars because I couldn’t afford a car. I stuck my laptop out of my window at night to steal my neighbor’s wifi and finish my schoolwork. I was scoffed at and told, “from this part of Ohio, only the children of doctors and lawyers get to go to Ivy League Schools.” In college, I panicked when my laptop broke because I had worked 150 minimum wage hours to buy it. I scrubbed toilets, shelved books, and sold clothing so I could chase my dreams and travel the world. Throughout my life, I have maneuvered and begged for every kind of subsidy and coupon. I’m the son of a warehouse worker and an immigrant; a first generation student. Today, I graduated from Harvard.

Shannon Satonori Lytle

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November 3, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism — and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But, if he’s reasonably strong — and lucky — he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

– Stanley Kubrick

 

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November 2, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

We want the freedom to do what we want when we want with whom we want.

But that freedom is only achieved through discipline.

If you are disciplined with your money, you will have financial freedom.

If you are disciplined with your commitments, you will have more time freedom.

If you are disciplined in the gym, you will have more freedom in every area of your life.

Discipline equals freedom.  

If you can master discipline you will be smarter, stronger, healthier, richer, and freer than any of your friends or family.

If you do not, then you will constantly be pushed around by the currents of life and you will never have the control and freedom that you desire.

But discipline doesn’t just happen overnight. There’s no supplement you can take to improve it. And there’s no shortcut to developing it. 

You have to work to become more disciplined.

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November 1, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

A pussy can live life in avoidance of ideas he doesn’t agree with, things he finds too difficult to attempt, places that scare him, ventures that frighten him.

You clearly can’t.

You want to live.

A life of avoidance isn’t living. It’s awaiting death while avoiding life.

Life truly is both brutal and exciting. You have to work brutally hard, but you also have to attempt to do things that scare you.

Fear is a wonderful thing. It’s more than thrill. Thrill is jumping from a cliff. Fear is going after a goal that you know you can very likely fail at. Fear is going to a new land you’re not certain is safe or even logical to visit. Fear hits your soul, it also helps it grow stronger.

The more fear you can face the more life you’ll live, and that should be what most of us attempt while we’re here, to live ambitiously, daringly, and dangerously.

The things that scare us should act as guides to, not from. (Read This: Let Fear Guide You)

They should be stars guiding our journey through life.

You’re not a pussy, even if you’ve lived like one up until now, it just takes a moment, a decision made in strength to start the habit of becoming a warrior, a man.

Make that decision now.

What is it that you’re scared to do but you’ve always wanted to try?

Think of 5 things. Do one now.

This isn’t a matter of ‘being successful’, but of living. This facing fear is addictive. Once you do it a few times you’ll never want to return to your old ways.

Chad Howse

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October 31, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

Realize that sleeping on a futon when you’re 30 is not the worst thing. You know what’s worse, sleeping in a king bed next to a wife you’re not really in love with but for some reason you married, and you got a couple kids, and you got a job you hate. You’ll be laying there fantasizing about sleeping on a futon. There’s no risk when you go after a dream. There’s a tremendous amount to risk to playing it safe.

– Bill Burr

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October 30, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Man-Up |

I fucking hate Friday. I really do. I’m blown away by people celebrating the end of the week.

Like the weekend is your escape from your reality.

At its basic form, if you genuinely celebrate Friday, you need to rethink your entire fucking game. You need to rethink life. I mean, it’s super simple.

Right now, there’s so many people debating the pedestal of workaholics and hustle and grind. I think it’s actually an interesting conversation about work-life balance. But I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about if you genuinely dislike what you do so much that you beg for Friday. This has to stop.

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October 27, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Man-Up |

Yeah, this album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me
I’d never amount to nothin’, to all the people that lived above the
buildings that I was hustlin’ in front of that called the police on
me when I was just tryin’ to make some money to feed my daughter,
and all the niggas in the struggle, you know what I’m sayin’?

Uh-ha, it’s all good baby bay-bee, uh

It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up magazine
Salt’n’Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin’ pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
I let my tape rock ’til my tape pop
Smokin’ weed and bamboo, sippin’ on private stock
Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack
With the hat to match

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October 26, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out, know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.”

– Ernest Hemingway

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