There is a world of difference between a mouthy punk who THINKS he’s badass and the grizzled veteran who knows exactly what he can (and can’t) handle.
You want to be the guy who doesn’t crumble at the moment of truth — not just on some battlefield, but in your friendships, your marriage, your workplace, the whole shebang — your character will need to come off that shiny showroom floor and hit the streets for a test drive or twelve.
It’s easy to do the right thing in those ‘safe places’ in life where the road is clear and all the usual social guardrails against failure hem you in.
What about in those areas of life where it’s easy to tell yourself ‘nobody will ever know’?
Great people are forged via great trials and pain. There is no other way. There is no shortcut. Rich and Doug’s advice is: When hard times come, be a student… not a victim.
How many proud and preachy people would suddenly fall silent if their itemized hotel receipts with those ‘extra television fees’ on their business trips were made public?
How many awkward silences would there be if the guys who know who you are on Sunday and the guys who know who you are on Friday night ever met each other and started swapping stories?
Who you are — really are — matters. A lot.
Stepping up and living up to your own potential will take that dirty word people don’t like to use anymore — discipline.
That’s part one.
Part two is finding out if those lessons actually took root.
That’s where testing comes in.
Ore becomes usable metal. Clay becomes fine China.
For either of those transformations to happen will take heat … and a lot of it. Character is no different.
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Why be average? It’s so overrated.
Everyone does that.
If you don’t think so, add some more meat to your diet and read this while you wait for your steak to grill:
by Doug Giles
Doug Giles, best-selling author of Raising Righteous And Rowdy Girls and Editor-In-Chief of the mega-blog, ClashDaily.com, has just penned a book he guarantees will kick hipster males into the rarefied air of masculinity. That is, if the man-child will put down his frappuccino; shut the hell up and listen and obey everything he instructs them to do in his timely and tornadic tome. Buy Now:The Effeminization Of The American Male