Are you a highly driven person? Do you work on the strongest version of yourself? We live in times there self-improvement is (almost) unavoidable. Yet, many people will never reach their peak performance. They don’t know about one important part of the growth formula. If you want to become the strongest version of yourself, you need to grow in a healthy and sustainable way. The growth formula explains how.
Do you know what it means to be a man? A masculine man? Today, most guys have no idea what it means. They’re looking for an answer to the question how to be a masculine man. But, there is no common notion about masculinity today. All the masculine role models seem to have died out. It’s a very confusing time to be a man. I found the answer in the past and I will share it here with you.
The Ancient Stoics knew how to be a masculine man
What is Stoicism? Search for a Stoicism definition on the web and you will find few results. Almost all are academic; too academic. They are strong compressed and hard to understand. The answer is actually easy.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius
The key to an easy to understand Stoicism definition is not to compress it into one sentence!
There is no how to for happiness. There is no magic pill that makes happy either. Instead, there are key factors that influence happiness. One of the most influential key factors are expectations.
As you may have noticed I end all my articles with the phrase deo volente. Recently I started to use it in my private messages. Many people asked me what it means and why do I use it. So I’m going to explain what it means here.
Porn is one of the biggest problems today. Most people think porn is harmless, but it isn’t. It affects us negative in many ways. It makes it hard to be masculine and impossible to be a stoic. If you want to be, like I, masculine and a stoic you have to stop watching porn. But first, you need to understand the toxic influence porn has on your mind.
“No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions.” – Patrick J. Kennedy
Most men are PUSSYS! Most men are weak, emotional cowards, that follow the masses. Stoicism demands to live according to nature. Man’s true nature is to be masculine! Man’s nature is to be strong, courageous and to lead. Embrace your masculinity to live according to nature!
Today’s meaning of human nature is the complete opposite to the meaning in ancient Greek or Rome. Both interpretations make sense and are valid. Yet, they lead to different meanings for “living according to nature.” But, they are not mutual exclusive. Actually, I think both meanings belong together. I think we need both meanings to live happy and good lives!
Stoicism is a philosophy with great focus on the mind. The Stoics found and used many psychological techniques, like negative visualization. The Stoics also gave practical, pragmatical advice on various topics like grief, anger and life itself. Applying the techniques and advice leads to a virtuous life. But, all that plays in the mind. I want to introduce some tangible tools to stoicism: The Stoic Thinking Tools.
We need a more powerful and new stoicism! That insight leads us to following question: How do we create the new modern-day stoicism? Simple! We answer the same questions as the old Stoics with our modern-day knowledge.