241: Jack Donovan: Redefining Masculinity and Manhood

Jack Donovan moonlights as an advocate for men, tribalism, and paleo-masculinity. He has contributed popular essays and reviews to The Spearhead, Alternative Right, Counter CurrentsThe Hall of Manly ExcellenceAmerika and other sites. He lives and works near Portland, Oregon.

Key Points

1. It’s Not About Survival But Thriving

Being a “real man” or being good at being a man is not necessary in todays world. We pretty much have everything that we need in life, and living life as a supplicating, scared, cowardly man will allow us to survive.

But its not about that…

Life isn’t about survival, its about thriving, its about living to your fullest and giving your gifts to the world, and you can’t do that if you suck at being a man. You can’t do that if you are always looking to others for permission and to tell you what to do with your life. At some point you have to man up and take responsibility for your life.


2. You Have to Challenge Yourself

Life is too easy, men aren’t challenged the way they used to be, and it shows.

We are a generation of men who are soft, unable to do even the most basic tasks without calling a mechanic, plumber, or some other sort of assistance to help them with their incompetence.

If you want to be good at being a man, you have to challenge yourself, you have to get out of your comfort zone, and you have to do things that scare the hell out of you.

There is no path to growth without struggle, embrace this, challenge yourself, and grow into the man you were born to be.

3. Learn to Trust Yourself

Too often, men go looking to others to tell them how to live, instead of looking to other men to help guide them through life, they look for men who will live their lives for them and prevent them from having to make real decisions.

You have to learn to trust yourself and your intuition. Trust your gut, and trust yourself to know which path you need to take.

You may fail, in fact you may fail miserably, but it will be your failure.

4. Create Yourself, Don’t Just be yourself

The concept of being yourself is bullshit.

If you just be yourself, you will never grow or change into a man that is is worth a damn. You have to create yourself.

Decide who you want to be and start taking massive action to get yourself there, continue challenging yourself and growing into the man you were born to be.

Influential Books

The Havalmal mic

What is a Rune by Collin Cleary

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