Dead Poet’s Society: How to seize the day like a man

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I was catching up with Mike Black the other day and we got talking about Dead Poet’s Society as he’d just watched it again. “Dead Poet’s Society – the Iron Qualities are strong in that movie.” he told me And you know what? He’s absolutely right. It’s sums up perfectly the battle we must fight to become better men and the obstacles … Read more

5 causes of approach anxiety and what you can do about it

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  Approach Anxiety vs skydiving Approach anxiety is the fear of approaching and talking to women. It’s a common problem amongst men and something many suffer with. In fact, Bo was talking to Vegas Pete recently and we got onto the topic of honeys – specifically, approaching a woman and talking to her. Vegas Pete revealed that he would rather go … Read more

Kurt Hahn: A Man of Iron Qualities

Kurt Hahn was a man who dedicated his life to teaching boys to become men. Click through to read more about this Iron Qualities trailblazer

Men with the Iron Qualities are a little bit like a woman with both outstanding beauty and intelligence – they are out there and they exist, but coming across one is a rare and unexpected moment. It’s a little scary but also intriguing. With that in mind, I want to highlight men – real or fictional – who have demonstrated some of … Read more

Spectatoritis – Why men should do and not just watch

Spectatoritis: It's not the critic who counts...the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood. Want to find out more about spectatoritis? Click through

I have a friend who, let’s say, enjoys extravagance. He prefers style over substance. I’m not saying that in a negative way – that’s just how he does things. He regularly goes to Vegas – probably averaging out 2-3 visits per year where he visits friends, goes to pool parties and indulges in a little gambling. Let’s call him Vegas … Read more

The Iron Qualities Part 5: The work of the Iron Qualities must always be done

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“We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.”   This is the final part of the series of posts looking at the quote by Teddy Roosevelt where he talks about ‘The Iron … Read more

The Iron Qualities Part 4: Why it is important for a man to face challenges head on

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This is part 4 of a look at the Iron Qualities. That means Apollo Creed has just died, we have a freaky looking robot doing the chores around the house and we’re packing our bags to go to Russia and take on Ivan Drago in his own back yard. Training montage at the ready. So far, we have seen what Teddy Roosevelt’s … Read more

The Difference between a man and a boy – A tale from France

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Laurent Blanc has been slapped in the face by football more than once in his life. When France won the World Cup in 1998, the man affectionately known as Larry White during his later playing days in England formed one half of an impressive centre-half partnership for the French alongside Marcel Desailly. But he was missing from the final itself, … Read more

The Iron Qualities part 3: Never give up – Of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will

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Resolution A firm decision to do or not do something; the ability to decide firmly on a course of action Courage The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear Indomitable Will A will that is impossible to subdue or defeat   Ok – the third hit of the Iron Qualities. Part … Read more

The Iron Qualities Part 2: A Man must have a code – Virtues and the Man

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Let’s continue the journey into that wonderful quote from Teddy Roosevelt and see if we can’t garnish any more masculine wisdom. I’m feeling pretty positive that there is a lot more gold in there. Here’s the quote in full again: “We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of … Read more