“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 Qualities’.
Once this post is finished, the journey to explore what the Iron Qualities are will be over, right?
The journey doesn’t end here
No – the journey towards true manhood never stops. Everything we do every day of our lives should be done with the goal of making ourselves better men – and with the principles of the Iron Qualities always in the back of our minds.
The work of the Iron Qualities MUST ALWAYS BE DONE
It is not enough to read about the principles and be familiar with them
It’s not enough to say “ok – I am going to live a life filled with Iron Qualities”
It’s not enough to say “it’s too hard to be that kind of man. I am just an average guy and there’s nothing I can do to change that”
Nobody is born the finished product. Nobody is born as “Man: defined”. You might talk about men you have come across who are ‘naturals’ – everything they do seems so effortless.
I don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘natural’. The difference with these guys is the stories they tell themselves in their heads and the actions they undertake every day.
- They are positive – The stories they tell themselves are filled with positivity and affirmative messages
- They are authentic – They have defined a code of virtues and their actions are governed by this code
- They have resolve – These men do. Or do not. There is no try
- They have courage – Doing (or not doing) will often be difficult, dangerous or painful. These men accept this fact and continue
- They have an undefeatable spirit – They will not be beaten or subdued
That’s right – these men have the Iron Qualities and they are not half-assed about it. This is the secret to success – to be a man of Iron Qualities, there are things that MUST ALWAYS BE DONE. Every day of your life. There are no compromises, no shortcuts and the journey never ends.
- It’s not optional
- It’s not part-time
- It’s not only words
It’s all day, every day action.
So let’s explore these final words a little more – “must always be done”
MUST – Of course…there is always a choice. The choice here is between being a man of Iron Qualities and being an average Joe. By definition most men will chose to be average and just coast along. How about you? Are you ready to be a the extreme right hand side of that bell curve?? If you are, there is only one way to get there…you MUST follow the path of Iron Qualities
ALWAYS – The Iron Qualities is not a part-time thing. It’s not a fad diet and it’s not a New Years resolution that was made in a moment of crazed drunkeness at the staff Christmas party that dies before January’s end. It’s an all-encompassing lifestyle that provides the fuel and the platform for us to reach and fulfil our potential and get the absolute maximum out of every second of every day. And the journey towards perfecting this lifestyle never stops. It goes on and on and on. Always
BE DONE – The Iron Qualities is about action. Getting shit done. Understanding what a man should do in life and how he should act and then doing those things and acting that way. There is no “I’ll do it tomorrow”, “I can’t do it” and “why should I do it?”. You should do it because you’re a man. Because you can do it. And you need to do it now. Action. Because there are too many hollow words in the world
So that’s it. The Iron Qualities in something a little larger than a nutshell.
When I first read this quote a while back, I thought it was interesting and it stuck with me. And the more and more I thought about it, the more I came to realise that it captures and highlights most of the core aspects of what a modern man should aim towards.
It’s theoretical and abstract, yes. But the message is clear:
The Iron Qualities mindset drives action and fuels decision-making
And the message is as clear today as it was when Roosevelt first uttered the words – we NEED the Iron Qualities. Men who embody these qualities are becoming fewer and further between as the definition of what it means to be a man gets lost and corrupted.
But all is not lost – the fightback goes on. And in highlighting lifestyle choices and mindsets and everyday observations that I come across, I hope this site plays a part in that fightback.
But Bo Ideal is just one cog in a much larger machine. We all need the Iron Qualities – and the rough work that goes with this lifestyle must always be done.
So this is the part of the story where the group of kids find a treasure map and set off looking for that precious material, knowing they are going to get their asses handed to them on a plate by their parents when they don’t make it back for dinner.
Let’s get doing