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Inspired by one of my favorite Personal Development bloggers Steve Pavlina, who recently published an article titled How to be a Man; I’m following up with my own take on what I believe takes to be a man – particularly in a society like ours where most of the time the idea of being a “real” man falls between the amount of money he has or women whether or not his good with the ladies. Sad but true.

So what does it mean to be a man today? How can men in the Caribbean consciously express their masculinity with becoming cold-hearted on one hand…or a wimp on the other? In the next week or two I will be posting on what are the most loving ways for a man to live and express himself.

The first way I’m going to touch on is the aspect of Making Real Decisions.

Any man should understand and respect the power of choice, and lives a life of his own creation. He knows that life stands still when he fails to make decisions and flourishes when he chooses a clear path for himself or his family.

When a man makes a decision, he opens the door he wants and closes the doors he doesn’t want. For example, when most men decide to pursue a beautiful woman; he will do almost anything to win her heart – knowing clearly there is no guarantee he’ll win her over. But a man doesn’t need such guarantees; he simply enjoys the sense of certainty that comes for opening that door.

A man doesn’t require the approval of others. He’s will to follow his heart wherever it leads him. A quality which is lacking in most Caribbean men – fearing that their piers might disapprove of their decision and think of them differently. When a man is following his heart–centered path, it’s of little or no consequence if the whole world is against him.

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3 Comments »

Comment by Joel Halfwassen
2008-05-11 22:52:48

An interesting topic. I look foward to more!

 
Comment by Hans Schilders Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-12 11:43:24

Hi, I appreciate your effort to place personal development in a Caribbean background.
If you want, have a look at my preferred mentor who helped me to move from broke in Paris to financially independent and happily living on Dominica: Jim Rohn http://www.jimrohn.com

 
Comment by Dan
2008-05-12 13:46:41

Among my friends in Dominica are some men who I respect precisely because they behave as mature, responsible men should. They work hard and honestly; some at grueling farm labor, others at dangerous fishing. They do this to support themselves and their families as best they can. They treat others with kindness and are gentle in all things. Those with children work to build in them a respect for education and a solid work ethic as a way to get ahead. They live and teach respect for Dominica’s beauty and its environment. They are never cruel to animals and would never cause dogs to fight for their sport. They are moderate in their speech. They treat women with proper gentlemanly respect. Men such as these become the mentors of boys.

 
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