Over seven years ago, I had an idea.
I sent an email to a bunch of men I respected to get their thoughts. Here’s what it said.
I’ve got a big crazy idea.
Not sure what your thoughts are – or if you are interested in partnering with me on it –
But it will definitely need a TEAM to make it work.
Have you ever picked up a copy of GQ or Men’s Health?
I LIKE those magazines – except they’re full of a lot of advice that isn’t exactly GOOD advice.
I’d really like to create a blog – and if you’ve received this email – it’s because I think that you have an area of expertise that could really offer a lot – and I think you’re a “manly man”. The people to whom I’ve sent this email also represent a broad scope of styles, and philosophies (while all maintaining a missional christian ethic)Sent March 2012
I think there is a generation of “emerging” men who have no idea what it means to be a “gentleman” – in areas of business, relationships, spirituality, family, and even recreation.
“Masculinity” is typically a lesson that dad’s teach sons – but I think that we could really help “define” and invest in (and even entertain) men with our insights and our unique qualifications.
It took a little over a year for that idea to turn into Manlihood.com
And it’s taken six years for Manlihood to become what it is today!
Since we started, we’ve interacted with thousands of men.
Our closed Facebook group for men, The Manlihood ManCave has more than 1200 men who help each other grow.
Our Personal Development for Men Podcast, The Manlihood ManCast has listeners from all over the globe.
We’ve hosted self-defense seminars, family picnics, small group discussions, service projects, and more.
We’ve seen many men reignite a passion to live as better men. And it’s brought a joy and sense of mission to my life. I’m so grateful for all of you that have read, shared, and participate in making Manlihood great!
Our Most Read Blog Posts
Looking back, we’ve had a lot of posts that have pulled in some interesting discussion, and made an impact.
Our Most Popular Manlihood Podcast Episode
So what is the Manlihood vision for personal development for men?
Here’s a look at our Manlihood Purpose / Mission / Vision / Values
Because the world needs men to lead in their families and communities, and because so many men have struggled to understand their value, Manlihood exists to help men become better men.
The Manlihood Mission is to Educate, Equip, and Entertain Men in an Engaging Way.
The Manlihood vision is to create resources to educate and equip men, to foster a thriving community of men, where bonds of brotherhood and accountability form. We seek to help men be better fathers, husbands, leaders, friends. We want to build through Manlihood a financially sustainable architecture that can support itself, but also to incubate ideas and opportunities from within the Manlihood community that support our purpose and mission.
- Men matter.
- Family matters.
- Integrity and Honor matter.
- Personal Responsibility matters. (If it is to be, it’s up to me.)
- Men thrive and grow in community and brotherhood with each other.
- Truth is everywhere. Wisdom knows how to pick it out.
- Men should value and respect women. (People should respect people.)
- Perseverance, Self-control and Self-discipline are sacred and essential.
- Words are powerful, and how we use them matters.
- Leadership is steeped in influence and responsibility. (Everyone is a leader, and everyone should embrace and nurture that role.)