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Become A Real Man #2: Real Men Have A Plan

[I started a new weekly series last week about things that polish and complete a man.  Read the Introduction, and Become A Real Man #1: Real Men Cook)]

A friend recently asked me my advice on whether to quit his decently paying job in the Middle East and go back to South America where he was well received, and had a much better time.

I knew he won’t be working there, so I asked him what he’ll be doing all day.

His reply was that he would just hit on girls most of the time, and perhaps study and perfect his already excellent Spanish.

I already knew how it would work out.  He’ll go through a honeymoon period the first couple of weeks or a month, and then would inevitably hit a low when, for instance, he’ll either get tired of chasing girls or have a stream of rejections without nothing to fall back on too.

What you need, I continued, was a plan.  So, don’t go there unless you have one.

A man needs a plan.

Men are builders by nature.  We’ve built civilizations, empires and dynasties.  We’ve built nation states, corporations, and franchises.

All successful men whether they live in their home country or abroad have a plan.

Take away a man’s desire to build and create, and you take away a man’s inner strength.

I’m not saying you need to strive to do something equal to Christopher Columbus or Hernan Cortez.  Any plan is fine as long as it’s something you truly believe in and want to accomplish.

Maybe you want to build the next hot Internet startup or write a great book.  Maybe you want to create a community of people that share your ideas and values.  Maybe you want to open a backpacker hostel in Ecuador to meet likeminded nomads.

Having a plan helps a man stay true to his core values.  Having a plan reminds a man why he’s doing what he’s doing.  Having a plan keeps a man sane during a time of distress and desperation.

When I lived in Mexico, I worked on creating an interactive online guide to Mexico City and surrounding areas.

In Brazil, I practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu everyday and did some online consulting.

In Colombia, I worked on various internet projects including mobile apps.

In Romania, I worked on some other internet projects including a book I’m currently writing.

Going out and meeting beautiful, foreign women is icing on the cake, but it’s not my raison d’etre.  The secret is always having a plan and a purpose.

So, what’s your plan?

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3 Comments

  1. Not bad man, good luck in your travels.

  2. Excellent advice, but you could have been more specific. Here’s a crucial point that I’d like to add:

    * Set down your goals as early as possible and actively pursue them. Ideally, an 18-year-old should have a set of short-term and long-term goals that he’d pursue if there weren’t any constraints. Then identify whatever constraints there are, how can you deal with them, and if you fail, what is your backup plan and how can you start pursuing it.

    Sorry to go all “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” here, but most guys miss out sorely on the best years of their lives just because they aren’t sure what they want to do. Only when they turn 30 or so they look back and think “what have I done with my life so far?”. Apply this to everything you do – be it your education, your professional life, your personal life or your recreational activities. Not only will you have a much better chance of achieving whatever you set your mind to when you have a definite purpose in mind, but even failure will become much more manageable.

    On a personal note as someone who recently discovered this site, your blog is enlightening in the truest sense of the word. It seems like you’re keen on giving fellow men advice on how to better their lives, a refreshing change from the usual PUA bragging rights that most travel blogs on the manosphere are.

    • Maverick

      February 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Great feedback, thanks.

      “On a personal note as someone who recently discovered this site, your blog is enlightening in the truest sense of the word. It seems like you’re keen on giving fellow men advice on how to better their lives, a refreshing change from the usual PUA bragging rights that most travel blogs on the manosphere are.”

      Bragging is a weakness. And real men don’t brag.

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