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"Articles" in this website are, on purpose, brief "pearls of wisdom" vs. extensive essays or chapters of a book. The assumption is that young men need the essence of the point in a net-it-out format for initial guidance and can research further on their own if interested. The format is, therefore, more like "bullets" or Proverbs than lengthy explanations or stories.
Many links to sites and resources are provided. These allow you to dig into an area of particular interest and see what some of the great thinkers in key areas have to say. Some of these links provide access to organizations providing counseling services or volunteer opportunities.
There are also links to specific books that you may want to purchase. While these links help "monetize" the site, there is no push for you to buy anything.
The site is broken into many Categories in order to make the search for help in any particular situation as efficient as possible. Articles are given many "tags" to help with this as well.
Again, this isn't supposed to be read as a book. My hope is that you will get the help you need and put it into action after making the advice your own.
Your information isn't collected and it is not "sold" or "marketed". While other entities (like Google) may track the sites you visit, this site is not doing anything to trace or track you.
The material contained here is from a variety of sources. Most of it is life experience combined with advice gleaned from observing others, books, sermons and mentors. This is a not-for-profit endeavor, so sources are not generally cited unless the information is clearly proprietary or quoted at length.
Images and photos are generally not copyrighted material. Sources are cited in most cases unless they are totally unlicensed material.
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The purpose of this website is to help young men in the approximate age range of 12 to 35.
As you read any of this, please make "notes to self" (mentally, on your phone, or on note cards) on the points which are most relevant to you.
Put the relevant advice into action right away.
It will be most useful if you jump to the particular issue you are facing vs. trying to read it like a novel, text book, or report. It has been broken down into many Categories to help you do this easily.
Many questions arise in young men's lives and many important decisions have to be made during these years. This website is focused on providing some answers to those questions and providing coaching on those decisions.
Almost all people have questions about their purpose in life, moral choices, happiness/joy, sex, love, significance, careers, etc. These are difficult issues for everyone, but men and boys often find themselves particularly isolated from others when they are facing these key issues in life. Men and boys generally don't share their innermost thoughts with others very much. This is an anonymous (and free) source for you to go to when you have concerns.
Men and boys increasingly find themselves subtly or directly under attack or devalued in today's society. Males have historically dominated positions of power. Our advantage of physical strength was a survival, provider/producer, and societal "worth" advantage in societies and work in the past. While women were given the gift of giving birth, men "at least" had their strength advantage to balance this out. Now, physical strength isn't as important. Society is also focused on promoting equality between sexes -- and some of this focus oversteps to actually devalue men in the process. The historical model of "maleness" is under attack and this may have left questions about yourself in your worldview.
Only follow the advice that truly makes sense to you -- which you can really believe. Put these words into your own language so you "own" them. Again, make "notes to self" as your own guidelines in life.
Don't expect perfection but strive for goodness and excellence. Forgive yourself if you make mistakes. Enjoy the process of growing and living.