One of the myths that men often believe is that we’re supposed to be self-sufficient and able to handle everything life throws at us on our own.
Don’t get me wrong; self-reliance is a noble aspiration. We should all take 100% responsibility for our lives.
That’s why total responsibility is one of the core values of the Iron Tribe.
But the truth is that no man can reach his full potential alone.
We all have people in our lives that have helped us get to where we are today.
Parents, teachers, friends, coaches, and other people who have supported us, challenged us and encouraged us along the way.
No man is an island, and no man can reach his full potential alone.
We need the help and encouragement of other people. We especially need the friendship and camaraderie of other men.
Every man needs a tribe. Here’s why.
Why Every Man Needs A Tribe
Men Are More Isolated And Lonely Today
The days of bowling leagues and softball teams are almost long gone.
Even though we are more connected with technology today, we are also more isolated than ever before.
If you haven’t read Billy Baker’s 2017 Boston Globe article about how men struggle to keep friends and experience loneliness, check it out.
We need a tribe to help us stay healthy mentally, physically, relationally, and emotionally.
We Need Accountability
We are more likely to take action and pursue our goals when we are accountable to others.
For some, accountability has a negative connotation.
However, being accountable makes us more likely to show up and put our best foot forward daily.
Loss Of Generational Knowledge
There have been several significant social and cultural changes over the past few decades.
With these changes, there has also been a loss of generational knowledge. The values, practical wisdom, traditions, and life lessons that men used to learn from their fathers and other men are no longer passed down from generation to generation like they used to be.
Men need other men in their lives that they know they can trust and will be there for them.
In ancient times, Aristotle taught that there were many types of friendship, but true friendship is a virtue.
Sharing Wisdom And Giving Advice
One of the best ways to learn valuable lessons and avoid making mistakes in life is learning from other peoples’ experiences.
When we join a tribe of men who are seeking to improve their lives, we have the opportunity to learn from their life experiences.
Reaching Our Full Potential
Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, is known for saying, “we are the average of the five people we spend most of our time with.”
If we want to reach our greatest potential in life, personally or professionally, we need other men to encourage us and challenge us along the way.
Who are the men in your life you can count on no matter what? Be sure to let them know you appreciate their friendship.
Remember that we are the average of the five people we spend most of our time with.