Don’t treat women like objects, even though it may seem like they want you to sometimes.
There are two kinds of dads, dads that are there and dads that aren’t. Don’t be the latter.
If you choose to imbibe, and it is fine if you do not, remember to stay away from anything clear.
Do something with your hands. That doesn’t mean you have to master it, just try it. You’ll learn more from the process than the outcome anyway. Build a birdhouse, sharpen a lawn mower blade or fix a leaky sink.
When you use expletives liberally it generally suggests that you are too dumb to come up with another adjective.
You may not have your dream job but that doesn’t mean you do nothing and hold out and wait for it. Sometimes being a man means doing what you don’t want to do so you can take care of what needs to be taken care of. A real man can wait.
It’s just a car.
Don’t ever get a tattoo in a language that you don’t know. If you have to look it up don’t get it inked.
Wear whatever you want, don’t let anyone tell you that you are any more or less of a man based on how you dress.
Find something worth memorizing and memorize it. Be it a passage of scripture, lyrics to a song or a quote by someone older and wiser, commit it to memory and in turn begin to commit it to your life.
Watch less and read more.
Take your wife/significant other on dates. Real ones. Out in public. To restaurants that don’t have a dollar menu. And talk and stuff, don’t just sit there thinking about work and other things on your to-do list.
Spend less money on stuff and more money on people.
Sit on the couch less and travel more.
Your political stance says nothing about your manliness. Left/right, pro-gun/anti-gun, soldier/pacifist, big government/little government. In anything believe what you believe, but don’t be arrogant. What you do have to do is treat others with respect
Never be so arrogant that you think your opinion on something is the only correct one.
All generalizations are false, including this one -Mark Twain-
Make it a goal to learn something from someone else at least once a month. This is best done by listening.
Killing something doesn’t make you more of a man.
Make it a goal to teach something to someone else at least once a month. This is best done by example.
Better to have to hire a guy to build you a shelf because you can’t do it than hire someone to take care of your kid because you can’t do it.
Fiction is just as manly as non-fiction.
Video games are just as dangerous as alcohol; both are best enjoyed in moderation.
There are worse things in the world than not understanding sports.
Blue-collar labor and white-collar labor are both important. Don’t ever forget the importance of either.
Crying is acceptable.
Knowing when not to speak your mind is just as important as knowing when to speak your mind.
God created the outdoors, man created the indoors. The outdoors are better, spend time there. It’s OK if you don’t like to fish and hunt but you can still read, eat, sleep and do many other things outside.
Every man should have a favorite author.
Age means nothing. Maturity means everything.
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
Thanks for reading. This is a work in progress. We want you to add your own personal manifesto lines in the comment section below.