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Are You Man Enough?
By: Mark Cole
For whatever reason, something has brought you to this article.
Perhaps this will be the first day of a dramatic change in your
But before you read any further, let me be clear about
something. This article and the things I will discuss below are
not for every man.
If you are looking for the latest fad in feminizing pop
psychology, then this article is not for you.
If you think you need to find your “inner child” rather than
learn how to be a real man then this article is not for you.
But if you want to escape the modern movement to make men and
boys ever more effeminate, then the ideas in this article might
be for you.
If you never – ever! – want to hear a grown man talking about
“finding himself” again, then what follows might be for you.
If you crave the deeper lessons of true masculinity – of vision,
self-sacrifice, courage and leadership then read on. What
follows is definitely for you.
My name is Mark Cole. Every day I strive to be a better man and
a better father. I aspire to fear no man – but only God. I try
to live boldly, energetically, fearlessly, courageously,
I often fail; but I do not give up. And when I am successful, it
is because I am applying one of the principles which I have
learned from my ongoing, intensive study of the lives of the
Great Men – men like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Davy
Crockett, Douglas MacArthur, George S. Patton and many, many
A few years ago, I was in a slump and needed an injection of
vision and motivation into my successful – by ordinary standards
– but repetitive, conformist and uninspiring life.
As I groped about trying to find something contemporary to read
(yes, I am embarrassed to say that I have dabbled in self-help
literature), it occurred to me: Why reinvent the wheel? Why not
go with the tried and true? Why waste time with the system of a
success guru – especially one who promotes the feminine side of
man (my quest began, after all, in the 1990’s)?
Fortunately, I knew enough about the lives of the Great Men to
know that I wanted my life to look more like theirs. The only
way to do that is to study them.
So I began and I have never looked back. Since my quest for
guidance from the Great Men of history began, I have made
dramatic improvements in my life. If I were a betting man, I
would wager that you need to do the same.
From Winston Churchill, I have learned about perseverance, the
importance of powerful communication and about standing for
From Theodore Roosevelt, I have learned about the importance of
pushing my body – but pushing my mind even harder.
From Charles Haddon Spurgeon – the greatest preacher of the 19th
century – I have learned about what a real day’s hard work looks
like. After meeting Spurgeon, I will never complain about being
From Davy Crockett, I have learned about the importance of real
education, but I now understand that most true education doesn’t
take place in schools.
From Abraham Kuyper, the great Dutch theologian, journalist,
educator and Prime Minister, I have learned that men need not be
defined by a single vocation, but that real men are constantly
seeking new and innovative ways to leave their mark on the
From General George S. Patton I have learned about focus and
And so on. And believe me, I am just getting warmed up!
So hopefully you are asking why all of that matters to you. Good
Here’s the answer. Now, I am ready to pass on the secrets of the
lives of the Great Men to you through my new web site:
What I have done for you at ConversationsFromthePast.com is
this: I've blown the dust off the chronicles of wisdom
accumulated through the ages, and I have rediscovered the
secrets of masculinity by studying the lives of those men –
those Great Men - who settled the Western World, explored
Africa, tamed the American Wild West, destroyed the Nazis and
Communism in defense of liberty.
I have researched the lives of the Great Men and written
several, power-packed E-courses based upon their biographies.
These E-courses and related materials are waiting to reveal the
secrets of the lives of the Great Men to you – if you are
prepared to listen, to learn and to act.
Not ready to read a 1,000 page biography? No problem. You do not
have to do the heavy-lifting; I have done it for you.
My series of E-courses will tell you how the Great Men did what
they did and how they became who they were. If you follow my
E-courses, you will not only learn about the qualities of the
Great Men, you will be challenged to be a better man yourself.
By getting to know the Great Men – by adopting them as your
mentors - you will be constantly challenged to look into the
mirror and measure yourself…Not so much against their
achievements, but against your own potential. And if you are
anything like most American men today, you have not even begun
to tap your true potential! Wouldn’t it be exciting if you did?
If you visit ConversationsFromthePast.com, you will quickly see
that my approach and my products are unique because they are
grounded not in my opinion but in the proven lives of the Great
And my products will make their lives accessible to you. Yes,
massive, erudite, scholarly and learned biographies describing
in painfully minute (and often mind-numbing) detail the life of
almost any Great Man are everywhere. But most men today have
neither the time nor the interest to wade through these
scholarly tomes for six months just to take away a nugget or two
One of the secrets of the Great Men which I will reveal to you
right now is simply this. The Great Men all knew how to take
action. Visit my web site today and sign up for the free gifts
which are available to anyone who stumbles onto that site by
accident. But if you visit and sign up for the free special
report, I will also immediately begin emailing you a daily tip
on becoming a Great Man. Each daily tip will be grounded in the
life of a Great Man; in other words, it will not be just one
more guru’s opinion which will come and go. It will be based in
rock-solid, proven, time-tested historical fact.
But to get started, you must act today.
What are you waiting for? Put down the TV remote control, and
take this first step: http://www.ConversationsFromthePast.com.
About the Author:
Mark Cole is an attorney and lives near Magnolia, Texas
(population 1,111) with his wife, Shona, son Matthew, daughters
Lily Kate and Laura, and two dogs. To learn more about how the
Great Men can inspire and motivate you, please visithttp://www.ConversationsFromthePast.com.
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