112: Six Roles of the Modern Man | Brett McKay

I have now asked over 100 men what it means to be a man. And, I’ve received over 100 answers. It seems that defining what it means to be a man is a difficult thing to do.

But, regardless of what it might mean to be a man, I think it’s safe to say that every man has certain roles he will fulfill throughout his lifetime. And, how he executes in each of these roles will define who he is as a man.

My guest today, a man that needs no introduction, Brett McKay, joins me to talk about how masculinity has evolved over the past 50-100 years, the soft and hard skills every man should become proficient with, where our views of masculinity come from, and how you can master the six roles of the modern man.

“To become a man you had to become strong and display courage.” Tweet That
— Brett McKay

Brett McKay

Brett McKayToday, I have the honor of introducing you to the founder of The Art of Manliness, Mr. Brett McKay.

I had him on the show over a year and a half ago and, since then, Brett has become a friend and a man who I know practices what he preaches.

If you don’t already know, The Art of Manliness, is the world’s largest online magazine dedicated to helping men develop the skills needed to succeed as men.

And, I think it’s apparent that Brett’s work is a major source of inspiration for my work here with Order of Man.

When I found out that Brett was launching a new book, The Illustrated Art of Manliness, I immediately reached out to him for round two of our discussion.

“Manliness is the culture we create to funnel masculine energy to productive causes.” Tweet That
— Brett McKay

Show Highlights

  • How masculinity has evolved over the last 50-100 years
  • What it means to be a man
  • Six roles of masculinity
  • How to create balance between these archetypes
  • Key hard and soft skills every man should develop
  • What separates men from boys
  • Important virtues every man should adhere to
  • The importance of rituals and micro-adventures
  • Where our views of masculinity come from
  • Critical skills all men should learn

“You can’t do everything at once because, if you do, you’re going to do everything at once poorly.” Tweet That
— Brett McKay

The Illustrated Art of Manliness

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— Brett McKay

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  1. May 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of AoM. Good episode.