The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives (Unabridged)
by Lewis Howes
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Standing between you and the man you can be is one thing: The Mask of Masculinity. Lewis Howes grew up as an athlete. He was a two-sport All-American, played almost every sport in high school, and went on to play football professionally. Howes then transferred his competitive nature from sports to business, building his podcast, The School of Greatness, into a global phenomenon and becoming successful beyond his wildest dreams. But his whole identity was built on misguided beliefs about what "masculinity" was: dangerous, false ideas learned from teammates and coaches in locker rooms and stereotypes in the media. Like so many men, Howes grew up to be angry, frustrated, and always chasing something that was never enough. At 30 years old, outwardly thriving but unfulfilled inside, Howes began a personal journey to find inner peace and to uncover the many masks that men - young and old - wear: by asking for advice from some of the world's best psychologists, doctors, and household names like Tony Robbins, Alanis Morissette, and Ray Lewis. That journey created this book - a must-listen for every man, and for every woman who loves a man. In The Mask of Masculinity, Howes exposes the ultimate emptiness of the Material Mask, the man who chases wealth above all things; the cowering vulnerability that hides behind the Joker and Stoic Masks of men who never show real emotion; and the destructiveness of the Invincible and Aggressive Masks worn by men who take insane risks or can never back down from a fight. He teaches men how to break through the walls that hold them back and shows women how they can better understand the men in their lives. It's not easy, but if you want to love, be loved, and live a great life, then it's an odyssey of self-discovery that all modern men must make.
I am new to Lewis Howes and his School of Greatness. He has written a great book here. With simple langauge and common sense, he shatters the misconceptions about being a man. I have quickly beocme a fan! Lewis comes from a place of humble and vulnerable confidence I strive to have. I have come to begin understanding what it means to be a man because of Lewis. Thanks Lewis and keep it up!
A must read
If you are a man who struggles with shame, resentment, fear and/or deep personal wounds this is a great first step in transforming your life. It is an excellent tool for understanding why you might do some of the things you do that don’t ultimately bring you long lasting joy.
It’s also a helpful tool for women as long as you know the man in your life must want to change- just remember you can’t change someone who doesn’t want to by reading a book.
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