In the age of social media, reality television and “Netflix and chill,” the concept of manhood seems to be on an ever-sliding scale of sorts. What does it mean to make it? What kind of man are you?
Before you answer, ask yourself—are you a 5a.m.er?
If you’re happy with the status quo, surround yourself with naysayers and have dreams, but lack any real ambition or drive, the answer is a resounding “no.”
‘No’ is Never Given Consideration
Neither is laziness. Or excuses.
5a.m.er’s are go-getters. They wake up with a sense of urgency and purpose. They know that nothing in life is handed to them. As such, they make strategic, spur-of-the-moment moves to get things done. They make a conscious decision to experience life.
Some people like to take life as it comes, and that’s okay. The 5am Life is about rolling with the punches down an every changing path without the fear of failure. They know what they want, and work tirelessly to obtain it.
They keep pushing until they turn a tiresome “job” into a passionate pursuit of something greater.
Entrepreneur Jim Rohn once famously said it best: “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
5amer’s cling to such a mindset, preferring to learn through immediate action and experience over more traditional measures. They take ownership of both successes and failures, and work determinedly to improve themselves on a regular basis.
Distractions Mean Nothing; Motivation Means Everything
Today’s digital world is bursting with distractions. With millions of voices telling society what should and shouldn’t be done, it seems that everyone has an opinion. To a true 5amer, this is all little more than white noise.
They are focused.
They’re calm, cool, collected and pay distractions no mind. They know what’s important, and block out the rest. Their goals are the only motivation they need. As such, Nelson Mandela’s personal mantra takes on a whole new meaning for them: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Tuning out distractions, they’re able to make this kind of accomplishment a regular occurrence.
The Modern-Day Gentlemen
Back in the day, men were expected to be gentlemen. There was a single way to do things, and one path that led to becoming what would widely be considered a “gentleman.”
Ultimately, men around the world did what society told them—college, marriage and a stable desk job. And don’t forget about the white-picket fence, of course …
5amer’s respect societal constructs, but prefer to exercise the brain they’ve been given. To them, being true to themselves and charitable towards others is more the true mark of a modern gentlemen.
Dignity, hard work and dedication are still their founding morals, but independence and freedom of choice are the cornerstones of their lives.
To The Point
A 5amer values simplicity and directness in all things. By no means is kindness overlooked, but they will always be straightforward and honest with an audience, regardless of the situation or task at hand.
For 5amer’s, simplicity is the best way to do what matters most in life. Ambitions, goals, successes and achievements are all derived from the focus that simplicity brings along with it.
In short, with directness being one of his finest attributes, there is no beating around the bush with a 5 man.
In the end, when you boil it down, he is all about drive, dedication, respect and the confidence in knowing he can fully experience the life.
So, looking within, do you fit the mold?