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Conversations, essays and more about masculine philosophy, men's spirituality, becoming the best version of yourself as a man, and staying solar.

Hosted by Jack Donovan, author of the bestselling underground bible of masculinity, The Way of Men -- which has been translated into 5 languages and been read by well over 100,000 men all around the world.

To learn more, visit my web site https://www.jack-donovan.com/sowilo/ and follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/starttheworld/.

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Conversations, essays and more about masculine philosophy, men's spirituality, becoming the best version of yourself as a man, and staying solar.

Hosted by Jack Donovan, author of the bestselling underground bible of masculinity, The Way of Men -- which has been translated into 5 languages and been read by well over 100,000 men all around the world.

To learn more, visit my web site https://www.jack-donovan.com/sowilo/ and follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/starttheworld/.

    Ian Smith - “The Bully’s Going to Keep Coming Back...Until You Do Something About It”

    Ian Smith - “The Bully’s Going to Keep Coming Back...Until You Do Something About It”

    Ian Smith is the co-owner of Atilis Gym in New Jersey, which has openly and publicly defied the state's draconian lockdown orders. He and his business partner have been arrested, had their business license pulled, and have been fined over a million dollars. (They’re still being fined over $15,000 a day). He made a decision to take a public stand — because someone had to do it. He’s doing what millions of men are afraid to do, and I think he deserves to be recognized and applauded for it.
    We had a really animated conversation about bullies and freedom and masculinity.
    Follow Ian on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/iansmithfitness/?hl=en (@iansmithfitness) and consider contributing to his legal defense fund.
    https://atilisfundraiser.com/ (https://atilisfundraiser.com/)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    John Sonmez - Becoming a Finisher

    John Sonmez - Becoming a Finisher

    John Sonmez is the man behind https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UCFxdcuY-S6yjZGq_2cjilHg ( @Bulldog Mindset ) -- a large and growing community of men working to better themselves physically, socially, and financially. John started out as a nerdy software guy, then worked to become a millionaire, retire at 33, and transform himself mentally and physically. Now he spends a lot of his time coaching other men. I met John recently when he spoke at the https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UCuErSr7xeR763BzTJL7yJ7A ( @21 Studios ) convention in Orlando, and he's the real deal. We talked for an hour about philosophy and some of the problems men face today, but one part of the conversation that stood out was his story about "becoming a finisher." A lot of guys have great ideas, but end up leaving a trail of unfinished projects behind them.
    Mentioned : Seneca's letters to Lucilius


    https://bulldogmindset.com
    https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UCFxdcuY-S6yjZGq_2cjilHg ( @Bulldog Mindset )
    Instagram @ bulldogmindset


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Alexander Cortes - "Train Solar"

    Alexander Cortes - "Train Solar"

    Trainer and speaker Alexander Cortes had a wild 2020. He was on vacation in Egypt as the lockdowns started. He ended up flying to Thailand and decided to live there for the rest of the year, where he trained Muay Thai under Sagat. We also talk about Ancient Greek training, training outdoors, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Darkness - by Lord Byron

    Darkness - by Lord Byron

    Warming up to start recording the audiobook for Fire in the Dark by reading this grim but perhaps uncomfortably relevant poem by Lord Byron.
    Darkness
    by Lord Byron


    I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
    The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
    Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
    Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
    Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
    Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,
    And men forgot their passions in the dread
    Of this their desolation; and all hearts
    Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:
    And they did live by watchfires—and the thrones,
    The palaces of crowned kings—the huts,
    The habitations of all things which dwell,
    Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum'd,
    And men were gather'd round their blazing homes
    To look once more into each other's face;
    Happy were those who dwelt within the eye
    Of the volcanos, and their mountain-torch:
    A fearful hope was all the world contain'd;
    Forests were set on fire—but hour by hour
    They fell and faded—and the crackling trunks
    Extinguish'd with a crash—and all was black.
    The brows of men by the despairing light
    Wore an unearthly aspect, as by fits
    The flashes fell upon them; some lay down
    And hid their eyes and wept; and some did rest
    Their chins upon their clenched hands, and smil'd;
    And others hurried to and fro, and fed
    Their funeral piles with fuel, and look'd up
    With mad disquietude on the dull sky,
    The pall of a past world; and then again
    With curses cast them down upon the dust,
    And gnash'd their teeth and howl'd: the wild birds shriek'd
    And, terrified, did flutter on the ground,
    And flap their useless wings; the wildest brutes
    Came tame and tremulous; and vipers crawl'd
    And twin'd themselves among the multitude,
    Hissing, but stingless—they were slain for food.
    And War, which for a moment was no more,
    Did glut himself again: a meal was bought
    With blood, and each sate sullenly apart
    Gorging himself in gloom: no love was left;
    All earth was but one thought—and that was death
    Immediate and inglorious; and the pang
    Of famine fed upon all entrails—men
    Died, and their bones were tombless as their flesh;
    The meagre by the meagre were devour'd,
    Even dogs assail'd their masters, all save one,
    And he was faithful to a corse, and kept
    The birds and beasts and famish'd men at bay,
    Till hunger clung them, or the dropping dead
    Lur'd their lank jaws; himself sought out no food,
    But with a piteous and perpetual moan,
    And a quick desolate cry, licking the hand
    Which answer'd not with a caress—he died.
    The crowd was famish'd by degrees; but two
    Of an enormous city did survive,
    And they were enemies: they met beside
    The dying embers of an altar-place
    Where had been heap'd a mass of holy things
    For an unholy usage; they rak'd up,
    And shivering scrap'd with their cold skeleton hands
    The feeble ashes, and their feeble breath
    Blew for a little life, and made a flame
    Which was a mockery; then they lifted up
    Their eyes as it grew lighter, and beheld
    Each other's aspects—saw, and shriek'd, and died—
    Even of their mutual hideousness they died,
    Unknowing who he was upon whose brow
    Famine had written Fiend. The world was void,
    The populous and the powerful was a lump,
    Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless, lifeless—
    A lump of death—a chaos of hard clay.
    The rivers, lakes and ocean all stood still,
    And nothing stirr'd within their silent depths;
    Ships sailorless lay rotting on the sea,
    And their masts fell down piecemeal: as they dropp'd
    They slept on the abyss without a surge—
    The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
    The moon, their mistress, had expir'd before;
    The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,
    And the clouds perish'd; Darkness had no need
    Of aid from them—She was the Universe.

    • 6 min
    Elliot Hulse - Making Men Strong Again

    Elliot Hulse - Making Men Strong Again

    I met Elliot Hulse last year at the 21 Convention and was psyched to have him on the show to talk about why he wants to make men strong again. We discussed the importance of strong father figures, myth, and the concept of chaos vs. order in life and in society -- especially relevant now that chaos seems to be running wild in cities across the nation. We also got to talk about current events, and I highly recommend his video "The American Mind Virus" to get an introduction to where his head is at these days.
    The American Mind Virus
    https://youtu.be/6oUYP6uj3EQ (https://youtu.be/6oUYP6uj3EQ)


    https://elliotthulse.com (https://elliotthulse.com)
    https://www.youtube.com/user/elliottsaidwhat (https://www.youtube.com/user/elliottsaidwhat)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elliotthulse/ (@elliotthulse)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Andy Lewis from Norse Fitness - Adapt or Die

    Andy Lewis from Norse Fitness - Adapt or Die

    Andy Lewis the self-made man behind Norse Fitness and his own gym -- the Norse Compound. We talked about entrepreneurship, the fantasy and reality of the lifestyle brand game, and most importantly about the concept of adapting to an ever changing landscape. Adapt...or fail. It's a law of nature and business, and Andy shares some great examples of the way he's turned challenges into opportunities or managed to stay in the game. He also recommended a few of his favorite books on business (see notes below).
    https://norsefitness.co (https://norsefitness.co)
    https://www.instagram.com/andyredbeard/ (https://www.instagram.com/andyredbeard/)
    https://www.instagram.com/norse_fitness/ (https://www.instagram.com/norse_fitness/)
    https://www.instagram.com/norsecompound/ (https://www.instagram.com/norsecompound/)
    Mentioned:
    https://frankkern.com (https://frankkern.com )
    Ian Andrew Stanley
    Confessions of a Persuasion Hitman: The Unusual Rules I Learned From Selling Over $100,000,000 of Products and Services
    https://amzn.to/31dH8TR (https://amzn.to/31dH8TR)

    • 1 hr 15 min

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