Strength is crucial not just in physical endeavors, but also for mental and emotional fortitude. Grit has been shown to be the key ingredient for success and happiness as it allows us to push through any obstacle that stands between us and our goals. This article reviews some of the best books on grit, which will help you cultivate virtues such as passion, persistence, courage…
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From James Isaac Vance’s Royal Manhood, 1899, “The Majesty of Strength”
“O, east is east, west is west, and the two shall never meet.” There is neither east nor west, boundary, breed, or birth till the earth and sky stand immediately before God’s great judgment seat; but there is no east nor west, border, breed, or birth. When two powerful men meet face to face, even if they are from opposite ends of the globe!” —Kipling
Manhood is defined by his strength. Beauty isn’t it, since beauty exists just to be presented. Culture isn’t, since it’s mostly about self-glorification. It is not the same as fluency; a parrot may be fluent. Agreeability is not the same as agreeability; a fool may make himself agreeable. The grandeur of masculinity is power, not smoothness, believability, tenderness, or polish. The words “manhood” and “strength” are interchangeable.
Where can one find a more repulsive object than one of these thin, vapid, affected, driveling little doodles dressed up in men’s clothes but lacking a thimbleful of brains in his pate or an ounce of manhood in his anatomy among the slew of freaks and failures, of mawkish sentiments and senseless blather? He’s not just weak; he’s a weaklet. What options does he have? He can squeak with his little voice, swagger with his unathletic body parts, and gabble diluted nonsense. In apish arts, he may sigh and posture and outclass the monkey. This shitepoke specimen of man claims to be bored of life, yet he can never be tired of labor since he is unfamiliar with it. He gives the impression of despising ordinary labor and common people, yet the world is fortunate that such a specimen of the genus homo is rare.
Many a guy has failed in life just due to his own inadequacy. He was feeble, but he had a nice heart. He was well-liked, generous, and gentlemanly, yet he was frail. His possibilities were good, his cash was sufficient, and his future seemed bright, yet he was weak and failed. Aside from syllabub, the perfect Christian has something more to offer. He’ll have to do more than just sing Psalms and speak in front of the committee. When the world hits him in the face, knocks him down, and stamps on him, he isn’t at his best. He must be both modest and forceful. He must be self-disciplined, but he must also be self-respecting. He is taught to forgive his adversaries, as well as to not be angry and not to transgress. The liberality of a handsome priest in Paris had earned him the hatred of the sectarians. On the street one day, a bigot who was also a bully approached him and gave him a hearty kiss on the cheek. “My Master taught me to turn the other cheek as well when so struck,” the attractive priest said quietly. “And what does your master tell you now?” the bully asked, striking that cheek even harder. “The authorities are split,” the gorgeous priest said, laying down his cloak, “but the weight of authority is in favor of the opinion which I now embrace as I begin to give you the worst beating of your life.” It’s unlikely that the gorgeous priest will hold anything against him in the end for that day’s labour.
Strength requires not just self-control and discipline, but also self-respect and self-assertion.
If one want to achieve anything in life, he must be courageous. Barriers must be overcome, discouragements must be hushed, temptations must be fought, and all of this requires a masculinity that is indomitable, self-reliant, and powerful.
Our ultimate destiny’s voice is heard. It shows the road to the top, to realizing one’s greatest desire. It expresses our most basic and continual desire. “Be strong,” it reads.
What does it mean to be strong?
It’s the lack of creating excuses. “If I had that fellow’s opportunity, if my circumstances were different, if my capital was higher,” he said, sarcastically. The melody of power isn’t played in a whining key. Accepting life as it is and making the most of it is essential. If a speaker starts with an apology, you can bet his audience is going to eat chaff. The word “excuse” is removed from Strength’s lexicon.
“‘If I were a man, I’d never give up and be quiet and sad,’ replied the restless youngster. If my name were recognized in life’s lists, I’d never say “death” until I’d won the battle. But who would stand up against youth’s steel, even though his heart is bold and his motto is “truth?” In this brief life, there is work to be done, but alack-a-day! ‘I am not a guy,’ she says.
“‘If I were a lad,’ replied the toiler gray, ‘I’d better design my lot.’ I’d hope and work at all hours of the day and night, and I’d make ambition my guiding light. I wouldn’t sway or dream, nor would I bend the oar. If only my bark could be released into the sparkling stream of youth, till I reach the harbor of serenity and joy— but alack-a-day! ‘I am not a male,’ she says.
Strength isn’t measured in romantic platitudes like these. It may fail, but it will persevere in the face of adversity.
Industry is a source of strength. Hard effort is just another term for brilliance. Weakness is sometimes mistaken for sloth. It may call itself indisposition, leisure, or some other lofty platitude, but it doesn’t alter the fact that it’s slow on the inside. A slacker is a source of contempt for the whole universe. He may have a bank account, but when it comes to strength and intelligence, he is an idiot. All of the persons who have achieved notable success in medicine, law, literature, art, and commerce have worked tirelessly. Self-reliance is a sign of strength.
Henry Ward Beecher liked to relate a tale about how he was taught to rely on himself as a child.
“I was summoned to the chalkboard, where I proceeded with trepidation and crying.”
“‘That lesson must be learnt,’ my instructor remarked quietly but sternly. He trampled on all explanations and justifications with unmitigated contempt. He’d say, ‘I want that issue; I don’t want any reason why you don’t have it.’
“I did spend two hours studying.”
“‘That’s irrelevant to me; I’m interested in the lesson.” You don’t have to study it at all, or you may study it for 10 hours if you want to. ‘I’m looking for the lesson.’
“As a green kid, it was difficult, but it seasoned me.” I felt the strongest feeling of intellectual independence and confidence to defend my recitations in less than a month.
“In the middle of a protest, his icy, quiet voice descended over me and said, ‘No.’
“I paused, then walked back to the beginning; and when I got to the same spot again, a resounding ‘No!’ halted my advance.”
“‘Next!’ says the narrator. And I sat down, my face flushed with bewilderment.
“He, too, was halted with a ‘No!’ but continued on, completed, and was rewarded with a ‘Very good’ as he sat down.
“‘Why,’ I grumbled, ‘I repeated it just as he did, and you replied “No!”‘
“‘Why didn’t you just say “Yes” and mean it? Knowing your lesson isn’t enough; you also need to feel that you know it. You haven’t learnt anything until you’re certain. If the rest of the world says “No,” it’s your job to say “Yes” and prove it.’”
One must be self-assured. He must be self-assured. This isn’t conceit at all. Conceit is made entirely of wind, and the tip of a cambric needle may kill it. The lack of shyness is self-confidence. It’s a combination of vigilance and foresight. It’s all about planning and making a choice.
Strength is both dependable and self-sufficient. When the conflict heats up, you can bank on it. Others’ as well as one’s own confidence must be commanded. The worst thing about so many people who fail is that they can’t be trusted. They’re kind, but they’re not trustworthy. It’s a waste of time to be afraid of the unpleasant. It must be confronted as soon as possible, and obligation must be faithfully performed.
Moral as well as physical strength are required. There must be the bravery to hold firm in one’s beliefs, regardless of what others may think or say. The cannon’s mouth isn’t the most difficult to deal with. It is rather from whose throat the unrelenting clamor of the population emanates. This is treated like a fly by the magnificent might of regal masculinity.
There are certain temptations that must be avoided. This requires nothing less than moral fortitude. Innumerable sins beg for forgiveness or indulgence, and if granted, they will doom both the now and the hereafter. A young guy arrived in Nashville as a church member with a spotless moral background. He possessed a number of unique advantages that helped him succeed in a noble job. But he started turning to the devil just because he was weak. His associates were the kind who make the public suspicious, as well as the individuals that associate with them being unclean and dishonest. Two years was all it took for his life chances to be nil. He’ll moan about his slim odds and the lack of support he’s received from pals. The fact is that he ruined his opportunities by becoming a moral coward. Moral bravery and the capacity to face up to mockery and public uproar are examples of strength. Strength is not like the willow, which bends down to every wind, but rather like the oak, which stands firm in the storm, or the granite cliff against which the raging sea smashes itself to bits, or the mountains, which raise their serene faces toward the quiet stars, defying all the storm’s bluster.
This is what it is to be strong, and the world creates room for such a life. Such masculinity reigns supreme. The globe is becoming more spacious. Men of power are needed in state and church, in public and private life, in labor for men and work for God.
Powerful in purpose and action; strong inside and without; strong against visible and invisible opponents; strong up and down, all the way around and all the way through; first, last, and always—strong! The imperial grandeur of such men may be argued without a title or a crown.
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