Suck it up, and be a man.
We’ve all heard those words at some point in our lives – some of us maybe more than others, unfortunately. But what does it take to really be a man? There are a lot of different thoughts and theories on what it takes to grow up and become a man, but a lot of the more stereotypical ones usually come with some sort of backhanded insult. Because, you know, just deal with it. Right?
If you were to ask us the true definition of a real man, we’d be at a loss for words. It’s hard to categorize three billion unique individuals into one single category. But if we were to take a stab at it, we’d say, at his core, a real man puts other’s needs before his own, works hard to achieve success and isn’t afraid to be someone others can look up to. Consequentially, this idea also applies to women. Moral of the story? We’d say the key to being a real man is just being a good person.
For a man who’s out and on his own for the first time – whether he be in his twenties, thirties or even forties – it can be difficult to navigate the cruel world life has laid out for him. Some of his friends may tell him again to “suck it up,” but hey, man…blaze your own trail. Don’t just “be a man.” Be your own man, and do it well with no regrets.
We’ve put together a small collection of inspirational quotes for men about growing up. We believe that, no matter how old you are, there’s always room for growth and hope that you guys can find a bit of guidance via these quotes.
The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
This quote makes me think of every teenager portrayed in Hollywood films. They’re ready to lay their lives down for a cause without even stopping to think that there may be a far more beneficial alternative.
Mel Gibson’s The Patriot jumps to mind when his sons are eager to join the war against England and meet an untimely fate. Meanwhile, their father lives humbly for an entirely different cause: his family.
The lesson? It’s more noble to stand by a cause your whole life for the right reasons rather than jumping the gun and dying in vane. Later, this quote would be featured in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye.
There always comes a time when you have to choose between thinking and acting. It’s called growing up.
There’s a difference between planning and doing, obviously. It’s one thing to think up elaborate schemes, but what’s the point of them if they’re only whispers in the wind?
Procrastinating is something we all do. It happens to everybody. But the more control you have over it, the better you’ll feel and the more you’ll accomplish. Don’t just dream up fancy ideas and let them fall by the wayside. Attack them head on.
The lesson? Anytime you set forth to do something, make sure you finish the job. You’ll continually find yourself more at ease with a bigger sense of accomplishment.
Maturity is when your world opens up and you realize that you are not the center of it.
I love this quote from author M.J. Croan. It’s short and to the point, teaching us that there is more to life than obsessing over ourselves. Life isn’t all about self-obsession and vanity, you know. Nobody is going to give much of a damn about you unless you reciprocate those feelings.
I know that I, personally, have drifted further and further apart from friends who couldn’t seem to begin a sentence without the words “me” or “I”. It comes across as conceited and annoying.
The lesson? Become interested in the lives of those around you. You may have great stories to tell, but real self-gratification comes from learning about others and their lives. Because who knows? You may be able to help them out or connect on a deeper level, and that’s what life is all about. That’s when your world truly opens up.
As you get older, you’re always maturing, you’re always learning something new about yourself.
This quote from former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent teaches us that no matter where we’re at in life, there’s always something new to learn about ourselves.
As we learn and grow, our tastes are bound to change. Our ideals are bound to change. And the way we perceive the world around us is bound to change. That’s kind of what makes life an adventure. The way you react to those changes and newfound personal traits give you character.
The lesson? Be prepared for anything life throws your way and roll with the punches. As you grow up, you’ll learn new things about yourself and be able to cope and interact with the world around you more consciously.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Abraham Lincoln knew a thing or two about growing. After all, he was over six feet tall, which was monstrous for his time.
In all seriousness though, if any one quote from this article actually sticks with you, make it this one. This quote sums up independence, which is the sole characteristic defining maturity.
When it comes to growing up, you have to make things happen for yourself. It doesn’t matter who your grandfather was, who your dad may be or what opportunities you did or didn’t have growing up. Your growth as a man comes from personal experiences, triumphs and accomplishments. And you don’t have to be Bill Gates to be accomplished. Set goals for yourself and become determined to meet them.
The lesson? Don’t rely on the status of others to propel you forward in life. That’s the easy way out. You and only you can push yourself to become the man you want to be.
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