One of the great things about men is their passion. When men focus on what they are doing nothing else gets in the way. Passionate men are the core of society.
Passion is an essential quality of masculinity. Passion is what gives you your fire, passion is what makes life worth living. Passion is what I find when I know I am living a life of purpose. It’s what I find when I know I am living my full potential. Passion is in everything I do.
“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”
These 10 blogs are all by passionate men about their passion. They are varied and they are stimulating.
Steve’s blog has been going since 2004 and in that time he has built an enormous following. The blog may look out of date but it remains as powerful as ever, one of the beacons in the personal development field.
He writes from experience of life on subjects that he has experimented with and looked at deeply. His public separation from his wife and his experiments with open relationships are well known. There is much to dive into so get going.
- Is It Time for You to Stop Dabbling and Get Serious?
“Many would-be pro bloggers give up in their first 6 months. They get bored, lose interest, or get a “better” idea for some other venture. I see them change topics or URLs and start over once or twice a year. After five years of this kind of dabbling, they’ve still barely gotten anywhere. They keep erasing what little progress they’ve made, so they never have the chance to develop anything serious and enduring.”
- How to Invite Cuddling Without Inviting Sex
“I really love cuddling, but I have a hard time inviting guys to cuddle with me because they might think I’m inviting them to have sex with me, and sometimes I just want to cuddle. How can I ask for cuddling and not have a guy think I’m offering something sexual?” This can be a problem for guys too. It’s interesting to see how Steve deals with this issue.
Chris Guillebeau – The Art Of Non-Conformity
Chris has been writing since 2008 and is amazingly passionate about what he does. He has been on a quest to visit every country in the world, collecting terrific stories on the journey. He has started an annual conference series on ‘world domination’ which is now a regular sell-out. He is the author of several books that he launches with unconventional book tours.
He is someone to listen to because he spends his time listening to others, he has a sensitive ear to what people want and how people want to make a difference in the world.
- You May Feel Inadequate But
“What advice would you give to someone else who wants to pursue a big dream but feels hesitant or uncertain?” – “Do it. Just do it. You will feel inadequate. You will feel you can’t do it, but you owe it to yourself to try. You might only have a 50/50 chance of making it, but you’re looking at a 100% chance of failure if you don’t even try.”
- There’s No Such Place as Far Away
“Waiting for perfection is like waiting for the world to change: a way to defer responsibility. There’s no such place as far away. There’s no such time as someday. Sometimes you just need to pay attention to the discontent and see where it leads.” Chris’s writing is always full of ideas on where to go and what to do, but mainly how to follow what you want.
Derek was a professional musician who became known for creating and selling a business selling CD’s. He has since gone on to create many different ventures in his aim to embrace cultures around the world.
He is a frequent speaker at the TED talks, amusing and enlightening at the same time. My personal favourite is the few minutes he spends analysing how a movement grows through a film of a ‘lone nut’ dancing in a field.
- Push, push, push. Expanding your comfort zone.
“Some people push themselves physically, to see how far they can go. I’ve been doing the same thing culturally, trying to expand my California-boy perspective. I love that when we push push push, we expand our comfort zone. Things that used to feel intimidating now are as comfortable as home.”
- Focus, entertain, or both?
What do you do when you realise you’ve communicating on your blog and no-one seems to be responding. Do you keep on ot do you stop , re-focus and work out what the hell you are doing. We all need to answer this question.
David Risley – Blog Marketing Academy
David has been the guru for PC technical people for many years now. I remember the years when I used to build PC’s with motherboards and all the bits. I wish I had known about David then, it would have saved me hours of anguish – but perhaps that’s why we did it.
He has been writing about blogging for years now and I have been following his journey here. He believes that blogging should be part of an online busines but that blogging itself cannot be a business. He talks about how to integrate blogs within a business and how to market. You must listen to him.
- How Email Marketing Is Changing, Why Open Rates Are Declining, And What You Need To Do About It
“We live in a 3D world online now. We have to be doing multiple things at once. We have to learn to deal with it. Internet marketers used to smirk at social media as a fad, or at least something which wasn’t all that important for business. Some people in IM used to practically BRAG when they deleted their Twitter account because is distracted from more important things. Well, things change. Frank Kern, one of the original “gurus” in the IM space, is now attracting almost all of his business through Facebook. Things change.”
- Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice
“It just so happens that most of us have a lot of passion that just don’t turn into businesses very well. It’s just a fact of life. So, what you need to be thinking in terms of business is… you want to be thinking in terms of solving a problem. You want to solve a problem for a target market. You want to really get into the minds of a problem that they’re having and you want to provide the solution to it.”
As Jeff says, “Hi. My name’s Jeff, and I’m a writer. I love compelling stories, worthy causes, and Pez candy. I’ve been writing for most of my life, but only recently started calling myself a writer and actually believing it.
“I started this blog in 2010 with some burning questions:
- How do successful writers make a living?
- What does it really take to get published?
- When is it okay to pursue a passion?
- Why do writers write?
“What I found in this search was a community of like-minded individuals sharing many of the same struggles. Here is where we wage war on the blank page, where we band together to find purpose in our art and lives. If you have a passion for creativity and changing the world, this blog is for you.
- Why We Need to Rediscover Wonder
Jeff talks about how we spend our time trying catch moments with photographs and even journaling, when we might be just enjoying it. “The next time you’re having a moment — maybe seeing the world through a child’s eyes or smiling at the sight of your town covered in snow — I hope you resist the urge, at least for a moment, to try to capture and reproduce it for the world to see and instead simply enjoy the wonder.”
- Everyone Should Start an Online Business (or How You Can Be Your Own Patron)
Many people want to make money as an extra income, as a hobby, as a way out of a dull job or for many other reasons. One of the best ways of doing this is to create an online business, it’s easy and it’s cheap. Jeff outlones the why and the what so you can discover the what for yourself.
Jonathan Fields is an author, entrepreneur and speaker on a mission to help individuals and organizations cultivate the personal practices, workflow adaptations and environmental/cultural shifts needed to become more agile, creative and innovative and embrace action in the face of uncertainty with a greater sense of ease.
He has created an amazing video interview series called ‘The Good Life Project’, which is stunning in its visual quality and the quality of the interviews. Jonathan has amazing skills and is brilliant at communicating them to others.
- Faith. Craft. Attention. Improvisation.
“There’s an amazing story behind Martin Luther King’s epic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech that’s rarely told. It’s the story of faith, craft, attention and improvisation. One that applies to the lives and dreams of every person who aspires to breath life into great adventures, movements, careers, art, businesses and relationships.” Read about how he went off script and fired up the nation.
- Go Public With Your Bad Self?
“You know that thing you’ve been saying you want to do but haven’t been doing because you’re not good enough to do it in public and you’re terrified of being judged? Well, what if you took a different approach? What if you committed to making more bad stuff in the name of getting to the good stuff faster? What if instead of iterating from junk to genius in the shadows, you did it in full view of the world?”
John Lee Dumas – Entrepreneur On Fire
John recently started a very brave project that many people said was not possible. He setup a podcast interviewing entrepreneurs and committed to publishing one a day, five days a week. He has kept to the schedule and has produced some great interviews in the process.
If you want to know anything about how entrepreneurs are succeeding in today’s online world this is where you will get the information.
- 104: Jonathan Fields
“Jonathan is an author, serial-entrepreneur, and founder of online media and education venture GoodLifeProject.com. He’s on a mission to help individuals and organizations become more agile, creative, and innovative, and create better outcomes with a greater sense of ease.”
- 67: Gary Vaynerchuk of VaynerMedia
“Gary is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author who is also a self-trained wine and social media expert. From a young age, it was clear that Gary was a businessman. At 8-years-old he was operating seven lemonade stands in his neighborhood and by 10 he had moved onto selling baseball cards at local malls.”
Jonathan Mead – Paid To Exist
Jonathan had a great blog called ‘Illuminated Mind’ for many years. It was a blog I followed and enjoyed. It has morphed into ‘Paid To Exist’ which encourages people to follow their passion and do what they love. Jonathan does this in a very prectical way.
He says, “Our mission is to create a new way where people create work on their own terms, blurring the lines between work and play living a path they’d never want to stop walking. This movement was started to help people tired of doing dead-end work, opt-out of a template that wasn’t designed by them, so they can build a business that supports the life they want to live. If you’re anything like us, you can’t not live on your own terms.”
- Finding the Pro Within You (waiting to burst out)
“There are a few aims in life that demand total devotion and engulfment of your energies. The highest of those is creating a truly fulfilling, deep and life-long relationship with your chosen romantic partner. Second to that is going all in with calculated abandon and fully giving yourself to your greatest work in the world. If you want to make quitting and working for yourself inevitable, you must, with all of your heart, soul and mind, transform from the life of the amateur to the life of the professional.”
- How to Create Your Own Annual Visionary Quest
“It’s nearly impossible, no matter how mindful you are, to not get caught up in the daily current of your To Do list and plethora of projects. It’s easy to get really excited about whatever it is you’re working on and lose focus on what really matters. Every so often, you need to take stock to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place. Over time, we naturally evolve and change, and our desires shift. If our vision doesn’t move with our changed perspective, dissonance builds up rust and debris in our work over time. We become stagnant. Tense. Out of alignment.”
Johnny tells us, “What I do doesn’t make sense. I don’t do internet marketing correctly at all, and my search engine stats are terrible. I don’t write about the things that make me money. I don’t have a big email list, and I don’t contact the list I do have often enough, or in the right way. I’ve never spent a dime on advertising. I swear too much and never, ever act “professional.” And in nine months, I went from literally having never made a cent online to making five figures a month. What I’ve built — and what I help my clients to build — is what Sonia Simone of Copyblogger coined a “Third Tribe” business.”
A great business it is too.
- How to not be a New Year’s resolution dumbass (including sexy photos)
We all know of the issue of keeping to New Year’s Resolutions – we don’t. Johnny has some harsh words at the beginning for us all, but get over it. It’s really about what we reaslly want to do. What do you want to do? Go and test it against Johnny’s ideas.
- 14 tips for writing a book in 29 days… and then doing it again the next month
Johnny shares these tips with us to help us get writing. They range from ideas on mindset to practical ideas on how to actually do it. I must say that anyone who swears by using Scriovener has extablished their credentials as a writer for me. Besides this, the post is a great read.
Charlie Gilkey – Productive Flourishing
“We live in a time of massive disruption. Most of the forces of our society – business, education, politics, media – are changing so quickly that what worked for us in the past won’t work for us today. But in this disruption lies a world of opportunity. We can create the businesses we want to live in and really believe in. We can educate ourselves in ways we never could before. We can use our voices to create political change. And we are the media.
“This is a world ready-made for changemakers, entrepreneurs, and leaders. But we need to learn how to navigate this world both productively and in ways that foster human flourishing. This site arms you with the resources, mindsets, and strategies you need to do that navigation.”
- Worrying About What You’ll Be When You Grow Up Is Pointless
“Every choice we’ve made in the past becomes a part of our story, and some stories are simply more complex than others. There’s rarely a correlation between the richness and depth of a story and its simplicity. We write our stories and make meaning daily. We are conscious beings hurled moment by moment towards a void that becomes firm in impact.”
How Not To Show Up Like An A-List Blogger
Charlie talks about wanting a personal blog to air his views on stuff that does not make immediate sense to ‘Productive Flourishing’. He talks about how he knows he should show up as an A-Lister, “… but today, I’d rather show you some of the less pristine parts under the tip of the creative iceberg you normally see because, today, I’m inspired and feel courageous enough to do so. Today, I’d rather get up and take care of my people. We both deserve it.”
Other Posts in the series '100 Sites'
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