Sir, what is your plan?
Is it to swim in the pool of mediocrity or to wallow in self pity?
Is it to be so lost in your promiscuity
that you have become disillusioned enough to think of it as grandiosity?
Or is to be a man of integrity and embrace your masculinity.

What is masculinity?
It is definitely not lording yourself over women and using profanity
to address her just because you and "your boys" think it is cool.
She has a name just like you do so use it.
It is not smoking weed
because it satisfies an ephemeral need
to please yourself.
Rather, it is edifying yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
It is treating women with respect and picking your neighbor up when he/she falls down.
It is simply doing what it takes to be a better person.
It is understanding that strength isn't just physical; it is mental as well.
It is having a plan for your life and facing strife head on when it comes along
because overcoming strife leads to progress and progress leads to growth.

Growth is needed because it allows you to become a true MAN.
and we need more MEN since we live in a world filled with too many "boys" 

Don't undress EVERY woman with your looks
for they are not objects.
Learn always from everything 
for education does not only come from institutions.
Always go after your dream because if you don't, regret will become your friend.
Discover yourself and what makes you unique; then embrace it.
Emulate traits in great people; don't envy them.
Strive for success and nothing less.
Be focused not distracted.
Keep your word, it is your bond.

Sir, I ask again. 
What is your plan?
Is it to go backwards and be a boy?
or to move forward and be a Man.


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Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson is a storyteller, cultural translator, and brand strategist for change-makers on a mission to use his difference to make a difference.  He is a 4x TEDx speaker, the CEO of UYD Management, and the host of the As Told by Nomads podcast. In addition to that, he's been named a "Top 40 Millennial Influencer" by New Theory magazine. His book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.

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