For many men feeling powerful is important. This feeling of power, or a desire for the feeling of power, drives many actions and decisions. But what if the search for power is misguided? What if there’s actually something more “powerful” than power? Today’s Man Alive Guest takes us on a journey of exploring power and strength.
So, how can you be powerful in a way that is good for you AND others? Or might it be that the search for power is misguided?
Today’s Man Alive podcast guest realized that through his attempt to feel powerful, what he was seeking was not actually power. Justin B. Long, author of The Righteous Rage of a 10 Year Old Boy: A Journey of Self Discovery, brings a deeper look at power and strength through his personal struggles and breakthroughs. His mission is to make the world a better place by combatting toxically masculine ideas surrounding men and their emotions.
In our conversation we discussed:
- Justin’s quest for power and realization that he was really seeking strength
- How to detoxify masculinity
- A deeper understanding of what actually makes us valuable
- The necessity of self-awareness for success and intimacy
- Justin’s journey through alcoholism and awakening to himself after decades of assuming he knew who he was
Justin’s honest and vulnerable reckoning around power vs. strength is an important listen for every man, or person. When you’re done with this one, check out another episode on how to ask for what you want without seeming weak or needy. Many men worry that asking for what they want seems weak to others, but this is not true!
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Justin B. Long is an author, business owner, and the host of the podcast Straight
from the Horse Doctor’s Mouth which he produces with his wife, Dr. Erica Lacher. His bestselling book series, The Adventures of the Horse Doctor’s Husband, has been enjoyed by readers all over the world. While his wife’s mission is to make the world a better place for horses, Justin’s mission is to make the world a better place for people by combatting toxically masculine ideas surrounding men and their emotions.
His current book, The Righteous Rage of a Ten-Year-Old Boy, is a raw, intense examination of his childhood, the traumatic events that formed his negative self-image, and his journey through therapy to overcome it all.