20 characteristics of a real man

My great friend April sent me this list called “20 characteristics of a real man” and I thought I’d share it.  She was even sweet enough to say that it was a great list, and “every one of these things describes you.”

And that’s saying a ton since April has seen so many of my faults, and seen me under more stress than I couple possibly describe. She’s seen me when I couldn’t make payroll, when I wondered if my company would survive, when I thought I’d never get my first novel done.

It’s one thing to be admired from afar, when someone doesn’t see all your shortcomings. But to be admired from a close friend who has seen you fall short so many times, that’s really one of the best feelings in the world.

But I guess I shouldn’t be so hard on myself though since one of the 20 items listed is:

Many of the greatest accomplishments of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”

A man gets depressed, he gets sad, he thinks about quitting and folding, but he never does. He pushes through adversity.

So, no more being hard on Stan, Stan. : ) Not to mention Danah gets so pissed when I’m super hard on myself, which I almost always am.

Without further adieu, here’s the list: 20 characteristics of a real man. Go take a look. I think you’ll find some great stuff on it.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

3 thoughts on “20 characteristics of a real man

  1. good article Stan, thanks for sharing. My only complaint is my standard complaint with this one pointing finger.
    go ahead stand in front of the mirror and point, which direction is your thumb pointing?
    also, the reason I point my finger is I’ve been there done that and found a better way and I am Willing to help this guy figure out a better way to do things. (AsOpposed To Many People That Are Part Of The Problem)
    The devil is in the details and I like them to be accurate. Thanks Dave


  2. I can see where April sees all 20 of those traits in you. I see them in my husband. But it’s a high standard that not many meet!


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