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.