What exactly is a ‘real’ man like? There is so much more to being a real, manly man than having a beard, working out, fixing things, and eating meat – although those things have certainly become synonymous with the idea of ‘manliness’. But there’s a deeper definition of the qualities of a real man.
An editor on the blog, ArtofManliness.com put it well recently: “It’s hard to describe manliness in isolation — that is, apart from the flesh and blood men who embody it. It’s something that you instinctively recognize and feel when you encounter it in another.”
What character traits does a real man — a good man — have? How does he treat the people in his life? Do his actions align with his words and purported morals? The following qualities of a real man outline an individual who is respected and admired by his family, friends, colleagues and beyond, someone who can make his world better for others.
- Compassionate: A real man does not intentionally cause pain, and is sensitive to the needs of others. He cares about other people’s happiness and is empathetic in their sorrows.
- Faithful: It is vital that a man be true to himself and the people in his life. He does not cheat or betray, and submits to his chosen morals with integrity.
- Confident: Self-assurance, not pride, is a driving force for a real man. He knows where he is going and why, and is following a path to achieve his goals.
- Respectful: Every individual deserves respect, and a real man acts in a way that is respectful of all others he encounters, not just his superiors or figures of authority.
- Humble: All men must be willing and able to account for the mistakes he has made, taking ownership to right any wrongs, and practicing humility when he falls short.
- Courageous: Bravery and courage are aspects of humanity that all real men must enact. He stands up for what’s right, and always protects women, children and the weak.
- Hard Working: All men and women have duties, and a real man works hard to fulfill his responsibilities, striving to succeed and to meet additional goals and aspirations.
- Capable: A manly man respects and appreciates care and help from others, and yet is fully independent and capable to maintain his person, his home, and his livelihood.
- Passionate: Whether it be in work, hobbies, or relationships, a real man is passionate about something.
- Humor: Pride and ego have no place in a real man’s character. He should be able to laugh at himself and cultivate good humor in his interactions with others.
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