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Real men don’t talk tough on the internet.

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To my knowledge, my mother is not a man. But she’s a very strong woman.

My grandfathers were both World War II fighter pilots. My dad was a special forces soldier.

The phrases “be a man” and “toughen up” were introduced at an early age. My desire for validation, my need to adapt, were all viewed through a very male prism.

This approach brought a few obvious challenges. But what good, positive laws of living can be drawn from masculinity?

Most of these will apply to women as well.

I. Harness the power of mediocrity

The Naval Academy is quite competitive and for good reason. It’s prestigious. There’s no tuition. You’ll receive an excellent education and spending money. But you’ll be required to serve five years in the military after graduation. …


Talent and ambition can come at a heavy price to your happiness.

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The pig was sprawled across the table with an apple in its mouth.

I was 6-years-old. It was my first Filipino birthday party as a westerner (my dad was in the Navy). To a Filipino boy, this was a normal cultural practice. In fact, it was a luxury. To me, it was a shocking afront to my Disney upbringing.

It wasn’t my first culture shock or my last. …


Lessons from the life arch of Kim Ung-Yong.

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Kim Ung-Yong’s life began like that of a superhero.

He was sitting in a crib before bedtime. His mother walked in to check on him.

After she tucked him in and walked out to leave, she paused, thinking she’d heard something. She turned around, came back, and stood over him. Then she realized her baby was saying several words.¹ A 6-months old child was talking to her.

It was no fluke. Her son was gifted, literally beyond measure. But how would this affect his life?

A life of incomparable brilliance begins

There are several signs of extreme intelligence in a child:

  • Unusual memory
  • Passing intellectual milestones very…

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Sean Kernan

Quality over quantity. That guy from Quora. Enjoy? Follow for more. https://seanjkernan.substack.com/

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