Bottom Line Up Front: We live in a world out of balance. Its emotional, confusing, subtle complexity can paralyze us. What does this mean? It means we must begin each day determined to be better men, for the world needs what men do well.

What do men do well? We simplify, clarify and take action.

Let common sense be your best teacher. Observation and experience tell us that when men confront a situation our tendency is to break it down and to understand it. Once we understand it, we solve it. It’s what we do. Anything that gets in the way of this process we discard or bypass. I even took five things we do well and simplified them into three to make this post more efficient. Crazy, huh?

Men look at a situation and see its parts or we see individuals in the situation. Men don’t tend to complicate, we tend to simplify. Emotions cloud our ability to think so we prefer reason. We use reason to clarify so we can take action and we like action most when it’s direct and uncomplicated. All of these tendencies make us good problem solvers. We are built to solve problems. Surviving and winning a fight are the ultimate problems to solve. We love to do these things—fight for survival and triumph– and we feel most masculine when we do them well.

Call to Action: Apply your own reason to the assertions I make. Evaluate men around you using this 3 Step process:

Step 1: Decide if you accept my assertion. If you do not accept it, answer it for yourself—“What do men do well?” Once you have your own answer in 3-5 simple characteristics, proceed to step 2.

Step 2: Apply AM’s 5 Characteristics of The Masculine Genius (or your own) to yourself. How do you stack up?

Step 3: Apply the 5 Characteristics to evaluate the men around you. How do they stack up? Finally, ask yourself, “Does having a standard and applying that standard make it easier or more difficult to make sense of the world around me?”