Written for a Generation of Young Men in Crisis, New Self-Help Book "Be the Awesome Man" Reintroduces Honor, Maturity and Self-Reliance
Young men in America are in crisis, underachieving in unprecedented numbers and not attaining standard benchmarks of maturity. A new book, "Be the Awesome Man," offers young men, parents and mentors practical advice and tools for achieving lasting success and happiness.
Written for young men ages 16 to 25, "Be the Awesome Man" gives an unsugarcoated message that boys become men only through the traditional male values of discipline, honor and accomplishment. Drawing on his real-world experience as a coach, mentor and father, Gazarek teaches that young men must return to age-old ideals that have inspired generations of high-achieving men: virtue, self-discipline, moral integrity and postponing immediate pleasures in order to accomplish more important goals.
Gazarek argues that modern society has laid a fatal trap for young men by making it easy to defer adult responsibilities indefinitely, leading to a condition he calls "super-adolescence." The super-adolescent man has the external appearance of an adult, but his behavior is that of an immature teenager. As Gazarek puts it, "We have full-grown men behaving as man-children, seeking fun while rejecting the responsibility and benefits of adulthood."
In opposition to the super-adolescent, Gazarek offers readers the ideal of the "Awesome Man," a fully mature man who honors his commitments, pursues a meaningful life and — most important — maintains high ethical standards and treats other people well. Says Gazarek, "The Awesome Man is virtuous, disciplined and caring, and always mindful of the consequences of his actions. He does not exploit, hate or ridicule; instead he teaches, guides, mentors, helps and cares for others."
Gazarek emphasizes that any man, at any age, in any circumstances, has the power to become an Awesome Man. The one thing necessary is a commitment to personal growth.
"Be the Awesome Man" gives readers specific plans, practices, benchmarks and exercises to put that commitment into action, presenting simple one-day goals that are achievable and take the reader one step further toward being an Awesome Man. Worksheets help readers articulate their values and personal goals, and profiles of successful, compassionate and responsible men inspire readers to emulate their example.
"Be the Awesome Man" covers topics that every young man struggles with, including: overcoming fear; developing a positive, growth-oriented mindset; becoming self-disciplined; developing a strong work ethic and productive habits; developing a strong character and high ethical standards; forming emotional attachments and social bonds; developing competence; and identifying one's core values and developing a sense of purpose.
Combining old-fashioned wisdom, a critical analysis of modern culture and a tough-minded program of character development, "Be the Awesome Man" is a must-read guide for young men who want to achieve lasting success and personal happiness.
About the Author:
Born in a working-class neighborhood of Windsor, Ontario, Dennis Gazarek paid for college by working on farms, in factories, and in horse-racing tracks. After receiving an honors degree in business administration from the University of Windsor, Gazarek worked in sales for Procter & Gamble and General Motors. He is the author of "Whacked! How GM Careened into Bankruptcy and Took the Innocent with Them."
Title: Be the Awesome Man: A Young Man's Guide to Achieving Discipline, Success, and Happiness
Author: Dennis Gazarek
Publisher: Quill Driver Books, an imprint of Linden Publishing
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Price: $18.95 US
Category: Self-Help / Personal Growth
6" x 9" trade paperback, 280 pages, illustrations, index. Also available in e-book formats.
Available from bookstores, online booksellers and Quill Driver Books (1-800-345-4447, QuillDriverBooks.com).