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Each week were going to look at different key elements of a Man’s Journey – Starting in week 1 with asking and answering the question ‘Who am I?’ I’m going to be encouraging you to ask and answer - The question of your own identity.

 

 

In week 2 we’ll ask and seek to answer the question; ‘Where do I fit?’ Which career path suits my distinct skill set, my individual gifting? What kind of relationships should I build both intimately and socially? How will I build a life for me that has meaning to me?

Week 3 we’ll get into survival.

As you can see by now, in this process of establishing our unique identity and coming to our own conclusions we’ve well and truly upset the status quo and toppled the apple cart,

 

 

 

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Right now, an army of “wanterpreneurs” are being drawn into the world of startups. For them, entrepreneurship exists in the same sphere of activities as yoga (while covered head-to-toe in lululemon, of course), kombucha, kale, and Burning Man.

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During the past 3 month I have been made aware from the work I do online with entrepreneurs that there are a lot of you guys who have gone through some kind of depression at some point of your life this year and I was shocked to hear that from those who have acknowledge to me that they have or are going through depression, the majority of them have not sort professional help.

 

First of all me and my guest Omar Zac on our the Rachael Academy Podcast show  our not fully trained to give you all the information and advice you would need if you feel you are going through some kind of mental illness. There are many websites and agencies you can get help from. I have listed some of those below.

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The journey of becoming a writer can be a road that some find hard to carve out for themselves.

 

So you love to write, tick

 

You have an idea to write about, tick

 

You have the energy and passion and you're rearing to go, tick

 

What now? How do you get your writing career of the ground?

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Welcome to our new podcast segment called The Apprentice, where I showcase some of my amazing clients who have had the joy to work with. You'll the listeners will get the chance to gt to know their back stories, why they started their businesses, their ups and downs and what they have learnt along the way. You will also get the chance to follow them along their current journey and explore what they have to offer to the world.

 

On our first show on The Apprentice, we welcome Omar Zac Phillips Founder of the amazing blog The Idea Of A Man.

 

Omar has been a active client of mine for the past 5 years. We have been working together on many different projects. He came to me 5 years ago with an idea and a dream of starting a business.

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In week 4 we’ll be looking at recreation, because all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. And we’ll also explore meaningful recreation, recreation that is an investment into your vocation. As well as the bona fide activity of simply - goofing off.

In week 5 we’ll get down to business and look at some practical ways we can fund this enterprise which is our lives.

We’ll tackle important mind-sets that need to be adopted in order to succeed and mind-sets we need to lose

 

In week 6 we get into the prickly issue of Finance.

We’ll ascertain how to evaluate our finances, and we’ll don gloves to tackle the area of debt!  Work gloves to start breaking ceilings that want to limit our financial potential.

 

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We all have day dreams and imagine ourselves far away from u normal lives living another life doing what we desire to do. Then we wake up from our day dreams and quickly realize that it was all a dream. For some that realization that our dreams may just be just that dreams and that we may not have the time, resources and tools we need to achieve our dreams and turn them into reality can leave us somewhat lost in hopelessness. Welcome to our new podcast segment called The Apprentice, where I showcase some of my amazing clients who have had the joy to work with. You'll the listeners will get the chance to gt to know their back stories, why they started their businesses, their ups and downs and what they have learnt along the way. You will also get the chance to follow them along their current journey and explore what they have to offer to the world.

 

On our first show on The Apprentice, we welcome Omar Zac Phillips Founder of the amazing blog The Idea Of A Man.

 

Omar has been a active client of mine for the past 5 years. We have been working together on many different projects. He came to me 5 years ago with an idea and a dream of starting a business.

 

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FRIENDSHIP

In week 7 we’ll look at friendship and ask what Is a friend – to a man!

 

Is it possible there are differences between male and female friendship, and what men want out of a friend?

in modern day society.

LIFE PARTNERS

In week 8 we’ll explore the area of life partnership. Marriages, lovers, girl and boy friends. We’ll explore common issues experienced by us all. The need to re-ignite passion, because love is never going to work as a simply intellectual exercise.

FAMILY

Then we’ll look in week 9 at the family. Your current situation might not be that great, there are mixed and blended, separated and ended family settings. Or perhaps you feel you’re happily flying on all cylinders.

SPIRITUALITY

By Week 10 we’ll be getting into double digits. So let’s switch gears as were getting into these higher numbers, let’s tackle the lofty matter of a man’s spirituality.

 

Practical Spirituality of course!

 

MIND & HEART

In Week 11 we enter the area of mind and heart. This is about how to invest in the other apparently ethereal area of our lives our souls.

We are each of us triune entities. Identities made up of three parts. We are Spirits, Souls and Bodies.

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Then we’ll conclude with week 12, and here you’ve guessed it we get into the third component of the trinity that makes up us; The Body!!

 

 

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Hi, My name is Zac, Omar Zac – Phillips to be precise – Omar Zac Phillips!!

 

Welcome to my website; ‘The Idea of a Man' I'm a writer and The Idea of a man project is my writers blog which is birthed out of the pain of – ‘imposed definitions’!

 

Let me explain; I am a 42-year-old man; currently in the 6th of the 7 year cycles of my soul’s journey.

 

And if I summarised my journey to date with a synopsis statement to convey the take home message life has been seeking to convey to me I’d say; "you've got to learn to ‘Love yourself, to respect yourself, and to invest in yourself."

 

"You should be your own greatest fan, your primary investor, and your chief care giver and you need not expect anyone else to do for you what you should be doing for yourself."

 

"Don’t wait for anyone else to give you the opportunity, - the break, -  the golden handshake - that you with a little more effort, and outside the box thinking can provide for yourself."

 

See this life is a privilege and an opportunity, and this gift where we live and breathe and think and feel is not the bummer we so often make it out to be, but it's a window into limitless options, tremendous possibilities, and myriad opportunities.

 

My mission therefore, is to invest in myself the ingredients that I need to realise my full potential, and in the process inspire others to do the same.

 

The Idea of a Man is birthed out of the question, I’m sure looms over the heads of many of us as men; ‘Am I man enough?’

 

Am I man enough to meet the challenges of life? Am I enough to meet the expectations life is throwing at me? How do I compete in the market place of men?  And how do I resolve the mysteries of relationships, - and earn what I need to survive - beside what I think I’m worth?

 

Sometimes however, we need to go back further in our questioning process if we are to come to sound conclusions!

 

This is because surficial, cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all, stock answers aren’t going to enable us to arrive at the conclusions that will be helpful for the duration.

 

This journey we’re on is not a stroll in the park. Stuff we do, conclusions we arrive at, have implications.

 

So remember, the quality of the answers you get, are always in proportion to the quality of the questions you ask.

 

So my question to you is, - ‘What is your idea of a man?’

 

Perhaps a good exercise would be to list all the idea’s that come to mind, - all the things you have heard, - that society, - your parents, - family members, - friends, - social acquaintances and encounters have communicated to you regarding what a man is, and what man is not.

 

Then move beyond the chatter, the voices, the conclusions of the crowd and ask yourself again; What is your idea of a man?’

 

Then ask yourself the question; ‘What is your ideal of a man?’ or what does ‘an ideal man’ look like to you? – Not just aesthetically – I’m asking you to define for yourself, what you personally think are the ideal characteristics of an ideal man? What distinct character traits characterise this imaginary individual?

 

And when you’ve got that all figured out, the question swings right back to you, - look in the mirror and look yourself square in the eye and be honest - even if only to yourself ‘How many of these your own personal ideal character traits do you embody?

 

Now I'm not trying to make you feel bad! There is a reason I'm asking you these questions. – So now if the character traits you've arrived at, on closer examination are in fact all stuff that other people have concluded about what an ideal man is, and if you were to be honest with yourself - none of them really mean that much to you, - you have to start again!

 

At first I asked you to dig past everyone else’s perception of the idea of a man, in order to answer the question honestly for yourself; ‘What is your idea of a man?’ - Then i asked you to tease out the traits, the characteristics that as far as you are concerned would be present in the life of the ideal man. This is so that we can then ask ourselves the perhaps challenging question; ‘How near or how far do I fall from my own ideal?’ What I’m essentially asking you to do is to come to your - own conclusions!

 

I'll admit it can be a dangerous business this - coming to your own conclusions. Not a lot of people out there strongly encouraging you to come to your own conclusions!

 

Everyone has an idea of what a man should be, how a man should live his life and on and on.  But, have you ever defined the answer to that question for yourself?

 

The idea of a man project is not concerned with ‘moralising’ or trying to define for you what my idea of a man is.

 

I’m not here to sell you an ideal version of manhood so that I can all be so happy with how your adapting to my foregone conclusions about how you should live your life.

 

The Idea of a man project is about first of all encouraging you to define for yourself ‘What is your idea of a man?’ and then being there for you on the journey toward being the man your soul knows in your heart of hearts you were put here to be.

 

Wasn’t it Freya, Thor’s mother in the Avengers endgame who spoke those poignant words; - “Everyone fails at who they’re supposed to be, Thor. The measure of a person, of a hero, is how well they succeed at being who they are!!”

 

In the journal on this website I'll seek to write insights from my day to day life, I'm a husband and a father and my journey has been mixed and varied with nuances and twists and turns in the road which you may or may not find interesting.

 

The project however, covers 12 key sections of a man's journey the first three deal with the discovery of personal identity, we then look at how you spend your time, energy and money, before tackling relational matters of friends, lovers and family and we end off with discourses about the well-being of our bodies. souls and spirits. The aim being to individually examine the whole man that is us and creating lives for us that have meaning to us.

 

I'm passionate about tackling at the core the issues that as men we face, in order to be a part of the solution. I hope the information you come across here will be empowering and will assist in making life better for you. And I'd value your feedback comments and suggestions as we go on this journey together.

 

 

Omar Zac Phillips

 

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