It’s been said that there are three types of men in this world – men who wish to rule over others, men who seek to obey, and men who pursue freedom, independence, and their own visions and dreams with unmeasurable vigor.
The third type of man – the passionate men who shape the world we live in, the men who live their lives as they see fit (without intruding on the right of others to do the same), and accomplish great things in the face of all odds (often to our benefit) – is an increasingly rare breed.
Yet, not all hope is lost, as those men do indeed still exist. In fact, you are looking at three of them above as you read.
Pictured from left to right are Doug McGuff MD, Mark Sisson, and Bill DeSimone – men who’s work I was very familiar with and had a lot of respect for, before meeting them just this past July at The 21 Convention 2010 of Orlando Florida.
After meeting them?
Extremely impressed is an understatement.
All three of these men are some of the greatest and wisest of our time, yet at the same time, are all massively under appreciated – even Mark Sisson, who has thus far seen the most tangible success with his best selling book and insanely popular blog.
Throughout the past year I have done my best with The Dream Lounge to correct what I see as an imbalance in the world. This blog holds top reviews of both Mark and Bill’s books, and as far as I am aware, TDL has sold more copies of Doug’s book Body by Science than any other independent website on the net.
But their work is one matter, and while critically important, it is a matter I am not here to discuss today, so much as I am to discuss the men behind the work – the men I had the good fortune to meet face to face recently.
Behold Mark Sisson.
I really didn’t know what to expect when I met Mark. I’ve followed his work closely, yet at the same time, I had seen some negative criticisms of him. “Elitist” comes to mind, something he even addressed in his book The Primal Blueprint.
Mark is one of the most down to earth, happy guys I’ve ever had the chance to meet my entire life. This guy is nearly triple my age, not many years away from becoming a senior citizen – and had more energy, a better physique, and expressed more JOY than nearly if not everyone that attended a young men’s success convention.
Seriously, Mark was having FUN at this convention, on and off stage, as much or more than any other speaker that has ever spoken at the event.
And for that alone – waking up every day, enjoying his life to the fullest, and living his passion – he has my deepest respect.
But there’s more to Mark than even that, as Mark is also one of the most confident men I have ever had the chance to meet.
Some may recognize it as ‘arrogance’, but I believe there is a thin line between arrogance (or perhaps the ‘elitist’ attitude he’s been accused of) and confidence, and in my opinion, Mark stands of the foundation of core confidence.
While modern society tends to praise self sacrifice over personal productivity, weakness over success, shame over pride – Mark remains on the right side of all these.
As far as I can glean, Mark is a proud man, who has enjoyed an immense amount of success, and did so by being intensely productive over a pro longed period of time.
Mark’s success, pride, confidence, and personal work ethic are a beacon for men pursuing their own happiness and independence – myself included.
And with that said, my hat is off once again just as it was upon finishing The Primal Blueprint.
And, if I were a betting man, I would be ready to throw it off once again, as I believe Mark has only experienced a tiny fraction of his peak potential as a world leader in nutrition, exercise, and healthy living.
Kudos Mark, and thank you again for speaking at The 21 Convention this year.
Moving on, behold Bill DeSimone.
Now here’s a guy who’s sitting on an intellectual gold mine, a man re-writing and thoroughly explaining ideas on exercise bio-mechanics like no one else in the world is able to – let alone, even understands.
In my opinion, Bill DeSimone is a wrecking ball to the mainstream “fitness industry”, just waiting to be discovered. He is taking conventional wisdom head on – and winning – day by day, video by video, book by book.
What’s a bit ironic is that I don’t believe he fully knows it yet, the same way Arthur Jones didn’t know he was onto something HUGE until it was smacking him in the face. The difference here though is that the internet is now around, and in that regard, Bill is expressing his revolutionary ideas at exactly the right time – where as Arthur may have been a bit ahead of his time.
With that said, I believe it is very possible that Bill will sky rocket in popularity. In fact, I’d bet it’s little more than a matter of time before that happens.
As for the man behind the work, like Mark, Bill carries himself very well, especially considering his age (a year older than Mark I believe). While he hasn’t experienced the same degree of success with his work yet, he beams the same self confidence.
And like just like in his videos, Bill has a really, really good sense of humor – a sense of humor that will carry him far, and only comes from a core sense of confidence.
My hat is off to you Bill. Excellent speech, and I can’t thank you enough for speaking at The 21 Convention this year.
Finally, behold Dr. Doug McGuff
Doug McGuff co-authored a book on exercise titled Body by Science. I imagine most if not all long time readers of this blog have read it – it is my all time favorite book on exercise, period.
And while Doug McGuff’s work as a leading authority on exercise science profoundly impacted my life, it is the man behind the work that I have really come to respect and admire.
More specifically, his deep and authentic work on BodybyScience.net is what has truly inspired me.
It’s a bit difficult to navigate the older content, but that blog (especially the comments) is a gold mine of search for truth in the world. Not only with exercise, nutrition, and healthy living … but life, philosophy, history, and nearly every subject of importance for that matter – and Doug is at the head of it all.
He is a leader in his family, his place(s) of work, his blog, and in person. More importantly, he is a leader that people like myself freely choose to follow at various times and in various ways.
Which brings us full circle to the opening of this post, because all three of these men are great for that very reason – they lead because it is their nature, not because they have any interest, so far as I am aware, in deriving power from and over others, as many leaders in our current society do.
They do what they do because they have a vision of the way the way the world should be – and right now, it’s not there.
Combine that with a disdain for obedience and strive for independence , and you have three of the greatest men of our time – little do they know, every bit as ‘great’ as other leaders of our time like Ron Paul, Anthony Robbins, and Tim Ferriss.
I strongly encourage everyone to support their work whenever and in whatever way possible. These are men here to change the world in their own unique ways, and they need all the help they can get.
-Anthony ‘Dream’ Johnson