What is a Modern Renaissance Man? We can all think up a version based on the name— a creative, skilled, attractively sociable, alpha male who commands a room with style and wit. Sure that’s a version many men strive for. But, do you know the inner drives and habits of the cliche-breaking Modern Renaissance Man who has been emerging?
The definition of a man is constantly changing. Different ways of being a man present themselves every day, many times based on external expectations and ego driven desires. A Modern Renaissance Man is not born nor molded by society, he is created out of choice. A choice from a place of clarity and integrity to be a completely alive, free-thinking, powerful man of purpose.
For most men, it takes an unforeseen catalyst in our lives to stir up this choice – losing a loved one, the end of a relationship, financial turmoil, a ‘mid-life crisis’, or our deathbeds when it’s too late. A Modern Renaissance Man takes the road less traveled and offers us a way to be in the world that takes training, reflection, personal development, narrow focus, a heavy dose of brutal honesty.
Through this vulnerable work, a Modern Renaissance Man understands the importance of integrating and elevating all his inner and outer workings as one:
He seeks mastery of mind to navigate his emotions, desires, and actions and elevates his wisdom and presence to harness true power.
He seeks mastery of body for it is his instrument to achieve greatness. Optimizing it for peak performance brings strength in all actions.
He knows his energy comes from his soul. He opens it up to create, love and enjoy life with purpose and in truth.
He explores his unique passions, personality and style as a form of self expression and unique contribution to the world.
Ultimately, we are all Modern Renaissance Men. This is not a new male archetype, but a conscious decision to have the very best experience of life and to give our very best self to life. To not just be ordinary men, but great men- complete men.
In the Lakota language there is a word: wica (pronounced wichha), which means ‘complete man’. A wica, or complete man is a man who is virtuous and wise on the inside, but also a man who takes care of business and acts with fearlessness, kindness, and honor in his life. Today, we call him a Modern Renaissance Man.