A little while back I went back and removed a bunch of the earliest posts to this blog. They won’t be missed. Unfortunately, one article I wouldn’t have removed got caught up along with them. This morning I got a message from a man asking me if I had a copy of it, because he couldn’t find it anymore on my site. I dug it up, and was about to send it to him but decided to post it back here instead. 

Thank you.

-Sean Lind.

Every man will find himself in a quandary from time to time. When in doubt and in need of guidance you need ask yourself just one question: What Would John Wayne Do?

When I was just a boy I was having a very serious discussion with my father about a choice he had made when I tried to show I understood by throwing out the cliché “you should never take the easy way out”.

His response was some of the best advice I have received. “No” he said, “you should always take the best way out”.

Sometimes life isn’t easy; in fact sometime it’s a pretty hard, brutal and shitty place. When you’re in a situation with no easy choices just remember to always take the best way out. If you’re not sure what that is then remember WWJWD.

While John Wayne was anything but perfect, he stands as the model man. If you’re looking for the picture of what makes a true man, look no farther than this:

“I’m the stuff men are made of” – John Wayne

“I’m the stuff men are made of” – John Wayne

Just like we all should, John Wayne lived by the way of the strong, silent type. As he put it, “Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.” If you want to be a real man, stop hiding your insecurities with words, and start paying attention.

The more you speak, the less you are heard. If you want people to listen, keep your mouth shut until you have something worth saying.

Here are a few more quotes from the Duke to live by:

  • “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.”
  • “If you’ve got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.”
  • “Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.”
  • “A man ought to do what he thinks is right”
  • “Never say sorry – it’s a sign of weakness”

Remember, all people (including real men) get scared. The difference between a real man, the type of man the Duke would be proud to know, is a man who can look his fear in the face and still do what needs to be done.

No one’s asking you to be perfect, but it’s up to you to be a man.

What Would John Wayne Do? Anything he fucking wants, that’s what.