Nick Hagood is the owner and voice of Masculinity Rising.
Masculinity Rising is a motivational and personal development website aimed at helping men reach their true masculine potential.
Today’s society is characterized by a distinct lack of masculine values, and many men struggle through life without mentors to offer them guidance.
We are here to fix that.
Fitness. Health. Mindset. Relationships. Finances.
We’re going to dig into it all, and offer you solutions that will make you a happier, more masculine man. Let’s get started.
Who is Nick Hagood?
I’m just an ordinary guy, just like you.
But I have grand visions for the future, as I hope you do.
I grew up in the rural south and I quickly realized small town living wasn’t for me. I love my hometown, yes. I’ll always hold a nostalgic spot in my heart for that place… but accepting mediocrity has never set well with me.
I hope it doesn’t with you.
I knew if I never branched out, I would never find fulfillment in life. When you look around and all you see is average, you become average. When all you see is negative, you become negative. The expectations of society and the weight of our fears hold us down, preventing us from achieving our goals. Only by rejecting the “average” voices in society and by facing our fears can we break free of those shackles.
So, what did I fear doing? Leaving the shelter of my hometown to finally realize a dream of living in Seattle, WA.
I moved to Seattle in September of 2013, and since then I have made radical changes in my beliefs, thoughts, and habits. My personal journey through life has offered me valuable insights and experiences that I believe can serve other men.
So, what do you fear doing most? That is the dream you should get started on.
The Fall of Masculinity
Growing up, I have always felt that something was missing from my life, some mysterious element that I couldn’t put my finger on. As the years passed, I watched my peers begin to surpass me in terms of happiness, success, money, and relationships.
Cynicism, negativity, pessimism, and depression began ruling my daily life and the more I fought back, the stronger these mental poisons took hold. I felt completely lost, and I bet that many men feel the same way at this very moment.
I believe this is a direct result of the decline of masculinity in today’s society. Boys are not challenged into becoming men anymore. Masculine role models are practically non-existent. There are no rights of passage. No real struggles. Instead, “men” are coddled and pussified by our society, remaining boys their entire lives.
That is no way to live.
Time For A Change
When I first started personal development, I looked to the experiences of others that were stronger, smarter, happier, and more successful than myself.
I started fostering masculine values and pursuing masculine endeavors. Then I noticed my depression began to subside over time. For the first time, my confidence began to develop without an overprotective ego, and I began enjoying what I looked like and how I felt.
Then, life presented me with an opportunity and I seized it.
My opportunity was a free relocation to Seattle as part of a job offer. I took it and never looked back, despite the fear and intimidation involved in moving 3,000 miles alone, all while leaving my entire support network of family and friends behind. All I had at the time was a falling-apart Ford Escort full of clothes and electronics, and my Shetland Sheepdog, Wilson.
The past few years have been full of challenges. Challenges that have tested me to my core. Challenges that have almost undone me. But I refused to stay beaten down. Despite the struggle, I make it a point to push forward. Constantly improving.
Along the way, I have realized that everyone has a story to tell — experiences that can help others with their own questions and struggles in life.
There are multiple reasons why you aren’t where you want to be. My goal is to help you figure out those reasons.
As a whole, Masculinity Rising is simply meant to serve as a platform to share my experiences with you, and as a hub for men to offer their own perspectives in order to help each other.