Family First

It’s great to be back in the South again!

I traveled back home to Virginia from Seattle this week to visit my family and celebrate my brother’s 21st birthday.

Between traveling and spending time with family, I haven’t had much time to write an article… but I was able to knock out several pages of an upcoming book during my flights.

I’m writing this week’s article with the little bit of free time I have while everyone is getting ready for my sister’s dance recital in a few hours. I made a promise to post at least one article a week, so here it is, but always remember that your family comes first.

I’ve been away from home for a long time, so my family has most of my attention this week and next. Regardless, I’m still filming what’s going on. I’m always working on something new to bring you.

Make sure you keep an eye on the YouTube channel. I’m capturing some awesome footage while I’m home, and will be uploading videos next week after I get back to Seattle.

My brother and I have been handling the logistics for an all day outing we’re taking tomorrow at Catfish Pond. Since we’ll be off-roading on the quads, I decided to get a helmet mount for a GoPro so I can bring you along for the ride.

I figured having a camera mounted to my head would make for better footage since my body will act as a shock-absorber and you’ll also see things from my point-of-view on the trails instead of watching the vibrating ass-end of another four-wheeler in front of me.

There’s going to be plenty of action and mud (they’re calling for rain), and I’ve never been on an actual four-wheeling convoy before.

Tomorrow is going to be fun as hell!

Riding Quads

We’re getting down & dirty this week.

On Monday, Memorial Day, we’ll be shooting guns. I’ve been so busy with work over the past year that I haven’t taken much time to enjoy most of my hobbies. It’ll be good to practice some shooting and try out some guns I’ve never shot before. As always, you’ll get to see it as well.

Finally, you’ll get to see some better training footage too.

We’ve been lifting at the local YMCA while I’m home, so I’ve been able to be more “obvious” when filming in the gym. Commercial gyms tend to get a little cranky when you’re blatantly filming videos while working out. Not so much here.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to.

Don’t Neglect The Ones Who Matter Most

Going along with last week’s post about focus, I wanted to explain the importance of focusing on your family and relationships, even when you are busy working on your own little empire.

Sometimes we can get so caught up in what we’re working on that we neglect the people who are important in our lives. Oftentimes this is what happens with those who are extremely focused on their careers, and especially with most entrepreneurs.

It’s extremely hard to have a balanced life when obligations require a majority of your time.

Lack of family focus has destroyed countless marriages and left many children feeling neglected by their parents while they were growing up. This only further promotes the degeneration of our society because those children lack guidance, mentorship, and support from the people who should be closest to them.

Instead, they grow up learning from what they see on TV and the Internet… 95% of which is total garbage.

Don’t let that happen to your family.

Remember that there are important people in your life that require some of your time. Instead of squandering it elsewhere, invest it with them. They are the ones that matter.

They don’t have to share your vision.

They don’t have to understand your vision.

But you should make them a part of your vision.

You can build a legacy, but none of it matters if you don’t have anyone to share it with or pass it down to.

The moments we share with the ones we love are the moments worth having.

“Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to.”
— Gladiator

You may not want to do it at the time, but when you look back, you’ll be happy you did.

Stay tuned for that footage,

Nick Hagood
Masculinity Rising


  1. Tim Geelen June 9, 2016
    • Nick Hagood June 25, 2016
  2. Lloyd July 1, 2016

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