The Beginning: Elliott Hulse, Cutting the Bullshit, & Killing the Bitch Inside

When I think back to the genesis of Masculinity Rising, I see Elliott Hulse.

I discovered Elliott and Strength Camp around August of 2012, when I first started learning about personal development. At the time, I had no idea Masculinity Rising would be the tangible result from my self-improvement and research. But here we are.

Before we get started, here is a good representation of one of my biggest mentors.

The summer after college graduation summer sparked it all. I moved to a middle-of-nowhere town to start my first web development job at a company that made me feel miserable daily. All while living alone in a single-bedroom apartment with my dog, Wilson.

Talk about feeling socially isolated.

There was a lot of drinking to pass the time. A nasty continuation from college…

House for Halloween, Senior Year of College

I dressed up as House for Halloween, senior year of college.
Sadly, I also had the same attitude and world outlook as House at this time…

I’ll admit, however, my initial motivation for “improving myself” was superficial. I was fat, unconfident, and terrible with women. So that’s where I started.

How could I lose weight and gain muscle?
How could I stop being a little bitch?
How could I be a MAN around women, and maintain worthwhile relationships?

Up until this point, I never truly had a mentor to offer me advice, especially not a masculine one, and Elliott filled that role (although virtually via YouTube). I was the compulsive “nice guy” that didn’t like to cause trouble, didn’t stand out, and didn’t set boundaries or defend my beliefs because I was too worried about what others would think about me. Elliott was the passionate, deep-thinking, no-bullshit mentor I so needed at the time.

In July of 2013, this video helped changed my perspective on things.

In the video, Elliott quotes Brian Tracy: “Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not.”

Until 2012, I had mostly “improved myself” in terms of academics. I never sat down and evaluated my life and the course it was taking. I blamed the world for my problems and shortcomings. I wouldn’t take responsibility for the consequences of my bad decisions and habits. It took a brutally honest, no-bullshit approach to snap me back to reality, and allow me to initiate change in my life. Elliott made me realize that I was the problem. I was the one standing in my own way. I was the one keeping myself from being happy and successful. I was the one I subconsciously despised.

Why? Because I wasn’t growing as a man, as a person.

I had no passions. No challenges. No concrete goals.

I do now…


Helping You!

Looking back, I can see the root of my unhappiness stemmed from 1) an absence of masculine values during my upbringing, 2) no “right of passage” to mark my entry into adulthood, and 3) a lack of strong male mentors to truly push me and offer guidance when needed.

I hated the daily feelings of worry, anxiety, inferiority, and frustration that I experienced all because I was trapped in a perpetual childhood. I didn’t feel like a man. And I don’t want you to experience the same fate.

I’m here to offer you advice. It’s up to you to put it into action.

I’m here to show you that I’ve “been there.” I’ve struggled through being overwhelmingly unconfident, depressed, and weak. I haven’t always “had it together.” When you look online, it’s easy to be mislead by images of grandeur and the seemingly perfect lifestyles of others. I assure you, the Instagram celebrities and YouTube stars haven’t always had their shit together either. They’ve simply been very successful at marketing a particular version of themselves to the world.

So it is with masculinity. Life is tough, and without a masculine, moral framework to live by, it can be hard to find your way, stay motivated, and achieve your goals. And if we don’t work together to foster a masculine culture between men, we’re doomed to a world full of pussies.

Now, go work towards a goal. Always strive to accomplish at least one new thing each day.

Why not start with making a change in your body that will leave you feeling better and looking sexier?

Or learn how to improve your sleep quality.

Until next time,

Nick Hagood
Masculinity Rising

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