Does the stereotype of stoic masculinity damage men? Lewis Howes, entrepreneur and host of the School of Greatness podcast, has a new book coming later this year called “The Mask of Masculinity.” On Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson,” Howes explained what compelled him to write the book and why he hopes both men and women can learn from it.
“As a man, you know, I was driven especially in sports to never show emotion in sports, to always be trained to essentially destroy,” he said. Now the founder of his own media company, the entrepreneur played college football but fell short of playing in the NFL after sustaining a career-ending injury.
He has since realized that the stoicism and need for dominance stereotypical to men left him feeling unfilled, especially in business relationships and his personal life. Instead of striving to dominate other people, Howes learned to create healthier win/win scenarios to build relationships.
“I want to kind of dispel the different masks that man wear on a day-to-day basis,” he described his book.
As gender roles shift in today’s society, men and women are figuring out how to navigate the workplace, roles in the home and their own gender identities. Howes aimed to help people with the new book, which will be released this October.
The timing of the book right before Halloween was intentional, Howes explained. “We take off our masks.”