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Tim Noonan

Becoming a Man: The Brutal Initiations Boys Go Through to Prove Their Manhood

One day he was a normal guy working in journalism and the next he was on the adventure of a lifetime.

When Tim Noonan decided to quit his job and travel the world for 2 years filming himself going through the most intense and brutal initiations into manhood, it was an unexpected as it sounds.

He had never done anything like this.

He’d never been in a fight, gone on crazy adventures, been a thrill-seeker, or considered himself a masochist.

But he felt a deep desire inside of himself to come to terms with what it meant to be a man.

So he decided to go all out and truly do whatever it took to find this truth.

"The only way to grow is by looking inward."  

Fortunately for the rest of the world, he had some experience in film making, so he documented the whole journey, which included visiting 12 different cultures and countries, where he experienced crazy rituals such as killing and drinking reindeer blood, getting his ears pierced with massive needles, fighting in a ring, and climbing down a snake hole, to name a few.

If this sounds outrageous and wild, it’s because it is.

But what Tim learned from these experiences is very relatable, no matter who you are.

As you know, I am fascinated by this topic, and I was hanging on every word as Tim told me stories of what he went through and what he learned.

Maybe the most interesting part of the whole conversation was towards the end when Tim shared his perspective on what it means to be a man. It was a definition that I think every man can relate to and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Episode 494.

"Part of being a man is learning when to walk away."  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What was the most painful experience to go through and to watch? (15:15)
  • Should we have to prove our manhood? (19:21)
  • What’s been the biggest challenge for you as a man to define yourself as a man? (34:57)
  • How do you define yourself as a man? (35:00)
  • What would you say to women about how to support the men in their lives? (41:05)

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Which initiation Tim decided against going through with (13:15)
  • Why a lot of these manhood rituals are fading away (24:12)
  • What we’ve lost in our society by letting our rituals go (25:10)
  • The truth about how important challenges are to our healthy development (28:20)
  • Plus much more…

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Music Credit: Move On by Steam Phunk

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