A tribal approach

****, you knew this was coming. ūüôā

Anoth¬≠er idea that just would¬≠n‚Äôt let me sleep through the cre¬≠ativ¬≠i¬≠ty of the morn¬≠ing hours.  Between 3 and 5 am I give all cred¬≠it for my work to unknown mus¬≠es.  Jesus I‚Äôm lucky!

In short: A course for the sons of the ultra-rich teach¬≠ing them the mean¬≠ing of being a good man through the exam¬≠ple of a group of mature and expe¬≠ri¬≠enced men (the 3 of us plus who¬≠ev¬≠er.)  $300k/6 weeks a year split into at least 3 peri¬≠ods, plus travel/expenses.  Each boy/young man trav¬≠els with our group which con¬≠sists of a con¬≠sis¬≠tent core sup¬≠ple¬≠ment¬≠ed by the many good men and women we know.    The parents/guardians or our group can set the itin¬≠er¬≠ary, once the train leaves the sta¬≠tion we run the show.  Camp¬≠fires in the moun¬≠tains are as appro¬≠pri¬≠ate and nec¬≠es¬≠sary as fly¬≠ing the G5 into Bhutan to meet the roy¬≠al fam¬≠i¬≠ly.  Expo¬≠sure to good authors, good whiskey and a big rain¬≠bow on a 4 weight are all desir¬≠able yet only start¬≠ing points.  Projects to con¬≠sid¬≠er involve as much man¬≠u¬≠al labor and mis¬≠takes as they do per¬≠fec¬≠tion and man¬≠age¬≠ment of priv¬≠i¬≠lege.  The end goal is to induce our clients to become good men with¬≠in their sphere of influ¬≠ence.  While the $300k (or more) cov¬≠ers one year, we should expect to act as life¬≠long men¬≠tors to every client and their parents.

A trib­al approach

It takes a vil¬≠lage to raise a child, yet it takes some¬≠thing more to raise a good man.  From time immemo¬≠r¬≠i¬≠al mature groups of expe¬≠ri¬≠enced men have ush¬≠ered boys into man¬≠hood lead¬≠ing by dis¬≠ci¬≠plined exam¬≠ple.  Wide¬≠ly prac¬≠ticed yet rarely cap¬≠tured in writ¬≠ing, these teach¬≠ings have resur¬≠faced through the millenia.

Today we know it as coop¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tive learn¬≠ing, yet it has many names; the Greeks devel¬≠oped the Socrat¬≠ic method, Native Amer¬≠i¬≠cans called it coy¬≠ote teach¬≠ing and it has revealed itself in the styles of mod¬≠ern mas¬≠ters Bruce Lee and Lama Ole Nydahl.  Across time and cul¬≠tures the fun¬≠da¬≠men¬≠tals of shap¬≠ing a good man have remained the same; tell me, show me, watch me.

The qual­i­ties required to bring up a young man vary wide­ly and include much beyond the dis­course and influ­ence of one human, hence we pro­vide group and indi­vid­ual examples.

In every cul¬≠ture there has exist¬≠ed a small and ded¬≠i¬≠cat¬≠ed group of teach¬≠ers who have con¬≠se¬≠crat¬≠ed their lives to rais¬≠ing way¬≠ward boys of poten¬≠tial to men of pow¬≠er and influ¬≠ence for good.

Using mul¬≠ti¬≠ple expe¬≠ri¬≠ences alter¬≠nat¬≠ing between dif¬≠fuse exam¬≠ple and intense learn¬≠ing our group pro¬≠vides a col¬≠lec¬≠tive mod¬≠el for priv¬≠i¬≠leged young men to emu¬≠late.  As the young ele¬≠phant knows not his own capa¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty and so is capa¬≠ble of doing much harm with¬≠out inten¬≠tion, end¬≠ing up hunt¬≠ed and dri¬≠ven, so too may a young man with the many bless¬≠ings of pow¬≠er and wealth be led astray from doing good in the world.  Our pur¬≠pose is to show each young man his pow¬≠er and abil¬≠i¬≠ty for good through a liv¬≠ing exam¬≠ple of excel¬≠lence in mind, body, and spirit.

Made up of mature men from all walks of life, our group embod¬≠ies the fun¬≠da¬≠men¬≠tals of hon¬≠or, integri¬≠ty, and excel¬≠lence.  Each man brings a breadth and depth of expe¬≠ri¬≠ence in dis¬≠ci¬≠pline that is con¬≠stant¬≠ly demon¬≠strat¬≠ed in every action.  The require¬≠ments to teach our method include the life¬≠long test of per¬≠for¬≠mance and are var¬≠ied across dis¬≠ci¬≠plines; our expe¬≠ri¬≠ence range from wilder¬≠ness fire man¬≠age¬≠ment to degrees in astron¬≠o¬≠my and med¬≠i¬≠cine, from mil¬≠i¬≠tary spe¬≠cial oper¬≠a¬≠tions to non-prof¬≠it work. Through all this we pro¬≠vide a lev¬≠el and qual¬≠i¬≠ty of teach¬≠ing and exam¬≠ple unmatched in today‚Äôs edu¬≠ca¬≠tion¬≠al arena.

The pow¬≠er of such a group should not be under¬≠es¬≠ti¬≠mat¬≠ed, a lone swim¬≠mer feels not the speed of a wide  riv¬≠er yet the banks pass swift¬≠ly by.

Unde¬≠vel¬≠oped Ideas:
‚ÄĎAll of us have made mis¬≠takes and believe/know those mis¬≠takes are as impor¬≠tant in the learn¬≠ing process as the ded¬≠i¬≠ca¬≠tion to excellence

A core plus the usu¬≠al (and long) list of sus¬≠pects act¬≠ing as guest stars with var¬≠i¬≠ous lengths of expo¬≠sure: **** etc.  Your best men, I‚Äôm not wor¬≠ried about find¬≠ing good dudes.  With 2 weeks at a pop to shape the young gun we‚Äôre prob¬≠a¬≠bly lim¬≠it¬≠ed to 5 or 6 men¬≠tors at a time‚Ķ

Ini¬≠tial assess¬≠ment: $10,000 over 3 days
$300,000/6 weeks spread out over a year, 10‚Äď14 days at a time

What this ain‚Äôt:
‚ÄĎWe‚Äôre not out to show rich peo¬≠ple poor peo¬≠ple.  We under¬≠stand that the chil¬≠dren of the world‚Äôs wealthy do not have to ever expe¬≠ri¬≠ence lack, and we wish to teach them to live in their world with.‚Ķarete.  If we come across lack or it makes sense to intro¬≠duce a young man to the rig¬≠ors of pover¬≠ty we exe¬≠cute that mis¬≠sion with¬≠out mer¬≠cy and every inten¬≠tion of good, but we ain‚Äôt doing non-prof¬≠it work.

Guid¬≠ing Quotes & Thinkers (Feel free to add your own in here and send it back):

There is noth¬≠ing good or bad yet think¬≠ing makes it so ‚ÄĎEpicte¬≠tus

Man, know thy¬≠self.  ‚ÄĎOra¬≠cle at Delphi

What is your pro¬≠fes¬≠sion?  Being a good man.  ‚ÄĎMar¬≠cus Aure¬≠lius, Meditations

Nev¬≠er doubt that a small group of thought¬≠ful com¬≠mit¬≠ted cit¬≠i¬≠zens can change the world.  ‚ÄĎEleanor Roosevelt

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