Ryan Michler is the founder and creator of Order of Man and the Order of Man Podcast.

If you’re a guy, you need to be listening to this podcast. If you love a guy, listen to this podcast.

We cover a lot of ground in this episode about the idea of manliness: what it is, and how it’s different than masculinity. We talk about how law enforcement, and how we gravitate to the Warrior archetype and if there’s still a place for that in our society, or should we be transitioning to a “gentler” idea of being a guardian. As part of this, we talk about the difference between being aggressive and being assertive.

The motto of Order of Man is: Protect, Provide, and Preside. There’s a lot more to it that we get into. Protect and Provide for a lot of us are easy to understand but we dive deeper into Preside, and what that means (hint: it’s not sitting in the king’s chair or dragging your woman back to the cave by her hair).

Ryan also encourages us to preside by following his 4 C’s: Condition, Calibrate, Connect, and Contribute.

Both law enforcement and masculinity are under attack from outside sources. Ryan’s advice is actionable and immediate and it applies to our female partners as much as it does the men listening.

Here are some of the specifics we talk about:

Ryan’s suggested reading list:

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Resilience: Hard Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens

Assertive Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself in Work and Relationships by Randy Paterson

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

Ryan meditates daily as part of his morning practice. This is the headband, Muze, that he talks about on the show.

I also recommend the Headspace app myself for beginners.

He’s on Twitter and Instagram @orderofman.