The Frog & the Prince - A Man's Perspective

Often in the fairy tale of the Princess and the Frog the woes of the princess are exploited while the Prince sits around on a lily pad eating flies all day. Are you a Man or a Frog?

by Pete Ferguson

This morning on the drive home from the gym I was thinking about what to write when the words "Frog and the Prince" popped into my head.

I asked my wife what the story of the "Princess and the Frog" meant to her - she replied that it is about having to do what you don't want to do. Her recollection is of the poor princess who lost her golden ball down the well and who had to learn humility enough to want to kiss a frog.

I'm not interested in getting deep into the story line here. I'm interested in talking about why so many of us men act like frogs when we have a royal destiny ahead of us.

Just because we look around and see everyone else eating flies and waiting for a Princess to save them doesn't mean we must do the same.

Whether "eating flies" means going to a job you hate, eating at the trough of debt to try and keep up with your neighbors, or live a sedentary lifestyle that leads to obesity and the life of a couch potato -

I'm hear to tell you there is a life of steak and potatoes in your future as soon as you are tired of eating insects.

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Comment by Peter A Ferguson on November 6, 2012 at 4:10am

Thanks Rob for the encouragement and referring me to Jesse's podcast and site. I'm moving forward!

Comment by Robert Clinton on November 5, 2012 at 2:24pm

Again, I think it's awesome... If I come up with anymore names I'll let you know. Move forward, make it happen! 

Also, my friend Jesse Lahey is in this market as well. You might want to hook up with him, maybe there's a way to serve each other's motivations! check him out: http://www.mancaveradio.com/

Comment by Peter A Ferguson on November 2, 2012 at 6:01am

Thanks Jen! And thanks Rob. After listening to Farnoosh Brock's podcast on turning a blog into a business, I have been rethinking what I'm passionate about and what I love. And I love man stuff - theater equipment, saddleback leather, getting a straight razor shave, camping, building stuff, power tools, the smell of gunpowder, etc. This is going to be my new genre. I have a few website names in mind and will be working hard for a Jan 1 launch. 


www.mancode.com (currently on backorder)

www.themancode.com (also on backorder) 

Any other thoughts? ... looking to build a site to help men help their sons to become men (still working on the ethos)

I really appreciate the constant feedback and encouragement!

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on November 1, 2012 at 5:33pm

Inspirationally wise. Love how you sent your message loud and clear Peter. Thanks!

Comment by Robert Clinton on October 31, 2012 at 7:16am

Hey Peter, you bet my friend. I love that website too. I get their newsletters.... Maybe you can just move into the genre anyway, and then brand along the way. "Manly Man" is a great start from my chair. 

Comment by Peter A Ferguson on October 30, 2012 at 9:11pm

Thanks Rob and Deborah, glad I struck a chord. I'm revisiting what Dan continually preaches about passion and what others regularly approach me about. I tried the career coaching, but I'm not in a great place to be giving advice. I do continually receive comments on my blog that many friends and associates think I'm writing directly to them. 

I love the website www.theartofmanliness.com and I know more than I probably should about Saddleback Leather, the benefits of a straight shave vs razor, etc. I'm looking to move more into the manly man genre but I'm having a hard time finding a catchy title and website. 

Thanks for the constant encouragement and readership. 


Comment by Robert Clinton on October 30, 2012 at 12:03pm

Awesome! Love the message... time to man-up and stop waiting to be saved

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on October 30, 2012 at 8:05am

A clever twist on a familiar tale. Next time I'm wanting someone to rescue me I'll picture the frog eating flies.

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