Respect and being masculine go hand in hand.
The more a man is respected, the more he appears to others as being masculine.
Now I am not saying this is a 100% truth, but it is a working theory of mine.
You see a man who takes action and builds a business, asks for a raise, learns a new skill, or many other examples.
The thing is the man who does this creates a momentum of growing respect that others see and contribute to.
Here is a solid example/hypothetical.
Josh was hanging out with his friends externally processing that he wanted to learn more about cars he said to those around him.
"Next week I am going to look into getting a part-time job or volunteer my time freely at a mechanic shop."
His friends smile and nod but don't think he will do it, but to their surprise the following week when they were all grabbing a drink together Josh updated them.
"So I went to seven different auto shops off of Main Street, and none of them had anything for me, but I am going to keep at it until I find something."
Now, at this moment Josh's determination to keep pushing forward has momentum because he has taken tangible action.
Also, the action he has taken not only caught his friends off guard it produced respect among his friends because he is a man of his word and makes tangible steps when he says he will.
So, if you do not feel like you are respected as a man do two simple things.
~ Be a man of your word.
No really, this is something I would say not only translates throughout cultures but history. A man who keeps his word has and maintains the respect of others.
~ Take action and be assertive.
Every person has the power to take action and be assertive. This a commodity unbiased to economic status.
Ask yourself what are the simple steps you can do today to be active and assertive... slowly but surely if you do this your life will change.
Doing this will set you apart from the rest. Those who are successful or people who make a long-term impact on society are those who take action.
Would love to hear your thoughts.