How is a Man different from a Boy? This is a question that is most commonly asked. Life is like a book, the more you read the more you learn. As a child we are just like a dough of clay, the way we shape it, we become. The transition from boyhood to manhood doesn’t happen overnight. Experiences and challenges shape each of us into unique individuals and help a boy turn into a man. But not necessarily every boy becomes a man with their journey in life, some remains unchanged. It’s the mental peace and maturity that makes a man out of a boy. Some men are still in that transition phase.
So here are a few qualities that differentiate a man from a boy.
Learn from mistakes :
“Don’t waste a good mistake. Learn from it”- Robert Kiyosaki.
People often make mistakes knowingly or unknowingly which is natural. However, these mistakes actually make us a better person in the long run because we learn a lot of precious insights from them. And a real man would know that. What makes a Man different from a boy, is his reaction to his failures. A boy may give up, or resort to the easier option, but not in a man’s case. He will try again till he succeeds. It’s not possible to avoid mistakes completely, so the wise thing to do is to learn from the mistakes you make.
Having a goal in life :
“A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder” – Thomas Carlyle.
Real Men have real Goals. Not all of us start with a Goal in mind, but with time we develop one. Having a goal in life not only helps you to find the purpose of your life but also makes life worth living. Boys have short plans, that may be fickle-minded. And can change anytime. But unlike boys men have a crystal clear vision for their future and take actions based on the vision that is driving their life. Even if it is a long struggle, their vision is always for the better good in the future and not nearsighted.
Value their relationships :
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”- African Proverb.
An average survey says people who are successful value their relationships. They always make time for their families and friends no matter how many problems they are into. Have you ever thought, what is the point of being successful, if you can’t celebrate your success with your close ones, then what is the point? You may be deep in insecurities, work pressures, or other challenges, but you should also make time for your loved ones.
Prioritizes his woman :
“Only a real man is able to stick to just one woman and treat her special, always.” – Terry Mark
A Real man will never stop caring for the woman he loves and he is responsible for her happiness. When we differentiate a Man from a boy is that a boy pays attention to wooing many women. But a Man only sees the woman he makes love to. They put aside their ego and will never let a good woman walk out of their life because a Man is aware of his precious possession. Boys are always looking for girls to sleep with, but a Real man spends his life for the one he wants to wake up next to, every day.
Health is wealth :
“It is health that is a real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
Boys tend to be irresponsible about their health. They are often seen, abusing it with over-consumption of alcohol, and intoxication. They end up making bad choices and behave erratically in the state of intoxication. But the difference between a Man and a Boy is that Men prioritize their health and wellness. They wake up early, exercise daily, eat good healthy food, sleep properly and try to avoid any bad habits. Because successful men always prioritize their health before wealth.
Responsible for your actions :
“Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.”
– Roy T. Bennett
Being a man is owning up to your mistakes and taking responsibility for your actions. Boys, however, tend to make excuses rather than taking responsibility and learning from their mistakes. What distinguishes a Man from a Boy is that Boys never accept their fault. They would never apologize, or be sorry for their mistakes. A real Man never steps back from taking full responsibility. He is honest and concerned for other people. Even if he unintentionally hurts someone, he ensures that the matter is sorted in a calm and mature way.
A Real Man is someone who is calm, and peaceful, and takes life as it comes his way. He is productive at work, caring for his loved ones, and healthy and fit. He even dresses dapper and is neatly groomed. Boys, however, can care less about how they look. Being a man is not something easily attainable. It is shown wrong in the books and movies, where they think a man can beat up 20 people or act all rowdy and rough. On the contrary, a real man would try to resolve any matter with harmony. That’s what differentiates a Man from a Boy.
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