Isn’t it fulfilling to observe the growth in those you love?

Henry & Bill Reconnection 12.30.14

“I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.” 

~ Tupac  Shakur

Growth  groth / noun

1. The process of growing,  A stage in the process of growing,  Full development: MATURITY.


“Hey Mr. Roddy, I’ll be in town next week for a few days and would love to meet with you.  I have lots of great news to share.” ~ H.S.

I’ve had many topics of discussion that encompass manhood development with the young men I’ve mentored.  When they update me on their lives and the growth they’ve experienced over the years I reminisce over the conversations we had.

“Mr. Roddy,  thanks for meeting with me.  I just want to let you know that I’married.  I am living out of state now, working and my spouse and I have big plans for our lives.

“I want to let you know that I learned so much from Mrs. Roddy and you.  I’ve applied much of what I observed from you as an adult man.”

Being part of young mens’ growth, maturity, and transition into manhood is fulfilling.  Hearing about their marriages is special to me.  As a married man I know the value my wife has added to my life. To know that just by observing me, they have a good platform in which to start their journey together as a committed couple.


Doesn’t it give us confidence to know that those we love and mentor are truly watching and are influenced by our behavior?

When do you seek the advice of an elder?


Jim & Bill“One of the things I enjoy about being young is learning from my elders without them giving direct advise.”

~ Unarine Ramaru


Advise  (ad-viz) verb 

1. To offer advice to. 2. To recommend or suggest.



Knowing when to seek advice from others  has been one of the keys to my continual personal and business growth. It was a challenge in my young adulthood and as a first-time entrepreneur to ask for advice.

I look back on the mistakes I’ve made and the lessons learned from them. As an adult male, husband and mentor, I’ve learned when to seek the advice of others.

Isn’t it a great idea to seek the advice of those in your ‘village of supporters’?

How long does it take for wisdom to come?

BillRoddy_ManhoodFTHood_FBArt_61913_27Wisdom does not come overnight. ~ Somali proverb


wis·dom   ˈwizdəm/  noun

  1. the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.

Wisdom, or using good judgement with what you know, isn’t relegated to the number of years you have lived.  It is directly connected to HOW you use the knowledge and experiences you have and how you learn from your experiences.

 As a man who has seen a few years, I have learned that wisdom is much more about using good judgement than being a certain number of years old.  It comes through experiencing intelligently that which you have experienced and it doesn’t happen overnight.  

We must become intentional about what we do, how we think and how that affects us.  It is one of the strongest strengths you can add to your personal ammunitions for success in life.


My dog ‘Nick’ and Life Experience

Nick Resting

Nick knows the importance of resting

Can humans learn from our pets?

I’ve started a new time management system that has helped me tremendously. More productivity, efficiency, and most important, learning to rest.

 As entrepreneurs we have a tendency of exhausting ourselves without knowing it.

Learning to manage my time helps me with stayed connected with my spouse.  I call it being ’emotionally present.’

When I spend time with my dog Nick I notice he always knows when its time to play, walk with dad, and eat.  When it comes to resting, nothing interferes with his valuable resting time in his lazy boy chair next to me in the evenings.

Time management has heightened my awareness of the simple things in life!

What simple things do observe in your pets that teach you some life values?

Wouldn’t you agree that “Nick Knows” that the basics matter most in life?