Ryan Michler, founder of Order of Man, leads under the banner Become the Man You Are Meant to Be – Live with purpose, achieve self-mastery, and create your legacy. The Order of Man movement has touched tens and hundreds of thousands of men through events, the Iron Council group, the blog, social media and the website and worldwide through tens of millions of downloads of the Order of Man podcast. Clearly Ryan is onto something very important and very timely and very special that has eroded and been missing for modern men.

“Weakness is not a virtue.”

– Ryan Michler

It is an honor to be able to bring you this conversation with Ryan Michler as our milestone 50th episode!

You can also find this one in video format on the Man of Mastery YouTube channel

“It’s important that all of us espouse some of the warrior virtues and capabilities. Ideally we don’t ever have to use that in a combat life or death situation.”

– Ryan Michler


Most of my childhood was spent without a permanent father figure. I never learned how to work on my car. I never had the chance to roughhouse with my dad. I didn’t even learn how to throw a baseball correctly until I was a freshman in high school.

Looking back on it now, I wonder how my life would have been different if I had a permanent male influence in my life. What would the world look like if there were more men in it? I’m not talking about males. I’m talking about MEN (there isa difference).

Now that I have sons, I’m committed to being the dad that I never had. We do all kinds of great things together – sports (I coach ALL their teams), build tree houses, and roughhouse ’til we’re exhausted.

I spent most of my childhood without a permanent male role model in my life. And, the few men that were in my life were less-than-stellar examples of what it meant to be a man.

That’s why I started Order of Man – to give men a community and resource to become better.


  • What is needed from men right now?
  • Recommendations and positives coming out of COVID-19
  • Wim Hof experience
  • Owning failure and correcting course
  • Ryan’s morning routine
  • Unique value of combatives for men and boys
  • Defining success
  • Work-from-home schedule, boundaries and priorities
  • Next-level plan for Order of Man


The COVID pandemic may mean you have more time and flexibility or maybe you have even greater commitments but what we all have is an opportunity – an opportunity for a reset, to reprioritize, to shed what’s not working, and to double down on what’s most important. That’s where Performance Kickstart comes in.

A year ago the Man of Mastery brand launched, building a loyal tribe of men who are dedicated to mastering themselves in service to their families, businesses, and communities. This training course is the first I’ve offered to the public and in it will be pulling back the curtain on the wins, the obstacles, and the lessons. You’ll get direct access in weekly live video sessions, assignments, challenges, and accountability. All of this is designed to help you take immediate action and kickstart the changes at least part of you already knows are needed to get back in alignment or level up your performance.

WARNING: Simple and easy aren’t the same thing. Change takes work. Are you ready? These tools come straight from some of the grittiest guys out there – ordinary men doing the extraordinary. You owe it to yourself and those you care about to realize your full potential, how you show up and perform every single day.

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