April 2, 2020
Hugh Hefner is often mentioned among men identified as “alphas.” He borrowed $8,000 in the 1950s and built what became the most popular men’s magazine franchise of all time – Playboy. Many men would have loved being Hefner for even one day.
But even “Hef” knew deep-down something wasn’t right with his lifestyle. Ed Stetzer of Christianity Today wrote in 2017 that Hefner cleaned and systematically rearrange the Playboy Mansion whenever his daughter Christine visited. He did not want her seeing his real lifestyle.
Women are attracted to wealthy men. Dr. David Ludden of Psychology Today wrote that women in prehistoric times were attracted to men who were good hunters. Meat was considered food of the rich when the only weapons available to take down animals were handheld spears. A 2017 study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour found that women ranked men higher on attractiveness scales based on the men’s stated salaries.
Confidence is present in all alphas. Men are naturally more attracted to physical features of women. Meanwhile women flock to men who believe in themselves and what they are doing. Confidence leads to success, which ultimately leads to men having many options for wives. These four men epitomized the confidence-to-success pattern despite some having human flaws.
Positive self-talk is one of the most important factors in men being confident in themselves. Muhammad Ali wasn’t shy about his greatness. He frequently told anyone who put a microphone in his face “I am the greatest.” Of course any man can say he’s great. Those who back it up solidify themselves in history and their attractiveness with women.
Ali fought 31 times in the 1960s without a loss. He displayed unparalleled courage by defying the Vietnam War draft based on his religious beliefs. Ali was stripped of his titles and opportunities to box. He did not fight from 1967-1970, his prime years. Ali is still considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time. The sports world and people in general were robbed of what could have been with this man’s greatness.
John F. Kennedy
“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for you for your country.” Alleged affairs notwithstanding, JFK had a vision for America.
Kennedy kept U.S. ground troops out of Vietnam for the duration of his presidency. He championed civil rights and took unprecedented steps for radical change in the country. His signature foreign policy was preventing all Middle East countries, including Israel, from acquiring nuclear weapons. Some argue that it was Kennedy’s compassion for the common man versus corporations that led to his assassination.
Kennedy was the youngest person ever elected President at age 43. US News and World Report ranked him the most popular President of all time in 2018.
The United States was a terrible place to work during World War I. Work weeks exceeded 60 hours, pay was barely enough for men to support their families, and medical insurance was nonexistent. Ford introduced his $5 per day wage in 1914. It was nearly double the average wage at the time and today is the equivalent of about $130 per day. Ford also instituted five-day work weeks at his manufacturing plants with the goal of helping families balance work and life.
Ford was a frequent critic of central banks and wealthy people who focused solely on self-enrichment versus making society better. He was accused of being antisemitic because of his scrutiny of wealthy Jewish bankers. But Ford Motor Company employed 5,000 African American workers in 1923 and paid them equally, according to the Journal of Negro History. He also hired women and disabled people when other companies would not. It’s estimated that 100,000 people attended Ford’s funeral in 1947.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Few men beyond former Presidents and Christopher Columbus have holidays named in their honor. Dr. King is one of those transcendent human figures that comes along once in a lifetime. Time magazine named Dr. King Man of the Year for 1963 due to his “fearless leadership.” Of course Dr. King refused to take personal credit for the accomplishment. Instead he credited everyone involved in the civil rights movement.
Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14, 1964, becoming the youngest recipient of the award at the time. He always made clear that his success couldn’t have happened without his wife, Coretta. He once wrote in a 1952 letter to his then-fiancee:
“I never realized that you were such an intimate part of my life. My life without you is like a year without a spring time which comes to give illumination and heat to the atmosphere saturated by the dark cold breeze of winter.”
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