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Standing between you and the man you can be is one thing: The Mask of Masculinity.

Lewis Howes grew up as an athlete. He was a two-sport All-American, played almost every sport in high school, and went on to play football professionally. Howes then transferred his competitive nature from sports to business, building his podcast, The School of Greatness, into a global phenomenon and becoming successful beyond his wildest dreams. But his whole identity was built on misguided beliefs about what "masculinity" was: dangerous, false ideas learned from teammates and coaches in locker rooms and stereotypes in the media. Like so many men, Howes grew up to be angry, frustrated, and always chasing something that was never enough.

At 30 years old, outwardly thriving but unfulfilled inside, Howes began a personal journey to find inner peace and to uncover the many masks that men - young and old - wear: by asking for advice from some of the world's best psychologists, doctors, and household names like Tony Robbins, Alanis Morissette, and Ray Lewis. That journey created this book - a must-listen for every man, and for every woman who loves a man.

In The Mask of Masculinity, Howes exposes the ultimate emptiness of the Material Mask, the man who chases wealth above all things; the cowering vulnerability that hides behind the Joker and Stoic Masks of men who never show real emotion; and the destructiveness of the Invincible and Aggressive Masks worn by men who take insane risks or can never back down from a fight.

He teaches men how to break through the walls that hold them back and shows women how they can better understand the men in their lives. It's not easy, but if you want to love, be loved, and live a great life, then it's an odyssey of self-discovery that all modern men must make.

©2017 Lewis Howes (P)2017 Lewis Howes

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A must read for all men.

I really liked this book. I think Lewis did a great job in Pointing out the different mask. I myself have wore more than one mask as a teen and young adult. I noticed after high school how the way I acted and behaved was very much like different masks in this book. I wish I could have read thus when I was 18. 28 years old now now I have taken off some mask. This books tells it like it is from boys in the locker room to on the field. Men as a society have been conditioned to wear these mask and limit there full potential. As a father, I would recommend all dads read this and begin to understand how we can expose these mask and raise a more compassionate, honest, loving society of Great men.

Thank you Lewis & team

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Time for an entire gender to be unmasked

Everybody wears a mask at some point in his or her life. According to studies, over 80% of adults struggle with the imposter syndrome, right now. The personal growth industry and self-help subculture can sometimes cloak the raw, honest, reality that haunts us all. Feelings of worthlessness, not measuring up, and pretending...these emotions infect everybody—including successful entrepreneurs.

I love what Lewis does in this book. He starts out, by unmasking his own journey. He doesn't stop there either. Using his own life as the example, he unmasks masculinity as a whole. He dares to address stereotypes, myths, and facades that many men hide behind. Dissecting this book helps us all understand the pressures, stressors, and stakes for being a true man. Thanks Lewis for taking yet another risk, the risk of digging deep inside ourselves.

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Perspective we all should start adapting.

I loved the audible in the car while driving to and from work. Really helped me through a rough patch. Just hearing Lewis read his own work really provided that level of relating to what he has found and the information he is trying to convey. Totally recommend for every adult in this day and age.

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Pure Greatness! I have been a School of Greatness

I have been a school of greatness podcast listener since the summer of 2016. No amount of words can tell you how valuable this book is to whomever is a fan of Lewis Howes work. Even if you've never gotten a chance listen to anything of his you owe yourself a favor and buy this audiobook. I heard about his new release through his podcast and just the way he descibed what he was going to talk about in his book, I knew it was going to good but not this good. As soon as I turned in on and heard his voice it was as if I was listening to Lewis's podcast, but more storytelling like. Like he says in the preface this isn't a self help book by any means. If I was to describe it as anything I would call it a self healing book, looking at where you are in life, what type of life you've lived or are living, and how to fill in those how did this happen moment's. All men and women really do need to read about this book that explains in depth how everyone wears masks for the greater of good and evil. We all have worn a mask at some point in our life or are still wearing one to this day. The question is which mask will you take off after reading this book?

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A must for every man, boy &females who love men

Lewis shares deep wisdom that all men.....and all human beings will relate to. True Brilliance!

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Lewis never disappoints

Great book, lewis only puts out great content. Worth the 7 hour investment for both men and women, despite the title.

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Wow!.. Great Book Lewis!..

Wow!.. Great Book Lewis!.. I could really relate to several masks I have worn at some time or another and think it's awesome that someone that I admire has chosen to write about it and Lewis has done so in a very brilliant and life changing way!..

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I only lasted 45 minutes...

until I started crying. Such an awaking message Lewis shares. already listening to it for a second time.

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Life changing!

Yes, Lewis!! Coming from a woman- this is Inspiring, eye-opening, and thought provoking. Wonderfully put together not only for men to understand, but women too! With this book you will be inspired to take massive action with unconditional love and vulnerability toward the men in your life.

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read it twice in the same week

A must-have for girls understanding your man would love to see a female version of the Mask that women wear.

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  • sam
  • 04-15-18

very good

great listen. refreshingly honest and made me realise a lot about myself that I wasn't even aware of

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-18

Complete unexpected!

Oh wow! The Joker and The Know It All masks just blew my mind away! This is a must read for both men and women!

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  • Stacey Bout
  • 01-30-18

Awareness is key to change

Lewis touches on a topic that's becoming more and more important in society. Breaking it into easy to relate chapters (masks) with practical hints and real life examples, this book is a read for all who are looking to bring balance and awareness to the masculinity conversation and help create change.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-18

Great book

Was really happy with this book found it really well done I feel would suit any listener at any level of ones own awereness
Great read thank you :)

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  • Edward Simberg
  • 07-18-18

Good, but not great

just finished and pondering what I've learned and how it will change me going forward. Although the content is good and I agree with all of it, I'm still not wowed and it's hard to say why. Lewis is a phenomenal, top class guy, so maybe I was the wrong audience

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  • Kym Stewart
  • 07-03-18

Super helpful for women too

I gained loads of insights not only as a partner and a mother of two beautiful men. I also saw the masculine energies in myself. Being a female entrepreneur with a desire to function from my feminine I see where I allow my masculine masks try to force results and push myself harder than is desirable. I highly recommend this book. Thank you LEWIS. Your mum must be incredible proud of you. ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-23-18

Worth every man's time!

Fantastic book for every man to read and take note of.

Lewis is a great narrator and makes it very personal

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  • Aleksi Homanen
  • 01-04-18

Boring

Many stories and less practical advise. Most of it is focused on what was wrong and that not a actially how to make things better.

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  • Joleen Reynolds
  • 01-02-18

Amazing!

Whether your male or female you could benefit from reading this book. I have recommended it to so many people as I have found it so empowering.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-18

Best book

One of the best books I have read in my life, no doubt about it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-17

Crazy insight

This book should be read not just by males by everybody in general. Males don’t like communicating at the best of times but if everyone knows how guys are actually feeling then everyone will understand to ask questions check up on your friends family and loved ones. Everyone wears masks it’s just some people need help to get rid of there’s.

Excellent book totally recommending it to everyone.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-14-17

It is not as good as the school of greatness

There are some great points made in this book and it may appeal to many men however the author frequently trying to be PC often detracts from the books message and seems to push negative male stereotypes voiced by feminists to dis-empower men.