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Whenever you're searching for advice and wisdom and your dad just won't do, you have to look for role models elsewhere. You need to define yourself as a man, and you need examples to lead the way. Being a real man means that there are certain traits you have to adopt and most of these are already latent in your personality. All you have to do is find the perfect role models to mold yourself after. Here are the best men, fictional and real, to help you take the steps you need in order to become "A Real Man."

1) James Bond

Bond: "That looks like a woman's gun."
Largo: "Do you know a lot about guns, Mr. Bond?"
Bond: "No, but I know a lot about women."

Have you ever seen this guy in a crisis? Does he run away and scream at the first sign of trouble? Never. He maintains a state of relaxed confidence. The way you react during a crisis definitely shows your character, and if you have any sense at all, youll prefer having James Bond's character instead of Richard Simmons. Of course, you may give yourself only five seconds of panic at the first sign of trouble. But after that, you have to take a calm and confident attitude or else your emotions will get the best of you, and youll end up making things worse.

When it comes to approaching women, James Bond doesn't stutter or say "Uhm" between silences. He knows exactly where he wants to take the conversation. If the lady shows disinterest in him (a rare case), he shrugs it off. He doesn't wallow or linger around like a loser. He walks away from it elegantly. It takes practice to follow his example when it comes to rejections, but its an attitude youll definitely have to develop if you want to allow yourself to take chances.

2) James Dean

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."

James Dean's persona is the embodiment of the saying "Live fast, die young." While it is not recommended that you die young, living fast sounds like good advice. Do something wrong once in a while. It doesn't have to be illegal, it just has to be wrong in one way or another. Smash your fist into a wall. Take up boxing or wrestling and join an amateur competition. Find a way for you to get that natural, exhilarating high. While women say the like stability, most of them are attracted to the wildish nature in men. This wildish nature is the part of a man that seek adventure, unpredictability, and excitement. Get in touch with that aspect of yourself once in a while. Not only will this make you open to new experiences, but it will also make you feel as if you've lived life to the fullest.

3) Those Guys from "Queer Eye for a Straight Guy"

"It just goes to show: bad taste does not discriminate." - Jai Rodriguez

No, you do not have to sleep with other guys. While it may seem odd that five gay guys are in a real man's role models list, wouldn't it be great if these five guys didn't have to work on straight men anymore? The concept is simple, really men should pay more attention to proper food, grooming, fashion, interior design, and culture. Get rid of the stereotype that heterosexual men are clueless about fashion. Leave the dirty rooms and baggy gangsta clothes to highschool boys. You don't have to nit-pick on every speck of dust in your home or every gram of fat in your food, you just need to pay a little more attention on how you present yourself as well as what you put inside your body. If you're finding the whole gay thing a little awkward, get a subscription of a men's health or men's fashion magazine to keep yourself updated.

4) Vito Corleone

Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.

Women like an alpha male, and one of the important characteristics of an alpha male is that he takes care of his family. Being protective and caring of your family and friends shows your deep interest in people, as well as your dependability. Give your younger siblings advice, give your mom the nice coat shes always wanted, and don't be afraid to help out random strangers. You have to be a rock that people can lean on during times of crisis. The test of a true man is to show strength during hardship and this strength is based on reason, not anger and brute force. All real men should display leadership qualities, but they shouldnt confuse this with bossiness. True leaders know when to take charge and when to step aside make sure that you let your woman take control from time to time. The plus side of being a good family man is that when you see how strong you've become for other people, you'll soon learn to trust your own strength and instincts.
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