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One of the most powerful passages of Sidney's book is where he talks about the true measure of a man. "Of all my father's teachings, the most enduring was the one about the true measure of a man," Sidney writes. "That true measure was how well he provided for his children, and it stuck with me as if it were etched in my brain."

It's a passage that guest Tommy has taken to heart. The father of four sons, ages 3 to 7, he constantly searched for the perfect parenting manual—until he read The Measure of a Man. "I only get one shot and I gotta do it right," Tommy says. "This is everything I've been looking for in a how-to manual on how to raise men—not boys—men."

He's already taught his sons about strength, dignity, character and a strong sense of self. "One of the main points that I've already shared with them is know who you are," Tommy says. "So when someone calls my oldest son, Oree, a name in school, 'Well, you know who you are, so that [name] does not mean you. Let it fall away like an autumn leaf because you know who you are.'"


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