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Life Lessons from The Old Man and the Sea. “Que va,” the boy said, “It is what a man must do.”

Life Lessons from The Old Man and the Sea

“Success” is all too often assumed to be the indicator of the value of a man. But success, in and of itself, merely speaks to a particular status and may have nothing to do with the journey that the man took to get there, or whether or not he retained his integrity along the way. Among the many aspects of the story, it is the idea of redefining success and victory that makes The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway’s classic novella, so profound. Manvotional: Cynicism. How to Stock a Home Bar. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from AoM reader Jeff Trexler.

How to Stock a Home Bar

For the gentleman who enjoys entertaining, a properly stocked bar is a must. A well-mixed drink can help schmooze a boss, romance a date, and impress a friend. Mixing drinks at home for friends and family makes me feel like some swanky 1960s gentleman pouring drinks in his Space Age-inspired mid-century home. I love that feeling. Starting a home bar can seem like a daunting task to any man, but it doesn’t need to be so. The Home Bar Rules Home Bar Rule #1: Pick alcohol you actually enjoy imbibing. Another reason I recommend picking spirits you enjoy is that the home bar is your chance to share your personal tastes with your friends and neighbors.

Home Bar Rule #2: Start small. So my advice to the man just starting out: start small, grow gradually. 10 Cheap Date Ideas She’ll Actually Love. Manvotional: The Know-It-All State of Mind. From “New Mexico,” 1928By DH Lawrence Superficially, the world has become small and known.

Manvotional: The Know-It-All State of Mind

Poor little globe of earth, the tourists trot round you as easily as they trot round the Bois or round Central Park. Manvotional: Energetic Men. Energetic Men.

Manvotional: Energetic Men

The 5 Switches of Manliness: Legacy. We started the last post in this series with a surprising fact–that only about 33% of our ancestors were male.

The 5 Switches of Manliness: Legacy

We’ll begin this post the same way: When the Titanic sunk, the survival rate for the rich, first class men (34%), was lower than that for the poor, third-class women (46%). The 5 Switches of Manliness: Nature. In this Switches of Manliness series, we’ve been talking about those unique parts of a man’s psyche that have fallen into disuse in the modern world and need to be reactivated.

The 5 Switches of Manliness: Nature

But there’s likely some overlap between the needs of men and the needs of women; for example, primitive women used to be quite physical too, and I think modern women need to have an element of physicality in their lives as well. But with this switch, there’s definitely more than a little overlap. The Switch of Nature is for everyone. Men. Women. Men’s Interests and Lifestyle.

Win the War on Debt: 80 Ways to Be Frugal and Save Money. The manliness of frugality cannot be overstated.

Win the War on Debt: 80 Ways to Be Frugal and Save Money

Frugality cultivates the manly qualities of independence, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, simplicity, and minimalism. Creating and Consuming: How to Be Mature. After doing the podcast on the “Making of Modern Immaturity” a few months ago, and reading the comments left on that post, I got to thinking about this question: “What makes a man mature anyway?”

Creating and Consuming: How to Be Mature

Masculine maturity used to be easy to spot and define: a man got married, sired some progeny, and got a job to support his family. He knew he was a grown man and everybody else did too. These days those kinds of markers are being put off more and more. There are a variety of reasons for this, some cultural, some economic. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this trend. How and Why to Start a Journal. My grandpa, Bill Hurst, was a journal writer his entire life.

How and Why to Start a Journal

His journal was quite simple. He just kept a small notebook in the pocket of his pearl snap shirts and jotted down a short description of the things he did and the people he did it with. This is something he did pretty much every day for his entire life. He also kept extensive diaries of his time as a forest ranger in the Wasatch Range. About 12 years ago, my grandpa took all these diaries and daily journal entries and began to write his memoir for his children and grandchildren.

5 Items to Snap You Out of Your Digital Writing Routine. This content is brought to you by the new Hyundai Elantra which helps you “Snap Out” of your routine to live your best life.

5 Items to Snap You Out of Your Digital Writing Routine

Click here to learn more about the new 2011 Elantra. What’s this? Tis the age of clickety clack. Well, more like just clickety. When modern man writes these days, chances are he’s hammering away at his computer’s keyboard or working his thumbs over his phone’s keypad. But while technology has made communication easy and convenient, traditional methods of writing should not be totally forgotten. By scanning the brain, researchers have found that writing by hand improves memory, cognitive activity, and the expression of ideas. So writing with pen (or pencil) and paper can really keep your mind sharp and your ideas fresh.

Col. Every man should keep a journal. The Art of Conversation: How to Avoid Conversational Narcissism. Last month I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in forever to have lunch. Having both read and written about how to be an effective and charismatic conversationalist, I followed the old dictum of listening more than talking and asking the other person engaging questions about themselves. This is supposed to charm your conversation partner. I guess it worked because my friend talked about himself for an hour straight and didn’t ask me a single question. When we’ve talked about the ins and outs of making good conversation before, someone inevitably asks, “But what if both people keep trading questions back and forth?”