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A Man’s Wallet (+ Kenton Sorenson Wallet Giveaway) Picture this: you’re talking to a small group of people.

A Man’s Wallet (+ Kenton Sorenson Wallet Giveaway)

Things are going great–in fact you feel this could really lead to something big. Then someone asks for your business card. The Walt Kowalski Toolbox. “Take these three items right here.

The Walt Kowalski Toolbox

You can have this. WD-40, vise grips, and some duct tape. Any man worth his salt can do half the household chores with just those three things.” -Walt Kowalski. DIY: Essential Tools for your Toolbox. Your girlfriend needs help putting some furniture together.

DIY: Essential Tools for your Toolbox

Your wife asks you to install a ceiling fan. Your kid needs her bike fixed. Of course you have the tools to take on these jobs, right? For many younger men these days, owning a well equipped toolbox is something that only their dads do. Often when these men have a project, they have to go to someone else to take care of their handyman needs. Essential Power Tools: 4 That Every Man Needs. A Tale of Two Shoes: Fixing a pair of Bruno Maglis Photoessay. This is done for several reasons. (1) Logos of some tannery on a brand new sole are ugly. (2) The soles or heels that are used can be old, and a bit dry, especially if they're kept in an arid closet in the back of the shop.

A Tale of Two Shoes: Fixing a pair of Bruno Maglis Photoessay

A cream/moisturizer is applied liberally to the leather, and seeps in, conditioning the leather and thereby making it more durable, more flexible, especially in cold weather. (3) It allows a new finish to be put on, polished and shaded to blend in well with the rest of the sole. Yes, we actually are that anal. The transition between the old and new sole is cleaned up. A very fine-grit sandpaper is used to clean the sole some more.

The shoes before anything else is done to the soles.


How to Make. Men’s Interests and Lifestyle. How to Quit Wasting Time on the Interent. Morning and Evening Routines: How to Start and End a Successful Day. 8 Benefits of Napping: Why You Need to Nap Everday. I’ve detailed elsewhere how hard I worked in law school.

8 Benefits of Napping: Why You Need to Nap Everday

But there was another secret to my success that I haven’t mentioned yet: the nap. In law school, I rented a carrel where I kept my books and studied in-between classes. I started learning about the benefits of napping and wanted to incorporate the nap into my routine. How to Quit Bad Habits and Make Good Ones. Start a Debt Reduction Plan. Since I’ve graduated law school, I’ve been taking a look at the debt Kate and I have accumulated during our time in school.

Start a Debt Reduction Plan

And it isn’t pretty. I hate debt. I hate the feeling of owing another person money. I hate thinking, “Oh good, I have x amount in savings!” Rip Off the Band-Aid! When I was a kid and had a loose tooth, my intimidating grandmother would always ask me if I’d like to have it removed using her patented old school technique.

Rip Off the Band-Aid!

This method involved tying one end of a string to the tooth, the other end to a doorknob, and then slamming the door shut, thus ripping out the tooth with one fell swoop. As an eight-year-old I found this idea pretty terrifying. Actually, as an adult it still kind of gives me the heebie jeebies. 4 Basic Life Lessons from Basic Training. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mike Inscho.

4 Basic Life Lessons from Basic Training

If you’ve been a reader of The Art of Manliness for more than a day, you know Brett, Kate, and all of the regular contributors do a fantastic job of searching out and relaying habits of great men to us. Men like Ernest Shackleton, Henry David Thoreau, and Charles Atlas, all set examples that every man can follow. I haven’t attempted to take 27 men to the South Pole, and, after having my ship become stuck in ice, somehow managed to get them all home alive like Mr. Shackleton. But I am part of a small group (.45% of the total American population) that consistently creates great men and demands that its members be constantly improving. Leadership Lessons From Ernest Shakleton. In September of 1914, Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton set out on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition with the goal of being the first man to traverse the Antarctic continent.

Leadership Lessons From Ernest Shakleton

Aboard what would become his aptly-named ship, the Endurance, he and 27 men set sail for the South Pole. But along the way, the ship became trapped in ice, setting off a series of events that would lead him away from his original goal and yet test him as a man and enshrine him as a hero far more than the attainment of it would have. Anomie: What It Is and How to Conquer It. In the Art of Manliness Community, members often pose questions to the forum asking for advice.

Anomie: What It Is and How to Conquer It

One question that pops up from time to time runs something like this: “I feel like I’ve lost passion for everything in life. Nothing seems to interest me and life feels empty.” Other members often respond that the person is likely clinically depressed and should go see a doctor. Such advice is meant to be helpful and for some it probably is. But it also assumes that these kind of feelings always originate from the individual himself. What Is Anomie? At the turn of the 20th century, French sociologist Emile Durkheim was interested in a similar question.


A Beginner’s Guide to Manliness. Become Superhuman: Maximize Your Potential and Fulfill Your Destiny. Freedom From…Freedom To. There are two kinds of freedom. Freedom from (negative freedom) and freedom to (positive freedom). The splitting of freedom into this binary framework can be traced at least back to Kant, was articulated by Erich Fromm in his 1941 work, Escape from Freedom, made famous by Isaiah Berlin’s 1958 essay, “Two Concepts of Liberty,” and explored more modernly by Charles Taylor. These philosophers and thinkers generally used these two different categories of freedom to discuss and debate the role of government in citizens’ lives. But today we’d like to take a stab at exploring the way in which thinking about the difference between freedom from and freedom to can help us understand more about our personal development and the journey from boy to man. Understanding the Difference Between Negative and Positive Freedom Negative Freedom/Freedom From Negative freedom is freedom from external interference that prevents you from doing what you want, when you want to do it.

Positive Freedom/Freedom To. How to Pick Your Way Out of Handcuffs. Editor’s note: This post was written by the ITS Tactical Crew and originally ran on ITS Tactical. Today we’ll be showing you how to pick your way out of handcuffs using only a bobby pin. We realize this may be a sensitive issue to some out there, as this information in the wrong hands could be detrimental; here’s our take. How to Break Down a Door: An Illustrated Guide. The way you take down a door is wholly dependent on what you intend to do, and what’s likely on the other side. For general purpose and fire, the mule kick is effective. However, those that use the mule kick in a military setting need to remember 2 things: 1) Your gear (my rig was ~85 pounds) counterweights your kick rather than adding to power, and could put you flat on your face if you don’t break through. 2) when your foot makes contact, that singular moment when the tango on the other side is learning exactly where you are, your body position has just made around 80% of your armor ineffective.

Knocking Down a Door. ITS Tactical — Imminent Threat Solutions. The 5 Switches of Manliness: Legacy. The Law of Sacrifice. A Formula for Success: The Power of Implementation Intentions. Live a Life of Integrity. Image from Tobyotter You’re a government employee and you hear of plans for a new shopping center and airport development. The price of property in the area is likely to increase sharply once public announcement is made. Should you tell your friend who owns property in the area and is planning to sell? Should you buy property yourself? Listen Up! Part I: Learning the Manly Skill of Paying Attention.

Listen Up! Part II: 15 Techniques to Improve Our Listening. Conversation Etiquette: 5 Dos and Don’ts. Conversational Narcissism: How to Avoid It. How to Be More Empathetic. “Fellow-feeling. . .is the most important factor in producing a healthy political and social life.

Neither our national nor our local civic life can be what it should be unless it is marked by the fellow-feeling, the mutual kindness, the mutual respect, the sense of common duties and common interests, which arise when men take the trouble to understand one another, and to associate together for a common object. Look ‘Em in the Eye: Part I -The Importance of Eye Contact. Look ‘Em in the Eye: Part II – How to Make Eye Contact the Right Way in Life, Business, and Love. In our first post in this two-part series on eye contact, we discussed the importance of eye contact and some of the reasons we don’t always feel comfortable looking someone in the eye. But just because eye contact is a great thing and a vital tool for improving the quality of all your face-to-face interactions with others, doesn’t mean that more eye contact is always better or that all eye contact is created equal. How to Speed Read.

Free online speed reading software. WordFlashReader - Infuse words directly into your brain. Ace Your Exams: Study Tactics of the Successful Gentleman Scholar. Seeking Adventure in Your Life.


How to Be Resilient. Learned Helplessness Destorys Resilancy. Build Resiliency by Taking Control of Your Life. Strengthen Resiliency by Utilizing Your Signature Strengths. Strengthen Resiliency: Avoid Emotional Icebergs. Building Your Resilinecy: Part VI-Quit Catastrophizing. Resiliency Part VII: Building Your Children’s Resiliency. The Importance of Roughhousing With Your Kids. Ugliness. Willpower Part I: The Force of Greatness. Manvotional: Discipline-The Means to an End. Willpower Part II: How Your Willpower Is Depleted.

Willpower Part III: How to Strengthen Your Willpower and 20 Ways to Conserve It. Time Management, Productivity, & Project Tracking Software (Mac/PC) StickK − Change Starts Now. Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? Curing Your Restlessness: Limiting Your Choices.