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Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Life Skills in 31 Days — Series Wrap-Up

Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Life Skills in 31 Days — Series Wrap-Up
Happy September first! Yesterday we completed the series we ran every day last month: Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Basic Life Skills in 31 Days. The goal of the series was simple: to help young men heading out on their own for the first time learn some of the very basic life skills they would need to succeed at living independently. To this end, each day last month we published one article on a variety of basic life skills from personal finance to home-ec know-how. While we couldn’t have possibly covered every single skill a young man will need to know to successfully live on his own, I really believe we covered nearly all of the important essentials. If you missed any of the days during the series, or would like to go back and revisit them, here are links to all 31 articles: Day 1: Develop a Self-Reliant Mentality Day 2: How to Do Laundry Day 3: How to Open and Manage a Checking Account Day 4: Keep a Regular Grooming and Hygiene Routine Day 5: Create a Weekly Attack Plan Gone Fishin’! Related:  For Jeremy/LoganBeing a Human Being, a Person, and a Man

Become A Man's Man With These 65 Life Hacks From Goldman Sachs Investment banking firm Goldman Sachs has published a list of bite-sized tips designed to turn you into the ultimate man. (Apparently, a healthy dose of sexism towards women is a pre-requisite.) Photo: AMC What does it mean to be a man today? @GSElevator and NetNet’s John Carney have attempted to break down the chief rules that every man should live by. As you’d expect from Goldman Sachs, there’s a distinct Wall Street/white collar vibe to many of these pearls of wisdom — you should always tip more than you need to, for example, and your sunglasses need to be incredibly expensive. Some of the advice also seems to have come straight out of the 1960s-set TV show Mad Men (“When in doubt, always kiss the girl”, “Hookers aren’t cool, but remember, the free ones are a lot more expensive.” ) We’ve also omitted some of the more overtly US-centric tips such as the best “rest rooms” in New York. The Unofficial Goldman Sachs guide to being a man: [Via Business Insider Australia]

Manly Honor Part IV — The Gentlemen and the Roughs: The Collision of Two Honor Codes in the American North Welcome back to our series on manly honor. In our last post, I said that Northern and Southern honor would be covered in one article, and that future posts would be shorter. Neither turned out to be true. An exploration of honor in the American North during the 19th century offers a fascinating framework from which to build on and expand many of the concepts we discussed in our post on Victorian England’s Stoic-Christian honor code, while also digging into the tensions that emerged as a result of its creation – tensions that are still with us today. The Stoic-Christian Honor Code in the American North The Middle and Upper Classes: The Honor of Gentlemen The North experienced many of the same economic, geographic, and social changes – the rise of industrialization, increased mobility and urbanization, the spread of evangelical Christianity (which took the form of the Second Great Awakening in the US) — that had shaped Victorian England. The Working Class: The Honor of Roughs Conclusion

How to Be a Hobo Source: Life Am I the only boy who secretly dreamed of becoming a hobo? Riding the rails, traveling across the country, and carrying everything you own on your back has a romance that appeals to every man’s desire to wander. In a 1937 issue of Esquiremagazine, an anonymous writer penned an article called “The Bum Handbook.” Unlike most bums, he had chosen his vagabond lifestyle. Although much has changed since the 1930′s, if you by chance find yourself a hobo during this Great Recession or desire to become a bum by choice, perhaps you can learn some tips from hobos of old. Keep yourself clean. Stay away from the cities. Avoid intermediaries. Travel by highway and not be rail.Automobiles provide slower travel but the rails have more serious disadvantages, not only the filthy and bumpy riding of the freight cars but also in danger. Speak forthrightly. Do not use hyperbole. How about other necessaries: tobacco, clothing, beer?

16 Habits You Should Do Every Day | February 24, 2014 UPDATE This post was very popular and the experiment that spawned the article is still going (over 700 days now…) Get the updated article with more insights and in .pdf format from the authors personal blog right here I. For a long time now I have been ruthlessly attacking the question of what it is I do with my days. Your daily habits are HIGHLY correlated with success or failure. I can’t talk this up enough. II. “We are what we repeatedly do. Before I get into the specifics of the rituals I’ve integrated into my life I think it’s important to understand the paradigms I’m operating under. Habits – A lifetime approach When considering doing something every day for forever you obviously consider what effect it would have on you. This is the algorithm I’ve used for proactively constructing my life. Follow me through a short aside and lets apply this algorithm to a different and arguably negative activity; drinking alcohol. Mastery – The “S” Curve Meta-meta-cognition III. 1.

The 27 Unspoken Rules Of Wearing A Suit You can’t expect to look all dapper and gentlemanly without knowing Suiting 101. Justine Zweibel / BuzzFeed The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel. It’s all about BALANCE. In general, thin lapels are more modern. Mad Men -style. So choose your look accordingly. Pocket squares add an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice. Before you go totally conservative, remember that the pocket square is where you get the most freedom and the one place you get to add a little pizzazz to your suit. When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit. Tsk, tsk, John McCain. A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket. It’s complicated. Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral. Dark gray is more versatile and goes with more colors. Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.

Be the CEO of Your Life: Using Resource Allocation To Become the Man You Want to Be In the business world, managers spend a lot of time juggling resource allocation. Every company has a finite amount of resources — whether it be financial capital or human capital — to use and spend in order to achieve the company’s strategic goals. Effective allocation generates growth and success, while ineffective allocation results in loss and failure. This delegation can become overwhelmingly complex and difficult because there are often several departments within an organization competing for a limited pool of resources. Stock market analysts often look to a company’s resource allocation to determine the health and direction of that business. How Do You Allocate Your Resources as a Man? In his book How Will You Measure Your Life? Imagine that an independent analyst opened the ledger book of your life and looked over reports detailing the way you spend your time and money. Time Spent in Given Week: Become the Boss of Your Life: How to Effectively Manage Your Personal Resources Mint.

DIY: Essential Tools for your Toolbox Your girlfriend needs help putting some furniture together. Your wife asks you to install a ceiling fan. Your kid needs her bike fixed. If you’re one of those younger gents who just never got around to stocking a toolbox, below we’ve included a list 12 basic tools that we think every toolbox should have. Before You Buy A few things to remember before you head over to the hardware store and go on a shopping spree: Fork over the money for quality tools. One at a time. Claw Hammer Image from 1exile08 A good, solid hammer can be used for driving nails into wood as well as small demolition jobs. Flathead Screwdriver Image by CBJason A flathead screwdriver has a single blade that fits into the single slot of a flathead screw. Phillips Screwdriver Image by milliped Invented by Henry F. Tape Measure Image by redjar Whether you’re building a gun cabinet or measuring to see if that flat screen TV will fit in your den, a dependable 25′ retractable metal measuring tape is a must. Crescent Wrench Crosscut Saw

22 Habits of Unhappy People Comments 41 Cutest and Most Creative Christmas Cupcakes It's getting close to Christmas, and I've been working on my Cute Christmas food projects. But before I post any of my new creations, let me round up the best Christmas cupcakes I can find. Can you spot any cupcake idea you want to try this holiday season? - Snowman cupcakes from Confessions Of A Cookbook Queen Super cute! - Cute and easy Christmas cupcake ideas from All You - Pull apart snowman cupcakes from Kidscakelady via Cake Central - Christmas tree cupcake via Riya Weddingdress Beautiful cupcakes! - Another simple and yet super cut one. -Reindeer cupcake from With Sprinkles On Top - Learn how to make melted snowman cupcakes with Cory Doctorow Isn't it the cutest idea? - Candy can Christmas tree cupcakes from Bakerella - Angel cupcakes from With or Without Nap - A dozen chocolate mud cupcakes for Christmas from franjmc One word..... - Pull- apart X'mas tree cupcakes from Cupcake Wishes & Birthday dreams There are 13 cupcakes! - Easy snowman cupcake recipe from Taste of Home

A Primer on Greek Mythology: Part II — The Mortal World and Its Heroes Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Tony Valdes. Welcome back to our series on Greek mythology. In the last post we defined what a myth is and examined the pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses. Today we will leave the lofty heights of Olympus and come down to the mortal world. Don’t forget, we’re headed towards some ideas for application at the end of the series. That being said, remember that the goal here is not to delve into every detail and variation, but rather to paint with broad strokes to get the big picture. The Creation of Man Now that the Olympians were enthroned atop Mount Olympus, the human race could make its debut. Version #1 – Metal Men In this version, the Olympians themselves created men out of metal, starting with gold. Version #2 – The Gift of Prometheus In the more common Greek creation myth, Zeus put Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus in charge of creating men and animals. The First Woman The previous myths pertain only to the creation of man. Theseus Perseus

Hygiene and Grooming Routines for Men I know. I know. You’re probably thinking, “Does Brett think all young men are a bunch of uncouth ignoramuses who need an article reminding them to practice basic hygiene?” No. No, I don’t. But from my own personal experience and observing the lives of young men heading out on their own for the first time, I do know that keeping up with regular hygiene practices falls to the wayside for many young gents. This post is just a friendly reminder to keep up those regular grooming habits you hopefully formed in your youth. Let me be clear. Brush and floss every day, morning and night. Invest three minutes of your day, morning and night, into proper dental hygiene. Shower regularly. Don’t be this guy. I’ve had several young folks ask me if there’s some sort of special “manly” soap or shampoo they should use. Go easy on the cologne. Make friends with Gold Bond Powder. Keep your nails trimmed. Unless you have extended-wear contacts, take your contacts out every night. Keep your hair trimmed. – Free Online Courses Built by Professors