How to Be Old School in 10 Simple Steps

How to Be Old School

Those of us who praise a previous generation don’t necessarily do it out of an ignorant fondness for what was, but because of a relationship with someone from a time that reflects the values that made a people both successful and proud. There is no time that’s perfect, no space in our history that was […]

Your Idea of Equality Really Isn’t Very Fair

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

Fairness is an important topic in our society. We want equal opportunity, equal pay, and equality for all. We call it fairness, but is that what we really want? (Read this: 3 Unfair Facts of Life) Let’s get a few things straight to start: 1. Life isn’t fair. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, […]

How to Change the Story of Your Life

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You’re an author. Essentially that’s what each of us are, and the novel we’re working on daily is the story of our lives. Most of us, however, don’t see ourselves as writers or authors of a grand epic, but rather characters or pawns in a narrative that we don’t control. The pages of our lives, […]

The 12 Characteristics of Real Men

Rough Riders

In 2011, I wrote an article with a similar title. The focus; to define characteristics that true men possess so as to have something to work toward in my own life, and by putting it on the interwebz, possibly give another group of fellas that same archetype to work toward. While lists like this, where […]

The #1 Reason Why You Won’t Reach Your Goals This Year

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Setting goals for the new year is a fun and lovely and often inspiring activity that ignites a fire under our arses for a good week or even a month before we waddle back to our old ways and the luster of that once bright and bold goal fades. I say this often; set audacious […]

50 Lessons in Becoming an Alpha Male from 2014

Clint

Arriving in Italy after a 13 hour flight from Vancouver to London, then on to Rome, I hailed a cab, speaking no Italian, and tried to figure out how to get to the apartment I’d rented for a month. I didn’t know where in the city it was, or that it was actually a bit […]

A Politically Incorrect Guide to Feeling Down: Man Up!

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“I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed, I shall succeed in everything else.” James A. Garfield “The courage we desire and prize is not to die decently, but to live manfully.” Thomas Charlyle I remember something tugging at my soul sitting in that classroom as a wee lad. It was adventure, […]

Why I Wake Up Every Morning With a Boner, And You Should Too.

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Waking up, one of the theme songs from Lone Survivor, the movie, tingles my eardrums in the wee hours of the morning as I toss and turn, struggling rise at 5am. Accompanying the song and the groggy eyes is a boner. The word makes me chuckle, probably because, at heart, I’m an 8 year old […]

5 Steps to Gain Real Power

Robert E Lee

The true measure of the power a man wields isn’t in what or who he controls, but how much power he has over himself. Power, in the sense of position or rank or responsibility, can be given. Power, when it’s given without true merit is of little value as the man who’s given power is unlikely […]

10 Steps to Becoming A Loser

STANDING EIGHT COUNT

Working isn’t always a simple as it ought to be. You’d think that if we have something to do, we’d sit right now and do it. Alas, this isn’t the way things always are. Right now, writing this little article, I’m sitting in a cafe in Buenos Aires. Okay, I actually sat down two hours […]

How To Find Yourself

Mountaineer reaches the top of a snowy mountain in a sunny winte

Who are you? Many of us wander through life without truly taking the time to discern who we are. We don’t know our values, nor what we want in life, nor where we’re headed. We’re stuck simply being, and ignorant to the fact that this being is out of line with what we really want […]

Are You Wasting Their Sacrifice?

The Marine Corps War Memorial Washington DC

A couple weeks ago I was in Esquel, a town in the middle of the Argentinean Andes. I was there visiting family. Family I’d never met before, nor really known much about. (Check out: A Man’s Guide to Adventure) They’re my mom’s cousins. So, my Nona’s sister’s daughters. The fact that they were extended family mattered […]

Why You Need to Be An Essentialist

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Where many of us falter is not in a lack of time, but in a lack of clarity. We fail to realize just what’s essential in our lives and in our businesses. Our priorities, if we were to sit down and write them on a piece of paper, would drastically differ from what we give […]

The Missing Ingredient In Modern Men: Character

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There is so much that’s out of our control in life. With what’s within our control, however, we have to make the most of or else our lives, our fate, our happiness will never be ours. I’m reading, Where Men Win Glory, the odyssey of Pat Tillman. Before that it was, Unbroken, the story of […]