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Podcast #315: The Power of Small Experiments to Supercharge Your Success

Starting and running a successful business requires you to constantly experiment with ideas and adapt on the fly.

Why Complainers Finish Last

As discussed as part of our Social Briefings series, “elevation” constitutes one of the “4 social gifts” that change how their recipients feel for the better, and make their bearers more attractive, likable, and charming.

Podcast #314: Building Better Citizens Through Rucking

Back in 2012, the owners of Huckberry introduced me to a guy who owned a company called GORUCK. Besides making high quality ruck packs, I also learned that they put on all-night events in which participants haul a 40-lb weight in their backpack while being led through a series of physically and mentally grueling exercises like push-ups, bear crawls, and carrying an 800-lb log with their teammates.

Meditations on Meditations: Reflections on a First Reading of Marcus Aurelius

While Stoicism is an ancient philosophy, it’s experiencing a bit of a resurgence in our modern world.

Manvotional: The Debt We Owe to Fathers

“The Debt We Owe to Fathers” From The Job of Being a Dad, 1923 By Frank H. Cheley Most boys never do really appreciate their Dads until they are gone – often in fact until they have boys of their own to perplex them and to harass them and to cause them to look backward through the years to boyhood again and it is then that all that Dad meant in their growing lives dawns upon them and they yearn for some way in which to fling back the past and tell the Dad that is no more just what they really think of him now.

Should I Wear a Weightlifting Belt?

If you’ve begun the righteous path of seeking gainz via barbell training, you may be wondering: “Do I need to wear a belt when I lift?

Podcast #313: How Leaders Build Great Teams

We live in a complex, ever changing world. Thanks to our networked, global society, small players can have huge impacts in geo-politics and world business.

How to Wear a Polo Shirt With Style

The polo shirt is a true men’s style staple. Yet despite its ubiquity in the male wardrobe, it’s not a garment that typically receives much affection or enthusiasm.

Podcast #312: The Disappearing Night Sky

Throughout human history, the night sky has been a source of inspiration for art, literature, philosophy, and religion.

Come to an AoM Book Signing in Tulsa, OK: June 17, 2017

Quick announcement: I’ll be officially launching our latest book, The Illustrated Art of Manliness, in Tulsa, OK this Saturday with Booksmart Tulsa.

20 Classic Poems Every Man Should Read

Editor’s note: This article was written through a collaboration between C. Daniel Motley and the AoM Team.  Matthew Arnold, a Victorian poet, once claimed, “The crown of literature is poetry,” and if our neglect of poetry is any indication, the crown is rusting.

Podcast #311: The Meaning of Beards

The ability to grow a beard is what separates boys from men and except for a few rare instances of bearded ladies, men from women.

Social Briefing #9: How to Think of Questions to Ask People

Social Briefings are short bi-monthly dispatches that offer practical tips to improve your social skills.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Dads aren’t usually very picky about Father’s Day presents — if you get them something, anything — even if it’s a World’s Greatest Dad mug or tie — they’re typically simply tickled pink that someone remembered them at all.

Should You Live Together Before Marriage?

Shacking up. Living in sin. Fifty years ago, cohabitating with one’s significant other before marriage was described in pejorative terms and often thought of as immoral.

Podcast #310: From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity

One of the primary roles of men across time and culture is that of the warrior. Indeed, how we define masculinity at its core is centrally shaped by warfare.

Don’t Save Anything for the Swim Back

The hallowing of Pain Like hallowing of Heaven Obtains at corporeal cost — All — is the Price of All — –Emily Dickinson In the excellent and under-appreciated film Gattaca, biotechnology and advanced eugenics have divided the “not-so-distant” future into two groups: the “valid” and the “in-valid.” The valids are those whose embryonic genes were pruned and manipulated to allow for their birth as genetically superior children, destined to bring to fruition their parents’ best hereditary traits.

How to Make an Improvised Gas Mask

Last week I took part in the GoRuck Constellation here in Tulsa. Unlike the GoRuck Challenge with its hefting of heavy logs and doing lots of push-ups and squats, Constellation is a scenario-based event in which you learn urban survival skills and the techniques of escape and evasion from former U.S.

Podcast #309: Why Going Blind Was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Isaac Lidsky

Sight. It’s something we all take for granted…until it stops working the way it’s supposed to. While most of us will only have to deal with the annoyances of less than 20/20 vision, my guest today went from fully sighted to completely blind when he was a teenager.

Introducing the New “Stay Manly” Mug

A few years ago we introduced our one-of-a-kind Art of Manliness etched mug. It’s since become one of our biggest sellers in the AoM Store and we’ve seen it crop up on the desks of men around the world.