May 2009

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 1: Define Your Core Values

by Brett & Kate McKay

When I look at photos of men from my grandfather’s and even my dad’s generation, I can see a sense of purpose in the eyes of those men. Yet when I look at men today, I often don’t sense that kind of steely focus. Instead, I see dudes who are just sort of drifting along […]

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The Best of Art of Manliness: May 2009

by Brett & Kate McKay

Despite all the stuff going on this past month, May sort of dragged by. Kate and I did have two big personal milestones, though. First, I graduated from law school (yeah!). Second, we finished the final edits on The Art of Manliness book that’s due out in November. With those two big monkeys off our […]

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Boxing: A Manly History of the Sweet Science of Bruising

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Boxing is the sport to which all other sports aspire.” -George Foreman All sports have the potential of becoming about much more than athletics, transforming into symbols of a culture’s and country’s mood, insecurities, conflicts, and hopes. But perhaps no sport lends itself to this kind of transposition more than boxing. For the purity of […]

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The Weekly Round-up: 30 Days to a Better Man Edition

by Brett

Yesterday we announced the launch of the 30 Days to a Better Man Project and the response has been great. So far over 160 men have publicly made a commitment to making themselves a better man by joining the 30 DBM Community Group. If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up. Also, tell your […]

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Announcing the 30 Days to a Better Man Project

by Brett

Starting June 1, The Art of Manliness will begin a month long series called “30 Days to a Better Man.” The goal of this project is simple: to encourage men to be better men in all areas of their lives. I’m sure all of us have made goals to improve ourselves. But often our goals […]

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Become a Renaissance Man Without Spending a Dime

by Brett & Kate McKay

Awhile back, we posted about the importance of striving to fulfill your complete potential by becoming a true Renaissance man. While we live in a world that encourages specialization, a man should seek to learn about as many subjects as he can and expand his mind to its outermost limits. Centuries ago, being a Renaissance […]

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So You Want My Job: High School Teacher

by Brett & Kate McKay

Today we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable man jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. We’ve been running this series every other week, but the response to it […]

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Ask Wayne: Man Apologizes to Wife In Text Message; Wife Responds With Snark

by Brett & Kate McKay

Q: My wife and I got into an argument the other night about how many hours she has been working at her job. I would like her home more. I let things cool down a bit and did not speak with her again that night. The next day, I thought I would apologize to her […]

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How to Be a Financial Stud

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeff Rose. We last heard from Mr. Rose when he was kind enough to give us a glimpse into the life of a financial planner. Today he fills us in on how to be financially studly. Jeff Rose is an Illinois Certified Financial Planner and co-founder of […]

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How to Hit the Speed Bag Like Rocky Balboa

by Brett

This is a guest post from strength coach and strongman, Jedd Johnson of the Diesel Crew. If you’re like me, you’ve watched every one of the Rocky movies about a hundred times. Well, maybe not Rocky 5. They fell off on that one, but the rest are totally awesome. In every Rocky movie you are […]

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Make Your Yard Look Like Wrigley Field

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image by Rusty Z3 One of the prettiest sites to behold is the lush, green, manicured grass of a professional baseball field. It’s amazing to see how everyday grass can be turned into a canvas of geometrical lines and shapes. Many a man has lusted after creating the same “striped” look in their own yard. […]

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On Being Given Much

by Marcus Brotherton

How do you remember what you don’t know? How do you appreciate what you have not experienced? A few years back I moved to LA to begin a graduate program. All the university’s on-campus housing was filled, so the only room I could find to rent was in the home of my advisor’s father, a […]

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So You Want My Job: Film Director

by Brett & Kate McKay

Today we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable man jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Speaking of living one’s dream, John Dowdle has what many men who consider […]

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What I’ve Learned Raising a Daughter (Thus Far)

by schaefer

I’m not going to lie, when I first heard that we were having a girl, a small tinge of disappointment hit me; I’d really been hoping for a boy.  I know, turn me in for the jerk-of-the-year award.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want a girl, it was just that I didn’t know how I […]

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Announcing the Winner of the Mountain and Sackett Authentic Regimental Tie Giveaway

by Brett

Business casual be damned. Love for the tie is alive and well, as evidenced by the 619 entries to our Mountain and Sackett Authentic Regimental Tie Giveaway. 619 entries is quite a lot, but when it comes to the odds of winning, 1 out of 619, sure beats a lottery ticket. And who was the […]

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The Art of Summer Grilling

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: On Tuesdays, we’ll be featuring an excellent article or video that was originally posted in the Art of Manliness Community by a community member. Today we’ve selected a post from Jared Padgett. With Memorial Day weekend coming up, many a man will be firing up his grill and cooking all manner of meaty […]

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Motivational Posters: Theodore Roosevelt Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Theodore Roosevelt. No one preached the art of manliness more ardently or lived it more fervently than TR. To start your week off with a swift kick in the pants of manly inspiration, we’ve created some TR-themed motivational posters. Each […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Graduated Law School Edition

by Brett

It’s finally done. After three long years, I graduated from law school last Saturday. It feels downright euphoric to be done with school,although I’m still having a hard time believing that I won’t be going back to class next fall. It’s just weird. But I’m certainly ready to start the next phase of my life. […]

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10 Basics Every Man Should Have in His Fishing Tackle Box

by Brett & Kate McKay

Summer is almost here and that means it’s fishing time. Fishing is a fantastic, manly pastime. It’s a great way to relax and catch up with old buds or quiet your mind after a rough week of work. But before you head out to the old fishing hole, you need to have a well-stocked fishing […]

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