Announcing the 30 Days to a Better Man Project

by Brett on May 29, 2009 · 21 comments

in 30 Days to a Better Man, A Man's Life

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 become one of those well meaning intentions that we plan to do…. some day. And if you’re like me, some day never comes, and you’re stuck in the same place of mediocrity you were before.

Personally, I’m more likely to follow through with a goal if I have a specific plan, instead of just some ethereal intention. I’m also more likely to accomplish a goal if I have a group of people who are encouraging me and keeping me accountable.

The 30 Days to a Better Man Project is designed to provide a specific plan and accountability to help you become a better man. And guess what? It’s 100% free. Are you up for the challenge? If so, read on.

How it Works

The Roadmap. Each day in the month of June, we’ll be publishing an article that gives you a specific task to accomplish that day. The article will begin with a theory component in which we briefly explain the benefits of doing the task and how to go about accomplishing it. After that, you go out and do the task. The tasks will cover a variety of areas of a man’s life including relationships, health, career and money, and style. Even if you already do the things we assign, it’s always good to have a reminder to keep on doing it.

The Accountablity. In addition to the articles, I’ve created a 30 Days to a Better Man Group in the community section. Join the group and interact with other men who are taking part in the project. Hold yourself accountable to the group by sharing whether or not you completed the task. You can also swap tips and discuss how the day’s task went for you.

How to Participate

Sign up for updates. First, (if you haven’t already) sign up to get updates from The Art of Manliness. This will ensure that you’ll know when we’ve published a new task so you can get working on it right away.

We provide two ways for readers to get updates: Email or RSS.

If you want so get updates by email, just fill out the form below. You can remove yourself from the list at any time, and you have our promise that we’ll keep your information private.

Enter your email address:

For the more tech savy out there, you can always subscribe to our RSS feed.

As an added bonus for signing up, you’ll get a link for a free copy of our “Guide to Being a Gentleman.” It’s full of tips and advice on how to be a modern day gent.

Join the official 30 Days to a Better Man Group.
In order to join the 30 DBM Group, you’ll need to sign up for our community. After you’ve joined the group, check back in each day and post your success stories. Interact with other men who are participating and offer encouragement to each other.

Make a commitment. The first step to becoming a better man is deciding not be afraid of making commitments. While we hope each article in the 30 Days series will be interesting, they’re not designed as passive entertainment. The project requires you to put what you read into action. So make a commitment to yourself that you will do your very best each day to accomplish the recommend task.

I’m really looking forward to the 30 Days to a Better Man project and I hope you’ll join me. My hope is that by the end of the month, we’ll all be better men.


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jack May 29, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Oh man a community project!

My fear of failure is telling me not to do it!

My sense of self is slapping me upside the head.

What to do
What to do…

2 Jack May 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Ugh, sorry for the double post but I hit the button by accident.

As I’m sure everyone is about to say, this sounds like a great idea. I nervously await the first task.

3 Viewtiful_Justin May 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Sounds like a good time! I do Natoinal Novel Writing Month in November, and the 30 Days structure works really well for me then. Perhaps I’ll give this a shot!

4 Adrian May 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Nice idea! Definitely will do something from this.

5 Jit May 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

This definitely sounds like something that could get me up and motivated.

6 Lexi May 29, 2009 at 5:10 pm

What great timing.

I have been reading articles on prostitution, and came across a line that reminded me of your website “Men need to be challenged to assert a new conception of masculinity that is not dependent on sexual access to women.” (pg 17 end of 1st paragraph

Anyway, I think your blog does just that, it challenges men to be manly and masculine in so many ways, ways that I think are more appreciated by women (certainly this one) and other men. So kudos to you.

Again I love your site!

7 PNA May 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Terrific. Looking forward to every day in June. Thanks for putting this together and sharing it with us. -PNA

8 Capt. Will May 29, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Sounds fun! I’m in!

9 Greg Throne May 30, 2009 at 6:32 am

I’ve run across a book titled “Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life”. It’s a very in your face version of a lot of the attitude needed to be a man. Nothing in it about dressing well or shaving, but a lot about how owning up to your own responsibility for your life, lifestyle, health and finances. The author is simultaneously flamboyant and a stoic.
The 30 day project sounds interesting…I’m up for it!

10 NZR May 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

Neat. Sounds interesting.

11 Simon May 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Sounds like a great idea! Count me in.

12 Sgt. Major R May 31, 2009 at 4:56 am

Great idea. I can’t wait to get started. Cheers

13 Fredrik May 31, 2009 at 9:23 pm

This makes me nervous… I am one of those that needs this… *deep breath*… I’m in!

14 Marc June 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm

In AM ready to become a better man!

15 sparkplug June 4, 2009 at 9:03 am

the email field in the middle didn’t work. darnit.

16 Smitty June 9, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Sounds awesome!

17 Elias April 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

This sounds awesome! I just (April 22, 2010) came across this while looking at another article on the site (apparently it was an article about the goal of day 12). I haven’t checked out any of the tasks so that it can remain a surprise to me each day. I’m definitely going to do this; I’m putting it on my list! But I’d like to do it with the community. Can you recreate this project again this year?

18 franklin Hollins May 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

this sounds interesting

19 Mitchell McRae April 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

You should do one of these again! Could really use something like this.

20 Christopher C September 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I’ve been toying with the idea of starting this for a few months now. Its time to man up and get started!

21 Bayani Fajardo September 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

This sounds like a great idea! I’m so busy with work and school I think I’m forgetting about other things more important in life. It only takes 30 days! How about we get a group together and start Oct 1. Is anyone out there up for the challenge?

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