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

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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’re a man who’s been living on his own for a long time now, I hope the articles provided an interesting and helpful refresher on skills that we truly use our whole lives through (and all need reminders on from time to time), and maybe even imparted some tips you had never learned before. If you’re a young man heading out on his own right now, our sincere wish is that the series has given you a sense of direction, competence, and confidence about this new and exciting season in your life. Knowing, as GI Joe has taught us, is half the battle. The other half will be won by honing your skills in the only way they can be: through practical experience — trial and error. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes — just commit yourself to always learning from them. We wish you the very best as you embark on whatever new adventure awaits you, and wherever it leads, we hope you enjoy the ride!

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 [1]

Day 2: How to Do Laundry [2]

Day 3: How to Open and Manage a Checking Account [3]

Day 4: Keep a Regular Grooming and Hygiene Routine [4]

Day 5: Create a Weekly Attack Plan [5]

Day 6: How to Ace a Job Interview [6]

Day 7: How to Make a Bed [7]

Day 8: Living With Roommates [8]

Day 9: Managing Your Online Reputation [9]

Day 10: How to Tie the Half-Windsor Necktie Knot [10]

Day 11: Understand Credit [11]

Day 12: What to Do If You Get in a Car Accident [12]

Day 13: Know How to Network [13]

Day 14: Establish a Simple Cleaning Routine and Stick to It [14]

Day 15: How to Change a Flat Tire [15]

Day 16: Create a Budget [16]

Day 17: Essential Etiquette for Young Men [17]

Day 18: Renting Your First Apartment [18]

Day 19: Fix a Running Toilet [19]

Day 20: Maintaining Your Car [20]

Day 21: Know Your Way Around a Kitchen [21]

Day 22: How to Make Small Talk [22]

Day 23: How to Iron a Dress Shirt [23]

Day 24: How to Be a Savvy Consumer [24]

Day 25: Establish an Exercise Routine [25]

Day 26: 15 Maxims for Being a Reliable Man [26]

Day 27: How to Shop for Groceries [27]

Day 28: How to Jump Start a Car [28]

Day 29: How to Iron Your Trousers [29]

Day 30: How to Manage Stress [30]

Day 31: A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place [31]

Will There Be an Ebook?

Throughout the series, we’ve gotten a ton of requests to turn the articles into an ebook. We definitely plan to do so. It may take awhile to put together, but once it’s done, we’ll put up a post announcing that it is available.

Many Thank You’s and One Apology

We want to thank our contributing writers — Antonio Centeno [32], Darren Bush [33], and Matt Moore [34] — for offering their unique skill sets and wisdom to the series. A big thank you also goes out to Sam Hakes [35] for performing some graphic design magic on a couple of posts, Ted Slampyak [36] for his incredible illustrations, Jordan Crowder [37] for creating his gem of a video on the Do It Now principle, and Jeremy Anderberg [38] for his help in editing the articles. We could not have done the series without the invaluable contributions of these very talented and supportive gentlemen.

Now for an apology…when we introduced the series we said we’d also keep up with publishing regular content in addition to the articles for the series. But we were only somewhat successful in that, as writing the Heading Out on Your Own articles turned out to be much more work than we had anticipated — who knew there was so much to know about “basic” life skills?! Which brings me to…

Gone Fishin’!

In just a month, we wrote over 75,000 words from scratch (in comparison, our first book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man [39] clocked in at around 65,000 words). Writing 2,000-4,000 word articles nearly every single day for a month was truly one of the most grueling things we’ve ever done — we haven’t been this tired and sleep-deprived since Gus came home from the hospital! So we’ll be taking the next week and a half off from posting on the blog to let our brains recuperate and then to start digging into new research for when we return.

While we’re away, check out the list below. We’ve compiled a selection of further reading for young men — past AoM articles young men might find particularly helpful:

Ace Your Exams: Study Tactics of the Successful Gentleman Scholar [40]

Write This Down: Note-Taking Strategies for Academic Success [41]

How to Quit Mindlessly Surfing the Internet and Actually Get Stuff Done [42]

5 Easy Ways for the College Student to Upgrade His Style [43]

How and Why to Write Your Own Personal Manifesto [44]

A Formula for Success: The Power of Implementation Intentions [45]

How to Handle Being Out of Your Depth [46]

Bookend Your Day: The Power of Morning and Evening Routines [47]

Be Clutch, Don’t Choke: How to Thrive in High Pressure Situations [48] (Part II [49])

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: The Power and Pleasure of Delayed Gratification [50]

Modern “Neurasthenia:” Curing Your Restlessness [51]

Looking for a Job? Take the Initiative! [52]

The Best Way to Find Your Vocation [53]

A Young Man’s Guide to Health Insurance [54]

How Prepare for and Rock a Behavioral Job Interview [55]

The Importance of Paying Your Dues [56]

Craft the Life You Want: Creating a Blueprint for Your Future [57]

The World Belongs to Those Who Hustle [58]

Road Map to the Perfect First Date [59]

How Do You Know When She’s the One? [60]

Meet the Parents [61]

10 Cheap Date Ideas She’ll Actually Love [62]

How to End a Relationship [63]

How to Weather a Break-Up [64]

Nice Guys Don’t Have to Finish Last [65]

This list really just scratches the surface of the articles in our archives [66] that a young man might find useful in his life. So if there’s something you’re wondering about, but don’t see it in the list, be sure to search the archives [66]!

If you’re a young man looking for a more handy compilation of some of our best material, I humbly suggest getting our two books: The Art of Manliness Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man [67] and Art of Manliness Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues [68]. You can actually get both books together for less than the price of buying them separately by getting The Art of Manliness Collection Boxed Set [69], which also includes a nifty cigar box and a set of coasters!

Well, that’s a wrap. Until next time, stay manly.