Art of Manliness Podcast #53: Experimenting with Your Life with A.J. Jacobs

by Brett on November 8, 2013 · 8 comments

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In today’s episode I talk to A.J. Jacobs, editor-at-large at Esquire Magazine, writer of several bestsellers (including The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy), and a self-proclaimed human guinea pig. He’s now a contributor to Upwave. A.J. and I discuss some of the crazy experiments he’s done with his life, the comic hijinks that ensued with them, and how they made him a better man.

Show highlights:
  • How A.J. started with experimenting with his life
  • The secret to changing your mindset that he learned from following every single one of the 700+ rules in the Bible for an entire year
  • How trying to be the world’s best husband made him miserable but how it improved his relationship with his wife at the same time
  • Why every man should experiment with his life
  • And much more!

Listen to the Podcast!

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Special thanks to Keelan O’Hara for editing the podcast!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tom November 9, 2013 at 4:59 am

Really inspiring podcast. The great secret is to motivate yourself to start, and once started, simple little steps can lead to major positive changes. I will be following A J on upwave

2 Helen November 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

Great podcast! An interesting man.

3 Curtis November 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Awesome podcast. One of my favorites so far.

4 Donald November 10, 2013 at 12:13 am

Im planning on being in Seattle…Thanks for the hard work!!

5 James November 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

Thanks for podcast.

One note:
“Spare the rod, spoil the child.” The common interpretation is that this is an order to beat your kids but it doesn’t seem right (as was found when AJ started to beat his kid). An alternative takes into account that the rod was a symbol of leadership (Moses’ staff) and direction (shepherd’s rod – which did not get used to beat sheep) not corporal punishment.

6 Damion November 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Great podcast! A very good word put in.

7 Joshua Jordan November 12, 2013 at 2:54 am

An incisive and useful podcast; thank you.

8 Roger November 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Great interview!! I’ve loved the 2 books of AJ’s I’ve read.

And the man version of the skirt is the kilt. Wearer must yell lines from Braveheart whilst wearing.

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