30 Days to a Better Man

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30 Days to a Better Man Wrap-Up

by Brett & Kate McKay

During the month of June 2009, The Art of Manliness ran a series of posts called “30 Days to a Better Man.” Each day we created a task for Art of Manliness readers to complete that would help them improve in different facets of their lives such as relationships, fitness and health, career, and personal […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 30: Get a Straight Razor Shave

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from the Wisconsin Historical Society At last! We’ve finally made it to the last day of the 30 Days to a Better Man Challenge. It’s been a tough 30 days. Hopefully, the tasks we came up with helped you stretch, grow, and become a better man. Today’s final task will both complete this process […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 29: Conquer a Fear

by Brett & Kate McKay

Fear can be a good thing.  It’s a biological instinct that prevents us from doing stupid things that might kill us. For example, fear kicks in with good reason when we see a slithering snake or look over the edge of a cliff. Unfortunately, fear is not always rational and not always healthy. Thus, our […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 28: Write a Love Letter

by Brett & Kate McKay

We previously discussed the idea that every man should strive to be a romantic lover, and how the date is one of a man’s best tools for wooing a lady. A man’s other major tool in the romance department is the love letter. As long as love (and writing utensils) has existed, so has the […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 27: Start a Book

by Brett & Kate McKay

1 in 4 American adults did not read a single book last year. Those who did read books were usually women and older folk. This doesn’t bode well for younger men.  It’s not that younger men aren’t reading. They’re probably reading plenty on blogs or on their Tweetdeck. But reading snippets from blogs and websites […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 26: Take the Marine Corps Fitness Test

by Brett & Kate McKay

During the 30 Days to a Better Man project, we’ve been doing a lot exercises for our mind and character, but it’s equally important to exercise our bodies. A man’s health is his most important asset. If you suffer from chronic health problems, it can take a toll on your job, on your bank account, […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 25: Start a Debt Reduction Plan

by Brett & Kate McKay

Since I’ve graduated law school, I’ve been taking a look at the debt Kate and I have accumulated during our time in school. And it isn’t pretty. I hate debt.  I hate the feeling of owing another person money. I hate thinking, “Oh good, I have x amount in savings!” And then realizing that when I […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 24: Play!

by Brett & Kate McKay

When you think fondly about your boyhood days, you probably think about the time you spent playing. While we now associate playing with toys, your best memories probably don’t involve plastic crap at all. You likely think about catching fireflies, building dirt ramps for your bike, playing capture the flag, having dirt clod fights, playing […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 23: Learn a Manual Skill

by Brett & Kate McKay

I read an interesting article in Sunday’s New York Times where the editors asked 8 artists to draw a portrait of their fathers and name one thing that their dad can/could do, but they can’t. The answers were interesting and made me think of the things that my dad can do that I can’t. Like […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 22: Improve Your Posture

by Brett & Kate McKay

They are the battle cries of moms and elementary school teachers all over the world: “Sit up straight!” and “Stop slouching!” Despite what our third grade minds may have thought, sitting up straight wasn’t a stress position used to break unruly children. Believe it or not, our parents and teachers had a reason for issuing […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 21: Write Your Own Eulogy

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image by csmcjunkins It’s something all of us have imagined at one time or another. What would it be like to die and attend our own funeral? Who would be there? How many people would come? Will the woman who spurned our love be devastated and finally realize how great we were? Will someone you […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 19: Schedule a Physical Exam

by Brett & Kate McKay

Men are reluctant to pay a visit to the man in the white coat. Studies have shown that more than half of the men in the United States have not been to see a doctor in the past year. And 55% of men admit that they are reluctant to visit the doctor. When we do […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 18: Find Your N.U.T.s

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: You’ve probably noticed that Wayne Levine has become a regular contributor to AoM; he writes the “Ask Wayne” column that runs on the site every other Thursday. You probably also have noticed that in his columns, he often refers to knowing your N.U.T.s. I figured it would be beneficial for readers to know […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 17: Talk to 3 Strangers

by Brett & Kate McKay

Ever since many of us were little kids, we were told to never talk to strangers. While this was done out of a concern for our safety, many men have carried this mantra over into adulthood. In the United States, we’ve even mythologized the idea of the strong, silent man that keeps to himself. The […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 16: Create a Budget

by Brett & Kate McKay

With the economy in the tank, it’s more important than ever to tighten our belts and get our finances under control. The most effective tool to do this is the lowly budget. I’ve had an on again, off again thing with budgets. But when I’ve used them, my financial situation always improved. Of course, what […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 15: Make a Meal

by Brett

I just walked home from Uncle Buzz’s house where he served up a delicious “breakfast for dinner” meal of homemade waffles, hash browns, and sausage. Everything he’s made me has been singularly delicious. He’s a maestro in the kitchen and yet also a man’s man. I’ve always found this combination really impressive. In almost all […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 14: Write a Letter to Your Father

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Old Man. Pops. Dad. Daddy. Father. Papa. By whichever named we call him, no matter whether he was a good dad or a horrible one, no man looms larger in a man’s life than his father. For better or worse, his influence is inescapable. He is our model for manhood. Thus few things elicit […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 13: Declutter Your Life

by Brett & Kate McKay

Simplify, simplify.” -Henry David Thoreau The simple life is a manly life. Some of history’s manliest men lived lives of true simplicity, free from unneeded clutter. The Spartans basically had one piece of clothing they wore all year, a spear, a shield, and some farm tools. Because of their simple lifestyle, they were able to […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 12: Create Your Bucket List

by Brett & Kate McKay

Back in May, Art of Manliness’ resident adventurer Chris Hutcheson wrote a great piece on writing your bucket list. After the article published, my wife asked me, “What’s on your bucket list, Brett?” To be honest, I had never given much thought to what would be on my bucket list. Consequently, I could only think of […]

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