30 Days to a Better Man

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 11: Give Yourself a Testicular Exam

by Brett

Today we’re going to examine ourselves. And by ourselves, I mean our balls. Why, you may be asking, are we examining our bits and pieces today? Well, testicular cancer is the most common malignancy in young men between the ages of 20 and 34. It’s also is the number one cancer killer among men in […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 10: Memorize “If”

by Brett & Kate McKay

Before Google and the internet, people memorized stuff. When your grandpa went to school, memorization was the main method of learning, and he had to commit things like the Gettysburg Address and sonnets by William Shakespeare to memory. Decades ago, rote leaning went entirely out of fashion amongst educators, in favor of helping students think […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 9: Take a Woman on a Date

by Brett & Kate McKay

A man has many roles in his life-leader, father, brother, friend, and so on. Yet there’s one name that fewer and fewer men may be called by: lover. Manliness is often ranked by how many random women a dude can bed. But one of the things that separates man from the beasts is the ability […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 8: Start a Journal

by Brett & Kate McKay

My grandpa, Bill Hurst, was a journal writer his entire life. His journal was quite simple. He just kept a small notebook in the pocket of his pearl snap shirts and jotted down a short description of the things he did and the people he did it with. This is something he did pretty much […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 7: Reconnect with an Old Friend

by Brett & Kate McKay

I’ve recently been reading the book Team of Rivals about the men Abraham Lincoln picked for his cabinet. As I was reading it a few night ago, I was struck by this passage concerning the friendship between the future Secretary of State, William H. Seward, and his friend  David Berdan: “Together, the young men attended […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 6: Update Your Resume

by Brett & Kate McKay

None of us need reminding that the economy is in the tank right now. In this tight job market, every small thing can mean the difference between landing a job and being unemployed. Today we’re going to focus on one of those “small” things: our resume. I don’t know everyone’s story out there, but I’m […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 5: Cultivate Your Gratitude

by Brett & Kate McKay

The following story ran in a newspaper some years ago: The District of Columbia police auctioned off about 100 unclaimed bicycles Friday. “One dollar,” said an 11-year-old boy as the bidding opened on the first bike. The bidding, however, went much higher. “One dollar,” the boy repeated hopefully each time another bike came up. The […]

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30 Days to a Better Man-Day 4: Increase Your Testosterone

by Brett & Kate McKay

When it comes to the differences between men and women, some are arguably cultural and some are biological. And the ones that are biological all pretty much have one thing in common: testosterone. It was testosterone that helped form your penis and scrotum when you were just a fetus and put those first awesome hairs […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 3: Find a Mentor

by Brett & Kate McKay

A few months ago we wrote about the importance of a mentor in a man’s life. Figuring out what it means to be a man can be tough. And it’s arguably tougher for men today, who are often more socially isolated, don’t have as many friends, and don’t have strong relationships with their fathers and […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 2: Shine Your Shoes

by Brett & Kate McKay

There’s a lot of sage wisdom to be found in the film Shawshank Redemption. But there is one detail the movie got wrong: people do notice your shoes (especially women). And while it’s true that people don’t spend an awful lot of time staring at your shoes, you’d be surprised at how often you look […]

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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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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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