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What Is the Core of Masculinity?

by Brett

We’ve covered the 3 P’s of Manhood (protect, procreate, and provide), and we’ve distilled them down to the fundamentals — the ancient, nearly universal standards of manhood that have existed around the world for thousands of years. But in studying them, one can’t help but notice that their requirements are not exclusively manly. Haven’t women […]

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How to Make Small Talk With Strangers [VIDEO]

by Brett & Kate McKay

Your video tutorial on making small talk with anybody, anywhere. Click here for a more detailed and incredibly useful article on the subject. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted. If you’re viewing this in your email, click this link to watch the video. Filmed and Directed by Jordan Crowder […]

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4 Manly Lessons from the Minor Leagues

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Vance Albitz, AAA Infielder, St. Louis Cardinals. Take away the high salaries of the major league ballplayers and the sold-out crowds that watch them play, and it’s no wonder why many people say that the true passion for baseball lives in the Minor Leagues. Now, go talk […]

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The 3 P’s of Manhood: A Review

by Brett

Are men everywhere alike in their concern (and desire) for being manly? Is the concept of manliness meaningless and entirely culturally relative? For the last several weeks we have been exploring the answers to these questions by discussing the findings contained in Dr. David D. Gilmore’s Manhood in the Making. Twenty years ago, Gilmore set […]

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How to Become an Early Riser [VIDEO]

by Brett

Your video guide to becoming an early riser. For a detailed text version, also check out our article on how to become an early riser.  Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted. If you’re viewing this in your email, click this link to watch the video. Editing by Jordan Crowder

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Want to Become a Better Writer? Copy the Work of Others!

by Brett & Kate McKay

As Jeremy detailed on Monday, many colleges are turning out graduates who, even after four years of higher education, have cognitive skills that are still sorely lacking. Of particular note is a seeming decline in grads’ writing abilities; one-third of students see no improvement in their writing skills from freshman to senior year, and 80% […]

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Manvotional: The Power of Truth

by Brett & Kate McKay

“The Power of Truth” From The Power of Truth: Individual Problems and Possibilities, 1902 By William George Jordan TRUTH is the rock foundation of every great character. It is loyalty to the right as we see it; it is courageous living of our lives in harmony with our ideals; it is always—power. Truth ever defies […]

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The 3 P’s of Manhood: Provide

by Brett

“Manhood…as a call to action, can be interpreted as a kind of moral injunction to provision kith and kin.” If the imperative to protect is the most enduring and resonant with modern men, appealing to one’s heroic spirit, and the imperative to procreate is the most changed, challenged, and controversial, I personally feel that the […]

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Advice on Being a Man from 8 Friendly Neighborhood Barbers

by AoM Team

This post brought to you by Old Spice. Use new Re-Fresh body spray and spray goodbye to your boyhood. Life advice from 7 different barbers at different stages of life.

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Live Life at the Limits: How to Hack Your Flow

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This a guest post from Steven Kotler, author of The Rise of Superman. Researchers define flow as an “optimal state of consciousness,” a peak state where we feel our best and perform our best. Some of us know this state by other names—runner’s high or being in the zone or being unconscious—but whatever […]

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The 3 P’s of Manhood: Procreate

by Brett

Welcome back to our series on the 3 P’s of Manhood: Protect, Procreate, and Provide. When professor David D. Gilmore did an exhaustive cross-cultural analysis of how masculinity was lived and perceived around the world, these three male imperatives emerged as nearly universal parts of the code of manhood in every culture. His findings are […]

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Lessons in Unmanliness from Victor Frankenstein

by Jeremy Anderberg

Victor Frankenstein does not get much attention in popular culture. It is Frankenstein’s creation – a nameless monster (often mistakenly called Frankenstein) – in all his green, bumbling glory that attracts the attention and the horrified screams of people worldwide. To the contrary of how film directors and producers have portrayed Frankenstein’s monster, Mary Shelley […]

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The 3 P’s of Manhood: Protect

by Brett

 “Manhood is the social barrier that societies must erect against entropy, human enemies, the forces of nature, time, and all the human weaknesses that endanger group life.” -David D. Gilmore There is much discussion these days about manhood and the future of men. Sometimes I will see people try to stop one of these conversations before […]

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Manvotional: Jack London on Life That Lives

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The excerpt below is taken from the beginning of the preface to Jack London’s book, The Cruise of the Snark, a non-fiction work which detailed he and his wife Charmian’s attempt to sail around the world in 1907. From The Cruise of the Snark, 1911 By Jack London It began in the swimming […]

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One App to Rule Them All: 30 Ways Evernote Can Improve Your Life

by Jeremy Anderberg

Update: This article is NOT a sponsored post. We received absolutely nothing from Evernote in exchange for this post and have never communicated with anyone at Evernote. Even though we put this disclaimer below as well, we thought we’d put it up here too because some folks missed it and claimed this recommendation was paid for. […]

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Manvotional: Seneca on the Value of “Obvious” Advice

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: Our recent posts on the simple power of aphorisms and the need to direct your attention towards that which matters most brought to my mind these excerpts from the writings of Seneca. In them, the ancient Stoic philosopher answers the question of why we should continue to study things we already know and […]

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Your Concentration Training Program: 11 Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Attention

by Brett & Kate McKay

In this series on mastering your attention, we have emphasized the fact that attention is not just the ability to focus on a single task without being distracted, but in fact is comprised of several different elements that must be effectively managed. But this doesn’t mean that single-minded focus is not of paramount importance. Yesterday […]

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Become the Supreme Commander of Your Mind: How to Effectively Manage Your Attention

by Brett & Kate McKay

In our last post we provided a big picture overview of what attention is and how it works. We explored the fact that while many people only think of attention in terms of the ability to focus on a single task, there are in fact several different types, each with their distinctive benefits and drawbacks. […]

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The Nature and Power of Ritual Series Conclusion: On Ritual Resistance

by Brett & Kate McKay

Ritual is one of the oldest and most universal forms of human expression in the world. Over the last couple of months, we have explained the reasons for its persistence and ubiquity by detailing its many and varied benefits, including the ability to carve out pockets of the sacred in a profane world, solidify bonds, […]

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