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The 3 Elements of Charisma: Presence

by Brett & Kate McKay

Are you a senior in high school running for Student Council President? Are you an entrepreneur looking to make a successful pitch and attract investors? Are you a military officer working to win your men’s loyalty? Are you a salesman trying to land some new clients? Are you a college professor wanting to get through […]

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Dig Deep: You’re Stronger Than You Think

by Brett & Kate McKay

Awhile back I was doing a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout over on a nearby running/biking trail. Along the trail there’s a fairly steep hill that takes about a minute to sprint up at full speed. For my workout, I would charge up the hill as fast as I could, walk/jog back down, and […]

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Manvotional: Thoreau on Media and Information Consumption

by Brett & Kate McKay

  From “Life Without Principle” By Henry David Thoreau Just so hollow and ineffectual, for the most part, is our ordinary conversation. Surface meets surface. When our life ceases to be inward and private, conversation degenerates into mere gossip. We rarely meet a man who can tell us any news which he has not read […]

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Hack Your Mind Like a Twenty-First Century Soldier: Using Biofeedback to Become More Resilient

by Brett & Kate McKay

Two important skills for any man, and especially any would-be sheepdog are 1) managing stress 2) and remaining resilient in the face of extreme adversity. In our post about managing stress arousal for optimal performance, we broke down what happens to the body and mind as it deals with increasing levels of stress. Basically, as […]

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Dining Etiquette and Table Manners [VIDEO]

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s time for another installment of AoM Instructional Videos. In this video we take a look at the ins and outs of dining etiquette and table manners. For more info on dining etiquette, make sure to check out the original article that inspired the video.  Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Video by Jordan Crowder

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What Men Like in Men: An Argument from 1902

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: The following article appeared in a 1902 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine (which started out as a quality family magazine before becoming a women’s rag). I think it raises an interesting question: What do men like or admire in other men? Lots of articles these days are about what men find attractive in women […]

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The Eisenhower Decision Matrix: How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks and Make Real Progress in Your Life

by Brett & Kate McKay

Do you sometimes feel like you spend all your time managing crises? That your life is basically spent putting out one proverbial fire after another? At the end of the day do you feel completely sapped and drained of energy, and yet can’t point to anything you accomplished of real significance? Yes? Then you, my […]

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Fighting FOMO: 4 Questions That Will Crush the Fear of Missing Out

by Brett & Kate McKay

FOMO. It’s an acronym of recent coinage which stands for the Fear of Missing Out. The inherent cutesy-ness of acronyms has a tendency to make me roll my eyes. But in this case, I think it describes a very real malady — one that can sap your happiness if you’re not careful. FOMO is the […]

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What They Left and What They Kept: What an Antarctic Expedition Can Teach You About What’s Truly Valuable

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Do you hear that? We’ll none of us get back to our homes again.” Tom McLeod, member of the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, stood anxiously on the deck of the Endurance. He looked out on a nearby ice floe where ten Emperor penguins stood wailing a mournful cry. None of the ship’s twenty-eight member crew […]

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Manvotional: There Is Always a Time for Heroism

by Brett & Kate McKay

“There Is Always a Time for Heroism” By GR Jordan From The Emerging Revival, 1946 Once Wendell Phillips and a young friend were sitting by the fire. It was a memorable evening. Recollections had flushed the cheeks of the veteran campaigner. Memories of former heroic days had loosened his tongue. He had completely lost himself […]

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How to Be a Gentleman Scholar: Classroom Etiquette for the College Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

“They attend classes but make no effort to learn anything.” -Alvarus Pelagius College students often get a lot of flack these days — with seemingly everyone and their grandma saying that this generation of students is lazy, entitled, and disrespectful. Yet, such criticism has in truth been leveled at young scholars pretty much since the […]

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What E’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part

by Brett & Kate McKay

Over the door of a building that sits close to the Stirling Castle in southern Scotland, hangs a curious stone designed by John Allan, a 19th century architect known for his peculiar designs, as well as including inscriptions in his work. At the top of this particular piece, Allan had carved a quote typically attributed […]

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Lessons in Manliness: The Hobbit

by Jeremy Anderberg

The Hobbit has been a favorite of children and adults alike since its publication in 1937. It used to take a backseat to The Lord of the Rings, but with the movie being released last summer, interest has been renewed in Bilbo Baggins’ adventure. When it was originally published, it was put into the children’s […]

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The Child Is the Father to the Man: 9 Foundational Habits Young Men Should Start Now to Raise Themselves Right

by Brett & Kate McKay

Awhile back I was driving through the place where I grew up – Edmond, Oklahoma – and happened to pass by my old high school. This wasn’t an unusual event; I now live just an hour and a half from Edmond and my parents still reside there, so I’m back fairly frequently and sometimes pass […]

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The Diary Habit

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: We’ve talked before about how and why to become a regular journaler/diary writer. (I like to call it a journal myself, but “diary” didn’t used to have the feminine connotations its acquired in the present day.) Writing in my journal every night is something I strive to do, although I am not always […]

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What Does It Mean to Be a Man? 80+ Quotes on Men & Manhood

by Brett & Kate McKay

When putting together our two paperback books, we sought to pepper the text in each with quotes about men and manhood. What we quickly discovered was that no comprehensive source for such quotes existed. You could find a few on general quote collection sites, a smattering on other websites, and some in books. But there […]

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What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity – Part IV: The Power of Moral Reminders

by Brett & Kate McKay

In the first post in this series we discussed the concept of the “Pyramid of Choice,” and the way in which taking an initial dishonest step can potentially set a person on a path of increasingly serious misdeeds that eventually carries them far away from their original principles. Yet one or even several bad choices […]

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Manvotional: The Call

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Call By: Earl H. Emmons Did you ever have a longin’ to get out and buck the trail, And to face the crashin’ lightnin’ and the thunder and the gale? Not for no partic’lar reason but to give the world the laugh, And to show the roarin’ elyments you still can stand the gaff. […]

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What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity – Part III: How to Stop the Spread of the Immorality Virus

by Brett & Kate McKay

Welcome back to our series on what weakens our integrity and how to strengthen it. Thus far we have discussed how we decide to commit a dishonest act, and how the distance between that act and its consequences can increase our ability to rationalize immorality as acceptable behavior. Today we are going to discuss another […]

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