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What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity – Part II: Closing the Gap Between Our Actions and Their Consequences

by Brett & Kate McKay

In the first post of this four-part series on what weakens our integrity and how we can strengthen it, we discussed how our decisions to act in dishonest ways are influenced by two factors: 1) wanting to get a reward – often financial/material, but also things like pleasure or fame, and 2) wanting to be […]

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What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity – Part I: Why Small Choices Count

by Brett & Kate McKay

Integrity. It’s a quality every man worth his salt aspires to. It encompasses many of the best and most admirable traits in a man: honesty, uprightness, trustworthiness, fairness, loyalty, and the courage to keep one’s word and one’s promises, regardless of the consequences. The word integrity derives from the Latin for “wholeness” and it denotes […]

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Passion Vs. Willingness, Or What Forrest Guth Never Said From The Foxhole

by Marcus Brotherton

“Do what you love, and love what you do.” How many times have you heard that — or a variation of it? The principle abounds in leadership teaching. To be a truly successful leader, you need to discover your passion and operate only from that grid. Spend your days doing what you’re most interested in. […]

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On Taking a Punch

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Billy Coffey. Four years ago… It started the way most good stories do, over lunch with a friend. This particular friend was named Charlie, an iron-fisted brawler disguised as a nerdy engineer who worked in the building next to mine. “You should stop by tonight,” he said. […]

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Self-Efficacy and The Art of Doing Things

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This a guest post from Ian Walker. A Thing I Didn’t Do In Lethbridge, Alberta, where I went to university and lived for five years, there is a very large, very long, and very high train bridge. It stretches across a giant valley that has been carved away by the Oldman River. It’s […]

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How to Accept a Compliment With Class

by Brett & Kate McKay

You hand someone a gift and they eagerly tear off the wrapping paper and lift the lid on the box. But as they pick up and examine the present tucked inside, their smile quickly fades. “You know, this watch really isn’t right for me. Here, you can have it back.” Ouch. Such behavior is so […]

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Manvotional: The Majesty of Strength

by Brett & Kate McKay

“The Majesty of Strength” From Royal Manhood, 1899  By James Isaac Vance “O, east is east and west is west and never twain shall meet Till earth and sky stand presently at God’s great judgment seat; But there is neither east nor west, border, nor breed, nor birth. When two strong men stand face to […]

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From Mythology to Masculinity: How the Hero’s Journey Can Help You Become a Better Man

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from John Romaniello. I want to tell you about a book that will change your life. The book isn’t new. In fact, it was published back in 1949 without much fanfare. And yet, since the time of its publication, it has made an impact that can be seen in […]

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Measure Twice, Cut Once: Applying the Ethos of the Craftsman to Our Everyday Lives

by Brett & Kate McKay

Across cultures and time, the archetype of the craftsman has represented man’s ability to create and has been the mark of mature manhood. He is homo faber – man the creator. Instead of passively consuming and letting things happen to him, the craftsman fashions the world to his liking and proactively shapes and influences it. Ancient philosophers […]

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What Is Character? Its 3 True Qualities and How to Develop It

by Brett & Kate McKay

Character. Like honor, it’s a word we take for granted and probably have an affinity for, but likely have never really had to define and may struggle to do so when pressed. It’s a word most men desire to have ascribed to them, and yet the standards of its attainment remain rather vague in our […]

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How to Hack the Habit Loop [VIDEO]

by Brett

` In this week’s video we take a look at how you can change your habits by hacking the habit loop. If you’re looking for more info on changing your habits, pick up the book that inspired the original post and the video: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. What bad habit do you […]

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37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The excerpt below comes from a book published in 1875: A Gentleman’s Guide to Etiquette by Cecil B. Hartley. Hartley’s rules may be over 100 years old, but they’re just as true today as they ever were. There are some real gems here — some of which truly gave me a chuckle. 1. […]

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How to Create a Lifelong Brotherhood

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This a guest post from Jonathan Mead. The responses from my closest male friends surprised me when I asked them this question: “What’s the one thing you feel was or is missing that’s held you back from becoming a man?” I assumed for most men it would be “lack of direction” or “knowing […]

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Manvotional: A Little Fellow Follows Me

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to share an anonymously-penned poem that’s hung in my parents’ home for as long as I can remember. I never gave it much thought as a kid, but since becoming a dad, it’s become one of my favorite poems. It’s a simple, gentle reminder to always […]

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The Yanomamö and the Origins of Male Honor

by Brett & Kate McKay

In 1964, anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon arrived in an almost entirely unexplored region of the Amazon Basin to spend a year studying the Yanomamö: one of the last large, isolated, and virtually uncontacted tribes in the world. Over the next 35 years, Chagnon returned to this area on the border between Venezuela and Brazil 25 times […]

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How to Give a Manly Handshake [VIDEO]

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s time for another installment of AoM Instructional Videos. In this edition, Bill learns how to shake hands like a man. For more info on shaking hands, make sure to check out our illustrated guide to giving a manly handshake. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Video by Jordan Crowder

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How to Wrestle with a Difficult Decision: Advice from Sergeant Alvin C. York

by Brett & Kate McKay

Corporal Alvin C. York silently led his squad of men through the thick underbrush and dense fog of the Argonne Forest early the morning of October 8, 1918. His regiment had been tasked with charging down Hill 223 and making their way across an open plain towards the Decauville Railroad. Their mission was to cut […]

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Cato: Lessons From a Self-Made Man

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni, co-authors of Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato. Cato the Younger—the great Roman soldier, senator, and Stoic—was a hard man to like. He was ungracious in his friendships, uncompromising in his politics, blunt in his conversations, yet able to talk the […]

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Are You a Sheep or Sheepdog? Part III: Your Roadmap to Becoming a Sheepdog

by Brett & Kate McKay

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been taking a look at the sheep/sheepdog/wolf paradigm as set out by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. In our first post, we introduced the analogy and these different roles: Wolves are the bad guys of the world, the evil sociopaths who seek to harm and exploit others. Sheepdogs are the […]

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