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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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On Being Neighborly

by Marcus Brotherton

Between college and graduate school I took a gap year where I worked in a restaurant, snow skied every chance I got, and tried to figure out the rest of my life. During that year I lived in a big old suburban house near the lake along with five to eight other guys and sometimes […]

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Are You a Sheep or Sheepdog? Part II: 8 Reasons You’re Hardwired for Sheepness

by Brett & Kate McKay

On February 19, 2012, a group of sixteen of the nation’s top snowboarders and skiers slipped through the Stevens Pass ski area boundary gate and its “continue at your own risk” warning sign. Located in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, their ultimate destination was a backcountry run called Tunnel Creek, which is renowned for its open meadows, […]

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The First Key to Mastery: Finding Your Life’s Task

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Robert Greene’s book Mastery. Last time he talked about the importance of the Apprenticeship Phase in gaining mastery over a skill or knowledge domain. Equally important is the need for an unbridled passion that will fuel you through the drudgery of your Apprenticeship. To gain that passion, the skill you seek to […]

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Are You a Sheep or Sheepdog? Part I

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last December, 58-year-old Ki Suk Han was pushed onto the subway tracks in New York City. Even though 60-90 seconds passed before an oncoming train hit the man, a group of up to eighteen bystanders simply stood on the platform and looked on as the train approached and ran him over. One, a freelance photographer […]

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Manvotional: The Coming Man of the World

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Coming Man of the World By: Ella Wheeler Wilcox c. 1891 Oh, not for the great departed Who formed our country’s laws, And not for the bravest-hearted Who died in freedom’s cause; And not for some living hero, To whom all bend the knee, My muse shall raise her song of praise, But for […]

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How to Be a Gentleman Behind the Wheel

by Brett & Kate McKay

Brought to you by P&G. Need to buff up your style? Get the products men depend on. How to be a gentleman when you’re behind the wheel.

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Gentleman on the Street Asks: What Is Manliness?

by Brett

For our new weekly videos, twice a month I’ll be hosting them, and twice a month our fearless filmmaker, Jordan Crowder, will be in front of the camera. One of the features Jordan will be doing is “Gentleman on the Street,” where he’ll be hitting the streets of Los Angles with a camera, microphone, and a […]

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The Boy Scouts of America: Then and Now — A Comparison of the 1911 and Modern Handbooks and Merit Badges

by Brett & Kate McKay

“‘Scout’ used to mean the one on watch for the rest. We have widened the word a little. We have made it fit the town as well as the wilderness and suited it to peace time instead of war. We have made the scout an expert in Life-craft as well as Wood-craft, for he is […]

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3 Ways You Should Never Start an Online Comment

by Brett & Kate McKay

When you run a website for a living, you get a front-row seat to the nature of online rhetoric. Each day dozens of comments are submitted to the blog and their quality varies widely. Some are highly intelligent and articulate – enjoyable to read even when they disagree with the content of an article. On […]

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Every Man’s Call to Defiant Gratefulness (+ Book Giveaway)

by Marcus Brotherton

1. By early morning, Nick the waiter was still sloshed. He staggered into the upscale restaurant where we both worked as 22-year-olds. His eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and all the rest of that shift he worked with a gruff and annoyed attitude. During break time, the other waiters and I ate our meal in […]

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The Life of Jack London as a Case Study in the Power and Perils of Thumos — Conclusion

by Brett & Kate McKay

This article concludes a series that studied the life of Jack London, and especially his display of the Ancient Greek concept of thumos. We hope you enjoyed our ten-part series on the life and thumos of Jack London. I know we enjoyed researching and writing it. I’ve never found another man’s story so fascinating and […]

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The Life of Jack London as a Case Study in the Power and Perils of Thumos — #10: Ashes

by Brett & Kate McKay

This article is part of a series that studies the life of Jack London, and especially his display of the Ancient Greek concept of thumos. Jack London might have lived a long and happy life – living comfortably off the fruits of his literary achievements, devoting himself to making his ranch a success, writing new […]

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The Life of Jack London as a Case Study in the Power and Perils of Thumos — #9: The Long Sickness

by Brett & Kate McKay

Jack London followed up the resounding success of The Call of the Wild with two more popular novels: The Sea-Wolf and White Fang. He continued to publish numerous short stories, articles, essays, and poems in magazines across the country as well. Now thirty years old, he was the highest paid writer in the country and […]

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The Life of Jack London as a Case Study in the Power and Perils of Thumos — #8: Success at Last

by Brett & Kate McKay

This article is part of a series that studies the life of Jack London, and especially his display of the Ancient Greek concept of thumos. “There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most […]

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The Life of Jack London as a Case Study in the Power and Perils of Thumos — #7: Into the Klondike

by Brett & Kate McKay

This article is part of a series that studies the life of Jack London, and especially his display of the Ancient Greek concept of thumos. When the ship Excelsior docked in San Francisco in 1897, it carried word that would grant Jack London salvation from his mindless toil in a steam laundry: gold had been […]

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The Life of Jack London as a Case Study in the Power and Perils of Thumos — #6: Back to School

by Brett & Kate McKay

This article is part of a series that studies the life of Jack London, and especially his display of the Ancient Greek concept of thumos. The students of Oakland High School did not know what to make of their new peer. He was older than them, nineteen, and wholly unlike anyone else who walked the […]

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The Life of Jack London as a Case Study in the Power and Perils of Thumos — #5: On the Road

by Brett & Kate McKay

This article is part of a series that studies the life of Jack London, and especially his display of the Ancient Greek concept of thumos. As Jack London worked more than ten hours a day, seven days a week keeping thread wrapped around bobbins in a jute mill, his deep sea voyage, and with it […]

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The Life of Jack London as a Case Study in the Power and Perils of Thumos — #4: Pacific Voyage

by Brett & Kate McKay

This article is part of a series that studies the life of Jack London, and especially his display of the Ancient Greek concept of thumos. On January 12, 1893, his seventeenth birthday, Jack London signed onto the Sophie Sutherland, a splendid three-topmast schooner bound for seal hunting in the Bering Sea, and ultimately Japan. Jack […]

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