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Sunday Firesides: Profanity Is Performative

In 1934, Rear Admiral Richard Byrd spent almost five months living entirely alone in a tiny shack buried under the ice of Antarctica’s interior. Though the military pilot and polar explorer was ostensibly there to gather scientific data, he admitted to really being after the experience itself; he wanted to pare life down to the essentials, and see how being cut off from civilization would change him. One of the first discoveries Byrd made during his sojourn was that “solitude is an excelle...
Tags: Life, Antarctica, Byrd, A Man's Life, Richard Byrd, Sunday Firesides


How to Create More Clarity in Your Life

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article from Kyle Eschenroeder.  Recall a moment of clarity. A moment where tension untangled as insight suddenly appeared. The tension caused by the stress of not knowing what you feel you must. The release by an apparent answer. Few things feel better.  These moments have mostly eluded me, especially over the course of the last year. As traditional sources of clarity have waned, I’ve broadened my search.  Normally, we attempt to achieve clarity through ga...
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Podcast #676: Stop Living on Autopilot and Take Responsibility for Your Life

Do you ever have moments of terrible realization where you recognize that you’re living on autopilot? Instead of feeling like you’re in the driver’s seat, you feel like life is happening to you. You’re just going through the motions, you’ve lost your spark, and the months and years slide by in an indistinct blur.  My guest today has been there himself, and has an action plan for how to find your way out. His name is Antonio Neves, and he’s a writer, speaker, and success coach, as well as the ...
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Sunday Firesides: Love Endures

When a tragedy — a serious accident, an unexpected death — befalls someone, friends and family quickly spring into action. Emergency room lobbies are crowded with visitors; hospital rooms are filled with flowers; mailboxes are stuffed with sympathy cards; doorsteps are laden with meals.  It’s hard for loved ones not to think of the victim and their family during this time. Adrenaline activated by the threat spurs alertness. Dopamine generated by the novelty of the event creates, though i...
Tags: Life, A Man's Life, Sunday Firesides


The Ultimate Collection of Manly Last Words

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in April 2017. People have always been intrigued by the last words of others. What did a man use his final breaths to utter? Were they scared as they glimpsed the great beyond, or did they brace up and stoically accept — heck, even welcome — what was coming? Over the years we’ve...
Tags: Europe, Featured, Life, Royal Navy, Salem, Henry Viii, Alexander, Raleigh, Hartley, Lawrence, Alcatraz, Corey, Jefferson, Patton, Thomas More, SIOUX


Podcast #675: The Humble, Narcissistic Leader

Research, not to mention anecdotal observation, shows that a lot of narcissists end up in leadership positions. That’s because the qualities narcissism enlarges into extremes — confidence, assertiveness, a sense of destiny — help people rise to the top. Unfortunately, the same qualities of narcissism that help an individual obtain a leadership position, can prevent them from being effective in that position, and from holding onto it. My guest’s research has uncovered what can be a solution to...
Tags: Podcast, Leadership, Steve Jobs, Washington, Life, George Washington, Brad, Walter Isaacson, A Man's Life, Brad Owens, Brad Brad, Ron Chernow Steve Jobs


Sunday Firesides: Contentment Through Contrast

A question that has been oft contemplated and discussed, is why it is that Scandinavian countries routinely report some of the highest happiness levels in the world, and especially, how these peoples manage to endure a particularly long, dark, and cold winter while remaining relatively cheerful. Some say it’s because of the popularity of saunas in these countries. Others theorize it has to do with their embrace of “hygge” — or cultivated coziness. Yet the resilience of Scandinavians is arg...
Tags: Life, A Man's Life, Sunday Firesides


Podcast #673: The Complex Coolness of Steve McQueen

Performances by the actor Steve  McQueen  in classic films like The Great Escape and Bullitt earned him the nickname “The King of Cool.” But behind the scenes,  McQueen ‘s character was complex in nature: he could be both difficult and demanding and kind and generous; someone who could act aloof, but care about things deeply. My guest has traced both sides of the coin of  McQueen ‘s coolness for decades. His name is Marshall Terrill, and he’s the author of multiple biographies on  McQueen...
Tags: Podcast, Hollywood, Life, Jesus, Steve McQueen, Mcqueen, Marshall, A Man's Life, Steve McQueen McQueen, Sanford Meisner, Matthew Polly, Marshall Marshall, Marshall Terrill, Was McQueen


Podcast #672: How to Do the Impossible This Year

There are goals in life that seem very attainable. And then there are those which seem practically impossible — rising out of poverty and/or a traumatic childhood, becoming a bestselling writer, deadlifting 500 pounds. With impossible goals the odds seem long, and it isn’t clear how to get from point A to point B. My guest today has spent decades figuring out the roadmap for making that journey. His name is Steven Kotler, he’s a peak performance expert, the Executive Director of the Flow Rese...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Personal Development, Steven, Steven Kotler, A Man's Life, Steven Steven, Steven Live Life


The Best AoM Podcast Episodes on Making and Breaking Habits

At the beginning of every new year, people around the world make resolutions for how to better themselves. Many of these goals revolve around habits — forming new ones, eliminating bad ones, cementing irregular ones. On the Art of Manliness podcast, we’ve covered a lot of different facets of habit forming and breaking, including specifically tackling the two most common resolutions: exercising more and losing weight. Check out the seven episodes below to get the new year started on the right fo...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Habits, Stephen, Personal Development, James Clear, Stephen Covey, Charles Duhigg, Duhigg, A Man's Life, Michelle Segar, BJ Fogg, Stephan Guyenet, Ross Ellenhorn


Sunday Firesides: One Habit a Year to a Better Man

Maybe you’ve made some resolutions for the year to come. Or perhaps you’re not into New Year’s resolutions, per se, but nonetheless have a longstanding list of goals that regularly runs through your head. Either way, there’s a very strong chance that, twelve months from now, you won’t have accomplished any significant personal change.  Some will say that’s because you didn’t make your goals specific enough. Or small enough.  But it’s likely just because you had goals, plural. Benjamin F...
Tags: Life, Habits, Benjamin Franklin, Personal Development, A Man's Life


Podcast #671: Begin the New Year by Reflecting on These 3 Life-Changing Questions

As one year ends and another begins, it’s natural to reflect on both the past and the future — who we were, who we are, and who we want to become. My guest today offers three questions that can help make that self-reflection truly fruitful, insightful, and possibly even life-changing. His name is Gregg Krech, he’s executive director of the ToDo Institute, which promotes principles of psychology based on Eastern traditions, and the author of Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Se...
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Plutarch’s 13 Signs for Gauging Your Growth in Character

In most areas of your life that you seek to improve, there’s an external metric you can look at in order to see if you’re getting better.  Your pants get looser as you lose weight. Your kettlebells get heavier as you get stronger. Your net worth increases as you get wealthier.  But how do you know if you’re becoming a better and more virtuous man? There isn’t really a hard metric that you can point to that shows that you’re becoming more virtuous. And without some sort of metric, it ca...
Tags: Life, Character, Personal Development, Plutarch, A Man's Life, Simonides


Sunday Firesides: You Are Religious

When asked if they are religious, many people today will say they’re not (often adding that they are, nevertheless, spiritual).  This distinctly modern refutation of religiosity makes use of a distinctly modern, and altogether too limited, definition of the word. Religion, as popularly understood today as an allegiance to certain beliefs, creeds, and institutions, did not come into English use until the 17th century. Anciently, the root of the word was used differently, and may have aris...
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Sunday Firesides: Yours Sincerely

Over his lifetime, Winston Churchill penned a voluminous amount of correspondence, and commonly signed these missives with “Yours Sincerely.” But committed to always saying what he meant, and meaning what he said, he would never use this closing in a letter unless he could assent to every word he had written (and rarely wrote a word to which he couldn’t).   Sincerity represents a strict correspondence between an individual’s professions and their actual feelings and beliefs. Sincere communic...
Tags: Life, Winston Churchill, A Man's Life, Sunday Firesides


The Anti-Crisis Crisis

It has long been observed that societies seem to oscillate between periods of peace and plenty, and periods of conflict and hardship. This idea has been analyzed in detail by researchers like Neil Howe and William Strauss, whose generational theory posits that societies cycle through four 20-year “turnings” — High, Awakening, Unraveling, and Crisis — around every eighty years . During the Crisis period or “Fourth Turning,” a society is faced with a perceived threat to its survival, which ...
Tags: Life, Strauss, Howe, William Strauss, Neil Howe, Strauss Howe, Civilian Conservation Corps, A Man's Life, Peter Turchin, Turchin


Podcast #667: Bringing More Soul (and Poetry) Into Your Work

When you think of areas of life that speak to the soul, and elicit poetry, you likely think of things like romantic relationships and natural landscapes. You probably don’t think of office work and cubicles. But my guest today says that the soul is involved in every kind of work, and poetry is an essential vehicle for examining what your work is doing to your soul, and for learning to bring more soul into what you do. His name is David Whyte and he’s a poet, a philosopher, and the author of m...
Tags: Podcast, Life, David, Philosophy, David Whyte, Beowulf, Galapagos Islands, A Man's Life, David David


Sunday Firesides: Take It Bird by Bird

In a famous story shared by the writer Anne Lamott, she remembers a time from her childhood in which her brother had procrastinated working on a report about birds until the night before the assignment was due. He was in despair, sitting “at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.”  It was at this point that the boy’s father sat next to him, put an arm around his shoulder, and offered...
Tags: Life, Bird, McKay, Anne Lamott, A Man's Life, Sunday Firesides


How to Better Manage Your Life Admin

In your job, you probably have plenty of administrative work — managerial and secretarial tasks like filing papers and answering emails. Unengaging and tedious, this admin is likely your least favorite part of your job, and yet is necessary to keep the rest of your responsibilities, and the business itself, going.  While you may not have thought about it before, you’re also laden with this kind of work at home, too. As Elizabeth Emens argues in Life Admin , running our personal lives and ...
Tags: Life, Medicare, Kate, Ramit Sethi, Fafsa, Allen, David Allen, Sethi, A Man's Life, Lee Vinsel, Emens, Elizabeth Emens, Better Manage Your Life Admin


Sunday Firesides: Gnaw Your Bone

The first few dozen times you listen to a killer new album, the experience is nigh near euphoric. The songs just seem to get better and better with each “spin.” Eventually though, they start to lose some of their verve, and you listen to the album less and less frequently, until it drops off your regular playlist. This parabolic arc of pleasure occurs in our encounters with every novel and rewarding stimulus, from relationships to material possessions. The “buzz” rises, peaks, and then desce...
Tags: Life, Thoreau, A Man's Life, Sunday Firesides


The 3 Reasons Friendships End

With many relationships, the reasons they end are clear. Two people who are dating realize they’re not compatible in some way and don’t have a future together. A married couple decides they can’t stand living with each other anymore. Business partners split to pursue divergent goals. A boss fires an employee for stealing from the company; or an employee quits when his boss doesn’t give him a desired promotion. Why a friendship ends isn’t always so obvious, however, nor is how one...
Tags: Life, Friendship, Time, Bill, West Coast, East Coast, Dante, Lacy, Rawlins, Ohio University, Relationships & Family, A Man's Life, Bill Not, Bill Rawlins


10 (Non-Religious) Books to Get Into the Devotional Reading Habit

Each day, too, acquire something which will help you to face poverty, or death, and other ills as well. After running over a lot of different thoughts, pick out one to be digested thoroughly that day. —Seneca  Today, we largely associate daily “devotionals” — short, reflection-spurring texts — with religious scriptures and faith-themed books which feature musings, challenges, and brief bits of inspiration for each day of the year.  But as Seneca proves above, for millennia, devotional-type...
Tags: Books, Life, Habits, Travel & leisure, Philosophy, Jordan, Routines, Leo Tolstoy, Personal Development, Aristotle, Tolstoy, Abraham Lincoln, Henry David Thoreau, Kyle, Brett, Emerson


Sunday Firesides: Don’t Let It Petrify

As you grow older, your body grows stiffer. It gets harder to bend, to stretch, to contort yourself into “unusual” positions — unusual in that they involve something beyond sitting, standing, and reaching for the Special K from the cabinet. Make such a move and you can almost hear the crumbling of an invisible patina of stone which had begun encasing your limbs. Your mind and personal habits grow stiffer with age as well. Beliefs harden, becoming impenetrable to new information and perspecti...
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Inspiration in Steadiness From Band of Brothers Paratrooper, Carwood Lipton

During a season of intense stress in history, Carwood Lipton, an elite World War II paratrooper from the Band of Brothers, provides a prime example of someone who held things together. On a wintery evening in Belgium’s Bois Jacques woods, Sergeant Carwood Lipton slipped through the twilight from foxhole to foxhole, encouraging the soldiers in his care.  It was January 12, 1945. The men of Easy Company, 506 PIR, 101 Airborne, had been tasked with holding the line in the most difficult situation ...
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The Self-Care Routines of 5 American Presidents

In the last several years, talk about the idea of “self-care” — doing things to care for your own mental, emotional, and physical health — has become more and more common. At first, the term felt a little cringey and self-indulgent, something used largely amongst women-focused lifestyle blogs to rationalize booking a spa day and by the wellness industry to sell pampering products. But if self-care has sometimes been overused as a buzzword, its fundamental premise is still quite sound. In any...
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Sunday Firesides: Not Everything Is Political

Before there was politics, there was sex and love, games and sports, spirituality and art, glory and honor. As civilization became increasingly complex, governments were instituted to protect this primordial pursuit of happiness in a more structured and equitable way. As Aristotle put it, “every state is a community of some kind, and every community is established with a view to some good.”  In this, government is much like the trellises placed in gardens which allow certain plants to gr...
Tags: Life, Václav Havel, Aristotle, A Man's Life, Sunday Firesides


Podcast #656: The Hidden Pleasures of Learning for Its Own Sake

When we typically think about learning, we tend to think about being in a structured school, and doing it for some reason — to get a grade, to get a degree, to get a certain job. But my guest today says that if we want to live a truly flourishing life, we ought to make time for study and thought long after we leave formal education behind, and embrace learning as something wonderfully useless.  Her name is Zena Hitz and she’s the author of Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellect...
Tags: Books, Podcast, Life, Classics, Philosophy, St John, Zena, St John 's College, A Man's Life, Zena Hitz, Zena Zena


Sunday Firesides: Blessed Are the Restless

When a young C.S. Lewis would gaze out the windows of his nursery, the landscape of green hills in the distance would fill him with pangs of yearning.  Nature would continue to stir these inconsolable longings throughout his life , as would encounters with literature, music, art, and friendship. In these “Tantalizing glimpses, premises never quite fulfilled,” he heard the echoes of a yet-to-be-realized Paradise.  “We do not want merely to see beauty,” he wrote of the ache these hints insp...
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The 5 Best AoM Podcast Episodes on Finding Meaning and Purpose

They are some of the most burning questions in life: “What is my purpose?” and “How do I find real meaning?” These questions are both the most central to finding true happiness, fulfillment, and flourishing, and the most difficult to answer. There are no surefire handbooks that infallibly lead you to your true vocation in three easy steps; there are no blog posts that can explain the entire meaning of life. Rather it’s a lifelong process of searching and refining; the answers you find now will ...
Tags: Podcast, David Brooks, Life, Bhagavad Gita, Gregg, Emily Esfahani Smith, A Man's Life, Stephen Cope, Gregg Levoy, Gordon Marino


James Bond Stoicism

One of the things that makes the James Bond books better than the James Bond films , is that while the latter mostly represent not-too-deep action-driven entertainment, the former are peppered with philosophical asides. Ian Fleming’s 007 has arguments with his nemeses on the nature of power and autonomy and discussions with colleagues as to how one can know if they’re really on the right side of things. Bond himself lives with a certain personal philosophy, one that mixes different elemen...
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