It’s been said “Leaders are readers.” But what should a leader read? My guest today set out to answer that question by polling 4-star generals and admirals in the U.S. military to get their best recommendations. His name is Admiral James Stavridis. He’s served as the commander of US Southern Command, US European Command, and […]
Editor’s note: This is a guest article from Ryan Holiday. As long as man has been alive, he has been collecting little sayings about how to live. We find them carved in the rock of the Temple of Apollo and etched as graffiti on the walls of Pompeii. They appear in the plays of Shakespeare, […]
In most urban situations, the cell phone is the ultimate survival tool. With it, you can call for help, get directions, and look up practical information (you’ve downloaded a digital survival library, right?). In the wilderness, if your phone’s signal is faint or non-existent, it’s a significantly less useful tool, but can still come in […]
Editor’s note: The following excerpt — “Practice, and Some Other Things, Make Perfect” — comes from Increasing Personal Efficiency (1925) by Donald A. Laird. Some re-formatting and condensation have been applied to the original chapter. Back in the third grade I filled a page of the copy book with the sentence, “Practice makes perfect.” I wrote this particular line […]
During the past decade three companies have revolutionized the way we shop, socialize, and find information. I’m talking, of course, about Amazon, Facebook, and Google. While these companies have made our lives easier in many ways, my guest today argues that they’re also eroding autonomy and individuality. His name is Franklin Foer and he’s the […]
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Yesterday, we laid out the reasons why what you wear to a job interview is very important. We also debunked a common myth: a formal business suit is not always the right outfit for an interview. It often is, and if you really have nothing else to go on it’s probably your safest default, but […]
Spend any amount of time writing style advice columns and you’ll quickly discover which sartorial topics worry men the most. Number one? The job interview, far and away. (Number two is either dates or weddings, depending on your audience.) There are a lot of reasons for the job interview to weigh heavily on people’s minds. […]
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Whenever you experience an injury or have a niggling pain in your lower back, you probably decide to completely rest up so that whatever ails you can heal and recover. But the pain doesn’t go away, so you introduce some light isolation movements to help with the recovery. But the pain still doesn’t go away, […]
Many know of the epic race in 1910 between Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott to be the first to reach the South Pole, and the tragic end met by the latter explorer. Most people have also heard of the heroic leadership of Ernest Shackleton, who managed to save the lives of all of his […]
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As Henry Ford famously said, “Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” With all due respect to Mr. Ford, though, you don’t chop logs, you split them. While you can buy pre-split wood at grocery and hardware stores, your roaring fire will feel more satisfying (and save you some scratch) when the wood […]
Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Log Off: How to Stay Connected after Disconnecting by Blake Snow. The “king complex.” That’s the reason it’s difficult for many individuals to leave the internet — even for as little as a few hours in the evening, over a weekend, or on vacation. In short, the […]
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After WWII and before the Korean War, America experienced a short period free from the fear of war and conflict. People were optimistic about a future of peace and plenty. My guest today calls this time the “era of bright expectations,” and he experienced it firsthand as a young man who had just graduated from […]
Hey, did you know there’s an Art of Manliness app for iPhone and Android devices? It’s true, and we’ve recently updated the app based on user feedback. Here’s what’s new with the Art of Manliness app: Better Offline Reading. Have you ever been in a place with no wifi and had the itch to read some […]
One of James Bond’s most enduring catchphrases is “shaken, not stirred.” But what, exactly, is being mixed in that cocktail shaker? Most of us know that it’s a martini of some sort, but that cocktail has evolved in such numerous ways over the decades, can we really know the specific type of martini that Bond […]
When it comes to planning for success, we tend to focus on the what and the how. For example, when we set our workout goals, we’ll come up with detailed plans on what exercises we’ll do; when we come up with a debt repayment plan, we decide exactly how we’re going to pay down the […]
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When it comes to keeping your New Year’s resolutions, you probably think you know the secret to success. Whether you’ve resolved to lose weight, eat better, use your time more effectively, or even to amor fati, you’ve simply got to get more disciplined. Right? Certainly, discipline plays a crucial role in making any mindset or […]
It’s the time of year when there’s a rush of new members at the gym. It’s awesome that these folks are making a new commitment to their health, but if you number yourself among them, know that the gym, like every other place and space, has its own culture, including its own rules of etiquette. […]
Editor’s note: The following excerpt was included in FM 21-13, an Army field manual published in 1952. As with all discourses on the art of war, it’s interesting both on a literal level, as well as in its applications to the practice of strategy and teamwork in endeavors beyond the battlefield. Section X. COMBAT TRAINING The Fighting Man […]
Ten years ago today, the very first article on the Art of Manliness went live. It’s hard to believe we’ve been at this a decade! I started AoM back in January 2008 when I was a 25-year-old, second-year law student. The idea for the site came a few months before that when I was in […]
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Ulysses S. Grant is a historical figure who’s often portrayed in a not-so-flattering light. Many Americans know him as a drunk, inept businessman who found himself thrust into generalship during the Civil War and led the Union to victory not because of his military genius, but simply because he happened to be on the side […]
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