The Art Of Manliness


How to Drive a Motorcycle

When Steve McQueen got away from the Nazis in The Great Escape, he did it on a motorcycle. When Evil Knievel roared over the top of the fountains at Caesar’s Palace, it was on a motorcycle. And when Chris Pratt sped through the jungles of a fictional dinosaur-filled island, he did it on a motorcycle, […]

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July 28, 2017, 4:18 p.m.

Podcast #325: Leading Quietly

When we think of being a good leader, we often think we need to be a bold, visionary, risk-taking type like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, or Steve Jobs. But my guest today argues that most of the day-to-day work that makes the world function is done by individuals who stand outside the limelight and lead […]

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July 27, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

A Man’s Guide to Dressing Sharp and Casual in His 40s

A man’s wardrobe should undergo subtle shifts as he gets older and takes on different roles in life. To help you look great at every age, this year we’ll be offering guides to dressing sharp and casual in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. Your forties are when you start to carry yourself with some […]

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July 26, 2017, 3:27 p.m.

Podcast #324: How Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith Are the Cure for Sad Clown Syndrome

If you’re like many modern men, you might have a pretty good life — a decent job, a family, a home, maybe a few hobbies. Despite having the appearance of a good life, though, you feel kind of empty inside. Like you’re missing something. My guests today would argue that what you’ve got is a case […]

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July 26, 2017, 2:23 a.m.

Announcing the Launch of The Strenuous Life

Ever since starting the Art of Manliness in 2008, I’ve wanted to create something that would help readers take our content offline. I never wanted readers just to consume our content, but to put it to use in their lives — to take real action on it. I wanted men to become not just readers, […]

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July 24, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Old School Army Wisdom on the Importance of Staying Fit (Even If You’re a Desk Jockey)

Editor’s note: The following excerpt was included in FM 21-13, an Army field manual published in 1952. It applies well to both soldiers and civilians, regardless of what line of work they’re in. FM 21-13 THE SOLDIER’S GUIDE Section VI. PHYSICAL TRAINING Military leaders have always recognized that soldiers do a much better job if […]

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July 21, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

Our 2 Best Tips for Dealing With Picky Eaters

Lots of kids are picky eaters. Maybe you were one growing up, and refused to let anything green touch your lips. Maybe you’ve got a kid now who rarely ventures beyond cheese pizza and apple sauce. Having an overly “discerning” palate is a phase a lot of children go through. Most grow out of it, […]

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July 21, 2017, 2:43 p.m.

Podcast #323: You’re Breathing All Wrong

Take a breath right now. Did your chest go up and down? Congratulations, you just failed at breathing. Don’t worry, my guest today on the show will set you straight. Her name is Belisa Vranich. She’s a clinical psychologist who has made a career re-training people on how to breathe correctly and in her latest […]

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July 20, 2017, 4:37 p.m.

How to Care For and Maintain Your Lawn Mower

When your car isn’t starting up on the first turn of the key like it should, it tells you something isn’t quite right. Maybe you have a bad spark plug, maybe you’re out of gas, maybe your battery needs a charge or a change. You don’t just leave the problem undiagnosed and unresolved, though. Yet […]

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July 19, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Podcast #322: What Common Success Advice Gets Wrong

We all know those collective maxims on success: nice guys finish last; it’s not what you know, it’s who you know; winners never quit. We’ve heard them so often that we accept them as articles of faith. But are they really true? My guest today says, yes…and no. His name is Eric Barker and he’s the […]

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July 18, 2017, 3:17 p.m.

30 Prompts for Reflection on Your Integrity

The word integrity is related to the roots of words like “integrate” and “entire,” and its Latin root means “wholeness.” Integrity thus implies the state of being complete, undivided, intact, and unbroken. Such a state contrasts with one that is scattered, fragmented, and incomplete. When you profess to one principle, but act in a way contrary […]

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July 17, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

Manvotional: The Value of Doing

“The Value of Doing” From The Woodcraft Manual for Boys, 1923 By Ernest Thompson Seton Our grandfathers alone in the wilderness, were sufficient unto themselves, for they were true Woodcrafters—they mastered the things about them. Conditions have changed, and now most of these things have been taken from the home to the factory, so the […]

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July 15, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

How to Survive a Shark Attack

Sure, we could talk about the statistically infinitesimal chance that you’re going to get attacked by a shark (about 1 in 11.5 million), and that the vast majority of shark attacks are non-fatal, and that sharks don’t actually want to eat people, they just get confused sometimes. We could say that by staying away from […]

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July 14, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Social Briefing #10: How Much Should You Disclose to Someone New?

Social Briefings are short bi-monthly dispatches that offer practical tips to improve your social skills. Read more on their raison d’etre. Once you initiate a conversation with someone new, you’ll begin exchanging comments and questions, and bits of information about yourselves. Just how much information should you disclose during these first (and subsequent) encounters? It’s […]

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July 14, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

Podcast #321: How to Think About Money

Personal finance can seem intimidating, but the reality is it’s pretty basic — save more than you spend, find ways to earn more, invest for the long-term, and protect your assets. But if personal finance is so easy, why do so many people screw it up? My guest today has spent his career exploring this […]

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July 14, 2017, 1:42 a.m.

How to Safely Clear Your Home

It’s 2 AM, and you’re lying asleep in bed. Your wife is snuggled next to you, and your young children are slumbering soundly in their respective bedrooms. The sound of the creaking back door awakens you. You weren’t expecting any late-night visitors. It could be an intruder . . . or not. Maybe you forgot […]

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July 12, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Podcast #320: The ADHD Explosion

You’ve probably heard about the precipitous rise in diagnoses of ADHD in America the past few decades. What was once a rare mental illness has now become a common problem amongst children — particularly boys. Why the sudden spike? Are there really more people with ADHD or is something else going on? My guest today […]

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July 11, 2017, 2:49 p.m.

Emerson’s Advice on How to Read for Greater Self-Reliance

“The great object of education is to acquaint the youthful man with himself, to inspire in him self-trust.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson The essence of self-reliance is a commitment to making decisions based on one’s own native instinct, personal values, and primary experience over external advice, cultural conformity, and second-hand information. At the heart of this […]

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July 10, 2017, 7:13 p.m.

Podcast #319: Making Exercise a Habit

Are you tired of starting fitness programs with the best of intentions only to find yourself falling off the workout wagon two weeks later? If so, today’s episode is for you. I’ve brought back bodyweight strength training coach Anthony Arvanitakis to talk about his new book, How to Never Skip Your Workout Again. Anthony and […]

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July 6, 2017, 3:09 p.m.

Podcast #318: The Joys of Hiking

One of my favorite things to do in life is to find and hike a trail out in the wilds. I love how a good trail gently leads you through nature. You don’t have to think much about where you’re going, so it gives you time to think about other things. It’s great for chewing […]

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July 3, 2017, 4:02 p.m.