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Why Leaving Your Comfort Zone Can Be So Rewarding

You’ll lead a more fulfilled life<p>Comfort can lead to laziness, and as we’ve already touched on stepping outside of our comfort zone can lead to heightened activity and optimal performance.<p>Comfort may feel good in the short term, but as Ran Zilca, explains on Psychology Today, sacrificing …

Advice for Contacting Busy People | The Art of Manliness

Let’s get straight to the point, shall we?<p>Busy people can be incredibly difficult to connect with.<p>You know the drill. You send an email, then you …

Self-improvement

How to Be Successful in Your Twenties | The Art of Manliness

<b>At age 20:</b> Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and cofounded Microsoft, and Sir Isaac Newton began developing a new branch of mathematics.<p><b>At age 21:</b> …

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

Elon Musk

How to Develop Your Charisma and Become More Likable

It may seem like some people are born likable, but everyone is capable of developing charisma. No matter your personality, there are certain traits …

WWII Wisdom to Overcome Difficulties | The Art of Manliness

<b>Last Monday I crapped</b> in a plastic bag.<p>There is no nice way to say that. No genteel or sanitized way to describe the experience.<p>I’d just started …

Dressing for the Occasion: Your 60 Second Visual Guide | The Art of Manliness

We’ve been talking a lot about hosting a holiday party lately, but what if you’re invited to one as a guest? It can be confusing trying to decipher …

Jack London's Credo.

Best Books Read by the AoM Team 2014 | The Art of Manliness

Here at the Art of Manliness, we’re big believers in the brain-boosting, character-expanding, enjoyment-inducing power of books. Kate, Jeremy, and I …

Man's Need for Ritual and the Rites of Manhood | The Art of Manliness

Does modern life ever feel excruciatingly <i>flat</i> to you? A bleak landscape devoid of layers, rhythm, interest, <i>texture</i>?<p>Are you ever haunted by the …

How to Improve Penmanship | The Art of Manliness

Over the years here at the Art of Manliness we’ve sung the praises of the handwritten letter and simply writing things out by hand in general. …

Reduce Impulse Clothing Purchases with the "Three Outfit" Rule

It's easy to find a clothing item you like in a nice store, but if it doesn't go with anything you already own, you're just digging yourself a hole. …

Clothing

How to Future Proof Your Career with the Skills That Matter

The job market can be scary, but with skills that stand the test of time, you can increase your odds of staying employed. Here's how to find and …

The Best Health and Fitness Research of 2014

Research

How to Give a Good Compliment | The Art of Manliness

“Idle words are characterless and die upon utterance. Evil words rankle for a while, make contentions, and then die. But the hopeful, kind, cheering …

How and Why to Establish a Daily Routine | The Art of Manliness

When Winston Churchill left the military at age 26 to pursue a writing career and a seat in Parliament, he looked forward to being free of …

God is real, and it wants us dead: The religious terror of BioWare's biggest games

Games are often better at conveying horror than most other mediums, due to our direct and real-time responses.<p>This year, we've experienced the constant dread of <i>Alien: Isolation</i> and the grotesque physicality of <i>The Evil Within</i>. Overlooked, however, is the cosmic horror in BioWare games.<p>"We impose …

Create the Perfect Daily Routine by Layering Four Types of Activities

Daily routines help many of us stay productive and balance work with our personal lives. While the perfect routine will differ for every individual …

Time Management

If You Want to Follow Your Dreams, You'll Have to Choose a Focus

A dozen great ideas are useless if you can't follow them through. Even with endless ambition, having too many goals can pull you in too many …

How to Craft an Information Diet That Actually Works

Some of us watch a lot of TV. We may read more articles than we need to (the irony is not lost on me here). We go on Twitter to kill our boredom. By …

Productivity

A Complete Guide to Rum | The Art of Manliness

<i>This post is brought to you by</i> <i>Flaviar.</i> If you want to shape up your drinking style, Flaviar is the new way to go. Navigate through the world of fine …

Mastermind Groups: How They Can Take You to the Next Level | The Art of Manliness

When success guru Napoleon Hill interviewed Andrew Carnegie, inquiring as to the secret of his success, Carnegie replied that it could be traced to …

How to Be More Charismatic | The Art of Manliness

Are you a senior in high school running for Student Council President?<p>Are you an entrepreneur looking to make a successful pitch and attract …

Life Advice From Winston Churchill | The Art of Manliness

Last month, we published a post on 6 reasons why it’s especially hard to become an adult in the modern world, and argued that despite this …

How To Make a Citizen's Arrest | The Art of Manliness

I think we’ve all thought about it at one time or another. What would you do if you saw someone commit a crime? Would you call the police and let …

Become the Author of Your Own Life | The Art of Manliness

On Monday, we kicked off the Winston Churchill School of Adulthood with a general discussion of the way in which the master key in growing up well is …

The US Paradox Of Poverty Is Almost Impossible To Escape

So starting in 1964 and for almost a decade, the federal government poured at least some of its resources in the direction they should have been going all along: toward those who were most in need. Longstanding programs like Head Start, Legal Services, and the Job Corps were created. Medicaid was …

Private Sector

Make Deep-Fried Spring Rolls with Sandwich Bread

Sometimes you have to make do with what's in your pantry, especially if you're making something with unusual ingredients like spring rolls. This …

Bread

Make Your Chores Suck Less with the LEGO Principle

Chores can be frustrating because your results disappear so quickly. Dishes get dirty again, toilet paper needs to get replenished, and laundry needs …

Time Management