Take Action Before Analyzing

The worst thing you could ever do to a goal or dream is to keep planning it forever. Every month, you get a burst of inspiration, pull out the dry erase boards, and map out all your big plans. You follow through on them for maybe a day or two. Then, momentum slows down. YouContinue reading “Take Action Before Analyzing”

Rise to the Challenge in Front of You

In your life right now, there’s a challenge you’re avoiding. Actually, there’s probably a lot of challenges you’re avoiding. Day-to-day life can feel exhausting. Work, obligations, home duties, friends, relationships, family, hobbies, kids… The list of things to do each day is a mile long. However, for every single person who has so much to do,Continue reading “Rise to the Challenge in Front of You”

Is this associated with AofM?

Hi everyone! Since our little team has received a ton of e-mails about if this site is associated with The Art of Manliness’  Strenuous Life program, I wanted to be clear that it’s not. This blog was started years ago. We wish we were because AofM is one of the best blogs on the planet, but no, this is anotherContinue reading “Is this associated with AofM?”

Black Friday, Consumerism, and Character

It has always amazed me how America goes from being grateful for everything we have (Thanksgiving) to immediately feeling like we need to spend money to fill some void in our souls for the next few weeks until Christmas. (Actually what I’ve really realized is that people barely spend any time actually being grateful andContinue reading “Black Friday, Consumerism, and Character”

Welcome Your Struggles

Most of us are taught that life is better when we have less struggles, but I’ve learned over the past few years that embracing our struggles is important to living a fulfilling life. I have found that the more we avoid our problems, the more we struggle when we encounter them. There is a mentalContinue reading “Welcome Your Struggles”

50 Days Left in 2014

Mind blowing, right? 2014 went by faster than almost any other year before for me. This is the point where most people start slowing down, relaxing, buying eggnog and pie… However, if there are still big goals left on your list there is no reason you should be slowing down at this point. I wasContinue reading “50 Days Left in 2014”

The Warriors Life, Minimalism, and 2014

Legacy. What a strong word. If you didn’t know, I work as a writer. I love strong language, strong words. Words that provoke a whole sensation of emotion. I’ve been watching movies over the course of the past few months that bring out strong thought of the virtuous life, the noble life, the strenuous life.Continue reading “The Warriors Life, Minimalism, and 2014”

You Can’t Think Your Way Out of Being Stuck

Success is a delicate balance of thinking and action. School taught us to analyze, to think, to dissect every single part of a problem to solve it. Sure, there is a time and a place for thinking, but it must never take the place of action, and it must certainly never happen before we take action. OurContinue reading “You Can’t Think Your Way Out of Being Stuck”

Make Your Week HARDER (yeah you heard that right)

In our continual search for comfort, sometimes we create our own dungeons. Too much comfort and too much ease can be our worst scenarios. Nobody ever tells us about this dangerous trap. We think creating comfort and stability are good things. The problem comes when you feel a longing in your heart for a new goalContinue reading “Make Your Week HARDER (yeah you heard that right)”

Doing The Job That Needs To Be Done, A Lesson From Theodore Roosevelt

In our journey to success, sometimes we lose focus on the job right in front of us that needs to be done. Theodore Roosevelt was always aware that he needed to focus on the job he was in instead of focusing on calculated moves to get him to the next position. [A]t one period [I]Continue reading “Doing The Job That Needs To Be Done, A Lesson From Theodore Roosevelt”