Category Archives: Philosophy

The Meaning of Memorial Day

memorial day specialEven though yesterday was Memorial Day, I wanted to make sure that I took the opportunity to show my appreciation to our nations military. So today is a short show but meaningful one.  There are no advertisements nor is there music.  I didn’t want this episode to be about production-ship as much as it is for appreciation and call to action.

Remember the meaning behind Memorial Day!

So from the depths of my heart, I want to say thank you for everyone serving in the military.  I appreciate everything that you do for us.  You are the people that stand between us and people that want us dead.  The sacrifice that you make to be that person that protects me and my way of life is greatly appreciated.  

My challenge to you and anyone else that can hear my voice, I want you to find a way to show your appreciation.  Buy a cup of coffee for a soldier in line or thank them when you see them in public.  If you see them with their family make sure you take the time to thank them also.  They play a very important role in their lives as well.

Even if you are like me and despise our government and the way those clowns pretend to be in control; our soldiers still deserve our support.  They are the ones that truly do the work that the government will not do.  Even though there are problems with our leadership and you might have differing opinions about the USA, our soldiers should be honored today.


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Keeping Yourself Safe Online

keeping yourself safe onlineYour identity is at risk every single day from online predators.  From phising scams to social engineering the deck is stacked against you.  You might not be aware of how vulnerable you are to an online predator and how easy it is to steal your identity.  All it takes is clicking on the wrong link that could through your life into a spiral.  That is really all it takes.  Considering that someone like me, that doesn’t know a whole lot about it, can spend a few days learning about it.  Then build a website that looks similar to your banking institution and steal your identity and money is frighting.

This is the topic that I am going to cover with you today.  I am not trying to scare you by any means.  I am trying to giving you the power to do something about it.  You have the knowledge and wherewithal to make sound decisions, you just need a bit of a push to know what works and what doesn’t.  This episode reminds me of one that I posed years back called How To Be A Thief.  Check that one out to further your “in home security”.


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How do you keep yourself safe online?

  • How to spot a phishing scam
  • What are the most common ways identity is stolen
  • Spotting social engineering techniques to get your information
  • How to guard against online predators

References that were used in the making of the show.  I would advise that if you are worried about your online security, you should check out these resources.

how to be a thief

I mentioned this in the top portion of the post.  Make sure you check out this old show for content that never fails!

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Guide to having a Gentleman’s Closet

having a gentlemans closetWe all want to look our best.  Whether you are married or not, you want to look your best in any situation.  Having a closet that helps you accomplish this is key to accomplishing this.  We all have our “go to” that we pull out of the closet all the time.  In a world that is obsessed with how things look, ratty jeans and t-shirts don’t cut it anymore.

I am going to talk to you about how to create a closet that makes you look your best.  Not only is this a large portion of the show but I am going to talk about how to design and build your own closet.  A closet  that is functional just as much as it manly.  If you are fashion illiterate, like I find myself to be, then this is the show that you have been needing.  The best part about the whole show today is that you wont need a second mortgage to build your wardrobe out.


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How do you develop a Gentleman’s closet?

  • Finding what works for you
  • Addressing the different levels of fashion that you would need
  • Finding these items for a reasonable price
  • Designing your closet for functionality
  • How can you do this within budget

I mentioned in the show that there was a podcast episode where I spoke about shining your shoes.  This is that link:

Shining your shoes how and why

Resources used to help bring quality information in the show today:

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Dealing with Annoying Neighbors

dealing with annoying neighborsWe all have neighbors in some way or another.  What happens when these people are relentless with the noise or do not respect boundaries?  There are horror stories about bad neighbors everywhere online and it seems like everyone has a story to share.  Eventually you have to stop the situation and make life bearable.  Instead of dealing with annoying neighbors like a child, why not deal with them like a Gentleman?  There are so many ways that you can mess up your confrontation and I am going to help you from doing so.

I dive into the subject today of dealing with annoying neighbors.  I have lived near these insufferable people before.  It is not a walk in the park by no means.  You have to think “long term solutions” instead of short term retaliation.  There is also the question of when do you involve the home owners association or the authorities.  You don’t want to over react to these perceived besmirchment and with the advice that I give you today, you wont.


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How can we deal with annoying neighbors?

  • Assessing your issues with this other person
  • How you could be over reacting
  • When and when not to involve the government
  • What to do after confronting the neighbor
  • When you should consider moving
  • How to figure out if they are bad neighbors before you buy the place

References that I used in the making of the show today are:

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How To Handle Stress – Wednesday Throwback

how to handle stressOne of the hardest things to deal with in our lives is stress.  Our blood pressure is jacked up, our heart rate is elevated, our stomach is hurting, or jaw gets clenched and a whole cocktail of chemicals are being released in our brain just because our boss is impatient.  There has to be a way that we are dealing with stresses in our life.  Otherwise, based on my research, stress will end up killing us early.  With little changes in our lives, we can all learn to do better and increase the length and quality of life.

As a Gentleman we should have healthy ways that we deal with the stresses in life.  I am going to give you a list of ways that I handle it.  My question to you is, how do you handle it?  During my research I came to the realization that NO ONE has original ideas on the subject.  This leaves it up to the Skilled Gentlemen Podcast community.  Join me on the forum to discuss!  Just remember that you have to email me your user name before I will approve you.  Make this community second to none by giving us your opinion on the subject.


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How should we handle stress?

  • Stress’s effect on our bodies
  • How is it unhealthy
  • What are the worst ways to handle it
  • What are the best ways to handle it

Resources used in todays show:

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Manscaping

manscapingManscaping is something that divides the manly community.  Do you shave your body like a naked mole rat?  Should you let yourself evolve into a walking/talking wookie from Star Wars?  The answer to that is extremely convoluted.  There really is no definite answer but more of a series of different opinions.  You have to take what you hear today and decide what works best for you.  Your body type, own personal style, and your swagger all are parts to your personality and should be considered while manscaping.

I have dredged through many articles and opinions to bring you this conclusion of ideas on the topic of manscaping.  Located deep within these articles are the opinions of many different women.  If you thought that your beard was going to be the topic of conversation and in vogue forever, you might be surprised!


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What should a Gentleman know about Manscaping?

  • Do women actually prefer hair or do they like smooth men
  • What is on the market to assist you with body hair removal
  • What is the going trend with beards and body hair
  • How do you take care of your beard
  • Pro Tips for body hair removal
  • My conclusion on my research

I mentioned a few products that you should consider while taming your own body hair.

First off is the clippers that I have used since I was 15 years old.  15 years later I am still using these.  Great quality and decent price for something that lasts that long.

Wahl Clippers– $23.99 on Amazon

Second is the back hair shaver that I bought.  I am not sure how well it works because it was missing a part.  This is a good concept though.  Men always have a hard time getting to the back hair.  This is a great tool to start with.

Back Shaver– $20.00 on Amazon

Resources used in the show today:

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How to Increase Your Swagger – Throwback Episode

increase your swaggerAccording to the dictionary “swagger” means that you are aggressive and that you are arrogant.  I completely disagree in this completely, I know you are surprised.  Swagger in the terms that I use them in this podcast is the description of what you are about.  Your essence or your air about you.  This can be altered and changed to make yourself better or more attractive.  However, this goes well beyond the fact that you are trying to find someone to date.  

This goes into the world of business.  Do you think that having a low amount of confidence could cost you a promotion or even a job?  Of course!  When polled over a large group of women, what do they look for in a man, it came down to a list of qualities that have been transposed and explained on today’s podcast.  You all have these qualities inside of you, we are just going to work on pushing out the good parts of you.  Taking the good parts and accentuating them to be a better version of you.  Keep that drive alive inside you to own your swagger.


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How do you increase your swagger?

The references that were used in the show today:

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10 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong In Traffic

things you might be doing wrong in trafficMost of us feel that being caught up in traffic is madding and stressful.  What if I told you that you could be the problem instead of the other guy you yell at!?  We all think we know what we are doing, but as gentlemen we all have room to grow.  Considering the fact that we all sit in traffic too much, we should at least consider being decent to each other.

I am diving into some of the issues that I have personally found to be issues that are caused in traffic.  Some of these are not breaking the law as much as just being kind to others.  However, some have the potential to getting a ticket from a police officer or even worse, shot by another motorist.  Make sure that when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you prepare to do more good than harm.  Find your happy space and be a functioning member of society.


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What could you be doing in traffic that is wrong?

  • Creating space for a right hand turn
  • Pull past white lines at intersection
  • Following too close to someone
  • Stopping too close to someone at intersections
  • Queuing up in the wrong place while crossing divided highway
  • Blocking intersections in high traffic
  • Sitting on railroad tracks
  • Speeding off when light turns green
  • You see lights, pull to the right
  • Rubber necking at wrecks

References used in this episode:

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Getting Started in the Gym – Throwback Wednesday

getting started in the gymThe gym is a place where sweat and determination merge.  A place where men are made.  Getting started at the gym may be one of the hardest tasks to accomplish just behind staying at the gym.  But before we go to the gym we have to find one, or do we?  There are plenty of options to choose from when you are trying to find a way to do some strength training.  From finding the traditional place to workout to creating your own we discuss what to look for and how to build what you need.  

Just like with everything else we talk about on Skilled Gentlemen Podcast, everything fits together and cannot be separated out so easy.  If you want to fit into your old jeans or to look good at the beach you need to hit the trifecta.  You have to get in and workout, which is covered today.  You have to get in the kitchen, which you can find all about in the health tag.  Lastly you need sleep which will be covered soon enough.


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How do you get started in the gym?

  • How to find a gym
  • What to look for
  • Payment considerations
  • How to do your own gym
  • What a HIT program looks like

Earlier in the years of Skilled Gentlemen Podcast I have produced a lot of information that is valuable and can stand to be heard by new listeners and veteran listeners alike.  This is why I am enacting Throwback Wednesday.  You have the opportunity to hear an older episode modified to fit the new format for current podcasts.

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6 Principles Every Gentleman Should Possess

6 principles every gentleman should possessPrinciples are tools people use for decision making.  We all have to have our own set of principles that fit our values and our own positions in life.  Your values may change in life depending on what you are going through however, your principles shouldn’t change as often. Principles are held deep within yourself and make up who you are as a person.  Setting yourself up with a strong set of principles will soon turn you from a man into a gentleman.

You have all the power in the world to start today to becoming a gentleman or by being a better one.  I mention in the show, and have made it my tag line, that you should be the gentleman your family wants you to be.  We can be better by developing or by holding closer to our own principles.  I asked Blake Hammerton of The Sharp Gentleman to come onto the show as a co-host.  You can find him through his social media accounts found hyper-linked below.  The Sharp Gentleman is a really great show and deserves your attention if you enjoy the kind of content you get here.

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What 6 principles should a Gentleman possess?

  • Extreme ownership in attitude & communication
  • Never Sloppy – appearance, environment, work ethic, convictions
  • Lifelong Learner – always looking to improve ones knowledge and skills
  • Being reliable – not just showing up, but participating
  • Disciplined – setting your goals and refusing to waver 
  • Decisive – making your mind up and sticking to your decision

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