Category Archives: Philosophy

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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Camping Like A Gentleman – Throwback Episode

camping like a gentlemanIf you have never been camping you have not lived yet.   Being outside for a full 24 hours or longer is intoxicating by itself.  You learn a lot about yourself and discover things that you have never known about yourself.  Camping is a learning experience for children by expanding their interests and their imaginations.  Going back to when my grandfather and father took me camping as a child brings back memories that I will never forget.  However there is a right and a wrong way to go camping.  

It does not take much to get your family out in the wilderness.  Sleeping under the stars and cooking by camp fire is something that dreams are made of.  All it takes is one well planned trip and you have a camper for life.  Conversely all it takes is one bad experience or a poorly planned trip for you to have a hard time getting your family to camp with you again.  Don’t be that guy that drags his family out into the woods and has to deal with their complaining because of your bad judgments.  Start slow and then work your way up to a harder camp trip.


 

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How can I go camping like a Gentleman?

  • Backyard camp
  • Beside the car camp
  • Backpacking camp
  • The basics of each
  • Tips about:
    • Fire
    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Misc
    • Activities

If you would like to hear Carl Sagan’s voice reading Pale Blue Dot click on the hyper-link.  Such a wonderful way to end a day of camping.

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How To Save Your Marriage

save your marriageNot every marriage lasts the lifetime that both people expected it to last for.  There are always great intentions to have a wonderful and fulfilling life together the day that the vows are exchanged.  However, the fairy tell ends months after the commitment is made when expectations are not being met.  This has the possibility to end the marriage and make life hard on everyone.  Divorce does not just effect the people that were married, but anyone else that was involved with the family.  Would it not be easier and better for both parties to know how to save the marriage before it becomes an issue?

I am not the beacon of perfect marriage by any means.  My name has been associated with hard headed and no filter many of times.  It takes a strong woman to deal with me sometimes.  It has been the work that my wife and I have diligently done to establish a relationship that can handle both of us.  Time and effort has to go into making a relationship work.  That is why I am bringing you ways to save your marriage, even if it is not on the rocks!


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What are ways that I can save my marriage?

  • Warning signs of an impending divorce
  • How to save the marriage before it tanks
  • What you did wrong to achieve the failure
  • How to make the marriage fulfilling and wonderful for both of you

Resources used in making the show today:

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How to be a Smart Gentleman

smart gentlemanBeing smart is something that most want to be.  Not only is it attractive to others but it affords you opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t get.  By employing the tips that I have pulled from around the internet, you can start working your way to be a smarter individual.  There is no way for me to measure how being smart will impact your future life.  However, I can say that being a smart person is a more fulfilling life with better experiences and opportunities.  Ones that many would not have enjoined if they had not took the time to work on their intelligence level.

I used not just a group of great resources online, but my own experiences in how I have developed myself.  Be the Gentleman that can hold a conversation with someone and it not be about yourself.  You will quickly realize that there is a big world out there with really smart people in it.  Those conversations that you have with someone about their experiences and their life can change your opinions.  I know they have for me.


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How can you do to be a smart gentleman?

  • Managing online time through podcasts and articles
  • Write everything down
  • Surround yourself with smart people
  • Learn random knowledge
  • Travel
  • Foster creativity
  • Detox from an online life
  • Keep your mouth shut and listen

Links I talked about in the show today:

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What Burglars Dont Want You To Know – Throwback

what burglars dont want you to knowEvery year 2 million people have their homes broken into.  I have hinted on this in podcast past but have never set down and done a show about the tricks that burglars use to victimize us.  If you would like to look back on the show that I talked about this, check out Home Defense.   There are hundreds of people out there that produce these lists and I would advise reading through a few.  The ones that I grabbed from were Readers Digest and SimpliSafe.  With a quick search you will find many resources, just be aware that there is good and bad information out there on this subject.

I have dove into some great resources to bring you tricks that burglars don’t want you to know.  As Gentlemen, we should be concerned about what burglars do and look for when looking for a target.  We can use this information to our advantage by guarding against these horrible acts.  We all want to keep our family safe, especially when they are in the house.  Take these things that former burglars have looked for and make sure that you are guarding against a possible break in.


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What do burglars not want you to know?

  • Why we should be worried about this
  • What are the statistics that involve this topic
  • What are 8 different tricks that burglars use to break in
  • How do we fend against these tricks

Resources used in the show today:

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