Tag Archives: Philosophy

Breaking Away from the Pack – Throwback Episode

breaking away from the packIf you ever needed a kick in the ass, today is your show.  In our everyday life we have packs of people that we are forced to interact with.  There is a chance that some of these people are not like us.  There is a chance that some of these people are losers and should be let go.  We need to, as gentlemen, be able to spot this pack and break away from it to be better husbands, fathers, grandfathers, leaders, business owners, and employees.  There are goals to be met and money to be made, what are you doing in your everyday walk to make these dreams come true and to make these goals reality.  

Most of the pack that we interact with are not willing to make themselves better and not willing to do more than what they have to do to get the job done, we are not these people.  Remember my challenge to write down your goals and at the bottom destroy your pen by making sure you are clear that its not over until I win.  I mentioned in the show that I am willing to be apart of your pack and was absolutely serious about this.  If you have a goal or a dream and have no one to talk to about it, email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com and let me be apart of your pack.  I am appreciative of everyone that contacts me and promise that I am a very approachable person.


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How do you break away from the pack?

  • Defining the pack
  • Knowing where you fit in the pack
  • Why the pack is full of losers
  • How we sometimes slip into the pack
  • How Scrubs fit into this ideology
  • Being a leader at work
  • Being a leader over your flock
  • Creating a new flock
  • Stepping to live the life you want

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Did you miss anything or want to check out the notes for the podcast episode today, look no further than the forum.  Iskilled gentlemen podcast forum post every episode that I do there for you to go back and find links and remember what was said.  While you are there, make sure you sign up to be a member.  Send me your username after signing up so that I can approve you.  That is all it takes to be a member.

Increasing Your Family’s Operational Security

operational securityYour family depends on your ability to protect them.  It is your responsibility to make sure they are safe and secure in the home and out.  You want them to have the sense of safety when they are with you.  When they go to bed, you don’t want them to have to worry about their security.  With a few steps, you are going to be able to help everyone feel more secure.

Today I am going to discuss the art of increasing your operational security through daily tasks.  You dont have to do all of them, but you should consider doing something.  With how quickly the world getting smaller, your family’s operational security is at risk.


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How to Increase Your Family’s Operational Security:

  • What are the sheep, wolf, sheepdog
  • How to protect yourself online better
  • What is the dark web we hear so much about
  • How to keep ourselves safer in our homes
  • Tips from former thieves

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Wealth vs Value: What do you have

wealth valueThe definition of wealth is an abundance of valuable possessions or money.  You can add wealth to your life by either increasing pay or increasing assets and decreasing liabilities.  We all need some kind of wealth because we have bills to pay and food to buy.  Value is The the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.  Also a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life.  We all regard value differently but in general it means to same to us all.  

We are going to explore the difference between the two and how it relates to the family.  There has to be some kind of balance between the two different concepts in some way shape or form.  That is the discussion for todays podcast.


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What is the difference between wealth and value?

  • Wealth versus value as it relates to the family
  • What my humble opinion is between the two subjects
  • How to add value to your family
  • What this means as it relates to your legacy
  • The big decision you have to make in life

There were not any outside resources used in the making of the podcast episode.

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What I Wish I Knew In High School – Wednesday Throwback

what i wish i knew in high schoolHigh School, for many people, was one of the hardest things to get through.  For me personally, it was just a major annoyance. I just wanted out with the least amount of damage possible.  People are mean and hateful and try to put you down just so they can feel better about themselves.  Everyone believes that this is the best time in their life.  The problems that they encounter now will be worse than the ones that are to come.  Most of this is nonsense, however we do not speak about this to our children and our young community.  Usually they are the ones that get pushed around and ignored, left to come up with their own views on how reality actually works in the real world.

Hopefully today I will have challenged you to take matters into your own hands and speak with your children about what you wish you knew in high school.  Along with that, take some time to think about what you wish you knew in high school and comment on the Facebook page what you think.

Remember that September is Suicide Awareness Month and we all should see the warning signs of this.  We may not like to think about this but it is not like a gentleman to shy away from things that we dont like to think about.  Learn the signs to help prevent a possible issue in your or your families lives.


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What do I wish I knew in High School:

  • my top 17 things that I wish I knew in high school
  • why this topic really matters to a gentleman
  • why we should talk to our children about high school stress

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Preparing for a Backpacking Trip – Throwback Episode

preparing for a backpacking tripMost men want to test their grit and the best way to do so is by backpacking.  Backpacking can be a family trip or a self directed test of endurance, but regardless the reason backpacking is something that has to be prepared for.  There are certain things about backpacking that can be done preventive that can make your backpacking trip better and more enjoyable instead of a blister induced sweat fest.  Learning from past trips through the different mountain ranges throughout North Carolina, I have pretty much made as many mistakes as humanly possible.  


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How do you prepare for a backpacking trip?

  • Why anyone would want to do this
  • What part of your person does backpacking effect
  • How to choose your time of year for a good trip
  • Preparing for a long backpacking trip
  • How to mentally prepare
  • What are some things that you need to bring
  • Why someone should know your whereabouts

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Emergencies that Gentlemen should handle – Throwback Episode

emergencies men should know how to handleOne of the scariest things that a man can endure is witnessing emergencies that involve his family.  The blood pressure rises along with the pulse rate and the brain goes into overdrive.  To the normal person the next step would be to freak out and panic.  To the Gentleman however, the next step would be to calm down and start fixing the situation.  This series that I am starting is going to be an accumulation of the most common emergencies that men face on a day to day basis from the standpoint of an experienced first responder.

 My goal for these shows is to help men pull themselves together and start being the fixer that his family wants him to be.  Do you want to be that guy that runs around panicking because something just happened to him and his family or do you want to be able to help the situation?


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What Emergencies should men be able to handle?

  • what is a first responder
  • why should I keep a medical bag in my car
  • what should be kept in the medical bag
  • What to do if you are in a car wreck
  • How to deal with Hypothermia and Hyperthermia
  • How to deal with Major Bleeding
  • Why you do not have to worry about this

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Have we lost Rites of Passage? – Throwback Episode

have we lost the rite of passageAcross the world there are cultures have different ways that they ceremonially bring their children into adulthood.  This is called the rite of passage.  However, we live in a world that protects our children and adults from feeling pain and hurt feelings.  Are there ways that we still have rite of passage ceremony?  Are there ways that we can make our children appreciate their place in nature and in society?  My argument is that the struggle has to be hard to make the reward to be sweet.  

I dive into the history and the cultural aspects of the rite of passage that still exist today.  I also get real personal with my plans to have my own ceremony for both myself and my son.  The journey should be a struggle because you deserve to feel proud of your accomplishments.  Join in the conversation by getting involved in the social media and on the forum!  You should plan your own passage and have your own journey.


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What can we do to have a Rite of Passage?

  • There is a purpose for this, what are the purpose of these rites of passage?
  • What are some of the most common ones around?
  • Is it ever too late to go through one yourself?
  • How am I going to go through my own passage?
  • What my plan is for my son?
  • How am I going to train him for it.
  • How do you develop a tradition for yourself?

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Are you a soft man or a hard gentleman – Throwback Episode

are you a soft manI have been hearing a lot about men being soft here lately.  I sat down to do some research on this phenomenon and came back with the fact that men are becoming really soft.  There is that section of men in the world that have certain attributes about them and have no idea why no one wants to be around them.  People talk bad about them because they are not manning up and taking charge of their responsibilities.  Today’s show is an effort to bring light to this fact and hopefully encourage you to change this out of your life.  To make that effort to go from a soft man to a hard gentleman.  Not only do our families expect it but they deserve to have a hard gentleman in their lives.


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How soft are you?

  • Where I feel like this bashing came from
  • Why I didn’t like reading those posts
  • How can you define a soft man
  • My steps to becoming a hard gentleman
    • Stop Complaining so much
    • Follow through with your plans
    • Take your responsibilities to heart
    • Don’t be afraid of confrontation and don’t be a butt head
    • Get stuff done
  • How can our children learn from this list
  • You should make your own list

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A Gentleman’s Guide To Pregnancy- Throwback Episode

a gentlemans guide to pregnancyYou have just figured out that you are pregnant, what do you do now!?  To many men, this is both very exciting and extremely terrifying.  The major issue is that you have experience with caring for you and your spouse, now you have to face the unknown of caring for a child.  Some men will ignore the issue and just deal with the struggles and issues as they come.  Gentlemen face this head on and prepare for what is to come.  The effort today is going to be to answer the nagging problems that you have come up with in your mind.  Pregnancy comes with a lot of possible medical problems and money fears.


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Gentleman’s Guide to Pregnancy

  • What should we be concerned about medically
  • How to cut costs for the child without being negligent
  • What should men be doing during the pregnancy
  • Your plan for the big day
  • What is your job after the baby is born

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A Gentleman’s First Date Dos and Don’ts

a gentlemans first date dos and don'tsA Gentleman only has one chance to impress someone on their first date.  It is what happens and the overall feeling after that date, that decides if there is a second one.  There are some guidelines that you should follow and some land mines that you should avoid.  This podcast episode is perfect for the person that is going on that first date.  You want to be the best you that you can be.  With these tips, you are very likely going to get that second date!  This podcast is also perfect for the married guys out there.  We have to continue to date our spouses.

I am going through the secrets to the first date and what to do and not do.  These ideas are both from myself and from other blogs that I have found.  The major takeaway is that you should be upfront with your intentions.  Do not be that guy that gets in it for “love” and leaves the day after.


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How does a Gentleman handle a First Date?

  • What needs to happen to pull off a first date
  • Common mistakes men make to not get a call back after that night
  • How to fix these mistakes
  • What are some clues that your date is having a good time
  • Different ideas for dates other than dinner and a movie
  • Holding a conversation with someone that doesn’t start with “what do you do”
  • How to prepare for the second and subsequent dates

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As mentioned in the show, you should check out these related podcasts that I have done.

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