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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

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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?

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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

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Run Your Kitchen Like A Master Chef

master chefIt is no secret that food brings people together.  For centuries we have come together with food.  It makes sense that a Gentleman needs to be able to put something together that tastes good.  A chef is someone that can make cheap invariance taste like an expensive meal.  This means that you can do the same thing that a master chef does to make a great meal for your family.

I am going to give you a few secrets and ways to run your kitchen like a master chef.  Completely redoing the way that your family does meal time is hard to do.  You have to make the effort to do this because it does matter.  You have to be willing to sacrifice your time in an effort to bring the family together.  Being a chef is one way to slow the family down and get them away from their screens.  Take these skills and these suggestions to be that element of change in your own families life.  It is not hard.


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How do I run my kitchen like a master chef?

  • Use everything you buy
    • Can what you don’t use
  • Crockpots save the day
  • Plan your meals
  • Grow your own spices
  • Cook more than you need and save the rest
  • Stay away from junk
  • 10 affordable ways to make your food taste more expensive

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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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A Practical Assessment on Prepping

piratical preppingPrepping is a word that has been drug down the road and turned into something not resembling what it actually means.  When you take a practical look at what it means to be a prepper you will see that it not what it is made out to be.  As a Gentleman you should be concerned with the safety and well being of your family.  By not just being a prepper, but being someone that is practical about their prepping, you are going to be able to see your family through tough times.

I dive into what it means to be a practical prepper by assessing the needs of what you should store and invest in.  You not only need items and commodities for a possible disaster, but if you are practical about it, for every day life.  The way that I do my prepping is making sure that whatever I invest in, I can use on a day to day basis.  By me looking at my prepping in a practical way, I am able to justify my purchases and even save money on those purchases.  That is the manly thing to do.


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What elements of prepping are we going to assess in a practical manner?

  • Why it matters to practically assess prepping
  • Food Storage
  • Fuel Storage
  • Bug out Bag
  • Solar Energy investments

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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

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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

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How To Be More Attractive

be more attractiveBeing attractive means different things to different people.  What is attractive to one person is not so much to another.  This does not give you the excuse to be a slob though.  As Gentlemen we should be cognizant of our style and our image.  We live in a world that is focused on image.  We know this because of advertisements, contests, and the importance of first impressions.  Why not take some time and work on developing your own style and image.

This podcast dives deep into upgrading your style and your image.  There are many different ways that you can change yourself to be more attractive.  I have just found a few to scratch the surface.  If you really want to increase your attractiveness you will need to do a lot work on your behalf.  Listen to other resources and read as much as you can on the topic.  Learn more about you instead of what the celebrities are doing.  On the show today we don’t just hit superficial beauty.  We dive deeper into how to be more attractive on the inside and learn what women really like in men.



How To Be More Attractive

    • Upgrading your style and image
    • How can you be more attractive in the way that you dress
    • What can you do to increase your attractiveness
    • How to gauge your success

Other podcast episodes you might be interested in listening to:upgrade stylea gentleman's guide to colognefinding the right barbera guide to mens fashionEveryday Chivalry15 chivalrous things that you may not be doing

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The Gentleman’s Code- Throwback

The Gentlemans code throwbackEvery gentleman needs a code to live by.  This is a gentleman’s code that is the proverbial line drawn in the sand.  The gentleman cannot be pushed further than this line until something has to change.  There also has to be standards instilled in a gentleman that he does not cross or deviate from.  Some call these principals, some call these values, but all can consider it a code.  Whatever you decide to call it, you have to develop your own.

I submit to you today a list that I am going to call the gentleman’s code.  There are 10 rules that I live by every single day and encourage you to do so.  A gentleman should be aware that it is a skill to take away concepts more than anything and a skilled gentleman creates their own code to live by.  Write your own down in a place where you can review them on a daily basis to make sure that you are following them.


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What is your Gentleman’s Code?

  • What is a gentleman’s code
  • Why should a gentleman have this
  • What my code is comprised of
    1. be your own man
    2. lying is only to be used when it is constructive
    3. when a friend ask for help, you do so
    4. actions are louder than words
    5. be the man you would look up to
    6. being smart is better than being loud
    7. respect others time
    8. listen more than you speak
    9. dress better than the occasion
    10. be your own man

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