The Art of Manliness
Summary: The Art of Manliness podcast features discussions on topics and issues important or of interest to men. The goal of the podcast is to help men become better men.
In this episode we talk to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charles Duhigg about his book The Power of Habit. The Power of Habit was our book of the month in the AoM Book Club and it has served as inspiration for a post and a video on the site, so I was excited that I had the chance to talk to Duhigg about his book. During our conversation we discuss what science has revealed about habit formation and action steps we can take to change bad habits. Show highlights include:How an army major's ability to diffuse riots before they started in Iraq piqued Duhigg's interest in habitsWhat neuroscience has taught us about habit formation in the past ten yearsThe three parts of the habit loop and how to hack it to change your habitsAre there differences between men and women when it comes to habit formation?The importance of belief when it comes to habit formationAnd much more
In this episode I talk to Mark Divine, owner of SEALFit and the author of the new book, The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed. Mark and I discuss his service as as SEAL, how he's helped potential SEALs get ready for BUD/S, as well as how civilians can apply the principles that SEALs call upon to forge mental toughness. Show highlights include: How the military is experimenting with meditation and biofeedback to help soldier forge mental resilienceWhat your Set Point is and why it's so important you establish itHow to develop situational awarenessHow and why to develop your intuitionThe benefits men get in particular from following the Way of the SEALAnd much more
Today I talk to Bryan Black, founder and owner of ITS Tactical. ITS Tactical is dedicated to providing "knowledge that empowers individuals with indispensable skill-sets to explore their world and prevail against all threats." You'll find content on emergency prep, wilderness survival, and self-defense on ITS Tactical. It's sort of like Boy Scouts, but manlier. Bryan and I talk about why he started ITS Tactical, the tactical skills every man should know, and the gear every man should have to be prepared for any situation. Show highlights include:What does "tactical" actually mean?Why every man (even civilians) should learn tactical skills Which tactical skills every man should knowIs the zombie apocalypse fad over?What Bryan carries in his Every Day Carry (and how carries all that stuff)How to get started with tactical trainingAnd much more
In this episode of the AoM podcast, I talk to science journalist Steven Kotler about his new bookThe Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. In his book, Steven takes a look at the world of extreme athletes and discovers that these so-called adrenaline junkies are pushing the boundaries of human performance, and it isn't the adrenaline that's driving these advances. Rather, it's the concept offlow-- an optimal state of attention that slows down time and makes life-or-death decision making possible.InThe Rise of Superman, Steven gives examples of extreme athletes -- like big wave surfers, solo rock climbers, and base jumpers -- who are tapping into flow to do the seemingly impossible. What's more, he shares research-backed ways that Average Joes can hack their own flow so that they can improve their performance across all facets of life and truly flourish.Show highlights:What exactly is flow?How flow changes our perception of time.How flow saved a base jumper from falling to his death.How you can hack your flow and become the best man you can be.And much more!The Rise of Supermanlaunches March 4, but right now Steven is holding a pre-launch promotion with lots of bonus offers. Visithttp://riseofsuperman.com/rise-rewards/to find out how you can grab hundreds of dollars worth of free content simply by pre-ordering his book before March 4.
What does it mean to be "gifted"?Is it talent? Creativity? Intelligence? A mixture of all three?Is giftedness something you're born with or can you nurture it?Is it possible to measure and predict giftedness?Our guest today, Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, has tackled all these questions in his most recent book Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. Scott is a cognitive psychologist who specializes in creativity and intelligence. Besides writing books and scholarly articles on the intersection of creativity and intelligence, Scott is a co-founder of The Creativity Post, a blog dedicated to exploring the science behind creativity and imagination.In today's episode, Scott and I talk about intelligence, talent, and giftedness. I think if you're a dad, this show will have a lot of food for thought for you on how to raise your kids to be their best.Show highlights:Scott's story of being labeled ungifted as a child but ended up graduating from Carnegie-Melon, doing at fellowship at Cambridge, getting his PhD from Yale, and doing ground-breaking research on intelligence as an adultWhat's wrong with the way we view intelligence in AmericaThe history of IQ testing in AmericaAre IQ tests even useful?How being labeled gifted or ungifted as a child can effect the rest of your lifeWhat dads can do to help their children achieve greatnessWhy its never too late to achieve greatness in your lifeAnd much more!
Today we talk to John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto, about how looking at our ancestral past can help us achieve optimal health both physically and mentally.Show Highlights:Why it's important to not just look at the Paleolithic Era to inform our healthHow religious sanitation laws were an adaptation to the Agricultural RevolutionHow the almost cult-like following of Crossfit and Paleo Lifestyle might be a cultural adaptation to our modern, sedentary lifeDoes violence play a role in a "paleo" lifestyleShould we look to our ancient ancestors to guide our romantic lives?And much more!
In today's episode I talk to writer Steven Pressfield. Steven has written over a dozen books ranging from fiction and non-fiction. His book Gates of Fire, a fictional account of the Battle of Thermopylae, is used by the Marine Corps Basic School and his non-fiction books have become go-to guides for writers, entrepreneurs, and other creative types. Steve and I talk about why war plays a central theme in all his work and how to apply the Warrior Ethos to creative work.Show highlights:Why Steve writes about warWhy Steve loves the Ancient GreeksThe difference between braveness and boldness (and the virtues you need to succeed as a creator)What Resistance is and how to overcome itThe difference between anamateurand a proWhy the most dangerous time for a warrior or artist is right after victory and successAnd much more!
In today's episode I talk to author Christopher Klein about his new biography of famed 19th century boxer John L. Sullivan (he's the "boxer man" that serves as the unofficial logo of the Art of Manliness). Klein and I talk about this larger-than-life character and his influence on boxing and modern ideals of manhood in America today.Show highlights:What boxing was like before John L. Sullivan and how he helped changed itThe craziness that was the National Police Gazette and how it catapulted Sullivan to fameHow John L. Sullivan laid the foundation of the sports superstarThe deep personal flaws of John L. Sullivan including alcoholism, spousal abuse, and racismHow we eventually overcame many of those flaws at the end of his lifeAnd much more!
In today's episode I talk to A.J. Jacobs, editor at large at Esquire Magazine, writer of several best-sellers (including A Year of Living Biblically, and Drop Dead Healthy), and a self-proclaimed human guinea pig. He's now a contributor to Upwave. A.J. and I discuss some of the crazy experiments he's done with his life, the comic hijinkes that ensued with them, and how they made him a better man. Show highlights: How A.J. started with experimenting with his lifeThe secret to changing your mindset that he learned from living a year of following every single one of the 700+ rules in the BibleHow trying to be the world's best husband made him miserable but how it improved his relationship with his wife at the same timeWhy every man should experiment with his lifeAnd much more
In today's episode I talk to Antonio Centeno, founder and owner of Real Men Real Style as well as the resident style expert at Art of Manliness. We discuss men's style, why it's important, and things men can do to improve their personal styleShow highlights:Antonio's style philosophyThe biggest style mistakes men makeHow to dress well on a budgetThe items every man needs in his wardrobeWhich style rules men follow too religiouslyAnd much more!This episode of The Art of Manliness Podcast is sponsored byTrunk Club.Trunk Club takes the hassle out of shopping for higher-end clothing by pairing you up with a personal stylist who creates and ships a box filled with outfits directly to your door.
In today's episode I talk to Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist and author the Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now. We discuss why your twenties are so important and the challenges that many twentysomethings have today.Show highlights:Why thirty isn't the new twentyThe consequences of not taking advantage of your twentiesThe biggest problem she sees with twenty-something malesHow the twenty-something brain is different from a thirty-something brainThe myth of the slacker twenty-something maleWhat "identity capital" is and why you need to develop itAnd much more!
In today's episode I talk to Mark Frauenfelder, editor of Make Magazine, founder of Boing Boing, and author of the bookMade by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throw Away Society. We discuss his experience developing a DIY ethos and becoming more sufficient.Show highlights:- How shucking coconuts on a remote South Pacific Island led to his DIY passion- How making things with your hands brings meaning to your life- What keeps most folks from fixing and building things themselves- How mistakes lead to success- How becoming more "handy" can improve other parts of your life- And much more!
In today's episode I talk to Jack Donovan, author of the book The Way of Men. We discuss is conception of a universal code of masculinity and if it's even possible to live "the way of men" in modern society.Show highlights:- The difference between being a good man and being good at being a man- The four tactical virtues of manliness- What mastery has to do with manliness- Flamboyant dishonor- Why every man needs a gang
In today's episode I talk to Creek Stewart, owner of Willow Haven Outdoor, and author ofBuilding the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit. His most recent book isThe Unofficial Hunger Games Survival Guide. Creek and I discuss his new book and things that you can do now to prepare for an emergency.Show highlights:- How Creek became a survival trainer- Common barriers that keep people from preparing for a disaster- What does "Bugging Out" mean?- The most important survival skills a person needs to have- Creek's prediction on whether society is headed towards a Hunger Games scenario (Just for fun)
Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness Podcast! In today's podcast we talk to Forrest Pritchard, farmer at Smith Meadows Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He's recently published a book entitled Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer's Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm. Forrest and I discuss his story of how he saved a farm that's been in his family for eight generations using sustainable farming practices. Highlights from the show: How Forrest decided to become a farmer His early obstacles as a farmer The differences between typical farming and sustainable farming How sustainable farming made his hog pen smell like maple syrup The turning point in his farming career Forrest's daily routine Lessons regular guys can take from farming How you can get started with farming And much more!