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The Art of Manliness

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#395: Skin in the Game

34:57 | Apr 11th, 2018

In a world where some people have certain advantages that others do not, how do you navigate the landscape while still acting ethically? My guest today argues that we all need to put some more skin in the game. His name is Nassim Taleb. If you read t...Show More
#337: What Homer's Odyssey Can Teach Us Today

55:51 | Sep 8th, 2017

I love many of the classic myths and poems of ancient Greece. My favorite, though, is The Odyssey. While on the surface it seems to just be another epic adventure story, if you dig deeper, The Odyssey can give you insights on fatherhood, marriage, an...Show More
#418: How to Get Unstuck

40:38 | Jun 28th, 2018

Do you feel stuck in moving forward with your plans and goals in life? Well my guest todayhas some no-nonsense advice on how to shift out of neutral and get going again. His name is Bernie Roth. He’s the co-founder of the Stanford design school and ...Show More
#410: The Male Brain

46:38 | May 31st, 2018

There’s a common argument out there that gender differences are just the product of socialization. Implicitly and explicitly, the argument goes, culture tells men and women how men and women should behave. My guest todayargues that the drivers of ma...Show More
#369: When — The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

41:16 | Jan 9th, 2018

When it comes to planning for success, we tend to focus on the what and the how. For example, when we set our workout goals, we’ll come up with detailed plans on what exercises we’ll do; when we come up with a debt repayment plan, we decide exactly h...Show More
#341: The Kaizen Method — Get 1% Better Each Day

42:42 | Sep 21st, 2017

When it comes to self-improvement, most people set big, audacious goals. Setting those goals feels good. It pumps you up and you feel like you can conquer the world. But then . . . it happens. You have a setback and within a matter of days, your fier...Show More
#323: Improve Your Breathing, Improve Your Health

44:36 | Jul 20th, 2017

Take a breath right now. Did your chest go up and down? Congratulations, you just failed at breathing. Don’t worry, my guest today on the show will set you straight. Her name is Belisa Vranich. She’s a clinical psychologist who has made a career re-t...Show More
#311: The Meaning of Beards

53:44 | Jun 9th, 2017

The ability to grow a beard is what separates boys from men and except for a few rare instances of bearded ladies, men from women. Because it’s a uniquely masculine feature, facial hair has played an important role in forming our ideas about manhood....Show More
#536: How to Achieve a "Rich Life" With Your Finances

51:19 | Aug 21st

I talk with Ramit Sethi about the newly updated version of his book I Will Teach You To Be Rich, including what most personal finance advice gets wrong, and how to spend more money on the things you really love.
#535: The Problem of Self-Help in a Liquid Age

55:51 | Aug 19th

I talk with Danish philosopher and author Svend Brinkmann about why the self-help genre is so often unhelpful, and how to really find meaning and fulfillment in life.
#534: How Navigation Makes Us Human

49:32 | Aug 14th

I talk with Maura O'Connor about how navigation makes us human, as well as the existential and even physiological threats of using GPS all the time.
#533: How to Be a Time Warrior

53:30 | Aug 12th

I talk with Steve Chandler about how to be a "time warrior," the concept of non-linear time management, gamifying your tasks, and more.
#532: How to Create a Neighborhood Where Kids Play Outside

48:22 | Aug 7th

Listen as you drive through most neighborhoods in America these days and you might notice something missing: the shrieks and laughter of kids playing outside.  When my guest today had kids, he decided he wasn't going to let them grow up in another q...Show More
#531: How to Best Harness Your Willpower

48:19 | Aug 5th

I talk with Kelly McGonigal about willpower: what it is, how to harness it, how it holds us back, and getting the most of it.
#530: How to Get More "Aha" Insights

50:47 | Jul 31st

I talk with John Kounios about the science of "aha" insights, and how we can nudge ourselves to experiencing more of them.
#529: The Money Scripts That Are Holding Back Your Financial Future

47:36 | Jul 29th

I talk with Brad Klontz about the money scripts that are holding you back from achieving your financial goals.
#528: Become a More Competent Human Through Micromastery

38:34 | Jul 24th

I talk with Robert Twigger about micromastery, learning how to learn, the value of lifelong learning, and more.
#527: Father Wounds, Male Spirituality, and the Journey to the Second Half of Life

57:36 | Jul 22nd

I talk with Fr. Richard Rohr about father wounds, male spirituality, and what moderns dad can do to help sons embrace their spiritual side.
#526: The Rise and Fall of the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

59:48 | Jul 17th

I talk with S. C. Gwynne about the history of the Comanches, as well as Quanah Parker, their last great war chief.
#524: Boxing Trainer Teddy Atlas on What It Means to Be a Man

55:18 | Jul 10th

I talk with legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas about what it means to be a man.
#523: How to Keep a Happy Relationship Happy

59:03 | Jul 8th

I talk with James Pawelski and Suzann Pileggi Pawelski about how to focus on the strengths of a relationship.
#521: The 5 Universal Laws of Success

58:27 | Jul 1st

I talk with Albert-Laszlo Barabasi about the 5 universal laws of success.
#519: How to Start Your Own Farm

57:23 | Jun 24th

I talk with Forrest Pritchard about what it takes to start your own farm.
#518: The Quest for a Moral Life

48:17 | Jun 19th

Do you ever feel like you're spinning your existential wheels in life? That outwardly, you seem to be doing ok, but inwardly, you feel kind of empty?  My guest today would say that you've got to move on from trekking up life's first mountain, to beg...Show More
#517: What Big-Time Catastrophes Can Teach Us About How to Improve the Systems of Our Lives

55:54 | Jun 17th

Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik join me to talk about meltdowns, and what corporations can do to prevent them, as well as how to apply those principles to our everyday lives.
#516: How to Lead an Unstoppable Team

49:59 | Jun 12th

Alden Mills and I discuss the elements of leadership that make for an unstoppable team.
#515: Aristotle's Wisdom on Living the Good Life

51:21 | Jun 10th

Edith Hall joins me to talk about Aristotle's idea of the good life.
#514: Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later

44:13 | Jun 5th

Historian Alex Kershaw and I talk about D-Day — it's genesis, execution, and lasting legacy.
#513: Be Your Own Bodyguard

1:06:17 | Jun 3rd

If you’ve ever been at an event with a prominent person like a politician, celebrity, or business executive, you’ve likely noticed the dudes wearing sunglasses and sporting an earpiece, trying to look as unassuming as possible while vigilantly keepin...Show More
#512: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

1:08:41 | May 29th

David Epstein joins me to talk about why generalization is a better approach to success than specialization.
#511: Mastering the Psychology of Investing

53:09 | May 28th

When it comes to investing, your brain can be your best friend or your worst enemy. My guest today explains how, and what you can do to ensure your brain is a staunch ally in your quest for financial security. His name is Daniel Crosby, he’s a psycho...Show More
#510: The Greatest Battle of the Korean War

40:33 | May 22nd

An interview with Hampton Sides about the epic battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.
#509: Good Shame; Bad Shame

48:32 | May 20th

In the modern age, shame is often seen as an unmitigated bad. According to this popular view, all shame is negative and toxic and steps should be taken to avoid and rid oneself of it. My guest today, however, makes the contrarian case that some shame...Show More
#508: Break Out of Your Cage and Stop Being a Human Zoo Animal

1:15:27 | May 15th

The human body is capable of doing a wide variety of movements, in a variety of environments. But my guest today argues that most modern people only do a few movements each day, commonly find themselves stuck in sterile surroundings, and that these c...Show More
#507: How to Increase Your Personal Agency

1:00:06 | May 13th

Many people today are feeling stressed or overwhelmed by life. The typical approach to treating these issues is to learn how to manage one's symptoms through things like mindfulness or meditation. My guest today argues that mere management is insuffi...Show More
#506: How to Improve Your Speaking Voice

41:34 | May 8th

When it comes to your personal presentation, there’s one aspect that often gets overlooked: your voice.  Your voice is a big part of what makes you, you, and what makes you likable and influential. Yet you probably don't think too much about it.  N...Show More
#505: A Man's Need for Ritual

51:55 | May 6th

For thousands of years, men's lives were structured by rituals -- rituals that helped them mark significant events, make sense of the world, and move from one phase of life to the next. In our modern age, our lives are largely devoid of rituals, and...Show More
#504: How an Olympic Marathoner Trains, Eats, Recovers, and Stays Mentally Strong

46:02 | May 1st

The marathon race is one of sport's most physically demanding events. To not just complete a marathon to but to compete in the race at its highest levels takes an incredible amount of dedication to training, recovery, diet, and mindset. My guest tod...Show More
#503: The Case for the 24/6 Lifestyle

50:59 | Apr 29th

We live in a world where it’s possible to work ourselves 24/7. Even when you’re away from the office, work still follows you on your smartphone. Being constantly connected can make us feel like we’re getting a lot done, but my guest today makes the c...Show More
#502: Why You Should Talk to Strangers

30:16 | Apr 24th

Talking to new people can lead to making new connections and learning interesting things, and simply makes both you and the person you talk with happier. Yet many of us have a very difficult time striking up a conversation with strangers. Why is this...Show More
#501: Zero to Hero: From Bullied Kid to Medal of Honor Recipient

46:47 | Apr 22nd

As a boy, Allen J. Lynch was a severely bullied and aimless kid growing up in the industrial neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side. He went on to serve in the Army, receive the Medal of Honor for the valor he displayed when he rushed to save three fa...Show More
#500: Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner

50:52 | Apr 17th

When you invite people over for a dinner party, you likely think of some delightful conversation topics to bring up to keep your guests engaged. My guest today argues that one of those topics should be death. His name is Michael Hebb and he’s the fo...Show More
#499: A Fascinating Primer on Norse Mythology

1:09:38 | Apr 15th

The world of Norse mythology and legend is a thoroughly fascinating one, and my guest has captured it in all its compelling mystery in his book which retells those stories, called Tales of Valhalla. His name is Martyn Whittock and today he takes us o...Show More
#498: Lessons in Persistence From Climber Tommy Caldwell

34:32 | Apr 10th

On El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, there was a wall that had never been climbed, and that some said would never be climbed. It’s called the Dawn Wall. But in 2015, Tommy Caldwell along with Kevin Jorgeson became the first to free climb it. Tha...Show More
#497: The Meaning, Manifestations, and Treatments for Anxiety

42:41 | Apr 8th

According to recent statistics, the number of Americans dealing with anxiety disorders is over 40 million and that number is increasing. My guest today is one of those Americans who's suffered from bouts of anxiety all of his life. He’s also a succes...Show More
#496: What Plato's Republic Has to Say About Being a Man

1:13:06 | Apr 3rd

Plato’s Republic is a seminal treatise in Western political philosophy and thought. It hits on ideas that we’re still grappling with in our own time, including the nature of justice and what the ideal political system looks like. But my guest today a...Show More
#495: Wish You Had More Time? What You Really Want is More Memories

36:24 | Apr 1st

When you ask people about their schedules, they'll typically tell you they're very busy, and don't have enough time for sleep or for leisure activities. Yet when they're actually asked to track their time, it turns out that they work less and sleep m...Show More
#494: The Inspiring Story of One of WWII's Greatest Tank Gunners

54:49 | Mar 27th

Recently, I participated in the AoM podcast's first live audience interview. It took place at Magic City Books here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and joining me for the interview was two-time past guest Adam Makos. Makos, the author of A Higher Call and Devoti...Show More
#493: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

47:38 | Mar 25th

There are over a hundred million books in existence. And the average person only has 8 decades in which to read them. So which books should you choose to read over others before you croak? It's a question that's launched scores of lists and many an ...Show More
#492: How to Survive a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison

40:11 | Mar 20th

Matthew Schrier was on his way home from Syria after spending months photographing the war going on there, when, just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the Al-Nusra Front — a branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria. For ...Show More
#491: Everything You Know About Passion is Wrong

52:57 | Mar 18th

"Passion" is a word that's been thrown around a lot in the last few decades. People have a vague notion that passion is a very good thing, and that they want to find it in their work and lives. But beyond passion as a buzzword, its realities are actu...Show More
#490: Can You Learn to Be Lucky?

41:37 | Mar 13th

There's no doubt that luck plays a role in how successful we are in life, but the more we believe in luck, the less motivated we feel to proactively go after our goals. How do we navigate this paradox around luck — acknowledging the influence of chan...Show More
#489: How to Get a Handle on Your Anger

45:32 | Mar 11th

If you’ve been trying to get a handle on your anger, you’ve likely read tips for calming down like taking a deep breath and counting to ten. My guest today argues while those tactics might serve as band-aid in the short term, truly getting control o...Show More
#488: Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline

42:46 | Mar 6th

The health benefits of fasting from food have gotten a lot of attention in the last several years. What's often forgotten in these discussions, however, is that fasting has been practiced for thousands of years not only for the sake of the body, but ...Show More
#487: Leadership Lessons From the 3 Greatest Ancient Commanders

58:11 | Mar 4th

Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar. Three of the greatest generals of antiquity. But what made them great and what can we learn from them about leadership? My guest explores those questions in his book Masters of Command: Alexander, Han...Show More
#486: How to Get Better at Making Life-Changing Decisions

42:19 | Feb 27th

How do you make the biggest decisions you face, the ones that have significant consequences and can change your life? Choices like whether to get married, move, attend a certain college, take a particular job, and so on? If you're like a lot of peopl...Show More
#485: Why Visiting Dark Places Is Good for the Soul

36:37 | Feb 25th

When you go on vacation, you probably travel to places that help you feel good, relax, and have fun. My guest today likes to visit places where great human suffering and tragedy has occurred. His name is Thomas Cook. He's a writer of crime fiction, ...Show More
#484: A Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring

41:35 | Feb 20th

If you've never been in a fight before, have you ever wondered how you’d respond to getting punched in the face? My guest today found the experience pretty delightful. Which is all the more surprising given that he'd lived more than three decades of...Show More
#483: What Really Works for Exercise Recovery?

39:37 | Feb 18th

In the past few years, sports recovery has become a big business. Elite athletes and weekend warriors alike are spending lots of time and money on things like cryotherapy, float tanks, foam rolling, and supplements in order to feel better, push thems...Show More
#482: The Power of Penmanship

52:10 | Feb 13th

In the 21st century, most of our written communication is done through typing on a computer or tapping digital buttons on a smartphone screen. But my guest today argues that we can increase our sense of humanity and our connection to the physical wor...Show More
#481: Building Financial Independence Beyond the Stock Market

41:58 | Feb 11th

Financial independence is a goal for a lot of folks. But what does it take to get there? My guest today explores that question on his website, Financial Samurai. His name is Sam Dogen, and before writing about money online, he worked in finance. We b...Show More
#480: Hiking With Nietzsche

39:37 | Feb 6th

Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most polarizing and misunderstood of modern philosophers. Dismissed by some and misinterpreted by others, the real philosophy of Nietzsche in fact holds some incredibly life-affirming truths for everyone, regardless ...Show More
#479: Becoming a Digital Minimalist

1:03:53 | Feb 4th

Practicing minimalism with your possessions has been a trend for the past decade, and it can be a worthy practice, as long as you use it as a means to greater efficacy outside your personal domain, rather than just an end in itself. But there's argu...Show More
#478: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity

41:19 | Jan 30th

Having a positive mindset comes with an unbelievable number of benefits, from better physical and mental health, to improved relationships and performance at work. If you've got a more negative bent, you're really missing out on a lot.   Fortunately...Show More
#477: The History and Future of America's Special Forces

34:32 | Jan 28th

When people talk about military special forces, the Navy SEALs are often the first to come to mind. But there are several special forces in the military that have a storied history and play a fundamental role in America’s military defense. My guest t...Show More
#476: Are Modern People the Most Exhausted in History?

57:30 | Jan 23rd

People often complain about being tired and burnt out these days from work and family responsibilities. We think it’s because of the way technology has sped up the pace of life, and the way we’re always “on,” and figure we’re living in the most exhau...Show More
#475: How to Lose Weight, and Keep It Off Forever

53:37 | Jan 22nd

If you’re like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve likely made it a goal to lose some weight this year. But if you’re also like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve made that goal before, maybe even succeeded with it, but have ha...Show More
#474: The Surprises of Romantic Attraction

39:56 | Jan 16th

According to the popular, evolutionary theory of human attraction, people select romantic partners based on objective assessments of what's called their "mate value" -- the extent to which an individual possesses traits like good looks and status. Bu...Show More
#473: The Solitude of a Fire Watcher

38:25 | Jan 14th

The Gila National Forest covers about 3.3 million acres in southwest New Mexico. During the dry summer season, wildfires pose a serious threat to the area. To spot wildfires in this vast landscape as soon as they start, the U.S. Forest Service relies...Show More
#472: Reagan, the Man

41:20 | Jan 9th

Like FDR or JFK, Ronald Reagan has become more of a symbol for many Americans than a flesh and blood person. For some he’s the embodiment of all that’s good in America, while for others he's the very opposite. But beyond the political divides, who wa...Show More
#471: Using Mental Models to Make Better Decisions

59:57 | Jan 7th

We live in a complex, fast-changing world. Thriving in this world requires one to make fast decisions with incomplete information. But how do you do that without making too many mistakes? My guest today argues that one key is stockpiling your cognit...Show More
#470: A Proven System for Building and Breaking Habits

56:32 | Jan 2nd

It’s a new year and if you’re like millions of people around the world, you’re likely making goals to create some new habits or to break some bad ones. But if you’re also like millions of people around the world, your attempts at making and breaking ...Show More
#469: How Valley Forge Turned the Tide of the Revolutionary War

49:16 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Eighteen months after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Continental Army was on the ropes and the American Revolution was on the verge of being snuffed out. Battered, demoralized, and half-naked, 12,000 American troops marched into a sm...Show More
#468: Does Meditation Deserve the Hype?

53:25 | Dec 19th, 2018

Earlier this year, I did a show about the benefits of meditation. That’s episode #439 for those who want to check it out. Shortly after that interview, I came across a book called The Buddha Pill, which takes a critical look at the research on medita...Show More
#467: 3 Big Questions to Help Frantic Families Get on Track

36:18 | Dec 17th, 2018

Does your family life feel frantic? Does it seem like every week you and your wife are scrambling to manage all the stuff that’s going on like school and community activities, extracurriculars, social engagements, and home maintenance? Perhaps what...Show More
#466: What It's Like to Become a Widower

53:24 | Dec 12th, 2018

What’s it like for a man to lose the person at the very center of his life — his wife? Maybe you know firsthand, because you’ve lost a spouse yourself. Or maybe you know a friend or family member who’s a widower, and have wondered what he’s going thr...Show More
#465: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead

56:42 | Dec 10th, 2018

To move forward in life, we typically focus on finding answers. But my guest today argues we should spend more time asking questions. His name is Warren Berger, and he’s a self-described “questionologist” and the author of The Book of Beautiful Quest...Show More
#464: What's Causing the Sex Recession?

43:00 | Dec 5th, 2018

Kate Julian and I discuss the underlying causes of the so-called "sex recession" — the decline in young people having sex and intimate relationships in general.
#463: The Friendship, Rivalry, and Leadership of WWII’s 3 Greatest American Generals

49:14 | Dec 3rd, 2018

The complicated relationships between Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley in WWI and WWII.
#462: How to Tell Better Stories

39:44 | Nov 28th, 2018

Humans are storytelling and story-listening creatures. We use stories to teach, persuade, and to make sense of the complexities of existence. Being able to craft and deliver a good story is thus a real advantage in all areas of life, giving you a foo...Show More
#461: The Spartan Regime

1:01:33 | Nov 26th, 2018

For thousands of years, the Spartans have captured the imaginations of Westerners. In ancient Greece, the city-state was admired for its military prowess, civic unity, and dedication to leisurely athletic pursuits. Today, we make movies about Spartan...Show More
#460: The Eat, Sweat, Thrive Protocol for Tactical Athletes

48:17 | Nov 21st, 2018

First responders and members of the military have physically and mentally demanding jobs. To tackle those jobs effectively, they need to be in shape physically and mentally. But most first responders have erratic schedules that make working out diffi...Show More
#458: In Praise of Wasting Time

32:16 | Nov 14th, 2018

Your time on earth is finite and once you use it up, it's gone forever. Thus on the AoM podcast, we talk a lot about how to maximize your time -- how to use it more effectively to be more productive. But is it possible to be too concerned about manag...Show More
#456: Myths About Kids and Sports

53:10 | Nov 7th, 2018

Dissecting and debunking myths about kids and sports.
#454: A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World

41:17 | Oct 31st, 2018

Magicians usually become magicians because they experienced a sense of wonder seeing a cool trick as a kid, and they want to re-create that awe for audience members on a regular basis. But what happens when a professional magician stops feeling the ...Show More
#453: Leadership in Turbulent Times

41:36 | Oct 29th, 2018

Are great leaders born or made? Do circumstances make great leaders or do great leaders change the times? These are a few of the big picture questions my guest explores in her latest book. Her name is Doris Kearns Goodwin, she’s a Pulitzer Prize-winn...Show More
#452: The Warrior's Manifesto

1:00:34 | Oct 24th, 2018

"Warrior" is a word that gets thrown around a lot. There are road warriors, and social justice warriors, and ninja warriors. But what does it really mean to be a warrior? My guest today sets out a working definition in his book The Warrior’s Manifes...Show More
#451: The Daring Escape Artists of WWI

47:24 | Oct 22nd, 2018

When you think of wartime prison escapes, what comes to mind? Probably the breakouts attempted by prisoners of war during World War II and the movie The Great Escape. But the escapees of WWII learned many of the tricks of the trade from their pioneer...Show More
#450: How to Make Time for What Really Matters Every Day

54:44 | Oct 17th, 2018

Do your days seem like a continuous blur of busyness, and yet you don't seem to get much done, nor remember much about how you spent your time? As a former employee of Google, my guest today worked on the very apps and technology that can often suck...Show More
#449: Faster and Cheaper Alternatives to College

49:24 | Oct 15th, 2018

Every year the cost of a four-year college degree goes up, forcing young people to take on massive amounts of student debt for an education that often doesn't even prepare them well for the jobs of today. My guest today argues that there’s a better, ...Show More
#448: Your Son Isn't Lazy — How to Empower Boys to Succeed

50:03 | Oct 10th, 2018

Do you have a teenage boy who struggles in school? Or do you have a younger son who you can imagine struggling in school as he gets older? He may be an otherwise capable young man, but seems apathetic and unmotivated, to the point you think he's not ...Show More
#447: On Grand Strategy

40:58 | Oct 8th, 2018

The ancient Greek poet Archilochus said, "A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing." The original meaning of the quote has been lost to the mists of time, but my guest today argues that it's a great metaphor for classifying two ty...Show More
#446: How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Will Make You a Better Man

1:00:17 | Oct 3rd, 2018

In the 1980s, when people signed up for a martial art, they probably joined a karate or taekwondo school. Today? They’re probably signing up for a roll on the mat in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class. And the Gracie family has played a central role in this...Show More
#445: How to Close the Character Gap

1:01:43 | Oct 1st, 2018

Are people mostly good or mostly bad? We're apt to think of ourselves as good people, while thinking of the general population as not-so-stellar. My guest today argues that most people, including yourself, are really best described as a mixed bag. H...Show More
#444: How to Use the Procrastination Equation to Start Getting Things Done

41:03 | Sep 26th, 2018

Procrastination can be a big stumbling block to our success in life. If you’re a student and you put off studying to the last minute, you might not do as well on a test. If you wait to start saving for retirement until you’re in your 40s, you lose ou...Show More
#443: What Building Your Own Coffin Teaches You About Life, Death, and Meaning

48:02 | Sep 24th, 2018

When David Giffels was 50 years old and completely healthy, he decided to build his own coffin with his 81-year-old, master craftsman father. Why? Well, I ask him that on today’s podcast. David Giffels is a writer who previously published a book of e...Show More
#442: Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World

1:00:57 | Sep 19th, 2018

Rocky Marciano was a slow, stocky kid, with short arms and stubby legs. He wasn’t the kind of kid you’d pick to one day be an elite boxer, yet he went on to become the only undefeated heavyweight champion in boxing history. In the process, Marciano b...Show More
#441: Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More

37:56 | Sep 18th, 2018

Do you feel like you’re putting your nose to the grindstone and working longer and longer hours, but not getting anywhere with your career? My guest today makes the case that if you want to be a top performer and advance in your job, you need to star...Show More
#440: The 3 Great Untruths That Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

53:48 | Sep 12th, 2018

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve likely seen headlines about the tumultuous atmosphere on many college campuses in the United States, which primarily centers around what is and isn’t okay to say or express. The interesting thing is tha...Show More
#439: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

48:53 | Sep 10th, 2018

You’ve probably read or heard about the benefits of meditation, but you’ve never given it a try because it all seems a bit too woo-woo. You’re not alone. My guest used to be a skeptic himself, but after falling into drug use and suffering a nervous b...Show More
#438: Developing Real-World Situational Awareness

1:01:39 | Sep 5th, 2018

If you found yourself in a situation with a violent attacker, would you know what to do? While it’s easy to think you’d instinctively make the right decision, the truth is, if you haven’t been formulating and practicing a plan ahead of time, you’ll l...Show More
#437: Don't Make Me Pull Over! A History of the Road Trip

52:56 | Sep 3rd, 2018

If you grew up in America in the 1970s and '80s, a vacation with your family likely involved piling in a car with your parents and siblings and being stuck with them for eight or more hours on the open road with little other than each other to keep y...Show More
#436: The Worth of War

41:31 | Aug 29th, 2018

You’ve probably heard that Edwin Starr song “War, What is It Good For?” Well, my guest today makes the provocative argument that war is in fact good for a lot of things. His name is Benjamin Ginsberg. He’s a professor of political science at John Hop...Show More
#435: How to Achieve Hyperfocus

56:08 | Aug 27th, 2018

We all want to be more productive. And when we buckle down to do so, we typically try to figure out ways to better manage our time. My guest today, though, argues that focusing on managing your time is only part of the productivity picture. You also ...Show More
#434: Legendary Coach John Wooden’s Secrets of Leadership

41:20 | Aug 22nd, 2018

John Wooden has been called the greatest coach of all time. During his tenure as coach of the UCLA men's basketball team from 1948 to 1975, he led his team to four undefeated seasons and ten national championships, seven of which happened in consecut...Show More
#433: The Adventure of Silence

43:37 | Aug 20th, 2018

We live in an age of noise. Not just audible noise, but visual noise. It seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without something or someone vying for your attention. My guest today thinks all this noise has made us a bit crazy, and that we need...Show More
#432: How to Achieve Creative Success

32:57 | Aug 15th, 2018

When we think of creative people, we often think of a genius who works alone, comes up with an earth-shatteringly new idea in an instantaneous eureka moment, and then sees that obviously valuable idea naturally become a well-known sensation. My gues...Show More
#431: How Everything Is Funny Now, and Why That's Terrible

35:50 | Aug 13th, 2018

No matter where you look these days, someone is trying to make you laugh. Advertisers, politicians, and even ministers have all become comedians. But it wasn’t always like this. When and why did the world become so funny? And what are the consequence...Show More
#430: Why You Need to Join the Great Conversation About the Great Books

1:00:34 | Aug 9th, 2018

There are conversations between friends. Conversations between family. And conversations in the media. But did you know there's also been a conversation going on between writers, thinkers, and philosophers for a couple thousand years? What's been cal...Show More
#429: Taking Control of the Brain Chemical That Drives Excitement, Motivation, and More

57:53 | Aug 7th, 2018

Why do you feel so motivated and excited about tackling a new project at first, but then get bored and abandon it? Why does passionate love quickly turn into ambivalence?  Why does it feel like you had more zest for life and work in your twenties t...Show More
#428: The Life of a Dragon — The Untold Story of Bruce Lee

1:06:12 | Aug 3rd, 2018

If you were like most boys, you probably went through a karate phase as a kid. When I went through my karate phase as a 5- and 6-year-old, I demanded that my family called me “Daniel-san.” Unfortunately, they did not comply. There’s one man you can ...Show More
#427: The Excellence Dividend

41:58 | Jul 31st, 2018

In today's hyper-competitive market in which technology is eating jobs, what sets the successful companies and workers apart from the ones that flounder? My guest today argues it could be something as little as saying hello and helping an old lady wi...Show More
#426: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8

58:58 | Jul 26th, 2018

When you think of the Apollo Mission, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepping foot on the moon. But even Armstrong didn’t think his moon landing was the most important or daring of all the ...Show More
#425: Action Over Feelings

39:00 | Jul 24th, 2018

While we often associate Eastern spiritual and philosophical traditions with meditation and contemplation, there's another side to this wisdom that centers on action and can help us move through depression, anxiety, fear, and just general malaise. M...Show More
#423: How to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

48:11 | Jul 17th, 2018

We’ve all probably thought about it. What would we do and how would we fare after a societal collapse? My guest today has spent his career helping individuals get ready for such a situation. His name is James Rawles. He’s the owner of survivalblog.co...Show More
#422: Men & Manners — Tipping, Emojis, and Much More

54:01 | Jul 12th, 2018

They say that manners make the man. But how do you display good manners without coming off as awkward and in a way that elevates life both for yourself and for others? Today I bring back writer David Coggins to discuss etiquette and manners in the mo...Show More
#421: Why You Need a Philosophical Survival Kit

43:09 | Jul 10th, 2018

Admiral James Stockdale was a fighter pilot and POW in Vietnam for seven years. During his imprisonment, he was regularly tortured and beaten, and often held in solitary confinement.  Despite the emotional, mental, and physical trauma he faced day i...Show More
#420: What Makes Your Phone So Addictive & How to Take Back Your Life

44:58 | Jul 5th, 2018

If you’re like most people, you’ve got a powerful computer in your back pocket that allows you to listen to this podcast, check the score of your favorite team, and learn the population of Mickey Mantle’s hometown of Commerce, OK (answer: 2,473). Our...Show More
#419: American Honor — Creating the Nation's Ideals During the Revolution

52:10 | Jul 3rd, 2018

What started the American Revolution?  The typical answers are "taxation without representation" and the economic and political consequences that came with that.  My guest today argues that while economic and political principles all played roles i...Show More
#417: Expect Great Things — The Mystical Life of Henry David Thoreau

1:03:39 | Jun 26th, 2018

Henry David Thoreau is one of America’s most influential thinkers and writers. 164 years after it was published, Walden continues to inspire readers to get out into nature and march to the beat of their own drummer.  But what was the worldview of th...Show More
#416: The Self-Driven Child

48:39 | Jun 21st, 2018

Recent surveys have shown that anxiety and depression are up amongst school-aged children and teens. Parents and teachers are also reporting a decrease in motivation amongst young adults. My guests today argue that both issues stem from the same prob...Show More
#415: Forging Mental Strength Through Physical Strength

42:04 | Jun 19th, 2018

When you start a fitness program, you tend to spend most of your time thinking about the physical part — what movements you’re going to do, how much weight you’re going to lift, or how far you’re going to run. But my guest today argues we ignore the ...Show More
#414: Theodore Roosevelt, Writer and Reader

45:27 | Jun 14th, 2018

If you’ve been following The Art of Manliness for awhile, you know we’re big fans of Theodore Roosevelt. The man embodied the Strenuous Life. He was a rancher, a soldier, a hunter, a statesman, and a practitioner of boxing and judo. But what many peo...Show More
#413: Make Today Matter

48:47 | Jun 12th, 2018

We all want to feel like our lives matter. To find this kind of significance, we often think in macro terms about our overarching purpose and values. Such reflection is certainly useful, but what are the smaller building blocks that will get us to th...Show More
#412: The Power of Conspiracy and Secrets

50:03 | Jun 7th, 2018

Back in 2016, a bizarre story emerged in pop culture. Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $115 million dollar lawsuit against the gossip website Gawker for publishing a sex tape that had been made without his consent. The victory was somewhat surp...Show More
#411: Why Emotions Are Better Than Willpower in Achieving Your Goals

42:51 | Jun 5th, 2018

To achieve your goals, you probably think you need one key ingredient: willpower. Grit. Self-control. Discipline. To hear a lot of self-improvement gurus tell it, if you want to get your life together, then just get it together. Just do it.  Yet whi...Show More
#409: The Epic Story of Sport Hunting in America

44:05 | May 30th, 2018

Hunting is one of America’s deeply held national traditions. Some of our biggest folk heroes were hunters — men like Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Theodore Roosevelt. But how did hunting become a tradition in America in the first place and how did...Show More
#408: The Incredible Forgotten Story of WWII's Ed Dyess

50:18 | May 25th, 2018

Ed Dyess was a smart, talented, athletic kid from Texas who had a passion for flying, movie star good looks, and a flare for acting. Thanks to a chance encounter on a highway in the middle of nowhere, he went on to become an ace fighter pilot, lead m...Show More
#407: How to Overcome Nice Guy Syndrome

51:15 | May 22nd, 2018

We’ve been told since we were little kids to “Be nice.” But what if being nice isn’t really that good and it’s making you and those around you miserable? That’s the provocative argument my guest today makes. His name is Dr. Aziz Gazipura. He's a psyc...Show More
#406: Why You Need to Embrace Small Talk

51:38 | May 17th, 2018

If you’re like a lot of people, engaging in small talk can feel awkward and tedious. Consequently, you avoid it as much you can. But my guest today argues that if you want to get ahead both personally and professionally, you need to embrace these lit...Show More
#405: The Power of Team Captains

45:02 | May 15th, 2018

What makes a great sports dynasty a great sports dynasty? We typically think it’s the result of amazing talent or coaching. But my guest today argues that it all comes down to the often quiet, understated leadership of a team captain. His name is Sam...Show More
#404: What Men Can Learn From Wolves

41:20 | May 10th, 2018

Between 1991 and 1996, Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived with and filmed a pack of wolves in Idaho. From this intensive field work came the award-winning documentary, "Wolves at Our Door." The husband and wife team are out with a new book that highlights s...Show More
#403: A Better Way to Network

44:53 | May 8th, 2018

Networking. You’re told it’s something you need to do to advance your professional life, but the tactics most “networking professionals” suggest either don’t work or make you feel icky and awkward.  My guest today argues that you don’t have to go to ...Show More
#402: Why Honor Matters

1:08:30 | May 3rd, 2018

In today's world, honor is typically thought of in terms of integrity -- doing the right thing when no one is looking. But traditionally, honor meant having a reputation worthy of the respect of others. If people think about this type of honor at all...Show More
#401: Everything You Need to Know About Diet & Fat Loss

1:23:30 | May 1st, 2018

When it comes to fitness and nutrition, the nutrition part can cause a lot of confusion. There’s so much information out there about the best diet to follow and often the advice is contradictory. My guest today is here to clear up some of the confusi...Show More
#400: The Tyranny of Convenience

43:13 | Apr 27th, 2018

Modern life has given us lots of conveniences. With a tap of your smartphone screen, and without leaving the house, you can order a car to your door or a hot dinner, or even replenish your toilet paper supply. Right now, you’re listening to this podc...Show More
#399: The Vast Influence of Testosterone on Our Bodies, Minds, and the World We Live In

47:32 | Apr 24th, 2018

Testosterone. It’s what makes men, well, men. But my guest today argues that this hormone is a paradox. On the one hand, it makes men physically strong, courageous, and ambitious. But on the other hand, testosterone can contribute to prostate cancer,...Show More
#398: Should a Man Care About How He Dresses?

47:29 | Apr 19th, 2018

To hear a lot of guys tell it, real men don't care about style. Where did this idea that men don't care about their appearance come from, has it always been around, and is there validity to it? My guest today argues against the idea that real men don...Show More
#397: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness

46:16 | Apr 17th, 2018

#397: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness by The Art of Manliness
#396: How to Deal With Anxiety

36:46 | Apr 12th, 2018

Recent surveys have shown that rates of anxiety are up, especially among young people. What’s going on? And if you’re someone of any age who struggles with anxiety, what can you do about it? Those are just a few of the questions I ask my guest today....Show More
#394: The Incredible True Story of the Renegade WWII Pilots Who Helped Win the War in the Pacific

49:50 | Apr 6th, 2018

In 1942, the United States was fighting a war in two major theaters: Europe and the Pacific. But in the early days of WWII, the US and its allies had a “Europe First” strategy which resulted in more troops, supplies, and attention being funneled to t...Show More
#393: The Importance of Building Your Social Capital

52:31 | Apr 4th, 2018

At some point all of us will likely experience a job loss or some other big life setback. While it can feel like your world is crashing down, there’s one asset you'll hopefully have at your disposal which can help you weather the storm: your social c...Show More
#392: How Jesuit Spirituality Can Improve Your Life

48:55 | Mar 29th, 2018

#392: How Jesuit Spirituality Can Improve Your Life by The Art of Manliness
#391: Micronutrients, Genetics, and Preventing Age-Related Diseases

40:43 | Mar 27th, 2018

When you think about diet and nutrition, you probably think about carbs, proteins, and fats. These macronutrients play a huge role in athletic performance and whether you gain or lose weight. But food is also full of micronutrients that are vital for...Show More
#390: Why Insults Sting and How to Handle Them

52:38 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Insults are a part of the human experience. We insult others and we get insulted back. Social media has only amplified our tendency to ridicule one another, and increased our likelihood of being on the receiving end of a barb. Yet we don't typically ...Show More
#389: What It Means to Be a Quiet Professional

44:41 | Mar 20th, 2018

We live in a time of hype and self-aggrandizement. But my guest today argues that what the world needs more of are quiet professionals -- people who’s only focus is to get the job done well. His name is Rob Shaul and he’s the founder and president of...Show More
#388: Why Group Culture Is So Important to Success

44:57 | Mar 15th, 2018

Have you ever been part of an organization where everyone and everything just seemed to click? People are motivated and things get done. Contrast that experience with being part of an organization that feels toxic. Demoralization, cynicism, and infig...Show More
#387: Think Like a Poker Player to Make Better Decisions

54:47 | Mar 13th, 2018

It’s been said that life is a series of decisions. But life is complex and filled with randomness and uncertainty. How do you make decisions when 1) you don’t know everything you need to know to make the optimal decision, and 2) the factors influenci...Show More
#386: The Rise and Fall of the American Heavyweight

1:12:36 | Mar 8th, 2018

With boxing on the wane in America for the past twenty some odd years, it’s easy to forget how much of a cultural juggernaut it was for much of the 20th century. Boxing was not only a common recreational pastime and athletic pursuit for young men, an...Show More
#385: Learning How to Learn

43:38 | Mar 6th, 2018

When you study for a test or you’re trying to learn a new skill, what’s your typical approach? If you’re like most people, you might repeat facts over and over again or do the same task over and over again until you can do it in your sleep. While the...Show More
#384: What It Really Means to Be Self-Reliant

50:40 | Mar 2nd, 2018

When you hear self-reliance, what do you think of? Living off the grid in a cabin somewhere? Doing everything yourself, and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps? Do these images get at what it really means to be self-reliant, or is there a deeper a...Show More
#383: The Virtues of the Masks of Masculinity

35:28 | Feb 27th, 2018

In the past few years, there’s been a lot written about the ills of the “masks of masculinity.” These supposed social masks are the source of personal problems in the lives of men as well as countless societal problems.  But what if the problem isn’t...Show More
#382: The Secrets of Greater Endurance

59:28 | Feb 22nd, 2018

How long can a human run without stopping? What’s the most weight a human can deadlift? Will someone ever run a mile in less than three minutes and thirty seconds? My guest explores these questions in his latest book, and along the way uncovers insig...Show More
#381: Why You Should Let Your Kids Fail

45:37 | Feb 20th, 2018

If you’re a parent, you likely want your kid to flourish and succeed. And according to my guest today, the best way to do that is to let your kid fail. Her name is Jessica Lahey and she’s a teacher and the author of the book, "The Gift of Failure: Ho...Show More
#380: How to Be Braver

43:28 | Feb 15th, 2018

For thousands of years, philosophers and writers have debated the nature of courage. What is it? Are some people born more courageous than others? Can you learn to be courageous? My guest today set out to answer these questions by looking at courage ...Show More
#379: How to Spot Red Flags in a Relationship

44:39 | Feb 13th, 2018

#379: How to Spot Red Flags in a Relationship by The Art of Manliness
#378: Brunch Is Hell

42:24 | Feb 8th, 2018

According to my guest today, the past decade has seen the rise of a truly soul-sucking food trend. In fact, he argues it’s creating a hell on earth.  What is this mealtime monster? It’s brunch.  My guest's name is Brendan Newnam and he, along with hi...Show More
#377: 12 Rules for Life With Jordan Peterson

55:35 | Feb 6th, 2018

Have you been stuck in a rut for awhile? Have you been there so long that you feel like there’s no use in trying to get out of that slump? Maybe you even start telling yourself, “Things can never get better. This is just the way things are. Is there ...Show More
#376: When to Compete, When to Cooperate, and How to Succeed at Both

48:16 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Being successful in life requires social adeptness. And part of that social adeptness is balancing two seemingly opposing social strategies: competing and cooperating. But how do you know which approach to take in the hundreds of different social rel...Show More
#375: The Misunderstood Machiavelli

45:11 | Jan 30th, 2018

The ends justify the means. It’s better to be feared than loved. Politics have no relation to morals.  These are just a few of the maxims the Italian writer Niccolo Machiavelli is well known for. The cynical and duplicitous advice he offered in 'The ...Show More
#374: The Race to Break the 4-Minute Mile

46:49 | Jan 25th, 2018

You may have heard of Roger Bannister and his amazing feat of breaking the 4-minute mile mark in 1954. But the story leading up to this milestone of human performance often gets overlooked and is filled with drama and lessons on grit, determination, ...Show More
#373: The Leader's Bookshelf

35:04 | Jan 23rd, 2018

It’s been said “Leaders are readers.” But what should a leader read? My guest today set out to answer that question by polling 4-star generals and admirals in the U.S. military to get their best recommendations.  His name is Admiral James Stavridis. ...Show More
#372: World Without Mind — The Existential Threat of Big Tech

43:16 | Jan 18th, 2018

During the past decade three companies have revolutionized the way we shop, socialize, and find information. I’m talking, of course, about Amazon, Facebook, and Google. While these companies have made our lives easier in many ways, my guest today arg...Show More
#371: The Best Ways to Rehab From Injury

1:02:59 | Jan 16th, 2018

#371: The Best Ways to Rehab From Injury by The Art of Manliness
#370: The Era of Bright Expectations

50:14 | Jan 11th, 2018

After WWII and before the Korean War, America experienced a short period free from the fear of war and conflict. People were optimistic about a future of peace and plenty. My guest today calls this time the “era of bright expectations,” and he experi...Show More
#368: The Courage and Resilience of Ulysses S. Grant

53:55 | Jan 4th, 2018

Ulysses S. Grant is a historical figure who's often portrayed in a not-so-flattering light. Many Americans know him as a drunk, inept businessman who found himself thrust into generalship during the Civil War and led the Union to victory not because ...Show More
#367: The Motivation Myth

40:37 | Jan 2nd, 2018

It’s a new year and you’ve likely set some new goals for yourself. Now you just need some motivation to work on them. So you read motivational quotes on Instagram, listen to a motivational podcaster yell at you for thirty minutes while you commute to...Show More
#366: Teach Yourself Like George Washington

56:26 | Dec 21st, 2017

George Washington has become an archetype of the great American leader. Subsequent generals and presidents all have been compared to Washington, and in the American mythos, they all fall short of this founder's military and political genius. What man...Show More
#365: Why Are 7 Million Men Missing From the Workforce?

40:21 | Dec 19th, 2017

For the past few decades, there’s been an intense focus on getting more women in the workplace and helping them thrive and succeed. At the same time, however, a silent problem has emerged that could have serious repercussions on our economy and socie...Show More
#364: How to Know When Someone is Lying (From a Former CIA Officer)

38:34 | Dec 14th, 2017

#364: How to Know When Someone is Lying (From a Former CIA Officer) by The Art of Manliness
#363: Budgeting Doesn't Have to Suck

47:45 | Dec 12th, 2017

If you find yourself running out of money before your next paycheck or if you’ve been having trouble making a dent in your debt, then you, my friend, need a budget.  My guest today is Jesse Mecham, he’s the creator of the You Need a Budget system and...Show More
#362: The Art of Mingling

40:45 | Dec 7th, 2017

#362: The Art of Mingling by The Art of Manliness
#361: The Untold Story of WWII's 45th Infantry Division

40:17 | Dec 5th, 2017

When many people think of the American involvement in WWII, they likely bring to mind the 101st Airborne Division (aka the Band of Brothers) and their heroics at Normandy. But there was another American infantry division that took part in the largest...Show More
#360: Why Men Have a Hard Time Making Friends in Adulthood

50:34 | Nov 30th, 2017

It’s a common trope that adult men don’t value friendship as much as their female counterparts, and that men really don’t need and want friends like women do. But my guest today argues that assumption is wrong and comes from viewing friendship from a...Show More
#359: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best of the Best

45:11 | Nov 28th, 2017

Do you sometimes wish you had a cabinet of counselors you could go to for advice and insight on how to make life better and easier for yourself?  Well, my guest today created his own board of mighty mentors — a metaphorical round table of some of the...Show More
#358: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

49:18 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Have you ever just wanted to get in your car, drive off into the middle of nowhere, leave behind the hustle and bustle of civilization, and just be by yourself?  Well, in 1986 a man named Christopher Knight did just that and lived alone in the Maine ...Show More
#357: How to Be a Creative Genius Like da Vinci

38:51 | Nov 17th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci has become the ultimate archetype of the creative genius. Besides his famous paintings, including the Mona Lisa, da Vinci had insights into anatomy and optics that would take science a few hundred years to verify. While Leonardo's g...Show More
#356: How to Finally Beat Procrastination

57:38 | Nov 14th, 2017

Procrastination. We’ve all done it and we tell ourselves we’ll never do it again. So we come up with an elaborate time management system to get us on track only to find ourselves continuing to put things off. While some procrastination can be mildly ...Show More
#355: Leadership and Public Service With Gov. Eric Greitens

46:47 | Nov 9th, 2017

#355: Leadership and Public Service With Gov. Eric Greitens by The Art of Manliness
#354: Brains & Brawn — Tips and Inspiration on Being a Well-Rounded Man

1:05:12 | Nov 8th, 2017

Physical training has a lot of carry over to other domains of your life. It can help you become a better husband and father, a more productive worker, and a more disciplined student. My guest today is a living manifestation of the multiplier effect t...Show More
#353: Nostalgia — Its Benefits and Downsides

55:59 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Picture this: You’re sitting in your car at a stoplight mindlessly staring off into the distance when a memory from your childhood pops into your mind. Initially, thinking about the memory makes you feel happy, but then you start feeling a pang of sa...Show More
#352: A Famous Butcher Dishes on All Things Meat

43:10 | Oct 31st, 2017

While meat makes up a big portion of Americans' diet, few people know very much about how meat is sourced and butchered for consumption. Today on the show, I talk to a world-renowned third-generation butcher, Pat LaFrieda, about all things meat, incl...Show More
#351: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education

34:23 | Oct 26th, 2017

We’ve all heard the jokes about useless liberal arts degrees, but my guest today argues that in today’s high tech economy, liberal arts degrees can be incredibly useful and even lucrative. His name is George Anders and he’s the author of the book "Yo...Show More
#350: Peak Performance — Elevate Your Game and Avoid Burnout

1:00:08 | Oct 25th, 2017

When you train your body, you actually don’t get stronger while you’re lifting weights. You get stronger after your training session and during your recovery period. For your muscles to fully adapt and recover, you need to eat plenty of food and get ...Show More
#349: Is This a Date or Not? The Problem With Ambiguity in Relationships

54:29 | Oct 19th, 2017

Dating has never been more ambiguous than it is today. People sort of end up with each other without explicitly defining the nature of their relationship, level of commitment, or expectations for the future. What begins as hanging out, slides into sp...Show More
#348: A Counterintelligence Expert's Five Rules to Lead and Succeed

41:22 | Oct 17th, 2017

Trust. It certainly makes life easier when it exists. Instead of having to craft complicated contracts for a business deal, a simple handshake will do. Instead of surveilling your spouse like the NSA, you take them at their word. But trust, it seems,...Show More
#347: The Science of Social Awkwardness

39:58 | Oct 12th, 2017

You’ve likely experienced an awkward moment or two in your life. You say or do something that’s out of social sync, leaving the person you’re interacting with bemused, and you feeling like running and hiding under a rock.  While awkwardness is an unc...Show More
#346: The Fall of the Roman Republic

59:55 | Oct 11th, 2017

There’s been a lot written and said about the fall of the Roman Empire. But what often gets overlooked is that before Rome became an empire with what was effectively a king, it was a kingless republic. What was that republic like and why did it fall ...Show More
#345: Not Caring What Other People Think Is a Superpower

57:16 | Oct 6th, 2017

Oftentimes when you start making positive changes for the better in your life, you’re going to have people, even people really close to you who claim to care about you, intentionally or unintentionally try to discourage you from your path. In those m...Show More
#344: The Art of the Side Hustle

40:01 | Oct 3rd, 2017

If you’re looking to pay down debt or save for a financial goal faster, there are two ways to to do it: either save more money or make more money. Let’s assume you’re knocking it out of the park with your frugality. How can you make more money? Well,...Show More
#343: How to Read Nature — Awakening Your Senses to the Outdoors

44:12 | Sep 28th, 2017

Nature. Even if you're an avid outdoorsman, you likely take it for granted. When you’ve seen one tree or one blue sky, you’ve seen them all, right? Well, to those with well-trained senses, natural surroundings can actually tell you a whole lot. The l...Show More
#342: Why Boredom is Good for You

45:59 | Sep 26th, 2017

In the age where smartphones provide constant stimulation, many of us have forgotten what it feels like to experience the monotony of boredom. And while on the surface that might seem like a good thing, my guest today highlights research that not bei...Show More
#340: Life Lessons From an Adventurer

53:18 | Sep 19th, 2017

Inside many men is the call for adventure. My guest today is one of those men and listening to that call has led him to pursue a lifetime of amazing expeditions around the globe, all while balancing a demanding career as an airline pilot as well as f...Show More
#339: The Power of Likability

44:15 | Sep 14th, 2017

When you hear the word “popular” you’re probably transported back to high school where cliques of cheerleaders and football players ruled the roost while everyone else was at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Even as an adult, you probably remember...Show More
#338: How to Beat Distraction and Stay Focused

44:09 | Sep 12th, 2017

If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with your digital devices. On the one hand, they give us access to unlimited amounts of information, connect us with friends and family, and allow us to work from pretty much anywhere. On the other...Show More
#336: Master Your Testosterone

1:10:00 | Sep 6th, 2017

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#335: Exploring Archetypes With Jordan B. Peterson

52:59 | Aug 31st, 2017

The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Genesis creation story, Bhagavad Gita. These are just a few examples of the myths and stories that explain human existence. Individuals like Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell have argued that while these myths sprang from diffe...Show More
#334: When Violence Is the Answer

55:37 | Aug 29th, 2017

We’re often told violence is never the answer. My guest today would argue that not only is that idea wrong, it's also extremely dangerous. He says that sometimes violence is the answer, and that when it is, it’s the only answer.  His name is Tim Lark...Show More
#333: Solitude & Leadership

52:55 | Aug 24th, 2017

About a year ago, I had cultural critic William Deresiewicz on the podcast to discuss, among other things, a speech he gave at West Point in 2010 on the power of solitude in making better leaders. It’s a powerful speech and my guest today is one of t...Show More
#332: What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?

50:22 | Aug 22nd, 2017

We live in a world that puts a premium on being “authentic” and “showing your true self.”  But what exactly is your authentic and true self? For example, is it your natural tendency to be a curmudgeon, or your concerted effort to be kind and generous...Show More
#331: The Difference Between Essentialists and Non-Essentialists

1:03:57 | Aug 17th, 2017

Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel like you're always busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?  If you can answer yes to any of those questions, today's episode is for you. I talk t...Show More
#330: The Life Skills Every Man Should Know

43:44 | Aug 15th, 2017

What skills and knowledge sets does a man need to have in order to be effective and self-reliant? My guest has spent the past few years thinking about this topic and putting down his ideas in a series of books he calls Modules For Manhood. His name i...Show More
#329: Stick With It — The Science of Behavior Change

56:47 | Aug 10th, 2017

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got some habits you’d like to change: maybe you want to quit smoking or eat better or check your phone less. And if you’re like most people, you’ve probably tried making those changes, and failed. And after...Show More
#328: The Pros and Cons of Intermittent Fasting

1:12:30 | Aug 8th, 2017

During the past 10 years or so there’s been a lot of chatter about the health benefits of intermittent fasting — that is, going without food for a short window of time on a regular basis. Some of the touted benefits of intermittent fasting include sh...Show More
#327: Heading Out — A History of Camping

49:23 | Aug 4th, 2017

Camping is one of America’s favorite pastimes. About 50 million Americans head out into the wilderness each year to refresh and reinvigorate themselves.  While it may seem like camping as a recreational activity has always been around, camping as we ...Show More
#326: Why Boys Are Struggling & What We Can Do To Help Them

50:28 | Aug 2nd, 2017

While there’s been a big push in recent decades to help girls thrive in school and in the workplace, boys in America have quietly been struggling. For example, boys are more likely to have learning and discipline issues in school and are less likely ...Show More
#325: Leading Quietly

34:41 | Jul 27th, 2017

When we think of being a good leader, we often think we need to be a bold, visionary, risk-taking type like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, or Steve Jobs. But my guest today argues that most of the day-to-day work that makes the world function...Show More
#324: How Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith Are the Cure for Sad Clown Syndrome

1:04:50 | Jul 26th, 2017

If you’re like many modern men, you might have a pretty good life — a decent job, a family, a home, maybe a few hobbies. Despite having the appearance of a good life, though, you feel kind of empty inside. Like you’re missing something.  My guests to...Show More
#322: Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

51:33 | Jul 19th, 2017

My guest today is Eric Barker, author of "Barking Up the Wrong Tree." We all know those collective maxims on success: nice guys finish last; it’s not what you know, it’s who you know; winners never quit.  We’ve heard them so often that we accept them...Show More
#321: How to Think About Money

38:58 | Jul 14th, 2017

Personal finance can seem intimidating, but the reality is it’s pretty basic — save more than you spend, find ways to earn more, invest for the long-term, and protect your assets. But if personal finance is so easy, why do so many people screw it up?...Show More
#320: The ADHD Explosion

54:32 | Jul 11th, 2017

You’ve probably heard about the precipitous rise in diagnoses of ADHD in America the past few decades. What was once a rare mental illness has now become a common problem amongst children -- particularly boys. Why the sudden spike? Are there really m...Show More
#319: Making Exercise a Habit

38:20 | Jul 6th, 2017

Are you tired of starting fitness programs with the best of intentions only to find yourself falling off the workout wagon two weeks later? If so, today’s episode is for you. I’ve brought back bodyweight strength training coach Anthony Arvanita...Show More