The 'art' of manliness??

I recently came across the blog The Art of Manliness.

In a recent post, Brett McKay writes on how to measure yourself for clothing (business shirt, pants sizes etc) beyond the typical X, XXL.

I am a bit embarrassed to admit it, I first thought the site was either some sort of homosexaul, greco roman wrestling site or an attention seeking spam site.

I was wrong on both occasions!

It’s a quirky “man’s man” site.  It has advice on how to shave, how to tie a tie and to stop hanging out with women and start dating them!

It is as if the writers squared up at Justin Bieber and all the modern day metro sexuals and kicked them square in the nuts!

I was really surprised at how its not gratuitous or rude.  It is literally a time warp back to the 1950’s!

Go have a read!

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

If you have done any sort of self development, there is often the recurring theme of gratitude  (see The Secret, Tony Robbins or John Demartini).

First time I heard the concept I dismissed it and belittled its importance.  But watching “What the Bleep” and particularly the Love Crystals changed my mind.

I don’t want to get all Yoda on you, either you have an open mind or you don’t.  I was skeptical, but have an open mind.  If you feel that that isn’t you then perhaps you should stop reading.

So have a look at the site by Leah Dieterich.  Basically she writes a daily “thank you” to whatever is going on in her life.

I know it’s a little ironic, but I can’t remember for the life of me who recommend I read it.  If it was you, thank you!

Rock on!

“Deliberate practice” – the stuff of champions!

Over the past week or so, Justine at Tribal Writer has written a great series called “Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone”.  In her latest post, she quotes a few sources, but made an interesting point:

“Deliberate practice” is the stuff of champions, more important than innate natural talent, and entirely within your control.

And then finishes with:

Focus on the task, not the outcome. Intrinsic motivation is the best and most powerful kind (and also what leads to external rewards).

Very clever indeed!

Her writing is very much focused on becoming a better writer, but I love how you can apply this to many other areas of your life…

What does it take to become a great violinist?  A great basketball player?  A great parent?

Rock on!

Seth Godin's 2%

Seth recently put up a post on 2%

To summarise, Seth suggests that regardless of what you do (crystal clear instructions, ALL CAPS) 2% of people will still stuff it up!

He finishes with:

Technologists hate this choice, but it’s true. We have to plan for human failure and part of our job is to have the resources and back up to allow these people to remain in our tribe even though they’re unable to follow a simple instruction.

To me, you can read this one of two ways.  Put your Microsoft hat on.  Windows Vista has 15 different ways to turn off the machine.

Now put your Apple Mac, iPhone or Facebook hat on.  What is the 2% there?

How do they plan for failure?  What does “failure” mean for a Twitter user?

The difference here is that the “barrier” for use is so low (open a web browser, make a phone call, update your Facebook status).  2% for a Facebook user seems very very high…

Just who was Ignaz Semmelweis?

Seth Godin has a great post about Ignaz Semmelweis.

Who was he?  He was the dude who figure out that you will save lives by washing your hands before assisting mothers giving birth.

Seth goes onto give examples of Galileo, txt’ing while driving and appreciating expensive wine as ways in which human nature is happy to be ignorant to the most basic human facts.


What basic fact have you ignored today?

Problem vs Non Problem

Great video from Steve Linder