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Art of Manliness Podcast #93: Total Human Optimization With Aubrey Marcus

Today I talk with the founder and CEO of Onnit, an unconventional health and fitness company, about what it means to strive for “Total Human Optimization.” Aubrey Marcus and I discuss everything from nootropics to Hindu warrior maces to traditional South American rituals to the warrior spirit.

“Everything Is Raw Material…But Without Proper Preparation, I Cannot See It”

“Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.” –Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

Cheers to the Holidays: Food, Beer, and Wine Gift Guide

Surely there are people on your holiday gift list who enjoy good food, wine, beer, or all of the above. Photo: Noah Borgondy We’re in prime gift-buying season. Your list of who to buy for probably includes a foodie, beer lover, and/or wine enthusiast. This is a fun group to buy for because you can really get creative with your gifts.

How to Build Powerful Relationships

“Never idealise others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyse your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.” - Leo F.

Making a “Daily Practice” Work for You

The single best idea I’ve learned this year came to me courtesy of James Altucher, who I heard as a guest on Episode 139 of the podcast Gweek.

The Impact of Age on Happiness, Especially In Times of Crisis

New research reveals that situational happiness or sadness may relate partly to age. From Jonathan Rauch in The Atlantic — “Long ago, when I was 30 and he was 66, the late Donald Richie, the greatest writer I have known, told me: ‘Midlife crisis begins sometime in your 40s, when you look at your life and think, Is this all?

Units of Momentary Happiness

“Everything we need to be happy is easy to obtain.” -Epicurus I’ve long advocated that happiness is not entirely related to a feeling of a precise moment. Instead, it’s more closely related to the overall life we live, as well as the life we hope to have in the future. If you quit smoking, you might still want a cigarette sometimes.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Basic Moves — Part II [VIDEO]

If you’re reading this in our newsletter, click here to watch the video. Today we continue our video series on an introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Rener Gracie of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. In this video Rener gives us a rundown on the very basics of BJJ.

Why You Should Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone Right Now

You've probably been told to start thinking outside of the box at some point in your life.

An IVAR chair that demands your attention before you sit on it

This is a fun one. It was made for a Design Fair and not something you would want to have in your house. Or maybe you do? ~ Jules Materials: Ivar chair & Hellum rug A chair that ‘demands your attention’ and getting to know it better before you can comfortably sit on it. It was on exhibition at the DMY Design Fair 2009. Inspired by a children’s toy.

7 Gift Ideas for a Man’s Shower

This post is brought to you by Sharper Image. Check out their great selection of unique holiday gifts.   How does Outfitted & Equipped work?

How to Make Money as an Airbnb Host

Anyone who has stayed at a nice hotel in the past decade knows it’s not cheap. When was the last time you stayed in a major city for under $100 a night? Or under $200 for that matter? There is money to be made in the lodging industry.

TV stand from METOD cabinet

Materials: METOD 80x37x60cm wall cabinet, VARIERA cover caps, VEDDINGE 80x40cm drawer front, FORBATTRA/MAXIMERA drawer without front, UTRUSTA 80x37cm shelf, CAPITA 8cm legs, VEDDINGE 39x86cm cover panel My friend needed a TV unit, and her space was pretty much exactly 80cm… However, the majority of IKEAs actual TV units are 60cm, 90cm, 120cm or more… So I went about creating this TV b

BEKVAM cart for kid’s bathroom vanity

Materials: BEKVAM kitchen cart 1. I took off the 2 wheels to keep the sink fixed and stable. 2. I cut the 4 legs at the same height. To do so I disassembled the Bekvam, cut a first leg and kept this one as a model for the last 3 legs. 3. I took a sink, traced the shape of the sink on the top board, and cut the board by following the trace. 4.

Giveaway: North to South Messenger Bag by Tucker & Bloom

Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! This week’s giveaway is a fantastic messenger bag from Tucker and Bloom, a father and son company based out of Nashville. David and Case Bloom took their experience in travel wear and design and used it to establish this small business after the travel wear industry went into a decline after 9/11.