Sunday, May 31, 2009

What The World Needs is...

Men to be Men.

And Women to be Women.

And Kids to be Kids.

There are real differences in us that can be identified by our gender and if we live up to who we are, everything else goes a bit smoother.

When I proposed to my wife a few years ago, we were both previously married with kids, and I made an observation that I shared with her. I told her, "You're the type of woman who can do it all, but you don't want to have to do it all..."

She knew at that time that I really "got" her, and one of the sexiest things I can do in her eyes, is to take care of "manly things". Fixing stuff, pitching in without being asked etc.

In a few days, we will be traveling to Maine for my son's college graduation. We will be together for 7 days straight on a vacation, which is the longest we have done something like this. So, I have planned ahead with updates to this blog and the others that I write and edit. I've got things covered at my job, so I can enjoy this away time as we drive east.

I also want to share with you a blog that I often repost at this site. Tomorrow they are starting a 30 day series, but since I'll be on the road, you need to take the steps and sign up on their site to follow the plan. Here's the details:

Announcing the 30 Days to a Better Man Project

Posted: 29 May 2009 01:23 PM PDT


Starting June 1, The Art of Manliness will begin a month long series called “30 Days to a Better Man.” The goal of this project is simple: to encourage men to be better men in all areas of their lives. I’m sure all of us have made goals to improve ourselves. But often our goals become one of those well meaning intentions that we plan to do…. some day. And if you’re like me, some day never comes, and you’re stuck in the same place of mediocrity you were before.

Personally, I’m more likely to follow through with a goal if I have a specific plan, instead of just some ethereal intention. I’m also more likely to accomplish a goal if I have a group of people who are encouraging me and keeping me accountable.

The 30 Days to a Better Man Project is designed to provide a specific plan and accountability to help you become a better man. And guess what? It’s 100% free. Are you up for the challenge? If so, read on.

How it Works

The Roadmap. Each day in the month of June, we’ll be publishing an article that gives you a specific task to accomplish that day. The article will begin with a theory component in which we briefly explain the benefits of doing the task and how to go about accomplishing it. After that, you go out and do the task. The tasks will cover a variety of areas of a man’s life including relationships, health, career and money, and style. Even if you already do the things we assign, it’s always good to have a reminder to keep on doing it.

The Accountablity. In addition to the articles, I’ve created a 30 Days to a Better Man Group in the community section. Join the group and interact with other men who are taking part in the project. Hold yourself accountable to the group by sharing whether or not you completed the task. You can also swap tips and discuss how the day’s task went for you.

How to Participate

Sign up for updates. First, (if you haven’t already) sign up to get updates from The Art of Manliness. This will ensure that you’ll know when we’ve published a new task so you can get working on it right away.

We provide two ways for readers to get updates: Email or RSS.

If you want so get updates by email, just fill out the form below. You can remove yourself from the list at any time, and you have our promise that we’ll keep your information private.

Enter your email address:

For the more tech savy out there, you can always subscribe to our RSS feed.

As an added bonus for signing up, you’ll get a link for a free copy of our “Guide to Being a Gentleman.” It’s full of tips and advice on how to be a modern day gent.

Join the official 30 Days to a Better Man Group.
In order to join the 30 DBM Group, you’ll need to sign up for our community. After you’ve joined the group, check back in each day and post your success stories. Interact with other men who are participating and offer encouragement to each other.

Make a commitment. The first step to becoming a better man is deciding not be afraid of making commitments. While we hope each article in the 30 Days series will be interesting, they’re not designed as passive entertainment. The project requires you to put what you read into action. So make a commitment to yourself that you will do your very best each day to accomplish the recommend task.

I’m really looking forward to the 30 Days to a Better Man project and I hope you’ll join me. My hope is that by the end of the month, we’ll all be better men.

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