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The Art of Manliness

The Art of Manliness Podcast aims to deepen and improve every area of a man's life, from fitness and philosophy, to relationships and productivity. Engaging and edifying interviews with some of the world's most interesting doers and thinkers drop the fluff and filler to glean guests' very best, potentially life-changing, insights.

The Art of Manliness Podcast aims to deepen and improve every area of a man's life, from fitness and philosophy, to relationships and productivity. Engaging and edifying interviews with some of the world's most interesting doers and thinkers drop the fluff and filler to glean guests' very best, potentially life-changing, insights.

 

#875

The Real Rules of Power

Most leadership advice says the same thing: to be a good leader, you need to be generous, humble, and authentic. My guest, professor of organizational behavior Jeffrey Pfeffer, would say that kind of advice may make us feel good and represent the world as we'd like it to be, but it doesn't actually work in the world as it really is. What the research shows does work is what he lays out in his book: [7 Rules of Power: Surprising-—But True—Advice on How to Get Things Done and Advance Your Career] (https://amzn.to/3AUqJ9G) . People often have negative associations with power, but Jeffrey would argue that power, and many of the techniques involved in getting it, are morally neutral, and can be used for ill or for good. So if you have a worthy aim and want to grow your influence and move up in your job, you have to get comfortable going after something that may make you uncomfortable. Jeffrey shares how to do that as we take a quick and dirty dive into the real rules of power. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [AoM Article: How to Dress to Convey Power] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/people/social-skills/the-3-elements-of-charisma-power/) --- [AoM Article: The 3 Elements of Charisma — Power] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/people/social-skills/the-3-elements-of-charisma-power/) --- [AoM Podcast #403: A Better Way to Network] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/career-wealth/career/better-way-to-network/) Connect With Jeffry Pfeffer --------------------------- --- [Jeffrey's Website] (https://jeffreypfeffer.com/)  with links to his podcast —  [Pfeffer on Power] (https://jeffreypfeffer.com/pfeffer-on-power/) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/11/7-Rules-of-Power-Jeffrey-Pfeffer.jpeg)   - ... Read more

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38 MINS

38:06

11 hrs Ago


#874

The Brain Energy Theory of Mental Illness

Mental illnesses of all kinds are on the rise, and yet we seem no closer to being able to treat them effectively. We're only able to treat the symptoms of mental illness, but aren't often able to put the illness into remission because its root cause has been a mystery. My guest, however, believes he knows exactly what the root cause of mental illness is, and thus how to finally resolve it for good. His name is Dr. Chrisopther Palmer, and he's a Harvard psychiatrist and the author of [Brain Energy: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health] (https://amzn.to/3VvPUan) . Today on the show, Chris unpacks his theory of mental illness, which basically comes down to this: if your brain cells aren't getting enough energy, they're not going to function properly. He explains how numerous and seemingly diverse mental illnesses, from anxiety and depression to ADHD and alcoholism, actually all have a common pathway: metabolic disorders. While we typically think of metabolism as related to the physical body, it also greatly affects the mind, and Chris explains how you can have the kind of metabolic problems that cause mental illness even if you're not overweight. Chris then shares how certain lifestyle changes, like switching to a ketogenic diet, may be able to completely cure mental illness. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [AoM Podcast #585: Inflammation, Saunas, and the New Science of Depression] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/health-fitness/health/podcast-585-inflammation-saunas-and-the-new-science-of-depression/) --- [AoM Podcast #793: The New Science of Metabolism and Weight Loss] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/health-fitness/health/new-science-of-metabolism-podcast/) --- [AoM Podcast #747: Why We Get Sick] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/health-fitness/health/podcast-insulin-resistance/) Connect With Dr. Christopher Palmer ----------------------------------- --- [The BrainEnergy Website] (https://brainenergy.com/) --- [Chris' Website] (https://www.chrispalmermd.com/) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/11/brain-energy-1.jpeg) Listen to the Podcast! (And don’t forget to leave us a review!) --------------------------------------------------------------- ![Apple podcast.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/listen-apple-podcasts.jpg)![Overcast.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/overcast-1.png)![Spotify.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/spotify.png)![Stitcher.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/listen-on-stitcher.png)![Google podcast.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/listen-google-podcasts.png) [Listen to the episode on a separate page.] (https://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/the-future-is-analog) [Download this episode.] (https://stitcher.simplecastaudio.com/1f63112c-076a-4aa7-8021-e8cbcdb2cafe/episodes/ed17401d-c2ec-4341-8e54-31bbf260976d/audio/128/default.mp3?awCollectionId=1f63112c-076a-4aa7-8021-e8cbcdb2cafe&awEpisodeId=ed17401d-c2ec-4341-8e54-31bbf260976d&nocache) [Subscribe to the podcast in the media player of your choice.] (https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/aaea4e69-af51-495e-afc9-a9760146922b/6081eee7-c459-4e12-a1ab-aadc000fc4a7/413a6904-4d72-4be8-9421-aadc000fc4ba/podcast.rss) Listen ad-free on [Stitcher Premium] (https://www.stitcherpremium.com:443/) ; get a free month when you use code "manliness" at checkout.   - ... Read more

28 Nov 2022

55 MINS

55:01

28 Nov 2022


#873

Overcome the Comfort Crisis

Our world has never been more convenient and comfortable. With just a few taps of our fingers, we can order food to our door, access endless entertainment options, and keep our climate at a steady 72 degrees. We don't have to put in much effort, much less face any risk or challenge, in order to sustain our daily lives.  In some ways, this quantum leap in humanity's comfort level is a great boon. But in other ways, it's absolutely killing our minds, bodies, and spirit. My guest says it's time to reclaim the currently-hard-to-come-by but truly essential benefits of discomfort. His name is Michael Easter, and he's a writer, editor, and professor, and the author of [The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593138767/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0593138767&linkCode=as2&tag=stucosuccess&linkId=FSXA3GZUT5SFDAZ4) . Michael first shares how his experience with getting sober helped him discover the life-changing potential of doing hard things, before digging into what fleeing from discomfort is doing to our mental and physical health. We then discuss the Japanese idea of misogis, which involves taking on an epic outdoor challenge, and why Michael decided to do a misogi in which he participated in a month-long caribou hunt in the backcountry of Alaska. Michael shares what he learned from the various challenges he encountered during his misogi — including intense hunger, boredom, solitude, and physical exertion — as well as what research can teach all of us about why we need to incorporate these same kinds of discomforts into our everyday lives. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- ---Related AoM Articles: ------ [A Few Lessons From Beating the Bottle] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/why-im-thankful-i-had-a-drinking-problem-a-few-life-lessons-from-beating-the-bottle/) ------ [How I Learned to Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-i-learned-to-be-comfortable-with-being-uncomfortable/) ------ [Shadow Work and the Rise of Middle-Class Serfdom] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/shadow-work-and-the-rise-of-middle-class-serfdom/) ------ [How the Hero's Journey Can Help You Become a Better Man] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/heros-journey/) ------ [Be a Time Wizard: How to Speed Up and Slow Down Time] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/be-a-time-wizard-how-to-slow-down-and-speed-up-time/) ------ [Take the One-Month "Do Something New Every Day" Challenge] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/more-footage-take-the-one-month-do-something-new-every-day-challenge/) ------ [Lessons on Solitude From an Antarctic Explorer] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/admiral-byrd-south-pole/) ------ [Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/spiritual-discipline-of-fasting/) ------ [Don't Just Lift Heavy, Carry Heavy] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/dont-just-lift-heavy-carry-heavy/) ------ [Cardio for the Man Who Hates Cardio] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/the-benefits-of-rucking/) ---Related AoM Podcasts: ------ [Are Modern People the Most Exhausted in History?] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/health-fitness/health/podcast-476-are-modern-people-the-most-exhausted-in-history/) ------ [Why Are We Restless?] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/why-are-we-restless/) ------ [Wish You Had More Time? What You Really Want Is More Memories] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-495-wish-you-had-more-time-what-you-really-want-is-more-memories/) ------ [The Psychology of Boredom] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-686-the-psychology-of-boredom/) ------ [Weird and Wonderful Ways to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/get-mentally-tougher-more-resilient/) ------ [What You Can (Really) Learn About Exercise From Your Human Ancestors] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-691-what-you-can-really-learn-about-exercise-from-your-human-ancestors/) ------ [Building Better Citizens Through Rucking] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-314-building-better-citizens-rucking/) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2021/05/comfort.jpg) Connect With Michael Easter --------------------------- --- [Michael's Website] (https://eastermichael.com/) --- [Michael on Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/michael_easter/?hl=en) --- [Michael on Twitter] (https://twitter.com/Michael_Easter) ... Read more

23 Nov 2022

59 MINS

59:24

23 Nov 2022


#872

The Future Is Analog

In 2016, David Sax wrote a book called The Revenge of Analog, which made the case that even as we marched towards an ever more digital future, we were increasingly returning to real, tangible things — choosing vinyl records over streaming, brick and mortar bookstores over Amazon, and in-person conversations over Skype. In the intervening years, the pandemic hit, and, David argues, truly reaffirmed his case, which he lays out in his latest book: [The Future Is Analog] (https://amzn.to/3TVrNRf) . Today on the show, David explains how the pandemic gave us a trial run of an entirely digital future, and made us realize we really don't want it, or at least, we don't want all of it. We discuss the drawbacks that came from going virtual with work, school, shopping, socializing, and religious worship, and discuss how we're not as smart when we don't use our embodied cognition, how information is different from education, and why there are few things quite as awful as a Zoom cocktail party. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [David’s previous appearance on the AoM Podcast: Episode #289 — Revenge of the Analog] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/living/reading/podcast-289-revenge-analog/) --- [AoM Podcast #796: The Life We’re Looking For] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/the-life-were-looking-for-podcast/) --- [Sonic Boom music store in Toronto] (https://www.sonicboommusic.com/) --- [Native Summit outdoor store in Edmond, OK] (https://thenativesummit.com/) Connect With David Sax ---------------------- --- [David on Twitter] (https://twitter.com/saxdavid) --- [David’s Website] (https://saxdavid.com/) ... Read more

21 Nov 2022

53 MINS

53:47

21 Nov 2022


#871

The Infidelity Formula

Amongst supposedly monogamous couples, 23% of men and 19% of women have cheated on their current partner, and while studies have long found that men are more likely to cheat than women, that gap has significantly narrowed over time; in fact, married women between the ages of 18 and 29 cheat at a slightly higher rate than men do. Behind cold bits of data like this are the many real stories of infidelity and the heartache and destruction they create. If you're not yet part of the cohort who's experienced the fallout of cheating firsthand, you probably want to avoid joining its ranks. Well, my guest has a formula that explains what three factors add up to infidelity, and once you know it, you can reverse engineer things to prevent those factors from showing up in your relationship. His name is Andrew G. Marshall and he's a marriage therapist with over 30 years of counseling experience. Today on the show, Andrew first shares the breakdown in age and gender amongst the clients who come to see him in his practice and the two stages of life where he's found infidelity to be the most common. Andrew shares his formula for what leads to infidelity, and as we unpack its elements, we discuss how quiet desperation is a major driver of cheating, why men who don't have good male friends are more likely to have an affair, how to know if you're forming an inappropriate friendship that could lead to infidelity, Andrew's seven deadly sins of bad communication, and more. We also talk about the practices that healthy couples use to ward off infidelity, and the best question to ask yourself to start improving your relationship today. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [AoM Article: The 10 Commandments of Clean Communication] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/people/relationships/the-10-commandments-of-clean-communication/) --- [AoM Article: How to Communicate Your Needs in a Relationship] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/people/family/how-to-communicate-your-needs-in-a-relationship/) --- [AoM Article:Can Men and Women Just Be Friends?] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/people/relationships/can-men-and-women-just-be-friends/) --- [AoM Podcast #179: The Science of Cheating — How to Prevent and Deal With Infidelity] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/people/family/podcast-179-the-science-of-cheating-how-to-prevent-and-deal-with-infidelity/) --- [AoM Podcast #550: How to Strengthen Your Marriage Against Divorce] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/people/family/podcast-550-how-to-strengthen-your-marriage-against-divorce/) --- [Sunday Firesides: Dependence to Independence] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/sunday-firesides-dependence-to-independence/) --- [Sunday Firesides: Give Them the Cream] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/people/family/sunday-firesides-give-them-the-cream/) Connect With Andrew G. Marshall ------------------------------- --- [Andrew's website] (https://andrewgmarshall.com/)  with links to his  [books] (https://andrewgmarshall.com/podcasts/)  and his  [podcast, The Meaningful Life] (https://andrewgmarshall.com/podcasts/) --- [Andrew on Twitter] (https://twitter.com/andrewgmarshall) --- [Andrew on Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/AndrewGMarshallTherapy/) --- [Andrew on Substack] (https://themeaningfullife.substack.com/) ... Read more

16 Nov 2022

39 MINS

39:49

16 Nov 2022


#870

Live Life in Crescendo

You’ve heard of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But did you know that its author, Stephen Covey, was in his late fifties when it came out? After it became a monumental bestseller, Covey continued to work on new book ideas, one of which encapsulated his own experience with late-in-life success and his commitment to having an ever-forward-looking attitude.  A decade after his death, that book has finally been brought to fruition by Stephen’s daughter, Cynthia Covey Haller. It’s called  [Live Life in Crescendo: Your Most Important Work Is Always Ahead of You] (https://amzn.to/3E9Ks5Q) , and its contents really represent the capstone habit to those that came before. Today on the show, Cynthia unpacks the crescendo mentality and how it represents a commitment to continual learning, growth, and change that you can adopt at any age. We discuss how embracing the crescendo mentality is particularly important in midlife, why that stage of life can be uniquely challenging whether you’ve achieved success or are struggling, and the shifts people in each of those situations can make to find greater fulfillment. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey] (https://amzn.to/3EgD0Hw) ---The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Coveyt --- [AoM series on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/habits/the-7-habits-put-first-things-first/) --- [AoM Podcast #607: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (With Stephen R. Covey‘s son, Stephen M.R. Covey)] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/habits/7-habits-covey-interview/) --- [AoM Podcast #776: How to Shift Out of the Midlife Malaise] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/podcast-776-how-to-shift-out-of-the-midlife-malaise/) --- [How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/podcast-776-how-to-shift-out-of-the-midlife-malaise/) --- [Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl ] (https://amzn.to/3UIXtKl) --- [The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey] (https://amzn.to/3hvcYav) --- [Mike Mason, retired FBI bus driver] (https://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/articles/retired-fbi-executive-michael-mason-hits-the-road-in-a-critically-important-role-driving-a-county-school-bus/) Connect With Cynthia Covey Haller --------------------------------- --- [Cynthia on IG] (https://www.instagram.com/cynthiacoveyhaller/) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/11/live-life-in-crescendo-9781982195472_hr.jpeg) ... Read more

14 Nov 2022

54 MINS

54:05

14 Nov 2022


#869

The 5 Priorities of Short-Term Survival

While we all wonder how we would fare if we had to survive for months in the wild like Brian does in the book Hatchet, the reality is that most survival situations only last a day or two. You get lost or injured in the woods and have to spend a night out that you hadn't planned on. And as my guest, Dave Canterbury says, as long as you know some basic skills and pack the right gear, you can turn a potentially life-and-death situation into what's just a night of inconvenient camping. Dave is the author of numerous books on wilderness survival, including his latest: [The Bushcraft Essentials Field Guide] (https://amzn.to/3WQ1ZbZ) . Today on the show, Dave unpacks the five priorities of short-term survival and what you need to pack, know, and do to deal with the risks of venturing into the wild. We discuss the biggest concern when it comes to first aid, the three elements of a proper shelter, Dave's favorite method for starting a fire, the safest bet for water purification, what to look for in a perfect survival knife, the five knife skills you should master, the essential knots every outdoorsman should know, and more. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [How to Use a Tourniquet to Control Major Bleeding] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/health-fitness/health/how-to-save-lives-like-an-army-medic-using-a-tourniquet-to-control-major-bleeding/) --- [6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/6-trees-every-survivalist-should-know/) --- [How to Harvest and Use Nature’s Aspirin] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/how-to-harvest-and-use-natures-aspirin/) --- [How to Keep Your Course in the Wilderness] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/keep-course-wilderness/) --- [Series on land navigation] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/land-navigation-compass-topo-map/) --- [6 Unconventional Outdoor Shelters] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/3-outdoor-shelter-types/) --- [How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shelter] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/how-to-build-the-ultimate-survival-shelter/) --- [How to Build a Campfire That Will Last Through the Night] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/how-to-build-a-campfire-that-will-last-through-the-night/) --- [The Ultimate Firestarter: How to Make Char Cloth] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/the-ultimate-firestarter-how-to-make-char-cloth/) --- [How to Choose the Perfect Survival Knife] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/lifestyle/gear/how-to-choose-the-perfect-survival-knife/) --- [5 Critical Knife Skills for the Outdoorsman] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/5-critical-knife-skills-for-the-outdoorsman/) --- [How to Fell a Tree With a Knife] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/outdoor-survival/how-to-fell-a-tree-with-a-knife/) --- [7 Basic Knots Every Man Should Know] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/manly-know-how/7-basic-knots-every-man-should-know/) Connect With Dave Canterbury ---------------------------- --- [Dave on IG] (https://www.instagram.com/pathfindersurvival) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/11/the-bushcraft-essentials-field-guide-9781507216163_hr.jpeg) ... Read more

09 Nov 2022

42 MINS

42:52

09 Nov 2022


#868

Overdoing Democracy

When Kate was growing up, her grandfather often told her that when he was serving on a Navy ship during WWII, there were two things he and his fellow sailors never talked about: religion and politics. In the present age, we're apt to think that leaving politics off the table like that is inauthentic, or worse, a sign of being an insufficiently engaged citizen. We're apt to think that the more we do politics, the better the health of our politics. My guest would say that the opposite is true. His name is Robert Talisse, and he's a professor of political philosophy and the author of  [Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in Its Place] (https://amzn.to/3TuklfP) . Today on the show, Bob and I discuss how democracy isn't just a system of government but a moral ideal; how the fact that it's an ideal gives it a tendency to extend its reach; and how the particular circumstances of modern times have extended that reach into all of our lifestyle choices, from the car we drive to where we shop. But, Bob argues, there can be too much of a good thing. He says the way politics has saturated everything in our lives creates some negative effects, turning politics into something that parties can market like toothpaste, and making each individual's views more extreme, so that we ultimately get to the point that we can't see our political opponents as people who have an equal say in our democracy. The solution, Bob says, is not to build bridges of dialogue with our political opponents, as is so often advised, but to engage with people in spaces, places, and activities where doing politics isn't the point, and you don't even know the political views of the people with whom you interact. ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/11/OverdoingDemocracy-Cover.webp) Connect With Robert Talisse --------------------------- --- [Robert's faculty page] (https://as.vanderbilt.edu/philosophy/bio/robertb-talisse) Listen to the Podcast! (And don’t forget to leave us a review!) --------------------------------------------------------------- ![Apple podcast.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/listen-apple-podcasts.jpg)![Overcast.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/overcast-1.png)![Spotify.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/spotify.png)![Stitcher.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/listen-on-stitcher.png)![Google podcast.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/02/listen-google-podcasts.png) [Listen to the episode on a separate page.] (https://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/magic-archetypes-and-the-mysteries-of-the-unconscious) [Download this episode.] (https://stitcher.simplecastaudio.com/1f63112c-076a-4aa7-8021-e8cbcdb2cafe/episodes/90c05ad3-b481-4851-8a6e-8625078cdc52/audio/128/default.mp3?awCollectionId=1f63112c-076a-4aa7-8021-e8cbcdb2cafe&awEpisodeId=90c05ad3-b481-4851-8a6e-8625078cdc52&nocache) [Subscribe to the podcast in the media player of your choice.] (https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/aaea4e69-af51-495e-afc9-a9760146922b/6081eee7-c459-4e12-a1ab-aadc000fc4a7/413a6904-4d72-4be8-9421-aadc000fc4ba/podcast.rss) Listen ad-free on [Stitcher Premium] (https://www.stitcherpremium.com:443/) ; get a free month when you use code "manliness" at checkout. ... Read more

07 Nov 2022

54 MINS

54:30

07 Nov 2022


#867

Bo Jackson, The Last Folk Hero

In the 80s and 90s, few sports stars loomed as large as Bo Jackson. A Kansas City Royal and an Oakland Raider, he was the rare athlete to play two professional sports. His strength and power seemed supernatural. He soared into end zones, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.13 seconds, hit meteoric home runs, and broke baseball bats over his head for fun. And those were just his documented exploits. Because Bo played in an era before smartphones, stories circulated — that could never be entirely proven or disproven — that he was capable of even more impressive feats. The guy was the stuff of legends. For this reason, Jeff Pearlman has entitled his new biography of Bo:  [The Last Folk Hero] (https://amzn.to/3h3CWBR) . Today on the show, Jeff and I talk about Bo's Paul Bunyan-esque stature, and the real life behind the legend. We discuss both the flaws and the strengths of Bo Jackson, and how natural talent can be both a hindrance and a help, as we trace his life from an impoverished upbringing as one of ten kids, to how he managed to secure an arrangement where he got to play two professional sports. Jeff explains how Bo never liked to practice — because he was so naturally gifted he didn't need to — why Bo didn't take the deal when the Yankees tried to draft him out of high school, the flash-bulb moments he achieved in college and the pros, how a hip injury ended his football days but didn't entirely finish him off for baseball, and why, after such a neon career, Bo has largely disappeared from the public eye. Bo Highlights Mentioned in the Show ----------------------------------- --- [Bo going over the top in the 1982 Auburn/Alabama Iron Bowl] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDeAWbxgTfE) --- [Bo running across the outfield wall in Baltimore] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk3l_L-VJ3w) --- [Bo's first major league at bat against Steve Carlton] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3DY_z2HVxM) --- [Bo's rookie 91-yard run vs. the Seahawks] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BQ72rE6iyw) --- [Bo's leadoff homer in the 1989 All-Stars Game] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ht4tDHfQn4) --- [Bo throwing out Harold Reynolds at home plate] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB9wi_zvMdM) ---Bo breaking bats over his  [knee] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxiGyqIO6Ew)  and  [head] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHsAjzPVKJE) Connect With Jeff Pearlman -------------------------- --- [Jeff's Website] (https://jeffpearlman.com/) --- [Jeff on Twitter] (https://twitter.com/jeffpearlman) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/11/71JaNeqia1L.jpeg) ... Read more

02 Nov 2022

50 MINS

50:41

02 Nov 2022


#866

Magic, Archetypes, and the Mysteries of the Unconscious

There are two parts of the mind: the conscious and the unconscious. While the former dominates your attention, the latter actually occupies far more of the brain, influencing your mood, generating inspiration, and making you who you are, all behind the scenes. My guest would argue that to become all you're meant to be, you have to make your unconscious mind your ally and that this may be life's most important task. His name is Daniel Z. Lieberman, and he's a psychiatrist and the author of [Spellbound: Modern Science, Ancient Magic, and the Hidden Potential of the Unconscious Mind] (https://amzn.to/3gX3lkG) . Today on the show, Daniel first offers an overview of the nature, function, and study of the unconscious. From there we discuss Carl Jung's perspective on the unconscious, and his ideas around its archetypes and shadows. We then get into the way that things which are connected to magic and the supernatural, like fairy tales and tarot cards, can be seen as manifestations of the energy of the unconscious and as age-old attempts to confront and understand it. We end our discussion by talking about the quest for individuation, which requires bringing together the conscious and unconscious minds, and how to go about tapping into the power of the unconscious to become a kind of magician yourself. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [Daniel's previous appearance on the show: Episode #429 — Taking Control of the Brain Chemical That Drives Excitement, Motivation, and More] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/behavior/podcast-429-taking-control-of-the-brain-chemical-that-drives-excitement-motivation-and-more/) --- [King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette] (https://amzn.to/3TSQ7Dz) --- [AoM's series on the king, warrior, magician, and lover archetypes ] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/behavior/the-four-archetypes-of-the-mature-masculine-the-king/) --- [AoM Podcast #598: Journeying From the First to the Second Half of Life] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/podcast-598-journeying-from-the-first-to-the-second-half-of-life/) --- [AoM Podcast #335: Exploring Archetypes With Jordan B. Peterson] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/podcast-335-using-power-myths-live-flourishing-life/) --- ["The Golden Bird" fairy tale] (https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/175/grimms-fairy-tales/3048/the-golden-bird/) --- [Iron John by Robert Bly] (https://amzn.to/3FfhHHh) Connect With Daniel Lieberman ----------------------------- --- [Daniel's Website] (https://www.danielzlieberman.com/) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/10/60771423.jpeg) ... Read more

31 Oct 2022

50 MINS

50:13

31 Oct 2022


#865

Life Lessons From The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone is arguably one of the best and most influential shows in television history. The reason it endures, and is still being watched and talked about more than sixty years after its debut, can not only be traced to its superior storytelling and innovations in the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, but the fact that each episode is embedded with a lesson on how to grapple with life's moral and existential dilemmas. Here to unpack those life lessons is Mark Dawidziak, author of [Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone] (https://amzn.to/3gLD1d9) . Today on the show, Mark and I discuss the parable-like morals from a selection of Twilight Zone episodes, drawn from those that are my favorites, Mark's favorites, and simply classic. And, since Halloween is coming up, Mark and I both offer our picks for the just plain scariest episodes to watch. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- ---Episodes referenced in the show: ------"A Stop at Willoughby" ------"Walking Distance" ------"Time Enough at Last" ------"A Nice Place to Visit" ------"To Serve Man" ------"Mr. Bevis" ------"Kick the Can" ------"The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" ------"The Obsolete Man" ---Mark's picks for the scariest Twilight Zone episodes: ------"Twenty Two" ------"Ring-a-Ding Girl" ---Brett's picks for the scariest Twilight Zone episodes: ------"Living Doll" ------"The Dummy" ------"It's a Good Life" ---AoM articles inspired by Twilight Zone episodes: ------ [Can’t Have the Sweet Without the Bitter] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/cant-have-the-sweet-without-the-bitter/) (Inspired by "A Nice Place to Visit") ------ [How Redundancies Increase Your Antifragility] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/two-is-one-and-one-is-none-how-redundancies-increase-your-antifragility/) (Inspired by "Time Enough at Last") ------ [Sunday Firesides: Things Don’t Get Old, We Do] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/sunday-firesides-things-dont-get-old-we-do/) (The illustration is an Easter egg homage to "Walking Distance") Connect With Mark Dawidziak --------------------------- --- [Mark's Website] (https://www.markdawidziak.com/) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/10/9781250621504.jpeg) ... Read more

26 Oct 2022

55 MINS

55:07

26 Oct 2022


#864

7 Ways to Achieve Tranquility by Tuesday

A lot of people feel dissatisfied about how they spend their time. They often feel busy, but that busyness doesn’t add up to anything — not to fun, not to fulfillment, not to memories. My guest, Laura Vanderkam, has spent a lot of time thinking about and studying time, and last year she decided to run an experiment to see if the insights she had gained from that study could help average people get a better handle on their time. She had 150 people try out nine different time-management rules, which were sorted into three categories: Calm the Chaos, Make Good Things Happen, and Waste Less Time. She shares these field-tested strategies from what she called the Tranquility by Tuesday project in her new book by the same name. Today on the show, we talk about my seven favorite rules from [Tranquility by Tuesday] (https://amzn.to/3N41VRd) . Laura explains why you need to give yourself a bedtime, plan your week on Friday, make a “punch list” for tackling small tasks, and more. We also discuss the principle that can allow you to read a hundred books in a year. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [Laura’s previous appearance on the podcast: Episode #495: Wish You Had More Time? What You Really Want is More Memories] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/behavior/podcast-495-wish-you-had-more-time-what-you-really-want-is-more-memories/) --- [AoM article and video on how to plan your week] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/skills/how-to/weekly-plan/) --- [AoM Podcast #743: How to Get Time, Priorities, and Energy Working in Your Favor] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/career-wealth/career/podcast-743-how-to-get-time-priorities-and-energy-working-in-your-favor/) --- [AoM Podcast #450: How to Make Time for What Really Matters Every Day] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/podcast-450-how-to-make-time-for-what-really-matters-every-day/) --- [AoM article and podcast on microadventures] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/living/leisure/my-8-week-microadventure-challenge/) --- [AoM Article: Possibilities in Spare Moments] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/behavior/possibilities-spare-moments/) --- [Jeremy Anderberg’s newsletter, where he shares about the many books he reads] (https://readmorebooks.substack.com/) Connect With Laura Vanderkam ---------------------------- --- [Laura’s Website] (https://lauravanderkam.com/) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/10/tranquility-by-tuesday.jpeg) ... Read more

24 Oct 2022

36 MINS

36:12

24 Oct 2022


#863

A Guide to Getting Off the Grid

Note: For fall break, the McKays are attempting their first familial backpacking trip. Kate and I have been before, but we've never brought the kids, so this will be fun. While we're out of touch, please enjoy this rebroadcast with Gary Collins about going off the grid for a much longer period of time. Gary unfortunately passed away this fall, but he left a lot of great tips on simplifying your life in this episode.  Many dream of leaving the city and all its tethers and obligations and creating a simpler, more independent life farther from the mainstream population and entirely off the grid. But how do you go from that daydream to making such a move a reality? My guest walks us through the process today. His name is [Gary Collins] (https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/) , he made the leap himself and now lives off the grid in Northeast Washington, and he's the author of several books on off grid living as well as simplifying your life. We begin our conversation today with why Gary decided to leave his conventional, urban, 9-5 existence to find a freer lifestyle, and how he defines being off the grid. We then get into why Gary thinks you should make the move to living off the grid in a series of steps, the first of which is to simplify your existing life in three main ways. Gary then makes the case for why living in a RV should be the next step in your journey, before discussing the process of finding land for your off grid home, and the factors to consider in picking a locale. From there we get into how those who live off the grid take care of water, sewage, power, and internet, how they construct the house itself, and what to know about the start-up costs involved. We end our conversation with a discussion of getting off the grid in a more metaphorical way by quitting social media, and why Gary thinks you should pull the plug on those platforms, even if you're an entrepreneur. If reading this in an email, click the title of the post to listen to the show. Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast ---------------------------------------------- --- [Gary's books] (https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/store/) --- [How to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-survive-a-grid-down-disaster/) --- [How to Bug-In] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-bug-in-what-you-need-to-know-to-survive-a-grid-down-disaster/) --- [A Survival Expert's Guide to Bugging-In] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-bug-in-what-you-need-to-know-to-survive-a-grid-down-disaster/) --- [5 Books to Get the Personal Finance Education You Never Had] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/5-best-personal-finance-books/) --- [A Place for Everything and Everything In Its Place] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/a-place-for-everything-and-everything-in-its-place/) --- [How to Get Started Composting] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-get-started-with-composting/) --- [Zillow.com] (https://www.zillow.com/captchaPerimeterX/?url=%2f&uuid=3c2a2660-e56e-11ea-927b-fff5153ef703&vid=) --- [4 Lessons From a 4-Week Social Media Fast] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/4-lessons-from-a-4-week-social-media-fast/) --- [Becoming a Digital Minimalist] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/digital-minimalism-cal-newport/) --- [Utopia is Creepy] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-276-utopia-creepy/) --- [TheSimpleLifeNow.com] (https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/) ![Living off the grid by Gary Collins MS, book cover.] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2020/06/offgrid.jpg) Listen to the Podcast! 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19 Oct 2022

54 MINS

54:46

19 Oct 2022


#862

What Happened to the Idea of Self-Control?

As long as humans have existed, we’ve had to choose between our lower and higher desires — between what we want in the moment, and what we want in the long-term. As long as humans have existed, we’ve had to exercise self-control. While exercising self-control has always been part of the human condition, our ideas about it have changed through the ages, as have the number of obstacles to doing so. My guest charted the course of these changes in his book [Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess] (https://amzn.to/3T6DSmU) , and he takes us on a tour of them today. His name is Daniel Akst, and we begin our conversation with a definition of what self-control is. We then discuss how Freudian psychology and the scientific study of self-control took it from being something the ancient Greeks and Romans considered an essential virtue of character, to something you shouldn’t or even couldn’t exercise. We also talk about what it is about the modern age that makes self-control uniquely difficult to put into practice. We end our conversation with how, despite the addition of complexities and hindrances, self-control remains a fundamental resource in a flourishing life, and Daniel shares practical tips for preserving yours by changing your environment, so you actually don’t have to exercise self-control as much. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [The Power and Pleasure of Delayed Gratification] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/behavior/delayed-gratification/) --- [The Kingship of Self-Control] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/manly-lessons/manvotional-the-kingship-of-self-control/) --- [Sunday Fireside: Lash Yourself to the Mast] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/sunday-firesides-lash-yourself-to-the-mast/) Connect With Daniel Akst ------------------------ --- [Daniel’s Website] (http://akst.com/) ![image] (https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads/2022/10/71aX4y1FmOL.jpeg)   - ... Read more

17 Oct 2022

43 MINS

43:15

17 Oct 2022


#861

What People Get Wrong About Walden

The two years, two months, and two days Henry David Thoreau spent at Walden Pond represent one of the most well-known experiences in American literary and philosophical history. Thoreau's time at Walden has become something of a legend, one that is alternately lionized and criticized. Yet though many people know of Thoreau's experience at Walden, and the book he wrote about it, far fewer really understand its whys, whats, and hows. My guest, who's dedicated his career to studying Thoreau, will unpack the oft-missed nuances and common misconceptions about Walden. His name is Jeffrey S. Cramer, and he's the Curator of Collections at The Walden Woods Project, as well as the author and editor of numerous books about Thoreau, including [Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition] (https://www.walden.org/product/annotated-walden/) . Today on the show, Jeffrey explains the reason Thoreau went to Walden, which wasn't originally to write about that experience, and which ended up evolving over time. We discuss what Walden Pond was like, the dimensions and furnishings of the house Thoreau built on its shores, and how he spent his days there. Jeffrey explains why Thoreau left Walden, how he was less attached to the experience than we commonly assume, and how the significance of the experience came less from living it and more from writing about it. We then discuss how Walden the book became a classic despite an initially slow start, before turning to what Jeffrey thinks of the common criticisms of it, and the popular impulse to tear Thoreau down. We end our conversation with what we moderns can learn from Thoreau's experiment with living deliberately. Resources Related to the Episode -------------------------------- --- [AoM Article: How to REALLY Avoid Living a Life of Quiet Desperation] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/really-avoid-living-life-quiet-desperation/) --- [AoM Article: The Libraries of Famous Men — Henry David Thoreau] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/living/reading/the-libraries-of-famous-men-henry-david-thoreau/) --- [AoM Podcast #417: Expect Great Things — The Mystical Life of Henry David Thoreau] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/knowledge-of-men/podcast-417-expect-great-things-the-mystical-life-of-henry-david-thoreau/) --- [AoM Podcast #779: The World of the Transcendentalists and the Rise of Modern Individualism] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/knowledge-of-men/transcendentalists-their-world-podcast/) --- [Sunday Firesides: Every Man Needs His Own Walden(s)] (https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/advice/sunday-firesides-every-man-needs-his-own-waldens/) ---Thoreau's works mentioned in the show: ------ [Walden] (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/205) ------ [A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers] (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4232) ------ [The Maine Woods] (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/42500/42500-h/42500-h.htm) ------ [Civil Disobedience ] (https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html) --- [Jeffrey's Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson] (https://amzn.to/3Exk8oh) --- [Kathryn Schulz's critical article on Thoreau] (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/19/pond-scum)  and  [Jeffrey's response to it] (https://classicpenguin.tumblr.com/post/133929885889/in-the-october-19-issue-of-the-new-yorker-kathryn) Connect With Jeffrey S. Cramer ------------------------------ --- [Jeffrey's Website] (http://www.jeffreyscramer.com/) --- [The Walden Woods Project] (https://www.walden.org/)   - ... Read more

12 Oct 2022

53 MINS

53:06

12 Oct 2022