The 53 books every man must read before they turn 40

The 53 books every man must read before they turn 40

I love to read… there is no doubt about that, and in doing so, I start telling others about books that I have read. I don’t like to hoard knowledge, and if I think something is worth passing on, I do it.

On this website there are several places that you can find links to great books that I recommend, but I felt like there needed to be a list that was more definitive especially for the type of men that read this blog and listen to the podcast.

Men of substance, wisdom and maturity, need to read things that are going to give them more of that, and allow them to continue having a mind of their own and even challenge their own lines of thought.

In fact, the type of men that the 360 Man Project are attracting are highly driven men that want to grow in knowledge and be able to apply it at some point in life.

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The best way to be a man is to not be afraid to be the one you were made to be

The best way to be a man is to not be afraid to be the one you were made to be

Growing up my Dad taught me that it was OK to be a man.

More specifically, he taught me:

  • It’s ok to speak my mind

  • It’s ok to get in a fight

  • It’s ok to get in trouble

  • It’s ok to fail or lose

  • I don’t have to apologize

  • Sometimes things suck, learn to work through it

  • Don’t listen and do what others tell you to do just because they told you

  • Question everything

  • ……

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Adventure is at the heart of Men: Why men need to get back to taking risks, and living wild

Adventure is at the heart of Men: Why men need to get back to taking risks, and living wild

Have you ever seen a Lion in a cage at the zoo?

What have you noticed about it, what did you observe?

I’ll tell you what I noticed…

I observed a wild animal that looked defeated. He was no longer able to be what he was made to be. He had lost his masculinity, the very essence of what makes him a lion. He was still a lion, and still capable of destroying anything that came in the cage, but, his aura and confidence had wain.

Instead of being able to hunt and stalk (yes, male lions hunt too), his food was given to him. He was no longer able to compete to be the king of the pride, so he never really knows if he has what it takes. He doesn’t get to play a game of chess with his prey.

All the things that make him a lion are suppressed, or gone for good.

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Everyday Carry Essentials for Men: The 9 most critical items every man must keep with him

Everyday Carry Essentials for Men: The 9 most critical items every man must keep with him

Every man needs to carry gear on him.

Most men do, but not all of them carry the right things. Especially in this day and age it is even more critical to carry the right things and not the wrong things. Let’s face it, there are certain tools that you need for every type of situation.

In this article, I aim to expose what you shouldn’t carry, and then unfold the 9 most critical EDC essentials every man must carry with him. Not only that, but I’ll give you links to the best places to order from. Also, if you are an EDC junkie, there are some great pictures in this post that you can ogle at.

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Less is more: Why a man needs to learn to prioritize, say no, and live simple

Less is more: Why a man needs to learn to prioritize, say no, and live simple

I have been so overwhelmed lately…

I have had to take a step back and think about what is really going on in my life. I am always getting invited to compete in an event, run a marathon, join a group, go on a trip, or meetup with someone.

Honestly, it’s exhausting.

Typically I am very focused and disciplined on what it is that I am doing, what I need to do to create a flow in my life and still leave room for spontaneity.

I realized that I am probably not alone on this one, and it seems that it' gets easier and easier to do this the more that time goes on.

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How to build a CrossFit Peg Board: A Simple DIY project for your garage or home gym

How to build a CrossFit Peg Board: A Simple DIY project for your garage or home gym

Recently my friend opened his own CrossFit Affiliate Box “The Standard” in downtown Toledo, Ohio. I wanted to do something for him.

I had been to other CrossFit Affiliates in the area but had never seen one that had a climbing pegboard. These were really made popular during the CrossFit Games and gave the athletes a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.

Since then, garage’s and gyms all over the world have been producing them.

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What Hannibal can teach us about taking command of our life and mastering our own fears

What Hannibal can teach us about taking command of our life and mastering our own fears

Hannibal was 26 years old when he was made commander-in-chief of the army of Carthage. He immediately went to work by expanding Carthage across the Tagus river. On his way back to Carthage, he was met abruptly by an attacking coalition of Spanish tribes. This is where we first see Hannibal’s genius strategy at work.

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Weekly Workout For Men: Show Me Your Shoulders...The Stoics view of how we should train the body

Weekly Workout For Men: Show Me Your Shoulders...The Stoics view of how we should train the body

Suppose, for example, that in talking to an athlete, I said, “Show me your shoulders,” and then he answered, “Look at my jumping weights.” Go to, you and your jumping weights! What I want to see is the effect of the jumping weights. –  Epictetus, Discourses, I, 4 

This is possibly one of the greatest statements.

How many times have we said to ourselves, tomorrow I will buy my new weights, or get my new running shoes, or my new protein powder and pre-workout.

We do those things, but we still don’t have the thing that we really want:

  • Character

  • Discipline

  • Grit

  • Consistency

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