Category Archives for Personal Improvement

The Integration Elixir

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“Masculinity is a force that emanates from the male soul with a burning desire to create, to make an impact, to be a masterful part of the greater world. Masculinity is an act of will. It originates within the mind and manifests through our deliberate choices and actions. Like any force, masculinity can be used to benefit oneself, others and society as a whole, or it can be used to damage others and damage society.”

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On Being a Man – Step 1

I have been fascinated by the concepts of masculinity and manhood, probably because I’ve felt lacking in those traits.  I’ve struggled with being a man for a long time, because nobody ever taught me how to be one.  That’s unsurprising, since American society has stopped valuing manhood and masculinity, and in some cases actually denigrate […]

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Life Lessons from TV Comedy

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net One of the most important life lessons I learned came from watching sitcoms on television.  Surprising, right?  Who would believe that TV comedy can teach anything, other than how to write unoriginal, formulaic stories around forgettable characters?  Well, it can, but you need to add an ounce of thought from […]

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Speech: Dancing Your Way to Success

I’ve spent a couple weeks doing the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest circuit.  First the club level, then the area level and finally the division level, where I placed third with this speech.  Admittedly, that’s not much of a circuit, especially when you consider there is only one higher level anyway. The purpose of speech was […]

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