I first heard of The Richest Man in Babylon from Fighting Mediocrity who made a fantastic animated video review of it. (Check it out here.) I bought it on Kindle for next to nothing: £1.99! It’s a short book and reads like an allegory similar in style to The Alchemist. Synopsis In ancient Babylon, an ordinary family man is struck one day that he is not rich and in all likelihood never will be rich. He and his friends decide to ask the richest man in Babylon for his secrets to becoming rich. Takeaways and analysis The overall objective recommended is the image of ‘fattening up your purse’. It’s a great image to have in your mind when you’re reading this book. Imagine your wallet slowly getting fuller and fuller. Rule 1 Pay yourself first. Save 10% of your income and spend the rest. Clason makes the point that most …[Read More]
Anxiety is the scourge of our generation. As I mentioned in a previous article, I’m pretty damn happy most of the time, but I do get anxious and stressed. Stress is linked to the hormone cortisol, which is produced by the body in fight or flight mode. When you’re on a losing streak, or anxious about stuff, your body will produce cortisol. Cortisol is perfectly normal and has served us well for millennia. But it’s only supposed to be in the body for short amounts of time. In the last century however, cortisol stays in the body for longer at low-levels, due to the lifestyle we now have. This is not good. In fact, this will kill us. I accidentally discovered this breathing exercise when out and about recently. Stand up tall (a bit like power posing as we saw in the earlier article on Amy Cuddy). Tilt your head …[Read More]
A reader asked me a question last week. “What is the proper response to your barber asking if you want your eyebrows done?” I’d say “Hell no!” Unless….. The default position For most men, there’s no need at all to have anything done to your eyebrows. Don’t get them trimmed, plucked or threaded. ESPECIALLY don’t pluck them. This elicits an ‘eww’ reaction from women. You don’t want them to look sculpted and unnatural There’s nothing more unmanly than looking too over groomed. You might think that’s an odd thing to say for a blog about improving your appearance. But we’re looking for a manly appearance. You want to look like you’ve made an effort but you don’t want to look like you’ve tried too hard. That’s the tightrope we must walk. Overgrooming is feminine. It’s okay for women (to a point), but for men it’s a no-no. It makes you …[Read More]
In the last month since Brexit, I’ve been through some of the stages of shock and trauma. Stage 1 – Anger/Disbelief When Brexit first happened, I was in a daze. I remember getting up at 5am that Friday and feeling sick to the pit of my stomach. Angelique told me that on hearing the news, I punched the bedroom door really hard. I don’t remember. On my commute, I was dazed and looking at everyone with almost hate. Like they voted to leave. Stage 2 – Denial “We can have a second referendum.” “We don’t need to follow through.” “Parliament can overrule the will of the people.” Stage 3 – Blame “We’ve been robbed by the old.” “The old stole our opportunities.” “Chavs have burned the whole house down.” Stage 4 – Looking at the causes and what can we learn? This is where I’m at right now. Why did people …[Read More]
One new pair of sneakers is never enough. In the hot summer months, you need to rotate them to avoid your sneakers becoming a sweaty mess. I was looking at ASOS for some inspiration and found these beauties! (Adidas Originals Court Vantage) What do I love about them? I love the detailing, with the perforated uppers. I like the blue contrasting laces. They’re not too outlandish. They’re classic, with something a little bit different. Check these out: Of course, wear them with invisible socks. Let me know in the comments what sneakers you’re wearing this summer!