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Last Updated on October 12, 2017

All the Essential Items for Men’s Minimalist Outfits

All the Essential Items for Men’s Minimalist Outfits

When you picture success, you may think about the great accomplishments of people like Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs. You’ve likely read articles about how these successful people get inspired and stay productive. One thing you may not have noticed was that some of the most influential people in the world take a minimalist approach to style.

Your style can communicate who you are and what you stand for before you ever open your mouth. Since we know that we never get a second chance to make a first impression, many of us spend lots of time agonizing over what to wear. We want to be successful, and we’ve been taught that we have to dress for success. Looking great doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel every day, though.

Some of the greatest minds of our time have adopted a minimalist wardrobe

You probably can’t picture Steve Jobs without thinking of his go-to outfit: a black turtleneck and jeans. When you think of Mark Zuckerberg, your mental image is likely to be him in a pair of jeans, a grey t-shirt, and possibly, a hoodie. Barack Obama is always in a blue or grey suit. We imagine them this way because these influential people have committed to wearing the same outfits over and over.

People who choose to wear the same thing over and over value simplicity and minimalism in their clothing choices. Taking the decision-making out of getting ready in the morning is an intentional move that influential people make to save time and energy. We humans can only make so many decisions per day before we suffer from decision fatigue.[1]

Mark Zuckerberg’s fashion philosophy

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    Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, put it most succinctly. When asked to explain why he wears the same clothes every day, he said:[2]

    “I really want to clear my life so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.”

    He explains that spending his time and energy on frivolous things prevents him from putting his energy into his company. Mr. Zuckerberg knows that if he spends 30 minutes every day deciding what to wear, he loses three-and-a-half hours per week that he could devote to his work or his family. Think about how much time you spend picking out your outfits.

    You can take a page out of Zuckerberg’s book

    The average person makes a whopping 35,000 decisions per day.[3] Many of those decisions relate to mundane things like what to pack in your lunch or which shirt you should wear. The more time and energy you spend on the mundane, the less you have to devote to the extraordinary.

    Having a minimalist wardrobe doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style. You can still look professional and put together, without fretting over fashion. By limiting the number of choices you have to make and choosing versatile pieces, you can design a sharp-looking hassle-free wardrobe for yourself.

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    Essential looks for a minimalist wardrobe

    Depending on where we work and how we spend our time, there are certain outfits that we should have in our closets. If you can nail down some quality go-to pieces in each of these categories, you can do away with the closet full of decisions you have to make every morning.

    At Lifehack, we’ve put together a list of essential looks, and we’ve identified some great pieces to help you pull them off.

    1. Smart Office Casual

    Looking sharp doesn’t mean that you need to have a different suit or set of accessories for every day of the week. Dress professionally without coming off as too formal with these items. This is the perfect look for the office.

      1. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Dress Reversible Belt with Polished Nickel Buckle $21.02
      2. Zachary Prell Granite Soft Knit Blazer $398.00
      3. BENGAL Leather Satchel by Ted Baker $449.00
      4. Williams Cashmere Men’s Crew-Neck Sweater $37.84
      5. Men’s Knoxville Plain Toe Gore-Tex Oxfords $143.00\
      6. Goodthreads Men’s Slim-Fit Wrinkle-Free Dress Chino Pant $30.00

      2. Laid Back Executive

      A quality polo shirt and a pair of chinos enable you to look put-together and casual. This look is perfect for those less-formal meetings and casual afternoons out.

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        1. G-Star Raw Men’s 5620 Deconstructed 3d Low Tapered Cerro Stretch Jean $120.00
        2. Men’s Twin Tipped Polo Shirt-m1200 by Fred Perry $52.99
        3. Leather Backpack by Jack Spade $398.00
        4. Conway Sneakers by Vince $225.00

        3. Ready for the Gym

        Going to the gym is about getting results and being healthy. There’s no need to get fussy about fashion if you have a few solid and functional garments.

          1. Surge Short 7″ by Lululemon $85.00
          2. Tech Short-Sleeve Shirt by Under Armour $14.99 – $46.99
          3. A-PIE Fashion Breathable Sneakers Mesh Soft Sole Casual Athletic Lightweight $14.99
          4. Barnaby Tapered Joggers by Jack Wills $85.63
          5. Under Armour Resistor 3.0 Lo Cut Sock $21.99 
          6. Assert Convertible Duffel Bag/ Backpack by Lululemon $163.58

          4. Street Smart

          For casual everyday wear, there’s no need to waste time rifling through t-shirts. If you are interested in emulating Mark Zuckerberg’s style, these are the types of items he wears on a daily basis.

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            1. 501 Original-Fit Jeans by Levi’s $39.99
            2. Modern Fit Tee by Woolrich $22.45
            3. Raven Hoodie by All Saints $104.36
            4. Men’s Basket Classic B&W Fashion Sneakers by PUMA $74.95

            5. Finishing Touches and Accessories

            To add some flair to your outfits, consider a few simple accessories. Many of these work well with several of the outfits we’ve put together. Having versatile accessories ensures that you can look your best without having to spend too much time digging through extensive collections.

              1. Herschel Men’s Roy RFID Blocking Wallet $24.99
              2. Venture Navy Leather Bracelet by Links of London $225.00
              3. Expedition Scout 40 Watch by Timex $38.50
              4. Major II Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones by Marshall $85.95
              5. Bleu de Chanel cologne by Chanel $225.00

              Keep it Simple and Practical

              Wardrobes can quickly become expansive, but if you take time to curate your collection and identify versatile pieces, you’ll be able to put together a look for any occasion.

              Featured photo credit: Anthony Quintano/ FlickR via flickr.com

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              10 Best Time Management Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs

              10 Best Time Management Books Recommended By Entrepreneurs

              We all know that the most precious resource in life is time. Once lost, you can never rewind the clock. For entrepreneurs, this pressure is enhanced.

              Having an idea and a vision for a business requires courage. Launching that business in a world where many are satisfied with their comfort zones requires guts. Once you’ve launched the business, the goal is to be consistent.

              Success is directly related to consistency. Consistency is the direct result of how you manage your time.

              Here are 10 awesome time management books that have been recommended by successful entrepreneurs.

              1. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

              This is an awesome resource that jolts everything you’ve ever learned about the time needed to build a successful career. Personally, I was shell-shocked when I first heard of a “4-hour workweek.” At the time, I could hardly get through the typical 9-5.

              I read the book and my life has never been the same. I’ve managed to escape the rate race, work less hours, and live life to the fullest.

              Joel Bomgar, founder and CEO of Bomgar, had the following to say about the book:

              “The productivity principles and philosophy of productivity and effectiveness encompassed in [The 4-Hour Work Week] are powerful. I read it a few years back and it was one of the most life-transforming books I’ve ever read.”

                Get the book here!

                2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

                This is another fantastic resource that shifts your paradigm and mindset. This book taught me that income-generating assets usually provide healthier bottom-line results than even the best of traditional jobs. This might not always mean millions of dollars in your bank account, but it may give you that priceless time freedom.

                Dane Maxwell, founder of an incredible resource called The Foundation – a community of over 60,000 entrepreneurs – had this to say:

                “It all started when I read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I’m not a typically really super intelligent guy so I really appreciated the simplistic way that Rich Dad, Poor Dad explained financial wealth. He talked about passive income and not exchanging time for money.”

                  Get the book here!

                  3. No B.S. Time Management For Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy

                  Being an entrepreneur is tough. You’ve got to set some serious targets upfront. You might not achieve them all, but you have to gun for them.

                  This book gives you three incredibly powerful tips and targets:

                  • Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you unstoppable
                  • Avoid the time vampires that want to suck you dry
                  • As an entrepreneur, your time is worth $340 per hour

                  It is impossible to start as $340-per-hour entrepreneur. But, it should certainly be your target as you grow.

                  Paul Gallipeau, Digital Marketing entrepreneur, has this as one of his highly recommended reads.

                    Get the book here!

                    4. In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore

                    We live in an unnecessarily fast-paced world. In Praise of Slowness advocates for the reversal of a fast-forward mentality and lifestyle. It entrenches a culture revolution against the notion that faster is always better.

                    For any entrepreneur, this is a must-read.

                    There are too many opportunities out there. There are opportunities within opportunities. In the midst of all these opportunities, you need to slow down and have a clearly defined vision that will help you avoid growing into a chaotic entrepreneur.

                    This is a resource highly recommended by Joe Griffin, co-founder of iAcquire.

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                      Get the book here!

                      5. Priorities: Resources for Changing Lives by James C. Petty

                      This book addresses time management from a spiritual perspective.

                      I’m a huge advocate for the idea that less is more. I truly believe you can get more done by doing less.

                      The success of this theory all lies in your ability to prioritize. Not everything that screams for your attention is important. You need to proactively ignore things that are not your most urgent priorities.

                      With this resource, James C. Petty helps bring focus into frazzled lives. Using the “Assessing My Priorities” worksheet, he walks you through the process of organizing time under the categories of God, the people of God, and God’s work in the world.

                      With sound biblical advice and practical applications, this booklet demonstrates ways in which you can reduce unnecessary stress, identify true priorities, and begin to get your overbooked schedule under control.

                        Get the book here!

                        6. On The Shortness Of Life by Seneca

                        Recommended by Tim Ferriss, the incredible entrepreneur and author of The 4-Hour Work Week, this resource highlights that we have more than enough time to live our lives to the fullest.

                        Unfortunately, we waste much of it.

                        The book teaches how you can live a more fulfilled life by tweaking your perspective on time management.

                          Get the book here!

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                          7. Organize Yourself by Kate Kelly

                          Shifting your paradigm and mindset is important. That’s the reason why most of these books are geared at changing the way you think about the relationship between time and entrepreneurship.

                          This book is about shifting your thinking about execution. Before execution, you need a plan. You need to be organized.

                          This book will help you get organized by providing you with essential rules for better time, money, space and paper management.

                          It reveals a professional organizer’s proven techniques for streamlining daily life.

                          It provides fast, effective methods for dealing with common clutter, along with helping you to overcome procrastination and other organizational ailments.

                            Get the book here!

                            8. Time Efficiency Makeover by Dorothy K. Breininger

                            We all are prone to procrastination at some point or other in our entrepreneurial journey. When things are not going quite according to how you planned, it is all too easy to get distracted.

                            This book will help you decide whether procrastination is a real problem or if you are experiencing other life challenges.

                            For true procrastinators, this book is filled with step-by-step guidelines on how to stop putting off those home and work projects, unpaid bills and neglected relationships. You will understand what is holding you back and how to keep focused and motivated on present and future events.

                            A must-read for anyone who wants to improve the efficiency and satisfaction of their lives.

                            Phil McGraw, an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, highly recommends this resource and has the following to say:

                            “These guys really know how to get things set up to maximize your time. They absolutely can create time that seems to come from nowhere.”

                              Get the book here!

                              9. How Did I Get So Busy? by Burton Valorie

                              I was once a busy bee and quickly realized that being busy was not necessarily the most effective way to reach my destiny. As the editor at Run For Wealth, a Nike Run Club Coach, and an online marketer, I have to constantly have to find the true balance between business versus productivity.

                              I highly recommend this book because it’s a simple and effective way to rediscover your true priorities, shift out of overdrive, and reclaim your life and schedule.

                                Get the book here!

                                10. Aligned Thinking: Make Every Moment Count by Jim Steffen

                                Ultimately, we all want to live a fulfilled life. Having a great paradigm shift and being organized means nothing if you can’t make every moment count.

                                This book, written in the style of a simple fable, helps you to develop practical ways to focus on what’s important now and make the moment count.

                                  Get the book here!

                                  Conclusion

                                  As an entrepreneur, you’ll come across many challenges. But, the biggest challenge will often be the issue of using your time effectively – especially early on in your entrepreneurial journey. This is the time when you’ll feel obliged to make everyone happy.

                                  Time is a precious resource. For those who truly understand its value, it often seems like they are living in a cocoon.

                                  You are not living in a cocoon. As an entrepreneur, you are in the minority, but it’s fine. I hope this list of resources will help you find comfort in the fact that being in the minority probably means you are well on your way to a fantastic and successful entrepreneurial journey.

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