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The Ultimate Gentleman Cheat Sheet Every Man Needs

The Ultimate Gentleman Cheat Sheet Every Man Needs

Have you ever been out for the evening and witnessed a classy-looking man who was well put together and knew all the right things to say and do? Almost like he knew what to do or was prepared in every way for anything coming his way? Well, let me be the one to tell you, you were witness to the rare and illusive gentleman. Some women think seeing a true gentleman is like seeing a unicorn or having a leprechaun hand you a map to his pot of gold.

Having the male gene does not mean you are a gentleman. In fact, not every guy has it in him to be a gentleman. Part of being a gentleman can be taught while other parts seem like they are ingrained into the man. The list of infographics below is a gentleman cheat sheet. A gentleman is not always the good guy. A gentleman is usually the best suited up, smoothest talking, single malt whiskey drinker in the building.

Take a look at the information in them. I have no doubt may know some of the information. Here is a good reason you might consider learning to be a gentleman: A woman sees a man in a perfectly tailored suit in much the same way as a man looks at a women in lingerie. There is a reason Frank Sinatra and the fictional Don Draper had ladies swooning when they entered a room… they were gentlemen.

Some people say the clothes make the man. An air of sophistication, the allure of manners and possibly a better life are all part of the mystique. Being a true gent is truly a combination of many things and that’s what this ultimate gentleman cheat sheet is all about.

Evening Etiquette for the True Gentleman

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    Guide to Wearing a Suit like a Real Gentleman

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      Tying a Scarf for Style and Warmth

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        Gentleman’s Guide to Shoes. Because Women Look at your Shoes. Yes Really.

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          Complete Gentleman’s Guide

          guide-to-all-things-gentleman

             

            Suit Tailoring for the Beginner Gentleman

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              Guide to Choosing the Correct Belt for the Occasion

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                You’re not in College Anymore. Your Clothes Should Fit Properly

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                  Bourbon vs. Whiskey Read Carefully.

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                    Buying (Pre-owned) Rolex Watches

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                      Pairing the Correct Wine with Food is a Sexy Skill

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                        Gentlemen are Remembered for How Well They Entertain

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                          Guide to Wet Shaving (The Lost Art)

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                            Buying an Engagement Ring Like a Knowledgeable Gent

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                              Gentlemen Don’t Need a Guide, Just Dating Reminders

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                                Regional Food Knowledge for the Carnivorous Gents

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                                  Rockin’ a Mustache Like a Gent

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                                    Choose the Right Color Clothes to Fit Your Personality

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                                      Gentlemen Know How to Drink Whiskey

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                                        Valentine’s Day is a Real Gent’s Time to Shine

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                                          Gentleman’s Neckwear Flow Chart

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                                            Gents Wear Tuxedos and Tie Their Own Bow Tie

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                                              Gentleman’s Etiquette Mantra

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                                                Be a Gentleman, Not a Saint

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                                                  That’s a Great Head of Hair Sir

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                                                    18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                                    18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                                    The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                                    1. Understand Yourself Better

                                                    Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                                    Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                                    2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                                    I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                                    Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                                    3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                                    As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                                    You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                                    4. Boost Creativity

                                                    The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                                    When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                                    You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                                    5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                                    A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                                    Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                                    6. Process Life Experiences

                                                    When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                                    Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                                    7. Stress Relief

                                                    In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                                    Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                                    8. Provide Direction

                                                    Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                                    One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                                    9. Solve Problems

                                                    Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                                    Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                                    When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                                    10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                                    Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                                    Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                                    11. Find Meaning in Life

                                                    Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                                    12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                                    Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                                    13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                                    When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                                    14. Let the Past Go

                                                    I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                                    15. Allow Freedom

                                                    Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                                    16. Enhance Your Career

                                                    Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                                    Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                                    17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                                    All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                                    18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                                    No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                                    We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                                    Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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