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January 27, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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“We start off with such great ambition, assuming that nothing will stand in the way of us accomplishing our goals. And in this great land of opportunity, if we study and work hard, we have an excellent chance of becoming successful. We will achieve our goals. Which could be the worst thing that will ever happen to us. Because when we achieve our goals, we often arrive at the land of contentment, and never realize that if we were to take off and fly again, we could achieve so much more. As George Bernard Shaw said, ‘There are two tragedies in life: One is not getting your heart’s desire; The other is to get it.’ It is a virtue to be content with what we have, but a vice to be content with what we are. Too many people congeal at some point in their lives. They reach a point where they don’t want to change anymore. They become content with what they have become and their belief about their potential congeals like cooking fat getting cold in the bottom of a frying pan. A human mind is a terrible thing to waste. It’s even more tragic when the mind is one that was successful in the past but is now congealing in contentment.”


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The Daily Man-Up

January 24, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

conor mcgregor dee devlin

"A good woman is an investment , A bad bitch is a bill"

We’ve been together for more than eight years. We lived in Ireland, 30 km from Dublin, in a rented apartment on the €188 unemployment benefit. I had no job because I spent all my time in the gym.

I believed that I would be the champion, and she always did, too. She believed in me. Despite the lack of money, Dee Devlin tried to get me to eat right and always keep my daily regimen. She dedicated herself to it. Coming home after an exhausting training session, she always said, ‘Conor, it’s okay, you can do it!

Now I earn millions of dollars. 50-70 thousands of people come to watch me fight. I can afford any car, clothes, or house I want. I want to give her all these things and more. She’s still here, telling me that I can achieve any goal I want.

– Conor McGregor

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The Daily Man-Up: How to Break Free From The “Nice Guy” Stereotype

January 23, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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You’ve probably heard the phrase “Nice guys finish last” and perhaps you’ve experienced it as you watch pushy, inconsiderate guys get the job you want or get the romantic attention of someone you’ve been pining for. It doesn’t seem fair, does it? There’s nothing wrong with being nice, but when you’re so nice to everyone that you stop being nice to yourself, your efforts can backfire. Here are some ways to show people that you value yourself and that they should value you, too.


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The Daily Man-Up: All We Have Is NOW

January 22, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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All we have is right NOW. We can’t guarantee our future self will make the right decisions, and we can’t undo the past mistakes. Stop making plans to be successful in the future and start taking massive action right this very second.

I’ve been super guilty of procrastination by planning, researching, etc. I make to do lists, spreadsheets and routines ad nauseum. I set alarms and reminders. I look at inspirational posts and daydream about the future only to never follow through. The act of making plans and lists satisfies me enough to wait till the next day to take action, which I never do.


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The Daily Man-Up

January 21, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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You know, a lot of people have never seen their breaking point. And in a way that’s very sad… The bottom of that pit is where you eventually find a snarl to put on your face and the will to climb out into the light and shape the very world into something more pleasing. More pleasing to you. It turns out the world is very malleable if you put the work into it.

We all get knocked down. Hard, sometimes. Sometimes we get knocked down real hard.


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The Daily Man-Up: Your Time Is The Furthest Thing From Free

January 20, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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For the majority of my life I made one really big mistake: I under-valued the precious nature of the time I’ve been given to live here on earth, and over-valued the short term gratification that comes from digital pleasure.

My entire middle school life was spent playing World Of Warcraft. I easily put in over 100 logged days of play time.

High school was Call of Duty and the start of social media sites. College was heavy social media use. Easily another 100 days.

You might be surprised at the numbers, but the frightening thing is that it’s far easier to hit these numbers than you might think. Chances are you’re hitting them right now without even realizing it.


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The Daily Man-Up: The Importance Of Remembering A Person’s Name

January 17, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Life Advice |

remembering names

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Franklin D. Roosevelt knew that one of the simplest, most obvious and most important ways of gaining good will was by remembering names and making people feel important – yet how many of us do it?

Half the time we are introduced to a stranger, we chat a few minutes and can’t even remember his or her name by the time we say goodbye.


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The Daily Man-Up

January 16, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

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“I always resented all the years, the hours, the minutes I gave them as a working stiff, it actually hurt my head, my insides, it made me dizzy and a bit crazy… I couldn’t understand the murdering of my years yet my fellow workers gave no signs of agony, many of them even seemed satisfied, and seeing them that way drove me almost as crazy as the dull and senseless work. The workers submitted. The work pounded them to nothingness, they were scooped-out and thrown away. I resented each minute, every minute as it was mutilated and nothing relieved the monotonous ever-structure. I considered suicide. I drank away my few leisure hours. I worked for decades… I knew that I was dying. Something in me said, go ahead, die, sleep, become them, accept. Then something else in me said, no, save the tiniest bit. It needn’t be much, just a spark. A spark can set a whole forest on fire. Just a spark. Save it. I think I did. I’m glad I did. What a lucky god damned thing.”

– Charles Bukowski

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The Daily Man-Up

January 15, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up, Life Advice |

the time is now

When I was 13 I wanted to learn guitar but I saw on TV some kid who was 11 and a child prodigy and I thought "I waited too long, now I’ll be a beginner while kids like that already are great".

Then I was 23 and thought "oh man if I had just started at 13 I would have ten years experience by now! But now why bother?"

At 33 I realized, damn if I had just started at 23 I would probably be pretty good at this by now, but now I’m old and would feel weird in a beginner class at this age, so I didn’t.

At 43 I thought, why did I ever care about what people would think instead of realizing I wanted to do something, but didn’t out of fear and regret, and because I kept thinking about the amount of time I’d already wasted, instead of the fact that RIGHT NOW is simultaneously the oldest I’ve ever been, and the youngest I will ever be again. Now is the time. For everything. Always.

Just start a new game.

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The Daily Man-Up: The Painful Experiences You Need to Meet the Women You Want

January 14, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up, Dating Advice |

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Simple question:

Do you want to meet more women?

Then here’s the hard truth:

At some point…

You WILL get rejected. Some women will be unavailable or uninterested to you.

You WILL have awkward moments. You will be nervous, stuck in your head, and not know what to say.

You WILL be seen as creepy. A woman may not find you attractive in the moment and perceive you as creepy. This may happen even when you introduce yourself in a normal, polite way that doesn’t justify it.

People WILL judge you. Someone may see you trying to talk to a woman and think it’s weird. Your friends might make might fun of you.


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