I am a big fan of blogs. I follow several that I read regularly and have them set up on my Feedly list so that with a visit to just one place I can get all my favorite reads collected for me.
Blogs appeal to me in that they get the author’s point across rather quickly giving me time to read several points of view much quicker than I could in a book. Many of the blogs I read are by men who have established themselves as experts in their field. Business leaders. Fashion advisers. Chefs. Artists. Thinkers and Influencers.
Below is a list of 15 men who blog that you should be following to help you step up your game. In no particular order I give you…
15 men who blog that you should be following
Brett McKay writes The Art of Manliness — a blog dedicated to uncovering the lost art of being a man. On his “About” page, Brett writes, “Many men today feel adrift and have lost the confidence, focus, skills, and virtues that men of the past embodied. In an increasingly androgynous society, modern men are confused about their role and what it means to be an honorable, well-rounded man. The Art of Manliness seeks to fill this void and offer an alternative to those who believe there’s more to being a man than expensive clothes and the hot babe of the month.”
He covers topics such as ‘Dress and Grooming’, ‘Manly Skills’ and ‘Relationships and Family’. Recent posts include “6 Tips for Gym Newbies”, “How to Control a Job Interview” and “A Primer on Friedrich Nietzsche: His Life and Philosophical Style”.
Seth Godin is the founder of Yoyodyne and Squidoo. He is also the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world including “Tribes”, “Purple Cow” and “Meatball Sundae”. Seth writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.
In 2013 Seth Godin was one of three individuals inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame.
Seth has an interesting approach to blogging. Unlike others who churn out 5,000 word posts or only post a couple times per month, Seth posts most every day and if he can say what he needs to say in two sentences then that is what he posts.
Mitch Mitchell writes several blogs though ‘I’m Just Sharing’ is where he shares his thoughts on writing, blogging, social media, internet marketing, and many other topics. You never know what he will write about there. He is also a best selling author and sought after public speaker sharing his success tactics on health care finance issues, leadership and management, diversity and motivation.
About ‘I’m Just Sharing’, Mitch says, “If nothing else, you will be entertained, challenged, or informed; what more could anyone want from a blog? If you’re not, then I’ll just rant for myself.”
His latest book, “Leadership Is/Isn’t Easy” is a good read for anyone in a management position.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write for 4 million readers about living a meaningful life with less stuff and have been featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post.
In their blog, they write about minimalism and their thoughts on living a minimalist lifestyle. They explain “Minimalists don’t focus on having less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room.”
Their first book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life really got the ball rolling for me and, beside their blog, is a good place to start your path to a minimalist lifestyle. (Notice how short Ryan’s hair is on the cover compared to now.)
Does Richard Branson really need an introduction? His Facebook page describes him as a “Tie-loathing adventurer, philanthropist & troublemaker, who believes in turning ideas into reality. Otherwise known as Dr Yes”. Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. You can read his bio at www.virgin.com/richard-branson/biography. His blog covers many different topics. Recent posts include, “There Are Few Greater Gifts Than A Smile” and “How To Create A Red Hot Brand” as well as “The Dying Art Of Listening”. Richard Branson is big on saving the planet and sustainability, two things I am rather passionate about as well.
James Altucher is the author of several national best sellers including “Choose Yourself!” in which he discusses how “…everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.”
In his blog he writes insightful articles teaching us how we can choose ourselves as well as why he has had four death threats, his experiences and lessons learned from living at The Chelsea and how he screwed Yasser Arafat out of $2mm and lost another $100mm in the process.
You can know I am following Austin’s teachings because I actually stole the idea for this blog post from someone else. That is what Austin Kleon preaches in his book “Steal Like an Artist“. He says since nothing under the sun is original, find what inspires you, build on it and make it better. Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work! His work has been translated into over twenty languages and featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. New York Magazine called his work “brilliant,” The Atlantic called him “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead.” He speaks about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.
On his “About” page, Chris Ducker writes, “Even if you’ve been successful in business for years, times are changing. Fast. If you don’t learn how to do business ‘the new way’, then you’re going to be left behind…This is my personal blog, a melting pot of information to get you kitted-out with all the tools, tips and tactics you need to be able to start, run, support and grow a business in the 21st century. Hundreds of posts, plenty of interviews with successful entrepreneurs and tons of great content mean you’ll be ready to take on the world with a ‘new business’ mentality faster than you ever imagined!”
Worth checking out for sure!
The New York Times calls him “A cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.”
Tim Ferriss is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, including The 4-Hour Workweek, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more).
Tim Ferris is a master of meta-learning. That is to say, learning things fast by applying Pareto’s Principle (the 80-20 Rule). This principle states that “roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes”. In other words, the 80/20 rule is stating you can often get a large percentage of the results you want by finding the right 20% of either actions or specific things to concentrate on. An example of this is by learning just three guitar chords you can play thousands of songs.
Read his blog for many other useful tools and skills.
Chris Guillebeau is a NYT bestselling author of “The Happiness of Pursuit” and “The $100 Startup“. He visited every country in the world from 2002-2013. Chris Guillbeau writes at Art of Nonconformity where he states, “The purpose of AONC is to share the story of how to change the world by achieving personal goals while helping others at the same time. In the battle against conventional beliefs, we focus on three core areas: Life, Work, and Travel. The key theme that links each of these topics is non-conformity. I define non-conformity as “a lack of orthodoxy in thoughts or beliefs” or “the refusal to accept established customs, attitudes, or ideas.””
Sean’s blog is is about two things: Building a business you can run from anywhere on Earth and living a life worth writing about. Location 180 and it’s sister site Location Rebel are all about helping you to achieve a lifestyle where you can do more of the stuff that makes you happy, and help others in the process. Sean writes, “In 2009 my life sucked. So I quit my job, moved to Thailand, built a business, and started living life the way I’d always wanted. Location 180 documents the journey and teaches you how to do the same thing.”
Jairek Robbins is the son of Tony Robbins. Yes, THAT Tony Robbins, so helping to create positive change is wired into Jairek’s DNA. As an innovator, Jairek is applying his own philosophy and living a life of adventure, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. Whether it’s cage diving with great white sharks, hanging with silverbacks in Rwanda, white water rafting down the Nile, working as a volunteer in underdeveloped regions, or building a powerful enterprise that’s built for results, Jairek does more than talk about it, he stretches the boundaries of traditional thinking and makes it happen and helps his readers learn to do the same.
Having been a professional cook and baker most of his life, David Lebovitz launched his website in 1999 to coincide with the release of his first book. In 2004 he turned the site into his blog. David Lebovitz was named one of the Top Five Pastry Chefs in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle and has been featured in Bon Appétit, Chocolatier, Cooking Light, Food+Wine, Cook’s Illustrated, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Travel and Leisure, The New York Times, People, Saveur, Sunset, and USA Today.
I first discovered David when I picked up his book “The Sweet Life in Paris” which tells the story of his move to Paris and includes stories about how he adjusted to life in a city that sometimes left him scratching his head, but ultimately won him over. The book caught my eye at a time I was seriously considering moving to Paris as well.
David has so-far written seven books including one of my favorite cook books, “Ready for Dessert” which is a collection of his all-time favorite recipes.
Want to know how to emulate Cary Grant, James Bond or Steve McQueen? You are in luck! Nick Guzan created BAMF Style because as he puts it, “Part of being a straight man is that I am pretty clueless when it comes to knowing what to wear. Hate to stereotype, but it’s pretty much the truth.” On his site he explores what it means to dress like a man by emulating men in movies and TV that people are paid to look awesome. Nick goes into great detail breaking down fashion and style of characters including many screens shots and descriptions for a wide range of individuals and styles. Recent posts include “Indiana Jones’ White Dinner Jacket”, “The Wolf of Wall Street: Leo’s Floral Swimwear” and “Bond Style – Cream Linen Suit in Vegas (Diamonds are Forever)”
Need to up your appearance? Check of BAMF Style today!
Larry Winget makes you think. He makes you uncomfortable. He offers common sense solutions that are impossible to argue with. On top of all that, he is hilarious. Known as “The Pitbull of Personal Developement”, Larry has a back to the basics approach and still believes that hard work and excellence are the keys to success and communicates that like no other person on the planet can!
Larry has written many books including titles such as “You’re Broke Because You Want to Be”, “Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life” and “It’s Called Work for a Reason!: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault”.
Larry’s # 1 Rule For Life and Business: “Do what you said you would do, when you said you would do it, the way you said you would do it.” – Larry Winget
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