I didn’t know about the talcum powder trick. The $20 idea is good but I’d also say keeping a crisp $100 somewhere is also a solid practice. One time in Frankfurt I couldn’t get one of my bills exchanged because it was an older style. Now I try to bring only new cash and use my cards whenever possible.
No this isn’t that sort of Dear John letter… I started Benevolent Badass with the intention of creating a fun site focused on men’s style. Clearly there hasn’t been much happening here since the initial launch last year.
I’ve been keeping myself busy! In the past year or so I’ve traveled to Pensacola, Frankfurt, Stadtsteinach, Atlanta (three times) and Las Vegas (twice). I’ve had the good fortune to see Prince in concert the last night he publicly played. I’ve been to a few mesmerizing Cirque du Soleil shows, spent time with dear, lifelong friends and some new ones too. I say all this not to try to impress but because it has brought me to a realization.
Part of my definition of being a Benevolent Badass is living a rich life sharing experiences with friends AND doing it with style. This thought process has helped me understand my focus should be more than just men’s style. I want to share some of the incredible tricks I’ve learned which helped my friends and I have some great experiences.
Dressing well, laughing with friends, free room stays, comped bar tabs, whiskey tastings at no charge, nearly-free flights… all of this is doable for most anyone. Let me know if there is something specific in these areas you’d like to learn more about. Leave a comment below. I read them all. Also if you know someone who may be interested in these things, let them know about the site. Have them sign up for the email list.
Until next time…
You get more of what you focus on. Focus on the positive.
Don’t be a bummer to be around. 😉 Appreciate the present moment.
Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory. — Jack London
A pocket notebook. They sort of seem like a quaint idea from a past era in this age of smart phones and iPads. BUT there are benefits to handwriting some things. Man of Attack hits on some of the highlights in this post about being a pocket notebook kind of guy. Style isn’t just about fashion, ya know.
As a bonus, here is a video on how to improve your cursive handwriting. (Yes, that’s still a thing too.)
Looking for some tips on how to get that crisp look in the morning? Check out these 7 steps to help nail that first impression.
Ironing is a simple thing that every guy should know how to handle well. We don’t have to like it, but we do need to know how to do it. Or you could go all in and learn to iron like a boss!
There is something so enjoyable about pancakes on the weekend. Sure you could pull out a box of some mix and follow the pictures. But remember, you, you are a badass. Boxed pancakes (or worse frozen ones) aren’t for people who play at your level.
As luck would have it pancakes are pretty darn simple to make without the Bisquick. Want to know how to make pancakes from scratch? Check out this easy recipe from Esquire. Once you have that down, kick it up and go for the most decadent pancakes in the history of breakfast. Whiskey, bacon, maple syrup, granola… oh my!
Mentors. You can have them yet never meet them. Some of the greatest mentors are no longer on this earth but can be found in the pages of books. While it may be difficult to see them regularly face to face, other amazing mentors can be found giving great guidance online. You may not ever meet them, they most definitely can help you become a better person.
In this article, Ramit lays out his Roadmap for Success. As he says, “These aren’t shortcuts. Hard work is still required. But they will compound your rewards.”
There are reminders like keeping balance, being realistic, rewarding yourself along the way, and having people who are rooting for you. Check out the list, but really it’s the pictures where some real inspiration comes in.
Travel can be so much fun. Especially if you go in with the mindset of adventure and embracing the unknown. Some of us love the excitement of exploring new places and cultures, for others it’s about the new friends made along the way, and for seasoned travellers it’s always fun to revisit our favorite places for a more immersing experience.
While zipping off to new lands is exhilarating, it can be even more fun traveling light and dressing well. With that in mind, take a look at this packing list from Dappered.