Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Child

So it’s another weekend and your kid is clinging to your pants leg, begging you for money to buy that candy bar/toy/video game they’ve had their eye on.  It’s something every parent experiences often before your child can even talk (no joke, my kids were pointing at the animal cracker boxes at the grocery store before the age of 2).

Rather than treating this as an annoyance, instead look at it as an opportunity to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in your child.  Continue reading “Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Child”

Arnold’s Three Part Formula for Success

Much of my reading these days has been about bodybuilding.  As you all know, I’m on the Team WB Fitness program that is, you guessed it, a bodybuilding program.  When I am doing something, I want to know all about it, and research it and learn all there is to know on a the subject.  Naturally, I have been reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s books.  If you want advice, I say go to the best.  In his book “The Education of a Bodybuilder”, Arnold explains a method he used inside and outside the gym to reach success.  Today I’ll explain what they are, and how I’ve been using this method in my own life to succeed.

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3 Ways to Harness Your Inner Stoic

Stoicism seems to be a rather fashionable thing for many young men to talk about on the internet, but judging by their other conversations, I’m often left wondering if it’s just for show and they don’t really practice what they preach.

Stoicism is a rather rich and complex philosophy, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll narrow it down to it’s most basic interpretation Continue reading “3 Ways to Harness Your Inner Stoic”

Don’t Tell Me You Can’t, Tell Me You Don’t Want To

This is my 100th post on AKC so I wanted to write something a bit different than I typically do.  The title of this article is a piece of wisdom I learned from my father.  He didn’t teach me too much growing up due to my parents being separated and him having his own interests in mind, but as a teen I worked for him doing masonry work.  These years were the only time we really had time to be around each other and I learned a few things about life.  Today, I’ll recall my favorite saying and mindset I learned from my dad and what it actually means to me.

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How Your Life Experiences Impact Your Fitness Success

 

I wrote an article a while back here on how to improve your fat loss results. There were some opposing views in the comments section, mainly in regards to whether or not men should go fast or go slow when beginning their fitness journeys. My article proposed the more moderate approach, whereas several comments disagreed and thought that a more aggressive approach was better. Today I’m going to address this. Continue reading “How Your Life Experiences Impact Your Fitness Success”

The Backhanded Insult That Will Fix Your Marriage

Okay, okay, I will admit that this article headline is a bit clickbaity, but the subject we’re talking about is indeed valuable (dubious titles aside).

Today we’re discussing probably the most powerful backhanded insult you can give either your wife or LTR.  The reason it is so powerful is because it works on multiple levels, eliciting both positive and negative feelings. Continue reading “The Backhanded Insult That Will Fix Your Marriage”

Remembering To Be Human

We promote the go get it, kill it in every aspect of life attitude around here.  We’re committed to being the best fathers, leaders, husbands and also being fit physically, mentally and socially.  I’ve noticed at times that we can get wrapped up in this, after all its who we are, and there are times that you have to take a step back, laugh at life, and just run on auto pilot for a bit.  Today I’ll speak about taking that needed time to recuperate and what you can do to recharge when you’ve been hustling your ass off. Continue reading “Remembering To Be Human”

A Slight Change of Focus

Aikido, like all martial arts, devotes a lot of time to focus on the individual.  However, unlike most martial arts, whose sole focus is on the physical, Aikido spends much more time on the mental and spiritual aspects.  Whether or not you believe in chi, life forces, etc, softer styles like Aikido offer a unique perspective not just on the individual, but to your entire life.

One exercise we do from time to time is a little something called Unbendable Arm.   Continue reading “A Slight Change of Focus”

Tough Love

Over the weekend my son got upset over a game he was playing.  I decided that he had enough and shut it down.  I could see tears welling up in his eyes.  He’s 10 years old and I remember that at that age crying was not an option.  I told him “stop crying, you’re too old for that.”  in an assertive but not overly loud tone.  He looked at me with that look that I think most boys give their fathers when they realize that I’m not going to coddle or comfort him.  Its a look of respect, fear, and maybe even a slight bit of anger.  The whole interaction got me thinking about how and when to show your children that you aren’t the one they come crying to for comfort over every little thing.  Today, I’ll share my experiences and thoughts on the matter.

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