3 Tips To Find Your Passion in Life!

The Minimalistic Gent is committed to helping you find exactly what makes you happy in life.  Finding your passion can be a difficult and extremely time consuming endeavor, but it is key to your well being.  Finding the self-awareness within yourself to find your passion can be made easier through these three tips:

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1. Think About What You Already Like!

Are you afraid of truly pursuing what you enjoy? A deep fear of failure can deter individual from really accomplishing what they want to do.  Think about the consequences of not doing what you love though.  If failure is your biggest fear, remember that you can also fail at things that you don’t like (so you might as well go for the things that do bring you joy).

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2. Be Open Minded To Suggestions!

Sometimes our friends and family see something in ourselves that we can not.  If you find that your inner circle of friends constantly compliments you on a talent or your family encourages you to do something with a trait you have, it may lead you in the direction you need.   Although we believe that you need to find your passion on your own, suggestions may be helpful to take that leap you always wanted to take!

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3. Try New Things!

Many of us have a variety of habits and routines that are comfortable in our lives.  Sometimes stepping out of that comfort zone will lead you to find something you really enjoy.  One of the most random excursions to a rock climbing gym was extremely exhilarating and mind opening for myself.  Granted this is not my passion, I am glad I was able to do something different and find out myself.  The more activities you try, the more knowledge you will gain. Only then will you be able to make an internal decision on whether you love doing this or not.  Go out and try new things because you’ll never know if you’ll find your passion along the way!

Finding your passion is important to your happiness. Becoming self-aware of what you are amazing at will take some time, but you will be happy you made the effort to change your life.  We can’t wait to hear what passions you decide to pursue at Minimalistic Gent!

 

Minimalistic Gent’s Guide To Minimalism

The modern minimalist is a contemporary blend of millennial ideas with an unruly urge for more to life than just possessions. But should you want to take those premises and maximize your self-image, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to minimalism.

Do you know a stark individual that is exceptionally trepidatious about spending? We all know this angst-ridden individual that is extremely frugal and scrounges around leaving an air of unsophistication.  There is nothing wrong with making wise spending decisions, but being inordinately frugal will affect the individuals that surround you and leave you with an unfortunate presence of negative perceptions.

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Can a minimalist be extremely lavish and inspire a splendor of opulence in others?  We at the Minimalistic Gent are heavy advocates for planning the acquisition of high quality items riddled with enduring excellence! At first glance, it may seem counter-intuitive to buy expensive things when living a minimalist lifestyle, but in reality it resonates with the concept of not buying more things. By making infrequent purchases of high quality items, it removes the constant need to replace items of old.  Therefore, minimalism can be a luxurious lifestyle that is more about the lack of clutter than the frugalness of life.

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Magnificently well crafted pieces that embody quality are pivotal to adding the refreshing idiosyncratic mood of one’s style.  Artful pieces that resonate well with your being are well worth the extravagant costs if it provides a strong connection consistent with what you envision in a gentleman.  Without the restraints of frugalness, you will project a lavish lifestyle that others will adore and be influenced by.

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The obvious difference in less, high quality items is the power to be in control of your surroundings at home.  Having huge amounts of items can take a toll on your personal threshold for clutter.  There is an extreme power found in the total control of your possessions and being able to live clutter free.  The empowerment you will feel from looking at your living space and seeing the clean, masterfully done arrangements is both stress relieving and helpful as you start every single day.

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The valuation of time is extremely evident in minimalism, and others will be motivated by the plentiful accomplishments that will adorn your life.  Buying multiple items and constantly shopping around is extremely time deficient with hours spent shopping for replacement items.  This is a necessity as antediluvian, low quality dispirited items of old have a short shelf life. The time replacing old decrepit items could be much better utilized on enjoying life and carousing with other provincial characters that would enjoy your company.  Minimalism frees up our greatest commodity, time, and allows us to mediate a maximized lifestyle that all gentleman pursue.

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Minimalism allots for freedom from the inelastic standards of society that keep us from standing out as divergent gentleman with a refined style.  Allow yourself to be a minimalist without the negative frugality that comes with living with less items.  By becoming an organized and refined individual with a well versed sense of style, you will awe the masses and provide a feeling of polished elegance that will always be remembered.

 

 

 

3 Tips To Find A Place To Eat!

We’ve all been there! The dreaded question comes up; where are we going to eat? It’s one of the biggest time wasters in any conversation space and can be a hair pulling experience.  To help alleviate the stress and anxiety that arises with this question, we’ve categorized three tips to ensure you find somewhere to eat in a timely fashion:

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1. Know Dietary Concerns!

This will help eliminate a large amount of places if your guest has a dietary concern. Keep this in mind before even suggesting a venue because lack of knowledge in this avenue will surely work against you by showing your apathetic feelings towards a concerning aspect of their life.  Knowing what an individual can eat will also help zone in on places that are still acceptable for dining.  Make sure you keep a note of your friends’ allergies and preferences for food because it is pivotal to show that you care and value that person!

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2. Know Where You Ate Last

To keep things fresh and new, keep in mind the place that you ate at previously with that guest.  Finding different places to eat ensures that your guest will feel like the gathering is both exciting and fresh.  Be adventurous and spontaneous by suggesting new places, but also be understanding if they want to go to the same spot.  Your guests will be ecstatic whenever the opportunity arises to have a get together. You remember what places you’ve eaten at and know exactly where to go on the next adventure together.

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3. Do Your Research the Night Before

Being known as the individual who eats at all the great restaurants is a great reputation to have, and it will have friends constantly asking you for suggestions.  This enables you to be known as the interesting and daring fellow who is the go to gentleman for food suggestions.  I know this doesn’t sound glamorous, but five minutes before you go to bed spend the time finding out what other restaurants are out there.  If you are going on a date the following day, with no venue picked yet, the extra few minutes will make the world of difference to your interaction with your guest(s). The internet is a strong tool to find information expediently at the touch of a few buttons.  Therefore, there is no excuse not to know what places are trending and have good customer reviews.  That little bit of effort goes a long way in impressing your guests by finding an excellent place to dine in!

There are a variety of ways to minimize the daunting question of “where should we eat?” It is an extremely easy to answer question if you have a collection of places in mind by doing quick research and remembering other’s suggestions.  Knowing a plethora of restaurants with different dining styles is a status symbol in itself.  You will be the gentleman that is not afraid to try new and exciting restaurants and whom knows all the best spots in town. Knowledge is power and your knowledge on food will impress everyone you meet while saving you precious time that should instead be used on eating and enjoying everyone’s company!

Life of a Gent: The Breakthrough Contender

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

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Pursuing an unconventional path that is frowned upon by the masses is an exceptionally grueling endeavor that causes an individual to undergo feelings of being outcast by the majority.  The inimitable style of Ryan “Saga” Sagayaga proves that the eccentric goals of a true visionary can command phenomenal triumphs.  An idiosyncratic practitioner of freestyle soccer (a self-expressive art form utilizing a soccer ball to do monumental tricks), Ryan has had his own journey in self-awareness; finding fulfillment that has molded his life . A sharp dresser in his own right, Ryan’s eclectic style is definitely notable.  A devotion to acute presence belies his extremely benevolent character which is indefatigable in the face of adversity which is why he has become a relevant competitor in the quickly growing freestyle soccer scene.

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A conspicuous deviation from traditional soccer, freestyle soccer led to problematic disagreements with Ryan’s team mates and coaches.  Constant belittlement from the companions that shared his same passion for soccer was a frequentative event that forced Ryan to triumph in his passion and excel at it. “They didn’t understand the significance of what I was trying to do at the time,”  Ryan says when talking about the views his team and coach had on the art form he was trying to project.  In addition, Ryan’s constant battle on a day-to-day basis stemmed not only from the projections of other’s opinion, it also spanned within himself as Ryan battles with depression. “It’s a constant struggle on the daily to deal with my emotions,” he mentions when it comes to practice and staying motivated.  Despite all of these unreasonable obstacles, Ryan still excels as the only freestyle soccer artist in Hawaii.

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A stark contrast from the norm, Ryan’s style of dress is an amalgamation of various contemporary influences  such as tech wear, street wear, and athletic wear.  Confidence in your personal style is something Ryan definitely embodies, and he is able to comfortable put together a disarray of seemingly unrelated garments to construct the captivating wholesome ensembles that he proudly dons. A true fashionista with an inventiveness for creativity, Ryan is able to stand out as an unmistakable character that exudes confidence in anything he does.

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When it comes to his definition of a gentleman, Ryan articulates the importance of being unique and believing in your own inherent poised disposition.  The foundation of his philosophy is that “a gentleman knows himself and is confident in taking risks.” Being humble is a defining characteristic of a gentleman, and the pursuit of a divergent, successful lifestyle is an astounding phenomenon that society does not necessarily have to accept.  His definition resonates extremely well with what he himself had to go through; starting off as a freestyle soccer practitioner. Through his sponsor at Paradise Soccer Club, Ryan was introduced to the importance of “giving without expecting.” Empowering yourself with the understanding that acts of kindness should be done without expecting anything in return was a lesson that resonated with Ryan’s ideology of a gentleman.

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The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Ryan “Saga” Sagayaga as a true practitioner of the gentleman style.  By vanquishing his hardships and displaying an unbarring indefatigable motivation towards his pursuit, he has become the sole-proprieter of the freestyle soccer art form in Hawaii.  By demolishing all obstacles that have stood in his way, Ryan stood out amongst his colleagues and developed unique sense of style that continues to inspire others.  Innovators have the curse of being ridiculed for being different, but the unceasing passion Ryan exudes guarantees his future successes in freestyle soccer.

3 Reasons to Purchase From A Luxury Brand!

The Minimalistic Gent advocates for quality over quantity on all purchases.  Careful and planned purchases usually lead to greater returns on the joy that you receive from an item.  To help inform you fellow gents on what to look for in these high end purchases, we compiled this list of things to look for. These are the three reasons you should buy items from a luxury brand:

1. Exceptional Quality

The best quality items are made from the best materials by skilled artisans.  Clearly stated, hand made items are something we suggest going for.  Luxury brands that stand behind their handmade products are usually an excellent place to start when searching for breathtaking items. We recommend these Salvatore Ferragamo loafers which are handmade in Italy.  The quality and comfort of these types of loafers are of a high caliber and the resiliency of the materials will leave you happy for a long time!

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2. Limited Quantity

Exclusivity usually helps in the aspect of boosting your love of an item.  A limited run of production makes the demand for items sky rocket which will further your appreciation for the object.  Brand recognition can help in networking opportunities to help exude the feeling of class that you want to portray, and attentive gents will definitely notice.  A Bourbon connoisseur’s dream is the Old Rip Van Winkle 25 year-old bourbon.  With only 710 bottles made in existence, this extremely aged bourbon would make for the ultimate party drink with a guest.  Exclusivity at this level ensures that the experience of drinking this bourbon can never be replicated.  Therefore, a limited run on items can increase the worthiness of an item exponentially!

3. Outstanding Value

Even items that are not exclusive can bring someone immense value if you really enjoy the item or if it serves a unique purpose.  The value you find in the object needs to be titanic or it is not the item for you.  Since we are on a path of minimizing as much as possible, there is no room for items that serve no value.  The cost of the item should be greatly outweighed by the disproportionate value you receive from owning this item.  We love our luxury watches at the Minimalistic Gent, and we would recommend the Rolex Yacht-Master II in yellow gold as a watch that will not only make you feel world class but show it to the world as well!

Luxury brands can be quite expensive, but making wise choices is imperative to ensure your hard-earned money goes to outstanding products.  We here at the Minimalistic Gent are extremely big on spending extra for items that can last a lifetime or offer one of a kind experiences. Find what items can enrich and excite your life through their quality and exclusivity, and let us know down below what you find!

3 Ways To Get Ridiculous Amounts of Work Done!

We know you are all extremely busy individuals.  Today though we are giving you three essential tips to utterly annihilate all that you have to do! Time is of the essence so here are the three ways to get lots of work done:

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1. Destroy All Distractions

Distractions are everywhere and detract from your performance.  If possible, turn your phone off and rid yourself of everything that does not help in the work you are doing.  When answering other people’s needs and wants (like answering emails and phone calls), you put your time at their mercy and are not able to utilize your time as your own.  Get rid of all distractions that can keep you from doing your work and your efficiency will skyrocket!

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2. Have Goals in Mind

If you write your goals the chances of you accomplishing it grow to ridiculous levels.  Incremental goals that are specific yet quantifiable are the best kinds of goals that will ensure you maximize your potential.  Before going to bed each day, jot down all of your goals for the coming day and you will be sure to accomplish them.

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3. Take Breaks

We are not machines that can work incessantly.  Without breaks you will experience burnout that will decrease your efficiency and effectiveness.  We cannot recommend a perfect break system, but you need to find out what works for you.  Some of us need more frequent breaks to keep our attention level at peak levels, and some need less breaks.  Your break system will all depends on your focus level and how intense your work is (for some a five minute break on the hour is sufficient and for some a 30 minute break every couple of hours works).

Staying extremely efficient and getting the most out of your day is pivotal to being a Minimalistic Gent.  Minimizing your possessions is only one part of the equation, and the other aspect is maximizing your efficiency.  We can’t wait to see what you accomplish here at Minimalistic Gent!

 

 

3 Versatile Watches That Can Be Worn On The Daily!

A gentleman’s watch is important, but you can only pick one watch to wear at any given time.  Picking a watch can be time-consuming (pun-intended) event, and you can only wear one watch at any given time.  Therefore, these are our recommendations of three watches that should be at the forefront of your list to wear on a daily basis:

1. Rolex Submariner

This is the hard hitting classic James Bond watch that will never go out of style.  Your kids and grandkids will still be wearing Rolex Submariners which attests to their huge impact on horology.  Not only is this watch extremely durable, it has such a cult following that watch connoisseurs and hobbyists alike can recognize and respect this model.  If you only own one watch in your collection, the Rolex Submariner is a fantastic choice that will always stay relevant.


2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

Undeniable in design, the Royal Oak chronograph is an amazing watch that can be worn on the daily.  In comparison to the “brick” (the 18k gold Royal Oak that weighs about 333 grams) the Royal Oak chronograph offers a much more wearable version of this iconic model.  The screw down chronograph is a nice touch that helps to bring an aesthetically pleasing asymmetric look to the watch.  Using this on the daily will put a little extra presence on your wrist whenever you are out and about!

Patek Philippe Nautilus

Nothing screams success quite like a Patek Philippe, and the Nautilus is the quintessential watch silhouette that can be worn on a daily.  Depending on your wrist size though will dictate if this model is for you or not; the Nautilus does fit smaller on the wrist than the other models on this list.  Extreme craftsmanship has gone into the making of these watches, and you will be instantly elevated to watch connoisseur status by wearing this on a daily basis.

These are our three recommendations for watches that can be used on a daily basis! Minimalistic Gent is committed to helping you reduce clutter and to maximize your capabilities.  If you are ready to downsize to a single watch, all of these are amazing choices that will be relevant for generations to come!

3 Ways To Excel At Your Passion!

As a gentleman, it is important to have something that you are passionate about.  Whatever you decide to pursue, it is pivotal to excel and dominate your sector of choice.  These are the three ways to be amazing at your passion:

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1. Work Exceptionally Hard

Greatness only comes from ridiculous work ethic.  If you want to be exceptional, you have to put in the time and effort that equates to standing apart from the crowd.  Exceptional performance is only achieved by practice and time.  Therefore, if you put in the adequate time and effort, you will receive amazing results!

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2. Disregard Negative Perceptions

Success and doing something that is unconventional is scary to many others.  Many live with that fear and project it on others which is the reason the closest people may downplay your efforts and say that it is a waste of time.  If you believe enough in your passion, your time will be well spent on achieving your goals.  Utilize their negativity as fuel to motivate yourself into success.

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3. Put Yourself Out There

If you put in the work and time that is necessary to succeed, it is time to actually perform and show the world your talents.  Perfectionists will constantly think that they are not ready to put out their passion to the masses, but delay will eventually turn to regret.  Time goes by so quickly that a stupefying opportunity could pass without you knowing.  Trust in your process and believe that you have what it takes to succeed at your passion!

Therefore, excelling at your passion is an important part of finding your happiness.  Once you become self-aware of what you want to pursue, go ALL IN! Regret is the worst syndrome that an individual can live with, and working ridiculously hard is the best remedy.  We at Minimalistic Gent believe in you, and we can’t wait to hear of your accomplishments!

 

 

3 Questions To Ask Before Your First Luxury Watch Purchase!

To many gentleman a watch is more than just an instrument to tell a wandering stranger the time. Watches exude class and a tiny snippet as to who you are as a person. They nonverbally cue that you are a responsible and timely person that is able to get things done.  With all this emanating from a simple watch, it is important to find the one that matches your personality and compliments your unique style.  Here are the three things you need to think about before making your first luxury watch purchase.

1. When Will I Wear This Watch?

The very first thing you need to think about when purchasing a watch is its purpose.  Are you an experienced diver that needs to take his watch on expeditions at extreme depths? Are you a cutthroat business executive that will be in meetings throughout the day? Are you an entrepreneur that frequently travels and needs to have two different time zones on his wrist at all time? These are all questions to ask that will lead to the type of watch that will fit your needs.  Watches have features that can make them water proof to extreme depths, shine and impress those around you, and display multiple time zones on one dial.  Think about where you will mostly be using your watch, and this will quickly allude you to the right watch that you need!

2. Do I Even Like How It Looks?

If you don’t like how the watch looks, you won’t wear it.  Just because someone else owns a watch, doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for you.  We at Minimalistic Gent recommend going to the actual boutiques and trying a few pieces on before purchasing.  Due to everyone’s wrists being different sizes, some watches will look better on others.  If the act of putting on your watch doesn’t brighten up your morning a little bit, it’s not the watch for you.  Watches are supposed to be fun, and you need to purchase a watch that you enjoy wearing above all else!

3. Why Is This Watch Special?

In the world of watches there are a plethora of choices.  Each watch has something unique that will draw your attention, but there has to be a reason for why you like the watch.  You may not intrinsically know the exact reason and some watches may just resonate with you causing you to gravitate to that model, but there is a reason.  Inability to quantify exactly why you like a watch isn’t a bad thing, but you have to love the watch you are purchasing in order for it to be a happy and momentous experience.  Some things to think about though are brand recognition, exclusivity, movement type, resale value, and resilience to damage.  Whatever the reason is, the watch has to be special so that you can enjoy it to the fullest on a daily basis.

In conclusion, these are the three questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a luxury watch.  The hardest realization for myself was really understanding that I can only wear one watch at any given time (least I look foolish with one on each wrist).  That led me to really minimize my watch collection and only keep the pieces that I really loved.  Above all else, it should be a fun and exciting experience that can mark a significant moment in time!