Lost and Found!

It’s alright to be lost once in a while.

Life inexplicably has ways of throwing curve balls and obstacles at inconvenient times. When things seem like they can’t get any worse, they do get worse, and our work to control the situation may seem uncomfortably futile in our times of desperation.

Eventually, there is a turning point though.  Eventually life takes a sudden shift towards positivity, and your unfortunate circumstances may either slowly or quickly take a paradigm shift towards betterment.  I am #positiveaf that if today you are not in a comfortable, enjoyable position, it will get better soon!

Although you may be lost at the moment, you will eventually be found! STAY POSITIVE!

Digging Deep!

Be indefatigable in achieving your goals!

Going to Maui for the Leave it on the Floor bboy competition truly taught me the power of being unstoppable in your endeavors.  Due to my work schedule, I almost didn’t embark on this exciting adventure because I had to squeeze the flights on my working days.  This meant severe sleep deprivation was to be expected during this weekend.  Since Maka, my partner, and I trained exceedingly hard though, I was not going to let my day job stop me from this competition.

During the competition we were more than prepared; training for weeks previously and really tiring ourselves out on a daily basis to prepare for this competition of endurance.  Battle after battle we trudged on, and when a mishap in the schedule caused the promoters to rush the rest time in between battles, doubt began to sink in our minds during the final battle we had to participate in.  After finishing a grueling 45 minute 7-to smoke competition, we were thrown into the final battle with fierce competition.

I vividly remember the pep talk I had with Maka for the battle.  We both had vocalized how incredibly tired we were, and how this was the most exhausted we’ve ever felt. After getting those doubts out of our way, I remember our talk. “Imagine the regret we would have if we didn’t give this last battle everything.  Imagine all of the work we put into preparing for this competition.  It’s just one more round and we achieve what we set out to do.  We trained too hard to stop now!”  Thinking about the countless hours of training gave us confidence, and we were able to finish the battle with a fervor that was greater than all of the earlier battles.

In conclusion, we ended up winning the competition and walked away with the great memories of what happened.  We had a new found appreciation for having a specific goal, and we understood that obsessive hard work does pay off.  Be indefatigable in your pursuits, and you can accomplish goals that are bigger than your circumstances.  Believe in the pain and suffering you endured previously, and you will gain exceptional confidence in your capabilities!

Night Jogging

It’s kind of nice!

After making a commitment to my health, I unhappily decided to make daily running a requirement.  30 minutes of brisk jogging in which my only validation of the time-lapsed would be a singular alarm that would cue when I could stop.

Jogging at night is tranquil and peaceful.  Seeing the various lights and scenes is a different experience when you are outside in the open.  I found myself taking deep breaths as the fresh air and smells of pine filled my lungs and provided a harmonious feeling that I did not expect.

Jogging is something that I inherently hate, but the tranquility of running at night was an experience that I found both uplifting and relaxing.

Don’t knock a new experience until you try it.  Even seemingly mundane tasks can offer you new perspectives if you give it a shot.

Tonight is a great night to go running!

Everlasting Friendships

Some friendships are irreplaceable.

I was 24 years old, embarking on a second study abroad experience in Korea.  Stepping off of the plane was exciting, and the range of anticipated thoughts of how the semester was going to pan out enveloped my mind. It was going to be an outstanding semester.

Upon reaching the preplanned meeting place of all the exchange students, I was intrigued by the feeling of an individual who was intently gazing at me.  Turning to look at the person, I found the other gentleman was not offering a menacing, creepy stare, but instead a strangely welcoming stare that was both welcoming and amiable.  

Perplexing to me, he asked if I was a bboy (breakdancer), and I found it strange that he came to that correct assumption.  Maybe it was my outlandish disposition or my dissimilar style of dress, but that was the beginning of meeting one of the significant individuals that has shaped my life.

Lee Boli, a name that would become almost conjoined to my own, and we spent the rest of the semester embarking on adventures that I would never forget.

Friendships sometimes come from the most obscure interactions, but many become so pivotal to shaping our lives that they become invaluable to our personal being.

Therefore, it is important to know that some friendships that are irreplaceable, come from the most surprising interactions!

140 Pairs of Shoes and Nothing to Wear

Thought of the day: We can only wear two shoes at once… why do we need so many pairs?

One of the more stressful times of my life was owning a multitude of sneakers and living the life of a “sneaker head.”  The diversification of shoes that I owned in my closet was immense, and I had utterly committed myself to “win” the collecting aspect of sneaker culture.  As you have already surmised, there is no conclusion to the accumulation of commodities, as shoes are constantly being released on a daily basis.  Sneaker head culture glorifies the idea of hoarding, and boasting the “freshest” kicks.

Stress was a daily part of my life which stemmed from the constant need to triumph in owning the most profound collection and the unceasing maintenance needed to keep 140 pairs of shoes impeccable.  Although I met some astounding individuals during the course of my collecting phase, it was not for me.

The best part about owning so many colorful and rare sneakers was that I rarely had a sneaker that would match my outfit.  By choosing only the ostentatious pieces that would stand out or were immensely valued, I found that I did not have a casual pair of sneakers.

Oh the irony… 140 pairs of sneakers, and nothing to wear.

Loafers

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An extraordinary loafer is a quintessential staple of any man’s exceptional wardrobe.  Versatility is the mainstay of the value proposition of a well-constructed loafer, and their adept versatility is undeniable.  Low, laceless shoes of ease and comfort, loafers have the innate tendencies to be more catered towards casual wear, but contemporary stylists will understand the relevance that loafers have in modern wardrobes; transcending into acceptable dress shoes as well.  When thinking of the most critical shoe a man needs in his wardrobe, loafers offer a strapping choice that can be worn daily.

When picking a prodigious pair of loafers, quality is of the utmost importance.  As an exemplary gentleman’s accessory it will pay dividends through the multipurpose usage you will find in both dress and casual wear.  In accordance with the value loafers offer, it is pivotal that you find a well-made loafer that truly exudes your personal style.

Entrant level:


Cole Haan always come to mind as an entry level brand for gentleman.  If your budget is not great, you will find these appropriate for daily use as they are aesthetically sound and inexpensive.  Although it will not extend the lavish persona you wish to show, it will be suitable for many situations to come.  What Cole Haan lacks in quality and showmanship, they make up for in versatility and admittance into a more refined style.

Luxury level:

Salvatore Ferragamo has been providing hand-crafted Italian luxury goods since 1927, and the level of unprecedented comfort and craftsmanship is exceptional.  The iconic Gancini-themed items are iconic enough to be recognized by a plethora of individuals, and their resounding reputation is superb.  A brand that will be easily recognized, Salvatore Ferragamo offers a wide array of idiosyncratic loafers that will definitely last for years to come.

Connoisseur level:

The only loafer you will ever need.  These one-of-a-kind Corthay loafers represent the finest items of opulence that will become the focal point of any outfit.  The importance of longevity is extremely important to a gentleman, and the patinated surface of the shoes represent hand-brushed excellence, where no two pairs look quite the same.  If you are ready to wow any individual who passes by, you need to own a pair of Corthay loafers, but their versatility can be seen as limited because of the attention they command.  These masterpieces of menswear are extremely lavish and provide a great choice for anyone who is a true virtuoso of style.

Loafers are the quintessential footwear item of modern gentleman.  Although they once held a reputation catered towards casual wear, they have now transcended into acceptable dress shoes.  To ensure you live with less items of opulence, you need to choose a loafer of impeccable style and extraordinary quality, and these loafers provide great avenues to explore your personal style!

The Power of Self-Image

When thinking of the self-image you need to portray, the infamous quote by Henry Ford comes to mind, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”  Belief in your own capabilities is a driving force to becoming an extraordinary gentleman of wondrous class.  Taking upon the robust persona of a modern gentleman requires you to first build internally to transform your personal outlook on life to be abnormally positive to the point of exuding prosperity.

If you perceive yourself as a conservative individual of comfort, are you going to go out and dress in a three-piece suit to dinner? You might decide to don that outfit occasionally, but chances are that you will be more inclined to dress modestly and reserved to avoid attention.  If you perceive yourself as a successful CEO of a large corporation, would you dress casually to a business meeting with a polo and khaki shorts? Of course not! You would definitely dress in business as dressing casually would outwardly clash with the alignment of who you internally are.  We envision ourselves in a certain light that will either promote or hinder our success, and you have entire control over the decisive path you choose to embody.  Therefore, situating your self-image is fundamental to putting yourself in the quintessential position to succeed, and understanding the power of your internal view is paramount in committing to effective change.

Now that you have acknowledged the critical aspect of having a mighty self-image, you can undertake activities that build upon this important characteristic.  As with any worthwhile competence, it will take intentional exertion.  Affirmation of your astonishing traits is a great introduction to any journey of self-improvement.  You are an exceptional individual, and don’t ever lose sight of that.  Others may have imbued their negative perceptions unto you, but that does not define the personality you truly embody.  You are stupendously sensational, and you have enough self-assurance to block despicable remarks of petty individuals.

A handy trick that I like to practice is to envision an individual who you truly admire and surmise how they would react in certain situations.  Emulate the characters of success to help you to strengthen your capabilities to act spectacularly.  From my personal experience, I would channel my inner Conor McGregor (minus the profanities) when entering b-boy (breakdancing) competitions.  The confidence that this prominent MMA fighters has in his abilities is profound, and I always think of the illustrious Irishman as a solid exemplar of someone who has a deep understanding of the power of assurance in one’s potential.  Contemplate how your hero would face situations, and envisage the actions they would take in such an event.

Your circumstances have led you to the individual that you are today, but they do not define the favorable future you will come to enjoy.   Fortifying your self-image is crucial to maximizing your potential, and a true gentleman has an indestructible willpower matched with a impregnable commitment to success.  Never forget how remarkable you are, and utilize your newfound self-image to conquer all of your goals!

Crucial Questions Before You Purchase

As a purveyor of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle, you need a foundational understanding of the criterion you must adhere to before making your next purchase.

The minimalistic lifestyle beckons for a wiser methodology to purchases; ensuring clutter-free areas.  The following questions offer brief ideas to ponder before the purchase of a  new item:

1. Will this purchase cannibalize the usage of another item?

The immediate question you must ask yourself is if there is already an item that serves the same purpose as the item you are positioned to buy.  An example would be the purchase of a new belt.  As an item where you can only don a singular iteration, does this item evoke a different enough look where you will be able to utilize each belt for different occasions?  Often times we purchase for various derisory reasons that are not related to functionality, and if the item is too similar in purpose or aesthetics, you do not need the item because of the presence of your item that already performs that task.

2. Does purchasing this item cause a dissonance in who I am?

With the presence of many outside sources, especially from social media, we often find ourselves interested in outlandish items that generally do not resonate with our persona. It is important to be idiosyncratic, and if an extravagant item reverberates with your individuality greatly and it consummates who you are, than you should make that purchase.  With so much noise challenging our stylistic prowess, it can be easy to jump on trending items that look phenomenal on others.  These items though project insubstantial cues that are not everlasting in your own modus operandi. A gentleman is exceptional in his self-confidence and only dons items that amplify his personal style.

3. Does this product have exceptional quality that will last an extended amount of time?

In order to minimize your possessions, quality needs to be taken into account.  Often, required purchases stem from the replacement of low-quality items that do not last.  It is extremely easy to make smaller commitments to items because of their low costs, but weigh the consequences of these actions; including time lost in shopping and capital wasted on replacement of inferior items.  These are two essentials of life that should not be squandered, and it can be avoided through the purchase of high-quality items with long shelf-lives.

4. Will the purchase of this item cause me stress?

When making the final decision to purchase, it is important to think of the corollary of feelings associated with the purchase.  What is the upkeep requirements of this item?  Is the item’s cost so excessive that it will cause anxiety?  Salient in our analysis of this item, it is the cost of doing business with this item.  Maintenance is pivotal in the acquirement of high-quality items that last an extended period of time, but are you willing to make that time commitment?  No item is worth overtaxing your emotions, and the procurement process of attaining an item should be exciting and enjoyable.

5. Will this item have future value?

Thinking of a long-term strategy will enable yourself to rationalize why you need this item.  An example would be for a beautifully crafted luxury watch.  Will this watch appreciate over time in value?  Will this watch be passed down to my next of kin? These are great attributes of an item that will vindicate the reason for their acquirement.  The legacy of these items should be taken into account as it discourages wasteful spending, and could potentially have future residuals that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Although many minimalists will advocate for the entire renunciation of purchases, we at the Minimalistic Gent encourage the purchase of items if they are able to positively reinforce all of these questions.  Understanding the rationality of your purchasing decisions is paramount in reducing the sheer amount of possessions in your household, and these questions will aid in the acquisitions of only the quintessential items that will further yourself as a modern gentleman.

 

The Sensibility of Efficiency

Working in an excruciatingly tedious fashion does not always provide the desired results that you truly desire.  Should you want to learn how to have more time to accomplish your goals and enjoy the beauties of life, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to efficiency!

Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Ownership of a willingness to change is impeccably important to becoming an increasingly more efficient gentleman who accomplishes phenomenal feats.  With only 24 hours lined up for each day, one must understand that there is a finite amount of time in the day, and it is how you efficaciously utilize those hours that will determine your prosperity.  A gentleman knows the austere value of time and chooses to indulge in a constant peregrination towards increased effectiveness.

An important angle to approach your eagerness to utilize your time more efficient is to do an in-depth analysis on your experiential behaviors.  Virtuosos do not begin their long journey at the peak of prowess.  Instead, you must acknowledge personal shortcomings regarding your deportment by providing a clear proposal to improve upon them.  The amelioration of your time-management skills commences with a clear visualization of what is problematic in your personal efficiency and envisioning the potential effectiveness of better time-management skills.

Setting stringent deadlines for actions is a requirement to the splendiferous results that efficiency provides.  Have you ever had an assignment where the deadline was a month away? Did your personal behavior habits cause you to push that enterprise until the final week or day of the deadline? This is all too uncommon when there is a discord between the amount of time the action takes and the proposed date of deliverance.  Challenging yourself to stricter time frames enables you to unconsciously become more efficient in your deliverance of productive action, and be committed to quick resolutions to your unfinished activities.  The unbalance imbued from a prolonged deadline will encourage lethargy from lingering unproductive routines, and only by hastening your deadlines, will you force yourself to accomplish more and be committed to efficiency.

Inanition caused by the lassitude of one’s state can be overcome through insight to one’s greater goals and aspirations.  The feeling of torpor can be exceptionally rigid in hindering one’s performance, but it is the understanding of the rationale of specific actions that will allow one to be in closer proximity to one’s ideal personage and state of mind.  Envisioning an extraordinary reasoning behind one’s actions allows for immediate undertakings that will ensure one is efficient and effective in all that they do to accomplish their stupendous dreams.  A clearly laid out vision, where you can picture the outcome of continuously being efficient in all that you do, will aid in self-motivation towards austere efficiency.

The provocative process of becoming a more efficient gentleman inevitably stems from the discipline one is able to exhibit through persistent routines.  Having relentless habits enables one to accomplish a plethora of achievements on a daily basis which allows for your schedule to be completely transparent and foreseeable.  Patterns in one’s schedule that are placed for the purpose of maximizing one’s potential will garner a much more efficient stigmatism due to the constant, purposeful rituals you decide to undertake.  Therefore, in order to maximize your potential and become the gentleman you ought to be, you need to be inexplicably efficient in your time management and be open to constant change regarding your pursuits in an unconventional, prosperous life.