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How often have you caught yourself thinking, “if only I could do it all over again…” Like many guys, you might even wish that you had a time machine to turn back the clock.

Believe me, I’ve been there too. Making mistakes is part of life, especially when you’re a young man. While everyone should learn from their failures, it’s often best not to make the mistake in the first place.

I’m confident that if I knew what I know now, things would be different. In this article, I’ll share 10 things that I wish I could tell my younger self.

#1 Take Immediate Action On Your Dreams

Time is a commodity that cannot afford to be wasted. With this in mind, I would tell my younger self to take immediate actions that would help me pursue my passion.

Thinking, “You’re young, you have time” is just an excuse — and poor excuse at that. I would let the younger me know that it is important to take time and figure out what I want to accomplish in life. I wouldn’t waste my effort on something I am not fully committed to.

After deciding what path to take, I would tell young Antonio to start planning. Then, with a clear plan of action in place, I’d consult the best and brightest in my fields of interest and glean what I could from their advice and examples.

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#2 Give Your All To The Task At Hand

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There’s a lot I wish I could tell my younger self…

Don’t let your ambition be your downfall. Ambition is critical to your long-term success, but shooting beyond the mark can sometimes stand in the way of achieving the task at hand.

At one time in my life, I wanted to be the best pilot in the world. However, I didn’t follow the lead of skilled pilots.

I found that the best aviators were not only logging many hours in the sky, they also went the extra mile when they were back on solid ground. The elite pilots I observed practiced as much as possible. Some even went as far as to build simulators in their basements so that they could practice as much as they wanted.

When it came to my career in aviation, the drive was there but the optimum strategy to get ahead was not.

#3 Don’t Feel Guilty For Winning

winning is good

When I was younger, I somehow felt that by winning I was “stealing” from others.

Now I recognize that I had a scarcity mindset. In other words, I thought there was only one pie, and winning took away a piece, leaving less for others.

I have since come to realize that nothing is further from the truth. Winning is an opportunity to create more pie for everyone. Or as sailors say, “A rising tide raises all boats.”

Success in my industry has allowed me to direct the spotlight towards other hardworking individuals and help give them a greater chance for success.

I’ve found that as I create more abundance, the greater my ability to create new jobs and mentor others along the way.

#4 Systemize Paying Yourself First

pay yourself first is advice i would give younger self

These days, I always make sure I pay myself first. Paying myself first means that I put away a portion of money into investments and saving accounts before I pay expenses or debts.

Instead of waiting to see what is “leftover” after all expenses have been paid, I set myself aside a designated amount right off the bat. This way I have a consistent income which makes it easier for me to budget regularly.

Even if your income isn’t very high you can still pay yourself first, just make it a smaller portion. I guarantee that if you get in the habit of paying yourself first it will benefit you in the long run.

Putting money away will provide you with a safety net when needed. Paying yourself first also makes it easier to make wise investments, potentially producing high yields in the long run.

This would be especially advantageous for the younger me… before I had a family and additional responsibilities. Since I didn’t have as many people depending on me when I was single, back then I could more comfortably take bigger risks.

#5 Run Less, Lift More

lifting weight is an advice i would give younger self

I’ve always known the importance of exercise. However, for a long time, I did not fully realize what a difference the type of exercise makes.

I like to run and lift weights. Both are fantastic ways to get in shape and live a healthy lifestyle.

As a younger man, I prioritized running. To be honest, I avoided spending too much time in the gym because I wanted to stay fast and lean. However, I wish that I would have lifted more. My current self would tell the younger me that there is a way to lift and not look like the incredible hulk.

Running is great for fat burning when you’re actively working out. Strength training, on the other hand, helps your body long after you have completed exercising.

That’s because when you lift weights your metabolism is steadily increasing. As a result, your body will continue burning fat long after you’ve finished. The process of repairing your muscles from weight training burns more calories when you’re resting than recovering from a cardio workout.

#6 Leverage Credit

leverage credits is an advice i would give younger self

Despite what some think, credit isn’t evil. In fact, credit is a vital component of our modern economic system.

The key is how you use credit.

For example, in the United States, building a respectable credit score is necessary for taking out a mortgage or renting an apartment. For this reason, it can make sense to use a credit card that you pay off at the end of each month.

That said, if you’re not careful credit can bring you to your knees.

I remember as a first-time buyer of a vehicle seeing outrageous, 20% interest rates on trucks. Yes, the asking price have might be affordable, but by the time the buyer could finish paying off the loan, they would have almost paid double the asking price.

This is why saving is so important. Instead of paying high interest, pay cash if possible.

I would also tell my youthful self to set my priorities straight. Although I might really want the shiny new truck, a cheaper car that I could afford to pay for in cash would still get me from point A to B.

#7 Surround Yourself With Amazing People

men helping each other climb the rock

I wish I could tell younger Antonio the importance of relationships.

The people you associate with regularly will either:

  • Pull you toward greatness— by encouraging you not to allow for excuses and to settle for “good enough.”
  • Push you toward mediocrity— by letting you be satisfied with the status quo and never requiring the best from you.

Anyone you hang out around on a regular basis will have an effect on you. Optimistic, driven people will encourage you to be equally optimistic and driven. Bitter, spiteful people will encourage you to be, you guessed it, bitter and spiteful.

Mark Twain once said, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Among other things, being around awesome people will help you to cultivate:

  1. Curiousity
  2. Excellence
  3. Commitment
  4. Integrity

#8 Ignore Bad Advice

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Advice is most valuable when it comes from someone you trust

Everybody has an opinion on your life, but it’s important to realize that not everyone’s opinion should matter to you. When receiving words of advice for life, be sure to consider the merits of the person who speaks them.

Yes, truth is truth and wisdom is wisdom— but there is something to be said about a person who has all the answers but never seems to apply their own morsels of “wisdom” into their own lives.

Also, you have to “chew the meat and spit out the bones.” Sometimes only some of the advice that you are given are applicable to you. My circumstances as a young man were completely different than most other people around me.

It would have been incredibly helpful to have learned sooner the skill of applying what bits of advice actually fit my current situation.

#9 Read The Classics

reading classic books is an advice i would give younger self

I love reading the classics. In particular, I enjoy reading the works of the great Russian literary masters like Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. That wasn’t always the case. If I could go back in time, I’d tell young Antonio to go to the library more.

There’s been a shift away from classical literature in recent years. That’s a shame because, more so than books most books tailored to modern audiences, reading the classics can facilitate:

  • Improving your ability to analyze and interpret complex information. To truly understand many works of classic literature you have explore deep metaphors and keep track of mutiple storylines and charecter arcs.
  • Developing a broad vocabulary. This is critical for clear and concise communication.
  • Increasing the breadth of your knowledge. It is important to be a well-rounded person.
  • Discovering new paradigms. Sometimes finishing a good book helps you see the world through new eyes.

For more about literature, check out the books every man should read.

#10 Get Ahead of The Curve

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There is power in being the first to act when an opportunity presents itself. Creating a YouTube channel was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made.

Unfortunately, I started my YouTube channel for men’s style a little later than I would have liked. I’m sure that if I’d gotten further ahead of the curve the potential for Real Men Real Style would have been even greater, allowing me to reach and help even more people.

Click below to watch the video – Why I Stopped Waking Up At 5AM (And So Should You!)

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

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When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

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Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

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