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Copying the habits of successful people isn’t going to make you a millionaire overnight.

I get asked all the time – ‘Antonio, I want to be a successful man. What can I add to my daily routine to guarantee a successful future?’

Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work like that.

Success isn’t about making a small number of short term life changes in the hopes one of them sticks and starts bringing in the big bucks.

Rather, success comes from the consistent implementation of positive changes across different aspects of your day to day life.

But how can a man know what he needs to add to his daily routine to increase his chances of success?

Guys – I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s not so much about adding positive routines to your life as it is about changing the negative habits that you already have.

Not sure what those habits are? Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered.

In today’s article, I’m gonna take you through the top 7 everyday habits that could be stunting your success.

Let’s get to it.

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Self Destructive Habit #1: Being Mr. Nice Guy

Too nice? Is that even a thing?

You’d be surprised. Psychologically speaking, being too nice can actually have pretty negative personal effects.

According to the guys over at PsychologyToday.com:

What always-nice people tend to do is internalize — hold in negative emotions that naturally rise up in the course of everyday life. The byproduct of these emotional crunches is often depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Now I’m not saying that being a nice guy will ruin your life – being pleasant to people most of the time is the mark of a well-mannered gentleman.

However, there’s something to be said for the fact that many people take advantage of kindness. Many people see overt kindness as a weakness and will try to use that to their advantage.

A good rule is to be kind in social situations but fair in professional situations. Do your best to be a nice guy, but when things get down to business, be ready to fight your corner and push for what you want.

 

Self Destructive Habit #2: Avoiding Discomfort

No one likes discomfort.

However, the best things in life usually take work to achieve. In the pursuit of success, sometimes discomfort is necessary to achieve the bigger picture. Putting yourself out of your comfort zone is one of the key habits of successful people.

Many men don’t understand this concept – some think that success will fall into their lap if they keep doing what they’re doing.

More often than not, these men do not succeed to their fullest potential.

Why? Simple – because they’re not putting themselves out of their comfort zone.

Discomfort makes a man think on his feet – it hones his senses and sharpens his mind.

Think about it this way. What advice would you give to a friend who’s tired of being overweight? Get down to the gym and pump some iron, right?

Would they be comfortable doing that? No.

Would their discomfort result in weight loss and a healthier lifestyle? Yes.

After all, running headfirst out of their comfort zone is definitely one of the top habits of successful people worldwide.

Self Destructive Habit #3: Toxic Friendships

I still chat with a lot of my childhood buddies now and again.

Most of them have made great men of themselves – through hard work and determination, they’ve worked their way to the top of their fields.

Sadly, some of those I used to know haven’t made such good choices. They’re struggling financially, have gotten themselves into trouble, and don’t act like gentlemen a lot of the time.

Don’t get me wrong; I still catch up with those guys when I can. But would I choose to surround myself with them frequently?

The answer’s ‘no’. Not because I don’t like those guys but because I don’t want them harming my own success and good nature.

If a friend of mine is behaving in an immoral or illegal way, I’ve got two choices.

  1. Do my best to get my buddy back on the right track.
  2. Cut my ties with him and move on.

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Gents, I always opt for the first choice. But sometimes, a man can try his hardest and still not get through to those he’s trying to help.

What I’m trying to say is this: if you surround yourself with like-minded, driven people, then you’ll be boosted by their success and succeed further yourself. Sure, having a variety of different friends is good – but if your so-called buddy is still acting like a punk kid at the age of 4o, then it might be time to reconsider your relationship with him.

 

Self Destructive Habit #4: Being Lazy

Gents, this one is simple.

Let me spell it out to you nice and clearly: laziness kills productivity.

Unless you’re one of those lucky few that wins the lottery or inherits a family fortune, then chances are you’re gonna have to work hard to earn your keep.

Trust me, guys, that’s not a bad thing.

Hard work can be exhausting sometimes. Believe me; I know what it’s like.

Starting a business from scratch takes a lot of hard graft – long hours running the numbers and sleepless nights thinking up innovative ideas. However, let me tell you, it’s all worth it when you start seeing your business grow and your efforts rewarded.

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Lazy men will never feel the satisfaction of seeing a business boom or feel pride when landing that dream interview. Those who coast along without any care for self-improvement fundamentally lack the characteristics that make a man great: vision, drive, and perseverance.

Is that the sort of man you want to be? Of course not.

 

Bad Habit #5: Not Owning Your Mistakes

We all make mistakes – that’s just part of being an adult.

A lot of guys I talk to get embarrassed about their mistakes. They see mistakes as a sign of weakness or ineptitude, and some even try to hide their mistakes from others.

Gents, I’m here to tell you that owning up to your mistakes is one of the most common habits of successful people. Sure, a mistake means that you’ve gone wrong somewhere, but if you consider that mistake a lesson in what not to do next time, mistakes can actually be a powerful tool for self-improvement.

As the old adage goes:

You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

In fact, many of history’s greatest achievements have come about through people utilizing their mistakes.

In the early 20th Century, a scientist tried to invent the ‘wonder drug’ that could cure a huge range of different diseases. After many attempts, he got frustrated and decided to throw away the Petri dishes that contained his failed experiments.

Sometime later, he noticed that one of those discarded Petri dishes had a strange mold growing within it. Interested by this, he observed the mold and realized that it was killing all of the bacteria surrounding it. After some testing, he found that the mold was, in fact, a powerful antibiotic – one that we now know as Penicillin.

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That scientist went by the name of Alexander Flemming – the inventor of one of the most widely used antibiotics of the modern age. If he hadn’t looked at his mistakes and carefully examined his failed experiments, chances are we wouldn’t have the life-saving antibiotic medicines we so heavily rely on today.

Bad Habit #6: Procrastinating

Procrastination is a very dangerous thing. Distracting yourself from achieving your goals is a sure-fire way to ruin your success in life.

To pass your final year, you’re gonna have to complete your academic dissertation.

To keep your business running smoothly, you’re gonna need to file your taxes.

Are these things conventionally enjoyable? Absolutely not – most men would describe them as chores.

But the thing about chores is they’ve got to be done eventually. This means you have two choices:

  1. Do the work early and get it out of the way.
  2. Procrastinate and put the work off until you can’t leave it any longer.

There’s a great phrase that I like to think of when I’m in this situation:

Eat the frogs first.

Sounds weird, right? Why would anyone want to eat a frog?

Gents, that’s the point. The idea is that it’s better to get the nasty stuff out of the way first and enjoy the good stuff afterward. Procrastinating is only delaying the inevitable.

It’s also a sure-fire way to kill your motivation and ruin your chances at success. Working hard isn’t fun all the time but getting down to business straight away instead of putting off those all-important tasks is the best way to ensure your work is completed to the high standard that you’ve come to expect from yourself.

Remember: getting straight down to business is one of the top habits of successful people.

 

Bad Habit #7: Eating Junk

The final bad habit on my list is probably the worst.

A bad diet not only prevents you from performing at your best throughout the day but can also have detrimental effects on your health and overall life span. In short: a bad diet could end up killing you.

Now I don’t want to seem alarmist. I enjoy a double-stacked burger as much as the next red-blooded American male.

However, the key to any extravagance in life is to only ever indulge in moderation.

That means only eating that double-stack maybe once a month as a treat.

Now I hear what you’re saying – ‘Antonio, I’m not a rabbit. Lettuce every day isn’t gonna happen.’

I agree – only eating salad items is actually just as dangerous as stuffing your face with burger meat. A good diet should be one that consists of a healthy balance of fat, protein, carbs, and fiber.

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This nutrition pyramid shows the foods that should make up a balanced diet.

A poor diet can affect the body and the mind in equal parts. In fact, the International Labour Organization has found that:

Poor diet on the job is costing countries around the world up to 20 percent in lost productivity due to malnutrition that plagues some one billion people in developing countries.

Shocking right? Is it any wonder that eating well is one of the trademark habits of successful people worldwide?

 

Everyday Habits Ruining Your Life

We’ve all got habits we’d like to break – it’s human nature to pick up on bad habits as the years go by.

Am I saying everyone needs to be perfect? Of course not – I know I’m far from perfect.

However, some specific habits have the potential to cause you long term damage if not kept under check. Rather than trying to stamp out bad habits immediately, it’s a better idea to be mindful and manage those habits, so they don’t get too far out of your control.

After all, we all want to be the best versions of ourselves.

Every man has the potential to be great – don’t let those bad habits get in the way of that.

Good luck, gentlemen.

Want to know more about how bad habits can set you back? Check out my explanation of 5 bad habits that will kill your personal style.  

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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