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Work Less?

That’s the dream, right.

Whenever I say this to other business owners, their eyes light up.  

This “equation” is one of the reasons we started our businesses in the first place.

To have the FREEDOM to escape the hours of the 9-5  (actually the 5-9) while also having unlimited earning potential.  Maybe not unlimited – but a million dollars a year would be nice, right?

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In this article, I’m going to break out ten tips I learned to work less and earn more.

Let’s continue with the topic.

These tips work or at least have worked for me as I’ve been able to decrease the number of hours I’ve worked while increasing my income to a point where I make more in one month than I used to make in an entire year.

Ready for the tips? Read on!

1. Solve A Burning Problem

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You MUST solve a problem.

I see so many wannabe business owners starting “businesses” based on their passion. They have a passion for dance, for style, for backpacking.

But the question is – WHAT PROBLEM do they solve. All the passion in the world is not going to get a person to pay you money unless you solve a problem for them.

Example:

Burning problem – Your toilet is backed-up.  When this happens – you don’t care if the plumber charges triple-time because it’s 2 AM and it’s Christmas Eve. You pay up because you don’t want crap spilling into your holiday celebration.

Non-Burning Problem – You want to dress better.  You’re looking to hire a consultant to clean your closets and helping you choose interview attire.  You give yourself 30 to 60 days to make this happen and are looking for the best deal.

Do you see the difference?

One is in demand and the customer doesn’t care about the price as they need the problem solved immediately.  

The second could be a viable business, but there is no sense of urgency and the customer has no reason to pay top dollar.

(FYI – the image consultant COULD improve their offer and focus on lawyers and only take on 3 clients a month.  Now they have a lot more bargaining power and potential buyers feel that they might be left out and hence are triggered to buy).

Unless you solve a problem you’ll be nagged by that feeling of:

“Why am I Unsuccessful?”

2. Sell To Customers Capable Of Paying

If your prospective customers don’t have money – you don’t a business. You have a charity!

A business is the exchange of currency for a product or service – you have to make money to survive as an entrepreneur.

To ensure your potential customers can pay – do the research BEFORE you build the business to target them. You have to do the numbers and create a business model to identify what the potential for revenue is.

One of the surest ways to predict customer buying power and future shopping habits are to look at what the customer has done in the PAST twelve months.

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Examples of great customers to target:

  • Married women with 2-3 children whose household earns between 60 and 90K. This is historically a great demographic as they control the household spending and need to purchase various supplies regularly.
  • Single men with an annual salary of 50-150K. Great demographic for luxury goods such as high-end clothing, alcohol, cars, and items that project status.
  • Families with college-age children earning over 100K per year. Despite having tuition bills, they historically have invested in their children and are open to additional classes and products to ensure their success.

Target markets you need to be careful of:

  • Children between the ages of 2-5 – I have a friend who created a YouTube channel targeting this demographic and despite building up over 1.5 million subscribers and 1 billion views she has had trouble monetizing!
  • Students– Although they are a large demographic and spend 10-25K per year on education, they have little disposable income and are a fickle audience.
  • Retirees – A growing demographic with large savings, they also have a set income and a lot of time to shop for the best deal.

3. Be Memorable

What’s worse? To create a negative impression where people gossip about you or to never be noticed?

Believe it or not, I would say it’s better to have the negative gossip than nothing. At least with the negative, you can work to turn it to your advantage and possibly even change opinions. But in the end – they know who you are.

To never be noticed is not to be remembered. You don’t want to have this happen to you.

Be MEMORABLE!

How?

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Focus on connecting with people when they meet you or see your product/service?

Example: When I meet people at a networking event the exchange often goes like this:

Me: Hi, I’m Antonio

Them: Hi, I’m Jim. Nice to meet you. So what do you do?

Me: You know how most men don’t dress well? (I state a problem to get them to think and relate to me a personal story or details)

Them: Yeah, my son needs to learn the importance of dressing better. He went into an interview dressed in a T-shirt! That didn’t go well. (by saying this – the person has made it personal and memorable for both of us!)

Me: Well I wish you would have met me sooner J I use science and military history to create YouTube videos that make dressing sharp simple for regular guys. Whether it be an app, infographic, or written article – my company Real Men real Style makes Fashion easy to understand. (I solve his problem and instantly become REFERABLE)

Them: Wow – I’m going to check it out and share it with my son.

4. Make Exchange Of Money EASY

Have you ever tried to send mail and found the post office was closed on an obscure holiday. Or that it was closed EXACTLY at 5PM – the same time you get off work.

Or banks – heck, they’re known to have “banker hours”. How can you even go in and get something done when they open after you head to work and are closed when you get off. Head over on your lunch hour……that’s nice, guess you’re skipping lunch.

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The point is these “businesses” are two examples of BAD business practice. Make yourself available to your customer so they can give you money. And then they try to give you money – give them options to give it to you.

Payment plans?  Advanced payment options?  Accepting credits, Moneygram, or wire transfer.  Now I’m not going to say you ALWAYS need to accept payment terms which cause extra wo.k – especially if you’re growing well and taking cash puts you in a risk situation.  

But perhaps doubling the size of your buy button or adding a another one so people can find it on your website is a simple thing you can do to double sales.

Clear the path – make the exchange of money simple and you’ll get more of it!

5.  Develop Your Expertise

Experts are paid more than generalists. Yes, there are exceptions but normally we perceive someone who has niche down and studied deep in a particular field as more knowledgeable and therefore more valuable. This equates into a higher payday for the same amount of work that the generalist spends on a similar project.

How to develop your expertise?  Well, first it’s important to note there are types of expertise.

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Knowledge Expertise – This is developed through thousands of hours of study and experience.  It’s been said that 10,000 hours of study are needed for expertise – I’m not sure about this but I do know that there are no shortcuts to becoming knowledgeable about a topic.  

The secret is study, work, study, work, and then more study work.  Pretty simple!

Known Expertise – this is the rock star doctor whose on television and everyone knows his name.  Is he a better doctor than your personal physician?  No, probably not.  

But yet this rockstar doctor – because of his well-known expertise and celebrity status – he can command a HUGE premium compared with a normal physician.  Maybe not for seeing patients, but definitely for giving speeches.

Known expertise can be achieved through writings articles, books, pamphlets, creating videos, and other means of distributing content where the expert is noted as the owner/creator.  I’ve done this with Youtube in the Men’s Style Industry.  

Even though I am not the most knowledgeable person on style – I’m recognized and afforded opportunity because of being known.

6. Set Boundaries

The French seem to have it right. They have 35 hour work weeks.

I enjoy my doing my job. I like making videos and posting articles that help men take control of how they present themselves to the world.

I love hearing from men that I have helped. But at the same time, I also have a family that I want to spend as much time as possible with. I want to be around for all of the important parts of the day with my children and my wife.

How do you do this?

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First, I have a separate QUIET location (lets you get into the zone) where I do all of my work. You have to set work hours and have a location where you can concentrate and get your tasks done without unnecessary interruptions.

Once you have a good place to work, focus on the task that yields the most results.

Think about the Pareto Principle: Twenty percent of your effort will yield 80% of your return, and 4% of your work yields you 60% of your income.

This is really important for people who want to spend time with their families and friends or enjoying their hobbies.

What do I do?

I set appointments to spend time with my family.

I schedule everything.

Because I schedule everything, I’m always home for breakfast and dinner with my family.

7. Pay Someone To Work For You

Are there certain things you hate doing? As an entrepreneur with a family, there are certain things that just have to be done. There is no way around it.

My lawn has to be mowed, my house has to be cleaned, and my emails have to be answered.

These things take time and frankly, I would rather not have to do them.

That is why  I pay someone to do these things so that I can better focus my time on my business and my family.

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On the business side, I pay someone to build my social media, answer my emails, and edit my videos and podcasts.

When you hire someone to do these things for you, a burden is lifted off your shoulders and you start to feel motivated and energized to do the things that are most important and yield the highest results.

8. Measure Everything

I am always striving to improve myself as a person and to make my business more efficient and profitable.

I measure the things that are important to me. Without measuring something you don’t know if it’s getting better or worse. You can’t improve if you don’t measure to see what is getting better and what isn’t.

Time is valuable to me. I measure how many hours I am awake, working, sleeping, and enjoying entertainment.

I measure my money. How much am I saving, earning, and spending? I make adjustments as necessary. If I realize that I am not getting enough sleep I cut back on my work. Or maybe discover that I am spending too much money on certain things and decide to cut back.

I always Lead and Lag with my business. There are certain things you can’t control but others you can.

For example, I can control the Lead part of my business. Lead is the traffic and emails that I collect from my website. Lag is what I earn and what I make.  

I can’t control how many of my products I sell, but I can control things like how many emails I send out over a certain period of time. I know that emails generate sales. I measure which type of emails work the best and I improve on them.

Remember that how you measure is as important as what you measure. Don’t just measure things for the sake of measuring though. You have to clearly define what your goal is.

9. Detailed Training To Solve Specific Problems

I went to a private liberal arts college. I remember going to South America and studying insects and having to write up papers. I asked the reason and I was told it was to get funding.

It seems science people don’t think about monetization and that is great.

If you want to be successful in business, you can’t be learning just for the sake of learning.

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You have to focus, study, and learn only those things that are absolutely necessary to improve your company and your profits.

If you need to learn how to sell on Facebook, learn how to get this detailed training.

If you need learn about affiliate marketing, laser in on the best information that focuses on affiliates sales.

There is a time and a place for constant education. Constant education is learning for the enjoyment of learning. This is a great thing to do and if you have a passion outside of your business, you can schedule your personal free time to learn about different things.

But in order to constantly improve your business, you need to focus in on very detailed training that matters most to your business.

10. Hire A Mentor

Why should you hire a mentor?

Because the best mentors out there are not free. They are busy. Here is an example:

Think of a mentor as a guide to help you climb Mount Everest. These guides, known as sherpas, are experts at climbing the mountain. They have made the climb many times. They know how to prepare and how to react to emergencies.

I would never dream of trying to climb Mt. Everest on my own.

So why do people try and go about it on their own in business?

Wouldn’t it be easier to find a mentor who has built multi-million dollars business?

I advise you to pay for a mentor. Money makes you take it seriously.

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Here are some of the benefits of having a business mentor:

  • You have someone to hold you accountable.
  • You have someone to bounce ideas off of.
  • You have someone to help keep you motivated.
  • You have someone to keep you confident and feeling self-assured.
  • You will have someone to help keep you focused.
  • You will have wisdom and guidance from someone who has been there and done that.

To summarize it:

  1. Identify Urgent Problems: Focus on services or products that solve immediate and pressing issues for customers, as these tend to command higher prices and loyalty.
  2. Evaluate Your Offerings: Assess whether your business solves a ‘burning problem’. If not, pivot or refine your offerings to meet urgent needs.
  3. Understand Your Market: Clearly identify who has these urgent problems and tailor your marketing to speak directly to their pain points.
  4. Price Accordingly: Don’t be afraid to charge premium prices for solutions to urgent problems, as customers are often willing to pay more for immediate relief.
  5. Streamline Operations: Look for ways to reduce the time you spend on non-essential tasks, possibly through automation or outsourcing.
  6. Focus on Value, Not Time: Shift your business model from time-based billing to value-based pricing, where possible.
  7. Leverage Testimonials: Use success stories and testimonials from customers you’ve helped solve urgent problems to attract more business.
  8. Continuously Learn: Stay informed about the pressing problems in your industry and adapt your solutions to meet these evolving needs.
  9. Build a Strong Network: Connect with other professionals and businesses that can refer clients with urgent needs to you.
  10. Prioritize Your Health: Remember that working less isn’t just about earning more, but also about maintaining your health and well-being for long-term success.

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5 Reasons Why Men Should Try Unisex Fragrances (Our 7 Choices to Start)

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There are countless types and notes to experience when it comes to fragrances.

Finding a set of great masculine fragrances suitable for various occasions and seasons is a perfect spot for men.

The problem?

Many of them are heavy, bold, and intense.

Sure, there will be a proper place and time for each one, but it is undoubtedly not an everyday fragrance that you can spray as you like.

The solution? A Unisex Fragrance.

Well, you might think, “Why on earth do I want a fragrance that will make me smell like a woman?”

Gents, the truth is – there is so much more than that.

In this article, I will show you 5 reasons you should consider wearing unisex fragrances and our selected 7 unisex fragrances for you to start with.

What is Unisex Fragrances?

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First, let’s start with the meaning of Unisex Fragrances – what is it exactly?

Basically, they are fragrances that both men and women can wear.

The smell of these fragrances won’t be highly woody and spicy like men’s fragrances, and also won’t be heavily sweet and floral like women’s side – It’s a perfect neutral balance between those two.

The packages are also likely to be designed in a clean, minimalistic way that emphasizes the idea of neutrality and genderlessness – like the CK One, the first unisex fragrance ever created.

And here are the five reasons why you should consider wearing unisex fragrances.

Reason #1: It Smells Great

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What is the most logical reason for humans to use fragrances?

Yes, it’s to make sure we smell great.

As I have mentioned before, unisex fragrances will have a scent that perfectly blends masculine notes (woody, spicy, leathery) and feminine notes (floral, sweet, fruity).

This combination will make unisex fragrances a unique scent that is not too bold and intense – well optimized for the human’s olfactory bulb – making it less likely that other people will get repulsed by the scent of fragrances.

So, no matter how neutral and genderless it is, one thing you can expect from unisex fragrances is they will definitely give you the great smell you seek from using fragrances.

Reason #2: It’s Perfect for Every Occasion

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The common problem men face when using pure masculine fragrances is that it’s likely to be repulsive to others – whether it’s from the ingredient, the intensity, or the societal context. These will be less likely to happen with fragrances that are labelled as unisex.

With the blending element between woodsy and fruity, spicy and floral – most unisex fragrances can serve you from an office space at midday to a jazz bar at midnight. Eliminate the need to own multiple fragrances to make them appropriate for each specific occasion.

If you’re looking for a fragrance that can serve you any day, place, or time, unisex fragrances will be your best bud for that!

Reason #3: It’s Subtle Yet Attractive

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Have you ever had the experience of smelling someone and feeling nicely intrigued?

That’s what unisex fragrances can give you.

By staying low-key with the blending between two spectrums of masculine and feminine notes – neither too bold nor too faint—making them intriguing to those around you.

It’s an effortless way to add attractiveness and get compliments from your friends, colleagues, and families without overwhelming them.

Reason #4: It Makes You Stand Out From Other Men

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There’s nothing wrong with Dior Sauvage, Acqua Di Gio or Versace Eros – in fact, there are reasons why these fragrances are always on the lists of top fragrances for men.

But it also means that there is a high chance that your friends or colleagues will be using the same one as you – which is a situation that you might not want to end up in, even how great these fragrances smell.

Enter the unisex fragrances, the way that allows you to stand out due to being contrary and diverse from the mainstream. It will enable you to stand out from other men while also fitting comfortably into any social circle due to the universal appeal of unisex fragrances.

Reason #5: It’s a Statement of Your Identity

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This might sound a little subjective, but basically – wearing a unisex fragrance is a statement of your character, taste, and lifestyle.

  • It’s a declaration of uniqueness from societal expectations.
  • It’s a showcase of your confidence in your choices.
  • It’s a commitment to your authenticity.

As you can see, this type of fragrance is more than just a smell, so here are our seven choices for unisex fragrances that are worthy of trying out.

1: Tom Ford Black Orchid

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The first fragrance of Tom Ford – the Black Orchid, is a symbol of modern classic, luxurious and sensual, equipped with a rich, dark heart, embodying sophistication and a timeless allure.

Even at first, it was labelled as a women’s fragrance; many men are irresistible to adopt it. When you’re wearing Black Orchid – it signifies a boldness and a willingness to embrace complexity and depth, giving more than just a traditional masculine scent but something more mysterious and uniquely captivating.

Characteristics: Mysterious, Luxurious, Sensual

Notes: Top note – Truffle, Bergamot | Middle note – Orchid, Spices | Base note – Patchouli, Vetiver

2: Creed Aventus for Her

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While the original legendary Aventus gives man a sense of masculinity, strength, power, and success – Aventus for Her transforms these attributes into a scent that is equally compelling for men who appreciate a balance of freshness and depth.

Citrus is what truly set Aventus for Her apart from its predecessor while remaining a base tone of woody. This fragrance is suitable for a man who seeks something fresh and bold while also being subtle, making it a perfect fragrance for year-round on every occasion.

Characteristics: Bold, Empowering, Fresh

Notes: Top note – Green Apple, Patchouli | Middle note – Sandalwood, Musk | Base note – Amber, Black Currant

3: Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Inspired by the British coast, this unisex fragrance from Jo Malone – Wood Sage & Sea Salt captures the spirit of freedom and the joy of exploration.

With a natural base, one word to describe this fragrance is ‘clean’. If you’re seeking refreshing and grounding fragrances without an overwhelming scent to brighten your day, this is the most perfectly balanced unisex fragrance you can ever find in the market.

Characteristics: Energized, Natural, Free-Spirited.

Notes: Top note – Ambrette Seeds | Middle note – Sea Salt | Base note – Sage

4: Acqua di Parma Colonia

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Acqua di Parma Colonia reflects the Italian art of living with the composition of citrus and herbal notes that evoke elegance and a stylish way of life – giving a sense of classic elegance every time you wear it.

Also, this timeless classic reflects the scent of the 20th-century socialite – admired by the stars of the Hollywood Golden Age, such as Cary Grant, David Niven, and Audrey Hepburn.

Characteristics: Classic, Elegant, Bright

Notes: Top note – Sicilian Citruses | Middle note – Lavender, Rosemary | Base note – Vetiver, Sandalwood

5: Le Labo Santal 33

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Inspired by the Marlboro Man, Santal 33 has become an icon in the world of fragrances, known for its distinctive and addictive aroma that captures the spirit of the American West.

This unisex fragrance will give you an aura of irresistibly alluring and subtle distinctiveness from the combination of floral and woody scent – allowing you to stay cool all day and night from summer to winter.

Characteristics: Iconic, Woody, Charismatic

Notes: Top note – violet, cardamom | Middle note – iris, amber | Base note – sandalwood, leather

6: Byredo Gypsy Water

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Gypsy Water is a testimonial to the beauty of Romani culture – reflecting its freedom and connection to the Earth.

With a clean, woody, and fresh scent – this unisex fragrance evokes a sense of freedom and the journey of life as a man. Also, it has a casual scent that is not too bold and too faint, making it a perfect unisex fragrance for everyday use.

Characteristics: Bohemian, Earthy, Free-spirited.

Notes: Top note – juniper, lemon | Middle note – Incense, pine needles | Base note – sandalwood, amber

7: Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club

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Jazz Club is a fragrance that emulates the atmosphere of an actual jazz club in Brooklyn. It’s a blend of tobacco, leather, and camaraderie – evoking the essence of the music and the timeless cool in the night.

This unisex fragrance suggests a love for tradition and an appreciation for the finer things in life while also being that warm guy who draws people in.

Characteristics: Warm, Intoxicating, Nostalgic

Notes: Top note – pink pepper, lemon | Middle note – rum, vetiver oil | Base note – tobacco, styrax

Exploring the World of Unisex Fragrances

Here you are, the 7 Worthy Unisex Fragrances that you, as a man, can try out.

As you might notice, these fragrances still have some root to a masculine scent while also adopting the essence of femininity – and that’s the beauty of unisex fragrances.

They’re allowing you to break out from the norm and discover the broader range of your fragrance choices.

Read the following article to find more about selecting and buying fragrances that are suitable for you,

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10 Powerful Male Status Symbols

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When you encounter a man showcasing an exotic Italian car, donning a beautiful Swiss watch, and wearing a perfectly tailored suit – how do you feel?

Intimidation?

Respect?

Jealousy?

The answer may vary, but one thing you can’t deny – this man possesses a certain power that comes from ‘Status’.

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What is ‘Status’ & Why Should You Care?

You might be thinking, “Well, I don’t care about such superficial things.”

And yes, what we label as ‘status’ might not seem to reflect a man’s value since the true greatness of a man surely comes from the internal qualities within him.

Unfortunately – humans tend to be creatures of habit and are likely to judge others based on quick visual perception. These seemingly superficial things called ‘status symbols’ have become a significant part of the status game.

  • They can save you time
  • They let you avoid conflict
  • They help you signal authority

Without you speak a single word.

These are the power of ‘Status’.

In this article, I’m going to show you 10 modern high-status symbols for a man – and explain How & Why you should use them.

Male Status Symbol #1 – Custom Clothing

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Many of us are fine with buying off-the-rack clothes. We go shopping and happen to find the “right” size of whatever we want. But there are always 2 things that may be an issue – authenticity and accurate fit.

Those are never questionable when it comes to custom clothing. By having something tailor-made, you’re guaranteed it’s of top quality and goes perfectly with your measurements. There’s no need to question whether the item is genuine. What you see is precisely what you get.

Do you wonder why George Clooney always looks good in a suit? We know he’s a handsome guy, but he also happens to get custom suits from Mark Powell, who is said to be his favourite tailor. And history shows that powerful men like Napoleon III and Winston Churchill have bought bespoke suits from London’s Savile Row for centuries.

These men appreciate the importance of fit, fabric, and function – the fundamental elements of style. They select garments that not only fit their body type but also accentuate their individuality. It’s as if they become their own style icon, unmatched in wearing those specific clothes. This subtly communicates to the world their authenticity and discernment – earning them admiration.

Custom clothing makes a definitive statement about your status as a man. If it’s within your means, consider investing in these Made-to-Measure (or Bespoke) garments.

  • Suits
  • Sport Jackets or Blazers
  • Dress Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Leather Shoes

Also, adding a personal touch such as a monogram – further highlights the uniqueness of your attire.

Male Status Symbol #2 – A Great Looking Watch

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Women showcase their jewellery, and similarly, men have their watches. It’s not just any watch you seek. You want something classy and luxurious like those high-end pieces priced over $1,000

While the appropriate choice often depends on the social context – the elegance of a leather strap dress watch or the robust appeal of a metal sports watch remains unparalleled.

You name it.

  • Rolex
  • Omega
  • Tudor

These brands hold a long history, recognized quality in craftsmanship, exclusivity, and price tags that could rival the cost of a significant economy automobile. This is precisely why they symbolise high status.

But what if you’re not keen on spending a lot? Given that these luxurious items don’t necessarily offer more functionality than today’s smartwatches, there are up-and-coming brands these days that produce luxury watches at affordable prices – and the quality of materials and mechanics is often still amazing!

When it comes to affordable watches, I love the fact that manufacturers can produce watches that look incredible without breaking the bank. After all, a Rolex is a great investment and a great statement – but not every man needs to splash out thousands of dollars when there are more budget-friendly timepieces on the market.

Sure, with many budget options, you could end up spending $200 on a low-quality timepiece that doesn’t keep the time well and looks cheap. To avoid this, the key is to research brands and find manufacturers with extensive watch-making experience.

Male Status Symbol #3 – Quality Footwear

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Back in the day – shoes were power symbols of the elite. Leather was so precious that only a few could afford leather footwear (or were allowed to wear it). Today, even though we all purchase shoes, with an array of options like sneakers and sandals – that symbol of status still exists.

Shoes are things people tend to look at and base judgments on (even subconsciously). If you’re wearing nice shoes – they assume that you’re a stylish man with a good eye. You look like someone who takes good care of himself. And that gains you more respect from peers.

Take David Beckham, for example. He’s a guy who – when he’s not in his cleats playing football – likes to wear bespoke leather shoes from London’s G.J.Cleverley & Co. His favourite model is the black calf brogue “The Churchill”, named after Winston Churchill – who was also a regular customer. Beckham knows how his shoes can influence public perception. So he follows the style of another respectable man.

Beyond standing out from the crowd, high-quality leather shoes offer a timeless quality. Investing in a superior pair means they could last decades, or even a lifetime, with consistent care. This dedication and attention to detail are likely to give you eyes of appreciation from others at first sight – even from those who have never seen you before!

Male Status Symbol #4 – The Technology You Use

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We use our laptops, tablets, and mobile phones every day. Almost everyone has them – but some guys just need the latest & greatest stuff. They only buy from a certain company. The reason – it’s more than just quality.

About 10 years ago, Apple computers were mainly used by creatives at coffee shops. It was a big deal to carry them around. But now that Apple has taken over the world, the only way you can stand out is by having the latest iDevice – since everybody else has the second latest.

Whether we like it or not – our gadgets have a say in how people see us. The updated OS and features are secondary – we want new stuff for the prestige. We want to show friends and colleagues that we’re “in” – that we can change smartphones every other year. It’s consumerist, but that affects our status.

This isn’t to say that you ‘must’ update your iPhone or MacBook annually – instead, you should focus on the actual functionality you need while looking for a well-known brand. This approach is more sustainable for your budget while still securing the social recognition associated with owning prestigious technology.

Male Status Symbol #5 – The Vehicle You Drive

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As I mentioned earlier, humans are inclined to judge based on perceptions, and just like your gadgets, the vehicle you drive reflects the kind of person you are. It signifies more than just the amount of money in your bank—it reveals your lifestyle, priorities, and current stage in life.

Since humans are inherently social beings, we tend to form a collective identity within our surroundings, and perceptions of status can vary widely – what is considered high status depends on your social context and environment.

I own a minivan – a practical choice for a man with 5 kids. So anyone who sees me drive by can probably tell I have a family of my own. If I were driving a Tesla – people might think I’m some big tech corporate hotshot.

But if you live in West Texas like I did – you wouldn’t be surprised to see all these dually pickup trucks. Not only are they useful if you need to pull a horse trailer, but they’re also “cool” in that area. So you want to get a vehicle that suits your environment.

Male Status Symbol #6 – Strong Beliefs & Convictions

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The great thing about the U.S. is we can exercise freedom of speech. You’re allowed to comment on political issues and express personal beliefs – including religion. And while this may turn off the general crowd – you also resonate with people who are like you.

It’s a well-known fact that Tim Tebow and Steph Curry are devout Christians – who aren’t afraid to talk about it. Curry even has “4:13” (a biblical text about Jesus) printed on the inside of his Under Armour shoes. Some fans consider those guys “preachy” but for the most part – the way they put God at the centre of everything they do (including their athletic careers) has made them more appealing and authentic.

As long as you have strong convictions with a reason to support those ideas – it shouldn’t matter if others think less of you. People who share your beliefs will be drawn to your courage and conviction. This distinctiveness can significantly boost your status, setting you apart in a majority of conforming minds.

Male Status Symbol #7 – A Body By Design

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While a muscular physique may command respect from another man, there’s more to it than just size. It’s about mastering the body, so it suits your culture or profession.

To have a body that upgrades your status – you need to understand who you are. If you love running marathons, developing strong calves, and reducing body fat to embody the form of an elite runner is key. Meanwhile, if you’re a bodybuilder, you aim to increase your muscle mass as much as possible.

Basically, if people see you with a body that perfectly matches your way of life – they’ll respect you even more

Male Status Symbol #8 – Good Etiquette

man offers to open car door for woman

Etiquette has always been a marker of high status, especially today, when great manners are increasingly rare – possessing such manners makes you irresistibly appealing to both business and personal life.

It wasn’t too long ago when etiquette was used to separate classes of people instead of clothing, so it seems to be achievable without the financial factor like those material status symbols we’ve talked about. Unfortunately – there’s no universal book about it since it varies from culture to culture.

But if you want to elevate your status, you need to understand basic etiquette – especially when you’re invited to formal events.

  • Follow the dress code
  • RSVP ahead of time
  • Shake hands the right way

These are small acts of politeness that matter for an event with lots of well-respected people.

And the next time you’re invited to a fancy dinner, make sure you’ve learned the rules of fine dining etiquette. You’ll be surprised – you’ll impress many people by simply knowing when to use each spoon or how to hold each knife!

Male Status Symbol #9 – Sprezzatura

sprezzatura as male status symbol

‘Sprezzatura’ is often linked to a unique dressing style that conveys coolness and effortlessness – however, it’s far more than that.

Sprezzatura is the art of making a challenging task look effortless, embodying coolness with grace and confidence. It’s about showcasing a skill so skillfully that it draws admiration, allowing only the outcome—not the effort behind it—to be seen.

Imagine having lunch with your workmates at a Chinese restaurant – and you happen to be fluent in Mandarin. Imagine all the nods and compliments you’re going to get as you translate everyone’s orders for the waitress. They witness the little “show” you put on – but they’re unaware that it took you 15 years to learn that language.

It’s a similar thing to Tom Hiddleston’s celebrity impressions. This is a guy who gets people cracking up by saying 1 or 2 lines in the accents of fellow actors – which he does so naturally. The audience doesn’t think about all the years he’s spent honing his talent – they’re just blown away by what he does.

It’s about performing with such finesse that the hard work behind it remains invisible.

Male Status Symbol #10 – People You Surround Yourself With

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This last point may be the most influential.

The company you keep—be it your spouse, partner, colleagues, or friends—significantly shapes how others perceive you.

Humans are deeply influenced by their social environment. Whether it involves personal perception or how others view us from the outside, we tend to form a group identity and align ourselves with certain values.

In a way, this is a good thing. It calls for you to be more selective about the people you want part of your life. The phenomenon of an “average Joe” receiving a status boost simply by dating someone perceived as “out of their league” is a good example of this.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting you cut ties with friends who aren’t as successful as you. I’m saying you should find people who can help you grow and reach for the stars. These are among the best qualities to look for in friends and a spouse.

Aim to spend each day with someone who not only brings you joy but also motivates you to be the best version of yourself. Imagine – marrying such a person could be a truly hitting the jackpot.

What All of This Means for You

That’s it Gents, 10 high-status symbols for a man.

As I told you, no matter how much you want to escape the status game, our nature won’t let us. That’s why incorporating these symbols can give you a quick win in life.

You can start applying some of those right now, while the others might need a little more time.

To further improve your status game, here’s how to avoid being end up like a low-status man.

Click below to watch the video on YouTube – How To Signal Power & Authority With Clothing

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some examples of powerful male status symbols?

Examples of powerful male status symbols include luxury cars, designer clothing, high-end watches, impressive homes, rare collectibles, exclusive memberships, advanced degrees or notable awards, physical fitness, leadership positions, and philanthropic endeavors.

Are status symbols universal or do they differ across cultures?

Status symbols can greatly vary across different cultures and societies. While some symbols like wealth might be universal, the specifics (e.g., type of car, style of clothing) can be culture-specific.

What does an exclusive membership mean in the context of status symbols?

An exclusive membership refers to being part of an elite club or society, whether that’s a high-end fitness club, a golf club, or a business organization. It signifies social standing, connections, and a certain level of exclusivity.

Is philanthropy a status symbol?

Yes, philanthropy can be seen as a status symbol. It signifies not just wealth, but also a commitment to giving back to society and using one’s resources to benefit others.

How do advanced degrees or notable awards act as status symbols?

They represent achievement, intelligence, and dedication. In many societies, educational achievements and awards are highly respected and are considered signs of success.

Does the value of status symbols differ in rural and urban settings?

Yes, typically, rural and urban settings have different norms and lifestyle expectations, so what serves as a status symbol in one may not have the same impact in the other.

Can digital goods serve as status symbols?

Yes, in the digital age, certain virtual goods, like rare NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens), in-game items, or digital real estate, can serve as status symbols.

Do status symbols influence people's perception of someone?

Yes, people often make assumptions about others based on visible status symbols. However, it’s important to note that these assumptions may not always accurately reflect a person’s character or success.

Is owning a status symbol inherently negative?

Not at all. Owning a status symbol isn’t inherently negative. It becomes problematic when it leads to excessive materialism or when a person’s self-worth becomes tied to these external symbols. It’s crucial to remember that these symbols represent only one aspect of a person’s identity.

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New Spring Fragrances For Men in 2024

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The grass is greener, the air is fresh, and the heavy, spiced fragrance you wore during winter has met its seasonal demise. While you shelf that woodsy fragrance for the season, I’m here to give you 10 of the best spring fragrances for men in 2024 that you should try.

With the new season upon us, it’s a great time to take a look at new fragrance releases for the 2024 spring season as well as some classics that always work during the seasonal change.

In this list, I’ll give you 6 of the best new spring fragrances for men in 2024 and 4 classics that will have you smelling fresher than spring itself.

1. Valentino Uomo Born In Roma Green Stravaganza

Valentino Uomo Born In Roma Green Stravaganza

Valentino Uomo Born In Roma Green Stravaganza is an exceptional spring fragrance that encapsulates the essence of the season.

The scent opens with a burst of fresh, green notes, reminiscent of a blooming garden in Rome. It’s followed by the invigorating scent of coffee and vetiver that gives this fragrance its dynamic energy.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top note – Calabrian bergamot | Middle note – Coffee | Base note – vetiver

Why This One? Valentino Uomo Born In Roma Green Stravaganza is an audacious expression from Valentino that offers a strong, unique fragrance that your partner will love.

It smells unlike anything on the market and will truly set you apart during the spring season.

2. Narciso Rodriguez Vetiver Musc

Narciso Rodriguez Vetiver Musc

Narciso Rodriguez Vetiver Musc is an exceptional choice for spring, capturing the essence of the season with its refreshing and invigorating blend of notes.

The fragrance opens with a burst of cardamon and a lightness that is bold. It is perfect for those who want to embrace the season with a scent that is both sophisticated and uplifting.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top notes – Cardamon, cypress, and nutmeg | Middle notes – Musk, bourbon geranium, lavender, red algae, and frankincense | Base notes – vetiver, patchouli, and cedar

Why This One? Naricso Rodrigues Vetiver Musc is an exceptionally strong choice for the spring season as it offers depth and boldness while remaining lighter than most scents.

It has a minerality to it that makes this fragrance one of the most unique releases of 2024 so far. It is sure to be a standout in your collection and garner tons of compliments.

3. Hermes H24 Herbes Vives

Hermes H24 Herbes Vives

Hermes H24 Herbes Vives is a new spring scent that captures the essence of urban rain showers. The fragrance opens with a burst of herbal notes met with the high-tech molecule Physcool®, which is a unique cooling agent that brings high-performing, long-lasting freshness to the scent.

This fragrance is perfect for those who want to embrace the season with a scent that is both uplifting and complex.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top note – Herbal | Middle note – Pear | Base note – Physcool®

Why This One? Hermes H24 Herbes Vives is an exceptionally unique fragrance in that it combines the lightness of spring rain with the depth of a fresh bouquet of flowers.

You will get many compliments with this scent as women will love its herbal essence matched with contemporary manliness.

4. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Paradise Garden

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Paradise Garden

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Paradise Garden is a complex and earthy scent that encapsulates the essence of a tropical paradise with the warmth of sandalwood.

With floral notes paired with complex ingredients, this scent is a standout as one of the best spring fragrances for men in 2024.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top notes – Watery notes, green notes, mint, and ginger | Middle notes – Coconut, fig, and salt | Base notes – Sandalwood and tonka bean

Why This One? Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Paradise Garden offers a unique experience for lovers of woodsy scents as it intertwines these complex notes with radiant flowers and aromas that truly embody the spring season.

Like many scents from Jean Paul Gaultier, this one is sure to garner compliments left and right during the spring months.

5. Dior New Look 2024

Dior New Look 2024

Dior New Look 2024 is an olfactory reinvention of a legacy that dates back to 1947 with their Iconic Bar suit – a fashion statement that revolutionized fashion.

In the same breath of revolution, this fragrance brings that legacy back as a bold unisex scent that offers a creative approach that pushes the boundaries of traditional amber fragrances.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top note – Aldehydes | Middle note – Frankincense | Base note – Amber

Why This One? Dior New Look 2024 offers a new take on a classic with strong, complex notes that allow for use during the spring months thanks to it’s top and middle notes.

The bottom note of amber adds to its complexity yet still allows this fragrance to be light and airy for both men and women. This is truly a unique scent that will garner compliments abroad.

6. Burberry Hero Parfum

Burberry Hero Parfum

Burberry Hero Parfum was introduced as a 2024 extension of the already famous Hero line (spoiler alert, there’s another one from the same line on this list, so stay tuned).

It offers bold, woodsy notes that are sure to impress. But why is this on the list for spring fragrances?

As the Hero line has excelled in being both light and dark wood-based scents, Hero Parfum shines by bringing the lightness out of cedarwood in the middle. This allows you to have a complex, deeper scent during the spring months.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top note – Amyris | Middle note – Cedarwood | Base note – Cypriol oil

Why This One? Burberry Hero Parfum is a unique fragrance in that its notes may steer you towards wearing this in the fall or winter months, however this works exceptionally well as a date-night spring fragrance.

With it’s deeper richness, this scent is the perfect fragrance for those nighttime date activities as it offers a richness that works with the season. Save this one for date nights or special occasions, specifically in the evenings.

The previous 6 fragrances were new introductions to the spring 2024 season, but let’s not forget about some stellar classics that always work great in the change from winter to spring.

These next fragrances are standouts as some of the best spring fragrances for men and should be considered for wearing during this new 2024 season.

7. Burberry Hero

Burberry Hero (2021)

As I mentioned earlier, another member of the Burberry Hero line was on this list, and this one is the 2021 introduction.

This fragrance is truly an amazing spring fragrance that offers woodsy scents with a blast of fresh spice added to the mix. This is a great option for spring months for a more complex fragrance option that truly stands out.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top note – Bergamot | Middle notes – Juniper and black pepper | Base notes – Atlas cedar, Virginian cedar, and Himalayan cedar

Why This One? Burberry Hero is truly one of the most unique spring fragrances for men as it combines deep wood notes with light and fresh aromatics that give this scent some serious style points for the season.

It smells unlike anything with a woodsy undertone and will truly set you apart during the spring season.

8. Dior Homme Sport

Dior Homme Sport (2021-2022)

Dior Homme Sport 2021 is a truly unique fragrance as it combines the brightness of citrus and spice notes with the deep, sensual smells of wood and amber that give it its complexity.

This scent excels in the spring months thanks to its lemony freshness that’s met with the deeper notes within it making it a perfect every wear in the changing months.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top notes – Lemon, bergamot, and aldehydes | Middle notes – Pink pepper and elemi | Base notes – Woody notes, olibanum, and amber

Why This One? Dior Homme Sport 2021 is one of the best spring fragrances you can buy for its recognizability from the Homme Sport lineup.

This is a perfect fragrance to wear to the office. Or even just out and about during the spring months. It is a unique scent that is sure to get you compliments.

9. Parfums De Marley Galloway

Parfums De Marley Galloway

Galloway is a 2014 release from the house of Parfums De Marley. It is a unisex citrus fragrance based on the name of a Scottish horse.

It features a complex aroma of citrus, iris, and amber. This gives the scent a stunning ability to be worn in all kinds of occasions in the warmer months.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top notes – Citrus and pepper | Middle notes – Orange blossom and iris | Base notes – Musk and amber

Why This One? Parfums De Marley Galloway is a standout fragrance for the spring months thanks to its strong citrusy aromas.

This is the perfect all-rounder that also has enough strength to be worn on springtime date nights. It is special and unique and should always be in your spring rotation of colognes.

10. Paco Rabanne Invictus Platinum

Paco Rabanne Invictus Platinum

Invictus Platinum is a standout modern fragrance. It combines the light freshness of citrus and mint, with the complexity of lavender and patchouli.

This makes for a wonderful springtime fragrance that gives you flexibility and masculine appeal.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top notes – Absinthe and grapefruit | Middle notes – Mint and lavender | Base notes – Cypress and patchouli

Why This One? Invictus Platinum is the perfect spring scent that offers versatility and performance for the warmer weather.

With its fresh and uplifting scent, it combines the appeal of sexiness with the slightly floral undernotes that women love. This is a staple for spring months and is sure to garner compliments all day long.

So there you have it. Out with the old and in with the new season. These are the best spring fragrances for men that you should try in 2024.

If you’re interested in other top fragrances, check out this article I wrote on the best men’s colognes for 2024.

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