5 ways to improve yourself

Now, this isn’t a New Years blog post, or a self help post, this is about ways you can better yourself. You don’t need to have a midlife crisis, move to a new country, or quit your job to make changes in your life.

This article is about simple and not-so-simple ways to improve yourself. Some of these ideas can be done each day (read a book) others will happen over time (learn a language). But it’s important to pick a few you can realistically stick with. Sure, we all want to learn a language, read 3 books a month, train for a marathon, and start a new business but doing all of those at once is a recipe for disaster.

The best method is to start slow. Work on one thing at a time. One problem we run into, the New Years Resolution problem, is that we are hyped up to do this new change but the motivation only lasts a month or two, and we are back to our old ways.

You need to build that intrinsic motivation that can sustain these new changes. So why are we talking about this on a fashion blog? Because we don’t consider ourselves just about fashion. Sure, we create custom suits but we believe that suit has the ability to make you feel different and change how you feel about yourself. It’s like working in one place, but going outside or to a coffee shop to work and you feel a whole new sense of motivation. We’re all about helping you feel and be your best, that’s why we wrote this article.

  1. Read a book each day
    It doesn’t matter if you read it in the morning or at night, read fiction or non-fiction. You can do it at the gym, before work, before bed. When you feel the need to watch tv, pick up a book instead.
  2. Create an exercise routine
    Don’t wait until January 1 to start a workout routine. There’s never a best time to start something, just do it now. Create a realistic schedule that you can see yourself sticking to. Maybe going to the gym 3 times a day on your way from work. If you find that at night you like sitting down and relaxing, don’t leave working out for the night time. If you used to exercise and want to restart the habit read this article from Life Hack.
  3. Avoid negativity
    When you wake up in the morning, is it common to find yourself checking social media or watching the news? These two things can be filled with negativity that can already impact your mood. Start your day without checking your phone, and if you must, check something like Instagram. Also try to avoid negative people. If you have a coworker who constantly complains, try to eat lunch after them or sit away from them. “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with,” says Jim Rohn.
  4. Reduce mindless activities
    We love the buzz and rush we feel when we post on social media and see notifications. Your phone vibrates and we have to know who is calling. We just finished work and want to lay on the couch and watch 4 hours of TV. I’m not going to tell you not to do these things, but I will say that reducing your time on these activities will free up time to do other things. We all say we’re busy, but how much of our day is spend doing mindless tasks? Try doing a social media detox for a week, then try again for a month. See if you miss it.
  5. Start a journal
    Journals aren’t just for teens writing about their bad day at school. Writing down your thoughts can help you understand them better. You’ll be able to gain insights and clarify your thinking when you write down what’s in your mind. You can use a blank journal or try a templated one like the 5 minute journal.
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6 Good Books for Men

It’s important to keep reading, you can never learn enough. If the last book you remember reading came from a high school or college English class, it may be time to pick something up. If you’re too busy to sit and read, download an audiobook for the gym or the car. There’s no excuse not to read at least one book a year.

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Now, the problem if you do enjoy reading is what book to pick up. The library and bookstores are filled to the brim with them, it can be tough to find something you will be satisfied with. We have some great recommendations for guys that are ambitious. That means the guys (like you) who want to do something, be a leader, start a business. Or maybe you just admire ambitious people. You’re going to like at least one of these books guaranteed.

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller Sr. 
By Ron Chernow
You know him as the oil baron and one of the most famous last names in the US. Besides being extremely fruitful in business, he started to become more open-minded and generous as he gained more success.

The 48 Laws of Power
By Robert Greene
This is a classic. You just have to read it to get what its all about. “Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, The 48 Laws of Power is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.”

Meditations
By Marcus Aurelius
This is a favorite of those that abide by the stoic philosophy. Many people I admire call it one of the best books they’ve read. It was written by a man who was likely one of the most powerful of his time. He talks about self-discipline, humility, responsibility, and more.

The Power Broker
By Robert A. Caro
In opposition to Marcus Aurelius, Robert Moses whom this book is about, was powerful but also a jerk. He was driven, ambitious, and had smarts, but he was not compassionate and it turned him into a monster.

How to Win Friends and Influence People
By Dale Carnegie
Alright, I had a hard time picking up this book at first. A friend bought it for me, but I thought the title was so cheesy. I didn’t want to be one of those people who read self-help type books. But I was so wrong! The ideas and advice in here seems so common sense, but it seems like not many people abide by them. I use some of these ideas in my daily life that’s how much this book impacted me.

Status Anxeity
By Alain de Botton
It’s the problem you don’t think is a problem. You’re ambitious and want to be on the top, what’s wrong with that? Well ambition is both good and bad, as it is a huge source of anxiety and frustration. This book will help you manage your ambitious tendencies and