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We all love that feeling of getting away with paying less than usual for an item we wanted.

But how can we be sure we're getting the most out of our budget?

Today I'm bringing you 21 of my favorite tips to shop smart and save money.

 

 

Gents, don't let a limited budget stop you from aiming high.

I promise by the end of this article you'll learn new ways to stretch your money and get the best deals on the items you want.

 

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Here's a brief overview of the tips:

  1. Buy Winter Clothing In The Summer.
  2. Face The PAIN Of Spending (By Using Cash).
  3. If You're Unsure, Sleep On It.
  4. Don't Drink And Shop – Seriously.
  5. Say Positive Things About What You Own.
  6. Don't Shop On Your Payday.
  7. Only Buy The Things You LOVE.
  8. Buy The Best You Can Afford (And Take Care Of It).
  9. Know what you’re paying for (Check your receipt)
  10. Don't Buy Fakes – Seriously
  11. Be Willing To Hunt.
  12. Know Your Sales Associate By Name.
  13. Make That List Already.
  14. Put Things Into Perspective.
  15. Love Wearing It? Buy Multiples.
  16. Repurpose Old Clothing.
  17. Beware Of The Tailor Tax.
  18. Go Thrift Shopping
  19. Borrow Or Rent What You’ll Wear Once
  20. Skip Out On Trends – Buy Timeless Items
  21. Subscribe for discounts.

Without further ado, let's have a look at the list.

 

1. Buy Winter Clothing In The Summer

When is the best time to buy winter clothing? Hint: it’s not holiday sales. Most clothing stores typically divide their collections to spring/summer and fall/winter.

Once a season is over and clothing for the next one starts rolling in, stores have insane clearance sales.

By then, you can’t expect them to have all the items still available, as most will be sold out, but those that are left are often ridiculously cheap.

 

2. Face The PAIN Of Spending (By Using Cash)

A 2015 study published in the Journal Electronic Commerce Research and Applications set up an auction-like scenario and instructed half of the participants to pay with cash, and the other half with cards.

What they found is that those who were paying with cards were – unknowingly – willing to spend as much as 100% more than those with cash on the same items, even though they were given the same amount of money.

Simply put, seeing the money leave their hands made cash users more cautious of what they were buying and how much they were offering for it.

Shopping with cards is quick and easy – yes – but one of the best ways to trick yourself into saving money is bringing your budget in cash.

Seeing your money leave your hands makes you rethink the purchase, doesn't it?

 

3. If You're Unsure, Sleep On It

Let's say you're looking at something and you're just about ready to buy it, but in the back of your head a voice is telling you something is not quite right.

Sure, the price tag says 50% off and it sounds like a great deal, but do you really need it? The best thing to do is leave it for now, sleep on it, and make the decision tomorrow.

If you still feel the need for it the next day – by all means – go and get it. But what you'll find is you'll often forget about it altogether.

This tip is especially useful when you're thinking about making a big purchase (new phone, car, house, etc.).

 

4. Don't Drink And Shop – Seriously

A survey published by The Hustle, where 2000 regular alcohol consumers were asked about their shopping habits, concluded that people on average spend around 500$ a year on drunk shopping.

That might not sound like much, but when multiplied by the number of people in the world,  it's estimated that as much as $45 BILLION per year goes to shopping under the influence of alcohol.

It's no secret that alcohol is the key component in many stupid decisions, so it's no surprise many of these decisions involve spending money where you otherwise wouldn't.

 

5. Say Positive Things About What You Own

One of the biggest influencers of impulse buying is having a negative attitude towards the things you own.

The next time you find yourself complaining about things you have, try to look at it from the other perspective.

Instead of saying “These shoes are so old, I need a new pair” say “I've had these shoes for over 3 years and they still look great”

Rather than saying “The camera on this phone is so bad, the newer one has a 50MP camera” say “I've had this phone for 2 years and it never broke”

If you list the good against the bad, what you'll find is – more often than not- the good outweighs the bad.

 

6. Don't Shop On Your Payday

As a matter of fact, don't shop for an entire week after you get your paycheck.

When you have money to spend, an item you would normally ignore suddenly becomes an item that would be nice to have.

A week after payday is typically the time you use to catch up on any expenses you have to pay, like bills, mortgage, bank loans, and so on.

After you've dealt with those, you'll have a clearer understanding of how much money you have left.

 

7. Only Buy The Things You LOVE

It might sound cliche, but you should never settle for something you're not absolutely sure about.

Buying something out of necessity, thinking “this will have to suffice”, guarantees you aren't going to be happy with your purchase and you'll look to replace it in the future.

Once you buy the replacement item you wanted, you'll realize you have spares collecting dust.

If you just like it, don't buy it! It's better to shop smart and save money, than spend it on something you won't enjoy.

 

8. Buy The Best You Can Afford (And Take Care Of It)

Generally – the higher the quality, the higher the price. Don't trade quality in an attempt to save money.

It sounds counterintuitive, but let me explain. By buying high quality, you spend more money now, but save more money later.

Not only do higher quality items last longer – if you spend a decent amount on an item – you're naturally going to take better care of it.

The extra care in return extends the lifetime of the item even more – and it all goes full circle.

Just keep in mind that expensive does not always mean high quality.

 

 

9. Know What You're Paying For (Check your receipt)

There’s nothing wrong with pulling out the calculator in the dressing room to see just how much you’re going to spend, especially when items are marked as “on-sale”.

This helps avoid overpaying or getting mislead by filler words such as “As much as X% off” or “Up to X% off”.

One time I went to the cash register with 3 items labeled 50% off. When I was told my total, I thought it was a little too high and asked the sales associate to check.

It turned out that none of the items were on sale and it was a mistake. If I added any more items to the bill, it might have missed that completely.

On a positive note, some stores will carefully hide little discount codes on their receipt, that say something like 30% of the cheapest item next time you buy or similar, so keep an eye out for that as well.

 

10. Don't Buy Fakes – Seriously

I understand the urge to buy copies of items that are out of your budget, but they are a waste of money for many reasons.

You might think no one is going to notice you're wearing a fake Rolex and you're probably right – most people can't tell the difference.

However, knockoff items often have inflated prices because of the (fake) branding, and have very low quality.

Why spend $200 on a fake Rolex when the cheap metal is going to stain, the strap is going to break, the glass will scratch.

There are many other options available to you at various prices.

 

11. Be Willing To Hunt

Different stores offer similar items at different prices. We're used to menswear stores carrying pretty much everything, so we might feel as if we can finish shopping quickly by getting them all at the same place.

You need to understand how store prices work – they hook you in with low prices on some items (like shirts and pants) but other items (like socks and underwear) are intentionally more expensive.

They count on your laziness to overlook this fact and buy everything at the same time because it's more convenient.

But if you look at the receipt, you'll find that you spent $25 on a T-shirt and $35 on 3 pairs of socks.

Don’t be afraid to explore your options and then come back to the same store again on the same day if it means you'll save money (no, it doesn’t make you look stupid).

If you're like most people, you probably go shopping for everything in the same shopping center. Learn which stores give you the best deals for different items.

 

12. Know Your Sales Associate By Name

If you're like most guys, you tend to shop at the same places a lot. This means you were likely assisted by the same salesperson multiple times.

Befriend them, and they'll remember you and treat assisting you as a social interaction, rather than work.

The next time you shop, you can even ask for an additional discount. They often have some power in this, and they are more likely to use it for a familiar face.

Additionally, you can always ask them about upcoming sales, so you know the exact day to show up.

This way you can plan ahead, instead of randomly walking into a sale when weekend shopping – with 100 other people there.

 

13. Make A List Beforehand

I know you've heard of this rule before, but I'm putting it in here for one simple reason – most men don't follow it.

How do I know this? Simple, I've heard it many times myself, but didn't do it.

But seriously, guys, having a clear plan of action is great. Set up a budget and make a list of items you want to buy.

Once you buy everything off the list, you'll have an idea how much money you have left. This money can either be saved or spent on other things.

 

14. Put Things Into Perspective

Seeing an item outside of your budget on sale might make you think this is the best time to buy it, and it might be price-wise.

But before you buy it, think about the following:

  • How often do you expect to use it?
  • Are you buying it because you need it, or because it's on sale?
  • How much does it cost when you convert it into working hours?

Why do sales exist? To make people buy items they weren't sure about. After all, it's better for a company to make a small profit from you, than no profit at all.

Time is money, and yours is valuable. Don't waste it chasing unnecessary spending goals.

 

15. Love Wearing It? Buy Multiples

When you find the perfect size for an item you wear a lot, you should always buy a few more.

You can never have enough white shirts, basic t-shirts, favorite pairs of underwear and so on.

That way, even if something happens to one pair, you always have an extra on standby.

Check out the essential items every guy needs to own multiple pairs of.

 

16. Repurpose Old Clothing

A study done by DailyMail UK found that the average person has as much as 1200$ worth of clothing in their closet that they never wear.

Have you ever gone out and bought something, only to later find a similar thing in your closet, that you completely forgot about?

Clothes that we don't often wear get buried in the back of our closets and forgotten. Every now and then, it might be a good idea to take a look at what's hiding underneath.

Even if you're not going to wear it, you at least have an idea what you have – you can always look to sell or donate some of it.

Try to take all the items you never use and add up their prices. That's a lot of money wasted, wouldn't you say?

 

17. Beware Of The Tailor Tax

Learn to fix basic problems on your clothing.

Many people go out and buy completely new clothing just because they don’t know how to sew on a loose button or the leg opening on the pants is too wide.

To avoid buying new clothing altogether, you can always take it to a tailor. But even then you're spending money on something you might be able to do on your own.

 

18. Go Thrift Shopping

Many people are biased about thrift stores and buying what's – for the most part – used clothing. People who shop at thrift stores can tell you just how ridiculous that bias is.

Try it for yourself and you'll be surprised at what you can find. Many of the items were never worn and some will still have original price tags attached to them so you know just how much you saved.

Some items go directly from big retailers into thrift stores as part of a donation, or they offer thrift stores low bulk prices for leftover items.

Since the nature of thrift stores is donation and repurposing, many of them have special charity programs with local communities.

That's means not only are you saving money, but you're also helping those in need along the way.

Some thrift stores will even offer to buy your old clothing, either for cash or shop credit.

 

19. Borrow Or Rent What You’ll Wear Once

This tip comes directly from the ladies – they exchange clothing all the time and it’s super effective.

They also rent things like jewelry, bags, shoes, etc.

Guys should do this too – If you can borrow something from a friend, do it.

Renting a tux is a normal thing to do, but nowadays you can pretty much rent anything: suits, sports gear, travel bags, suitcases and many more.

 

20. Skip Out On Trends – Buy Timeless Items

Fashion trends come and go. Clothing stores keep track of what's “trending”, so popular items are often intentionally pricier than those that are always in stock.

When buying a clothing item, make sure it matches your other clothes.

Stick to basics – don't buy things with unnecessary additions to them (like graphic t-shirts) – it makes it less interchangeable.

Unless an item has a specific level of formality – like a tuxedo – you should be able to dress it up and down with everything else you’ve got in the closet.

Find what colors work for you and stick to those – no matter how much you like an item, if it doesn’t fit with everything else you’ve got, it’s going to lay in the back of the closet and you'll get no wears out of it.

 

21. Subscribe for discounts

Checking online for discounts is a well-known shopping tip to save money and time.

Some stores offer discounts if you subscribe to things like their email newsletter or you do a quick survey for them, so make use of that old e-mail.

Check for discount codes online – make use of that search engine and don’t be afraid to ask on the store's social media pages for any online-only deals.

Use sites like Amazon and eBay for things you can buy used, or that you don’t need to see in person to be able to buy.

Shoptagr can help you a lot with this.

 

Summary – 21 Tips To Save Money And Shop Smart

Let's have a look at the tips one more time.

  1. Buy Winter Clothing In The Summer.
  2. Face The PAIN Of Spending (By Using Cash).
  3. If You're Unsure, Sleep On It.
  4. Don't Drink And Shop – Seriously.
  5. Say Positive Things About What You Own.
  6. Don't Shop On Your Payday.
  7. Only Buy The Things You LOVE.
  8. Buy The Best You Can Afford (And Take Care Of It).
  9. Know what you’re paying for (Check your receipt)
  10. Don't Buy Fakes – Seriously
  11. Be Willing To Hunt.
  12. Know Your Sales Associate By Name.
  13. Make That List Already.
  14. Put Things Into Perspective.
  15. Love Wearing It? Buy..
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What's the best way to wear a suit in hot weather?

Well, that's a good question.

I asked a friend of mine who worked as a bouncer in Las Vegas and he had a unique way of keeping cool.

He would cut the sleeves off his dress shirt and cover it with a blazer. He instantly felt cooler and no one else could see it.

He gave me a bonus tip as well – he ripped out the fabric in the back of his blazer to help cool him down.

Seriously, though, I don't want you to ruin your clothes.

Instead, I'm giving you the best advice on how to suit up during hot weather and stop sweating!

 

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  1. Pay Attention To Your Jacket's Lining
  2. Use The Right Fabric
  3. Pick The Right Color
  4. Layer up!
  5. Don't Be Afraid To Break The Rules
  6. Wear The Right Shirt
  7. Focus On The Fit
  8. Pay Attention To Your Footwear
  9. Create Your Own Shade
  10. Watch What You Eat

So let's begin!

 

1. Pay Attention To The Jacket's Lining

The lining on a jacket is extra fabric between the outer fabric of a jacket and your body.

It also gives the jacket structure.

When it comes to jacket linings, there are a few types. Unlined, Quarter-Lined, Half-Lined and Fully-Lined.

Most jackets out there are fully lined, giving them a defined shape.

Unlined jackets have the least structure but are much more breathable.

The best option is the half-lined jacket.

It is both breathable and comfortable during hot days, but you still have a structure in the upper part of the jacket, which is especially important for the shoulder area, as it builds the shoulders up.

 

2. Use The Right Fabric

When it comes to fabrics, there are many different options that can be used for hot weather.

Linen, cotton and tropical wool…

The usual suspects.

Make sure you pick the right fabrics for the summer in order to stay cool.

Linen suits are great for summertime because they are extremely thin. Linen is also a natural fabric and as you know, natural fabrics are more breathable and more comfortable to wear.

The issue with linen clothing in general, however, is that it wrinkles very easily. For that reason, I advise you to keep an iron nearby in case you need to iron your suit!

Cotton suits are going to be a little bit different because the fabric is thicker than in linen suits.

Just like linen, cotton is a natural material so it will still provide comfort and breathability.

You also don't have to worry as much about wrinkling.

Tropical and lightweight wool is great because wool is the best material a suit can be made out of.

The great thing about tropical wool is that it is durable and very soft to the touch.

If you need to dress formally, I suggest you go with tropical wool, simply because cotton and linen suits are considered to be more casual than wool suits in general.

 

3. Pick The Right Color

Picking the right suit color is very important because certain colors absorb heat a lot more than others.

The darker the suit of your color is, the more heat it will absorb and the hotter you will feel.

The best colors you could pick for a suit in hot weather are tan, off white, beige, light gray or light blue.

 

Picking the right color is an important factor for staying cool.

The color you choose will depend on the message you are trying to send.

If you are going to a very formal event, a darker color would be the best choice, because darker colors are seen as more serious and more formal than lighter colors.

However, if it's a more casual event, you are best off with a light gray suit or a light blue suit. These colors, although less formal than black, are still considered formal enough to be worn to most events that require a suit.

 

4. Layer Up!

For most people, the idea of layering in the summer will come as a shock.

When you wear a suit in hot weather, the fact is you're going to sweat – a lot.

Combined with a long-sleeved dress shirt underneath – you have a recipe for sweat stains under your armpits.

However, if you wear a quality undershirt, you will save yourself the stress of having to change your shirt the second you get into your office.

The right shirt under your dress shirt will absorb the sweat and make you feel cooler when you rock your suit.

 

5. Don't Be Afraid To Break The Rules

I often mention that sometimes it is OK to break certain rules.

When it comes to feeling cooler in suits, you have some leeway to play with the rules.

Those of you who have been following me for some time, know about suit buttoning rules.

When it's hot, some style rules can be broken to keep cool.

When it comes down to rules such as these, it is perfectly fine for you to wear an unbuttoned suit whenever you're standing.

When you're in hot weather, keep your suit unbuttoned so that you can keep cool.

If your suit jacket is unbuttoned, more air can come through and you are less likely to get hot and to sweat.

You can also do the same for your suit and shirt sleeves.

 

6. Wear The Right Shirt

People often overlook the importance of wearing the right shirt.

In most cases, the shirt you wear will be in direct contact with your skin, so you want to make sure that it's high quality.

Your best option is to pick a linen or a 100% cotton shirt.

Choosing a lightweight shirt material, such as linen, can keep your body temperature down and make you feel cooler.

Linen, as I already mentioned, is a very lightweight natural material that breathes easily, so you'll feel the most comfortable when wearing it.

What about wrinkles? Since you'll be wearing a blazer, they won't be as visible on the shirt. You can also wear darker colors to mitigate their visibility.

You might also want to take a look at performance shirts made out of specific materials that prevent wrinkling and sweating.

 

7. Focus On The Fit

You all know my most important rule.

Fit is king.

Yes, gentlemen, when you wear anything, especially a suit, the way it fits should be your first priority.

When it comes to the fit of your clothes during the summer, it is best to have a looser fit for breathability.

However, this goes hand in hand with my point about breaking the style rules.

When you wear a suit in the summer, you want to go for a looser fit.

Be careful that you don't go with too loose of a fit though, otherwise you'll look ridiculous.

Don't be afraid to wear your trousers with no break or to even cuff your trousers – it will be a little more casual, but you will still look good – and more importantly, feel cool.

 

8. Pay Attention To Your Footwear

Footwear is important year-round, so it comes as no surprise that I'm bringing it up again.

In the summer, your feet can get sweaty and smelly. You need to choose your footwear carefully.

Your go-to summer shoe should be a loafer.

A loafer is your best friend during the summer.

Since the quarter isn't as high as other dress shoes, your feet will have more breathing room.

You can also pick between grain leather or suede leather to dress up or dress up or dress down your outfit.

Loafers look great with regular socks, but with no show socks as well.

However, remember that if you wear no show socks, it might be a good idea to roll your trousers up a bit. This will add some flair to your outfit.

 

9. Create Your Own Shade

Simply put, bring back the hat.

No, not that old baseball hat with your favorite team's logo.

The hat I'm referring to is the classic Panama hat. Learn how to wear it, embrace it and rock it with pride.

A Panama hat is one of the timeless pieces that will never go out of style.

A benefit of wearing a hat is also that you, in essence, create your own shade. It's protective AND stylish!

 

10. Watch What You Eat

Taking care of your body and watching what you put in it is very important.

However, in the summer, this becomes even more important because the food you eat has a direct impact on how hot you'll feel.

There are certain foods that make you feel cooler and certain foods that make you feel hotter.

Eating fruit can make you feel cooler during the summer.

For instance, if you eat watermelon or strawberries you'll feel cooler. The same applies to staying hydrated.

You want to avoid food that has a lot of fat, carbohydrates, and protein. Interestingly, ice cream, beer, and brown rice are common summer treats that should actually be avoided.

Make sure you remember that the next time you finish doing something during a hot day and want ice cream or beer, you're probably better off eating a bowl of strawberries to help cool you down.

 

Summary: How To Wear A Suit In Hot Weather (Stop Sweating During Summer!)

So let's review the most important things you need to keep in mind when you wear a suit in hot weather:

  1. Pay Attention To Your Jacket's Lining
  2. Use The Right Fabric
  3. Pick The Right Color
  4. Layer up!
  5. Don't Be Afraid To Break The Rules
  6. Wear The Right Shirt
  7. Focus On The Fit
  8. Pay Attention To Your Footwear
  9. Create Your Own Shade
  10. Watch What You Eat

This article is brought to you by Thompson Tee. Their revolutionary lightweight and breathable sweat proof undershirt is designed with Hydro-Shield sweat-proof technology, meaning you’ll never have to worry about embarrassing underarm sweat marks again.

Wearable alone or discreetly beneath virtually any shirt, Thompson Tees save your clothes and self confidence – Click here to discover Thompson Tee and use the promo code RMRS25 at checkout to get a great discount!

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Women value texting as a means of communication much higher than men do and often use it as a first step in filtering out potential relationships – both romantic and otherwise.

Don't believe me? Just ask a female friend.

The Journal of Computers in Human Behavior published a study in 2018, about texting and relationship satisfaction.

They concluded that similarity in texting behavior was a good indicator of success in relationships both short and long term.

In 2010, the Pew Research Center also conducted a study on texting. It showed that – on average – teen boys would receive 30 texts a day, while girls would receive as much as 80 – and that the number was increasing with age.

Examining the contents of the texts, they concluded that girls mainly used texting to socialize, while boys used it for passing information.

With all this in mind, it comes as no surprise that – yes – women JUDGE you based on the way you text.

 

Click Here To Watch The Video – 12 Texts You Should NEVER Send A Woman

Never thought texting was this serious? Well you should now. To make texting a bit easier for you, here are 15 texts you should NEVER send to a woman.

 

1. “Why Aren't You Answering Me?!” (The Aggressive Text)

Women spend a lot of time using their phone to entertain themselves, much more than men do.

When a woman doesn’t answer a text, there are 3 likely reasons:

  1. She’s busy – in which case she will respond as soon as she gets the time.
  2. She forgot – in which case she will respond as soon as she thinks of you again.
  3. She doesn’t want to – in which case, well, you've probably done something wrong.

Regardless of which one it is, the worst thing you could do is text her something like this:

Pushing for an answer with a text like this comes off as aggressive, mistrusting and needy.

Guys send this text when they panic, thinking a woman is ignoring them or losing interest. Whether that's the case or not, demanding an answer almost always makes the situation worse.

Women view texting as casual socializing, so an answer ASAP is not guaranteed. If you have something important to talk about, it’s always better to just call them.

 

2. “Who's That Guy?!” (The Jealous Text)

This text typically gets sent when a guy sees a woman he's interested in with another man, but he's unsure who that man is and what his relationship with her is.

But here's the reality of the situation;

  • If you know her well, and that was someone important in her life, she would have mentioned him.
  • If you don’t know her well, it’s probably none of your business – if it was she would tell you.

There's no point in sticking your nose into it.

Sending the “Who was that?” text is bad because it shows insecurity and jealousy.

Why demand an answer to a question that would answer itself anyway?

If you want to bring it up because you're genuinely curious, either do it in person or don't make it the topic of the conversation.

An alternative like “I saw you with someone and I didn't want to bother you” is a much better option, as it's a friendly invitation for her to explain who he was, and what they were doing.

 

3. “Think I'll Go To Bed Early Today…” (The “White” Lies)

Small lies, which guys often use to impress a woman, can accumulate over time.

She might think you're cool at that moment, but at some point those lies are going to rise to the surface and everything you say or do from that day forward will be seen as untrustworthy.

You might have thought she’s going to judge you for drinking, but wait until she finds out you lied about it too.

On top of that, if she catches you lying through text, she even has proof – expect screenshots to be thrown right back in your face.

In fact, you should avoid lying altogether, regardless of if it's through text or not.

 

4. “Where Do You Want To Go?” (The Indecisive Text)

Gentlemen, it's a fact that over 90% of first dates are initiated by men.

Many men, when they ask a woman out and she says “yes”, follow up by saying something along the lines of “what do you want to do/where do you want to go?”

Guys think this is good because they let the woman choose and think that she’ll appreciate it, while women think it’s just lazy.

One of the biggest first date mistakes – according to women – is guys not having a clear plan of action.

The first thing that pops into a woman's head when she reads a text like this is “how should I know, you’re the one who asked me out…”. It shows that no creativity or thought was put into the date.

Before asking a woman out you should make sure you know her interests and can find something that you can both enjoy, or if you’re going to a simple drink/coffee date make sure to pick a place that's convenient for the both of you.

 

5. “Please, Give Me Another Chance…” (The Pleading Text)

If you are in a situation where you feel like sending this kind of text, chances are you messed up so badly there’s no way any sort of short term apology will fix it.

What's more, when you beg someone for something, it gives them power over you.

It’s basically telling THEM they control YOUR fate, and not that your relationship involves both parties making decisions.

If you have to own up to a mistake, a bunch of pleading texts is not the way to go. Apologize properly and make it up to them with actions, not words.

Texts like these come off as clingy and make it seem as if you have no other options, so you result to begging.

In the best-case scenario, the woman will just ignore them. But in the worst case, she may feel entitled to use that shift of power you just gave her, and rub it in your face.

Owning up to your mistakes and actually making an effort to fix it will produce results, even if it takes time.

 

6. “Hey, What's Up?” (The Everyday, Boring Text)

Sending a random text like this without any context or intent to follow up with a story and start an actual conversation, is downright boring.

According to most women, they get them from guys on pretty much a daily basis.

Want to show her you're “not like all the other guys”? Good, stop sending the same text that every other guy she meets sends her.

Texts like this are unoriginal, the conversations feel forced and often don’t last, meaning the woman won’t put effort into them – as historically they didn't prove to bring any value to her.

Guys who send these come off as having nothing to say and are just begging for her attention. If you're going to text, make sure you have something to say.

 

7. “What Do You Do? Where Do You Live?” (The Rapid Fire Questions)

When a guy feels a woman is unresponsive – or he simply doesn't know how to make texting fun – he might try to phrase every text as a question thinking “She has to respond now…”

On the other hand, women get annoyed by these texts because – not only do many guys send them – it makes it sound like they are being interviewed.

It's supposed to be a text conversation, not a job interview.

When people feel like they are being interviewed or screened it removes the fun from the conversation, as the person receiving the questions feels pressured to answer.

This pressure often leads to the responses being only one sentence long or simply stating facts. Or worse yet, you end up with dishonest answers altogether.

Texting “what do you do for a living?”, for example, is fine and shows interest, but following her answer up with another question instead of expanding on what she said is what changes the text from “conversation” to “Q&A time”.

 

8. “Just Checking Up On You…” (The Insecure Text)

So you haven't heard from her in what seems like forever at this point, what should you do?

One of the texts you should never send to a woman is a text questioning her actions and whereabouts.

If any of this information was of value to you in her mind, she would have told you upfront.

Checking up on her – to see if everything is okay – is fine, but demanding information and being possessive is always a turn-off. After all, she has a life outside of your relationship, no matter how serious it is between the two of you.

If you push too hard, she’s either going to stop talking to you or start outright lying to you. Even worse, you might frighten her by making her think you’re randomly going to show up uninvited, or that you might be following her.

 

9. “I Want You To Have My Babies!” (The Overwhelming, Emotional Text)

She might appreciate that you feel that way about her, but sending an overly emotional text puts too much pressure on the woman to respond.

The response requires emotional thought to be put into it – “do I like him back, do I agree or disagree” – and it's risky because you don't know what state of mind she's in at the moment.

For example – if she had a bad day – she might have texted you to get away from things, and all of a sudden she gets a text that asks her to share her emotions.

These kinds of texts close off the conversation and take it from fun to serious. It becomes a “make it or break it” scenario for her.

If she doesn’t feel the same way, this can lead to conflict, and the woman might ignore the conversation going forward to avoid escalation.

If she does feels the same, she might try to reserve it until you meet up, to save for the right moment. This might be misinterpreted as her ignoring you.

Otherwise, if she responds right away with something like “me too” it’s going to create a ton of pressure next time you meet.

 

10. “Sorry, Sorry, So Sorry…” (The Forced Apology Text)

Dragging out an apology – after she already forgave you – is annoying and it’s an obvious beg for attention.

Most women are used to the fact that, when they get a text like that, a lame “I want to make it up to you” response will follow.

The text usually blows things out of proportions intentionally, so the guy can make an unnecessary or excessive offer in exchange for his mistake.

Don't force her to accept an “apology gift”, especially if she didn't ask for it.

Using an apology to ask a woman out somewhere is a tactic that women recognize and despise since they know you are trying to make her go out with you by using pity.

If you genuinely want to make it up to her, you can start by asking what you can do to correct the situation:

  • You: “Sorry I couldn't make it to your birthday, is there anything I can do to make up for it?”
  • Her: “YES! Come over tomorrow for some leftover cake.”

See? Easy…

 

11. “Are You Sure, Though?” (The Seeking Approval Text)

Don’t send texts blatantly seeking her approval to do something important to you or something that you should be fully capable of deciding to do yourself.

She won't hate you if you decide to change plans or exclude her from them, as long as it's done respectfully and with enough notice for her to make her own changes. You could also then offer to catch up with her another time.

It’s fine to ask permission or opinion on something, but keep it short and to the point. Once you get your answer, say “thank you” and don't drag it on.

According to women, one of the worst traits a guy can have is to be constantly seeking approval from people and relying too much on the opinion of others.

Women like it when a guy is decisive and doesn't evade responsibility, and these men have thicker skin than other guys – they can take “No” for an answer, and women like this.

 

12. “I'm Bored” (The Entertain Me Text)

When you send a text like this, you paint yourself as a boring person with not much going for you.

This makes you unattractive to women – it makes it seem as if you don't value your time and rely on others to fill out your day.

Don't reach out to her, expecting her to make the conversation for you.

On top of many women's lists of reasons why someone left a bad impression is: “He’s a total bore…”

The fact is, she's not here to entertain you. If you can’t even entertain yourself, what kind of catch are you going to be to her?

 

13. “Good Morning, Sunshine.” (The Fake Nice Text)

Sending a “good morning” text too early in a relationship just doesn't work. Lots of guys do it to try and grab the woman's attention first thing in the morning.

Women think it’s pointless – it comes off as trying too hard. Even if the guy is truly super nice, it will likely be interpreted as fake.

Don't text first thing in the morning. Reserve the texting for evenings, to catch up on each other’s days.

There’s not much she can follow up with because her mornings are usually reserved for work or study-related things.

She might still be tired, and chances are she doesn't have time to chat, which makes it more likely for her to forget to respond or send a half-answer that neither of you are happy with.

 

14. “Like What You See?” (The Bragging Selfie)

Sending a selfie without giving a context is in the same category as number 6 on this list.

This is because you give her no reason to respond with more than just a few words. The best thing you can hope for is a “heart eye” emoji if you look good in the picture.

Even if you do look good, you still might come off as a showoff.

If you’re going to send a picture, make sure it has a story attached to it.

Sending a woman pointless selfies is bad because – if she’s interested in you – she’s already checking your social media pages which are likely full of photos.

If you have something to show her, then, by all means, send a picture but make it obvious what you're trying to say:

  • You: “Check out this outfit I wore today!”
  • Her: “What’s the occasion?”
  • You: “Nothing, just thought I'd wear a suit for a change!”
  • Her: “Looking great!”

 

15. “K” (The One Word Response)

We’ve all been in scenarios when we share something interesting and expect a reaction, only to have the other person say something as simple as “alright” or “k”.

It makes us feel as if the other person either wasn’t listening or they were just waiting for us to finish what we were saying because they weren't interested in what we had to say.

If you get texts like these you can assume the other person is just not interested in having a conversation with you.

If your intent is to close the conversation by using a one-word response, a much better way would be to use something like “Thanks for letting me know, talk soon”.

This lets the other person know their effort in the interaction was appreciated and you expect there to be more of it in the future, just not now.

 

Summary – 15 Texts You Should Never Send A Woman

Let's quickly remind ourselves of the texts that we hope to never send again:

  1. “Why Aren't You Answering Me?!” (The Aggressive Text)
  2. “Who's that guy?!” (The Jealous Text)
  3. “Think I'll Go To Bed Early Today…” (The White Lie Text)
  4. “Where Do You Want To Go?” (The Indecisive Text)
  5. “Please, Give Me Another Chance…” (The Pleading Text)
  6. “Hey, What's Up?” (The Everyday, Boring Text)
  7. “What Do You Do? Where Do You Live?” (The Rapid Fire Questions)
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Let's talk about men's issues.

There's no doubt that women have plenty of legitimate issues, but don't we as well?

As men, there are plenty of problems that only we experience – be they physical or social.

So how do we deal with them?

Gentlemen, today I'm covering 5 issues unique to men and how to deal with them.

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  1. The Hover Hand
  2. We're Always Supposed To Be In The Mood
  3. We Have To Make The First Move
  4. We Die Much Sooner
  5. We Suck At Emotions

1. The Hover Hand

First on our list is the infamous hover hand. What is it? It refers to instances where men put their arms around a woman without touching her, usually while posing for a picture.

Don't get me wrong, there are gods among us who manage to pull it off. Keanu Reeves drew a lot of positive press by doing it on a regular basis.

For us mortals, however, it doesn't have the same effect. In fact, it sends a clear signal that you lack confidence. The more beautiful the woman, the more prominently the hover hand appears.

How to fix this? Easy: Reciprocate.

If you're posing with a woman and she gets up against you or puts her own arm around you,  it's perfectly ok to return the gesture.

2. We're Always Expected To Be “In The Mood”

As men, we have to deal with a number of stereotypes. One of them is that we're always ready to get busy. Sometimes, we conform to that pressure even when we don't want to.

According to therapists, the evidence points to the contrary. In a survey of 200 men, an interesting trend showed up: Sex stops being a priority for men over 40.

Factors like the job, family, and other responsibilities take precedence.

Another finding was that when men feel emotionally distant from their partner, their sexual desire is greatly lessened.

Not in the mood? That's ok.

3. We Always Have To Make The First Move

Building off a little from point 2, another men's issue is the fact that we're obliged to make the first move.

Don't believe me? Let's talk statistics. A 2011 study found that 94% of women expect to be asked out as opposed to 16% of men. However, that percentage of men far outweighs the 6% of women who would rather ask first.

This means we're more likely to experience rejection as well.

Gentlemen, there's just no getting around it. You're probably going to be making the first move whether you like it or not.

The best way to learn is practice. The more you try approaching women, the better you'll learn to deal with rejection, and the higher your likelihood of success.

4. We Die Much Sooner

It sucks, but men die faster than women.

A 2016 article out of the Harvard Medical Blog cited some alarming statistics:

  • 57% of people over 67 are women.
  • 67% of people over 85 are women.
  • On average, women outlive us for 5 years.

Remember to keep up with your yearly medical checkups.

Why does this happen? A few factors come into play.

Firstly, biology is a big factor. The frontal lobe of our brains develop much slower than women, increasing the likelihood of us taking unnecessary risks.

We're 50% more likely to die from preventable heart conditions, such as high cholesterol and untreated blood pressure.

Be careful and go to the doctor, gents!

5. We Suck At Emotions

Society tells men they can't express emotions besides anger, and that's a men's issue more people need to address.

We're under constant pressure to emulate the “Marlboro Man”; tough, independent, and perpetually stoic character. This applies to men all over the globe. This results in a condition called Normative Male Alexithymia (NMA), where men bottle their emotions and fail to express them productively thanks to societal factors.

Make sure to express your emotions in a productive way.

Gents, it is absolutely critical that you admit to yourself that it's ok to feel sad, happy, or sensitive. Act accordingly – seek help when needed and express yourself to your friends and family.

Summary – 5 Men's Issues We All Deal With
  1. The Hover Hand
  2. We're Always Supposed To Be In The Mood
  3. We Have To Make The First Move
  4. We Die Much Sooner
  5. We Suck At Emotions

It's not easy, but the good news is that most of these issues can be overcome. It takes a man who is honest enough with himself to realize the challenges before him and take the necessary steps to fix them.

Are you that man?

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“I'll never earn enough to get that car.”

“I'll never have a body like that.”

“I hope everyone likes what I'm wearing.”

Do these thoughts sound familiar? They do to a lot of men out there.

Whether we like it or not, men often struggle with one or more behaviors that do nothing but make their lives harder.

Gentlemen, today is all about self-help. Here are 10  self-destructive behaviors in men that we need to cut out.

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  1. Listening To The Voices In Your Head
  2. Thinking You Need Washboard Abs
  3. Not Developing a Ritual
  4. Taking Unnecessary Risks
  5. Listening To Unsolicited Advice
  6. Comparing Yourself To Others
  7. Avoiding The Doctor
  8. Drinking Way Too Much
  9. Eating Too Much Junk Food
  10. Being Closeminded

Alright gents, let's get into it.

Destructive Behavior 1. Listening To The Voices In Your Head

Let's start this off with some statistics out of the National Science Foundation: The average person experiences between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts a day. 85% of those thoughts are negative, and 95% are repeated from the previous day.

This sucks, right? But don't worry, science is on your side too.

Bad thoughts often never come true, but thinking about them too often can cause undue stress.

Data from Cornell University reveals that 85% of those negative thoughts never come true. Even when they do, 79% of subjects admitted to handling them far better than they imagined.

What should you take away from all of this? That you shouldn't let those bad thoughts get to you. Statistically, we make things out to be worse than they actually are by thinking about them. At the end of the day, it's all just in your head.

Destructive Behavior 2. Thinking You Need Washboard Abs

One common self-destructive behavior in men is the belief that they need to fit an ideal image of fitness – the toned abs, the pecs, the biceps.

Evidence for this comes from a 2010 study out of the Journal of Psychology of Men & Masculinity. After surveying 202 College men, it turned out that their self-identity and relationships were influenced directly by their worries on body image.

Stop stressing over you have a model's body. Instead, focus on getting stronger.

My take on this? Looking like a hunk doesn't necessarily mean you have a healthy lifestyle.

Instead, focus on achieving results. When you hit the gym, set your goals and do what you need to do to reach them – whether that be a new personal best on the bench or simply hitting the gym more often.

Were you able to get stronger? Did you manage to run longer? That's what matters, not so much how it's reflected on your body.

Destructive Behavior 3. Not Developing A Ritual

Do you sleep in every day? Do you often go days without shaving? What about neglecting your skin?

These are just a few examples of bad habits which become increasingly entrenched in your routine the longer that you let them go on for.

Instead, develop rituals. 

A ritual consists of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. This is a way to introduce more structure to your day rather than sticking to bad habits.

The best part is that rituals can be applied to any aspect of your day. In many cases – such as for skin care and shaving – it can make life much easier.

Destructive Behavior 4. Taking Unnecessary Risks – “Hold My Beer”

Did you know that the frontal lobe of our brains takes longer to develop than women? What does that mean?

Since the frontal lobe governs factors such as judgment, caution, and fear, it means that we're biologically more inclined than women to make bold decisions – often too bold.

Men are naturally more likely to make stupid decisions. Sorry, fellas.

This is why all the idiotic drunk stories you hear usually involve men.

The solution? Take a step back and evaluate the merit of your risks a little better. Are you investing a moderate amount into the stock market or all your savings into a risky business?

Consider the return on every decision you make. Find a balance between risk and reward – you might be surprised at what you can accomplish.

Destructive Behavior 5. Listening To Unsolicited Advice

When it comes to self-destructive behaviors in men, we often never consider this one.

Who has your ear? Do you take advice from those closest to you, or from just anybody?

It's critical that you choose carefully who will act as your confidants. Need family advice? Consider asking that close friend who – though not financially successful – has an amazing relationship with his wife and kids.

Only take advice from people that you hold to be trustworthy.

The bottom line here, gentlemen, is that you should keep a tight circle and consider carefully who you take advice from.

Destructive Behavior 6. Comparing Yourself To Others

It's pretty obvious why this is such a self-destructive behavior in men, but let's go into a little more detail.

Here are three reasons why social comparisons are a fallacy:

Perfection is an illusion: The successes you see on social media don't comprise the whole story. A friend might post about their big house, but they might have serious personal issues. A family might seem happy in a photograph, but they may not be most of the time.

Avoid jealousy always – but especially when it comes to your friends

Life isn't fair: Some of us are just born to more disadvantages than others. There are men who are fortunate to have been born into a wealthy family with social connections, and those who have to work really hard. Unfortunately, that's the reality.

Turning friends into enemies: Social comparisons foster jealous feelings, especially if your friends seem to be doing better than you. Be happy for your friends, not angry – your time will come.

Destructive Behavior 7. Avoiding Doctors

How long has it been since your last checkup?

According to some 2017 statistics out of Trinity Med, men are more likely than women to deliberately avoid going to see the doctor. 20% of those who did admitted to doing so just to get a loved one off their back.

Don't be stupid – don't put off doctor visits.

it all comes down to traditional views of masculinity. We like to think we're too tough or proud to see a doctor, so we ignore most of our problems.

Gentlemen, you are not from Krypton. You will get sick, and you will get hurt. Set aside that pride and get your regular checkups.

Destructive Behavior 8. Drinking Way Too Much

It's time to get serious, gents. Some 2018 statistics revealed some alarming numbers.

23% of men reported binge drinking 5 times a month, with 8 drinks per binge. Approximately 8.4% of men met the medical criteria for alcohol dependence. Men are also roughly 50% more likely than women to be intoxicated.

Have a good time, but stay safe out there. Do not fall into the trap of alcohol abuse.

But why do we drink more? Guys metabolize alcohol faster thanks to an enzyme called Gastric Alcohol Dehydrogenase. This, paired with our natural urge toward risky behavior, makes for a potentially dangerous combination.

Remember that everything in moderation is key if you must drink at all. The maximum healthy and safe alcohol intake for men under 65 is two drinks – remember that, or avoid it altogether.

Destructive Behavior 9. Eating Too Much Junk Food

It's no secret that a bad diet can have adverse effects, but how does this concern men specifically?

Believe it or not, junk food can cause irreversible damage to the family jewels, and it can happen as early as age 20.

Not only can a bad diet exacerbate body fat and greasy skin, but it can also permanently damage your sperm count.

The average, healthy sperm count should number about 39 million per ejaculate. This was found in test subjects who relied mainly on a balanced diet, but those who consumed fatty foods produced 25.6 million fewer sperm.

It is theorized that junk food amplifies oxidative stress, which in turn damages the cells which produce sperm.

Do you care about the boys below? Then watch what you eat.

Destructive Behavior 10. Being Closed-Minded

Many of us are so stubborn, we'd rather die than admit we were wrong and join the winning team.

This self-destructive behavior in men comes down to thinking critically. Though most guys will take their viewpoints to the grave, very few will take that extra step and ask that all-important question: Why?

Constantly broaden your horizons

It's very possible that some principles you have are either outdated or plain wrong. This doesn't mean you need to compromise your values, but you should always be assessing them while being inquisitive.

Perhaps your mind isn't changed, but make a point to explore the opposing philosophy to understand it better. You never know what you might learn in the process.

Summary – Self-Destructive Behaviors In Men
  1. Listening To The Voices In Your Head
  2. Thinking You Need Washboard Abs
  3. Not Developing a Ritual
  4. Taking Unnecessary Risks
  5. Listening To Unsolicited Advice
  6. Comparing Yourself To Others
  7. Avoiding The Doctor
  8. Drinking Way Too Much
  9. Eating Too Much Junk Food
  10. Being Closeminded

As guys, we make a lot of mistakes. Sometimes we develop attitudes that do more harm than good. By identifying them however, you stand a better chance of nipping them in the bud and being the man you know yourself to be.

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Myths. Mistruths. Fiction. Lies.

Call it what you want but gentlemen – but you're not being told the truth.

In fact – a lot of what you know about style is wrong.

With the growing trend of fashion experts who have their own ideas of what style is, there are a lot of style myths out there.

In today's article and video, I debunk 5 of the most common style myths.

Number 5 is very important…

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  1. Only Shallow Men Care About Appearance
  2. You Have To Be Rich To Dress Well
  3. Style Is Complicated
  4. Quality Clothing Costs More
  5. A Man Should Spend Less On Clothes Than A Woman

So let's begin!

Style Myth 1. Only Shallow Men Care About Style

“People who care about their appearance are shallow.”

I've heard this so many times before.

Oftentimes, those men who don't take pride in their appearance are the first ones to accuse a well-dressed man of being shallow and materialistic.

There are shallow men who only care about what they wear and there are shallow men who turn their noses up at those who take pride in their appearance.

Throughout history, social status has been often associated with clothing.

If we look back through history, clothing has often been associated as a symbol of status in society.

Members of the aristocracy were distinguished from “commoners” by the clothes they wore.

In today's world – the situation is the same.

People judge you by the way you look and the clothes you wear. For that reason, gentlemen, you should always plan your outfits the day before and wear them with pride.

Style Myth 2. You Have To Be Rich To Dress Well

This is a common excuse.

The reality couldn't be more different. It's easy to dress well when you're on a budget.

There are three simple priorities every man must adhere to when it comes to dressing well.

Introducing: The Style Pyramid.

  1. Fit
  2. Fabric
  3. Function

If you are familiar with my style pyramid, then you know where to start when you are looking for new outfits.

A great way to minimize expenditure when it comes to clothing is to ask a well-dressed friend if he can give you clothes he doesn't wear anymore.

You can also pick up some of the skills and do minor adjustments on your own and save money there.

Realize that patience is a big factor in this whole equation – all stores, even the high-end ones – have sales.

If you know what you want and you are confident in the quality of a certain store, wait until the items you need are on sale and grab them for a fraction of their normal price.

Style Myth 3. Style Is Complicated

For a timeless look, look to history for inspiration.

The most important thing to ask yourself is “what type of message do I want to send the world?”

Great style isn't about making a thousand choices. It's about making a few choices for you.

You can always look at some of the style icons throughout the years and take inspiration from them.

Take inspiration from style icons like James Dean.

Later on, when you have enough confidence to bring something new into your outfit, go for it.

Don't be afraid to experiment. With every outfit you put on, you will see ways to improve both yourself and your wardrobe.

Style Myth 4. Quality Clothing Costs More

With the rise of fast fashion brands and trendy pieces, people often make the mistake of buying clothes they don't like – but feel obliged to buy.

The most expensive clothing you own is the clothing you don't wear.

Quality clothing costs you more but you need to realize it is the number of times that you wear a certain piece that determines it's actual value.

The Style Theory of Value is a simple equation that helps you determine the actual value of clothing.

Picture it like this; if you buy one quality sweater and wear it for a decade, it actually comes off cheaper than multiple low-quality sweaters you buy over the years.

Realize that it is the durability of your clothing that matters and you will quickly understand that in the long term it is smarter to invest in quality clothing.

Style Myth 5. A Man Should Spend Less On Clothes Than A Woman

The women's fashion industry is more popular than the men's but this is no excuse to spend less on clothing.

This is a myth we've all heard time and time again.

If you are an up and coming businessman who already has some success in his life, then you can spend as much as you want on your image.

It is your image, along with your knowledge, that will ultimately help you rake in more business and have opportunities knock on your door.

Remember that you can spend as much money as you want on your clothes.

The key, gentlemen, is in knowing what your goal is.

Once you realize what type of message you want to send, start building an interchangeable wardrobe that will serve your purpose.

That way, not only will your closet look better, but you will be able to pair everything you own and be prepared for any circumstance that comes your way.

Summary: Style Myths Proved Wrong

Let's review the myths about style that you may have heard;

  1. Only Shallow Men Care About Appearance
  2. You Have To Be Rich To Dress Well
  3. Style Is Complicated
  4. Quality Clothing Costs More
  5. A Man Should Spend Less On Clothes Than A Woman

Now that I proved these style myths wrong, go out there and shock the world with your style!

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It seems one of the most popular excuses of the 21st century is “I don't have time”.

The reality is, gentlemen, there's plenty of time, but most of it goes to waste on distractions.

Your time is limited each day, most people would absolutely love more of it.

So why waste it on unimportant things?

Today I'm listing 10 distractions that pulverize your productivity and I'll give you some simple tips on how to fix them, so you can increase your productivity.

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Without wasting any more time (pun intended)…

  1. Your Phone
  2. Time Wasters
  3. Cigarettes and Coffee
  4. Sugar and Snacks
  5. Overthinking
  6. Video Games
  7. The News
  8. Unnecessary Meetings
  9. Your Inner Voice
  10. Hunger Pangs

1. Your Phone

Mobile phones have slowly integrated into our daily lives.

While they are essential for communication, they also play a huge part in most peoples workdays.

But phones put a ton of stress on our productivity, simply due to the number of distractions they carry.

Calling and texting is one thing, but it gets even worse with social media.

These kinds of apps can be addicting because they feed our tendency to socialize and keep up with people.

These apps are a major source of distractions, and they know it! They will constantly remind you of various things at all hours of the day.

These distractions can include ring tones, notifications and even LED indicators that blink in bright colors.

Do you catch yourself checking your phone too often?

All of this can be overwhelming, and when you add to the fact that most of it is not important, the problem becomes obvious.

Here are some tips on how you can deal with this:

  • Remove unnecessary apps from your home screen.
  • Disable notifications on apps that don't contribute to your work.
  • Get a proper alarm clock – If you use your phone, make use of the “Airplane Mode” or “Do Not Disturb” options.
  • When charging your phone, put it out of reach as you'll end up forgetting about it until you absolutely need it.

2. Time Wasters

“Time Wasters” can be summarized as things – and sometimes people – that require a lot of attention, but provide little or no return.

These are things that – no matter how annoying – simply aren't high on the priority matrix.

The priority matrix is an effective and simple way to break down the importance of tasks.

The Eisenhower Task Priority Matrix

So the next time you know you have a bunch of stuff to do, try organizing it all with this simple method – and you'll increase productivity on all of them.

Simply put, getting what's important done first releases the pressure. This leaves you with a good overall idea of how much time you can spend on other things.

3. Cigarettes and Coffee

Nicotine and caffeine are part of many people's daily lives.

The average smoker in America takes in 15 cigarettes a day.

Combine the time it takes to smoke one cigarette and the time it takes to find a smoking area, and you'll find that hours of your day will be spent on this habit alone.

While it's hard to flat out ask you to just stop smoking, I strongly suggest doing a breathing exercise instead.

This will help you to battle the desire to smoke and help you to focus on getting your work done, and thus increase productivity.

The average consumer of coffee in the U.S. drinks over 3 cups per day.

Coffee shops are a multi-billion dollar business. Over 50% of Americans report they drink it every day.

Women report they consume coffee as a relaxing, socializing opportunity. Men mostly drink coffee as preparation for work.

For lots of men, coffee becomes an addiction, and without your morning coffee, you feel like you can't get much work done.

To battle needlessly drinking coffee, drink as much water as you can. Being thirsty is the main drive that leads us to drink any beverage.

Not only will this help you overcome your addiction, but by balancing out how much coffee you drink, you will be able to push through the need to drink coffee and be more productive.

4. Sugar and Snacks

There's no doubt the U.S. has a problem with obesity – there are many factors in that equation, but sugar plays a major role.

Many people complete a meal with a dose of sugar, that's why desert exists. What most of them don't know is how much sugar is in the snacks they eat.

Snacking can be a distraction in itself because you're not focused – your hand is jumping around from the task to snacks.

You also risk spilling something and making a mess, and the noise you create can annoy you and your coworkers.

This is why most offices have a “no eating at the work station” rule, to reduce distractions and increase productivity.

If you find it difficult to put down snacks altogether, try some fresh fruit instead.

To minimize the need for sugar and snacks, make sure to eat regularly and drink plenty of water.

Along with coffee and cigarettes, these addictions are not only time consuming, but also distracting as they can cause unease until the craving is fed, lowering your productivity.

5. Overthinking

A huge cause of daily distraction is spending a lot of time overthinking.

It's one thing to put too much focus on a first date, but what I'm talking about is the practice of fact-checking things, even when we're sure of something.

The internet has given us unlimited resources on demand, but it also created a culture of searching for everything and anything.

This creates doubt in people and forces them to search for things, just to confirm what they already know.

While being absolutely sure of something isn't a bad thing, fact-checking everything does not mean you will be more productive.

But even this is just part of the problem. The average person – searching for an answer to a question – will open multiple sources only to read the same thing, written in a different way.

Also, searching for one simple answer can often lead to lots of pointless web browsing.

The amount of ads and suggested links popping up doesn't help us here either.

So, if you need to search for something, find a credible source that will become your go-to, instead of using search engines. This will help you to narrow your focus, and reduce the time you spend on useless browsing.

6. Video games

There are countless arguments on both the positives and negatives of playing games, but there's no doubt they can become addicting.

Question is, do you play video games in your spare time, or do you neglect other things to play the game?

A study by Brigham Young University suggests playing games can boost creativity, improve decisions making and increase productivity in office life.

However, the real culprits of this addiction are small, mobile-friendly video games. Those that offer no results other than virtual achievements and short term satisfaction.

As many as 70% of Americans play video games. Around 60% are male and 40% are female.

Most of them are packed with addicting features that give you the incentive to play them on a frequent basis.

These are masked as rewards for playing at a specific time or for a certain amount of hours and so on.

They send notifications such as “You haven't played for X amount of days” or “X person has earned a certain achievement”.

In the best-case scenario, they are just annoying. But in the worst cases, they force you to spend countless amounts of time and money.

The best thing you can do is to avoid these altogether and find a different source of entertainment, which brings me to my next point.

7. The News

Reading the news is a very popular way of passing time. You'll notice a lot of people are doing it.

An unmeasurable amount of time each day is spent on reading news that has no benefit or just isn't factual.

Unfortunately, most news sources are interested in clicks more than the quality of their content – that's why they rely on “clickbait”.

By using shock factors they make users think “I've got to see this”. What often follows is a story that's either overdramatized or underwhelming.

The media knows dramatic stories attract a lot of attention. That's why a big portion of the top news stories are negative.

While many people start their day off with reading the news, be careful not to douse yourself with negativity first thing in the morning.

Now I'm not saying that you should cut yourself off from the world, reading news is a good way to keep up to date.

It's just that you've got to be careful which news sources you trust.

The best idea is to pick the one you will follow, instead of relying on browsing. Alternatively, you can pay someone to scour headlines for you and send you daily updates with the most important stories.

This will help you to focus your attention only on the things that matter, and keep you from losing track of your time.

8. Unnecessary Meetings

It's hard to tell which meetings are important, and which waste everybody's time.

Attending meetings that hold no value to you can be as bad as doing nothing.

While you may find many coworkers enjoying them and treating them as “extended breaks”, they're wasting your time in the long run.

Which would you rather do:

  • Go to work, attend a two-hour meeting on something you already know, return to finish up for the day and leave.
  • Go to work, finish 2 hours early and go home for the day, or use the time to catch up on other projects.

Assuming you have things to do and deadlines to stick to, the meeting may either be postponed or skipped altogether.

So bring it up to your manager, they will appreciate your honesty and initiative, but make sure you're explaining why you think the meeting is not helpful – otherwise you risk consequences for trying to get out of work.

9. Your Inner Voice

You know that inner alter ego talking to you, with whom you have conversations long into the night?

No, that's not what I'm talking about, do you think I'm crazy?

Who knows, but what I am talking about are the voices of self-doubt.

  • “I can't do this.”
  • “There's not enough time.”
  • “I'm the only one making an effort.”

These thoughts go through our heads more than we like to admit.

It's all in your head.

The way to eliminate them is stopping for a second to rethink.

  • Take a short break
  • Go for a walk
  • Do some quick exercises
  • Practice breathing techniques
  • Meditate

This should not take more than a couple of minutes but will help to refresh your energy and regain focus.

What follows is that rush of energy and boost of confidence that will make you crush any obstacle.

10. Hunger Pangs

Feeling hungry is the most natural daily distraction everyone faces. This is something you can't automate or ignore.

Most people have a tendency to eat only when they feel hungry, and often at specific times.

But that feeling is often just the beginning. What follows is feeling tired due to a lack of energy.

You get anxious to get things done – or go eat – and thinking about which to do first saps your energy even more.

So you either speed through a task, leave it and lose momentum, or compensate by snacking.

When you eat is equally as important as what and how much you eat.

To beat this distraction, plan out a daily eating routine. That way your body can get used to when and how much you eat and adjust accordingly.

Regardless of how many meals you eat per day, what matters is consistency, and consistency will help you to be more productive.

Summary – 10 Daily Distractions That STEAL Your Productivity (And How To Fix Them!)

Let's quickly remind ourselves of what we talked about:

  1. Your Phone
  2. Time Wasters
  3. Cigarettes and Coffee
  4. Sugar and Snacks
  5. Overthinking
  6. Video Games
  7. The News
  8. Unnecessary Meetings
  9. Your Inner Voice
  10. Hunger Pangs

With all this in mind, you're all the more ready make the most out of your day.

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Summer is a wonderful time of year.

Longer days and lighter nights. Who doesn't love sitting outside – relaxing and socializing with friends.

Yet for some guys – style goes out the window.

Next time you're sitting outside, take a look around you.

You'll see some guys in woolen sweaters. Others dressed head-to-toe in polyester. And possibly worse still – some men wearing hardly anything at all.

Gentlemen, hot weather doesn't mean style goes out the window. There are plenty of ways you can adapt, dress comfortably and look stylish at the same time.

I've got 5 summer style mistakes you need to avoid like the plague.

Click Here To Watch The Video – 7 Things to STOP Wearing This Summer

  1. Ditch The Ratty Cap
  2. Avoid Putting Wax And Gel In Your Hair
  3. Stop Using Polyester-Lined Jackets
  4. Don't Wear Jeans
  5. Lose The Sandals, Socks, And Crocs

Alright gentlemen, let's get started.

Summer Style Mistake 1. The Baseball Cap

With the sun shining high up in the sky, you're going to need a hat. What men's summer style mistake should you steer clear from first and foremost?

That ratty baseball cap. 

Whether it's a sports team or a symbol from your favorite movie, there are a few reasons why you shouldn't use it.

For one thing, old baseball caps will make you look like trailer trash.

Yeah, it's not flattering.

If you're hitting up a game or actually playing in one, make sure your cap is clean and fresh for wear.

If sports aren't in the schedule, bring in some classic hat styles. Get yourself a straw fedora. These can take your style up a notch regardless of your outfit, adding a little elegance with you wherever you go.

Already experienced with the fedora? Step it up to a Panama Hat. While fedoras are more common, Panama Hats sport wider brims and thus require a confident man to wear them.

Quality varies wildly in stylish straw hats. Most products claiming such are actually made with refined paper. Erring on the side of cheap may be ideal if you experience all four seasons, but those in perpetually hot climates should consider higher-end hats that last.

Summer Style Mistake 2. Too Much Hair Product

Let's face it; When it comes to hair gel, some guys take it too far.

Thick hair products can mix with your sweat while you're outside and before you know it, your face and eyes are covered in chemicals and it starts burning.

It all sounds pretty unpleasant, doesn't it?

“Antonio, my hair is a mess. I NEED a product in it.” I hear you, most guys do.

This is why I recommend trying fiber or clay. These kinds of products are going to stick directly to your hair rather than linger on the scalp.

You can also run your hands through without picking up a ton of grease.

Summer Style Mistake 3. Using Lined Jackets

Are all sport coats and suit jackets made the same? Absolutely not. When it comes to men's summer style mistakes, this can be an easy one to fall for.

Most men's jackets you'll find will have a lining – polyester if it's cheap.

This can be troublesome in the heat. Imagine covering yourself in a garbage bag and baking under the suit – that's what it'll feel like.

Unlined jackets are more expensive than their lined counterparts but worth every penny in hotter climates.

For the summer, you're going to need jackets lined with Bemberg. It's a less expensive alternative to silk made from wood pulp. It's nevertheless high-quality and breathable.

An even more comfortable (But more expensive) choice would be an unlined jacket.

Believe it or not, unlined jackets cost far more to manufacture because they need to showcase more detail than they would if they were lined. Regardless, it's a sound investment for a go-to sport coat during the summer. Click here to read my guide – Unlined vs Lined Jackets.

Summer Style Mistake 4. Wearing Jeans

That's right, I said it.

I know this is going to annoy a lot of you guys but jeans are impractical for the summer.

It's a men's summer style mistake we all make – Heck, I'm even guilty of it.

It's not ideal because denim usually comes in a very tight and thick weave. This means the fabric isn't breathable, and that means your legs are going to become a sauna.

What can you use as an alternative?

I'm an advocate for tropical weight wool trousers. They're made with much lighter wool and can sometimes produce a silky texture. It's light, stylish, and practical – you don't need anything else! They're perfect for the workplace.

A more casual alternative would be linen trousers. For centuries, linen has been a luxury fabric in hot climates. This is as breathable as you're going to get, but they are prone to wrinkles. Linen trousers are also a fundamentally casual garment, even suited for the beach!

Summer Style Mistake 5. Sandals, Socks & Crocs

Now, I understand why sandals would be appropriate in certain summertime occasions. If you're poolside or at the beach, it's certainly feasible.

Crocs, on the other hand, never look good. 

Long gym socks are also a bad idea. In the summer heat, it's obvious as to why their thickness and length make them a liability.

So, what is a fella to do?

Summer is the perfect time to upgrade your shoe game to men's loafers. These casual dress shoes are perfect for summer because of how light and open they are.

Loafers go best with no-show socks, which allow them to be less cumbersome while giving your feet room to breath.

These shoes go well with any casual outfit, be it shorts or a full-on summer suit. Gents, I cannot recommend loafers enough.

Summary – Men's Summer Style Mistakes
  1. Ditch The Ratty Cap
  2. Avoid Putting Wax And Gel In Your Hair
  3. Stop Using Polyester-Lined Jackets
  4. Don't Wear Jeans
  5. Lose The Sandals, Socks, And Crocs

Are you guilty of these style sins? If so, don't worry. There's still time to upgrade your wardrobe and kill it this summer.

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Men's loafers – why do they matter?

Loafers have been around for centuries. When it comes to dress shoes, they make a versatile addition to any man's wardrobe.

The best part? They can easily replace the sandals and crocs (If you're so unfortunate as to own them) in your wardrobe. A pair of loafers can easily be integrated into your summer wardrobe.

That's the theme here, gentlemen: Summer. Today I'm introducing you to men's loafers. We're going to talk a little history, a little style, and why you need them this season.

This article is sponsored by Jay Butler. I've known these guys for a while – founded by Justin Jeffers, founder of The Fine Young Gentlemen. He established this company purely out of a passion for men's loafers, and that's why I love it. Their mission is to get you in shoes that have great style, great value, at a great price.

Jay Butler's loafers are made old-school, with hand-sewn seams to keep the right integrity. A durable, yet soft inner keeps you comfortable all day. Click here to check out Jay Butler and use promo code RMRS20 to get 20% off your entire purchase. 

Click Here To Watch The Video – Loafers The Perfect Summer Shoe? (Penny Loafer, Horse Bit Loafer & Moccasins) Hot Weather Footwear

  1. The Basics – Defining a Men's Loafer
  2. Which Loafer Style is Best For You?
  3. Why Men's Loafers Are The Best For Summer

Alright gentlemen, let's get started.

1. The Basics – Defining a Men's Loafer

Before we go in deep, we need to know what we're dealing with. So, what is a men's loafer?

Loafers are a kind of dress shoe that easily slip on and off your foot. They have broad, flat heels and are made with leather. They also use no laces or buckles, since that would defeat the purpose of a loafer.

General History

Loafers have a fascinating story. They were born out of combining traditional Native American moccasins and Norwegian peasant slippers. The first company to produce traditional loafers was G.H. Bass, a brand that had been around since 1876.

George Henry Bass – its founder – released them in 1936 as “Weejuns,” a play on “Norwegian” to denote their cultural heritage.

The Weejuns in this 1965 advertisement serve as proof that men's loafers haven't changed.

The shoe took off in the United States. It was adopted swiftly by Ivy League students, who dubbed them “Penny Loafers” due to the fact they slipped a penny into the seam on the shoe's Upper to be used for pay phones.

The style of men's loafers hasn't changed much since the very first Weejuns, setting them apart as a timeless classic.

2. Which Men's Loafer Is Right For You?

Over the years, several variations of the loafer evolved to accommodate men with various tastes.

Which can work for you?

The answer is all of them. 

Why? Loafers are all casual dress shoes. They are meant to be worn in in a similar context to dress boots – smart, but casual. No matter the variant, they all serve the same purpose – have at it, gents.

The Wildsmith Loafer

The Wildsmiths have been around since 1926 when the company – originally specializing in army cavalry boots – designed a house shoe for King George VI.

The King wanted a pair of casual, yet elegant shoes he could wear on his property for activities like shooting.

Wildsmith loafers have a narrower silhouette than other variants.

How is the Wildsmith different? It uses a serrated seam with vertical stitching over the toe. This gives the shoe a more sleek and elegant look.

Though they aren't considered the first official men's loafers to be released, they certainly fit the bill now.

Aurland Loafers

Like the original Weejuns, Aurland men's loafers came into prominence in the 1930s. It takes inspiration a little more directly from traditional moccasins.

The Aurland loafers have a more robust look to them.

Like its progenitor, the Aurland has a raised seam to give it a more boxy look as well as a narrow cut over the saddle of the shoe.

Tassel Loafers

These loafers exploded in the US following World War II. So much so, that they became a favorite of President Harry Truman.

Here is where cultures start to clash. Americans tend to consider the tasseled men's loafer to be capable of holding its own in black-tie situations. However, the British sneer against this.

Many of us Americans see the tasseled loafer as a formal shoe – it's not.

My recommendation is to err on the side of casual. it's much more suited for a night out with friends.

Kilted Loafers

Though they fell out of style in the 70s, “Kilties” are seeing a resurgence in classic menswear. Their unique look is inspired by Oxford brogues and Scottish golf shoes.

Kilted loafers take inspiration from classic Oxford shoes. See the resemblance?

These are definitely suited for a day of lounging at the country club.

Horsebit Loafers

Italian designer Aldo Gucci debuted these stunning men's loafers in 1943.

There are a few key differences between these and other loafers. For one thing, Gucci was the first to design loafers in black. More importantly, he added a metal horsebit over where the penny keeper would have been.

For these reasons, horsebit loafers are considered a little more elegant than their counterparts. While still a fundamentally casual dress show, it can serve you well if your office dress code is business casual and it's the summer.

Belgian Loafers

Last, but not least – we have the Belgians.

In 1954, Henri Bendel purchased two 300-year-old factories in Belgium. His contribution to the world was a men's loafer with a small bow sewn into the top.

There's no question why Belgian loafers took off. Just look at them!

It became an instant hit. Bendel's shoe single-handedly saved the Belgian shoe industry. He was awarded two Knighthoods for the deed: The Knightship of The Order of Leopold I in 1964, and Knight Commander of The Order of Leopold II six years later.

3. Why Men's Loafers Are The Best Summer Shoes

As we close into the height of summer, high tops and dress boots become increasingly impractical. Sure they look cool but covering your ankles in leather is guaranteed to make you hate being outside.

As I mentioned earlier, loafers fulfill a similar role in outfits as do dress boots, in that they make an otherwise-casual look more elegant.

Lightweight and easygoing, the loafer is the perfect summer shoe

if you wear no-show socks (you should), then loafers give your ankles and feet more breathing room. In addition to that, they are far lighter than other shoe types – making them less cumbersome in the heat.

Men's loafers are also the best kind of shoe to try new, summery colors with. Take a risk with powder blue, green and red suede, or burgundy.

Needed a shoe you can take risks with? Look no further.

Summary – A Guide To Men's Loafers
  1. The Basics – Defining a Men's Loafer
  2. Which Loafer Style is Best For You?
  3. Why Men's Loafers Are The Best For Summer

Regardless of what kind of loafer you decide to go with, you can't go wrong. They carry with them an impressive story and cultural heritage. It truly is the best summer shoe.

This article is sponsored by Jay Butler. I've known these guys for a while – founded by Justin Jeffers, founder of The Fine Young Gentlemen. He established this company purely out of a passion for men's loafers, and that's why I love it. Their mission is to get you in shoes that have great style, great value, at a great price.

Jay Butler's loafers are made old-school, with hand-sewn seams to keep the right integrity. A durable, yet soft inner keeps you comfortable all day. Click here to check out Jay Butler and use promo code RMRS20 to get 20% off your entire purchase. 

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Men's sunglasses – I've talked about them a lot here on RMRS.

We know that the right pair of Sunglasses are not only a practical accoutrement to a man's arsenal but a potentially stylish one as well.

Today though, we're doing things a little different. Instead of a general guide, we're reviewing a specific brand of men's sunglasses that recently launched.

The brand's name? Enemy Eyewear

Now, full disclaimer here: This company was started by my good friend Aaron Marino. For this reason, this review won't be the most unbiased out there.

Nevertheless, I'll still do my best to deliver a solid and fair assessment of this new entry into men's eyewear.

Click Here To Watch The Video – Enemy Sunglasses Review (Antonio's Honest Assessment) The Good & Bad

  1. The Materials
  2. The Designs
  3. The Price Point
  4. The Shortcomings
  5. The Verdict

Alright gentlemen, let's get started.

1. Enemy – Materials Overview

Let's talk materials first. A common material used in quality glasses is acetate.

What is this? Acetate is a synthetic filament derived from plant fibers. It's great for glasses because it's naturally durable and less likely to cause skin irritation.

Enemy men's sunglasses are proud of their acetate, which they get from a manufacturer called Mazzucchelli 1849 in Italy.

In addition to that, they use stainless steel for the hinges which make them tougher overall.

What really impresses me are the lenses themselves, which are made with Zeiss. This material is usually reserved for the highest-quality cameras and provides 100% UVB protection with greater scratch resistance.

Materials? Check – no complaints here.

2. The Designs

Enemy men's sunglasses come in three designs with two colors (black and tortoise) each. This amounts to a total of six choices.

Let's go through them!

Enemy 1 Wayfarers

I have to admit – wayfarers are not my usual style. I just don't feel like I can pull them off and they rarely fit me right. This isn't the case for the Enemy 1's. A perfect fit means that they've become an addition to my rotation. Measurements for these come in 52 mm on the lens, 19 mm on the bridge of the nose, and 145 mm on temple length.

These wayfarers fit me as no wayfarers have before.

Enemy 2 Clubmasters

The Enemy 2's are essentially classic Clubmaster sunglasses. The structure is especially important for these glasses because they come with more attached parts. As I handled it, I noticed the integrity was good – no loose screws.

The Enemy 2's yield a solid structure which I recommend to any man.

I also noticed that the nose piece uses quality silicone which kept it from sliding down my nose. If you're looking for great Clubmasters, this is where you can get them. They come in measuring at 51 mm at the lens, 18 mm on the bridge, and 145 mm temple length.

Enemy 3 Aviators

Aviators are among my favorites when it comes to men's sunglasses. They have a history that sets them apart – having been designed in 1936 for fighter pilots. Slowly, they found their way to the civilian market as a staple of classic menswear.

The Enemy 3 Aviators can fit any man's face shape.

Again, Enemy executes this design well overall. This round design features a gold frame, a double-bridged frame, and a very lightweight build. The result is a pair of sunglasses that make you feel as though they're barely there.

3. The Price Point

What really blows me away about Aaron Marino's glasses is the cost, especially against other high-end men's sunglasses.

Despite the quality, you can get them for $95!

That's insane! But how do they compare against my go-to brand, Maui Jim?

Men's sunglasses from Enemy are more than a match for older brands.

Maui's are three times more expensive than Enemy – retailing at around $300. They often boast titanium frames with Polarized2 technology. Despite all these factors gentlemen, the sheer quality Enemy brings to the table equals that of Maui – an older and established brand!

Don't even get me started on how they hold up against Ray Bans – Enemy exceeds them on all fronts.

4. The Shortcomings

Alright gents, you've heard me praise my friend's company – big surprise, right? Believe it or not, however, there is plenty of room for improvement.

Let's talk about the case. Enemy sunglasses arrive in an attractive hard case – it's just too big. If you keep your glasses inside, you can hear them clattering inside even with the cleaning cloth to muffle it. It could do with a 25% reduction in size.

Next, I want to talk about the information offered on the site. If we look at names such as Maui Jim, we get all sorts of diagrams that highlight various stats for each category. While the three basic measurements for the lenses, ridge, and temple are useful, other brands will delve even further to cover the base curve and height.

Though I love the design for Enemy's case, it's far too bulky.

Finally, I want to talk about the glasses themselves. Sure, the product is superb but I'm still inclined slightly toward my Maui Jims.

Why? They simply match my style better. The Enemy 3's for instance use very round lenses, but I prefer my Aviators to be a little more slender.

The variety is also lacking in comparison to Ray Bans or Mau Jims. A total of six to choose from is good, but it can start to feel dull after a while. I would have loved those Aviators to be in a silver frame!

Another small gripe I have is about the brand itself. It's a badass name, so it needs to be better represented. I'd love for them to print “Enemy” on the frames!

5. The Verdict

My gripes are mainly based on personal preference. When we get down to the nitty-gritty of price and quality, Enemy Eyewear gets a 9/10 in my book.

I highly recommend them, gents. The substance you'll be getting for $95 cannot be understated.

Summary – Enemy Men's Sunglasses
  1. The Materials
  2. The Designs
  3. The Price Point
  4. The Shortcomings
  5. The Verdict

Enemy Sunglasses are a fantastic new brand from my good friend Aaron Marino. They can hold their own against big brands when it comes to quality. With some finetuning and variation in products, I can see them dominating the market!

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