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Blake Hammerton

Blake Hammerton is the founder and coach at The Sharp Gentleman, and helps men earn more respect while gaining confidence in who they are. He is a certified relationship coach and loves writing about men's fashion, style, character-building, relationships, travel, adventure, and more.

why you need to stop being in control of everything - The Sharp Gentleman
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Control can kill. Gentlemen, this may sound counter-intuitive, but you need to stop being charge of everything in your life – If for no other reason than it’s killing you. If it doesn’t end up physically killing you, it will at the very least kill a metric ton of pleasure, enjoyment, and realized success. Sure, you may reach that goal you’re shooting for, and do it your way, but you’ll be too exhausted to recognize and appreciate the fruits of your labor. Control can kill.

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guide to the four agreements - the sharp gentleman
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Guide to The Four Agreements and More… Don Miguel Ruiz wrote The Four Agreements, and I’m sure you’ve no doubt read quotes from it and learned of these agreements from one source or another. Whether you read the book or not, I want to address each agreement from the gentleman’s perspective, and a few extra pieces that can help really bring it home in a big way. The basic four agreements are: Be impeccable with your word Don’t take anything personally Don’t make assumptions Always

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How to build your legacy like a gentleman - The Sharp Gentleman
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Legacy is a funny thing. There are a myriad of outlets describing how to build your legacy these days, and yet we don’t really care much for it until we start noticing our impact on the world. Sometimes that means our children, sometimes it means our coworkers, sometimes it’s just our sudden realization that we’re going to die someday and we worry how we’ll be remembered. Whatever the catalyst, legacy becomes a buzz word for most men in their 30s, and only amplifies as the

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How to pull off a fairytale wedding - the sharp gentleman
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Don’t worry, pictures and video are below… This post may be a little different than the usual educational style you’re used to. This post is simply me sharing more of my personal adventures with you. I’ve already shared my wedding proposal with you in a previous post, and this is the follow up. While it’s personal, please consider this a Gentleman’s guide to planning a fairytale wedding in Italy. Back in May of this year (2016), Jami and I headed off to Italy to tie

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Become a better listener - the sharp gentleman
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One of the most misused superpowers a man can have is the power to listen deeply. Millions of self-proclaimed “good listeners” are actually just listening well enough to keep a conversation going in his or her direction. Genuine listeners hear what isn’t being said, connect more deeply with their partner, and create a pathway for creative collaboration and power. This is incredibly important for any man trying to better himself and the world around him. Gentlemen, this is you (at least it should be). When

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rules for getting in shape
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When it comes to getting in shape, it can often feel like there are an infinite number of paths to take. There are so many different ways to lean out and slim down that it can often feel overwhelming. Most of us have been on some form of yo-yo diet and can recall vividly the cravings, the sacrifices, and the disappointment when the weight either didn’t fall off, or came right back a couple of months later. Today, we’re talking about the 5 rules for

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best travel accessories - the sharp gentleman
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I have family all over the country, which means several times each year I am racking up miles in an aluminum can in the sky. I’ve had flights that were smooth and quiet, flights that were turbulent and noisy, and everything in-between. Whether it’s a short fight or a long flight, there are a few key accessories that make your life significantly easier. With my upcoming flight to Italy for my wedding, I have all my devices and comforts ready to go. Here is my

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master your email etiquette
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Gentlemen, we are all highly trained at using our phones, tablets, computers, and every other communication tool on earth. Where we lack skill is in the etiquette column. Think of it like proper utensil etiquette when eating (don’t worry, there’s another post coming for that topic). We all know how to use a knife and fork to get food cut and put into our mouths. The number of humans that know how to properly do it with the correct etiquette is diminishing pretty rapidly however.

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The Sharp Gentleman's Guide to Tipping
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Today’s podcast is about something you’re all familiar with, but may not know exactly what the rules are in it: tipping etiquette. Gratuity – when should you, how much should you, what makes a good tip, why should you, etc. These questions roll around the heads of many men every day, and we’re here to talk about what the rules are, and what to be aware of in the tipping world. This is also a special show because I’m introducing my friend, and potential future

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Anson Belt Review The Sharp Gentleman
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As an exercise in transparency, this is a completely biased review. I’m in love with these belts. I’ll explain why I am, and how you’ll be madly in love with them too, but first we need to answer a few questions up front: 1 – Did I receive (complimentary) the belt(s) for the review? No. I purchased four the day I was introduced to them. 2 – Am I an affiliate who will be compensated if you order one through me? No. They’re just awesome

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