Blake Hammerton
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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.

Gain Clarity & Recognize Opportunities - The Sharp Gentleman
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In the last year, opportunity has shown up in a bunch of different spaces in my life. From relationships, friendships, travel, technology, and especially business ventures, it feels like opportunities are everywhere and I’d have to actively work to avoid them. It’s a good feeling. But it’s not like I didn’t do some adjusting to get here. This is a combination of focus and preparation. Speaking with a friend of mine, I heard the tell tale sign of someone blind to opportunities: “I wish I

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When you’re setting yourself up for success, you’re probably aware (of have heard repeatedly) that the people you surround yourself with everyday have a direct impact on your trajectory. The right people can help you feel powerful, tackle problems with critical thinking, and help you view the world from a perspective that enables you to be and do your absolute best. What you probably didn’t think about, however, is the impact your personal physical space also has on your success trajectory. Trying to feel like

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nobody cares if you're offended | The Sharp Gentleman - Season 3 Podcast
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Man, that title just hits you in the face, doesn’t it? It is unapologetically raw and maybe even rude. Hell, some people might even say it’s offensive to be so crass. This is such a perfect topic to talk about – especially in today’s divisive and politically charged, social-media fueled, attention seeking society. Nobody cares if you’re offended. Let’s explore this with some context. If you’ve ever been on the internet (well, beyond this site), you may have had the unfortunate experience of wandering into

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Dress Socks that Don't Slip Down – DeadSoxy – The Sharp Gentleman
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Gentlemen, we have a problem, don’t we? We purchase socks as a necessary evil and tolerate frequent daily adjustments when those socks don’t live up to expectation. They slide down throughout the day, they’re loose after a couple of washes, and start falling apart far too soon. It’s a problem. But, it’s also preventable. Several solutions have been introduced to combat this slippery slope of sock mayhem: Longer socks – I kid you not, people are just now learning that over-the-calf socks are better (they

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Adventure

Much to my surprise, I grew up to become a man that likes a cigar or two on a fairly regular basis. I don’t know whether it’s the celebratory attachment I have with them (new marriage, new baby, new adventure, job well done, etc.), or the camaraderie I get when I relax with my friends and enjoy a few good cigars on Thursday nights. The point is, I don’t know enough about cigars to give any credible advice. But I trust the people in my

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Finding Balance as an Entrepreneur and family man | The Sharp Gentleman
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Did you know one of the most often searched terms is “how to find balance as an entrepreneur and family man” on Google? Why is that? Well, it’s probably because having a work life balance as an entrepreneur is hard as hell. While many people may look at successful entrepreneurs and feel they “have it together” based on their viewpoint, sometimes that’s the furthest thing from the truth. As an entrepreneur, priorities and schedules, and investments and expenses are different than others’ that work in

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State of Today's Man with Rob Kandell - The Sharp Gentleman
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There are so many messages of manliness out there in the world these days, all vying for more and more of your attention, but which ones are true? Which messages are good for you, and which are good for everyone? There’s a big difference there. Some influencers will have men believe that the world is getting softer and that men need to focus more on being manly, growing beards, and getting tough. Some are focused on being the best version of yourself so you can

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Honest Filippo Loreti Watch Review
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An honest Filippo Loreti Review. UPDATE: All is NOT what it seems. Click here or scroll to the bottom for the TRUTH. From time to time, a brand or design will catch my eye and give me all the warm and fuzzy feelings I’m looking for. Maybe it’s a new model, maybe it’s a color, or maybe a new design altogether. Something I’m used to experiencing is the immediate desire to have it. I’m also used to items being either ridiculously expensive – why can’t

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“Rise and Grind” is something we’re all used to hearing, seeing, and believing these days. In order to get what you want in life -in order to get ahead- you have to get up early and grind yourself, your gears, and your ambition against the motion of the day. Well, technically it’s the idea that you should attack the day as soon as you wake up, and stay focused as you get into the groove of the daily grind of work and responsibilities. Essentially, you

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ask for permission or forgiveness
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Forgiveness or Permission? I recently had a conversation with a client of mine regarding what he truly wants. He had so many things to say about what he wanted. And, he had even more to say about why it’s too hard or impossible to make happen. There are all these “reasons” for how it just can’t be done, or it’s too scary, or what will happen if it doesn’t work out – and every last one of them is made up. In too many cases, we are

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