That said, as aspiring gents we should all collectively strive towards — being expressly fixated upon — becoming the preeminent versions of ourselves day-in day-out; to always building upon the characteristic foundation that we took special consideration in cultivating over the impressionably formative years of our lives.
Meaning that, we should wake up every morning counting our blessing to still be breathing and then taking full advantage of our situations by endeavouring to further expanding our wit and wisdom, refining our genteel mannerisms, and to sharpening and mastering our personal style and wardrobes — all matters in which the mark of a gentleman is commonly measured upon.
As such, my goal with the ensuing lifestyle memorandum is not to tell you what to do specifically (or not) in order to become an esteemed gentleman nor is it to dictate your life, actions, or unique passionate pursuits in any sense. On the contrary, it is rather to encourage you to live a more virtuous and fulfilling life that — when all is said and done — you can be proud of. A life worthy of a legacy, a storied personal tale that you will be proud to claim as you own, one that will percolate through time while inspirationally resonating with and influencing upon each passing generation.
Accordingly, what follows is an introspective exploration and outline on how to start down that illuminated path, an extensive briefing (or sorts) humbly set forth before you to help any man who is set upon becoming a veritable modern gentleman of undeniable taste and unyielding temperance.
So, question is: Do you have the personal conviction and dedication required to becoming a gentleman in every sense of the word?
And, will you take it upon yourself to becoming the best version of yourself today, tomorrow, and everyday for the rest of your life — to making the best investment in life that you can possibly make?
Either way, the life you desire — as well as the lifestyle of the gentleman — is within reach, all you have to do is apply yourself and put in a little effort and I promise you that with time you can accomplish anything you set your mind to...and become a bonafide gentleman in the process.
Granted that sounds enticing, well then without further or ado here is an extensive list of gentlemanly tips, advice, and lifestyle musings for your personal perusal...
The definition of just such a lauded connotation has been endlessly discussed and dissected verbatim for centuries as philosophers, scholars, and the average man alike have debated both its formative characteristics and its culturally structured parameters.
Who is he? What does he believe in? What defines him? How does one become one? The questions are ceaseless and the answers variably skewed and scattered. But, at the thick of all the cultured semantics is the one singularily timeless and collectively agreed upon belief shared universally by all aspiring gents:
That the only way one truly becomes a gentleman is to fully ascribe and dedicate his existence to the gentlemanly lifestyle — and not simply to just adopting a refined style code/sartorial nature or doctrine of ideals. It's a way of life that requires a man to live up to a charter of (historically merited) standards that have been set forth before him — passed down — by previous generations of iconic men.
Nevertheless, in its simplest form it's entails both living life to its fullest and doing well unto others at all times — to actively seeking refined excellence and mastery of ones mind, body, soul, and style in due course of fulfilling any lifelong goals or cultivated habitual pursuits.
Alas, being a gentleman can often seem like a quite daunting — almost mythically unattainable — task to some as it comes accompanied by a storied past that is filled with highly regarded gentleman who have managed to set the bar high by building a centuries old foundation of padded expectation and structured refinement. That said, one can not always be everything at all times, so don't let such matters put you off.
That said, being a gentleman is a lifestyle choice that has residual effects that will alter every facet of ones life, from his personal style and prospective career to his vaunted love life and social distinction. It's something that requires vigilant dedication, an innate personal desire to consistently grow, and a relentless commitment to invested personal betterment.
As such, it's not merely something you are breed into, inherit through a bloodline, or mistakingly stumble upon, but rather something you must earn.
Point being: to become a gentleman you must first desire it; second, be willing to chase after it; third, to consistently build upon it; and fourth, to spend a lifetime cultivating its practices and living to its elevated standards.
Which ultimately boils down to the fact that you must be willing and unafraid to grow as a human being, to being open and receptive (and able) to any and all change.
Proceed according gentlemen and Godspeed!
Did I miss anything? What would you add? And, do you take it upon yourself to learning something new or building upon a skill you already have everyday?
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