Words to the Wise

“It’s Good to Be Got” – Depth of Relationship and the Value of Being Known

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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How many friends would be on the profile page of your day-to-day life? How many “followers” would you have on a news feed of your commute to work, the moments after an argument with your wife, or the days and weeks following the loss of a child? As much as we’d like to believe we’d […]

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The Fight You Can’t Fight – Supporting Others With Actions Not Words

Mr. Rafal

Mr. Rafal

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Poe
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Isn’t it interesting how the world is filled with paradoxes? I love reading fantasy and sci-fi books. I find these genres, provided they are well written, to be thought provoking beyond that of non-fiction. A good fiction writer takes you out of the doldrums of your daily life, out of the consequences of your actions. […]

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Sports Jackets vs. Blazers vs. Suit Jackets – When to Wear Which and the Differences Between Them

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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We’ve all experienced it at one point or another. The feeling of wanting to shrink into a corner as you look around at a formal gathering and inevitably come to the conclusion that everyone else has it together except for you. That they all know what is going on and you’re the only rookie in […]

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Abraham Lincoln on the Importance of Reading in a Gentleman’s Life

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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“Sorry, I’m just not a reader”. I can remember myself saying that line on many occasions growing up. I’d bet at least a handful of you can remember yourself saying it too. And while maybe for some of you it was a clever way to get out of extra reading at home, for me it […]

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What Bonsai Trees Teach Us About Being a Gentleman

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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Patience. It is one of the very first things we are taught to practice in our lives. “Wait for your brother to be done playing with that toy”, our moms instructed. “Be patient, the storm will pass”, our dads told us after our first heartbreak. “Persevere longer than your opponent, and you will be the […]

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Service – The Disposition of a Gentleman’s Heart

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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What does it mean to be a servant leader? It’s a great “turn of phrase” we all love to use when we discuss how to lead in our workplaces, in our families, or in our relationships. But what does it truly mean to lead by serving others? The thought is quite counterintuitive. In fact, the […]

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The Simplest Thing – What History’s Most Influential Men Have In Common

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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Ludwig van Beethoven: A brilliant German composer in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Aristotle: A Greek philosopher and scientist who lived hundreds of years before Christ. Charles Dickens: One of history’s greatest writers. Lived and worked during the Victorian Era. What do these men have in common? These men share a pastime with many […]

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John Wayne, and the Pancakes That Followed

Mr. Rafal

Mr. Rafal

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Poe
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In an attempt to get the New Year started off well, we have been rather serious with our posts as of late. Please do not misunderstand, I rather enjoy the quality posts that we have been putting up but I also think a bit of a change is pace and direction can refresh us and […]

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Learning from Loneliness

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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Welcome back, gentlemen! Last week we dove into a topic that is critical for any man’s understanding of how he is to lead others and himself well. We discussed the importance of loneliness and self-reflection. We looked at why intentional, quiet time set aside for the purpose of looking inward is both challenging and infinitely […]

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Embracing Loneliness

Mr. Reed

Mr. Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf
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When was the last time you set aside an evening to be alone? Depending on your life’s circumstances, chances are you can look back in the last month or two and remember at least one evening that you spent without others around. But with that said, I want to dig one level deeper. When was […]

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