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how to make small talk

How to Make Small Talk

Once you’ve pummeled your limiting beliefs, you’re ready to learn how to make small talk. In 10 Ways to Win a Girl’s Heart, I write, “When you’re being yourself, she’ll feel comfortable being herself. If you’re putting on an act, she’ll also likely put on an act.” This act usually comes in the form of […]

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purpose prevails over passion

How Purpose Prevails Over Passion for Foresight and Advancing Your Goal

“Trust your heart and follow your passions.” From childhood, society influences young people to live this way. But mantras like this, while well intentioned, can often lead to false expectations and negative consequences without the presence of purpose. Part of the problem is a misunderstanding of what passion truly is. Defined properly, passion is a […]

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types of vulnerability

The 4 Types of Vulnerabilities Found in Great Men

The terms “vulnerability” and “masculinity” might not initially seem to go hand-in-hand. Yet, vulnerability drives the most manly of men. 4 types of vulnerabilities are used to describe how communities are at-risk for disaster. Interestingly, these are often used to characterize great men. Physical Vulnerability Physical vulnerability includes the difficulty in access to water resources, […]

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Dating in the 1950s

How Younger Marriages Influenced Dating in the 1950s

The 1950s was a decade of commitment and love. Perhaps WWII made people cherish their loved ones even more, but people found security in relationships after a time of uncertainty. As we continue the history of dating series, we’ll discuss how younger marriages influenced dating in the 1950s and how baby-making defined this era. Younger […]

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Characteristics of going steady

7 Characteristics of Going Steady

Gee whiz. As we continue the history of dating series, we discuss the 7 characteristics of going steady. The quotes from this article come from Beth Bailey’s book From Front Porch to Back Seat unless otherwise noted.  Money became scarce during the Great Depression. Men became scarce during WWII. “Before the war, when discussions of […]

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Australian brotherhood

Lessons to Learn from the Australian Brotherhood: Mateship

What words would you use to describe your best friends? Many of us call them many things. Some use “buddies,” others “brothers” or “fellas.” In the roaring 1920’s guys referred to their male friends as “chaps.” You may have heard “mateship” if you’ve visited Australia. Mateship is an Australian cultural idiom that embodies equality, loyalty […]

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Competitive dating

The Game of Love: Competitive Dating in the 1930s

The Roaring 20s party collided headfirst into the 1929 stock market crash. Courtship had given way to dating as we discussed in The Invention of Dating. But, competitive dating was rising, partially due to the financial crises in the 1930s. 13-15 million workers lost their jobs at the height of The Great Depression in 1933. Scarcity was a […]

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