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Figuring It Out

Recently while driving was listening to the Knowledge for Men Podcast heard and episode with guess Ryan Stewman discussing his book F*ck Your Excuses.

This book after reading it made me realized that I had to figure out how to continue getting this blog going. One of the many things that had me stagnated was my health, I’m over that barrier now, other then having high cholesterol I’m in good health.

This book opened my eyes to the recent frustration I had. I would wake up and think I don’t have enough blog post, I’m not making enough online to leave the corporate world, people don’t like my  writing. Well I say scr@&$ it ( insert your own word).

Understating what Ryan did he had his site Harcore Closer for three years and did noting with it. Well it’s the same three year I was stressed and sweating over IRM. While my excuse is health Ryan didn’t care and after three years of waisting time pulled the trigger.

Figuring it out means to me that I want more for I RENAISSANCE MAN. When I started the blog I was inspired by the works of Victor Pride Bold and Determined and Mike Cernovich Danger & Play, enough so I launch my site to do all the things I dreamed of but never dared to do.

Along came social media especially Twitter and I connect with a lot great men and in that connection came a fork in the road that lead me to discussion and arguments that really had nothing to do with my brand.

The truth of the matter social media is a complete waste of time unless you can stay off it and use it to promote your work.

Figuring it out for me is not wasting anytime getting into political discourse with people who are to dumb to understand even if you present them with the truth.

As of late I have been staying away from twitter to focus on blog and topics I want to share with my audience. In addition I am also keeping away from the political arena, everyday waking up reading the same nonsense begins to drag you in and lose sight and focus.

Figuring it out means that if I want to help more men ( especially men like myself in their 40’s) I need to separate myself from the so call manosphere infighting on who’s right or who’s wrong. I think that if we all are in the sphere to help men live better life’s would that just justify to being automatically right?

After all we are in this together who cares wish path to take.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THIS BLOG.

I think health has robbed me of of 1095 days or three years of writing. For starters as I have been feeling like my old self I plan to write more.

I have a Life Manifesto that I have meticulously sat down to write everything I ever wanted to do and see and no time to for it.

Well that’s gonna change moving forward I’m dedicating time to complete at least two accomplishments a month.

Figuring it out is outright not giving a shit what others think of my writing, my content or their opinions.

Too many people on this earth get offended for everything or live life’s of negativity truth be told these people need to grow up.

I remember Mike Cernovich tweeting out that blog is King. I am gonna say this true and this the mindset I want to focus on.

Like I said before less time on the social media platform possibly away only to tweet articles or minor engagements with followers.

There are no excuses to not move forward have more follower engagement after all that’s the reason the blog has a comment section.

The Spaniard.

How I Started A Chess Club

 

Chess the game of kings, a game played for thousands of year and thousands of generations. A game that every man should play just like golf. A game where Fathers and sons can sit down and settle differences and bond. 

 

A game that that brings friends as competitors and enemies as friends. Chess is the full body mental workout your mind needs for creativity, problem solving and analytics. 

 

That’s why I created a Chess Club and what I have learned from its experience.  With that said I just want to give you an overall how I created and how you too can start your own Chess Club. 

 

HOW TO START A CHESS CLUB. 

 

ALWAYS START WITH CLUB RULES:

 

All clubs have house rules it’s a fact. Country Clubs have them, the local yacht club has them and even the math club has them. Here is a list of rules. 

 

A: All members in good standing must have their own Chess boards to participate. 

This is rule is enforced by me and my cofounder. This is by far the single most important rule of the club. 

 

B: Online play is acceptable for practice but not for keeping score. Why this strange rule? Because some players in the office told me they had no time to do a sit down game. So I was accomidating schedules by allowing online games and accepting the scores. Well turns out one of the member replayed the game through a simulator and discovered that people were using bots to cheat. 

 

C: Learn to Lose Chess is one of those games that will humble you after a losing. Some might go i with a huge ego to try to always win but learning to lose helps you understand where your weakness are especially if you face a strong player. 

 

D: Speaking of strong players learn to teach always be willing to show your opponent where they lost take the time to do a replay. Not only is it instructional but it’s also fun. 

 

E: TRASH TALK IS A MUST nothing says say fun then having some good old fashion trash talk. 

 

F: JUST HAVE FUN. 

 

 

Getting started was as simple as sending out and email to fellas in the in the office and the turnout was more than I expected. Over 11 guys in the office turned out all eager to participate and be a part of the club.

 

The need for me getting this club off the ground in the office was something that looked almost as stress released. With enthusiasm I would have guys emailing when the games would begin,

 

I created the first rule of having your own chess board for every member therefore if anyone wanted to play they would not waste their lunch time waiting on a board to become available.

 

Besides having your own board also keeps that motivation going and folks in the office were not limited to only playing on game day (usually is Wednesday that’s when most could attend).

 

2017 was my trial year and I had started the by creating a season similar to any sporting event with minds of creating a play off and championship including a Chess Cup.

 

Now I can’t say that I am following the FIDE system for points but all members agree on the following:

 

Win 3 points

Tie 1 point

Loss 0 points

 

 

Having created this club was something that a lot guys have approached me in the office telling me thank you. It clearly shows by the reactions that it was needed to a sense of bringing guys together a healthy completive was to blow of steam while in the office.

 

As you can tell this was a just a simple post but wanted to share that its just as simple as getting guys together and begin a club.

 

You can start your own club too and if your looking to get the same Chess board  and the Clocks we they are available on amazon.

 

Also gents if your looking for a fun channel not only to learn but watch great matches check out Coffee Chess channel on YouTube. This channel inspired our club.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq6gYeqi8RIvVeF-sJwdaBg/featured

 

Till next time

The Spaniard

 

Reflections 2017 & Manifesto 2018

 

Happy New Years Gentlemen 2017 came and went. The race is of and we are at the start of 2018 so taking a moment to reflect on all accomplishments and improvement opportunities for the 2017 calendar year.

I can’t believe I wrote this article a year ago Manifesto 2017. I follow it  up with  Reflections: A Look Back at 2015-2016.

I can say that 2017 was a good year a lot  has happened and still happening. The year came like a roller coaster and as we know with all the downs come ups.

Let’s start of this post with being GRATEFUL.

  1. Health: after what have seems like a two year struggle I have reached that ever elusive goal of being off my meds since 2015. It was an incredible struggle but as of October 2017 doctor finally got me off any medications.
  2. Family: back in May my father suffered a heart attack and I was un able to travel at the time my passport was expired and I was away on business. Thanks to my cousins and uncle they were able to be there for my father while I was struggling to get back home and resolve passport issue. Since the heart attack was only minor my father was sent home after a couple days.
  3. Travel: speaking of family im blessed that I was able to resolve all issue regarding my passport both USA & and SPAIN’S passport that as I’m writing this, I’m actually sitting back at a coffee shop in Spain with my family (Evernote is great). Traveling home for the holidays it gives me great pleasure say humbly Thank you for allowing my father another opportunity to spend time with family.
  4. Work & Weatlh: Last but not least thank you for another year of work. While I mention several times over that I want to escape the corporate world called SHAWSHANK. I don’t want to confuse it for me being ungrateful. I have been with the same company day in and day out for the last 24 years, but at 46 I now see that there is more to life then being in charge of a cubicle farm. I am grateful for the steady pay check but now the online world of business is calling me and I know my Solomon’s mine is out there for me to seize. Last I want to say thank you, for the first 20 dollars total I made online for 2017.

 

Let’s discuss 2017 Manifesto:

I wrote my 2017 Manifesto because of the struggles I had 2015 and 2016 that I need a way to ground myelsf and get the gears rolling for 2017 after loosing my rhythm. I wanted set some small accomplishments that I feel a total satisfactions completing them.

Podcast:  I finally was able to launch the podcats and I am really excited about the prospects of getting guess on the show.

Books: I read a couple of finance  books and business books and some others ones this years such as:

  1. The Sell by Fredrick Eklund.
  2. How To Speak Money by John Lanchester.
  3. How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis.
  4. Control by Jordan Van Bravo.
  5. I’m Not A serial Killer by Dan Wells
  6. Invisible Resident by Ivan t Sanderson.
  7. MoonWalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  8. Epictetus Enchirion.
  9. The Warrior Ethos by Stephen Pressfield.
  10. Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch.
  11. Lion in the Whitehouse by Aida D. Donald.
  12. The Survivor by John Goddard
  13. Destination Truth by Josh Gates.
  14. New World Ronin by Victor Pride.
  15. The Gunslinger by Stephen King.
  16. Muscle Up by P.D. Mangan.
  17. Down to Sheol by M.T.White.
  18. Profitable Social Media By  Tim Kitchen.
  19. Peak by Titus Hauer.

 

Well I read 19 books in all for 2017 not bad compared to previous years. My Instagram does show these books and other books too however I never finished those books. I am looking forward to raised the bar and continue reading more books as well as finishing the ones I started.

 

Accomplish at least five in 2017 from my Life Manifesto:

Do to time constraints and work and let’s not forget a Hurricane Irma last year I was only able to do two of my goals how I bench press 250 pounds and I was able to get the podcats started.

Project Alexandria:  Sadly I started but once again time constraints did not allow me actually to contienue documenting all my books for ever growing library.

Getting Back in Shape: another of failed accomplishment yes I did bench press 250 pounds but i was not able to bring my weight down. Medication I was on contribute to my frustration and lack of motivation to get the gym.

Playing more Golf for 2017: I did play more Golf and I actually started making contacts online to create an online business. Also started making connections with golf courses to create a travel site for enthusiastic golfer coming to Florida.

Now most wont admit to failures in my own opinion I rather share with my audience what I was able to accomplish and where I have failed. Why? Because I’m human and I’m prone to demonstrate that not everything goes as planned.

  

Manifesto 2018:

Manifesto #1. For 2018 complete five of my accomplishments on The Life Manifesto.

Manifesto #2. Get back in shape: yes I am being corny and total cliché but it is what it is.

Manifesto #3. read more books: no brainer here they say to be a great writer you need to be a great reader

Manifesto #4. Project Alexandria absolutely this is a must. After all I want to document all my books in my collection.

Manifesto #5. Podcast oh but wait Spaniard you already started the podcast yes I did and anyone can start one but it’s the momentum to support it. Bring guess on have a conversation and create an experience.

My 2017 reflections shows I had a productive year and over all personal satisfactions. 2018 will be a challenging year and I look forward to it.

The Spaniard.

Reflection: A look back at 2015 -2016

Reflection: A look back at 2015 -2016.

While I sit here in my computer I’m here thinking back about the last twelve months wondering, how I was seven months sick in bed not able to do anything not wanting to do anything but think about getting better. I did not even want to read, workout, write or even hang out with my friends.

Now that 2016 has come to end most of us are starting the new year reflecting on failures but we never take the chance to focus on the accomplishments.

What I will say that when I started I Renaissance Man, I had started 2015 full of fire and wondered at the time what if We tend to take a lot of what life has for us for granted we tend to let those everyday things that we consider mundane and boring be put to the side for another day.

Yet when we are in a moment of weakness and are not able to have the mindset to do anything that’s when those mundane things become treasure that we so want and desire. I was in sick for months and while I was sick could not go to work yet I desired my job.

I desired my office I desired being around the people that I something had no interest in talking to yet I was now wanting to be my old self I was grateful to my dungeon office.

I was ready to take life back I wanted to be overwhelmed with work so I can get out of my own skin and out of my own head.

 

But as I remember back in 2015 & 2016, I realize that although I had a very bad time in those months I realize the good things have happened to me.

 

What am I grateful for 2015- 2016:

 

I’m grateful for my website Irenaissanceman.com realizing that this site is what is keeping me and making me stronger.

 

Health underlined: I’m grateful that my health has returned to me in late October mid-November this was a fantastic slowly seeing that my strength was returning to me and making me feel better for things that I had set aside to concentrate on my health such as reading, writing, working out, and fixing the site. In addition, I wanted to feel better because my family was coming from Spain.

 

Family: my family visit from Europe in December I’m very grateful that I’m able to see my mother and father and enjoy the holidays with them as I previously tweeted in January 2016 that saying goodbye is the hardest part to family.

 

My apartment: it was a rough start in 2015 I don’t mean health wise but I mean living conditions originally when I first moved to my current apartment unit was not the original unit. The first The first apartment they were about to give me was delayed due to the previous tenant burning down the kitchen. The second apartment that they had given me upon receiving the keys space there was an infestation of termites. So, what I’m grateful for is that the management of the building gave me for the same rent a bigger unit facing the east side.

 

Traveling with family: I’m very grateful that I was able to take my family to visit the northern Florida and visit Saint Augustine. I love it the city is old and quaint, it’s a city that makes you feel like you’re in Europe.

 

I want to conclude this post by saying the 2017 will be a very bright year a positive year a year of prosper accomplishments

 

The Spaniard

Saper Verdere (Knowing How To See)

Saper Verdere (Knowing How To See)

This was the foundation and fundamentals by which Leonardo Da Vinci lived by. This was essential for every endeavor or task he took and this was the purpose that I have adapted to live by. Knowing How To See have open my eyes towards life, love, wealth and everything around me.

Little did I know about this concept till I started reading the works of Da Vinci and understood his message. Da Vinci states that sight was one of the most important of the senses and built his mantra on that Saper Vedere.

 

I open this blog with this because I have reflected on a former life and when I say former (meaning I have seen.) I find that I am no longer content with living a life of a drone and worker bee or hive mentality. I don’t really think that man was created to be cooped in some cubicle especially when there is a surge of adventure running through his veins. The life of an office drone maybe great for others but after 18 years it’s not for me. I am not saying that those that live the corporate world don’t enjoy it but I believe that we are meant for more.

 

And so it begins…

My initial thoughts as I was inspired by Da Vinci were to grow as man and not only create a site of learning and self-development, but to resurrect the concept of being a Renaissance Man. Curious to learn everything and create and inspire. A lot of my inspiration comes from other bloggers such as the great works of Scott H Young, Impossible HQ and Life Listed.

 

I started this website and its blog content to catalog the adventures we will partake in and see how far I am able to push myself. In the site I have included what I call My Life Manifesto a list of endeavors and adventure’s I would like to accomplish. I draw this from the worlds most accomplished man John Goddard.

With this is mind I hope that some of you find your version of Saper Verdere and realize that there is an entire universe that needs to be seen. If you are reading this blog then, welcome and let’s get this journey started.