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Three Knives Every Man Should Own

It painted a picture of the type of man I have always secretly  wanted to be: strong, masculine, self-reliant, and able to handle any calamity.

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This article was written by Nicky Billou for PolitiCrossing

Men today are in many ways lost and unsure of their place in the world. The idea of  being a strong, masculine man is under attack, and a lot of men are unsure of how to  be a man. 

I believe that masculinity is a good thing. My friend Ryan Michler, the founder of the  Order Of Man movement, and the author of the book “Sovereignty” says that we need to  reclaim and restore masculinity. I agree.  

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One of the key characteristics of being a masculine man is to be good at using tools. Up  until my 40s, I sucked at using tools, and I was embarrassed by it. I hung around men  who were good at it, and that forced me to raise my standards, and eventually, I  become reasonably good at it, too.  

I got hooked on knives after I watched an ad for Gerber Knives, called “Hello, Trouble.”  That ad spoke to me. It painted a picture of the type of man I have always secretly  wanted to be: strong, masculine, self-reliant, and able to handle any calamity. I ran out  that weekend and bought my first knife. 

My collection is now up to over 60 knives. 

Knives are man’s oldest tool. There’s something primal and very satisfying about  holding a knife in your hand, and using it to perform tasks like cutting open packages,  feather-sticking, or hunting and camping. 

There are 3 knives I think every man should own. 

Zero Tolerance 0562CF Hinderer Design: 

The ZT 0562CF is a fantastic folding knife. It is well-designed and fits very comfortably  in your hand. It’s functional and durable. The manufacturer, Zero Tolerance, is an  American company that makes all its knifes in the US, which is a very good thing, as it  keeps jobs here in America. It’s made of the very best materials and the production  quality is matchless. The price is a bit high, $280 — $300 USD, but it is worth every  penny. It’s a very useful knife to use for tasks around the house, for work or camping.  It’s my go-to knife for every day carry.

The Spartan Blades Harsey Difensa: 

Spartan Blades was founded by two former Green Berets, and makes its knives in North  Carolina. This is a fixed blade, designed by legendary knife designer Bill Harsey. It’s a  very versatile knife, good for outdoors use and very popular among military, law  enforcement and first responders. It’s made of very high end, light-weight steel, and is  beautifully designed and well manufactured. I take it with me whenever I go camping.  It’s pricey, around $400 US, but well worth it. It will last you a lifetime.

The Leatherman Free P4:

Ok, technically, this is a multitool, and not a knife. But everyone should have a multitool  on them at all times. It has so many uses. It have used it to help me deal with a flat tire,  when I needed a screwdriver, scissors, and even a knife. Tim Leatherman invented the  multitool. This is the very best multitool in the world, made in Oregon. Do yourself a  favor, pick one up ASAP. The price is just $140.

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Nicky Billou is a serious knife nut! He is one of PolitiCrossing’s roving correspondents, writing about politics, family, culture, and masculinity. He is the #1 International Best Selling Author of the book: Finish Line Thinking™: How to Think and Win Like a Champion, and The Thought Leader’s Journey: A Fable of Life. He is also the host of the #1 podcast in the world on Thought Leadership, The Thought Leader Revolution (www.TheThoughtLeaderRevolution.com), featuring guests such as Chris Widener, Scott Adams, John Maxwell, Seth Godin, Marie Forleo, Barbara Corcoran and Mark Victor Hansen. He is an in-demand and highly inspirational speaker to corporate audiences such as RBC, Lululemon, Royal LePage, and TorStar Media. He is an advisor and confidante to some of the most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs in North America. He is the co-founder of eCircle Academy (www.eCircleAcademy.com) where he runs a yearlong Mastermind & Educational program working with successful Entrepreneurs, Coaches, Consultants, Corporate Trainers, Clinic Owners, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers and other service-based Entrepreneurs, positioning them as authorities in their niche. He is the creator of the Thought Leader/Heart Leader™ Designation.



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Prevailing in Turbulent Times

You can remain confident despite the chaos all around you.

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Everywhere you look, proud and patriotic Americans are feeling forlorn over the worsening conditions in our society. Concurrently, many life-long career professionals are losing confidence in their ability to stay competitive in our rapidly changing world amidst a rocky economy.

In actuality, no one in society has a long-term lock on any market or inside niche, and no “body of information” affords a strategic competitive advantage for very long. The reality of our times is that everyone is feeling at least a little unsure of themselves, and in that sense everyone is in the same boat.

Besieged by information and communication overload, it is easy to feel anything but confident. After all, your ability to keep pace is all but impossible.

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Professionally, you can remain confident, however, despite the pace of change.

Taking Command

What do confident people do to maintain confidence, independent of the rate of change to which they’re exposed? And. how do they maintain a sense of breathing space along the way? Here are variety of approaches:

* Jump Starting: Initiating a small part of a project or activity in advance (getting a sneak preview) to gain familiarity just before the project or activity actually begins.

* Total Immersion: Surrounding yourself with everything you need to fully engage in the project. This could involve assembling resources, people, and equipment, as well as ensuring that you have a quiet, secure environment, free of distractions.

* Managing the Beforehand: Living with the ever-present realization that change is continually forthcoming and, thus, preparing for activities or events in advance.

* Leapfrogging: Recognizing that while you can’t keep up with every little thing that happens in your industry or profession, periodically you can leapfrog over the developments of the last several months and “catch up,” in a manner of speaking.

* Picking Your Spots: Related to leapfrogging, pick your spots in the future, say six months, whereby you want to have a new product or service introduced, or have some new technology fully integrated into your operations, and so forth.

* Go Cold Turkey: Simply suspend operations and engage in whatever it takes to incorporate a new way of doing things. This is enhanced by ensuring that you’ll have no disturbances, by bringing in outside experts, and by assembling any other resources you need to succeed.

* Days of Grace: After deciding to tackle a new project or to implement major change, build in “days of grace” and allow yourself to proceed at half to three-quarters speed. Acknowledge that assimilating the new challenges and changes will take time, and will likely involve some disruption. So, don’t expect to achieve your normal productivity or effectiveness… for now.

Small Victories

Finally, and this is vital, in all cases recognize the importance of continually seeking small victories.

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This is Why the Left Hates You

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” Jesus

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It is obvious that the left has become a venomous mob, attacking anyone and anything in their path toward progressivism. Those who loudly proclaim themselves against hate, are indeed the worst perpetrators of it. There is a reason why. It is a Cosmic Conflict at its core. PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener takes five minutes to explain the following bible verses (Video below):

John 15:18-21 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

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