Minimalistic Gent’s Guide to Being Unconventional

Being an immensely robust individual who is supremely adept at projecting a divergent lifestyle from the norm is a nerve-racking experience filled with the persecution of smaller minded individuals.  The distinct perspective of being an uncommon individual is extremely pivotal to your well-being as a consciously self-aware gentleman.  The only way to truly embrace your maximal gentleman self is by being the best at what you love to do and providing yourself with the work ethic to attain such a feat.  The fine art of luxurious excellence and confidence is befitting of a man of your aptitude, and with enough exertion and patience, you will achieve your goals.

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Although it may seem daunting at first, it is pivotal to keep your mind constantly challenged to improve your personal standing in life.  Finding solace in comfort is a sure way to ensure that you fall short of achieving your personal endeavors.  Engaging in activities that provide rewarding experiences should be undertaken with furious conviction, and the amplification of your mindset through accomplishing these formidable tasks will resonate brightly in a way that was before thought impossible.

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To ensure you set the right avenue and make the correct decisions to put yourself in the best position to succeed, it is important to surround yourself with corresponding like-minded individuals.  The famous quote “misery loves company,” is extremely germane in this context, and the individuals who are not ready to pursue greater goals will err you to disassociate your mind from your undertakings.  By finding other studious and courageous colleagues and acquaintances, your network will expand and force you to irrefutably chase your wildest of aspirations.

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Excellence is within your grasp if you are willing to tackle the unconventional path that you truly believe in.  By metamorphosing into the quintessential gentleman that you envision, you will be more apt to perform the arduous task of being an individual in a harsh and unrelenting society.  The Minimalistic Gent is ecstatic to hear the process of your significant undertaking and can not wait to see your phenomenal achievements!

Life of a Gent: The Illustrious Hustler

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

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Alex “Axel” Dahl is a sedulous individual whom understands the necessity of constant amelioration in yourself to maximize your potential . A perplexing individual whom specializes in the knowledge of “street wear,” (articles of clothing and accessories that are released in limited quantity and have a high resale value) Alex is well-versed in the propriety of working hard.  An avid reseller and participant in the grandeur of street wear, Alex is known for his compelling, congenial disposition that is unforgettable at every outing.  Through bboying (break dancing), Alex displays his artistic creativeness and has seen much success in this area of his life. A true gentleman at heart, Alex is a master at the social arts which is demonstrative of his outgoing and heart-warming presence.

IMG_7166.JPGA true pioneer, Alex has faced many adversities that have imparted him with valuable experience.  Recently moving to Washington DC, Alex had to start life anew in a hard-pressed area that was significantly away from his friends and family.  With immense effort and a commitment to adapting, he was able to establish stability in this unfamiliar environment and proceeded his start into the street wear culture.  Giving up everything and starting anew is not something that is facile, and Alex endured the struggles to put him in the advantageous position that he is in now.

IMG_7167.JPGAlex is a true purveyor of Hip Hop culture which can be seen through his love of street wear and bboying.  Understanding the need to dress the part of the role you want to portray, Alex dresses in the casual yet distinguishable clothes that are well recognized for their exorbitant costs.  Looking the part is only the first step, and Alex understands the commitment that one has to make in order to excel at their craft.  An innovative artist who excels at bboying, Alex is not satisfied with performing dance moves that the masses are able to.  Instead, he exhibits his passion for being distinct and unforgettable which  are the key foundations of his dance style.  Furthermore, the ambitious nature that he received from dance competitions have fueled his personal life choices in order to live a successful lifestyle in an unconventional way.

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When asked about his definition of a gentleman, Alex exclaimed a need for respectfulness.  “A true gentleman has respect for another person and it shows on how they treat others.  It may take years of learning, but the most important thing a gentleman does is respect women,” Alex remarked.  A true purveyor of his definition, Alex shows the utmost respect when meeting new individuals which is paramount to understanding why others regard him so highly.  Being a memorable young gentleman, Alex also has a deep reverence for elderly individuals and offers them exceptional admiration which is a testament to his chivalrous nature.  A true gentleman at heart, Alex’s vivacious nature can be seen in his main advice for other gentleman, “Just don’t be a douche bag, and you’ll be fine.”

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The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Alex “Axel” Dahl as a true purveyor of the gentleman lifestyle.  By having a distinct, fun-loving attitude towards life, Alex exemplifies the respectful nature of an ever-growing gentleman.  His hard work ethic has led him to always see the grandeur of possibilities rather than insubstantial obstacles which is why we look forward to seeing his future successes!

 

Life of a Gent: The Breakthrough Contender

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

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Pursuing an unconventional path that is frowned upon by the masses is an exceptionally grueling endeavor that causes an individual to undergo feelings of being outcast by the majority.  The inimitable style of Ryan “Saga” Sagayaga proves that the eccentric goals of a true visionary can command phenomenal triumphs.  An idiosyncratic practitioner of freestyle soccer (a self-expressive art form utilizing a soccer ball to do monumental tricks), Ryan has had his own journey in self-awareness; finding fulfillment that has molded his life . A sharp dresser in his own right, Ryan’s eclectic style is definitely notable.  A devotion to acute presence belies his extremely benevolent character which is indefatigable in the face of adversity which is why he has become a relevant competitor in the quickly growing freestyle soccer scene.

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A conspicuous deviation from traditional soccer, freestyle soccer led to problematic disagreements with Ryan’s team mates and coaches.  Constant belittlement from the companions that shared his same passion for soccer was a frequentative event that forced Ryan to triumph in his passion and excel at it. “They didn’t understand the significance of what I was trying to do at the time,”  Ryan says when talking about the views his team and coach had on the art form he was trying to project.  In addition, Ryan’s constant battle on a day-to-day basis stemmed not only from the projections of other’s opinion, it also spanned within himself as Ryan battles with depression. “It’s a constant struggle on the daily to deal with my emotions,” he mentions when it comes to practice and staying motivated.  Despite all of these unreasonable obstacles, Ryan still excels as the only freestyle soccer artist in Hawaii.

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A stark contrast from the norm, Ryan’s style of dress is an amalgamation of various contemporary influences  such as tech wear, street wear, and athletic wear.  Confidence in your personal style is something Ryan definitely embodies, and he is able to comfortable put together a disarray of seemingly unrelated garments to construct the captivating wholesome ensembles that he proudly dons. A true fashionista with an inventiveness for creativity, Ryan is able to stand out as an unmistakable character that exudes confidence in anything he does.

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When it comes to his definition of a gentleman, Ryan articulates the importance of being unique and believing in your own inherent poised disposition.  The foundation of his philosophy is that “a gentleman knows himself and is confident in taking risks.” Being humble is a defining characteristic of a gentleman, and the pursuit of a divergent, successful lifestyle is an astounding phenomenon that society does not necessarily have to accept.  His definition resonates extremely well with what he himself had to go through; starting off as a freestyle soccer practitioner. Through his sponsor at Paradise Soccer Club, Ryan was introduced to the importance of “giving without expecting.” Empowering yourself with the understanding that acts of kindness should be done without expecting anything in return was a lesson that resonated with Ryan’s ideology of a gentleman.

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The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Ryan “Saga” Sagayaga as a true practitioner of the gentleman style.  By vanquishing his hardships and displaying an unbarring indefatigable motivation towards his pursuit, he has become the sole-proprieter of the freestyle soccer art form in Hawaii.  By demolishing all obstacles that have stood in his way, Ryan stood out amongst his colleagues and developed unique sense of style that continues to inspire others.  Innovators have the curse of being ridiculed for being different, but the unceasing passion Ryan exudes guarantees his future successes in freestyle soccer.

3 Random Acts That Will Exude The Gentleman Lifestyle!

The gentleman lifestyle is extremely desirable for a variety of people.  The aura of a dependable, enigmatic, and respectful individual can be a valuable persona that will enable you to easier meet new individuals.  In pursuit of this perception from others, there are small steps that you can take to become the noble gentleman you desire to be. These are the three random things you can do to take the first step towards gent status:

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1. Keep Your Car Clean

Both inside and out, keeping your car clean shows people your attention to detail and commitment to cleanliness.  Although they may not explicitly say it, others judge you on the upkeep of your daily driven vehicle.  Messiness is often viewed negatively in other’s minds which leads to a feeling of irresponsibility.  It definitely is a shallow way to look at things, which we do not support, but it is something that is meaningful especially when meeting new individuals.  A gentleman can be ostentatious and ferocious in life but also possess cleanliness that is impeccable.

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2. Offer Compliments

In today’s society, offering compliments can be seen as intrusive and littered with ulterior motives.  That should not be the case, and offering genuine commendations can help brighten up someone else’s day.  Do be careful to only offer true remarks that you stand behind because no one enjoys flattering remarks that have no substance behind them.  By giving false compliments, you will be known as the man who is inauthentic and sly which will push others to not believe in anything you say. Strive to compliment at least one person a day on something that you believe is deserving of it, and you will find that other’s outlook on your personality changes positively. Part of a gentleman’s legend is that he always knows how to make others feel great about themselves.

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3. Keep Commitments

Contemporary society is riddled with opportunities at every turn and a missed appointment is all too common these days.  It is all too common for others to make obligations and then quickly cancel once a better option opens up.  Don’t be known as the guy who you can never be trusted to keep commitments.  Instead, be known as the gent who’s word is his bond and can be trusted to be at his committed appointments on time. A gentleman keeps track of his schedule and puts his commitments on a pedestal that must be met.

Therefore, taking these small steps and pursuing the gentleman lifestyle will enable more opportunities to find their way towards you.  The road to becoming a gent may be a long one, but taking the first leap towards self improvement will be definitely worth it at the end.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and stay tuned for more daily blogs from the Minimalistic Gent!

Life of a Gent: The Determined Historian

LIFE OF A GENT

An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.

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There are certain conversations in life that resonate so strongly with our sense of purpose that we can’t forget.  Spending a fractional moment in time with Mike Martin was both invigorating and enlightening; leaving me with a feeling of familiarity that I did not expect.  It embodied the meeting of someone who understands and exhibits the attributes you both envision and strive to become.  Extreme work ethic and undeniable devotion to his craft is evident by the enthusiastic way Mike both carries himself and discusses topics related to his passion.  An undeniable expert at discussing days of old, he understands the artistic zeitgeist of those before us and implements them in a way that only a true historian can masterfully do.

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Mike Martin, who goes by the moniker “PopRockz,” is a contemporary artist who specializes in the field of dance.  A purveyor of many styles, Mike found his roots in “locking” (a funk style of dance created in 1969) which helped to mold the unique way that he adds a noteworthy flare on his everyday style of dress.  Going past the coveted title of dancer, he is a modern archivist of the roots and beginnings of various dance styles.  An expert at his craft, he is an avid traveler around the world; learning the history and movements from the founders of iconic dance styles.  A teacher in his own right, when asked about his obsession with attaining the utmost knowledge about the history of a dance style, he casually remarks, “I want to teach the right way.”  Without an understanding of the chronicles of these other dancers, you can’t provide a thorough and impactful class.  The passion for knowledge that he exudes is infectious, and I found myself determined to be relentless in understanding this remarkable man.

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Growing up in Whitmore Village, Wahiawa, Mike speaks as a man who is extremely well versed in understanding the complications that life can throw at you.  A stroll through his hometown provided a microscopic view of the struggles he has conquered.  “They used to find bodies in those pineapple fields” Mike solemnly uttered while driving thru the rural areas of Whitmore Village.  The dilapidated houses were plentiful showing the deterioration and age of the slums from which Mike has had his humble beginnings.  In addition to his rough origins, being deployed while serving his country in the United States Air Force showed a side of humanity that he believes none should see.  These copious challenges would shock any, but Mike is never seen without a trademark smile on his face.  A pronounced virtuoso at vanquishing negativity, he has an exceptional knack for employing a positive warmth that changes the atmosphere of anywhere he travels.

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When asked for his definition of a gentleman, Mike elegantly answered in the suave manner that can only be seen in a true practitioner of the gentleman lifestyle.  “A gentleman is classy and respectful.  He just looks good man!” says Mike.  Further than this notion though, the concept of “commanding presence” is what Mike truly advocates as the crucial aspect that defines a true gent.  Both desirable and breathtaking, a gentleman can enter a room and become the center of attention; yet he doesn’t acknowledge or revel in it.  To explain Mike says, “A gentleman looks the part and is extremely chivalrous; but not just for romantic interests.  He has a deep respect for people, and shows it in a way that is subtle.  Matter of fact, a gentleman leaves an impression once he walks in and even allows strangers to have their own sense of empowerment in themselves. A gentleman is sexy!” Mastery of the hallmark signs of a gentleman is clearly evident in the way Mike confidently describes a gent.

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The Minimalistic Gent recognizes Mike “PopRockz” Martin is a remarkable individual that fully embodies the attributes of a modern gentleman.  Despite grappling with his rough circumstances and becoming the intellectual and hard working man that he is today, Mike is an inspiring testament to the willpower of determined individuals.  The ambiance that he sets within a room is extensive, and his work ethic is an undeniable insight on the staggering determination he has to accomplish goals.  Without a doubt, he is a leader that will remarkably inspire a whole generation of dancers, and his thirst for knowledge leaves him in an outstanding position to leave an unforgettable impact on any he meets!