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Heading Out On Your Own: 31 Basic Life Skills in 31 Days [Kindle Edition]

Brett H. McKay , Kate R. McKay
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You've finally left the comforts of mom and dad's nest to strike out on your own… but you have no clue how to do your own laundry. Or cook. Or manage your finances. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Don't worry. We've got you covered.

The Art of Manliness' Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Basic Life Skills in 31 Days is a primer on becoming a well-adjusted, self-reliant adult. In it you'll find the basic life skills you need to survive and thrive on your own. In 31 days, you'll learn skills like how to:

Do Laundry - Ace a Job Interview - Create a Budget - Make Small Talk- Rent Your First Apartment - Shop for Groceries - Live With Roommates - Maintain Your Car - Cook - Iron a Dress Shirt - And Much More!


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About the Author

Brett and Kate McKay are the founders and owners of The Art of Manliness (artofmanliness.com), the largest independent men’s lifestyle site on the web. As of this publishing (2013), the Art of Manliness receives over 14 million page views a month and has over 170,000 daily subscribers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9729 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989190390
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Semper Virilis Publishing; 1 edition (August 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8YFRSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like getting advice from a wise relative February 28, 2014
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The Art of Manliness is actually a website that is full of great information. They also have a facebook page and will let you know when new articles are posted. I believe it was last year that 31 Basic Life Skills was posted. The great thing about it, for me as a parent, was that as they posted, it made me think of things that we might need to talk about before our son left for college next year. Now that time is months away, and being able to send this book with him is one more way to show my support to him as he transitions from boy to man. Many of these things may have been taught in the home, when a young man is really out on his own, the details that he may have forgotten may be important. This book is practical, but also gives a sense of the "arm around the shoulder" that may be comforting to a young man trying to make his way in the world for the first time. I cannot overstate how great I think these lessons are, and I wish the Art of Manliness website would publish more of their articles in book form.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read but not entirely there. July 19, 2014
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Being a fan of artofmanliness.com, their books, and just starting out on my own, I found this book to be easy to read and enlightning. It's set out for the 31 days and gives out neat advice, particularly how to gain credit, ways of cooking with little material, and advice on networking, along with simple guides for tying a tie, making a bed, and changing a toilet's "guts". All of this is provided in a neat, blue cover and I'd recommended it to newcomers.

My gripe with it is that, for some of its subjects, the book provides links to artofmanliness.com articles. I don't discredit these articles' accuracy and helpfulness, they are good, but are not guaranteed to hold up years from now. It felt like promotion for the site and a cheap way to shorten pages instead of providing physical content that can be read years from now. Also, more could've been provided for simple subjects; more ways to tie a tie.

It's a small negative in the series, as the first two artofmanliness books were self-contained creations, but still one I would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Awesome Gift February 28, 2014
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All of the information Brett and Kate have included in this book is valuable for anyone who is leaving home and heading out into the world. It is what I am giving as graduation gifts this year. It will be awesome to give to anyone leaving on a mission, going off to college, or even getting married.
Once again the McKays have put together an awesome book which definately deserves a place on the shelf next to their others!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! May 27, 2014
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I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could. Overall, the book works as a primer on various skills like cooking or fixing a flat tire. My only gripe is the fact that the book sometimes points to URLs that link to the actual Art of Manliness website, where a short elaboration in the book would've sufficed. With that said, I wouldn't mind going on to the AoM website but perhaps not everyone has Internet access.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for someoneleaving home June 26, 2014
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Bought this book for my son who is going off to college. Lots of good information for someone on there own for the first time and even someone who has been on his own for years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This started out as a series of articles on the website art of manliness dot com. They were expanded and organized into this very competent advice journal.

I enjoy the quality of the articles on the website, and I was surprised to find that a sizable portion of their readers are women. Maybe they are looking for Manly Men!!

Solid advice, fine for your daughters. Highly Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the blog January 2, 2015
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This book was overly simple. I suppose it could be of benefit to some people, but it just seemed dry and useless to me.

You can learn much more from the Art of Manliness blog itself.

I would not recommend this book except as a novelty gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad with the book itself March 17, 2015
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I'm glad with the book itself. But with the delivering... I just found the package laying down on my aparment's stairs, at the hands of anyone who could just take it for themselves... b***h please, it's only a 3 floor building, the delivery person could just throw the book a bit more nearly my door at least!

Whatever, I'm THANKFUL for the book, I'm starting with the "Mind" Skills (self-reliance, socialization, week planning, etc) rather than the "Hand" Skills (laundry, grocery shopping, trouser ironing, etc) since I'm as the elder son I'm kind of adquainted with the rudiments of that stuff, but I know that "helping with laundry" it's not "doing all the laundry" so I guess I'll take benefit for reading those chapters too eventually.

Something really good I found also it's the recommended material. The videos and the lectures mentioned in the chapters along with the ease of finding them on the web. And about the book's format, I find it quite agreeable. If this book is not on your pack, you will notice it. But it's size would not be a problem while packing it. The aesthetics from the book cover and the chapters' front are really reminiscent to the AoM universe.

Also the biggest good this particular book provides it's the LEGACY FACTOR. Things running like their running now in my life, I'll be heading out on my own between about 6 months and 1 year and half at most. Then I still may keep the book for the first 5 o 10 years, or even more, why not. But then there will be this little cousin, or nephew, or some friend's son, if now my own, reaching my current age and with the same worries about leaving the nest... and I will gladly pass on all the practical knowledge I still getting now with this fine guidebook you wrote.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great course in the basics of living as an independent ...
Great course in the basics of living as an independent and responsible adult. Easy to read and the short presentation of the material enables readers to actually implement the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kathryn Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book for my son!! He's thankful to have gotten it.
Published 16 days ago by M K Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough good stuff about Brett McKay
Can't say enough good stuff about Brett McKay, his wife Kate, and their writing and other work. This book is full of great tips, from thought provoking items like how to live with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good material
Published 2 months ago by bovista1
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every young (or old) man!
Wonderful series for young men heading out into the world. Witty, good advice.
Published 3 months ago by Rosalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read and Reference
Great book for the man without a father present in his life. It's very informative and to the point as well as instructional pictures and illustrations which help along the way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by fulton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This was a well written and enjoyable book. Great for young men getting started in life on their own and probably good for those that think they know so many of the topics already,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John R. Degrood
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good starting point with basic knowledge that will be needed...
A very good starting point with basic knowledge that will be needed when a young male or female moves out on their own. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christian Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars but I know it will be awesome as everything Brett and the Art of...
Have not read yet, but I know it will be awesome as everything Brett and the Art of Manliness crew does is awesome and manly.
Published 6 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Personable and easy to read style. Using current themes and real life examples in easy to digest daily teachings.
Published 8 months ago by roc38
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Brett McKay is a man. Kate McKay loves manly men. Together this husband and wife team reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and run the ArtofManliness.com, the manliest website on the Internet.

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