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Todd TJ Totland,
the Gentlemen’s Manual

The Gentlemen’s Manual is a website dedicated to helping men improve their lives.  Over time, men tend to focus mostly on providing for their family and career, and forget to take proper care of themselves. This website is dedicated to helping you focus on you.

It is not an image or style of clothing but the character of a man that creates a true gentlemen.  The Gentlemen’s Manual will develop this character and in doing so will create a better you.

Our core topics will cover

  • Lifestyle
  • Health
  • Style
  • Money

We will post several new articles a month about our core topics and link to other websites valuable information to help you on your journey.

Lifestyle improvements will be focused on having you spend more time on all the things you enjoy. I enjoy spending time reading, drinking scotch, and living a minimalist lifestyle. The fewer things I have in my life, the more energy I can spend on things that matter. Minimalism is a big part of my life and I hope you find benefits in it too.

Improving your style will have a great benefit in improving your confidence and will improve all other areas of your life. You will be perceived as more professional and your career will flourish. There are many different styles and you need to know your lifestyle before you start dressing properly. For example, if you are a preppy, business professional, or a craftsman, you will likely have different ideas on how to dress to your personality. I will guide you to your style and teach you the basic rules to be successful in it.

If you are not healthy, nothing else matters. I will teach you to eat better, how to exercise for maximum benefits (in the shortest amount of time), and talk about several sports I am very passionate about (mainly golf). In January 2018, I weighed 200 pounds and officially obese. After 4 months of Intermittent Fasting, eating well, and lifting weights, I lost 40 points in 4 months and never gained it back. If I can do it, you can too, and I will show you how!

Lastly is Money.  I have been very successful in personal finance because I follow the basic rules of money. I have read countless books and can show you what all the greatest financial experts teach us about how ti improve our financial status in life. Being a minimalist makes money management much easier because you learn how to be happy without spending money on junk. I can teach you all the basic principles of living a more minimalist lifestyle and how to invest the difference in improving your life. We will also talk about career and how to best invest in your ability to earn more money with education.

My personal style is classical preppy and hipster (prepster)) and I will focus mostly on that style but will cover other men’s fashion foundation looks.  I truly believe that a gentleman always dresses well but this does not require suits and ties.  I live a very casual (beach) lifestyle and suits are not appropriate for my life.

Happiness is created from our lifestyle and depends on love to make it grow.  That love comes from our family and relationships we have with all the people in our lives.  Spirituality is also key to happiness and even through it is not a core topic will be included in these sections.  Men have a different approach to this and you can see it in my articles.

Gentleman are the knights of our time and we will live everyday in defense of our values and character.  Feel free to comment on any item and let me know your thoughts.

Todd “TJ” Totland
The Gentlemen’s Manual