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MCR 027: The Bucket-List Tournament

by Jesse Lahey on May 11, 2012


Older man skydiving.Nerdy insults. The Avengers gets released. Making items on your bucket-list duke it out. Ten tools to use before you die.

Geeky Insults You Can Use Almost Anywhere

There are times when we just want to give someone a piece of our mind without suffering the consequence of a beat-down. Thankfully, Wired has compiled a list of their favorite geeky insults. Jesse and J. J. take some time to toss back and forth a few memorable quips from film, TV, literature, and more.

The Avengers

The long wait til the release of The Avengers is finally over! The guys thought the movie was fantastic and were talking about it long after their already lengthy discussion. Check out their review of The Avengers.
For even more, don’t forget their reviews of The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Bucket-List Smack-Down

Jesse and J. J. talk about accomplishing items on your “bucket-list” as a way leaving behind your legacy. But how do you figure out which ones are important to your happiness and which ones are merely filler? Kevin W. McCarthy’s The On-Purpose Person: Making Sense of Your Life suggests pitting your goals head-to-head in a battle of priority.

While we all grow up having big dreams, not all of them come true. Average Joe: God’s Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men by Troy Meeder suggests that being an “Average Joe” is something to be commended in this day and age.

Andy Perkins (@liberiandy) has a great message about “Live Your Legacy” now. After a lifetime of achievement, a serious health crisis made him realize that he still wasn’t living his legacy. He is living it now, through a Liberia ministry he founded and leads called BESTWA.

10 Tools You Must Use Before You Die

Whether it’s a woodworking lathe, robotic gutter cleaner, torch, or good ol’ fashioned chainsaw, there are some pretty awesome tools out there. Popular Mechanics has put together a list of 10 Tools You Must Use Before You Die.


MCR-025: I Can’t Stop Working (Part 1)

by Jesse Lahey on April 26, 2012


Overworked ManTop 10 things I’d do if I became an evil overlord. What went right & wrong during the half-marathon. I Can’t Stop Working: 4 Ways to Manage How Much You Work (Part 1). Man Toy: CRKT Multi-Tool.

Top 10 Things I’d Do If I Became an Evil Overlord

Keep these in mind if you ever find yourself as the bad guy in a James Bond flick.

What Went Right & Wrong During the Half-Marathon

J.J. and Jesse and four other buddies completed the Glass City Marathon’s half-marathon event. J.J. led our team and beat his personal record by about 15 minutes — on our show, he shares his secret. Jesse ran one of his worst races ever, and he shares what he did wrong that made the race harder and less enjoyable.

I Can’t Stop Working: 4 Ways to Manage How Much You Work (Part 1)

Jesse shares a brief audio clip from The Successful Life Mindset podcast episode 030, “Living in the Now,” when hosts Cliff Ravenscraft and Tracy Yost talked about their personal struggles to keep their working hours in check relative to their other priorities. It’s an issue Jesse has also struggled with throughout his career.

Based on what’s been helpful to him, Jesse shares four suggestions to manage how much you work.

  1. Understand the importance of your other priorities. Michael Hyatt does a great job discussing the why and how of managing your priorities in his podcast This Is Your Life episode 009, “Is Work-Life Balance Really Possible?” In his book When Work and Family Collide, Andy Stanley says that for anyone who has spouse and kids, family “is your only unique responsibility. On the marketplace side of the equation, you’re expendable. Even if you own your own company, you’re expendable. You know that.”
  2. Have a designated time and place for work.  A great resource to help you set boundaries for your work is Dr. Henry Cloud’s book, The One-Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success.

Don’t miss next week’s episode, as we discuss suggestions #3 and #4:

  1. Understand what’s behind your drive to work so much.
  2. Make the most of the time you do spend working.

CRKT Multi-ToolMan Toy: CRKT Multi-Tool

As featured in the May issue of Popular Mechanics, the CRKT Multi-Tool 9200 ($50 retail, but currently only $31 on Amazon) includes a utility knife and other blades, saw, wrench, wire stripper, spring-loaded screwdrivers, and bottle opener. It fits comfortably in your pocket, includes a belt clip, and has an ergonomic handle.


Our Take On The CycleOps Indoor Bike Trainer

Feb 2, 2012

The CycleOps indoor bike trainer provides a better experience than a stationary exercise bicyle, for a fraction of the cost. This device lets you bring your road bike indoors for the winter months. On episode 13 of Man Cave Radio, Jesse welcomes Steve Hanley back to the Man Cave so both guys can give their […]

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