Posts by Matthew Branch

What You Really Need To Know About The Kaepernick Situation

Only in a country overly lauded for pride in its freedoms can a young man make a peaceful statement about an undebatable injustice during a sports game and be condemned by millions. Here are the simple facts. Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers, has been sitting out the national anthem during games. A picture of…

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Donald Trump: The Degradation of Integrity In America 

Donald Trump finger point

Just to summarize, a significant portion of the American population is now enthusiastically in support of a man who: Openly bullies and mocks women and the disabled Makes blatantly racist and sexist remarks Threatens entire populations of people based on their race, religion, and nationality Demeans or insults anyone who disagrees with him Admires violence…

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Financial Illiteracy, Or, The Ridiculousness of Student Loan Debt

The following is an excerpt from a forthcoming book by YMN Co-Founder, Matthew Branch. The Dark Side of the Diploma explores the disillusionment of American youth who pursue a college degree with high expectations and big dreams, only to leave with the lingering question: “What now?”  To follow the project’s progress, go to his personal…

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The YMN Code Expanded – Compassion For Others

Giving To Homeless Person

This is the first in a series of posts where we’ll take on the YMN Code piece-by-piece, expanding upon each statement and explaining it’s importance to living a life you can be proud of. 1. Start with compassion for any person you meet. 99 times out of 100, they’re doing the best they can. A lack of…

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Five Steps to Mature Manhood – A 28 Year Old’s Perspective

Being grown-up and acting like a grown-up are two very different things. As you begin to mature into an adult, you start to feel like you’ve figured everything out, whether you actually have or not. It isn’t easy to be a mature man. Take it from a guy who is still trying to fully figure it out. But I’ve experienced quite a bit on my journey to adulthood. Along the way I’ve picked up some insight into what separates a mature man from just a grown-up boy. Here are some tips on how to be a mature man…

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“Men Are Just Like Drugs” and Other Terrible Comparisons To Not Listen To

In today’s media-saturated world, everyone must keep a sharp eye on the messages being fed to them. Sorting out the negative messages from the positive messages is an active and ongoing endeavor. For guys, the negative messages floating around are sometimes hard to spot, and even more difficult to interpret. Putting men down as a group has become commonplace and acceptable. When clumped together as a single entity, men are often presented as violent, clumsy, uneducated fools with only one thing on their minds. Strangely enough, the undermining of men is often done in the name of empowering women. Take, for example, the post from the women column of online magazine Elite Daily, “Why Men Are Exactly Like Drugs.”

The author of this article lists twenty-six comparisons between men and drugs. With inspired insight such as: 

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The Art of Honorable Discourse

Every act of communication we have works to either build or tear down a relationship. It takes little time to make an impression and serious commitment to maintain a positive one. You have the power to choose the impressions you leave on others. Civil discourse and friendly conversation help to positively shape our identities. Similarly, crass language and lackluster communication sticks to our reputation like old gum. Our words often carry more power than we ascribe them. 

As you grow older, you will come to realize that you are responsible for other people’s opinions of you. Keeping an eye on how you converse with others will help you protect your reputation, develop your shortcomings, and own your words. Despite your best efforts, you don’t always say exactly what you mean. Nobody does. Luckily, there are tricks to help us keep our values aligned with the words we allow to escape our mouths…

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