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Men’s Etiquette: Our 5 Pillars

by admin, April 12, 2019

Modern Man Advice exists to add a little grain of sand to the awesome and valuable information out there. It also exists to add value with the goal to offer a resource and guidelines to past, present, and future generations of men. Our purpose is simple: Raise the modern man standard. With this goal in mind, we have written various articles that can provide a new perspective and fresh air on what men’s etiquette is in modern society. We want to break norms, push boundaries, challenge men with one single purpose: Men’s true role and image in modern society.

Now, we want you to take a moment and commit to this before continuing on reading: Will you be an advocate for these 5 pillars? The reason why we ask that is simple: We don’t want to waste your time. If being the best version of yourself, reaching success, and living a fulfilled in life is not something you are passionate about and deeply believe in then it is best you close this window. Any true change and growth is born and grows from within. Modern Man Advice merely acts as a knowledge resource for those looking to raise the bar.

The 5 pillars we are about to discuss are highly dependent on each other. The order of these 5 pillars has a purpose as the next one cannot exist without mastering the previous one first.


Confidence. Confidence. Confidence. No one will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. More importantly, no one should be a bigger fan of you than yourself. However, confidence starts with self-love. Self-love is so important in building those 5 pillars that will shape you into a modern distinguished gentleman. Confidence and self-love are intricately interconnected. Not quite the same but also not far from being the H 2 the O. See what we did there? Clever, right? If it went over your heads, that’s okay. But what do we mean by how confidence and self-love are intricately interconnected?

Self-love triggers confidence. And there is no true confidence with self-love. If you want to take a deep dive into confidence then please feel free to read our article here. Self-love starts in first recognizing and then accepting both our strengths and weaknesses. It also means that we need to embrace both our imperfections and individualities. It then becomes a driving factor in challenging ourselves to grow where is where confidence takes over. With confidence comes our ability to push our boundaries which is the only road to growth.

This both entails a specific mindset. And if you have read about the one driving factor behind the success: It is a mindset.


This entitles respect towards yourself and others. It should be equally applied to who you are as a man and everything else around you. The ladder entails other’s perspective, preferences, thoughts, lifestyles, etc, as well as other living beings. Respect must be applied it outwards as much as inwards for it to hold weight. Unfortunately, this is one of the less noticeable and overlooked characteristics of men’s etiquette but nevertheless one of the most important.

men's-etiquetteLet’s start with self-respect. Respect who you are, trust your intuition and worth. This means being able to gracefully give yourself a leveled place in any situation. Both at a social or individual level. Truly believe in what you deserve which ultimately depends on confidence and therefore self-love. Which is why we listed confidence first. Again, the order of these pillars has a purpose. It is important to notate, that respect does not mean you must place yourself on a pedestal and higher than everybody else.

It also does not mean that you necessarily come first. Respect is completely a two-way street. And with that in mind, respect towards others equip you with a conscious understanding of what respect means. More importantly, it adds value to the respect you get back from others. And just as confidence, why would somebody respect you if you don’t respect them back? And likewise, why would somebody respect you if you don’t respect yourself first.


There is something very elegant, eloquent and timeless about a man that can place himself at a high standard. Dignity transpires when a man can effectively know his worth and can push his inner boundaries of what he deserves. And like respect, it has a symbiotic social effect. But unlike respect, dignity (as well as gracefulness below) is quite noticeable. It is a mental state consisted of various elements both mentioned and not mentioned above. These are:

– A sense of being worthy of respect, honor, love, and good things in general
– An in-depth feeling of pride in oneself
– Body language that proposes earnestness and self-control

Surprisingly the use of the term dignity has been in decline since the 1800s. We believe this is just simply unacceptable and unfortunate. Everyone, not just us men, should carry themselves with a deep sense of dignity. As for men, the decline in dignity is so noticeable that we must bring it back to its good ol’ days. Dignity entails your ability to carry yourself in a way that transpires and indirectly calls for respect. It is also an ability to listen and be constructive in your judgment.


Luckily for you, we have extensively covered this topic and you can read about it in more detail here. In summary, abundance, as it pertains to a pillar for men’s etiquette, is a mindset. Often mistaken for quality instead of quantity. Meaning, abundance is not a large quantity of something but rather a life full of quality. In this sense, it is important that we as men not only have a life of our own full of dreams, passions, hobbies, adventures, friendship, love, etc but that we translate that into a constant mindset.

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As discussed in our The Abundance Mindset article, abundance occurs from living an abundant life. Effectively, letting life happen from you and not letting life happen to you. Notice we emphasize “from” and “to” in that sentence. The reason is that it is a mindset that triggers a lifestyle aligned with your values, passions, interests, skills, etc. Again, if you would like to read more on this specific pillar, feel free to read it here.


men's-etiquetteOh, what a man would be with a little cherry on top called gracefulness? Every one of these 5 pillars is as equally an important as the next. But there is something about gracefulness that seems to hover each of them like a guarding angel. This is naturally more apparent in women as it is in nature for their existence to hover over the earth. They are after all mothers and there is something very powerful in that. But without getting off track, gracefulness can be equally applied to men. Especially, as it encompasses and unifies all the 5 pillars together.

Gracefulness not only unifies all pillars together but empowers them even further. But the beauty of it lies in the subtleties where it transpires out of. And in this sense, a graceful man can always carry himself with confidence, respect, dignity, and abundance without missing a beat.

Men’s etiquette: Our 5 Pillars

With that, we have presented our 5 pillars for men’s etiquette. Please let us know in the comments sections your thoughts and opinions. What are your 5 pillars of men’s etiquette? What differentiates a man from a distinguished gentleman.


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Bolaji Apr 16, 2019 at 1:46 am

This is a very nice blog for men. I’m particularly fascinated with the way you convey the 5 pillar etiquette advice to men because so many guys are just growing up in the world today with good role models in their lives hence many end up in relationships they cannot manage. This is simply because majority of guys have not been taught these vital principles of life. I think you have done a good job creating a space for men to learn core values.  

    Modern Man Advice Apr 17, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Hi Bolaji

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read our article and share your opinion.


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Kohl Apr 16, 2019 at 1:46 am

I agree so much with your viewpoint on confidence! How can you expect people to truly believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself! Of course, there is a line with this as most people don’t want a super cocky person around them who thinks they are everything. However, having the right amount of confidence while proving what you can do is key in my opinion!

    Modern Man Advice Apr 17, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Hi Kohl

    Absolutely! And we do make a point to note that over-confidence can lead to arrogance in our The Importance of Self-Confidence article. 

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our article!


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Selenity Jade Apr 16, 2019 at 1:46 am

Full disclosure, I’m a woman. 🙂 Still I was curious, so I read this. It’s quite interesting in that i haven’t seen advice quite like this. Very unique. Confidence is often mentioned and respect, of course, definitely nothing new there. But gracefulness. Hmm. You definitely gave me something to think about. Thanks for the informative read! 

    Modern Man Advice Apr 17, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Hi Selenity

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your opinion. And thanks for letting us know your gender = P, without you we wouldn’t be here. Yes, gracefulness is that frosting to the cake. It makes or brakes the cake. More importantly, it unifies all of the other 4 pillars together and makes them cohesive. 


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