I've learned to relax and enjoy the task at hand. Shaving provides an escape for me mentally, and undoubtedly, I'll come up with significant business ideas while relaxing. It is such a strange process, I let the mind go and think about the shave, and BAM, something rises to the surface. I love this.
Shaving has taught me how to appreciate different fragrances and that the most expensive item doesn't mean that it's the best. Also, I have a tremendous appreciation for those who follow their passion and become artisanpreneurs as a result. Yes, I just made that up because the Artisans I've dealt with on B&B seem to have a love of the product and people first and money is made as a result of that. Most entrepreneurs I know love the money first and everything else second.
Other notable factors for me, I have learned that aftershave doesn't have to burn, that an alum block rub followed by witch hazel rinse is heavenly, and that cologne is for me to enjoy, not for the people around me.
Finally, I have learned about this forum. I feel at home here and, irrespective of economic or intellectual status, we are all equals. The concept of acting like a gentlemen has bled over from my activities on the forum to my personal/professional life and I am happier as a result. In my business, I have control and sometimes, do not show the proper respect to people around me. B&B has taught me patience and respect for other ideas which leads me to the concept that made this behavioral shift for me completely possible:
I have learned that as a man I too can look after my skin (without the mrs making fun!)
Wet shaving has taught me many things including taking time to relax and enjoy something that was a chore but i think most importantly it reminds me that this hobby is more than just blades, creams and razors. I have talked four friends into joining the ranks. We now talk about shaving and related equipment during down time at work and it has nothing to do with the tools and everything to do with the friends.
I've learned a lot on this journey so far. Some of it is profound but the biggest lesson was also my first. I quickly learned that modern is not always better. When you decide to use a modern product, sometimes you sacrifice quality and enjoyment. Progress is not always what it seems to be.
Member of the illustrious Order of Pinaud and battle hardened Boar Army.
Patience. Someone told me that fishing would increase your patience. It didn't work nearly as well as traditional shaving.
"Fortes fortuna adiuvat"
As for what I learned...quite a lot but mostly the big thing was to slow down and take time to enjoy a simple little pleasure. And that is how I now view it whereas before I viewed it as a chore and avoided it as much as possible.
It taught me to take my time and to relax. I get to spend less money per a shave and I get to do it how my grandpaws and greatgrandpaws did.
I'm a ole Minister who loves the Ole South. I am an Arko Acolyte.
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I have learned that sometimes the old way of doing things was the best way.
That cheaper blades do NOT mean they are cheaply made.
And it has taught me to further embrace the manly arts which have been taken away from us in favor of 'Metro-sexuality'.
Nothing wrong with being an 'Old-School' man again.
Last edited by Dennis324; 06-11-2012 at 08:44 AM.