About - Wisdom of Man
I don’t do the standard guy-blog stuff like talk about expensive watches, designer clothes, or six weeks to a killer six pack. I try to talk about the things that I wish blogs would talk about more often: living a life with intention, making human connections, slowing down, being self-aware, and books. Oh yes, the magical power of books to nourish us, and even transform us.
Wisdom of Man, inspiration for men, how to be a better man
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Wisdom of Man is about living a life that stands the test of time.


I dig into the great ideas of the past and sort through the noise of today so that you can find purpose, meaning, and happiness. I want you to connect to your true potential by the identifying with the stories, moments, and ideas that can teach you about life, creativity, and excellence.


Wisdom of Man was created in 2016 after I had been burned too many times by blog promises that turned out to be paper-thin and always ended with a sales pitch. Those posts never spoke to me, only my insecurities. You know what I’m talking about, post like:


Six Steps to a Shredded Six PackHow to Write More in Less TimeOwn the Room: How to Make Everyone Love You


There is wisdom that matters more.


There is a genius within us all. And I’m not talking about the Einstein-Mozart-DaVinici type with a transcendent brain. I’m going back to the ancient Roman understanding of genius when they thought it was something we all had; it was the guiding spirit that visited a person and helped them give birth to things, to create, to produce. These spirits were somewhere in between gods and humans and were thought to accompany each person through life as a protector, especially of their moral character.


It’s time you discover yours.


“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”

— Socrates


My name is Brian Sztabnik and I am an English teacher and basketball coach in New York. I deliver ideas on a better life so you can create, produce, and bring the best of you into being. I share the wisdom that matters so that you can find the genius that is waiting to be unearthed and explored so that you can have a richer, more meaningful existence.


By day I use the great ideas of literature to help students form and understanding of who they are and what they can become. At night, I am the father to two boys and a husband.


If you look around, you’ll find my work on Edutopia, Teaching Channel, BuzzFeed, and other outlets. His podcast, Talks with Teachers, has frequently been a No. 1 K-12 show on iTunes. You can find all my top posts in one place, right here.


I have inspired hundreds of students to lead their best life possible, chase their dreams, and become maturing adults of character and wisdom. Now, you too can learn how to maximize your time and talents to live a life that stands the test of time and be a person of impact.