First things first, even from the title its clear some of these are a little chauvinistic - so apologies in advanced.
Years ago I come across a huge list of “manly” life rules that everyone should pass on to their sons (sorry I forgot the exact source of the list). So I made note of the ones I found particularly true and dumped them into my archive. After doing some spring cleaning last week I just come across them and decided to dump them here as food for thought.
- When you give your word, keep it.
- Never take her to the movies on the first date.
- Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.
- Never leave a beer unfinished.
- If you aren’t confident, fake it. It will come around.
- You can tell the size of a man by the size of things that bother him.
- Always stand to shake someone’s hand and give a firm handshake.
- Go for women out of your league. You may end up surprised.
- Manliness is not only being able to take care of yourself, but others as well.
- Go with the decision that will make for a good story.
- Nice guys don’t finish last, boring guys do.
- Don’t let the little head do the thinking for the big head.
- No matter who they are, everyone deserves respect. Or simply put “treat others the way you would like to be treated”
- The most important thing you can learn is personal responsibility.
- Bad things happen; it’s your job to overcome them.
- You do what needs to be done without complaining.
- Never stop learning.
- Don’t change yourself just to make someone happy.
- If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
- Luck favours the prepared.
- Women find confidence sexy as hell.
- No one is on their deathbed wishing they spent more time at work
Seeing as I have a daughter as well, I should follow up and make a modified version of this list for some life lessons particularly suited to her. Having been a “less than perfect” teenage boy, I think I have some insights to explain why we act the way we do at times.