Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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This post has been rattling around my head for awhile and its one I have wanted to share as it gives ye readers an insight into my life rules, a Man code some may say. While there are numerous “Bro codes”, I don’t view mine as an extension of that train of thought. These are more like my life principles, a lifestyle choice of how I act and think, my set of values in a world where values have all but gone down the toilet. So without further ado, I present my 50 rules to being a better man.

1. Think fast, talk slow.

2. It is very hard to get a second chance at a first impression.

3. Use what you have to get what you need

4. You don’t get out of life what you want, you get out of life what you earn.

5. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

6. Give honest and sincere appreciation.

7. Become genuinely interested in other people.

8. Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

9. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.

10. Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say “You’re Wrong.”

11. If you’re wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.

12. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.

13. Throw down a challenge.

14. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.

15. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.

16. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature

 17. If a street performer makes you stop, you owe him money

18. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

19. It’s never to late for an apology

20. Look people in the eye when you thank them

21. Know how to cook one good meal

22. You are what you do, not what you say

23. You miss every shot you don’t take, so take some chances

24. A man fights to protect themselves or their loved ones, a boy fights for their ego or emotions.

25. Never shit where you eat; don’t hook up with work colleagues, your friend’s sister or your housemate…

26. You should never be bored. There are too many books you have not read to be bored, there are too many countries you have yet     to see to be bored, there are too many women you have never met to be bored.

27. It’s Better to Beg for Forgiveness than to Ask for Permission

28. Never promise to love, sue or punch someone unless you truly mean it.

29. Anybody can fake an orgasm but nobody can fake an erection. Never try.

30. “Seduction is not about persuading someone to do what they do not want to do. Seduction is about giving someone the excuse to do what they want to do.” Jaan Larner.

31. Respect all single parents. No matter what they look like or sound like or where they come from. Because every single parent in the world is the parent who stayed.

32. You were born alone. You will die alone. But that doesn’t mean you should have lots of sex alone.

33. Try to avoid using the great get-out clauses. For men: “Drink made me do it.” For women: “Love made me do it.”

34. Never put anything in a tweet, text, “direct message” or e-mail that you would not write in the sky 50-feet high.

35. Placing your mobile phone on a dining table is as rude as placing your penis on a dining table.

36. You will sleep better if you use your bed for just three things – sex, reading and sleep.

37.Never forget that we live in a world in which it is easier to get out of a marriage than a mobile-phone contract.

38. A punch should start its life in the soles of your feet, not your arm. If you HAVE to fight punch first and punch hard.

39. Fight fair; kick ass or get your ass kicked but it ends there, Issue over. (If it is a fight for your life, all rules are out the window.)

40. If a woman’s taken, she’s off limits. No exceptions

41. Be honest about your motives with women, your integrity and character are on the line. It’ll will save the both of ye a lot of  trouble and pain. To keep it simple, leave em better than you found them.

42. It’s better to be overdressed than under-dressed.

43. Never say anything negative about another man to a woman

44, Never sabotage single friends. Also being a good wingman and occupying the woman’s cockblocking friend is your duty.

45. Never utter the three words; I and Love and You if you have had more than three drinks (girlfriend or wife excluded)

46. Before dating/hooking up with a buddy’s ex you are required to ask his permission. If he grants it, he is however allowed to say, “man, your gonna love the way she……”

47. Only in a situation of mortal danger or ass peril are you permitted to kick another member of the male species in the testicles.

48. Always smile when you enter a room.

49. Make time for the less fortunate- Volunteer, donate blood, whatever you wish to do but do it because you never know when you may need the kindness of strangers.

50. Find a spirit you like that doesn’t come in a shot glass. If you you have the option, always have a home bar…and know how to make one decent cocktail, your lady friends will thank you when they call over.

 

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