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5 Life Hacks for the Modern Gentleman

As the title suggests, this one's aimed mainly at the male members of the family. As for the ladies, don't worry yours will come later. So what traits do you need to be a gentleman today to be sophisticated as well as dependable? Someone who gets all the details right from dressing well to bigger picture traits like acting correctly and fairly at all times. This article combines a list of low effort tips areas of knowledge that you can brush up on and simple behaviours you can tweak. And for all of them, a relatively small amount of effort will help you reap huge rewards and be a true modern gentleman.


1. Know How to Dress For Every Occasion

Dressing well will help you with your first impression and make you stand out from the crowd. First. know how formal or informal to go for each occasion. If it's a smart casual event, of course, you don't want to turn up in jeans and a t-shirt but a three-piece suit will also make you stand out in the wrong way like a sore thumb. Second, know how to match colours. Take some time to study what colour shoes and belt match your suit or your smart dress shirt.


2. Be Able To Do Basic Car Repairs

It might be a bit of a male stereotype that men should know their way around a car but it definitely is a practical one. Have a few basics down like knowing how to change a tire or do an oil change and know your way around the engine, it'll get you out of some tricky situations and save on your bills at the mechanic.


3. Know How to Ask Someone Out On a Date and How to Accept a No

A lot of guys aren't that good at this either; they come across as too nervous or too pushy, they make the mistake of confusing a date with a friendly meet up or perhaps they've listened to too many pickup artists and end up sounding like a jerk a weirdo or both. Just sound confident, relaxed and upbeat and make it clear you're suggesting something romantic. It's also important to know how to accept rejection gracefully. If she says no, don't make a big deal about it or dwell on it. Do know when to stop pushing and just move on.


4. Be Good At Personal Finance

This is basic for everybody but so many people are bad at it. there’s more to this but let’s just discuss the basics; keep a budget at the start of each month, calculate your expected earnings and outgoings and balance them out with some leftover cash for savings and really try to stick to it. Even if you don't manage the first month next time be a bit more realistic and more disciplined. After you've been doing this for a while you'll get good at it and see your savings start to build up.


5. Respect a Different Point Of View

In a world of heated online arguments and internet trolls, this is something many people have forgotten how to do. Yes, have your own point of view but learn to take that of others on board too. Remember that no two people are going to agree about everything. Reading news from more than one source is a good way of breaking your echo chamber. Do discuss politics and the state of the world but when somebody tries to draw you into an intense argument, don't take the bait. Sometimes it's best to defuse the situation and say let's agree to disagree. It's true some views are so unpalatable that you won't want to have anything to do with people who have them but don't let it escalate into a fight or a mudslinging match. That kind of behaviour is not fitting for a gentleman.


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