I'm a man. I want to be successful. That's why this list of 45 Tips to Make You a Successful Man intrigued me. Click over to view the full list. I highlighted a few that struck me as being especially wise:

5. Never take her to the movies on the first date.

Being a married man, my first-date days are over. But I admit breaking this rule a time or two. It makes sense, I suppose, that you wouldn't want to spend two hours in a theater unable to talk when you're getting to know each other.

7. Nothing looks more badass than a well-tailored suit.

I don't own a suit. Never have. One of the fringe benefits of working in the radio industry in that high-class dress-up opportunities are few and far between.


16. Give a firm handshake.
23. Always stand to shake someone’s hand.

Uh oh. The guys in the picture are doing it the wrong way! This is a lesson I learned from my grandfather. Firm handshake, looking into the other person's eyes, standing if possible. It's served me well.

24. Never lend anything you can’t afford to lose.

This is one rule that everyone seems to learn the hard way. For me it was CDs and DVDs, mostly in college, that I'll never see again. Now, it's not that I couldn't afford to lose them. I did replace what was "borrowed." But I certainly didn't plan on losing my stuff.

32. Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it.

Good advice that can be tough to employ. Sometimes it's not the "getting paid for it" that's difficult, it's getting paid enough.

37. Do what needs to be done without complaining. It won’t help speed things up.

I think I learned this lesson growing up when I was assigned to clean the bathrooms. No matter how much I complained the task at hand still had to be completed. So you might as well put your head down and get to work.

42. Luck favors the prepared.

A great piece of advice given to me was, "Always put yourself in a position to succeed." Meaning there are many things outside your control, many variables that impact your life. But if you do all you can to be prepared to grab the "life opportunities" when they crop up, you're ahead of the game.

Any tips that were missed?

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