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20 Bits of Advice Every Man Should Follow in Life: Tips for the Modern Gentleman

Skills are the expertise or talent needed to do a job or task. By learning these essential skills, you can improve your life significantly. There will come a time in the lives of every adult man when he needs to grasp a diverse skill set.

Work skills allow you to do a specific job – while life skills help you with everyday tasks. Many different skills can help you succeed in all areas of your life, whether it’s school, work, or sports. Ask any woman, there’s nothing more masculine than a man who can confidently fix things around the house — or solve problems in general. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or changing a car tire, you should learn and follow some or all of the bits of advice below.

1. Tie a Tie

First, there comes a time in every man’s life when he needs to learn how to tie a tie. Maybe it is the day of your high-school prom, graduation, or your first job interview. The fact is, you must learn to tie a tie sooner or later in life. When you feel comfortable with the basic technique, you can learn more challenging ways, such as the Half Windsor Knot, Pratt Knot, or Nicky Knot.

20 Bits of Advice For A Man: Learning How to Tie a Tie
A Man Adjusting His Tie © Ruthson Zimmerman

2. Fix Things Around the House

As mentioned before, there is nothing more masculine than a man who knows how to fix things when something goes wrong in his house. Of course, if you’re confident and have the right network for your problems, that’s also attractive.

20 Bits of Advice For A Man: Learn How to Fix Things
A Man Caulking a Window © Erik Mclean

The fact is, as a man, you need to know how to solve problems. These skills recommend patience, a lot of learning, and often the right tools. Lucky for us, there are dozens of free videos on the internet where professionals teach us how to solve a specific problem.

3. Change a Flat Tire

This is a tricky one because most new cars don’t come with a spare wheel. Still, it’s a great skill to have up your sleeve. If you have separate winter and summer tires – you can practice this skill at the beginning and end of every winter.

Imagine you are on vacation and renting a car with your family to explore a new city. You’re on a long drive in the middle of nowhere when you suddenly have a flat tire. What are you doing now? Lucky for us who have learned how to change a flat tire, we simply replace it with a spare tire.

20 Bits of Advice For A Man: Learn How to Change a Flat Tire
A Man Changing a Tire on a Car © Jimmy Nilsson Masth

Take out the jack from the trunk, put it at the right spot next to the wheel – there is a specific place, loosen up the knots, jack up the car, take off the flattened wheel, put on the new wheel, softly tighten up the knots, lower the car, then tighten up the knots fully. It’s that simple.

4. Iron Your Shirts

It is another skill that a lot of men neglect to learn for some reason. Learning to iron your shirt is not difficult at all. Traditional steam iron is super cheap and lucky for us, there are dozens of tutorials on how to learn ironing on the internet. However, if you still think it’s a lot of work to learn and do, buy a modern garment steamer.

Business Casual Shirts on Rack
Photo by Waldemar Brandt

5. Basic Cooking Knowledge

We will talk about cooking a lot in upcoming articles. There is nothing sexier than a man who can put together a fancy and tasty dinner for their significant other on a date night. I know fast cars and expensive restaurants are the ideals for some people, but trust me, if you invite your special someone into your apartment and make her favorite dish, she will never forget that night. Of course, if she has proper values in life.

Man Cooking in a Frying Pan
Man Cooking Captured by Louis Hansel

Learning how to cook is not as hard as some may picture it. You just need to understand the basics, have the necessary tools, and have a few good ideas in your sleeves – and like with almost all things in life, practice makes perfect. The more you cook, the more confident you will get in the kitchen, and people will notice that.

6. Keep Your Shoes Clean

Learning how to keep your shoes clean is a basic knowledge every real man should know. Especially when you want to make a great first impression on your first date. Numerous studies have shown that women check their partner’s shoes, whether they like it or not. That’s why you should always have a clean pair of shoes, especially on important occasions.

Man Wearing Black Jeans with Stylish Sneakers
Photo by Alexandra Tran

7. Hang a Picture

Perhaps it is one of the most commonly asked questions from our significant other. Learn the necessary tools and knowledge needed for the job. Different pictures and different walls need their separate tools and treatment. Hanging a frame or anything, in general, should be an essential task for every man.

Woman Wearing White Top on Art Frame Black and White
Photo by Jean-Philippe Delberghe

8. Negotiate – Communicate with Others

Learning how to negotiate and communicate with others is a necessary skill in business and personal life. Knowing how to negotiate is essential if you want to be promoted in the workplace or express yourself in a difficult situation. Life is a series of negotiations. You negotiate all day, every day, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep – whether it is with your partner on where you want to go out or with your colleagues on your project. 

9. Parallel Parking

Having a driver’s license is usually an obvious point, but performing challenging driving tasks such as parallel parking should also be evident for all men. I know that learning how to do parallel parking is part of the learning process of driving – at least in Hungary, but I see so many people feeling afraid of it.

A Man Driving His Car

Like with nearly everything in life, practice makes perfect. We could have listed here to learn how to drive a car with a stick shift, but like with changing a flat tire, manual gearboxes are found less and less often in modern vehicles. Spend time learning the basics of driving, and you will be confident in any situation.

10. Take the Perfect Photo

There are many times when you are walking downtown and people ask you to take pictures of them. They will be more than happy if you take quality photos of them. The principle here is high numbers. Take as many photos of them as you can, so they can pick the best one. The more photo you take, the better you get. You will develop a good eye for photography. There are basic things about photography you need to be aware of – like lighting, distances finding the right background, or using the right angles.

Woman Holding a DSLR Camera and Taking a Picture
Photo by Marco Xu

11. Sharpen a Knife

Even the sharpest knife in the world needs sharpening every now and then. There is nothing worse than a dull knife when you need to do precise slices. A dull blade is actually more dangerous to use than one that is sharp. 

Person Cutting Vegetables with a Sharp Knife in the Kitchen
Photo by Alyson McPhee

Here’s why: An unsharpened knife or blade requires more pressure to cut, increasing the chance that the knife will slip with great force behind it. A sharp knife “bites” the surface more readily, meaning less force needs to be applied. Learn how to sharpen a blade, do it regularly, and you will always be ready to slice off a piece of apple. 

12. Give a Firm Handshake

Nothing shows your confidence more than a firm handshake. If you are sitting at a table, stand up, look in the other person’s eyes, and give a  firm handshake. It shouldn’t be long, and you shouldn’t squeeze the other person’s hand. It should be natural and confident.

Two Men Facing Each Other While Shaking Hands and Smile
Photo by Sebastian Herrmann

13. Give a Presentation or Public Speaking

We mentioned communication skills previously, public speaking is related to communication skills, but it deserves its own point. There comes a time in your life when you need to give a speech, whether in school, at work, or at your best friend’s wedding. Knowing how to communicate with a crowd is not an easy task, but practice makes perfect in this case as well. Also, we made a dedicated article about it – make sure to read it after this one.

Man Giving a Presentation
Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

14. Buy a Suit

Buying a suit may seem like an easy task, but it’s more like buying a car than any other casual apparel. You need to know about the different styles, you need to check the different colors, and you need to try on a lot of suits before you find the one. As we believe suits are the arsenal of the modern-day gentleman, we covered many important parts of it – like the perfect accessories for suits and the best wedding suit colors.

Suits on Racks in Store
Photo by Alexander Naglestad

15. Speak a Foreign Language

Speaking at least two languages is a must today. Of course, if your mother tongue is English, you will be understood everywhere you go – but learning the language of other countries is a sign of respect. Since I am not a native English speaker – for me, learning English has changed my life. Not only have I gained a lot of international friendships over the years, but I’ve gained a lot of new and broader knowledge about the world, some well-paying jobs, and Midway Gentleman couldn’t have become a reality without English as well.

A Group of People Having A Great Time at the Table
Photo by Redd on Unsplash

16. Know How to Play Basic Card Games

Card games like poker have been around for centuries, and it doesn’t seem to be changing. Learning card games is a great skill to have up in your sleeves. When you invite your friends or family, it’s great fun to play card games and get to know each other better while playing – and of course, winning is pretty awesome too.

Person Holding White and Black Playing Cards
Photo by Michał Parzuchowski

17. Know How to Make Basic Cocktails

Owning a cocktail set and learning how to do basic cocktails is a great skill. Whether you invite your friends or your significant other over to your place, making them their favorite cocktails while talking a few sentences and interesting facts about the drinks will make their minds blow.

Two Glasses of Vodka Martini
Photo by Aditya Saxena

18. Know How to Give a Good Massage 

Giving your loved one a good back massage after a tough day is one of the best relaxations you can do for them. If you are not sure if you are doing it right – look for signs, what they enjoy, whatnot, and asking some questions will not hurt as well.

19. Jump Start a Car

Bad things happen. Life is just like that. Sometimes car batteries die, maybe your car’s, maybe from a stranger’s on the side of the road. Knowing how to jump-start a car and keeping a jumper cable in your car is a must.

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20. Know How to Dance

Finally, if you want to impress a woman, learn to dance. Whether you are on a date at a grandiloquent venue or a formal event, learning how to dance is a sexy skill every man should practice. You don’t have to be a professional dancer – if you know how to make a couple of moves confidently to any music, you will be good to go.

21. Extra Tip – Know How to Shave

A man should know how and when to shave. Lucky for you, we’ve covered the topic deeply in one of our previous articles, so if you are not familiar with a wet shave or dry shave, make sure to read our article. A man should always present himself sharply, and one of the easiest ways to achieve this is with a clean shave.

Wet Shaving Accessories
Wet Shaving Accessories captured by Jordan Nix

22. Extra Tip – Know How to Write a Letter

At last, it is essential to know how to write a letter, whether it is for work or a banking application. Although writing means emails these days, it is still a necessary skill to have. We have much software that helps us write better, yet I see so many people can’t put together decent writing. Download software like Grammarly and improve your writing. Believe it or not, this paragraph has been edited with Grammarly’s editor too.

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