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Category: Advice

Books Every Guy Should Read

You know, I really used to hate reading books. I mean, I really truly loathed it. For most of my life I would only read a book if it was assigned for school, and even then I really only skimmed it. Actually, I would only skim it if I couldn’t find the synopsis on Sparknotes. If it was on Sparknotes I would read about it there, but I did it begrudgingly. I despised reading. I would literally have rather done anything else with my time then read a book. That includes chores, going to Church, and giving my neighbor’s angry cat a bath. It wasn’t until my twenties that I learned the benefits of reading, and I wish that I had started earlier.

Reading does much more than give you a nice little story to tuck into the back of your mind. It truly cultures you. If you ever want to impress a pretty young lady at the party, start talking about a book you have read with her. It will definitely set you apart. Reading will also increase your vocabulary which in turn will improve both your written and verbal communication skills. There are so many other underlying benefits to reading that I bet you want to get started already. Here are some books that every guy should read.

The Alchemist

The first book that every guy should read is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The book is such a fast read, and it’s easy too. You could read it in a week just during the commute to work and then back home again. Don’t read if you drive though, that’s a bad idea. The book has some clear spiritual themes to it, but you don’t have to be a spiritual person to enjoy the journey and the story. This book is a good one for most guys to read because lots of the ladies read it as well, and it’s not lame like Twilight or anything. Give it a shot, it’s a great book to get you into reading.

The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is without a doubt one of the greatest literary works of not only it’s time, but of all time. However, brace yourself. This book is not only long, it’s also challenging. Do not, read this book as your first book. Despite what you may think, reading is a skill, so don’t go for the tough stuff right away. When you feel ready, definitely tackle this epic story. Many who have read it claim that its words have changed their lives.

Into The Wild

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer is an unforgettable story of a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. To sum it up, “He had given $25,000 in savings to charity (what an idiot), abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.” How McCandless came to meet his demise is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Things To Do After Graduation Besides Get A Job

Congratulations! You did it! You’ve finally graduated from college and now the whole world is yours. It’s ripe for the picking. Just kidding, you’re probably screwed. Unless you’re some kind of trust fund baby, but let’s assume that you’re not. The fact is that most college graduates leave school these days with crippling debt and little to no job opportunities to aid in paying them back. Oh well. Don’t worry, not all is lost. While you contemplate the future there are things that you can do to stay busy that won’t necessarily hurt you either.

One of the best pieces of advice that I can give to recent college graduates is to take the GMAT or GRE exam as soon as possible. Do this even if you aren’t planning on going to graduate school any time soon. It’s not like your scores will expire, once you take the exam you don’t ever have to take it again if you’re happy with your score. The reason for taking it as soon as possible after graduation is simple, you’re still in school mode. Your brain is used to studying and taking exams and the longer you wait, the harder it will be. Try and get these out of the way as soon as possible!

Another popular activity for recent college graduates is to travel the world. Definitely! Your financial situation isn’t going anywhere, and the job market will likely be the exact same in a few months, so take some time to see the world. Now understand this, travel does not mean go to Cancun and get drunk on a beach for two months. Rather than waste your time with that you should visit as many different places as possible. Experience new cultures and interact with different people. See the sights, go to museums, and try to learn as much as possible from your travel experiences.

If you’re not looking to go too far from home you can always volunteer locally. No matter what your interests may be there is always a group or organization somewhere that is looking for volunteers like you to help. You can do anything from working with schools, hospitals, environmental groups, animal shelters, municipal bodies, and much more. The possibilities are endless. This is also a great way to test the waters in different lines of work and see what really sparks your interest. Not to mention, volunteer work always looks great on a resume.

Finally, the last thing that all college graduates should do is relax. There is such pressure to start working right after graduation and I have no idea why. You just finished a major chapter in your life, what’s the rush to jump right into the next one. Take a little while to sleep in, play some videogames, and just do whatever it is that you want to do for a little while. However, be warned. There is a fine line between relaxation and being a bum. Try not to fall victim to over-chill syndrome and become that 26 year old guy who hasn’t moved out of his parents basement.

Life Hacks Just For You

Everyone is lazy, at least to some degree. Thankfully, there are little gems called life hacks. These neat little tricks are sometimes discovered through generations of honest toil, and other times are stumbled upon by complete accident. When it comes down to it, who cares. We’re going to share these great tips with you so that you can share them with your friends and so on. This way, everyone will live their lives a little bit easier. Life hacks make for great conversation starters or tricks at parties. Amaze your friends and make them think that you’re some kind of genius meant to rule and they are all to be your plebeian subjects. Here they are!

  1. Need to iron a shirt but don’t have time? Hang it up in the bathroom while you shower and the steam combined with the heat will cause the wrinkles to come out.
  2. If you’ve just met someone but you forget their name simply ask them what their name is. When they tell you, say “no, I meant your last name.” This way you don’t seem rude while being reminded of what their name is.
  3. Want a cold beer but don’t want to wait? Take a wet paper towel and wrap it around the can or bottle. Place the beer upright in the freezer and it will be nicely chilled within two minutes.
  4. Want to get more gasoline for your buck? Fill up your tank when it’s cold out. This is easy during the winter, but during warmer months, try to fill it up only at night. During the day gasoline expands due to the heat, so you’re not getting as much as you pay for.
  5. Here’s a nice rule and it will serve you well when eating out, especially on a date. If you can’t afford to tip at least 20%, you can’t afford to go out.
  6. Hate bad hair days, especially when it’s humid because your hair is so frizzy? Squeeze some lemon in to your shampoo bottle, the acidity will cause your hair to be less frizzy.
  7. If you are ever worried about a cab driver scamming you by taking a longer route, put the destination in the GPS on your phone, this way it’s impossible for him to screw you over.
  8. If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t fast. When you skip meals your body actually holds on to fat longer as it doesn’t know when it will be getting its next calorie boost, thus making it harder to burn calories from fat.
  9. Statistically, airplane tickets are cheapest around 50 days before the flight. The second cheapest is the day of the flight because the airline is pressed to fill seats.
  10. Drinking cold water on an empty stomach can greatly increase your metabolism. Your body has to work harder to warm the water up for digestion.

That’s it for now, but luckily, every day, someone somewhere is figuring out an easier way, a faster way, a better way to do something. Life hacks are truly the crowning achievement of human ingenuity. We’ll keep our eyes open and share them with you!

How To Rock The Party Alone

We’ve all been in this situation.

You’re home about to enjoy a nice relaxing night watching Netflix and your buddy calls you and tells you about a party you have to come to. After trying to resist you concede and end up going to the party, because hey, Netflix will always be there tomorrow. You might get some free drinks, maybe talk to some girls, who knows, it could be fun. WRONG. The second you get to the party your buddy disappears and you’re stuck in a room full of people you don’t know. Don’t panic. Here’s what you need to remember to survive.

First things first, don’t panic.

You may have been planning on clinging to your buddy for the night, but that option has gone out the window. Accept it, you’re on your own. However you’ll survive. Chances are other people will see you in your current situation of distress and take pity on you. This is good. If the people hosting are good hosts they will come up, introduce themselves, and talk to you for a bit. If they’re great hosts they will take you around and introduce you to other people and start little conversations that you can then build off of.

When talking to people that you’ve never met before for the first time it’s important to remember one thing.

It will always serve you better to be interested rather than interesting. By nature people like talking about themselves so if you appear interested in what they are saying they will likely just keep talking (the same holds true for dating.) This way you will be able to sit in a conversation for an extended period of time without actually contributing much at all. Remember to appear engaged in what they’re saying even if you could care less.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to be the one to start the conversation there are some things that you need to avoid.

Two things that you never want to talk about are religion and politics. These tend to be issues that people are vehemently passionate about, so it’s probably a bad idea to bring them up the first time you meet. You can always fall back on the weather, but it’s pretty boring and is only good for a few minutes of conversation. Make observations about them, about the place you are, and about what they’ve been talking to other people about and build off of that.

It’s important not to panic and just be yourself.

Also, if you’re feeling especially anxious remember that you can always excuse yourself by faking a phone call or something and just bail. Like you said earlier, you can always go back home and watch Netflix. But, since you’re already out you should really try and engage in conversation and meet some new people. Who knows, they might become even better friends than your buddy who dragged you there and ditched you in the first place. I wonder where he went anyway.