One question that has always made me cringe is “What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?” My answer is always the same, “Floss.” It’s great advice, but when I tell people, they seem disappointed. They want something more philosophical, more mystical. But the best advice is not mind bogglingly profound—it’s simple and practical. So, as a supplement to this issue’s “Ultimate Gentleman’s Guide,” I humbly offer the best “manly” advice I’ve received over the years.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. The planet got along just fine before you arrived, and it will be just fine long after you’re gone.
Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts and looking back at them later proves your worries and fears are often unjustified.
There are important people in your life who want nothing more from you than your time. Give it to them freely.
Tip 25 percent, minimum.
Do not wear elaborately-embroidered jeans. I don’t know when this trend started, but it needs to end now.
Don’t fool around. Infidelity is a symptom, not a cure.
Never refer to taking care of your kids as being “Mr. Mom.”
There’s a name for men who take care of their children—
fathers. It’s the easiest job to get and the hardest job to have.
Respect it, enjoy it, and know that it goes by at light speed.
Unless you are also carrying handcuffs, pepper spray, and a Taser, your belt is no place for your phone.
Admit when you’re wrong. Because you often are and you will be wiser and stronger for acknowledging it.
Dress shirts are meant to be tucked in. Period.
Three products that will change your life: Jergens Natural
Glow, Scott’s Flushable Wipes, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel.
There is no shame in wearing an apron. Or using night cream. • Whatever size suit your normally wear, buy one size smaller. • Don’t worry too much about the future. It will be here soon enough and, despite your best efforts, will probably look much different than you expected.
Keep two things: your word and other’s secrets.
Tell the people you love that you love them, and tell them often.
One day you won’t be able to, and it will be your biggest regret. • And, seriously, floss.