Goldman Sachs Guide to being a man



The Gents over at Goldman Sachs have a put together a guide to being a man’s man. Some you might not agree with, some you NEED to do right now…  and without further ado…


The Unofficial Goldman Sachs guide to being a man:

    • Stop talking about where you went to college.
    • Always carry cash. Keep some in your front pocket.
    • Rebel from business casual. Burn your khakis and wear a suit or jeans.
    • It’s ok to trade the possibility of your 80s and 90s for more guaranteed fun in your 20s and 30s.
    • Never stay out after midnight three nights in a row… Unless something really good comes up on the third night.
    • You will regret your tattoos.
    • Never date an ex of your friend.
    • Join Twitter; become your own curator of information.
    • If riding the bus doesn’t incentivise you to improve your station in life, nothing will.
    • Time is too short to do your own laundry.
    • When the bartender asks, you should already know what you want to drink.
    • If you perspire, wear a damn undershirt.
    • Hookers aren’t cool, but remember, the free ones are a lot more expensive.
    • When people don’t invite you to a party, you really shouldn’t go.
 And sometimes even when you are invited, you shouldn’t go.
    • People are tired of you being the funny, drunk guy.
    • When in doubt, always kiss the girl.
    • Tip more than you should.
    • You probably use your mobile phone too often and at the wrong moments.
    • Buy expensive sunglasses. Superficial? Yes, but so are the women judging you. And it tells these women you appreciate nice things and are responsible enough not to lose them.
    • Do 50 push-ups, sit-ups, and dips before you shower each morning.
    • Eat brunch with friends at least every other weekend. Leave Rusty and Junior at home.
    • Be a regular at more than one bar.
    • Act like you’ve been there before. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the end zone at the Super Bowl or on a private plane.
    • A glass of wine or two with lunch will not ruin your day.
    • Learn how to fly-fish.
    • No selfies. Aspire to experience photo-worthy moments in the company of a beautiful woman.
    • Own a handcrafted shotgun. It’s a beautiful thing.
    • There’s always another level. Just be content knowing that you are still better off than most who have ever lived.
    • You can get away with a lot more if you’re the one buying the drinks.
    • Ask for a salad instead of fries.
    • Don’t split a check.
    • Pretty women who are unaccompanied want you to talk to them.
    • When a bartender buys you a round, tip double.
    • Be spontaneous.
    • Find a Times New Roman in the streets and a Wingdings in the sheets. She exists.
    • Piercings are liabilities in fights.
    • Do not use an electric razor.
    • Desserts are for women. Order one and pretend you don’t mind that she’s eating yours.
    • Buy a tuxedo before you are 30. Stay that size.
    • One girlfriend at a time is probably enough.
    • #StopItWithTheHastags
    • Your ties should be rolled and placed in a sectioned tie drawer.
    • Throw parties. 
But have someone else clean up the next day.
    • Measure yourself only against your previous self.
    • Take more pictures. With a camera.
    • Place-dropping is worse than-name dropping.
    • Your clothes do not match. They go together.
    • Yes, of course you have to buy her dinner.
    •  Staying angry is a waste of energy.
    • If she expects the person you are 20% of the time, 100% of the time, then she doesn’t want you.
    • Always bring a bottle of something to the party.
    • Don’t use the word “closure” or ever expect it in real life.
    • If you are wittier than you are handsome, avoid loud clubs.
    • Date women outside your social set. You’ll be surprised.
    • If it’s got velvet ropes and lines, walk away unless you know someone.
    • You cannot have a love affair with whiskey because whiskey will never love you back.
    • If you believe in evolution, you should know something about how it works.
    • No-one cares if you are offended, so stop it.
    • Never take an ex back. She tried to do better and is settling with you.
    • Eating out alone can be magnificent. Find a place where you can sit at the bar.
    • Read more. It allows you to borrow someone else’s brain, and will make you more interesting at a dinner party — provided that you don’t initiate conversation with, “So, who are you reading…”
    • Ignore the boos. They usually come from the cheap seats.
    • Don’t ever say, “it is what it is.”
    • Don’t gamble if losing $US100 is going to piss you off.
    • Remember, “rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.”

John LeFevre is the creator of @GSElevator on Twitter, and the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Straight To Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, And Billion-Dollar Deals





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