At the onset of the 21st century, the set of skills a modern man should possess is quite different than it was merely a century ago.
From innovative gadgets, across driving skills, to reshaped social relationships, modern gentlemen should master the following 8 life skills.
Learning to Take Photos Like A Pro
How many times have your girlfriend or wife asked you to take a photo of her and you did an awful job?
If you don’t want this scenario to repeat over and over, we suggest learning to take photos like a professional.
Find an old-fashioned camera and practice framing, finding the light angle, and adjusting light levels (for example, the Sun should be behind you).
After you master handling an analog camera, you’ll have no trouble snapping the perfect camera using your smartphone.
Breaking Down a Door
A true gentleman should restrain himself from violence but they need to act determinately in case of danger.
One such peril is a raging fire that you need to escape from by smashing a window or kicking down a door.
The latter action is harder than it seems, as you need to be both precise and resolute. Most wooden doors can be pried open by a decisive kick near the door lock area.
Changing a Flat Tire
Passenger cars are getting smarter by the day but a ruptured tire still requires muscle power to be replaced.
Start by loosening the bolts and then jack up the car in the air just above the ground. Next, unscrew the bolts until the end and remove the ruptured tire.
After you mount the spare tire, screw back the bolts but not all the way. Once the car is safely down, you need to squeeze the bolts one more time and you are good to go.
Become Your Own Roofer
A violent storm can knock over a tree and blow away tiles from your roof.
Instead of calling a neighbor or a friend to help, you should know the basics of roofing to replace a missing shingle on your own.
However, don’t get carried away, as professional roof repairs should be left to roofers who have years of experience in the business.
Gain Knowledge From Reading
There are more books now than ever and they are available in the electronic format as well.
However, the more accessible books are, it seems that people read less and less. Also, there’s the issue of voraciousness: you need to gain knowledge from a book.
A true gentleman doesn’t read to boast around but to gain valuable insight in topical matters.
Growing Your Own Food
Although the role of a gardener isn’t the manliest job out there, being self-sustainable definitely is.
If you live in a big city, then healthy food is either inaccessible or overpriced, so working your plot of land gives you access to organic produce.
Can You Tell A Really Good Joke
Humor is among the things women find most attractive in men. That’s why telling a good joke and being funny in general is something no true gentleman can do without.
For some, this skill comes naturally, while others need to take classes or ask their mates to teach them a few jokes.
A well-timed joke goes a long way in the world of business as well, as it helps loosen up the atmosphere.
Make Small Talk
Another social skill that is crucial in today’s world is the ability to make small talk. Namely, letting an air of silence follow you wherever you go is socially unacceptable.
Asking a person whether they have a phone changer, a light, or what the weather is like are all ideal ways to start a conversation. Who knows, you might meet your best mate or your wife like this!
Modern technology has made our lives easier but it has also alienated us a bit. Luckily, there are always gentlemen with great life skills willing to help others.
From stopping on the motorway to help a fellow motorist change a tire to learning to make small talk while in a meeting or on a date, there are the 8 life hacks for the modern gentleman.
About the Author:
Sarah Jessica Smith is a young blogger from Sydney. She is in love with life and all the things that can make her daily routine easier. She loves to write about home improvement, lifestyle, and all the small things that make life such a great adventure.