This Is How Playing By the Rules Can Actually Make You a Better Man


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By Ronnie Toofan

I know this guy named Mark who hates his job. Whenever he has the chance, he tells his friends he’s going to quit. He loves going to fun parties and goes home totally wrecked. He jumps from one relationship to another and never runs out of something to complain about.

His life revolves around the same crap, just on different days. And worst, his friends and neighbors always watch him with sad eyes.

Probably the only person, who never looks at him that way, is his roommate, Ted. Ted loves video games. He is the type who doesn’t like joining team buildings or attending family reunions because he’s busy playing the newest Assassin’s Creed. He is like an over-grown boy who answers his cellphone while inside the movie theatre and he would just laugh at anyone who tried to correct him.

Birds with the same feathers are the same birds; that’s why Mark and Ted are friends. They show no signs of real life plans and just exist on a day-to-day basis. They are reluctant about having long term commitments. They have no ambition and couldn’t care less about their future.

Can you guess where Mark & Ted will be in a couple of years down the line?

If your life is in anyway similar to theirs, maybe it’s time to consider the idea that you might need to make some serious changes in your life.

The best things in life happen when you play by the rules.

Drink in moderation. Get a job and climb the corporate ladder. Attend family reunions and put your freaking cellphone on silent when you’re in a movie house. Whether we like it or not, there are certain unwritten rules in this life for us to follow to keep us on the right track and to help our relationships, personally and professionally, grow.

In this article titled “6 Things That Happens to Guys When They Get Serious About Relationships,” writer Joe Oliveto says that unlike Hollywood movies, real relationships don’t just happen.

Guys, we have some growing up to do before we can manage to build a legitimate relationship.

I think that the heart of this piece lies on us caring more and thinking less of ourselves. You turn from a boy into a man when you start to deal with conflicts, fights and jealousy instead of just immediately calling it quits.

You’re growing up when you start to think of widening your horizons.

In your business, for instance, the idea of change doesn’t scare you anymore. You start to think of expanding because you know for sure that that’s how you can make things better and that’s how you can grow and move forward.

“7 Tips for Franchising Your Business” by Geri Stengel should help lead you to the path of rapid growth.

Stengel describes the difference between running a franchise and running a business, from the uniqueness of the products and services you are offering, to market demands, to organization and documentation, to identifying franchisees as well as learning new skillsets to properly manage your growing empire.

A real man is a “devil in the details.” He doesn’t neglect simple mistakes; instead he corrects them immediately and does what’s necessary to avoid them from happening again.

To put it simply, we should give a damn about everything that affects our lives! Small things can make or break us so we should not underestimate what they can do.

Let’s take bread, for example. It has always been a common part of our everyday life, but recently a study has shown that white bread and bagels increase the risk of lung cancer by 49%, justifying its reputation for being the leading cause of all cancer deaths! Freaky, huh?

Time to break the old, unhealthy pattern, guys!

Settle back into health-mode, be awesome and perfect the details you need on your way to success including your clothing! Yes sir, sometimes, you have to show off the wiser and the more sophisticated man in you.

What you wear is an extension of you.

It is important to make a valiant effort to look good in whatever attire or style you want to wear.

“11 Essential Rules to Dressing Like an Adult” by Moira Lawler will keep you on track with styles and the latest trends as well as the dos and don’ts of dressing.

Growing up, taking things seriously and following the rules can actually make you happier and more peaceful than you’ve ever been.

And if ever you’re wondering if Mark and Ted are just products of my imagination, unfortunately these guys do exist.

As for all the Marks and Teds out there, it’s never too late to take life more seriously, guys. There is always time to change as long as we are breathing, as long as we don’t give up on ourselves and as long as we want to spend more time with our loved ones.

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