Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Guide To Being A Man: By Goldman Sachs?

The stereotype of men in the world of finance isn't exactly positive.  My mind goes straight to Gordon Gekko and Bud Fox.  That's why it was surprising when Business Insider published The Unofficial Guide To Being A Man written by CNBC's financial correspondent John Carney (@Carney) and the Twitter handle @GSelevator (Things overheard in the Goldman Sachs elevators). 

As surprised as I am to say it, Emily Post, get the f out the way! This list details everything from personal grooming to relationships to general life advice.  Here are a few of my favorites:

When in doubt, always kiss the girl.

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.

No selfies. Aspire to experience photo-worthy moments in the company of a beautiful woman.

Pretty women who are unaccompanied want you to talk to them. 
One girlfriend at a time is probably enough.

If she expects the person you are 20% of the time, 100% of the time, then she doesn't want you.

Date women outside your social set. You’ll be surprised.

Never take an ex back. She tried to do better and is settling with you.

And here are some gems that apply to both sexes:
Never stay out after midnight three nights in a row… unless something really good comes up on the third night.

Time is too short to do your own laundry.

If riding the bus doesn't incentivize you to improve your station in life, nothing will.

I really love that this list advises men to be aggressive and open minded while still being a gentleman, while also giving them a glimpse of insight into the female brain.

The best piece of advice I was ever given as a women is, "Keep your lips pursed and your legs closed."  But other than that I'm pretty impressed with this list- especially considering the source.  Men, please take note.  What do you guys think of this advice?  Do you agree of disagree?  Is there anything you would add to this list as a general rule for men or women? Comment below!  And life really is way too short to be doing laundry.



  1. I agree on the expensive sunglasses...I notice little details like that. If he takes the time to plan his outfit down to designer shades, most likely he will take the time to notice details about me, and our relationship.

  2. Overall, I really love most of the stuff that's on the list, but the sunglasses thing was a turn off for me. Men: buy expensive sunglasses because you can, but if you're doing it to attract "superficial women" then you're probably also attracting the women who expect the person you are 20% of the time, 100% of the time.