Call it the return of the man. Championed by Ron Swanson and breakfast foods, the idea of men recapturing their masculinity and dignity is on the rise. That doesn’t mean that a man shouldn’t be sophisticated, respectful, and educated. A man should be just as comfortable with a shovel as he is with a cocktail. Here are 20 essential skills that every man should know.
20. Handle a firearm
There will come a point when every man will be handed a gun; he will be expected to know how to use it without putting anyone in harm’s way.
19. Play “Folsom Prison Blues” on guitar
It’s only three chords. If not, you should at least be able to play “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
18. Polish your boots
No true country gentleman would go out with their boots scuffed up. The way you treat your boots says a lot about who you are.
17. Splice a wire
Educate yourself about electrical currents and wiring and you’ll find that a lot of potentially serious problem are only minor fixes.
16. Swing a hammer
No small carpentry, plumbing, or domestic chore should get the better of you.
15. Plant a garden
15. Mix a manhattan
You should have at least one go-to cocktail that you can mix well. Manly, easy-to-make, and sophisticated, that cocktail should be a Manhattan.
13. Throw a punch
Though a man should never go looking for a fight, he should certainly know how to finish one.
12. Grill a steak
11. Take care of your ride
Change a tire, jump a battery, change the oil; a true man knows how all the basic fixes and tune-ups to keep his car on the road.
10. Drink a beer
Leave shotgunning to the kids.
9. Dance – two step, country swing, line dancing, etc.
8. Whet a blade
Like your boots or your car, your tools say a lot about who you are. Keep them in good condition, and they will treat you well for a long time.
7. Wet a line
Nothing as serious as fly-fishing, but you should know how to catch a fish. You know, for when the zombie apocalypse leaves you with nothing but a can of prunes.
6. Start a fire
5. Manage your money
Both investments and weekly accounting, you should know where your money comes from and goes to.
4. Drive a stick shift
Sorry, but if you can’t drive a stick, you need to seriously reconsider where your priorities lay.
3. Know how to debate
In conversation and writing, a man should be able to discuss a topic, give his opinion, and accept others without letting emotion get in the way. Oh, also, he should do so with a semblance of proper grammar.
Whether it’s wine and roses or beer in the bed of your truck, you should know how to win a woman’s heart. And always do it with respect.
1. How to look good
This includes clothes (picking out clothes that fit you, keeping them clean and pressed), your health, and your body. There are very few excuses to go around looking like David Allan Coe after a particularly rough night out.