Friday, March 30, 2012

Don't Look, Just Leap

17 things you've probably never done, but should.

1. Approach and engage a pretty boy/girl in conversation with no prompting from anyone. They might not want to talk.  They might even tell you to go jump off a cliff. Then again, they might not.

2. Be debt-free. Compounding interest is like a sorority girl on Ecstacy. She'll go both ways, but you get a hell of a lot more out of it when she's going your way.

3. Try the sport that you ridicule most. Golfers and skateboarders wouldn't be so smug if they knew how difficult the other guy's favorite activity is.

4. Finish something early.

5. Let someone else brag about the cool thing you did.

6. A mercy flush

7. Disagree with the person you fear most.

8. Read a novel with more than 300 pages, written before 1950, set somewhere other than the United States.

9. Eat brussel sprouts. Pretend a gun is pointed at your temple and you have a choice: Take them orally or another way.

10. You think you're tough, Say exactly what's on your mind when you're at your most vulnerable. We'll see how tough you are.

11. Say "Cool tat" the next time you see intricate tribal are on the small of a woman's back. She knows what you're really saying, but verbal subtleties like this can mean the difference between receiving an amused smile and waking up in the ICU.

12. Embrace the male carpe diem dealth cliche. You will die, friend. Dozens of bungee jumping, skydiving, scuba diving, rock climbing, boxing, surfing and motorcross outfits are depending on your "holy crap" realization or mortality to make a living. Why wait? Fix your roof when it's sunny.

13. Leave work early for a midweek afternoon ball game. Tell no one. Go alone. Strive to notice the subtleties TV doesn't show. Toss the ticket stub on the way out; you were never there. I guarantee you'll remember this game longer than if you got permission from your wife and went with five buddies.

14. Go a week without quoting anyone. It suddenly becomes harder to have anything to speak about.

15. Pursue a man/woman not because she's hot, but because she's cool.

16. But a stock based on research you did all by yourself, from scratch. Nailing a six-bagger on your own beats Maria Bartiromo's sloppy seconds any trading day.

17. Ask questions first. Save your bullets for later.

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