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While browsing the internet, I stumbled upon a thought-provoking question: “At a bare minimum, every man should at least know how to….” The responses were so intriguing that I had to share the top-voted ones with you. Are you curious to find out what they are? Let’s take a look!
1. How to Clean Themselves in the Shower
The most upvoted comment on the topic is by Ian. According to him, he recalls watching an old documentary about British army training, where recruits were taught how to clean themselves in the shower. Surprisingly, grown men joining the army lacked basic hygiene knowledge and needed to be taught this essential skill.
Another user added that the emphasis is on learning to clean oneself efficiently with limited water and time, especially during deployments with limited facilities. They pointed out that showering can infrequently be restricted to two minutes of cold water, even on submarines.
2. How to Learn
A fellow user shared an insightful comment that said, “Learn. There is not one thing, a fully formed human needs to learn new skills quickly and effectively. Knowing how you learn and being confident in your ability to learn opens up so much opportunity.”
Another shared, “Frank Herbert put it well in Dune: Muad’Dib learned quickly because the first thing he was taught was how to learn. The first lesson was that he could learn. He knew everything was a lesson that you could learn.”
3. Kindly Standing Up for Yourself
Another user shared standing up for yourself without hurting anyone else.
One agreed and commented that this is a great point. “Striking the right balance between standing up for yourself and not being a jerk is becoming less common these days.”
4. Doing Tasks by Yourself
Dracco shared that man should at least know how to survive the modern-day. He gave examples of managing household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, running a household, and managing bills and income.
Bizzle agreed and elaborated, emphasizing the importance of completing tasks independently. For instance, “cooking” entails purchasing the ingredients, storing them, preparing and cooking the meal, and cleaning up afterward without assistance. It doesn’t count if you constantly call your spouse for help and have them do most of the work. Bizzle playfully said, “I’m looking at you, barbecue dads.”
6. Being Alone
Someone shared the importance of the skill of being alone, stating that it’s a crucial ability every man should possess.
Another user shared that before he got married, he really enjoyed being alone. He then quoted Jim Carrey, “Solitude is dangerous. It’s very addictive. It becomes a habit after you realize how peaceful and calm it is. It’s like you don’t want to deal with people anymore because they drain your energy.”
7. You Should Know How to Cook
One shared from their experience that, at the very least, every man should possess the cooking skill.
Another wanted to confirm if his cooking skills were adequate and asked, “Does it count if I just do rice, steamed veggies, and a protein? I work in construction and 144 hours every 2 weeks…there is no time.” Others said he was doing alright by saying, “A meal is a meal.”
8. Be Respectful and Say Things Man to Man
According to one individual, it’s important to address any issues that are bothering you with someone directly and in a one-on-one setting. As men, you should have the courage to hash things out with each other and come to a resolution before walking away.
Another commenter named Pierre agreed. He added that, in higher levels of corporate management, being able to address issues directly with peers is a highly valuable skill. It’s disarming for the other party when you’re willing to go to them one-on-one, leading to a very honest and productive conversation that resolves the issue.
9. Carrying All the Bags From the Car in One Trip
One person suggested that a man should be able to carry all the bags in one trip from the car. Another person added that carrying them from the store while walking shows dominance.
A third user shared their experience of living in an apartment 200 yards away from a grocery store without a car. Carrying all the bags from the car is one trip can be done, be they don’t recommend it.
10. To Take Rejection and Disappointment
Someone commented men need to take rejection and disappointment. One jokingly added, “Never be disappointed in yourself; that’s your parent’s job.”
On a more serious note, a third user added that that ability comes from how your parents raised you and taking decades to understand why and undo the damage.
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