How to Be a Man of the World

'Man of the world': A sophisticated, wise and worldly man". Think James Bond, the Count of Monte Cristo, Porfirio Rubirosa (look him up)... men who are interesting, experienced, and have seen the world. They have presence, entice women, and are the envy of your average man. Want to be like them? Read on.


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    Know your stuff. A worldly-wise man knows things, lots of things. Read books, talk to interesting people, and debate a wide variety of topics. Keep up to date with current affairs by reading a daily newspaper. It doesn't take a lot of these kind of actions for others to notice and listen intently as you display your vast knowledge. Also, the ability to read body language is useful, particularly when analyzing the opposite sexes' impression of you. Be interested in and have a vast knowledge of the humanities..
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    Be independent. Drive a car, and know how to look after yourself. Be financially secure, and own your own place.
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    Travel (Before and after University can be particularly helpful for this). See the world, experience things, other cultures. This is a major step in becoming interesting. Immerse yourself in foreign cultures and come back from travels having 'seen the world', having done things. You should be able to show people this in many different ways, for example, in a bar, have a sophisticated alcoholic drink that is known as an acquired taste (e.g. Guinness over lager). Keep in mind not to be obnoxious about it.
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    Be fit. An interesting, intelligent person is almost always relatively fit, it shows you care about your health and can look after yourself. Playing a sport helps. Health and fitness also give you a certain energy, and add to your presence with both the ladies and the guys.
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    Play an instrument. This is particularly effective, and yet very accessible. The Piano is a particularly good one. Learn different styles and show them off, this makes for a very interesting person.
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    Have presence. This can be achieved in a number of ways: have immaculate manners, be charming, and smell good. Know how to dance, and well. A very important step is to have a decent handshake. This is a classic greeting that when done wrongly sets a bad first impression (Limp handshake = limp personality). Be firm, but not too bone-crushingly aggressive. Know how to counter someone who has a dominant handshake (palm down). Another important step is knowing how to order wine in a restaurant. Basically, the top tip is to match the origin country of the food type you are eating with the origin country of the wine (e.g. French wine for French food).
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    Be fashionable and stylish. You don't have to be a 'fashionista' for this. Essentials like knowing how to iron a shirt properly, wear a suit properly, tie a bow-tie properly and having a proper pair of shoes will do. Own a high quality watch. You don't have to spend loads of money on your fashion sense and clothes, but don't go cheap. Look for plain clothes, essentials such as a white, long sleeve shirt, plain white and black t-shirts, classic jeans etc.
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    Be multilingual. If you aren't already, become multilingual. This has links with travel, and is very effective for becoming interesting and cultured. Speaking the languages of your country are a must, as well as some of the most spoken languages of the world (Certain dialects of Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Arabic etc.)
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    Be Exciting. Be an amazing dancer, and a great cook. Learn about music and have good taste.
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    Be organized and fulfill your commitments. Keep your agenda well planned and never over commit or make promises that you can't deliver. Make sure to always be punctual. A man of word entices respect and admiration from others.


  • Being rich helps a great deal, particularly for achieving that 'Jet-setting' lifestyle.
  • Most of these steps can be achieved with relative ease nowadays. Things like learning an instrument or a new language have become very accessible with the rise of the internet amongst other changes in society.
  • If in doubt, refer to Rudyard Kipling's 'If'. The person described in this is what you should be aiming for. Also, consult fictional characters like James Bond, and the Count of Monte Cristo.
  • Your choice of career can be fundamental to becoming a "Man of the World". If you have the freedom to change career, and want more from life, then consider changing. Exciting jobs that combine travel and adventure like an entrepreneur, or fighter pilot are good.


  • Girls often look up to guys who work hard to provide for their families even if not closely related.

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