From MensHealth1. Approach and engage a pretty girl in conversation with no prompting from anyone. She might not want to talk. She might even tell you to go jerk yourself a soda. But she might not.2. Be debt-free. Compounding interest is like a sorority girl on Ecstasy. Shell go both ways, but you get a hell of a lot more out of it when shes going your way.3. Try the sport that you ridicule most. Golfers and skateboarders wouldnt be so friggin smug if they knew how difficult the other guys favorite activity really is.4. Finish something early.5. Let someone else brag about that cool thing you did.6. How bout 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 brussels sprouts. To make it easier, pretend a gun is pointed at your temple and you have a choice: Take them orally or another way.10. You think youre tough? Say exactly whats on your mind when youre at your most vulnerable. Well see how tough you are.11. Say “Cool tat” the next time you see intricate tribal art on the small of a womans back. She knows what youre really saying, but verbal subtleties like this can mean the difference between receiving an amused smile and waking up in the ICU wearing a diaper packed with ice.12. Embrace the male carpe diem death cliché. You will die, friend, and dozens of bungee-jumping, skydiving, scuba diving, rock-climbing, boxing, surfing, and motocross outfits are depending on your “holy crap” realization of mortality to make a living. Why wait? Fix your roof when its sunny.13. Leave work early for a midweek afternoon ball game. Tell no one. Go alone. Strive to notice the subtleties TV doesnt show: the third baseman cheating a step before the pitch; where the center fielder sets up; whether that sweet creature two rows over really likes baseball or is just there for her boyfriend. Toss the ticket stub on the way out; you were never there. We guarantee youll remember this game longer than if you got permission from the wife and went with five buddies.14. Go a week without quoting anyone. When you consider movies, late-night monologues, sportscasters, bosses, wives, kids, founding fathers, regular fathers, Shake-speare, philosophers, and Homer Simpson, this suddenly becomes a lot harder than you thought, huh?15. Pursue a woman not because shes so hot but because shes so cool.16. Buy a stock based on research you did all by yourself, from scratch. Restaurant crowds wont fall silent when you speak, but nailing a six-bagger on your own beats Maria Bartiromos sloppy seconds any trading day.17. Ask questions first. Save your bullets for later.