We all have certain things we’d like to change our lifestyle. Some of us want to develop more self-discipline with going to the gym, be more confident talking to women or improve our career prospects. One of the most common ones though is wishing that we were more cultured and sophisticated. Who wouldn’t want to be one of those guys who never embarrasses himself, never has his feathers ruffled, and always has something witty or interesting to say? If you’re chasing this kind of life, here are a few pointers to being a more cultured, sophisticated man.
Broaden Your Vocabulary, Avoid Cursing, and Comb Through Your Grammar
While a lot of things go into how sophisticated a man appears, the way you speak is going to play a massive role in it. Mature, sophisticated men never sully their speech by compulsively using bad language and slang. Even when you’re overly excited or angry about something, you should be striving to be polite and articulate. If you want to create a more sophisticated image for yourself, read some of the Western Canon, broaden your vocabulary, and work on your ability to express yourself clearly in every situation. The same is true for your writing. In order to maintain a sophisticated image, it is important to be able to write well. However, not everybody is born as a talented writer. Developing your writing skills is important, but it takes time. If you often catch yourself thinking “How am I going to write my essay?”, you can contact professionals to help you out with that.
Develop and Diversify Yourself
Your speech is going to play a big part in how sophisticated you can come off, but it’s very important to focus on other areas too. By diversifying your interests, hobbies, and watering holes, you’ll naturally start to become more cultured. Travel, as I’m sure you’re aware, is one of the best ways to experience life in a range of perspectives and flavors. If you’re not in a position to drop everything and leave, then look around for some local classes and workshops. If anything grabs your interest even vaguely, say “yes” and check it out. A lot of these will be very cheap or even free, and you may discover a passion you were never aware of before. Most of all though, you’ll learn new things, and expose yourself to broader cultural influences. At the very least, you can start reading more sophisticated blogs and journals for their latest news and features.
If you are really interested in a topic, don’t be afraid to dig deeper. After all, the company usually enjoys a professional, capable of defending his opinion and sharing the newly accumulated facts with others. We have mentioned joining local classes, but if you have no time for that, you can choose online courses: you can educate yourself even when you’re on the road. You can even find the time to change careers by learning to program and get a free certificate that proves it. And with a new, more paying career you might be in a better place financially for cultured entertainment (operas, theaters), traveling, and more.
Buy Quality, Whatever Your Budget
Like countless other guys, you may be used to frugal shopping. After all, this is the main way to make sure you have all of life’s necessities, while still having a little left over to screw around with. However, being more sophisticated means developing a taste for the finer things in life. You may think that high quality is over your budget, but don’t be so sure! There are many delicious meals you can learn to cook with fairly affordable ingredients. Luxury model cars depreciate rapidly, and can be found from a wide variety of sources for low prices. Instead of buying cheap clothes frequently, why not put off your next buy and save your money for a high-quality brand? When quality becomes a priority in the things you buy, you’ll look more sophisticated, feel more sophisticated, and naturally develop that radiant self-confidence that will push you a little closer to that James Bond ideal you’re going for.
Everything in Moderation
Being able to moderate your vices will not only save you money, which you can then spend on some of life’s luxuries, but will naturally begin to give you more sophisticated mannerisms. If you’re over-eating, drinking, smoking or gambling too much, then you’re going to be cutting yourself off from that cultured, sophisticated lifestyle you want to achieve. Most men have at least one vice which they should be cutting down on. The trick is to catch yourself in the act, and divert your behaviors towards more positive things. The next time you feel like the nightly session of online poker, turn off your computer and read a book instead.
Put More Emphasis on Cleanliness
Being sophisticated and cultured in the public eye will only get you so far. Let’s say you go to a well-reputed wine bar, have a memorable conversation with a smart, confident, exotic woman, and convince her to come back to yours so you can hear each other a little better. All that work on developing yourself would have been for nothing if she takes a look around your place and realizes you’re a total slob! Similarly, you’re not going to get very far in these situations if you have a scraggly beard, long, dirty fingernails, unkempt hair or an unpleasant odor. Start to be more clean and neat in everything you do. Meticulous cleanliness is the cherry on the cake when it comes to sophisticated men.