Rules for my Unborn Son

We’re throwing it back because, let’s face it, good advice is timeless. If anything is proof of that, it’s Walker Lamond’s legendary “Rules For My Unborn Son.” Filled with advice passed down from Lamond’s dad as well as from Lamond himself, it’s a witty guide to what it means to be a true gentleman - from how to treat a hangover to sartorial tips and the importance of integrity. Here are 25 of our favorite picks -

  1. “Never be afraid to ask out the best-looking girl in the room. You’ll be surprised how often it works.”

  2. “Be a good listener. Don’t just wait your turn to talk.”

  3. “Be cool to the younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.”

  4. “The best way to ruin an apology is with an explanation.”

  5. “The least interesting view is the sidewalk in front of you. Look up!”

  6. “If I can’t see your shirt cuff, your jacket doesn’t fit.”

  7. “When entrusted with a secret, keep it.”

  8. “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

  9. “Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.”

  10. “Don’t tell someone he has a sunburn. He knows.”

  11. “Be mindful of what comes between you and the earth. Buy good tires, good sheets, and good shoes.”

  12. “Walk it off.”

  13. “If you have the right of way, TAKE IT.”

  14. “You don’t get to choose your own nickname.”

  15. “Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day too.”

  16. “Offer your date the seat with the best view of the restaurant.”

  17. “If you’ve made your point, stop talking.”

  18. “Look people in the eye when you thank them, especially waiters.”

  19. “Help a buddy move.”

  20. “Don’t burn bridges.”

  21. “Always meet your date at the door.”

  22. “Finish what you start, especially books.”

  23. “Don’t show off. Impress.”

  24. “In the long run, loyalty trumps ambition every time.”

  25. “Keep your eye on the ball and follow through. In sports and in life.”