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Oscar Wilde (seen to the right sporting fantastic hair, a pinky ring, a cane, a fur coat, plus a gentleman’s handkerchief) had some top-notch advice regarding advice:

“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”Oscar Wilde Men's Advice and Grooming

Canes and fur-lined collars might not be for everyone, but Wilde’s advice decidedly is—so why not honor it by sharing some of our own, either insights we’ve discovered ourselves or those bestowed upon us by fathers, brothers, bartenders, etc.?

Leave your favorite words of wisdom in the comments below for a chance to win a straight razor shave service valued at $65. In the interim, founders first:

On Fundraising
Dollars might be equal, but the hands holding them are not. Weigh the character of a potential investor as much as you weigh his or her currency. A backer is as much a part of your business as is your CFO, so think carefully about what they bring to the table—the good and the bad. Your match should feel like a partner and a prize—and they should feel the same way about you.

On Negotiation
Certainty always wins. If you live, breathe, and embody your position with absolute certainty and authority, the other side has no choice but to be won over (often, gratefully).

On Promotions
If you ask for a raise out of “need,” you’re negotiating from a point of weakness and are going to get a weak reception. If you ask based on the added value you can contribute (or already have contributed), you’re setting yourself up to receive not just added compensation but added value in terms of respect and perception.

On Leadership
The best leaders are not those who look at what’s been done and make improvements, but rather those who look into the future at what hasn’t been done to manifest a new reality.

Your turn. Leave your advice, big or small, in the comments and we’ll reward one lucky advisor with 50 minutes of straight razors, shaving cream, and heavenly relaxation!

Ben Davis

About Ben Davis

A serial entrepreneur, Ben Davis is founder of The Gents Place and a leading investor in gentlemen's refinement and confidence.

A wet goose flies better at night.

“Said as code, by the man doing stand up in the Flamigo Hilton lounge” just before the skim of cash headed back to Kansas City / Teamsters

Based on my general feeling of our current situation (which I am very concerned about) from the US government, to the economy, to challenges from abroad – to increasing faster innovation in technology, science and medicine, a Chinese Proverb comes to mind….

“When the winds of change are blowing, some build shelters and some build windmills”

Personally, I’m in the windmill building business. What about you?

I’ll share two of my favorites by a little known philosopher.

“Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn’t being applauded when you arrive – for that is common – but being missed when you leave.” – Baltasar Gracian

“Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.” – Baltasar Gracian

As a new officer in the Air Force I asked my old commander how to deal with various people, especially difficult people when they outrank you.

He told me this, words I live by now, when I meet numerous clients annually and network.
“If you don’t what to do, act professional.”

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