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11 Regrets Men Have Growing Up And Wished They Did Differently

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There are multiple things men would do differently after reflecting on their life. But, as the common saying goes, “People say that hindsight is 20/20. And, if they only knew what they know now, then their life choices may have been different. So, a person asked the Reddit community what is one piece of advice that all men should know about life. Here are the top answers.

1. Stay In Shape

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Being healthy is important. However, one user shared that staying in shape is easier than getting into shape. Building a regular happy is key, whereas starting from ground zero can pose a challenge.

2. Floss Regularly

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Brushing teeth is a habit that many people have embraced. But, unfortunately, only using mouthwash doesn’t do the job. A user said, “People won’t tell you you smell like a goat.” Instead, many shared the value of flossing regularly by saying, ” I never noticed how much junk stucks between your teeth until I started to floss.”

3. Never Forget To Date Your Wife

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Date nights can be fantastic. It allows you two to spend some alone time, especially if you have kids. In addition, a nice restaurant with a nice evening walk can do wonders. One user shared, “My wife and I went on our first date in about four months last weekend and were both still giddy about it!”

4. It’s Okay To Be Average

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Not everyone will be a Nobel Prize winner or a Superbowl champion. Unfortunately, according to one user, “social media and most modern advertising designed to make you feel insecure.” Thus, it’s okay just to be average. They add, “The world runs because truckers, painters, builders, electricians, teachers, shop attendants, machinists, etc.”

5. Never Sacrifice Your Integrity

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Integrity is the only thing that no one can ever take from you. You have to give it away. A user said, “They can take your money, job, dignity, clothes, and house, but they can never forcibly take your integrity.” Another person shared that maintaining your integrity can save your life down the line.

6. Fast Hustles Never End Good

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A user said that there are “get rich quick” schemes that have ruined some people’s lives. “Immediately, they told me all I had to do was pay for all the products, and you resell them.” Instead, a more long-term ongoing success shared by another was “work hard, save your money, and you will never have to look over your shoulder.”

7. Life Is Not a Competition

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“Stop trying to one-up another, you’re not going to win anything, and even if you did, there’s no prize for winning,” one user shared. They add, “Instead, lay back and focus on something important to you, not something everyone tells you is important.”

8. Get Comfortable In the Women’s Hygiene Aisle

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Unsurprising, according to one user, “There are dudes out there that will freak out over just seeing a tampon, and I mean a tampon that is unused and still in the wrapper.” However, this one guy went to the store to buy his girlfriend tampoons. After his girlfriend’s classmates found out, “the girls at her school were apparently CRAZY jealous that she had been able to get me to do that.” He added, “It’s literally no different than buying toothpaste.”

9. Be Nicer To Yourself

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Another user shared that all his guy friends, himself included, are very hard on themselves. They would criticize themselves for the smallest mistakes and perceived faults. They said, “But If someone else spoke to us that way, it would cause a fight. That’s no way to treat yourself, and it bleeds over into how you treat other people.”

10. Your Actions Have Consequences

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Your actions always have consequences, good or bad it’s up to you. But there will be consequences, and they will get you on a path. One user said, “Choose wisely and think about what type of lifestyle you wish to have. Consequences will follow you all your life, and you have to learn to live with them.”

11. Just Because it’s Offered Doesn’t Mean You Have to Take It

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This advice can apply to money, as one user said, “It’s not frugal if you don’t need it, even if it’s on sale.” Another user rephrased it as, “Just because you can doesn’t mean that you should.

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