You can call these ‘cheat codes’, you can call them ‘life hacks’, call them whatever you want.
Bottom line: they should help you out, even if it’s just a little bit.
Hey, life is hard, so we can use all the help we can get. So pay attention to these tips from AskReddit users.
1. This is 100% true
“Walk with a purpose. For some reason, people think you’re busy and you don’t get hassled.”
2. Depends on where you’re going, but okay
“Also, equip a lab coat and clipboard and act like you belong. You can suddenly go wherever you want.”
3. My turn!
“A pretty wise ex drug user I worked with once told me, “If you hang around the barbershop long enough, eventually you’re going to get a haircut.” Basically, watch the crowd and the activities you surround yourself with.”
4. Change is good
“If you admit you’re wrong and make changes to whatever it is that you’re wrong about, people will respect and appreciate you more.
Unfortunately this requires the swallow_ego.pill patch installed. Without this you will be incapable of being a civil person.”
“Pause- Like wait. when asked a question or engaging in idle conversation and someone is speaking do not immediately begin your reply when they stop speaking, they usually aren’t done. And in the case of questions most people and finished and if you give them time they usually provide the answer to the question as well, so yeah LISTEN as well.
“To seem charming, all you have to do a lot of the time is to be an engaged listener.
You don’t need an amazing sense of humor, to be able to lay on the compliments or regale people with stories. Just listen to other people in a way that shows you are interested and not only waiting for your turn to talk – make eye contact, don’t interrupt them, don’t turn the conversation to be about you, ask good questions.
EDIT: I just want to add, as per many comments here, that being an engaged listener is not the same as being a sort of conversational doormat where you have to allow people to drone on and on about things that don’t interest you, annoy you, offend you, or drain you. Merely suffering through an encounter is pretty much the opposite of what I am talking about. It’s about letting yourself be interested in, and learn from, other people and not focus so much on feeling like you have to be an entertainer.
And being an engaged listener is really the opposite of the person who just listens and never wants to talk about themselves. You are putting yourself into the conversation with your interested responses, you are guiding it to places you find interesting. Just suffering through boring conversations is not engaged listening.”
7. No stupid questions
“Ask questions, about everything. Ask people about themselves. Be open about stuff you don’t understand, and ask questions about that. When you forget someone’s name, own up to it and just ask them.
I am amazed at how many people won’t acknowledge even a tiny amount of ignorance, or won’t show honest curiosity about something, can’t admit they’ve forgotten something they feel is important, and won’t ever ask for help. Guys…your life becomes so much easier if you just drop the fucking ego and ask.”
8. Fake it til you make it
“Faking confidence usually leads to actually being more confident. I love the phrase fake it til you make it. It’s incredible how much success is a byproduct of just acting confident about whatever you are doing.”
9. Just be nice
“Just be nice, particularly to people in the service industry. Your job, your personal interactions, even your calls into customer service will go 100% easier if you’re just nice to people and recognize that they’re probably just trying to do their job, not screw you over.”
10. It’s cold outside
“I have a heated throw blanket in my living room- in the winter, I wrap my coat up in it , crank up the heat and in a few minutes, my coat is toasty warm so I can brave the coldest day.”
“Underpromise and Overperform. Say you’ll achieve less than you think you will and then do more and everyone will be impressed (works well at a job)”
12. Be on your way
“No one stops a guy or girl carrying a pizza. It can get you backstage to concerts.”
13. No joke
“I cannot overstate how much dressing well and being well groomed will impact your life. It’ll drop the difficulty by two or three levels. No joke. People will treat you VASTLY differently. The opposite is also true.”
“When married don’t stop treating your significant other like you did when you were trying to win them over, it is a great way to show them you’re still as infatuated with them as you were when you first met.”
15. The basics
“If you are punctual, smartly dressed, and quite friendly, you can actually get pretty far in most jobs without being that good at anything or trying very hard.”