Contributor: Jacob Frommer
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Brought to you daily by Jacob Frommer, Older Brother’s Advice does exactly what is says on the tin. Inspired by some very wise companions and pretty much everything else inbetween, this blog initiates its readers into a brotherhood of advice.
I say indulge yourself in these amusing trinkets of wisdom and attitude…you’ll probably find yourself checking in regularly…OBA, welcome to Organicmobb.
#52. Follicle follies.
Gel was where the problem originated. After years of enjoying its rightful place as the sexifier of already thick heads of hair (think Elvis and James Dean), the application of this wonder-product became so zealous and widespread that it went the way of Livestrong bracelets and 22 inch rims; just another abused charade of the ’00’s. Follicle deficient men seemed to mistake it for Rogaine, over and over again. Thankfully, as the ’00’s rounded up, hair care for men was given a serious updo.
Today, the market offers a slew of products, from male friendly moose(s) (meese?) to waxes to unnoticeable gels. Technology has certainly combed its way through the hair market as there is a product for every type of hair. Before plunging into the product pool, decide if you even need any product at all. Personally, I rarely wear anything; eau de Jew works great for me.
Let’s not be accused of hair product rape in this new decade. Ignore the instructions telling you to “apply liberally”. Leave that to compliments and whipped cream.
#46. Don’t put yourself down
Self deprecation seems a logical checks and balances system. Reminding yourself of your flaws acts as a natural combatant against stinky egoism. As usual however, there are multiple faces to this process, many of them ugly. The most notable of these occurs during the all too popular public self doubt session. Verbalizing your inadequacies to others has become a form of self indulgence, as the audience will almost always immediately coat what may be real deficiencies with sugary boosts of confidence, thereby propping your confidence even higher all while providing it an even shakier foundation. This self doubt rots your egotistical core. Furthermore, it is too easy to overdose on self deprecation, which can have catastrophic results. Ego is just like every other thing on this planet- it requires balance. Analyzing, internalizing, and struggling against your inefficiencies is far more healthy than simply doting on them.
At the end of the day, self deprication is a devilishly tricky and nonsensical vice, providing its abusers with unhealthy highs and even scarier lows. Life on this planet is defined by struggle, whether it be against the elements or yourself. Only with diligent positivity and improvement can we turn this pugilistic endeavor into a waltz.
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