5 Shortcuts You Should Never Take In Life

September 15, 2017

In the 21st century, life hacks are about as popular as beer pong on a college campus.

We can appreciate a pro tip on how to improve your way of life, just as long as nothing is compromised in the process. Too often, people take shortcuts when the time-honored way of doing things is worth the extra couple minutes. No matter who you are, what you do, or where you’re from, we’re sure you’ll agree that these 5 shortcuts are never worth taking in life.

Get-Rich-Quick Schemes

You’re smarter than the average bear and can probably smell a scheme a mile away. But that doesn’t mean you’ve never been tempted, especially when the idea is pitched to you by a reliable source — your wife, your brother, that friend who’s just gotten too lucky too many times.

But that temptation will knock you on your ass when you cut a check for an investment that won’t cash out. Back in the day, it was shoddy products like “The Greatest Vitamin In The World” and infamous author Matthew Lesko (The Question Mark Guy) to watch out for. Nowadays, scammers slide into your DMs with tremendous tenacity and can convince even an old soul like yourself.

Remember, there’s no such thing as a free lunch — if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Measuring Once

You’ve been around the block a few times. Whatever you’re building, whether at work or in the house, this ain’t your first rodeo. Nonetheless, even the most experienced handyman can screw up a simple measurement completely out of the blue.

FailArmy, a comedy brand that celebrates user-submitted failures, shares hours of unfortunate, but hilarious examples of why shortcuts in the workplace are never worth the few seconds you saved.

Measure twice, cut once … or else you may find yourself on FailArmy, too.


Only Shooting, Not Hunting

If you’ve grown up accustomed to camouflage, you’d probably been taught that there’s a big difference between simply shooting an animal and hunting your prey. Granted, anyone can bring down nearly anything with a big enough gun and sure enough aim. However, there are some game that will never wander past your sights if you take shortcuts while hunting.

In his article, “6 Reasons Why You Won’t Kill A Booner Buck,” outdoors expert Bernie Barringer shares some spot-on points why taking shortcuts won’t ever land a hunter the Boone and Crockett whitetail of their dreams.

“Hanging a treestand during the rain, letting those cameras sit for weeks and only checking them with the right wind, having the patience to wait until everything is right — these are the characteristics of a person who kills Booners,” writes Barringer. “Hunting mature bucks is all about strategic moves at the right time in the right place. There are no shortcuts, you must make every move with precision.”

Brushing, Not Flossing

No, we’re not trying to be your mother, your wife, or your dentist. Telling you to floss sounds a bit like telling you to follow the “golden rule;” however, the truth is that not flossing can get you in a lot more trouble than not ”always treating people the way you would like to be treated.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (aka, science people), 39% of men say they never floss. There’s a literal 40% chance that you fall into this group, so we’re not judging you if that’s the case. We’re just here, as your boys who care about you, to remind you that it’s important to take care of them gums, too.

It’ll be tough to enjoy a good lip of dip if you don’t take care of those bad boys.

Promoting A Product You Don’t 100% Love

In other words, half-assin’ your passion. You‘re never going to get what you want if you don’t give it your all. Whatever you do get out of a half-assed job, it’ll end up feeling half-earned, because you know you could’ve done better.

You’re like us: a natural perfectionist when it comes to shit we care about. And there’s nothing we care about more than crafting the best smokeless tobacco alternative that we 100% love ourselves.

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