10 People Everyone Should Know

10 People Everyone Should Know is a list of famous, infamous or important people that everyone should know. Some of them are historical figures while others have been celebrities in their time and still remain alive today. The article also includes those who are deceased but made an impact on the world nonetheless.,

The “historical figures everyone should know” are 10 people that have had a significant impact on the world. These historical figures include Leonardo da Vinci, Joan of Arc, and George Washington.

10 People Every Man Needs in His Rolodex poster.

A fountain pen, a framed family portrait, a coffee cup, and a Rolodex would all be found on top of a mid-century man’s desk.

A Rolodex was a collection of easily accessible index cards on which the owner has put the contact information of people who were useful to know professionally and personally. It wasn’t so much for friends and family; you knew their phone numbers and could call them at any moment (at least in those days).

Assume, however, that you need the services of an electrician. Or you could hire a lawyer. Alternatively, you may be a priest. Rather of going through the phone book, you’d consult your Rolodex for the contact information of someone you’d met before. Maybe not on a daily basis, but enough to recognize each other in an emergency. With time and expertise, you’d built up a network of dependable people in many fields on whom you could rely.

The actual Rolodex has become obsolete in the twenty-first century, but its helpful notion has not.

Instead of creating long-term relationships with multiple suppliers or consultants, it seems that we just contact or visit whomever comes up first in a Google search – trying a new source every time there’s a problem. However, as seen below, getting to know select individuals and specialists that you can return to for different services and assistance throughout your life pays off (sometimes literally).

The ten persons every guy should have in his Rolodex, uh, smartphone, are listed below.


Vintage Lawyer Meeting.

Unlike many of the other categories described above, where you only require one individual to represent a certain topic, you will almost certainly need many attorneys in your Rolodex, depending on your circumstances. Some lawyers specialize in numerous areas, and others work in companies that can provide a variety of services, but you’ll almost always need many connections in the field: an estate planning lawyer, a family lawyer if you’re divorced, a small company lawyer if you’re an entrepreneur, and so on. Even if you don’t know multiple attorneys, staying in touch with at least one will be beneficial since he’ll most likely be able to refer you to a large network of resources and/or contacts for any specific issues that may arise.

While many individuals are afraid of attorneys and are concerned about anything legal, having a lawyer in your phone book will allow you to simply call when anything possibly harmful or sinister occurs in your life. Instead of sifting through digital white pages, you may be certain that you have a reliable contact who can point you in the proper path.

Please avoid the personal injury attorneys that advertise on television. Your best chance for locating a decent lawyer, like with all of the others mentioned here, is to ask around among your friends and coworkers. Feel free to interview your contacts in the field when you locate them. Do your personalities complement each other? Even when it comes to business, legal concerns are typically personal, so you don’t want someone bothering you. Are they prepared to collaborate and teach you rather than charging you for every minute of discussion and piece of advise you receive? Finding a decent lawyer may take some time, but it will be well worth it in the end.



Vintage Accountant Working In Office.

Accountants are often lumped together with attorneys in the views of the general public. They’re a little daunting since they’re dealing with stuff that might have serious ramifications if handled incorrectly. Your taxes and financial transactions, in the case of the accountant.

While there is plenty of tax software available to help you do your taxes on your own, even if your finances are simple, it’s definitely worth hiring a professional. They’ll almost certainly save you money on your returns, easily covering their costs.

And if your financial position is even the slightest bit difficult (Entrepreneur? Divorced? Do you have to pay for child care or your own health care? a million more possibilities?) Rather of slogging through taxes on your own, you should definitely hire a professional. A competent accountant can not only save you money, but they can also ensure you don’t do anything wrong accidentally, and they can just relieve you of a significant amount of worry.

Don’t go to H&R Block or any other tax preparation store in a strip mall. They’ll do a good job and make sure your taxes are filed correctly, but they’re not going to go to bat for you and come up with inventive methods to save money on your taxes. Their seasonal workers are often undertrained and encouraged to complete as many returns as possible. These are the facts.

Use colleague or neighbor recommendations, as well as internet directories such as Yelp, Angie’s List, and the American Institute of CPAs’ directory. When you discover someone, ask for references, licenses/certifications, and any areas of expertise they have – for example, if you’re a small company owner, you’ll definitely want someone who is knowledgeable in that industry. It’s OK to rely on your gut when determining whether or not a candidate is a suitable fit.


Vintage Barber working in Shop.

Most guys are satisfied to get their haircuts at whatever chain salon they come across and take whatever cut the hairdresser gives them.

Develop a long-term connection with a competent barber who can take your hairdo up a level, particularly after you leave college and become more concerned about the value of your look in your professional career and love life.

Make it a practice to visit a local barbershop and build a relationship with a barber who specializes in men’s hair, can assist you in determining the style you want, and will get to know your particular hair over time.

Your regular barber will not only give you a fantastic haircut, but also generally some pleasant talk (see Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow) and the occasional shave and hot towel. Perhaps no grooming delight is better than visiting a quality barbershop for a shave and haircut, as Brett has observed.

While our own AoM crowdsourced barbershop finder had to be shut down (could we resuscitate it? ), www.barbershopsnearme.com does a very excellent job of identifying establishments for you to check out. Here are some things to think about when deciding whether or not a barber is worth your time and money and might become your go-to person.


Learning how to communicate with your barber can also go a long way toward ensuring that you receive the precise haircut you desire, or assisting you in determining what you want if you aren’t sure.


Vintage Butcher working in Shop.

Rather of depending on mass-produced grocery store stuff, every guy should have a butcher he can see on a regular basis for daily meals or, at the absolute least, weekend barbecues and special events that should have somewhat nicer meat than what you’d ordinarily receive.

You could wonder whether the taste change is really that significant. Yes, absolutely!

It’s like the difference between an excellent craft beer and a Budweiser. Bud is excellent, but if you can afford it and want a decent drink, craft is always preferable. Meat from a local butcher will almost always be more costly, but not by much. You get better tasting meat, better customer service, and more knowledgeable counsel for an extra dollar or two a pound. Also, purchasing bundles, such as a quarter pig or a beef package that contains ground, steaks, sausages, and other items, may save you money.

So, what qualities do you search for in a butcher? You want to go to a shop that buys entire animals because they can regulate the freshness in a manner that can’t be done with vacuum-sealed items from a wholesaler. You want to discover someone who can tell you about the farms they work with and where the meat comes from. What’s the status of their customer service? Can you receive a meaningful answer to a request like “I want an excellent piece of meat to grill that won’t cost an arm and a leg,” or “I’m preparing for a friend’s birthday; what do you suggest for something unique and special?” While some store meat departments may be able to meet these criteria, the majority will not. This type of professional instruction, when combined with high-quality meat, can significantly improve your cooking skills.


Vintage Tailor Working In Shop.

Above all other clothing aspects, how a garment fits your body is crucial to appearing beautiful. When purchasing apparel, the primary priority should always be fit. The issue is that everyone’s body size is different, and it’s doubtful that a department store’s standardized size would fit precisely. Of course, the majority of people cannot afford custom apparel. So, what should a guy do?

Locate a reputable tailor.

While handmade clothing might cost hundreds of dollars per item, customizing an off-the-rack shirt or pair of trousers can cost as little as $20. (can be more or less depending on how many alterations are needed). It’s a little fee to pay for having clothing that exactly suit you.

Using a tailor may also save you money on garments that used to fit but no longer do; rather than purchasing a new garment after losing or gaining weight, a tailor can let something out, or bring something in, and make it usable once again.


When you first visit a tailor, you’ll probably be asked a series of questions about your style, the accessories you wear, the shoes you like (when changing trousers, of course), and so on. While certain aspects may change with each outfit, a tailor will learn how to adjust your garments precisely for you without requiring a thorough run-down every time you visit.

You’ll also discover what types of adjustments he can do, rather than going to a different shop every time and learning their repertory through trial and error.

Auto Mechanic

Vintage Auto Mechanic Working on Car.

Finding a good, trustworthy, and honest technician is difficult. It’s often a partnership that develops after a series of tests and comparisons of various businesses’ operations and costs. When you discover a decent mechanic, though, it’s a connection you’ll want to keep. They’ll not only provide you fantastic service, but they’ll also tell you the truth about what’s wrong with your automobile (rather than using corporate-mandated sales pitches) and, if you’re fortunate, give you some training on how to operate it.

When you discover a mechanic you enjoy, rather of dreading your next trip to the auto-body shop, you can start looking forward to your next “lesson” and be certain that you aren’t being taken advantage of. To be honest, it’s a relief to not have to worry about yet another repair that you’re not sure is essential with each visit. You’ll learn to attend not just when anything goes wrong, but also when it’s time for a check-up or a regular oil change, just as you would with a competent dentist.

When it comes to finding a mechanic, you must first choose what is most essential to you. Timeliness? Cost? Is it close to your house or office? The best mechanic will be a good blend of all three, or you may find that you can compromise on one of them if the other ones are more important.

To learn more about how to choose a good mechanic, click here.


Vintage Handyman Holding Hammer.

It’s cliché to say, but it’s difficult to find a contractor or handyman who is trustworthy and communicates effectively. Many people do excellent job and do it quickly, but they can’t be relied upon to show up when they say they will, or to communicate properly when issues arise or a quotation for another project is required.

Hold on to a handyman who is an ace in the dependability category if/when you locate one. While certain construction positions (HVAC, electrical, major plumbing, etc.) are specialized for a reason, there are still a lot of individuals out there that can handle a little bit of everything. A skilled handyman and his team know how to get things done, from simple work like mending fences to huge ones like bathroom renovations, and everything in between. They’ll also be open about when they need additional training or when doing something yourself isn’t as cost-effective as hiring a professional. They’ll get to know your home, and you’ll be able to trust them to perform a good job when you’re at work or on vacation.


What’s the best way to discover a reliable handyman? It’s especially prudent to avoid the internet in this situation. When you Google “handyman in (insert city),” you’ll usually find a website that compiles handyman contact information. When you contact their number, it just reroutes to someone who is most likely paying to be on that network and, as a result, must charge a higher rate. To be honest, I don’t know many handymen who have websites, so you’ll have to ask around to locate one. If you know a realtor, they might be a wonderful resource since most sellers need some minor handyman services. Also, inquire of your neighbors (including the Wizened one – see below for more on him).

Ask for recommendations, inquire about licenses/certifications, inquire about timescales for different jobs, and “test” with modest work around the home rather than diving directly into large improvements when you discover some leads.

Pastor/Priest/Spiritual Mentor

Vintage Spiritual Mentor Smoking Tobacco pipe.

Every man has times in his life when he needs moral advice. Whether it’s a potential for a shady business transaction, a developing urge to have an affair, a creeping issue with drinking a bit too much… or something less sinister like just feeling as if you aren’t living life to the fullest…

Every guy should have a spiritual or moral adviser to whom he may turn in these situations.

Why not simply confide in your spouse or best friend? That’s OK in certain circumstances, but every now and again you need someone who is objective. Friends and family members are often too protective or caring (or, in some terrible circumstances, too self-serving) to provide meaningful, impartial advise. They’re just too close to the issue to be objective. Pastors or spiritual mentors may be close, but they’re usually far enough removed from the details of your life to be beneficial in such situations.

If you’re a religious person, your pastor or priest, or possibly a church mentor, is an obvious counselor. Even if you are not religious, you should have someone in your life who can act as a moral compass and guidance. Perhaps it’s a college ethics professor or a church pastor who isn’t attempting to convert you, but rather offers advise as a neutral spectator in times of need. (I know a number of pastors who mentor non-religious people; it’s a relationship that can and does work!)

Mentoring for Careers

Vintage Career Mentor.

In their professional lives, men have always required mentors – guides to managing office politics and climbing the corporate ladder.

Mentors are probably even more important in today’s world, when the market is so volatile and unpredictable, entrepreneurship is prevalent, and employees are often forced to not just shift professions, but also discover totally new vocations.

When faced with many job offers, a career mentor can assist you decide which position to accept, whether to retain or quit a less-than-stellar job, how to ask for and negotiate increases, and much more.


While bosses may serve as professional mentors, you can see how this can rapidly become complicated and embarrassing. While having a positive and open connection with your boss is ideal, you need also have people on your side who aren’t in control of your salary. You want someone who, like the spiritual adviser, is a little removed from the concrete situations and can provide unbiased guidance.

It doesn’t have to be an older colleague; it might be a previous coworker you truly admire (in certain cases, it may be a current employee, but it’s safer for this individual to remain a little detached). It may also be a previous supervisor if you had an excellent connection with them; now that they’re no longer under your direct supervision, they’ll be able to behave and speak impartially in ways they couldn’t before. Even if they aren’t in your line of work, the career mentor may be someone you met at a networking event and struck up a nice connection with (which is sometimes even better – they can bring a whole different viewpoint!).

How do you locate a career mentor if you don’t already have one? It’s a difficult job. In many circumstances, all you have to do is wait for the proper opportunity (maybe you’ve moved on from a job and can work with your previous boss), or just seek out a connection with the potential to develop into a mentoring. People often dislike being asked directly, “Can you be my mentor?” It’s inconvenient. If you believe someone is deserving, first provide value to them, and then use some of the methods in this article to approach a busy individual. Patience is crucial; if you’re on the lookout and deliberate about it, a mentorship will present itself, and it will most likely emerge organically from a connection rather than being forcedfully constructed.

Neighbor with a Clue

Vintage Man in Neighbourhood.

One may be found in every neighborhood. That man on the street who’s been there the longest and appears to know all there is to know about everything. His grasp of what’s going on in the area is second to none, bordering on Sheriff-like.

Because he was there when the tree in your front yard was planted, he can probably tell you what sort of tree it is. Rowdy youngsters tossing rocks into the street will get a glare from him. And he’ll be available to answer any questions you have about your property or the surrounding region. Are you looking for a great steakhouse? He’s the one you’re looking for. Do you have questions about how to winterize your sprinkler system? You already know who to contact.

Whether or whether your next-door neighbor is wise, chances are you have one within a block or two of your home. When you move in, he generally makes himself known by either introducing himself or just being around a lot. He is known for tinkering in the garage with the door open and going for regular walks.


While his constant presence might be bothersome at times (he appears to know when you’ve gone on vacation or when you’re having housework done), it can also be quite beneficial. He’s like a walking encyclopedia for your home and community, and he’s always willing to assist when you need it.

Knowing him (along with your other neighbors!) adds to your sense of security. When everyone on the block is friends (or at least on friendly terms), particularly when someone is out of town, everyone watches out for each other. Even if you don’t ask, he’ll keep an eye on things for you (but really, you should ask).

You’ve probably figured out who your wise neighbor is. Rather of dismissing him, try to build a friendship with him. He may become a long-term member of your buddy group (or, at the very least, your poker group!) in addition to being a helpful man to know.



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