Ron Swanson from Parks & Rec is one of the most iconic characters ever to appear on television. The government-hating government employee can teach you a thing or two about being a renaissance man in today's man-scaping world:
Focus On What's In Front Of You
"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
Know Where Your Strengths End
"I've had the same will since I was eight years old: upon my death, all of my belongings shall transfer to the man or animal who killed me."
Skip Fads, Stay True To Classics
"Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets."
Tell The Truth
"There's only one thing I hate more than lying: skim milk. Which is water that's lying about being milk."
Know What You're About
"Strippers do nothing for me. But I will take a free breakfast buffet. Anytime. Any place."
Find Your Inner Peace
"Fishing relaxes me. It's like yoga except I still get to kill something."
"I call this turf 'n' turf. It's a 16 oz t-bone and a 24 oz porterhouse. Also, whiskey and a cigar. I am going to consume all of this at the same time because I am a free American."
Know Your Real Friends
"When people get too chummy with me I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I really don't care about them."
Live By Your Own Principles
"Any dog under fifty pounds is a cat and cats are useless."
Don't Encourage Weakness
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish and you feed yourself. He's a grown man. Fishing is not that hard."
Embrace What Is Real
"It's pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it."
Don't Believe In Superstitions
"I'd wish you the best of luck but I believe luck is a concept created by the weak to explain their failures."
Be The Absolute Best
"It's always a good idea to demonstrate to your coworkers that you are capable of withstanding a tremendous amount of pain."
Encourage Determination Early
"Child labor laws are ruining this country."
Be A Man
"If any of you need anything at all, too bad. Deal with your problems yourselves, like adults."
Know Who To Trust
"Friends: one to three is sufficient."
Know When To Show Vulnerabilities
"Crying: acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon. Keep your tears in your eyes where they belong."
Work Harder Than The Next Guy
"Capitalism: God's way of determining who is smart and who is poor."
"History began July 4th, 1776. Anything before that was a mistake."
Have No Regrets
"I regret nothing. The end."