Quest for Swagger


Walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way: “he swaggered along the corridor”.
A very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner.
Denoting a coat or jacket cut with a loose flare from the shoulders.
verb.  strut – brag – prance – peacock – boast – swank – vaunt
noun.  strut – swank
adjective.  swell – stylish – chic – spruce

Since I was young I’ve always wondered what draws us to one another, what it is that makes us cool, the new buzz word on everyones lips these days is swagger. But what is it really, why do some people have it and others don’t? Well I will try to answer these questions today and maybe give us all a little bigger piece of the swagger pie.

King of the Mountain:
One big part of swagger is confidence, the belief that your shit doesn’t stink, that everyone else is there for your amusement. You know that you are the master of your house and no one can bump you off the top of your own personal mountain, even if it is just in your head.
Examples: Mohammed Ali, Donald Trump, anyone who talks about themselves in the 3rd person.
Quote: “When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble.” – Mohammed Ali

Can you back that up?:
No I’m not talking about a bouncing booty. I’m talking about standing behind your convictions, being a stand up guy or girl. If you have principles, live by them, don’t let anyone chip away at who you are, cause once that starts to happen you become what they want you to become. If you own who you are, no one can take that away from you.
Examples: Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln
Quote: “One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed, they must be defended against the heaviest odds.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Follow the Leader:
You lead, you don’t wait for things to happen, you make them happen. You are a visionary, not a reactionary. It takes big balls to do something that has never been done before, even if most people think it’s wrong. So step up, get up off the couch and do what you think is right.
Examples: JFK, Richard Branson, Mahatma Gandhi
Quote: “A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right but to know what is right.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

Zombies do have swagger, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. If you are smart, smarter than your average person, you see things in a different way. You reinvent the game. The smart man learns from his mistakes, the even smarter man learns from other peoples mistakes.
Examples: Wayne Gretzky, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein
Quote: “Genius is an African who dreams up snow.” – Vladimir Nabokov

Look the part:
Body Language and fashion is so important. If you bite your nails, slouch your shoulders, shuffle your feet, dress like a hobo, your doomed. You’ve heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Well nobody takes that advice, everyone in the first 10 seconds of meeting you, judges you on your cover, so if it reads like a dork then the road back to swagger is going to be a long one.
Examples: Don Cherry, Princess Diana, Coco Chanel
Quote: “Good clothes open all doors.” – Thomas Fuller

Turn me on:
Sex appeal is key. You don’t have to be a good looking guy to have sex appeal. Just look at Enrique Iglesias, he looks like Gollum from Lord of the rings but he still gets some of the hottest tail around including J-Lo. Sexy can be anything too, the human mind is kinda kinky. So get your sexy on and swagger is within your grasp.
Examples: Marilyn Monroe, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone
Quote: “Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” – Sophia Loren

And gosh darn it people like me:
Self worth is so important, this leads back to confidence but is slightly different. Self love. Can you look at yourself in the mirror and like who you see looking back? Would you be friends with yourself if you ran into yourself at a cocktail party? Hard questions to answer, but they need to be asked.
Examples: Me, Myself and I (or you in this case)
Quote: “Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

So take these bits of advice with a grain of salt, I actually put these together because I had to convince myself that a little bit of swagger still exists in my life. Two out of seven isn’t bad right?!? You still love me don’t you?!? There goes my self confidence, I hate myself when I do that. Doh!!

So please enjoy this video by Butch Walker and The Black Widows called Synthesizers. It has all kinds of swagger in it, Matthew McConaughey as Wooderson from Dazed and Confused, Ron Jeremy, hot girls, a kick ass song, a little red piano, and a message that fits right along with my post. Enjoy!

1 Comment

  1. I love this piece because you define swagger in such broad open terms that really make me rethink my definition of this word.

    My favorite, favorite part though, is when you talk about principles. I’m big on principles and having a code of honor that is all your own. Then, you stick by it and you defend your code– sometimes, even from yourself.

    And I can’t help but remember this bit from a King of the Hill episode where Hank and Peggy have an argument in which he tells her he has a code, and she admits she’s never had a code, and not only that, but when in the Sam Hill did Hank get a code?

    Lovely. This was the perfect thing to read on a Thursday evening. Thank you for this.


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