5 things to learn from Jay Gatsby

A true gentleman, espoused by Leonardo DiCaprio’s exceptional performance in Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece, there’s a lot we can learn from Jay Gatsby.

1. A smile is everything

“He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.”

A gentleman puts others at ease, and Gatsby’s reassuring smile gives comfort and security to those he meets. A simple smile can profoundly affect your influence on others.

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2. There’s nothing like a collared shirt

“It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such — such beautiful shirts before.”

Daisy, Gatsby’s love interest, tries to conceal her true feelings about him by commenting on Gatsby’s enviable collection of shirts . We think her reaction’s very understandable.

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3. Never stop being ambitious

“My life has got to be like this. It’s got to keep going up.”

There’s nothing more noble than a bit of self-improvement, and a gentleman should always aspire to bigger and better things. Don’t settle for your current lifestyle. Always aim higher.

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4. Communicate with your eyes

“The way he looked at her is the way that all girls want to be looked at.”

A lot can be said between two people without a single word being uttered. If you’ve got something meaningful to say, why fumble with words when your eyes will deliver the same message flawlessly?

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5. Manage your reputation

“One time he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil”

Gatsby fails to manage his reputation well, leading to a plethora of uncontrollable and unflattering rumours about his past. As his reputation is one of the most important facets of a gentleman’s persona, cultivating a favourable one will stand you in excellent stead.

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