What It Takes to Be an Attractive Man

July 12th, 2012 by Nick Notas 17 Comments

I like giving dating advice and answering questions in online communities. Whatever issue a guy has, there’s always a way he can overcome it. However, I’m frustrated by the popular internet mantra (started by a Tom Brady SNL skit) that claims being good with women comes down to…

Step 1: Be attractive.

Step 2: Don’t be unattractive.

I want to rip my hair out every time I read that lame excuse. It perpetuates this idea of “I’m not a tall, handsome model so I’m forever hopeless. Please pity me.”

Coincidentally, these guys are actually right. If you want to be successful in dating, you have to be attractive. But, what they don’t understand and refuse to admit is that there are many ways a man can be attractive. Instead, they absolve themselves of responsibility, take the lazy route, and don’t want to improve their situation.`

Physical looks are the primary attraction switch for men. With women, it’s only a part of the whole package. Yes, being 6 feet tall with a chiseled chin may make things easier initially. But I know many (and have helped many) traditionally unattractive, short (myself included), and overweight men who consistently date beautiful women.

Vice-versa, about half of my clientele are “good looking” guys. Men who look like a young George Clooney on a bad day yet struggle to get anywhere with women. Their appearance doesn’t do anything for them when they have boring conversations, unappealing lifestyles, and negative mindsets.

You don’t have to be the typical “hot” guy to attract women. Improve yourself in areas you have control over and accept what you can’t change.


Get in shape and stay healthy. A man’s physical attractiveness is based more on health and fitness than his face. I committed to go from fat to fit, I lost 60 lbs through hard work, and have kept it off for years. Don’t give me the BS reason that you have no time or money. Work out at home, even during your TV/Internet time if you have to.

Dress dapper. Learn the basics of fashion and update your wardrobe. Wear fitted clothing that flatters you. Looking stylish says a lot about who you are and how you value yourself to others. Also, iron your clothes.

Groom yourself and always look your best. Clean up your facial hair. If you have problems with red bumps or irritation (yes, it’s annoying), try a safety razor and use higher-quality products like Art of Shaving. Check out Dollar Shave Club for razorblade deals and Reddit’s Wicked Edge Community for tons of advice.

Trim your eyebrows and get rid of your unibrow. As a Greek, I feel your pain. Keep your nails clean, shower, and wash your clothes if they smell (can’t believe I have to say that).

 For your teeth, apply whitening strips and invest in Invisalign if you need it. Use a tongue scraper before going out and you’ll dramatically improve your breath.

Fix your body language. Practice standing correctly (tall, yet relaxed) and work out your back and core muscles. Move slower and with purpose. Get rid of your fidgety habits and nervous ticks. Use expressive facial expressions when talking and gesture with your hands. Breathe and speak powerfully from your diaphragm.


Get a sense of humor and develop your wit. A man who can make people laugh charms the pants off everyone — just don’t be the class clown. Take a local improv or theater class. Watch standup and pay attention to inflection, storytelling techniques, and punchline delivery. Ask “why is that funny?” and break it down.

Remove your negativity. Smile more. Learn to laugh and don’t take things so seriously. Stop being a cynical, whiny child who always complains. If you aren’t going to put in the effort to change it, then you can’t say anything. If you have bigger demons to fight and need to see a therapist, do it.

Don’t blame women for your struggles. Being smart and polite doesn’t entitle you to a great girl. You have to make her laugh, get physical, and create deeper connections. If you have anger towards females, it will show through and turn women off.

Be a leader. Women want a guy who goes after his desires and makes decisions. Speak your mind. Take more chances in life. Flirt with women you’re interested in and learn to get physical with girls. Come up with awesome dates rather than always asking what she wants to do.

If you’re ridden with anxiety, the only way to defeat it is progressive exposure. Challenge your comfort zone daily in small steps and build a foundation of positive reference experiences. You cannot will yourself to defeat your fears, you have to disprove them with actions.

Stop being a nice guy. That doesn’t mean you become a jerk, far from it. It’s about being honest with your intentions, placing your needs first, and valuing yourself. Do shit that makes you happy and stop trying to please everyone else.

Embrace and express your sexuality openly. Accept female sexuality and stop slut-shaming — we all want sex. Rid yourself of unnecessary jealousy and resentment. Stop emotionally manipulating others and doing favors with strings attached. If you haven’t already, read No More Mr. Nice Guy and get ready to have your mind blown.


Build your social confidence and emotional intelligence. Make eye contact with and talk to every single person you come across during your daily activities. This will help you deal with a variety of people in different situations while feeling comfortable in your skin. Practice makes perfect.

Broaden your social circle. Join groups, find local social/networking events, go to fairs, concerts, and festivals. Strike up conversations with people there and make friends.

Work on your career. I understand times are hard but still most guys don’t put in the effort to land the job they want. Send out way more resumes, revise your current one constantly (ask for assistance from friends/head hunters) and hustle. If you fail first interviews, read up on interview skills and develop your non-verbals (body language and voice).

Joined LinkedIn and start building your network. Pay for the premium service which allows you to message companies. Answer questions on relevant groups which get you noticed. Go to business and networking events near you. Try Eventbrite, Thrillist, and local event/Tweetup sites.

If you have a job, hustle to move up the ladder. Get proactive and fix something that no one else has. Stay off the damn computer at work and be productive. If you’re at a job that treats you like shit and won’t promote you, start looking elsewhere. You spend 1/3 of your life at your job so find somewhere you actually enjoy.

Become a man of many passions and interests. If your only hobby is playing League of Legends, fine. But then accept that most women aren’t going to be excited watching you play a 6-hour gaming marathon. There has to be something you’ll find awesome that women will want to be a part of.

Take a cooking or art class. Try salsa dancing. Go to a Comic/Anime convention and talk to girls there. Join a sports meetup group (rock climbing, tennis, running). Whatever it is, you’ll always have something interesting to talk about and be able to invite a girl into your world. If a man on his deathbed with a broken neck can grow to fly planes and race cars, you can get out there and experience something new.

Approach new women regularly. Live a life of choice and abundance. This is the #1 action you can take to improve your chances with women. Making the most opportunities for yourself is critical — you can’t be upset with your lack of a dating life if you sit on forums all day long. Beautiful women don’t jump through the interwebs!

“But I’m scared of being rejected and I have approach anxiety!” Yeah, we all do and we all had to push through it. I chickened out for over two months until I bit the bullet and did it. Once you get through your first approach, it only gets easier. Read my approach guide and stop waiting around!

These points force you to push yourself to new levels, take an honest look at your weaknesses, and face your insecurities. I never said it was going to be easy, but nothing worth having in this world is.

But the one thing I can promise is that if you put in the effort, you will be handsomely rewarded.

Talk to me for a free strategy session and I’ll help you:

  • Clearly understand what’s holding you back with women.
  • Design a concrete plan of action to attract and connect with the type of women you want.
  • Apply tailored advice to the real world through practical exercises.
  1. Andrew on July 13, 2012

    I’m bookmarking this and will use it for inspiration, pretty much covers all the bases. Great job thanks man!

    • Nick Notas on July 13, 2012

      Thanks for the compliment, glad you enjoyed it.

  2. James on July 13, 2012

    Haha, I laughed about the League of Legends. Great read and I’m enjoying all the other posts as well. I’m really going to try to challenge myself on the idea of progressive exposure, hopefully I can go with it. Keep up the good work!

    • Nick Notas on July 14, 2012

      Glad you liked it James! If you keep your head up and are willing to push yourself, I have no doubt you’ll succeed.

      • Ed on December 5, 2013

        Yea, I felt like he hit a couple spots that are applicable to me so much lol.

  3. kik369 on October 11, 2012

    Great article. Very inspiring.

  4. Mak on October 11, 2012

    I don’t comment on articles ever; even ones I really like. That being said I loved this article, and will be printing it out and taping it to my bathroom mirror. It provided a fresh perspective in some areas of concern and kicked my ass in other areas where I needed it. Overall very inspirational.

    • Nick Notas on October 11, 2012

      Hey Mak, thanks for such an amazing compliment. Happy you found it useful and reached out.

  5. Nick Notas on October 11, 2012

    I do wish more men would invest in themselves. Not only for women, but to increase their health, confidence, and overall happiness.

    Just remember not to take it personally if they’re scared to approach. In fact, it may be that they find you so attractive and that makes them nervous. Have you tried sending them any approach invitations (smile / eye contact) or saying hi yourself? You’ll be surprised at how often it works.

    Thanks for the kind words!

  6. nXqd on October 15, 2012

    bookmarked, very nice and comprehensive post 🙂

  7. RD on November 23, 2012

    This is great!

  8. Charlie on April 17, 2013

    Keep your nails clean, shower, and wash your clothes if they smell (can’t believe I have to say that).

    Oh yes—–yes you do Nick! Lol!

    Fellas, I work around a ton of women in my career field and believe me when I say this: their noses are far more sensitive than men’s are.

    Great article Mr. Notas. Keep em coming!

  9. Eric on June 28, 2013

    As a future music teacher, I’m concerned about the possibility of students believing they just “aren’t musical” (in ed psych terms, believing in “entity theory”) instead of thinking that musicality is something that can be developed over time. Now I feel like I need to invest in improving this dimension of myself not just for me but also for my students; if I don’t believe in incremental improvement for myself, how can I convince others to buy into it?

  10. Zan on September 28, 2015

    This is to true when u mentioned that guys have george clooney looks but yet they fail to attract women.. it was same case with me 10-15 years back…But now as i have reached my 30s i have build an attractive lifestyle yet somehow I am not getting as many dates as i should…and i am a decent looking guy…so what is going wrong here Nick ?


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