A woman’s guide to outkicking your coverage

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In movies, the awkward fat kid in the corner wins over the head cheerleader because he’s nicer than the quarterback. By now we all know this is bullshit. If you don’t look like Ryan Gosling, you won’t win her by being nice. During sorority rush, nice was how we described a girl we wanted to cut to the rest of the house. It was (really bitchy) code for bland and boring.

You know the stereotype: Nice guys finish last. And they do, but not because they’re nice.  

Because that’s all they are. 

Maybe your last girlfriend left you for a total asshole. First, that will be punishment enough for her. She will remember the nice guy she threw away when she’s sobbing on the bathroom floor after finding nude pics of another woman on her boyfriend’s phone. She may even think this is punishment for how she treated you. 

But she will not come crawling back. Let it go. 

Second, “asshole” isn’t a quality that attracts women, even if that appears to be his primary character trait. If you look a little closer he’s probably one of the following:

Talented. Guys confuse this with athletic. Being a great athlete is a talent, and one that attracts many women. But it’s not that different than being a great mechanic or the most successful BMW salesman in the metro area. Ultimately, she wants to be with someone she’s proud of. One of my ex boyfriends could build or fix anything. That was his sexiest quality, and I do mean that as a compliment. My roommate still asks if he’ll come over to hang mirrors. 

What are you good at? Do that often. 

Ambitious. Where will you be 10 years from now? Still in that cubicle reading the mailbag every Friday? (Good for you. Aim high). This is not about money but about purpose. Life is short and all those cliches. By 30, you should have some idea what you want and how to get it.

Alternatively, come up with a convincing lie. 

Funny. If you can make her laugh, you’ll succeed, even with no other redeeming qualities. 

Right Clay? 

Rich. Money is just a byproduct of the qualities above. Find your talent and be ambitious; you’ll make money. Driving a Range Rover and living in Belle Meade because your parents pay for everything is not attractive. She wants to know how successful you’ll be, not your dad. (Actually, how is Dad holding up?) 

Skeptical? There is not enough money in the world to make me want to sleep with this guy once, much less for the rest of my life:


Trust me on this, Bret Bielema didn’t get his hot wife because he’s rich, but because he’s talented, ambitious, and probably funny as well. The trifecta! 

Regardless, if money is all you got going for you, you can still pull the hottest stripper at Deja Vu. 

Until she divorces you and takes half.

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.