Back in high school, I mostly tuned out the parade of lame, cliche motivational speakers we had come and speak–enough with the talking cop car, D.A.R.E. officer–except for one. He said that a wise man doesn’t learn from his own mistakes, but from the mistakes of others. For some reason, that always stuck with me, and rings in my ears whenever I hear about the latest antics from once-awesome pop star turned epic screw up, Chris Brown.
Let’s be honest: Chris is one horrendous mistake after another. His newest public fiasco? He’s promoting what seems to be a puppy mill. Dude, first you hit a girl, and now you go after puppies?! What’s next, sexually harassing unicorns? Ugh.
But just because CB is a trainwreck the likes of which humanity has never seen doesn’t mean we can’t learn a few things from him. Check it out…
1) Avoid Minor Drama
We all have our less-than-dignified moments, from a public screaming match with your BF to throwing up on the limo driver after prom. If you’re looking to leave your rock-bottom moments behind, avoid getting involved in scandals now. Chris wants people to see him in a new light but how can we when he’s turning into Michael Vick 2.0?
2) Think Before You Tweet!
You can do a lot of damage in 140 characters! Chris sets the bar super high for over-the-top awful Tweets, like the one where he mocked a member of B2K for being molested as a child or one telling “haters” to F-off after his Grammy win. You may not reach such unimaginable levels of douchebaggery with your own Twitter page, remember that you can’t unring the bell. You may delete a nasty, embarrassing or TMI tweet, but once your followers see it, the damage is already done.
3) Take Responsibility For Your Mistakes
Instead of, say, throwing chairs through windows at Good Morning America because reporters dare to ask you about them! You may want people to forgive and forget, but that’s not something you can control. The quickest way to repair your rep is to sincerely apologize and own up to your wrongdoings.
4) Keep Your Cool
Confession: I’m kind of a hothead. If someone gets up in my face it’s all I can do not to get all scratchy and bitey and kicky. But I don’t. Beceause no matter how nasty the other person is, I’m the bad guy if I let things turn physical–and that’s the way it should be. Violence is for people who are too stupid to think of another way to deal with life.
Even more stupid? Those weirdo girls who write things like, “Chris Brown could abuse me any day!” Notice he never writes back to say, “Hey girls—love that you love me, but you shouldn’t let anyone—not even a dude like me—abuse you.” I mean, can you imagine how much good that would do for his rep? It would do So. Much. Good. But he’s too much of a dumbass to know that.
Is there anything else Chris Brown has taught us about how not to live our lives? Chime in in the comments!