13 Cheat Codes For Life

By Bilal Hafeez

(3 min read)

I was recently scouring through Reddit and I came across a discussion on ‘cheat codes’ for life. Many of them were surprisingly good, so here are the best ones I saw: 

  1. Several times in life, I’ve cold called a company to confirm my interview time. I didn’t have one prior to my call, but in their confusion and inability to even find my resume I’ve managed to secure an interview about four out of five times. Twice I’ve gotten the job. 
  1. No one stops a guy or girl carrying a pizza. It can get you backstage to concerts. 
  1. When I was in my old 500+ person building, I kept a stack of papers on my desk. When I was bored, or got tired of sitting down, I’d get up, grab my stack of papers and walk around. I called them my “walking papers” and did this for months. Got a lot of head nods and not one question the entire time. People always assumed I was on an important mission, but nope. Not in the least. 
  1. You can mute the self check-out kiosks. You can also increase the volume on all of them just before your departure. 
  1. When you feel someone doesn’t tell you the full story about something, when they’re finished talking, just stare at them like you’re waiting for them to tell you more. After an awkward silence, they’ll probably tell you the rest (if there is any). 
  1. When my daughter was little and still believed band-aids cured things, one time she had a belly ache, so I put one on her belly and it made her feel better. Power of placebos! 
  1. If you have no complaints about your food service/staff at a restaurant, ask to see the manager and pay a compliment and a ‘thank you’ about the server/host/staff. Usually, people want to see a manager to complain, and a compliment is nearly always welcome. I’ve gotten countless free drinks/appetizers/chips/% off my bill – all for just making a polite comment to management. 
  1. I am an assistant teacher in a preschool. Asking if kids can use their sitting muscles and listening muscles during circle time makes the kids want to show me how ‘strong’ they are. 
  1. If any website offers a percentage coupon code like ‘10percentoff’ try higher values like ‘20percentoff’, they often have them. 
  1. Slow cooker recipes are almost impossible to mess up. Get a slow cooker, find a highly rated recipe that interests you, and follow it to the letter. Bam, you’re a decent cook. 
  1. If you ask your wife/girlfriend what they want to eat and they say ‘whatever you want’ or something to that extent, but you want to get them what they want. Say ‘ok I know what I want’ and get them to guess. Their first guess is what they wanted, so go with that. Source: my wife is indecisive and picky. I’ve done this multiple times with her. It works. 
  1. If you need to make a decision quickly give people two options. Even if they don’t like either of these options they will likely pick one. I learned it when I was working with people who have dementia. It works on everything. 
  1. When someone says something true, say ‘you’re right’, not ‘I know’. It’ll make them feel better and you’ve still shown everyone how awfully clever you are. 



Bilal Hafeez
 is the CEO and Editor of Macro Hive. He spent over twenty years doing research at big banks – JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, and Nomura, where he had various “Global Head” roles and did FX, rates and cross-markets research.

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