I'm here to tell you something about men. None of this will come as a surprise at all to any woman, who all know everything about men right off. Nothing can fool a woman.
But for those who don't know it...here's a rule of thumb. The more a guy talks about how great he is/was about something, the less great he really was.
You find these guys everywhere...and their stories are nowhere. They will change the topic of conversation around to how they once bagged a bull moose with a cap pistol and six feet of twine...how he scored the winning touchdown on Homecoming against crosstown rival Spiro Agnew High School with five would-be tacklers hanging on for dear life as he carried the ball into the endzone...how they rescued that carload of teachers and orphans that plunged into the Great Suwahaheanowmee River...how they can bench-press someone their own weight and the bench that person is sitting on...how the fish just give up and jump into their boat as soon as they drop in their line...and how many women they have been with in a lifetime of carnal conquests...
A great place to spot these dudes is at a high school reunion, where the urge to show off their accomplishments is paramount. Time after time, I've seen guys boasting about their fabulous lives at a reunion, only to leave later in a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice <<< beater that needed a hotshot to get off the lot.
Women know that the men who actually accomplish things are too busy accomplishing things to stand around talking about accomplishing things.
And at the same time, the reunion talk will turn to someone who didn't show up for the reunion. Where is "so and so" now? Guess he couldn't make the reunion because he's too busy running the news division of a TV network or being an emergency room trauma surgeon or...even better...he's out doing something good for needy members of his community with his devoted family.
That sort of thing is the best success of all, but when did you ever hear someone boast about it?