Turns out, the cowboy was right. (Surprise, surprise.) A good handshake is important for all people to know, but especially for boys. According to a 2001 study by the Incomm Center for Trade Show Research, prospective employers are more likely to overlook tattoos and body piercings than a wimpy—or overly tight—handshake. Studies also show that employers are more likely to judge a man than a woman on the efficacy of their handshake. The cowboy and my son practiced. And practiced. And then the cowboy told my son that when he finally went down to the ranch for the first time and was introduced to the men in the area, it was crucial for Alexander to shake hands properly, and look people in the eye as he greeted them.