There are so many things we all have to learn in this short life of ours.
I am by no means a life expert, and on a daily basis I keep learning more and more about stuff I never even knew existed.
However, I do believe there are a few life skills which all of us should try and master at some point in our life. This will improve not only our quality of life, but that of the people we spend most of our time with.
I am sure all of you reading this have probably managed your way around a few of these skills listed below, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try add a few more to your list!
The Ultimate Life Skills List
So below are TEN life skills we should all learn and master to improve our quality of life!
#1 Know How To Manage Your Money
Whatever path in life you currently are on, chances are almost definite that there is money involved in your life!
Whether you like it or not, we all could do with a bit of a better financial brain at times. Our entire childhood and school career we get taught all the basics of life, except for one important thing: Financial education!
So it’s up us to actually make the effort, take the leap and educate ourselves as much as possible about how we can get our finances in order, and secure ourselves for the future.
I recent wrote an article about why I think the classical education system has failed us all about being money wise. You can read it here!
I do strongly believe that when we leave high school, or even college and university, we aren’t any wiser as to what the hell to do with money which we receive. And how to turn it into long term wealth.
If you haven’t heard of him before, Robert Kiyosaki from Rich Dad Poor Dad is the king of teaching us all basic financial education and has taught myself and millions of others a lot about this topic.
His original book, called Rich Dad Poor Dad, is an awesome read.
#2 Know How To Communicate With People
Communication really is the glue that sticks us all together. Without it, relationships wouldn’t exist, and no society could actually function effectively.
It’s pointless having all the knowledge in the world, but having no clue as to how to communicate in any way with anyone.
And like so many things, if you suck at communication, you can improve it and eventually master it!
It’s such a key life lesson, in my opinion. Whether it’s for business or personal relationships, we can only benefit from being able to communicate better!
#3 Don’t Let Fear Ruin You
So many times we pull out of an idea or an awesome opportunity because we are scared that it might just not work out. Or even worse, we are scared what other people will think of us!
Trying new things, or making big life decisions is scary. That’s natural, though!
It’s ok to be scared. But we need to rather accept that it’s there, and still force ourselves over that ledge, than rather bail on everything because it exists.
Don’t let fear rule you. Rather see it as your friend. Your motivator. And go for whatever it is you want!
#4 Fitness Is Your Friend
When life starts to get in the way – you know, work, family, friends etc – then it’s super easy to completely let go of yourself physically.
We see it all the time. People start off their careers, and completely forget about ever looking after themselves.
After work drinks, long hours in the office and a feeling of just constantly being tired plays a big part in this.
Don’t let yourself go, and make sure to keep an active weekly routine. And if you feel you already have left it a bit late, well it’s never too late to get back to the fitness level which you deserve!
#5 Manage Those Hours
We only have 24 hours in a day. It’s up to you how you spend it, and whether you feel like that’s too much or too little!
We need to find a way to manage our time better. Everyone can use a little time management improvement.
Below are a few tips to improve time management:
- Write down what you need to do tomorrow every night before bed
- Wake up a bit earlier, leave your phone by your bedside and do something productive while everyone else is asleep
- Limit social media use
- Have a calendar
- Check and answer emails once a day
#6 Mental Health Is Real
I have learn’t these past few years how mental health and physical health really are at the same level. Mental health probably is more vital!
We always assumed that having a healthy body mean’t being healthy overall. That’s not exactly true, though. Having a healthy mind is extremely important for our health.
We need to exercise our mind the same as we do our bodies.
Mediation, yoga, and various physical exercises can help with this!
#7 Learn To Cook A Meal
Cooking your own food is awesome and fun. Learning new recipes, deciding exactly what you want to eat and being able to prepare meals for friends and family is an extremely rewarding process.
It’s a skill, and can be improved through time and practice!
#8 Learn How To Handle Failures
Failing is good. It really is!
I’m most probably like most you in that when I don’t succeed at doing something, I get a bit mad and frustrated. However, failing helps you learn, and you move forward and upward thanks to it.
Learn how to deal with it, and eventually embrace it.
#9 Learn To Make Decisions
Umm-ing and ahh-ing all the time about some of the smallest things is not ideal, and quite frankly just a waste of time and energy.
Check out this article on how to make decision making just a little easier!
#10 Patience Takes Time & Effort
I’m not going to lie, I can be a very impatient person! From standing in queues, to walking behind slow people, there are days where I just want to do something. And I want to do it FAST!
It’s not a good thing, though. I just end up being a bit negative about something which I have zero control over.
Patience is such an important life skill. You can use it in so many different aspects of life, and it will definitely come in handy when or if you ever decide to have a few kids.