What are some skills that everyone should have by the time theyXCHARXre 30 and how can they be mastered?

Sameer Bhalerao

Sameer Bhalerao, Been there. Wrote that.

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Merci pour A2A Tullika
I am in my twenties and my answer will be based upon the observations and experience that I have thus far in life. As to be said about how skillful you can be, there is no limit. However in my opinion and personal observation here are a few that I found to be necessary. They might sound small and not-so-interpersonal but they do help you to be self-dependent at times.

  • Learn Swimming- One of the most under-rated and over-looked skill in life.
  • Adapting to changes- People complain about how this new place/thing/person/rule is illogical and not able to part with it. Improve your adaptability.
  • Cuisine- I am not talking about being an expert cook and being able to prepare dishes on demand. But at least learn to cook basic food items so that you don't have to eat raw rice in case cookies are not available with you.
  • Start saving- Its all about money. Not about how much you make but how much you spend and invariably,save.
  • La gestion du temps- One of the key skills to be successful at whatever you do. Needless to say more.
  • prioriser- Apart from your daily chores,this includes people as well.
  • Smart search on internet- Internet is one of the best things that has been designed by humans and you must learn how to make the most out of it. Or it will just be a drag.
  • Compétences sociales- In the end, it will not matter how much bank balance you had but how many balance friends/family you have. So try to stay in touch with old friends, welcome new ones in life at par with being caring for your family.
  • Basic laundry- After all one has to do his cleaning after him.
  • Basic household repairs- And if you own a car, learn to change a flat tire or oil or other common stuff.
  • Basic self defense techniques- And that might further include talking your way out of sticky and endangering situations with minimal compromise.
  • Learn to say NO- Yes that helps,a lot,often.
  • Au volant- You don't own a car, doesn't matter,you might own one someday. You should learn how to drive. Safely.

    And everything that has been added in answer to this question- What can I learn/know right now in 10 minutes that will be useful for the rest of my life?

    Bonne chance!

Apoorva Waikar

Apoorva Waikar, Pediatric Resident at Brooklyn, NY

Répondu il y a 226w

Thanks for the A2A. There are three things which come to my mind which are essential before one is 30.

1] Time Management:
I think this is one of the main reasons for familial discord, and unhappiness. Couples not spending time together? Children being raised exclusively by nannies? The problem is that right from the time we start working, we tend to make our work the center of our world, and put everything else around it, all the while telling ourselves that once we've saved enough, this is all going to change.
Lesson #1: This is not going to change! Learn to juggle personal and professional life from day 1. Differentiate between what really requires your time Vs what is not a priority. Do you really need to go to that basketball game with your boss to get on his good side? Not a bad idea. But what if you have a 3 year old daughter who is waiting at home? what if that is your wife's only day off and she is looking forward to having a quiet dinner with you? Things will not get easier with time. You will never have more time than what you have now. Learn to use it wisely.

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2] Investing Your Finances:
One of my distant relatives was an engineer, working in what was considered a reputed company in the 70's. It was a big deal to be an engineer in India in those days. He retired about ten years ago, after more than 30 years of service. He now lives in a house which his children bought for him as a 'gift', because all his money went in paying for his wife's surgery.
Lesson #2: Invest your money well. This does not limit to stocks/ bonds. a lot of people I know don't even have health insurance! [Maybe not in USA were everyone has to have insurance now]. Invest in a good property, buy land, know the basics of finances/ business, have health insurance. Start early! You never know when it will rain.

3] Being Open to Change:
Got a new job halfway across the world? Planning to get married but are afraid of commitment? Want to move out of an unhappy relationship but are afraid your'e not going to survive?
Lesson#3: Embrace change! The world around you is changing. Your twenties is the time you can make such decisions. Most decisions will serve as a lesson for the future. There are going to be a lot more factors involved to resist change as one ages. Make mistakes and learn from them. Explore new territory and gain the experience you need for your future.

Abhinav Gupta

Abhinav Gupta, Electronics undergrad, Aspiring coder, Avid gamer

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The one skill that I think needs to be mastered definitely is being open to criticism.
I think in order to succeed in life you should always accept criticism and always respond positively to it and never think ill of people who point out your mistakes.

In my opinion this is a very important and very hard skill to master. Even people who say they are open to criticism sometimes are just fooling other's and indeed themselves.
Even I have many a time proclaimed that I like it when someone points out my mistakes, I always respond positively to criticism but there are many times I feel resentful towards people who do it. There are times
I just ignore people and don't listen.
And this skill needs to be mastered by people of all age groups and not just till 30.

This is my opinion.
Many highly important skills have already been discussed in the other answers so I don't want to repeat but I will certainly add more if I think of new ones.

Merci pour le A2A Tullika. Appreciate it.

Deepak Mehta

Deepak Mehta, Lifehacker.

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This is a problematic question as it treats the entire population segment above 30 (40-50% of the world population) as one entity.

There are huge differences in people across the world. For people on the lowest rung in the economic spectrum, survival and foraging 2 meals a day would be of utmost importance.

So, let's assume you are talking about the average middle class person with a decent job and a stable income, sufficient educational qualifications and enough resources at his/her disposal to not worry about food, clothing, shelter etc thus having time to focus on other higher order needs.

What are some skills that everyone should have by the time theyXCHARXre 30 and how can they be mastered?

(Sample set: People over 30; with their psychological needs taken care of)

Skills "everyone" should have:
1. Cuisine
Should actually be taught in schools as part of the curriculum. Cooking isn't a job as most people think. Neither is it too hard a skill to acquire. All you need is a few lessons in the basics, knowledge of the important spices, condiments and seasonings used and a good sense of taste and smell.

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I have seen people surviving only on restaurant food or fast food when their spouse is away or if their maid is on leave. All they need is to learn how to cook a few basic meals.

Some people complain it is time consuming. It is not. Like any other acquired skill, it will take you longer to make a meal in the beginning, but as you practice more, you can streamline the process and make it more efficient. When I started out, it would take me anywhere between 1-1.25 hours to make a simple meal. Now it takes me less than 20 minutes. I have a rough algorithm to categorize, prioritize and schedule the various activities.

I started out by learning the very basic of cooking an Indian meal - rice, dal, chapattis and a few veggies. Now I have expanded my platter to include non veg preparations (multiple varieties of chicken, mutton, fish, prawns, eggs and bacon), Italian food (pasta, pitabread, , desserts (gulab jamun, porridge, cake, cheesecake etc), breakfast (pancakes, fruit juice etc).

There are a host of websites and apps that are extremely helpful.

2. Au volant
One should know the basics of how to drive a 2 wheeler as well as a 4 wheeler. Less expensive than renting a taxi on a vacation. Useful in case of emergencies.

3. Gestion de l'argent
Everything we do is to earn more money. However, with the same amount of money, you can save more and get higher returns if you are judicious.

Know about:

  • Good and safe investments
  • Do not get a credit card
  • Learn about the basics of investing in the stock market (and never get too greedy)
  • The basic tax laws and how you can effectively minimize your tax liability by a mix of investments
  • How to plan your budget and track your income and expenses
  • How to get the best out of a deal (bargains, cheapest prices, eBay etc)

4. Ability to strike up interesting conversations
Conversation-making is probably the most underrated skill. People spend a lot of time travelling and/or waiting. Why not utilize it to talk to the guy/girl next to you? Do it, they won't bite.

What you get out of it?

  • An interesting acquaintance for life (and probably a friend)
  • Stories and insights from a stranger (everyone has one)
  • 30 minutes well spent
  • A good laugh maybe
  • Business connections

As a shy person, I always found it difficult. But one day I decided I would take the plunge and see what happens. That day, I had one of the most interesting conversations with a stranger during the train journey. The other person had tales of his youth (years before I was even born) to tell, a few heart-wrenching personal accounts and some wonderful life advice.

So instead of asking a question, "What life advice would a 60-year old share with 20-year olds?" on Quora, go out and talk to a 60-year old.

5. Basic survival training
Imagine you are in an accident or a crash. Your chances of survival will solely depend on how well you can analyze the situation and use everything at your disposal to help you live and get out.

What you should know?

  • Knowledge of plants and animal - edible, poisonous
  • Knowledge of the major ecological spheres - forests, oceans, deserts, snowy mountains.
  • How to conserve water
  • How to build a shelter
  • How to build some basic weapons
  • A good signalling mechanism
  • How to avoid predators

6. A secondary marketable skill
What if you were an investment banker and suddenly found yourself without a job after the 2007 crisis?

Always have a backup. What else can you do except for trading and valuations? Can you code? Can you design something? Can you write? Can you work as a salesperson?

You should always have a secondary skill you can earn with. You might not be as adept at it, the industry might not be as well paying, but it will still save your skin in times of need.

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7. Basic working knowledge of essential tools and technologies
Know how to use a cellphone, a computer, a scanner, how to fix a broken equipment or a stalled car, a wrench, a bow and arrow etc.

Apart from the above, other useful skills could be:

  1. Emergency medical training (CPR etc)
  2. Langage des signes
  3. Basic grasp on the major languages in the world - English, Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi
  4. La programmation
  5. Self defence

I will leave you with a quote from Robert A. Heinlein.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein

What are some skills that everyone should have by the time theyXCHARXre 30 and how can they be mastered?

Smriti Iyer

Smriti Iyer, Pastry Chef

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I think EVERY SINGLE PERSON be it man/ woman.... must learn how to cook!

Now, I'm not telling everyone to get fancy in the kitchen...
Till what extent you take your skills is upto you...

But, If you cannot learn something as basic as that.. And have to depend on someone else for your stomach!
Then I don't see the point of all that education!

Basic skills like this are often ignored by majority of people!
Some would think it's a chore meant to be done by.... The wife/ mother/ women in general..

Others (like- people living alone) would find it better to eat outside rather than doing it themselves..
And often end up being unhealthy.. Which can have immediate or long term health problems.

Jimmy Lam

Jimmy Lam, Research Executive at MediaCorp

Répondu il y a 226w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 63 et de vues de réponses 133.5k

Learn to love yourself I guess. Because loving yourself is to improve yourself and to love others (we are all human first and foremost)

How to learn this "skill"? Question your beliefs and values. Understand how they came about. What kind of social environments or people sparked it. Decide whether these are your values. Meet people, find mentors willing to teach you for they act as catalyst. For loving yourself is to uphold your moral and intellectual integrity. So love people, reciprocate, at least the ones who are kind back. For those who are not, they are just not ready to recieve love. Let them be, unless you are in a position to change minds.

But as Deepak pointed out, not everyone around the world is privileged with the time and space to do such. People like us from developed societies are privileged. Perhaps you would want to volunteer your time in the future so kids in underprivileged societies have the opportunity for self-actualization too.

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