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12 Non-Digital Life Skills That Are Still As Relevant Today (Part 2)

This post is the second part of a two-part series where we share 12 essential life skills every young person today should have. If you have missed the first part, here it is.

6. Using a map and compass

And we’re not talking about Google Maps and your iOS compass. Knowing how to read a real map and use a good old compass is important because you never know when you might get lost in an area without GPS signals or when your phone’s battery goes out during a hike. It’s essential to have a map on hand when you’re visiting an unfamiliar place, and a compass if you’re venturing into the woods or mountains, just make sure there’s someone in the group who knows how to use them.

7. Home repairs

From drilling holes for a painting, cleaning the air-conditioner filters to unclogging a toilet, there should be at least a person in the household who can get them done without having to call in the plumber or handyman for every little issue. With video tutorials on almost every single home DIY job on the internet, there is no excuse to leave everything to the pros and spend money unnecessarily on simple tasks like replacing a door knob.

8. Public speaking

People today are speaking on the phone less often and messaging and emailing much more, let alone speaking in front of a group. Even if you are not planning to be a politician or a talk show host, a skill in public speaking will give you an edge in your career or business. Afterall, it is about capturing an audience’s attention and the ability to sell your story, whatever that may be. Public speaking is something that many people fear and dread, and that is why clubs like the Toastmasters exist to help people overcome the anxiety. If you’re already feeling butterflies in your stomach from reading this, check out your local Toastmasters Club and acquire this highly valuable skill in no time.

9. Martial arts

Equipping yourself with martial arts helps you defend yourself and your loved ones when faced with danger from aggressors. Knowing how to protect yourself and your family gives you a sense of confidence that not only keep you safer, but also happier. Practicing a martial art such as Taekwondo, Karate, Judo or Wing-chun is a great way to keep healthy, build self-discipline and patience. The benefits far outweigh the time invested, and if you’re not sure if you’ll like it, trying checking with your local martial art clubs and self-defence classes if they offer any trial lessons.

10. Ballroom dancing

Ballroom dancing as a social activity has been around since the days of the royal courts way back in the 16th century. Like public speaking, it is a skill that takes time and effort to master, and one that gives you an edge in social and formal occasions. Learning some classic dances such as the Waltz or Tango gives you a social edge, helping you rise to the occasion when it’s called for. Declining a dance invitation from the CEO at the company’s ball might not be the wisest career move afterall.

11. Basic wilderness skills

Outdoor survival skills may not be on the top of your to-learn list, but learning how to start a fire without using a lighter or matches, pitch a tent or cook food using solid fuels and tins may come in useful during emergencies such as power failures or natural disasters. Knowing basic wilderness skills not only lets you experience the wilderness safely, it’ll also give you a sense of security even if you never have to apply the knowledge.

12. Gardening

With most of us living in cities with easy access to fresh groceries and vegetables, knowing how to grow vegetables is a fun skill worth cultivating if you have gardening space. Other than the satisfaction you can get out of eating your own produce, a nice garden adds value to your house and helps you save some grocery bills too.


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