8 skills that will help you succeed with or without college. Master these and it’s going to be very hard for you to fail.
1. Public Speaking
Ask the average man what he’s most afraid of and public speaking is usually at the top of the list. But it shouldn’t be and doesn’t have to be. People think men who are good speakers are more confident and more trustworthy. Learn how to speak in public and you’ll be able to promote and sell anything- from products to a worldview to a religious system. But mainly you’ll be able to sell yourself which translates into better jobs, promotions and opportunities.
If you can’t speak well, you can at least write well. Not just using proper grammar but the ability to organize thoughts into a coherent stream. Every guy needs to learn how to write something longer than a text or tweet because nothing will get a resume or job application thrown in the garbage faster than misspelling and glaring grammatical errors. There are tons of websites dedicated to helping you identify and correct basic grammar.
You can’t succeed in life if you spend all your time looking for your keys, debit card or phone. Here are a few rules to get and keep you organized
If you take it out, put it back
If you make a mess, clean it up
If you open it, close it
If you take it off, hang it up
Before you turn up your nose and say “I’m not kissing anyone’s butt for a job”, STOP. If that’s what you think networking is, you’ve been reading way too many blogs against The Man. The fact is, we now live in a world dominated by ideas and innovation born out of collaboration and it’s kind of hard to collaborate by yourself. You must make connections with others.
The How is really very simple: always look for ways to add value to the lives of others. Do that, and you’ll have more connections than you can handle.
5. Critical Thinking
Do you believe everything you see on the internet? Is your credit card a long list of infommercial product purchases? If the answer is yes, you need to develop the ability to critically consider the vast amount of information that you come into contact with every day. Learn how to not only decide if something is true but also if it’s important and how does it relate to other information you’re seeing.
My math skills stopped developing when they started using letters instead of numbers. But that’s ok because I can figure rough percentages in my head, add a list of numbers in my head and figure out how much a 20% tip is without getting out my phone. Just learn these and how to do a few basic statistics and you’ll be way ahead in any negotiation and life in general.
Here’s few to help you get started:
Learn how to calculate area, because it’s the basis for a bunch of stuff you’ll need around the house. It’s really simple just multiply the length x the width.
You can use this information to figure out how many square yards of carpeting you’ll need. After you figure out the area, you convert it to square yards by dividing the area by 9, because a square yard is 3 feet wide and 3 feet long.
Back in the day you had to go to the library to know how many people lived in Dallas. Now I can access that information from my phone. Basically there’s no excuse to be uniformed. None. Saying “I didn’t know” is no longer an option.
Learn how to use google. Develop contacts in various fields so you’ll be able to call them when you need information.
8. Managing Money
If you don’t learn how to manage money, life will suck no matter how much you make. Any guy can do this. Just follow these basics.
You must spend less than you earn.
Give 10%, Save 10%, Live on 80%
Pay cash for everything but a house.
Credit cards are financial heroin
Have a plan every month for where you money is supposed to go.
Keep up with all of your account balances
That’s it. You can do this with a FREE app like Mint.com or a spiral bound notebook and bank statement. Either way. But you have to do it!
That’s all there is to it. Master these 8 and it’s almost impossible to fail. So stop whining about your situation and get to work.