The Most Valuable Skills You Should Have for Your Entire Life

The Most Valuable Skills You Should Have for Your Entire Life


What is the one skill you can’t live without to survive in life and business? What skill have you learned that has made the most impact in your life today? These are some of the most valuable skills you can have for your entire life. You will be better off and live a happy life if you can master these skills.

1. The ability to express your thoughts.

“Seriously, I believe this is something most of us lack. It’s extremely important for a person to learn to put into words, what he thinks. It makes a relationship last. It creates an impression on the person you’re talking to. It gives you a chance to explore what others think about your ideas. It lets you answer questions on Quora in a way other people understand.”

“Although I’m no expert, I can say that you can always develop this skill simply by learning to talk without fear. Talk to a stranger, a fellow passenger on a train or your child-hood crush, they won’t mind (I’m not sure about your crush, though). That way, you’ll be forced to express your thoughts as clearly as possible. And that’s exactly how you learn the art of expressing yourself and your ideas!” Abhishek Padmasale

2. Letting go. 

“You are changing.  The universe around you is changing.  Just because something was right for you in the past doesn’t mean it still is.  This could be a relationship, a job, a home, a habit, etc.

Holding on is like believing that there’s only a past; letting go and moving on is knowing in your heart that there’s a bright future ahead.

Focus only on what can be changedRealize that not everything in life is meant to be modified or perfectly understood.  Live, let go, learn what you can and don’t waste energy worrying about the things you can’t change.  Focus exclusively on what you can change, and if you can’t change something you don’t like, change the way you think about it.  Review your options and then re-frame what you don’t like into a starting point for achieving something better.

Focus on today. You can decide right now that negative experiences from your past will not predict your future.  Figure out what the next positive step is, no matter how small or difficult, and take it.  Ultimately, the only thing you can ever really do is to keep moving forward.  Take that leap without hesitation, without looking back.  Simply forget the past, look straight ahead and forge toward the future.”

3. Self Discipline

: The only skill you require to master any other skills or habits.

“We all make resolutions throughout the year. Some of us want to get fit and go for a run at 5:00 in the morning while others want to get good at public speaking and networking. The only thing stopping us from completing all these resolutions is ourselves. An inner voice within us stops us from waking up early in the morning or meeting new people. If we have proper self discipline we can suppress this voice and live a life that is defined by our own rules.

I know it is very hard to master self discipline. But if you start today and take small steps you can have the ultimate power to control your mind and body.” Nikant Vohra

4. Learning to be happy alone.

“If you master this skill, trust me, nobody can take away your happiness from you. Be your own best friend, enjoy your own company, and be happy. If you master this skill, eventually you will start appreciating people in your life!” Anubha Saxena

5. Charisma

“Having a compelling charm that inspires devotion in others. You can be broke, unintelligent, foolish, and physically unattractive and still be successful if you have the ability to make other people genuinely want to help you. Charismatic people are easy to recognize, they’re the ones you can’t help but like.

They make other people feel good about themselves, are always present in the moment in your conversation, and have an uncanny ability to inspire trust. These people are popular because they’re so good at making friends.” Michael Graham

6. The ability to stop thinking about what other people think of you.

“A. In all honesty, no one cares.

You’re not special. It is a vicious circle. We go through our days thinking of what the other person is thinking of us. At the same time, that “other person” is thinking about what you think of him and no one has the time to actually think about anyone.

B. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

You will never be able to please everyone.  You will always be judged. But what is the worst thing that can happen when someone judges you? Yes, that’s the right answer. Nothing.” Kushal Raha

Originally shared on Quora