88 New Skills: Learn Something New Everyday

Want to maximize your free time? 

One of the best uses of your spare time is to learn a new skill.

Just think about the most successful people in the world. 

Usually, you will see that those who do well in life understood the importance of mastering a few important skills.  They are not better than you. However, they have made that commitment to dedicate their spare time in the pursuit of learning (instead of vegging out in front of the television.)

With that in mind, there are countless things you can learn in your spare time. 

In the following article, we will cover 88 skills you can master (with an hour of dedicated time each day) that can dramatically improve your personal and professional life. 

Let's get to them...

Personal Skills to Learn

1. Understand Yourself

If you don't understand yourself, start today. Find a mirror, and start a conversation with yourself. That's all you need to meet yourself.

You'll see exactly what a stranger might see in you, and from that point, you can start to recognize your own behaviors and exercise some control over them. With a little bit of care -- like clipping the hedges -- you will take a new, more defined shape as an individual.

Resource: How to Get to Know Yourself in 5 Fool-Proof Steps

2. Become a Cultivator.

Nothing happens overnight. All skills start with a seed, and you cultivate that seed over time. This is that seed: Become a cultivator. Remember that your job is to take care of your skills over time.

It is impossible to LEARN all the skills you will need in a single week, month or even ye​ar. Learning new skills is the process of a lifetime. The cultivator understands that.

Resource: The 49 best free websites and apps to learn something new

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3. Learn to Pace Yourself Properly

There is a reason you don't try to sprint through a marathon. You'll get tired, exhaust yourself early and the people that paced themselves will pass you.

Few understand that this translates to work and self-work, but once you recognize that controlling your pace will affect your long-term, you'll soon understand that this is a skill worth learning a hundred times over.

Resource: True Productivity at Work Requires Pacing Yourself

4. Simplify

With all things, seek simplification. In order to simplify, you must recognize and eliminate the unnecessary parts and leave only what is necessary. Does this explanation seem simple to you?

Resource: Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life

5. Become Visionary

Instead of desiring or thinking about things, envision them. Figure out what it would take to get from point A to point B with visual, intense recognition of what it is that you want to create. You cannot be a visionary if you can't see what you want in your mind.

The difference between someone that imagines and someone that envisions is simple: One is attempting to marry their vision with reality, while the other is trying to imagine something that they think is separate from reality.

Resource: 5 Steps for Becoming a Visionary Leader

6. Become Organized

Organization is putting things in places intentionally. Organizing time is putting yourself in certain hours like organizing your room is putting your stuff in certain places.

If you are not organized, you are a mess. This is an all-or-nothing skill, being halfway organized is as good as being halfway disorganized. You're not organized until you're done.

Resource: 21 Success Habits of Highly Organized People

7. End Procrastination

Procrastination is what happens when you lack desire. It's imaginary, and there's no such thing as procrastination when you have your desires burning a hole in your chest.

Remember what you want, put it at the forefront of your mind and get to work. Don't let your perfectionism  and fears keep you from success.

Resource: 6 Steps to Overcome Procrastination-Causing Thoughts

8. Take Care of Yourself

If you've never said "I love you" to yourself the way you could tell it to someone else, go find a mirror and do that. Be the type of person to yourself that you are to people that you love, and you will always have a best friend on your team that cares about your success.

Resource: 22 Daily Routine Habits for an Amazing Start to Your Day

9. Be Willing to Work

If it takes work to get there, the skill of being willing to work is invaluable. If you constantly complain, you're a terrible worker. It means you subconsciously aren't really willing, you're forcing yourself.

In order to work at your maximum, you need to be ready to say yes to work and all of the difficulties that might come with it. Most people reject or resist their work, but acceptance is the ultimate tool to getting more done.

Resource: 8 Ways to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want to

10. Focus

Steady, consistent focus is one of the most valuable skills in the world. Pure and relentless focus on a single subject is achieved not by forcing yourself onto something, but forcing it onto yourself.

Open your mind to the task at hand and close it to all else, and it will come to you.

Resource: 12 Foolproof Tips for Finding Focus

11. Stylize What You're Doing

One of the defining skills of artists, artisans and craftsman from each and every culture is that the highest levels of success involve an individualized style that's impossible or extremely difficult to replicate.

Learn to create your own style through your personality. Study the subject of style across as many arts as you care for.

12. Become Cultured

One of the limitations of coming from a single culture is that you miss out on the spectrum of how people can truly live their lives out. One culture might work frantically while the other relaxes frantically.

The more you understand about various cultures, the more you can tap into the psychology of what is essentially another world and use it as your strength.

Resource: 20 Ways to Become More Cultured

13. Seek What Genuinely Interests You

It's a shameful thing to start a conversation if you're not truly interested in one. You deny all of your listeners your better self. Likewise, it's a shameful thing to not act, work and behave in ways that genuinely interest you. It won't be the real you if you don't really care.

This is why it is important to truly care about your work, relationships, success, your future and the rest of the laundry list. Find things in life that hold your attention and that you ENJOY doing.

"Having passion" for the things you do may be a bit trite... but it is true. If you really get behind the things you do, then keeping up the learning process will not be a chore, but something that you actively pursue.

Resource: 50 Self-Coaching Questions To Help You Find Your Passion

14. Use Your Body

Obesity, procrastination and lethargy all have one thing in common: The people suffering from them are all unable to use their body to its true potential.

Exercise, physical motion and thinking are all forms of using the things god gave us for free. Tap into that whenever possible; don't be afraid to think, sprint or just take that short walk in the morning for the sake of your health. Choices have momentum.

Resource: Walking for Weight Loss: The 1-Pound-Per-Week Workout Plan

15. Learn to Negotiate

The art of negotiation starts with understanding that prices are not necessarily fixed. People will do plenty to earn a customer, and sometimes that means they'll drop the price of a purchase considerably for someone that's willing to negotiate. Those that learn this skill would be best suited with starting small, like buying in bulk from a grocery store manager.

Resource: What is Negotiation?

16. Be Humorous

You're trapped on a desert island with two people. One is annoying, and one is funny. Everyone at all times will prefer to do activities with the funny person while leaving the annoying one back at camp.

The ability to be humorous is rooted in the ability to recognize absurdity, chance, circumstance, tonality, language choice and emphasis. These are all powerful skills independently, but together, they form the basis of humor.

Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill

17. Maintain Proper Posture

The human body is a delicate system that can be easily ruined by constant, uneven balance under the forces of gravity. Muscles fuse, spines contort and tendons tear. Maintaining proper posture can be difficult, but the skill is absolutely worth the effort.

Resource: The Ultimate Guide to Good Posture

18. Enjoy Yourself

​Many people go through their lives in a cloud.  They feel miserable.  They feel that some nebulous date in the future is when they will "achieve" happiness. They may even feel they need "things" or "status" to be happy.

Unless "things" are needed for basic survival. This is patently untrue.

If you are poor and unhappy, you will likely be rich and unhappy too. You need to learn to enjoy the life around you. Don't rely on others and realize happiness is not an external force, but something you control.

Resource: How to be Happy Alone

19. Learn How to Schedule

If you can't keep a schedule, you will never be in control of the true value of your time. You need to be able to say "this will happen at 2 PM tomorrow" and follow through with that statement. This is a must-learn skill, so start scheduling as soon as you possibly can.

Resource: 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

20. Maintain a Budget

Budgeting is an art form. It is an expression of the way you want to steer your life and what is required for you to get there. You could easily slip into terrible habits or carve out your financial future with exacting precision, but you're going to need a budget either way.

A budget is the ultimate way to get what you want out of life; it's better to overestimate it than underestimate it.

Resource: How To Budget: A Simple, Flexible Method For Everyone

21. Apply for Loans and Credit Cards

Some people are too scared or lazy to apply for loans and credit cards. Using money that isn't yours can be extremely powerful, both for better and worse. But you can never enter the territory of trying if you never even applied.

If you have bad credit, welcome to the 86-new-skills-to-learn list. There is still the option of secured credit cards, though.

Resource: I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

22. Manage Your Debt

After you owe money, remember that managing your debt is a simple matter of making timely payments and paying in a way that pays off the debt in the fastest way that's reasonable.

In other words, don't use your rent money to pay off your rent, but it might also help to brew coffee at home sometimes and put that extra money towards your debts.

Resource: The Simple Dollar by Trent A. Hamm

23. How to Save, Spend and Invest

Spending money is the art of using your money as you see fit to improve your current situation. Saving money is the art of cutting back and resisting the urge to spend for the sake of your future situation.

Investing money is the art of spending money for your future situation. Learn to master when these are most crucial in your own life with your own unique circumstances.

Resource: The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

24. Weighing Risk and Reward

With all decisions come risk and reward. Some situations are more risky while others are more rewarding. The trick to making these decisions is to consider all potential risks alongside all potential rewards and try to figure out whether or not the choice is really worth the risk.

Resource: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

25. Cook for Yourself

Cooking is a simple yet diverse skill. It encompasses so many different other, smaller skills that most people feel overwhelmed. Pick a few dishes that you'd like to be able to make at every hour of the day and get to practice! You'll save money and develop a priceless independence.

Resource: Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous by Esther Blum

26. Learn to Be Great At Learning Itself

Learning is a skill, and it can easily be developed to new heights. By recognizing patterns, tools, tricks, tips and time-saving approaches, anybody can become a faster, more effective learner.

Resource: Make It Stick! by Peter C. Brown

Mental Skills to Learn

27. Ask the Right Questions

The first and most significant skill any human being can learn in their lives is knowing how to ask the right question or questions. Many people seek answers for questions they have never even asked. When we ask ourselves the right question, we cut away any chance of wasting our precious time seeking that which is not what we truly need.

A great way to develop this skill is to constantly ask yourself the following:

  • What is the best question I could ask myself?
  • How do I get what I want?

Resource: Get In the Habit of Asking Better Questions

28. Utilize Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to enhance your situation by using a higher level of thought. Critical thinking is a mass mix of separate skills that all come together to form thought processes that lead to better results.

Critical thinking is a magnificent tool for achieving higher success, and you can easily improve your results in life by simply being aware of what it's like to think critically.

Resource: Defining Critical Thinking

29. Work Smarter

In order to fully achieve a degree of success in work, you're going to need to start flexing those thinking muscles and doing things in a smarter way. If hard work pays, smart work increases the amount being paid. It is a magnificent skill to develop.

Resource: Work Smarter Not Harder: 17 Great Tips

30. Find and Remove Useless Habits

If we define useless here as having zero or worse of an impact on your goals, then simply cutting these things away would have dramatic results. Stop reading silly information you don't really care about if there's something you already know is better that you could be reading.

Stop watching TV that contributes nothing to you, and you will suddenly find yourself with far more time on your hands for your own success.

Resource: 27 Proven Steps to Break a Bad Habit (without the Cravings)

31. Minimize the Word or Idea of "Almost"

Almost is a word that is almost always used incorrectly. The problem with saying "almost" is that it implies that you can trim back your energy levels; you're "almost" there, so slowing down is ok. It isn't, it's nonsense. Give your best to be your best, and the skill of being your best is not about "almost."

Resource: Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

32. Develop Confidence

Someone asked me how I can sit back and get paid so calmly and comfortably. My answer was "I'm kind of amazing." The only problem I have with that sentence is that I told them "kind of."

Confidence is in recognizing your own strengths and living, breathing and speaking them. Confident people can have weak moments, but confidence is never weak.

Resource: Self-Confidence - 11 Habits to Nurture to Get It

33. Think Positive

There are a ton of negative thoughts that could cross your mind at any moment. A baby goat was just hit by a bus. That's pretty sad, but you wouldn't be sad if you weren't thinking about it. You can't be anxious, nervous or fearful while truly thinking positive.

You can take control of the way that you feel, behave and move forward, but you first need to start thinking in those positive, product ways that provide energy rather than draining it.

100 Positive-Thinking Exercises That Will Make Any Patient Healthier & Happier

34. Stay Sharp

Keeping your skills active is the ultimate way to stay sharp. Anytime you walk away from something, you move further away from being able to do it at your best unless away time was sincerely needed. Keep at what you care about or you will be about as useful to achieving your goals as a dull saw is to wood.

Resource: Deliberate Practice: What It Is and Why You Need It

35. Remember to Breathe

Oxygen is a catalyst for our bodies that's so important, we take breaths constantly and hardly even notice. We need a constant supply or we will lose consciousness in short order. With that said, it's important to remember to breath in deeply. It should feel good to let the air in, almost like a reverse hug from the inside. The exhale should be calm and comfortable.

The effects can be felt immediately. Develop this skill and powerful breathing will become second nature. It's important to remember that you won't become perfect at breathing better overnight, but it's well worth the wait to develop.

Resource: Health Benefits of Optimal Breathing

36. Learn to Break Poor Thought Patterns

The ultimate way to take power over your mind is to start thinking about your thoughts, with an especially careful eye towards negative thinking patterns.

Why did I think that? Is this thought significant, and is it harming my success? Is this thought going to lead me to true and lasting success, or is it a way of defeating myself?

The more you watch the thoughts, the more you separate yourself from them and gain the freedom to live up to your true potential.

Resource: Negative Thinking

37. Memorize Profound Text

If you love quotes, poems, lyrics or excerpts, you need to be able to memorize them. While it's great to be able to repeat them to others, we cannot remember everything that crosses us.

By learning to remember the significant words we cross, we become better at instilling them within ourselves. If it's important enough to remember, it's probably important enough to embody.

Resource: Memorization Tips and Tricks

38. Maintain Awareness

Most people get trapped in plans, goals, memories and ideas. Life happens around them without them being aware. Meditate.

Be present to everything that's happening as it happens with no need to judge or analyze it. Simply embody what it means to experience life, and awareness will come to you quickly.

Resource: Eckhart Tolle: “Awareness is the greatest agent for change."

39. Think Logically

Many people encounter a problem and immediately react with an emotional, erratic train of thoughts. They panic, worry, fear or generally become overwhelmed by a negative emotion.

Logic is mathematical; it is the process of finding appropriate answers. Remember that the appropriate answers are what matter, not what you are feeling in times of trouble.

Resource: Mental Models: How Intelligent People Solve Unsolvable Problems

40. Learn to Analyze Data Effectively

If you're presented with numbers, graphs or charts, you need to be able to analyze it and come to your own conclusions. This is basically what every last successful investor has done, and it's a priceless skill to develop.

41. Doing Thorough Research

When you seek the information here in this list, remember that one source can only give you what it has to offer rather than what's truly available. Be sure to seek more information, even if you think you have all the answers, because one little epiphany could change everything.

Resource: How to Research Effectively

Communication Skills to Learn

42. Communicate Successfully

Communication is the backbone of humanity. If your skills in communication are weak, you are weak. You are powerless in your ability to communicate your needs, wants, desires and troubles.

Resource: Basic Communication Skills

43. Write Effectively

Writing is the art of commanding thoughts in another's mind with simple words. The structure, order and choice of words will dramatically change what people get out of your work.

Do you really want to spend hours writing something that nobody likes? No, you don't. I promise.

Resource: Writing Habit Mastery by Steve Scott

44. Learn to Offer Value to Others

The best default psychology for a success story is to have something to offer that people want. It needs to be valuable, and you need to be the one giving it out. You need to communicate the value of what you're doing to others so that they may understand it.

That's all it takes to be someone that people seek. Once you understand what it means to offer value, you can start to orient your behavior around creating and developing aspects of yourself that are truly valuable to yourself and others.

Resource: Give and You Will Receive

45. Be Personable

One of the biggest benefits of becoming a unique individual is that you can now speak with others very directly and in a way they can't find elsewhere. That's being personable, and it's invaluable; there is a priceless process in becoming a priceless person.

One of the key components of that, though, is how you relate to others. What better way is there to relate to an individual than individually?

Resource: The conversational power of HPM

46. Speak for An Audience

If you aren't prepared to speak in front of 1,000 people at this very second, how can you expect to be someone that 1,000 people look up to? Great habits lead to greatness, and greatness attracts attention. Imagine being someone incredible and ruining the speech with nervousness, shaking hands and stuttered words.

Resource: A Quiet Person's Guide To Effective Public Speaking

47. Greet New Faces

Being afraid of talking to people is silly. People are usually docile, but at worst they're merely unkind. Even if it hurts your feelings, you'll recover from rudeness. But you'll never recover from never having met all those cool people you didn't realize were crossing your path.

Resource: 13 Habits To Make An Amazing First Impression (Every Time)

48. Keep a Conversation

Remember that conversations can end as quickly as they began. The skill of conversation is the ability to add one more sentence that opens the doors to new things to talk about.

If you want to earn friends, change the dynamic in a room and create an air of worthiness about you, you're going to need to keep a conversation.

Resource: How to Build the Social Skills Habit

49. Writing in a Professional Context

If you can't write to a professional, the chances that you can communicate with one successfully will drop dramatically.

Learning to compose professional messages, drafts and resumes is the ultimate way to get in touch with people that are thousands of miles away.

Resource: Writing Skills

50. Question Conventional Wisdom

The masses have their opinions, and many of them are wrong. Some people will tell you that conventional wisdom is almost always wrong, but there's a reason people don't like venomous snakes or poison ivy.

Reject any wisdom that's falsely constructed, of course, but conventional wisdom is often merely repeated opinion. Question it deeply.

51. Develop Business Relationships

Business relationships are the difference between mild success and unimaginable success. Humans are the most powerful creatures on this planet in terms of the ability of one to change your life forever.

A business relationship is one of the most crucial tools we have: it's a way to find people with skills we cannot attain, funds we cannot produce, locations we cannot procure and time we cannot buy. Developing a business relationship is the creation of something sincerely priceless.

Resource: The Daily Entrepreneur by Steve Scott & Rebecca Livermore

52. Cut Ties With the Wrong People

In the same way that developing relationships is an important aspect of success, cutting away people that will detract you from your journey to your highest potential is a necessary part of growth.

Don't be afraid of the process: It can be done quietly, quickly and definitively. Ending relationships can be as simple as removing your time from another person's life in recognition that it isn't beneficial for you, them or the both of you.

Resource: Fire Your Friends: Drop The Negative People In Your Life

53. Speak to Authority Respectfully

Authority figures such as officers, CEOs, sheriffs, detectives, moguls, masters, gurus and pioneers command a different degree of respect. As such, they expect to be treated slightly differently than the average person.

Learn to address authority figures with both a degree of respect and a degree of camaraderie. Don't suck up, just treat them with a higher degree of respect in light of their position and potential.

54. Active Listening

Most people's chief desire is to talk, whether they recognize it or not. They often say nothing of substance, they just constantly eject words from their mouth. What's ironic is that by listening more, the things they say would become more valuable by merit of how much information they absorb on a day to day basis.

Resource: How to Be a Good Listener

General Skills to Learn

55. Read Anything Useful

Get in the habit of reading through things. Articles, blurbs, drafts, books and volumes of material are all worthy of your time. Remember that I said useful out of context: It's your job to decide what exactly that means for you personally.

200+ Best Self Help Books (or How to Never Run Out of Good Things to Read)

56. Relax Effectively

You're going to be doing a lot of work once you absorb these skills. Quality rest is as good as quality work time. When you need a break, take one. Never let your work damage you so much that you have to stop working. That's why I told you to pace yourself.

Resource: Dealing with Stress: 16 PROVEN Ways to Relieve Your Stress

57. Learn to Cut Back

You don't have to say or do as much as you probably assume. You can say less while explaining more. The only way to simplify is to cut away.

58. Be Comfortable With Change

If your life sucks, it's pretty obvious that you're going to want it to change. Likewise, if it's amazing, you're going to want it to either stay the same or get more amazing.

Both of these scenarios present the potential for change. Why fear it if you're going to potentially want it for the rest of your life?

Resource: One Habit at a Time: How You Create Lifelong Routines

59. Stay Hydrated

Water is square one of personal responsibility. There are children in third-world countries that literally beg on street corners for water, and yet there are so many people who take their unending access to water for granted.

Learn exactly what hydration is and feels like. Seek to stay properly hydrated at all times, as it is life-changing to go from being under hydrated to constantly hydrated.

Resource: The Ultimate Guide on How to Increase Daily Water Intake

60. Eat Like You Respect Yourself

Most people eat like they're hungry and have a taste in mind. Few eat as though they respect themselves. Does that person eating their second combo meal of the day truly respect their body? Does that fourth soda really contribute to self-worth? Simple self-respect goes the furthest when it comes to eating healthy.

Resource: Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink

61. Keep Clean

Cleanliness is, in fact, next to godliness. The issue that most people have with cleanliness is that they assume they must clean rather than be a clean person. Keeping clean is about a constant, simplified approach to cleaning: You clean over time rather than all at once.

If something is on the ground, pick it up now. If there's a few things on the floor, get them and then get back to what you were doing. Do this all day and it will become second nature.

Resource: Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern

62. Stay on Top of the Weather

There are two types of people that ride bikes: There are people that ride in the rain, and there are people that never went out in the first place. People that do not check the weather before they act are often the worst off and most likely to be placed in harm's way by their own lack of weather-preparedness.

Resources: Weather Apps on iTunes and Google Play

63. Change a Flat Tire

Flat tires are either silly inconveniences or serious issues. The difference between the two is often in the ability to fix them quickly. People that cannot change flat tires are reliant on the help of others, and sometimes that costs a fair amount of cash.

Resource: How To Change A Flat Tire

64. Jump-start a Dead Battery

Someone on this planet, at this very second, has a dead battery. What's worse is that they probably don't even have jumper cables. A dead battery is not as easy to fix as a flat tire because it inherently requires another person, but what if the other person only has the battery to offer? Will you be ready to affix the cables, go through the motions and get your car up and running? Or will you be left at the roadside?

Resource: How to Jump Start a Car – The Complete Guide

65. Take Worthwhile Photos

A picture is often worth far more than a thousand words, but all of the terrible photos ruin the average. Be considerate of the angle, position, proportions and color balance on the photos you take.

Resource: 40 Tips to Take Better Photos

66. Navigate Through Foreign Places

Map technology has made navigation quite simple, but even with it, many people do not understand how to work their way through a new place.

A few basic memorization skills and a trained sense of direction are mandatory aspects of moving through somewhere new, and you should be fully prepared to find your way through a city without needing much help.

Resource: How to Read a Map

67. Shop Smart

Shopping is the art of getting what you want for your hard earned cash. It's not something to be taken lightly, because the way you shop has the power to transform how much money you truly have. It's never about cheap or expensive: It's always about dollar for dollar.

Resource: How to Cut Emotional Spending

68. Swim Well

Swimming is an amazing skill, because it's half recreation and half survival. The ability to swim produces excellent health benefits, and the ability to swim well is no exception.

Ideally, you should be prepared to swim in the ocean for a few hours while you wait for rescue, but swimming from the middle of a lake is a decent secondary goal. Start small.

69. Build Emergency Shelter

When it comes to an emergency situation, few people realize that building shelter is actually quite simple. Sticks, mud and leaves are all that's needed to build a fire, create a clay pot and have a fully standing structure.

70. Get a Fire Started

Following up with the emergency shelter, starting a fire from scratch is painfully simple. With nothing more than friction, air flow, kindling and a mass to hold the flame.

Resource: 9 Ways To Start a Fire Without Matches

71. Work Under Pressure

Working under pressure is an invaluable experience. It takes the art of working and transforms it into a process of finding the best, most effective and flowing ways to operate. It helps cut out waste and improve total performance.

72. Basic Self Defense

Basic self defense is simple and painfully underappreciated. The common assailant is an untrained thug, and they are not educated or trained fighters. At worst, they know how to box, but that makes them easier to predict. Take a martial arts class or find a self-defense seminar near you.

Resource: Basic Self-Defense Moves Anyone Can Do (and Everyone Should Know)

73. Dress Appropriately

People respond to clothes and appearance subconsciously. What you wear sets the tone of what you're doing. Someone at the beach in a full suit looks silly, but the same person in shorts and flip-flops looks appropriate.

Learn to master this skill and watch the world bend around you.

Resource: 30 Basic Style Tips You May Not Know But Should

74. Stretch

Stretching has so many benefits that it requires volumes of books and medical studies to explain. Learning stretching is highly advised, as it can prevent injury, improve performance, enhance your mood and keep you prepared for sudden moments of reflexive action.

Resource: Stretching Exercises

75. Sewing, Stitching and Patching

Learning to sew, stitch and patch is an excellent skill because it is as diverse as it is useful. While it's been typically considered feminine, there's nothing feminine about saving an expensive pair of pants from destruction.

Resource: How to Sew

76. General Repairs for Common Items

If you're using something over and over again, it's a great idea to know how to fix it. This applies to cars, sinks, tools and whatever other day-to-day items get you through work and leisure.

Resource: The Most Common Home Repairs You Can Easily Do Yourself

77. Use Technology

If you can't use new technology, you're immediately behind on what problems the human race has been solving lately.

Technology is all about doing things better, faster or smarter through new methods and tools. Don't be one of those people that fears technology; master it.

78. Protect Your Sensitive Data

Your personal data is invaluable. Guard it. Your passwords, official paperwork and even driver's license number can all be used against you in the wrong hands. Know what's at risk and what's secured, and always seek to secure what's at risk.

Resource: Protecting Sensitive Data

79. Backing Up Critical Files

If you have some kind of important files, they need to be backed up. If you've never lost a document worth a significant amount of money, count yourself lucky. Don't wait until it's too late, keep a backup of your most crucial files.

Resource: The Best Online Backup Services of 2016

80. Preparing for Emergencies

Fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters will continue to happen throughout our lives. There is no sense in hoping when you could be prepared. Understand exactly what it takes to be prepared for emergency situations, and you will be far ahead of the pack when it counts.

Resource: Ready.gov

81. Functioning with the Basics

Remember that you only truly need food, water, shelter and protection from threats to get by. If you cannot function without the Internet or television, you have lost touch with what you are at your core. Be ready to lose it all and it won't matter if you ever should.

Resource: 6 Basic Survival Skills That Will Actually Keep You Alive

82. Learn the Basics of Marketing

Marketing is how you get products from your hands to the hands of another. In other words, with marketing, profit is far more possible than without it.

Advertisements, phone calls, branding, word choice, special products, giveaways and so much more are all part of the massive body that is marketing. To understand it is to have a significant advantage over the competition, but it is also a simple necessity for developing higher success.

Resource: Principles of marketing

83. Respect Money

Money is a form of energy unlike anything else on this planet. You don't need to like it, love it or hate it, you simply need to respect it. Remember that money carries its weight wherever it goes; even in a foreign country, foreign money is worth foreign money.

The skill of having a neutral, respectful opinion towards money is one lost on the masses. Cultivate the skill and money's true nature will be in plain sight.

84. Find the Right Music

Music is an extremely powerful form of psychological energy, but some music isn't suited for certain tasks. Don't listen to a mariachi band during neurosurgery.

Try not to play “Highway to Hell” during a funeral. Likewise, pay careful attention to the music you choose to listen to and when. Use it as a tool whenever possible.

85. Apply First Aid

First aid should be simple, but certain issues are more touchy than others. For example, what should be done if someone needs stitches, but none are available? What should be done in the event of a broken bone? What happens with burns, bites and infections?

Knowing these skills could easily save a life. Would you really rather play that video game, or is it a distraction?

Resource: First Aid (from Mayo Clinic)

86. Perform the Heimlich

You're in the middle of a crowded restaurant and a man is choking on his dinosaur chicken nugget. Not only is he embarrassed to be eating chicken dinosaurs, he might die. His only hope is that someone knows the Heimlich around him. The technique is simple, and anyone can learn it with a little bit of care and research.

Resource: Choking: First Aid

87. Perform CPR

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is the simple art of knowing how to jump start someone's lungs with a little bit of your own air. This is an absolute must-have skill in emergency situations, and it's one of the first things that professional emergency medical transporters are taught.

It is also easy to learn with care and research, and learning this technique is highly advised. It could save your child's life one day.

Resource: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR): First aid

88. Dance!

Dancing is the long lost art of letting go of concern over what anyone, including yourself, thinks about how you look. It is the art of moving your body according to how you feel rather than what you think is appropriate.

There are so many people that cannot be comfortable enough in their own body to just have fun and move; don't be one of them. Be free, let your body move and enjoy it. If you're still insecure, take a dance class so you can see all the other terrible dancers out there.

In Closing...

These are just 88 new skills to learn that can add value to your life.

Odds are, I will add more to this list in the next few months. 

But as we close things out, try to imagine what you would be like if you were able to develop some of these skills in your life.  

If you can just add one or two skills from this list, then that would be a better use of your time than wasting your time watching T.V. or playing that latest game on your phone. 

So my advice is simple:

Pick one of the skills mentioned in this list and make that commitment to work on it for the next month.  Even if you spend 30 minutes on this activity, then you will have added something valuable to your life in just a few short weeks.

Good luck!

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