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What skills/talents do you think could better a person if mastered?

Asked by Carly (4550points) June 15th, 2011

my dad said, “fire-building and fire safety”
my mom said, “sewing and ironing”

is there anything you’ve found to be quite useful in life, or maybe something you’re working on right now?

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Coloma's avatar

Self awareness

AstroChuck's avatar

Nunchuku skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills…

ucme's avatar

Being able to gauge the distance relative to speed of a juggernaut bearing down on you is always a “keeper.”

sarahtalkpretty's avatar

Social skills, tolerance, listening skills, humility, empathy, money management. Skills that aren’t taught in school but become a source of struggle for many.

Plucky's avatar

@Carly What do you mean “better” a person? Psychologically ..socially, economically..etc?

linguaphile's avatar

The ability to know when they’re being faced with BS, the judgement to determine whether it’s worth addressing, and the dignity to address it appropriately.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, I think, the ability to get mad at the right time, in the right place, in the right manner and for the right reason.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

When young, it would have been more helpful to have a more global education when it came to language, geography, history, politics, sex and religion. While my mind is still in a state where it can learn, it is much more of a struggle.

Brian1946's avatar

Reeding, righting, and at least one langwitch. ;-p

BarnacleBill's avatar

The ability to sit still, peacefully, for long periods of time
The ability to not meddle in other people’s affairs. Holding one’s counsel is difficult.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Skill: logic and wilderness survival.

josie's avatar

Public Speaking

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wundayatta's avatar

playing a musical instrument

Carly's avatar

@PluckyDog in anyway I guess. I was trying to make it as open-ended as possible.

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Neizvestnaya's avatar

Basic first aid/triage.

Mending (sewing kind).

Knowing how to find North, South, East and West.

Knowing where the sun sets and rises.

How to make a sundial in the dirt.

Knowing how to make potable water from fresh running.

Knowing how to count change and calculate interest.

seperate_reality's avatar

I think you should try different things and find out what you “personally” can become Passionate about. What makes a master of an art or skill? The high amount of “willingness” to become the Best there is, learning and getting the Basics in cold, and Practice, Practice, and more Practice.

Plucky's avatar

@Carly Ahh thank you.

Hmm I think these would be useful to master in:

First Aid.
Money management.
Social skills/Life skills.
Wilderness Survival.
Parenting (if one wants to be, or is, a parent).
Environment and Wildlife conservation.

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