The skills you were taught in school are mostly not that useful anymore.

  • You don’t need to know that the Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
  • You don’t need to know that Neptune is a gas planet.
  • You don’t need to know that an isoscolese triangle has two sides of equal length.

What you DO need to know is now up to you.

Until we change what we teach in schools, no one else is going to teach you what you actually need to know.

Here are 8 examples to get started:

  1. History has been written by the winners, and you can either sit still or help the rest of us re-write it.
  2. Good guys think they are the good guys and bad guys think they are the good guys, so it’s up to you to question authority and question yourself.
  3. There is a 0% return on investment for complaining, so you’d better turn that into motivation or you’ll be stuck.
  4. A spreadsheet is simple and incredibly useful–you need to know how to use one effectively.
  5. Heart disease is the most common (1 in 4) causes of death in the U.S.–so, yeah, learning to cook and eat healthily is a life-changer.
  6. The most common regret of the dying is “not having the courage to live a life true to themselves,” so maybe you should figure out what that means and how to get it.
  7. There are a lot of different personalities out there and you’re going to have to work with them, so you’d better learn to negotiate and operate alongside them.
  8. It’s hard to know when to put yourself first and when to put others first, but with some practice, you can figure it out.

This is just a quick list of things that have been on my mind.

These “soft” skills are so critical in our world and they’re not part of any curriculum I’ve seen.

Until they’re taught in schools, it’s up to you to teach yourself (and those around you).

2 Minute Action

Pick one from the list that is resonating with you.

I want you to take real action this time–not self-reflection or setting up bigger tasks for later.

Ask yourself right now what you can do to move closer to your goal in 2 minutes.

It’s okay if it’s small, in fact, that’s the point.

Everyone has 2 minutes.

Let me know what your action is in the comments or if you have any other life-skills that should be added to this list.

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