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Thursday, August 1, 2013

50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do / Practical Tips for Productive Living

50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

Knowledge is Power

Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades. Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one. While not  totally comprehensive , here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do.
1st Build a Fire  - Fire produces heat and light, two basic necessities for living. At some point in your life this knowledge may be vital.
Second Operate a Computer  - Fundamental computer knowledge is essential these days. Please, help those in need.
3rd Use Google Effectively  - Google knows everything. If you're having trouble finding something with Google, it's you that needs help.
4th Perform CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver  - Someday it may be your wife, husband, son or daughter that needs help.
5th Drive a Manual Transmission Vehicle  - There will come a time when you'll be stuck without this knowledge.
6th Do Basic Cooking  - If you can not cook your own steak and eggs, you are probably not going to make it.
7th Tell a Story That Captivates People's Attention  - If you cannot captivate their attention, you should probably just save your breath.
8th Win or Avoid a Fistfight  - Either way, you win.
9th Deliver Bad News  - Somebody has got to do it. Unfortunately, someday that person will be you.
10th Change a Tire  - Because tires have air in them, and things with air in them eventually pop.
11th Handle a Job Interview  - I promise, sweating yourself into a nervous panic will not land you the job.
12th Manage Time  - Not doing so is called wasting time, which is okay sometimes, but not all the time.
13th Speed ​​Read  - Sometimes you just need the basic gist, and you needed it 5 minutes ago. 
14th Remember Names  - Do you like it when someone tries to get your attention by screaming "hey you"?
15th Relocate Living Spaces  - relocating is always a little tougher than you originally imagined.
16th Travel Light  - Bring only the necessities. It's the cheaper, easier, smarter thing to do.
17th Handle the Police  - Because jail is not fun ... and neither is Bubba.
18th Give Driving Directions  - Nobody likes driving around in circles. Get this one right the first time.
19th Perform Basic First Aid  - You do not have to be a doctor, or genius, to properly dress a wound.
20th Swim  - 71% of the Earth's surface is covered by water. Learning to swim might be a good idea. 
21st Parallel Park  - Parallel parking is a requirement on most standard driver's license driving tests, yet so many people have no clue how to do it. How could this be?
22nd Recognize Personal Alcohol Limits - Otherwise you may wind up like this  charming fellow.
23rd Select Good Produce  - Rotten fruits and vegetables can be an evil tease and an awful surprise.
24th Handle a Hammer, Axe or Handsaw  - Carpenters are not the only ones who need tools. Everyone should have a basic understanding of basic hand tools.
25th Make a Simple Budget  - Being in debt is not fun. A simple budget is the key.
26th Speak at Least Two Common Languages  ​​- Only about 25% of the world's population speaks English. It would be nice if you could be at least communicate with some of the Remaining 75%.
27th Do Push-Ups and Sit-Ups Properly  - Improper push-ups and sit-ups do nothing but hurt your body and waste your time.
28th Give a Compliment  - It's one of the greatest gifts you can give someone, and it's free.
29th Negotiate  - The better deal is only a question or two away.
30th Listen carefull to Others  - The more you listen and the less you talk, the more you will learn and the less you will miss.
31st Recite Basic Geography  - If you do not know where anything is outside of your own little bubble, most people will assume (and they are probably correct) That you do not know too much at all.
32 Paint a Room  - The true cost of painting is 90% labor. For simple painting jobs it makes no sense to pay someone 9 times what would it cost you to do it yourself.
33 Make a Short, Informative Public Speech  - At the next company meeting if your boss asks you to explain what you've been working on over the last month, a short, clear, informative response is Surely your best bet. "Duhhh ..." will not cut it.
34 Smile for the Camera  - People that absolutely refuse to smile for the camera suck!
35 Flirt Without Looking Ridiculous  - There is a fine line between successful flirting and utter disaster. If you try too hard, you lose. If you do not try hard enough, you lose.
36 Take Useful Notes  - Because useless notes are useless, and not taking notes is a recipe for failure.
37 Be a Respectful House Guest  - Otherwise you will be staying in a lot of Hotels over the years.
38 Make a Good First Impression  - Aristotle once said, "well begun is half done."
39 Navigate with a Map and Compass  - What happens when The GPS craps out and you're in the middle of nowhere?
40 Sew a Button onto Clothing  - It sure is cheaper than buying a new shirt.
41 Hook Up a Basic Home Theater System  - This is not rocket science. Paying someone to do this shows sheer laziness.
42 Type  - Learning to type could save you days worth of time over the course of your lifetime.
43 Protect Personal Identity Information  - Personal identity theft is not fun unless you are the thief. Do not be careless.
44 Implement Basic Computer Security Best Practices  - You do not have to be a computer science major to understand the fundamentals of creating complex passwords and using firewalls. Surely doing so will save you a lot of grief someday.
45 Detect a Lie  - People will lie to you. It's a sad fact of life.
46 End Date and politely Without Making Promises  - There is no excuse for making promises you do not intend to keep. Also there is no reason why you should have to make a decision on the spot about someone you hardly know.
47 Remove a Stain  - Once again, it's far cheaper Than buying a new one.
48 Keep a Clean House  - A clean house is the foundation for a clean, organized lifestyle.
49 Hold a Baby  - Trust me, injuring a baby is not what you want to do.
50 Jump Start a Car  - It sure beats walking or paying for a tow truck.
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