30 life skills every functioning adult should master

Life is funny.

No one gets a handbook upon turning 18, complete with all the rules they will need to memorise and competencies they will need to acquire.

You’re just supposed to know that you should have more money coming in than going out, and you shouldn’t wear a fuzzy orange sweater to a job interview. And while those may seem more obvious, others such as “managing up” — the strategy of gaining your boss’ trust by helping them achieve their goals — are even more subtle, valuable behaviours.

We’ve put together our own handbook of sorts, which lists many skills you’ll need to survive as an adult in the modern world.

It’s based on the Quora thread “What are some of the most useful skills to know?” as well as scientific research and expert opinion.

We can’t promise we’ve outlined every skill you might need, but if you’ve mastered these, you’re off to a good start:

30 life skills

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