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10 Life Skills You Might Want To Learn In Order To Boost Your Competence And Confidence

10 Life Skills You Might Want To Learn In Order To Boost Your Competence And Confidence

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In this life, it’s fair to say we all need to have a few life skills. Nobody really manages to get through this up-and-down roller coaster of a lifetime without knowing a thing or two. In colloquial terms, these kinds of skills are condensed into something we call ‘common sense’, right? It’s not really all that common, and it’s not something you are born with – as is implied a lot. If you have a bunch of handy skills in life, then you’re going to stand a much better chance of getting through it with flying colours – that’s a fact. People out there who lack fundamental skills often struggle with confidence and never really realize their full potential, and that’s quite a sad thought. 

Are you somebody that feels as though they lack a few skills here and there? Do you think you have quite a bit of room to improve? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then that’s nothing to be ashamed or worried about as many people on this planet are in the same boat. The good thing is that you can always improve yourself and make yourself into an even better individual. 

What kind of skills can you boost in order to become a more competent and confident person overall, though? Well, there are tonnes of life skills that we should all work on throughout our lives. Even those who are poised, competent, and seemingly flawless in this world still need to hone their abilities in these kinds of areas. Here are just a few for you right now:

Social Skills  

Being around other people is inevitable – unless you’ve literally managed to find a place with a population of zero! It’s only right that you then figure out how to behave in all kinds of social situations. You don’t need to become the most charming individual in every group, but knowing what to say and how to present yourself will help you out a lot over the years. It’s also wise to brush up on your manners so that you don’t run into any issues.

Fundamental Cognitive Skills  

This is quite an obvious one and one that you learned when you were a child in school. It’s also something that we quietly pick up on pretty much every day without realizing. It’s good to continue learning things like reading, writing, and remembering because it keeps your brain active – and that’s something we all need. It’s also smart to do this as you never know when these kinds of abilities may be called into question.

Nutrition And Cooking  

We all need to eat. Sure, you can get things like fast food and different pre-made meals from the store, but that’s not going to help you out in the long-term. You could also eat out pretty much every time a meal is necessary, but, sooner or later, that kind of option will run out. We’ve already seen this year what the COVID-19 pandemic can do to hospitality companies! Cooking and knowing about good foods is a real confidence booster – it’ll also allow you to live a much healthier lifestyle and aid muscle growth or weight loss, of course.

Knowledge Of Money 

Money is one of the aspects that makes the world go around. It’s something that we all possess and something we all need to learn about if we’re to be more competent overall. Learn the value of money and how it’s the key to getting whatever you want. Know that it can be scarce, so you must be careful with it a lot of the time. It’s also good to know about ways you can grow your income properly – we all want a little more, right?

Taking Care Of Younger Ones

You may not ever have kids, but that doesn’t mean you should look after those who need help. If you do have kids, then you’ll need to know all about swaddling your baby, how to feed them, and all kinds of parenting aspects. Taking care of the future is important, so knowing how to deal with kids is the kind of knowledge we should have in this life. 


Driving, of course, isn’t exactly mandatory here, but it makes anyone feel so much more grown-up. The confidence it gives someone, and the freedom it allows is staggering. You go from being somewhat shackled in your own area to free to roam anywhere you’d like. You instantly become more mature as you now have a large piece of machinery to take care of, too. 

The Ability To Stay Calm Under Pressure

This is one that doesn’t get talked about all that often because we’re all emotional creatures that lose their temper every now and again. Being able to stay calm and not cause a ruckus when things don’t go our way is a sign of maturity. It’s also something we need to be able to do in order to stop things from going from bad to worse. Staying calm and not getting too wound up over things is also an attractive trait – so you might want to keep that in mind!

How To Defend Yourself 

You just never know when you might be in danger from another person (or another kind of being). You don’t need to become an expert in martial arts, but a simple self-defence ability wouldn’t go amiss. If you know how to take care of yourself, then you’ll feel a lot more confident when entering most places in life. You’ll also be able to take care of others, which is just as important. 

Domestic Skills  

Finally, we’ll talk about the jobs you need to do around the house. This kind of stuff is seen by most as pretty boring and something to avoid more often than not – especially at a younger age. It’s absolutely vital to everyday life, though, and if you want to be a competent human being, then you’ll need to know how to take care of yourself properly. You’re going to be an independent human being for the majority of your life (hopefully), so fixing things in your abode and keeping yourself safe should be a high-priority skill to learn.

Disclosure – this is a collaborative post.