So then I came across this on Reddit:
As faithful readers of this blog know, I have a severe allergy towards 'self-help' and pop psychology of any kind. I believe that people like Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins and Rhonda Byrne are the snake oil peddlers of the twenty-first century. They should be rounded up and forced to sit in a room and listen to their own drivel over and over again until they repent and vow to never again sell people false hope. I don't care who moved my cheese, I will not 'visualize' my way to happiness and contentment and I do not want to activate my inner archetypal quantum chakras.
I am also most certainly not any kind of model of success and perfection to those seeking advice and enlightenment.
Nonetheless, I did find the question intriguing and wondered what 10 things I would recommend another person should know. Honestly, I haven't learnt all these skills myself yet (especially numbers 4 And 10), but I still think they're worth doing.
10 Things to Learn
- How to create unsucky presentations: http://pinterest.com/seanhc/create-unsucky-presentations/
- Some basic computer skills: How to search effectively, troubleshooting basic problems, engaging social media, using a spreadsheet programme and formatting a document.
- Know a bit about how your own brain works – and how often it misfires. Here's a good place to start: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases
- How to speak and write convincingly and engagingly.
- Develop at least five techniques for generating novel, creative solutions.
- Learn to think critically and independently.
- Do something artistic or creative. No matter how bad you are at it initially.
- Grow your sense of empathy / compassion / understanding – for even the most frustrating and seemingly least deserving people.
- How to drive responsibly and courteously in a variety of conditions.
- Know when to speak up… and when to shut up.
- Learn to learn.
- Finally, learn to break free of your own constraints: If you think you'll only manage 10 things, push for 12!
What would you add?