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Random Essential Skills Everyone Should Master

Updated on May 25, 2012

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If you're bored but feel like being productive, you should learn a new skill. Learning a new skill can help you feel smarter, help in situations where the skill is needed, and give you something to do when you're bored. Following is a list of new skills to learn. Some of them are accompanied with instructions, whether in video form or in website form, as well as written instructions. There are also great products, like how-to books. Check it out!

Yarn And Needles 04 by breezyme on deviantArt
Yarn And Needles 04 by breezyme on deviantArt

Skill # 1: Knitting

Everybody should learn to knit, because it's a useful skill and a good concept to be able to understand. Looping and knotting yarn using two simple needles is a good, constructive way to pass some time, and something nice to do with your hands while watching TV or listening to music. Knitting is also a great way to make sweet gifts for friends and family. There are lots of YouTube videos that can teach you to knit, but the best way to learn is from a friend or another person. Grandmas are great for this, but lots of people know how to knit. Try local nursing homes for a great old lady knitting teacher.

If you already know how to knit, try learning to purl or learn some new patterns or cables.

How-To-Knit Video

This YouTube video is very clear and concise, and will teach you the basics of knitting. Online videos are a great way to learn a new skill, because you can replay the video if you don't understand something. As one teacher says, "YouTube is patient and repeats itself." Check out YouTube and other video sites for more great instructional videos.

Stick Shift by canvasproductions on deviantArt
Stick Shift by canvasproductions on deviantArt

Skill # 2: Driving A Stick Shift

Learning to drive a car with a manual transmission is an essential skill. You can learn from your parents, a trustworthy friend, or another instructor. The beach is a good place to learn how to drive a stick, or you can try an empty parking lot or a big field. It's best to learn in a not-too-populated area, for safety reasons. It may take awhile to get used to using all four limbs while driving, and synchronizing the pressing of the clutch with shifting. This is an important life skill, because you never know when you'll need to be a designated driver, or give a friend a ride in a manual car. Also, cars with manual transmissions tend to be cheaper and get better gas mileage, so learning this skill could save you a lot of money.

Here's a tip:

Don't learn to drive by "accident!"


Photoshop Novelty Photo
Photoshop Novelty Photo

Skill # 3: Using Photoshop

Photoshop, and other similar picture editing software, are very good to know how to use, even if you don't need to use them in your career. Besides being able to crop photos and edit the color settings, you can use Photoshop to make amusing novelty photos, or paint gorgeous artistic photos. To learn to use Photoshop, you can try free tutorials online (YouTube and other video sites have many great ideas for beginners), or learn from a book or friend. Photoshop is a good program to become familiar with for current jobs or a new career.

If you're already proficient, learn about a new tool or a new fun technique, or if you're already a Photoshop whiz, try mastering Illustrator or InDesign!! If you get REALLY good at these programs, you have a better chance of getting a great job that involves computer-assisted design (CAD)! These programs look great on your resume.

Products To Help You Learn More

These great products can be ordered through these links. Some skills can be easily learned through books, and these are some fantastic hand-picked books (plus Photoshop, the program!).

salad by JennaStock on deviantArt
salad by JennaStock on deviantArt

Skill # 4: Making A Great Salad

Salads are delicious and healthy, and the values of salads are vastly underestimated. Lettuce, cabbage, and other veggies are very good for your long-term as well as short-term health, and they're so tasty, too! Try adding nuts, dressings, cheese, or croutons to add some zest and flavor. Salad recipes are many and varied, and for dieters are one of the most fantastic dishes. See below for some websites with great salad recipes, or make up your own!

If you already know how to make a killer salad, there are plenty of other food categories you could try to master!! How about a fantastic soup or an awesome crepes recipe, or a great potluck dessert! The recipes you could master are endless.

"To catch her, learn to dance.

To keep her, learn to cook!"

Salad Recipe Links!

Here are some great links where you could learn to make a fantastic salad!

Chess Set by hever-stock on deviantArt
Chess Set by hever-stock on deviantArt

Skill # 5: Playing Chess

Everyone should at least know the basic rules to chess, and how the pieces move. It's a game that challenges your mind, and even if you lose all the time, you can still have fun and celebrate your own personal accomplishments!

One of the most important things to keep in mind while learning and playing chess is sportsmanship. Learning to respect your competitor and others while playing chess is essential. Try joining a chess club, playing online, or just challenging a friend to a game. If you're already very good at chess, try playing in a tournament! You'll have a great time, and even if you don't win anything, you'll have a fantastic experience, and might even make some friends!

Face Painter At The Sunday Market
Face Painter At The Sunday Market

Skill # 6: Face Painting

It's a great thing to learn to do for parties, or you could start a face painting business. Invest in some good, makeup quality paints, and practice a lot. Your artistic skills will be very helpful in learning to paint kids' faces. See the lens below for ideas on how to start a face painting business, or just paint your own child's face for fun.

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Tell me all about what you've learned! What new skills should everyone master? What have you learned lately? How did you like this website? Thanks for stopping by! Have an AWESOME week.

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      5 years ago

      I would like to learn lion taming, cliff diving, spelunking, ice hockey, and deep sea scuba.

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      6 years ago

      I worked at a pizza delivery place for awhile, and one day my car broke down. The manager said I could borrow his car, but it was stick shift and I didn't know how to drive it. Maybe I should learn that sometime.

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      6 years ago

      WOW!! You're truly AWESOME! I really love your lenses, want to learn from you :) Can you teach me?

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      6 years ago

      I'm too uncoordinated for knitting but I can drive a stick shift if absolutely, completely and totally necessary. I am mediocre at chess, make an OK salad but you do not want me painting your face. I am good at PhotoShop and I can write a little bit. I think everyone should master, or at least pretend to master typing. This is another fun lens, nice work!

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      7 years ago

      Learning a new skill is useful, it can make one's life colorful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Cynthia Davis 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for the inspiration to learn a new skill. I never did learn how to drive a stick shift, maybe now I will!

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      8 years ago

      Love it - a great mix of ideas. I did lots of knitting and crochet as a kid, would love to get back into it.

      I'd suggest learning to cook something new. Great fun and you get to eat it afterwards.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      8 years ago from Quezon City

      From your list I still need to learn two skills #1, knitting and #6, face painting. So true, driving a stick shift is an essential skill - my dad insisted that I learn how to drive in a car with manual transmission before driving an automatic and having that skill has made a difference. Because of it I tend to stay alert and am more aware of speed changes. Wonderful lens!

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      C A Chancellor 

      8 years ago from US/TN

      I've wanted to learn knitting for years; it seems like such a soothing activity. I'm going to save this page -- maybe I'll make it a new year's resolution to learn knitting!

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      8 years ago

      Learn a new language, or if that is too much, pick up a dictionary and turn to a random page to learn a new word. Don't just look at the meaning; check out the derivation also. It is surprising how many words are similar in many languages. How about learn about a different country? Just a couple of random thoughts. As you can see , your great lens got me thinking!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      So true! I really do need to learn how to use Photoshop.

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      8 years ago

      There is nothing like learning a new skill.

      It keeps you youthful.

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      8 years ago

      I agree, we are never too old to learn something new, also one of the reasons I love browsing Squidoo lenses, I am always amazed at new things I learn! For me, I really must learn how to use my Paint Shop Pro to it's fullest potential! Great idea for a lens! - Kathy

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      8 years ago

      I know all the skills but knitting. I think I will take your advice and learn something new. I love to learn! Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      Everyone should know how to survive for 72 hours without electricity (ie - have an emergency supply kit on hand). Winter is coming!

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      8 years ago

      What a fun page with great idea to learn new things.

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      8 years ago

      Anyone who's bored and needs a new skill MUST learn how to juggle!!! Good exercise and great for hand-eye coordination! Highly recommended!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Oh - I have a few essential skills on my list.

      One is how to make a Squidoo page like this. Squidoo has changed my life, made me money, and helped me donate painlessly to charity.

      Another is learning how to use the library very, very well. For instance, many people do not know you can order books from other libraries via the Interlibrary Loan program (in the U.S.)

      My dad taught me two skills that will help if I ever need to survive (or go on Survivor!) - How to make a fire and how to catch fish!

      Good ideas on this Squidoo lens!


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