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The Basics...A List of Life Skills

Updated on May 13, 2013

Would you like to be living a more fulfilling life? Learning about basic life skills is all you need to start your journey for a better life. If you are choosing to be successful, gain a sense of independence, reach mastery, regain control of your life or are looking for happiness, you can benefit by learning basic life skills.

What are the Basics?

Self Awareness Skills

  1. Identify who you are, who you can become and how to succeed in life.
  2. Be aware of your destiny and potential to achieve.
  3. Discover your purpose in life and the things that create meaning and joy.
  4. Enjoy life’s lessons by knowing that every moment is a great experience.
  5. Make excellent life choices that are in your best interest.
  6. Focus on what is important and avoid distractions.
  7. Understand life stages and the challenges, opportunities and obstacles.

Work Skills

  1. Learn your gifts and talents.
  2. Understand what a monopoly is and how the business world works.
  3. Invest in learning new skills to stay competitive.
  4. Be an intelligent, productive, hard working and ethical employee or employer.
  5. Maintain integrity and be responsible.

Managing Money Skills

  1. Know simple math (add, subtract, multiply & divide).
  2. Learn to budget your finances.
  3. Save as often as you can.
  4. Learn the benefits of having a credit card.
  5. Never spend more than you earn.

Problem Solving Skills

  1. Identify and evaluate possible solutions then implement them.
  2. Be able to think deeply and critically about problems.
  3. Apply the cause and effect theory when problem solving.
  4. Identify challenges, understand their significance and learn to overcome them.
  5. Effectively solve problems and learn from your mistakes.
  6. Avoid self-made problems by making good decisions and keeping commitments.
  7. Learn to compromise.

Communication Skills

  1. Communicate well with others by sharing your thoughts and ideas.
  2. Know when to communicate your opinions so you don’t offend anyone.
  3. Speak from your heart.
  4. Pay attention when someone is talking with you and listen to what is being conveyed.
  5. Know what your values and beliefs and express them with dignity.

Living Skills

  1. Be confident in knowing how to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
  2. Learn that with every action there is a reaction.
  3. Understand how to make good choices based on your current situation and future possibilities.
  4. Know that you can always learn more than what you already know.
  5. Have a good sense of humor.
  6. Be optimistic with your wisdom so you can see all possibilities.
  7. Learn when to take risks and reap the rewards.
  8. Discover what brings you happiness.
  9. Learn from your mistakes.

Relationship Skills

  1. Respect other’s individuality and strengths.
  2. Understand other’s weaknesses and needs.
  3. Be able to form friendships, networks and study groups.
  4. Act as a good role model and inspire others by being kind and loving.
  5. Make connections with people that are like minded.
  6. Be considerate, compassionate and responsible.
  7. Know how to be a great friend and treat others the way you want to be treated.
  8. Lend a helping hand, a gentle smile and a welcoming word to others.


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