50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

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Self-reliance
is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant
one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them
a jack of all trades. Contrary to what you may have learned in school,
a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than
a specialized master of only one.

While not totally
comprehensive
,
here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do.

1.
Build a Fire — Fire produces heat and light, two
basic necessities for living. At some point in your life this knowledge
may be vital.

2.
Operate a Computer — Fundamental computer knowledge
is essential these days. Please, help those in need.

3.
Use Google Effectively — Google knows everything. If you’re
having trouble finding something with Google, it’s you that needs
help.

4.
Perform CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver — Someday it may
be your wife, husband, son or daughter that needs help.

5.
Drive a Manual Transmission Vehicle — There will come a
time when you’ll be stuck without this knowledge.

6.
Do Basic Cooking — If you can’t cook your own steak and
eggs, you probably aren’t going to make it.

7.
Tell a Story that Captivates People’s Attention — If you
can’t captivate their attention, you should probably just save your
breath.

8.
Win or Avoid a Fistfight — Either way, you win.

9.
Deliver Bad News — Somebody has got to do it. Unfortunately,
someday that person will be you.

10.
Change a Tire — Because tires have air in them, and things
with air in them eventually pop.

11.
Handle a Job Interview — I promise, sweating yourself into
a nervous panic won’t land you the job.

12.
Manage Time — Not doing so is called wasting time, which
is okay sometimes, but not all the time.

13.
Speed Read — Sometimes you just need the basic gist, and
you needed it 5 minutes ago.

14.
Remember Names — Do you like when someone tries to get
your attention by screaming “hey you”?

15.
Relocate Living Spaces — Relocating is always a little
tougher than you originally imagined.

16.
Travel Light — Bring only the necessities. It’s the cheaper,
easier, smarter thing to do.

17.
Handle the Police — Because jail isn’t fun… and neither
is Bubba.

18.
Give Driving Directions — Nobody likes driving around in
circles. Get this one right the first time.

19.
Perform Basic First Aid — You don’t have to be a doctor,
or genius, to properly dress a wound.

20.
Swim — 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water.
Learning to swim might be a good idea.

21.
Parallel Park — Parallel parking is a requirement on most
standard driver’s license driving tests, yet so many people have
no clue how to do it. How could this be?

22.
Recognize Personal Alcohol Limits — Otherwise you may wind
up like this
charming fellow.

23.
Select Good Produce — Rotten fruits and vegetables can
be an evil tease and an awful surprise.

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July
28, 2010

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