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
here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do.
Build a Fire — Fire produces heat and light, two
basic necessities for living. At some point in your life this knowledge
may be vital.
Operate a Computer — Fundamental computer knowledge
is essential these days. Please, help those in need.
Use Google Effectively — Google knows everything. If you’re
having trouble finding something with Google, it’s you that needs
Advanced Search Operators
Web Search Features
Tips for More Efficient Google Searches
Perform CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver — Someday it may
be your wife, husband, son or daughter that needs help.
To Perform Adult CPR (video)
to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver (video)
Drive a Manual Transmission Vehicle — There will come a
time when you’ll be stuck without this knowledge.
To Drive a Stick Shift Instructional Movie (video)
to Drive a Stick Shift
to Drive a Car with Manual Transmission
Do Basic Cooking — If you can’t cook your own steak and
eggs, you probably aren’t going to make it.
Tell a Story that Captivates People’s Attention — If you
can’t captivate their attention, you should probably just save your
Win or Avoid a Fistfight — Either way, you win.
To Actually Win a Fistfight
To Win a Fistfight (video)
To Win a Street Fight
To Avoid Confrontations Like a Samurai Warrior
Deliver Bad News — Somebody has got to do it. Unfortunately,
someday that person will be you.
To Deliver Bad News in Writing
to Deliver Bad News to a Customer
Ways to Deliver Bad News
Change a Tire — Because tires have air in them, and things
with air in them eventually pop.
Handle a Job Interview — I promise, sweating yourself into
a nervous panic won’t land you the job.
25 Most Difficult Questions in a Job Interview
Interview Questions and Answers
to Handle Your Job Interviews Successfully
Sticky Job Interview Situations and How to Handle Them
Manage Time — Not doing so is called wasting time, which
is okay sometimes, but not all the time.
To Manage Time and Maximize Effectiveness
tips for time management in a multitasking world
Management Tips and Exercises
Speed Read — Sometimes you just need the basic gist, and
you needed it 5 minutes ago.
Remember Names — Do you like when someone tries to get
your attention by screaming “hey you”?
Relocate Living Spaces — Relocating is always a little
tougher than you originally imagined.
Travel Light — Bring only the necessities. It’s the cheaper,
easier, smarter thing to do.
Handle the Police — Because jail isn’t fun… and neither
to Do If You’re Stopped by the Police
To Handle the Cops if They Knock on Your Door
To Handle the Police
Give Driving Directions — Nobody likes driving around in
circles. Get this one right the first time.
To Give a Complete Stranger Driving Directions
To Give Directions
Good Driving Directions
Perform Basic First Aid — You don’t have to be a doctor,
or genius, to properly dress a wound.
Swim — 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water.
Learning to swim might be a good idea.
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?
Recognize Personal Alcohol Limits — Otherwise you may wind
up like this
Select Good Produce — Rotten fruits and vegetables can
be an evil tease and an awful surprise.
Primer: Selecting the Best
on Choosing Produce and Keeping it Fresh