• 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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