We all get some kind of education in early life, but it’s amazing how impractical a lot of it is! By the time you turn eighteen, you might know the symbolism in Macbeth like the back of your hand or all the major dates of the civil rights movement, but not that much about living a comfortable adult life. With more and more people living at home well into their twenties, there’s a massive demand for some practical, applicable advice for living independently. The following is a list of some of the most important life skills everyone needs to be an independent adult.
Accepting Criticism Gracefully
For the majority of people, it can be hard to hear how we’ve made a mistake in some piece of work or could have done something much better. One extremely valuable skill, which you can only really learn by applying it and practicing, is putting your emotions to one side at any given moment, and focussing objectively on the facts that are in front of you. Some of it will be helpful and some of it won’t, but you should let the logical part of your brain make the decisions, and not the random impulses of your ego. Depending on the kind of criticism you receive, there’ll be different ways for you to respond with a calm, collected manner. Again, you can only really learn to do this through trying different methods of coping, and figuring out what works best for you.