There are specific things every man should learn regardless of his status as a gentleman. This doesn’t mean you should be a know-it-all, however you want to have basic survival, professional and interpersonal skills to use throughout life. Here are 10 suggested things every man should learn before he reaches 25 years old.
1. How to Drive a Manual
Knowing how to drive a manual transmission car means you will better understand how any vehicle works. Being in the right gear for the situation you're in is very important whether driving an automatic or manual car.
2. How to Replace a Flat Tire
A gentleman should know how to replace a flat tire. If you’ve never replaced a tire, practice this skill by removing and replacing an existing healthy tire. Having some practice under your belt can make changing a tire on a busy road a little less frustrating.
3. How to Build a Fire
In many survival situations, the ability to start a fire can make the difference between living and dying. Fire can fulfill many needs. You can use fire to purify water, sterilize bandages, signal for rescue, and provide protection from animals. In an emergency situation a fire can be a psychological boost by providing peace of mind and companionship. You can also use fire to produce tools and weapons.
4. How to Perform CPR
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions delivered to victims thought to be in cardiac arrest. By knowing this life-saving technique, you will have the power to save a life. Statistics show that immediate CPR can more than double a victim's chance of survival.
5. How to Negotiate
Negotiating is something that most people don't like to do. If you know how to negotiate you can save yourself a lot of money. Your ability to negotiate is key to both your personal and business success. You can always get a better deal if you know how to improve your interpersonal skills. You never need to settle for less or feel dissatisfied with the result of any negotiation. The secret to negotiating is to understand that there is almost always a way to get better terms or prices, whether you are a buyer or seller. Your job is to find that way.
6. How to Swim
Swimming is a valuable skill, but is best learned as a child for a variety of reasons. Many people that don't learn to swim as a child develop a fear of the water. Not only do they never want to swim, they become dangerous to other swimmers around them. If in distress, an inexperienced swimmer may pull another swimmer under water to save themselves. Swimming is important for fitness and is one activity that can be done throughout the lifespan. Since swimming is done in the water there is minimal impact on the joints.
7. How to Speak a Foreign Language
Our world is getting smaller and learning a foreign language is more important than ever. Most people outside the United States can speak more than one language; their native tongue and English. When you speak only one language you subjugate yourself to being shut out from a global economy. If your resume shows that you are multi-lingual, more often than not, you will be chosen over other prospective employees that speak only one language.
8. Speaking in Public
Many people are terrified of speaking in public or in front of a group. However, becoming a good public speaker will give you confidence in many areas of your life. In many ways it can help you advance your career. Most people who advance in their job or business find that often they have to give speeches or presentations. To get started, read some books on public speaking or attend some workshops. The best way to jump start your public speaking is to just do it. Begin speaking at parties, church or family gatherings. Simply put, just start!
9. How to Ask for Help
Asking for help creates an atmosphere of empowerment. It communicates to others that, while you may not have the answers, you are willing to find them and make things better. Successful people are driven and motivated — and when the going gets tough, the tough ask for help!
10. How to Cook
Learning to cook is a good way to impress and show your appreciation to loved ones. You don’t have to be a professional chef in order to serve a wonderful meal. Men who can cook are more grown-up, responsible, and independent. Being able to cook is a lifetime skill. Having learned to cook, you will never have to be dependent on anyone else for a great meal.