I’ve written many times in the past about skills you should learn to thrive and the most popular skills people want to learn but what about skills that you shouldn’t learn as to not waste precious time?
Below is such a list, categorized by the reason why you shouldn’t learn it:
*In this article, we’ll use this definition of the word skill: “the ability to do something well”.
What’s the point of reading a book to learn something and immediately forget its lessons? Surprisingly, many people are good at this.
You can speed read? Great! Now use it on books you care about!
You can recite me the full Wikipedia entry about Booby bird? Good for you. I can retrieve the same info in 0.2s and “save space” in my hippocampus for more important information.
And the winner for the “skill-of-the-decade” category goes to… that’s right, this one!
Guilty of mastering some of the skills in this article, including this one? Don’t just read, act.
You think you can use a computer and you’re still using your mouse to go to menus? Learn to use keyboard shortcuts and thank me for the time saved!
Thank you, Peter Drucker, for this great lesson! So many people are masters at this useless skill.
Guys, you don’t need to master everything you’re doing! Not everything will be repeated again.
*This category is meant to be thought-provoking with no intention to insult anyone. Please take the suggestions here with a grain of salt.
Self-driving car technology is already there and already prevents many human errors. First world countries will phase “normal” cars in the following decades.
We are very close to being able to communicate in our native languages and understand each other through technology. In the near future, learning a new language will be impressive but not that useful.
You like phone sex? Imagine VR (Virtual Reality) sex!
Computers are millions of times better than us at it. Just use it.
Impressive? Sure. Useful? Debatable.
Have you heard of 3D printed food? Yup, it’s a thing!
Terrible long term strategy. It has been proven to shorten your life span, yet many people are very good at that.
You know what? Sleeping too much is just as bad as not sleeping enough, with none of the benefits of not sleeping enough (AKA getting more sh*t done).
Phew, us North Americans master this skill like no one else. I hope you’re not surprised it made this list.
Our bodies need water. Stop neglecting it!
I’d bet at least 80% of us are very skilled at that.
Remember that you’re not burning as many calories while sleeping!
Hermit life is really not for everyone. Secluding yourself makes it hard to adapt to needed quality social interactions.
Do you run away from conflicts and ignore your problems? Right. It’s a very common skill you can safely forget.
You think you’re better than others? How about you listen for a while and see for yourself.
You’re a mind-reader? Colour me jealous!
You made a mistake, why do you blame it on someone else? Reflect before jumping to conclusions.
Most people are masters of lying to themselves. Intentionally. You have permission, drop the excuses.
Is hiding the truth the same as lying? To some degree. With very few exceptions, honesty is always the answer.
How this trend got popular is beyond me…
Sounds easy right? Pfft, show me!
That’s just gross. But I applaud it anyway. Now learn something useful!
That skill will not help you pick girls up but I wouldn’t be surprised if that makes it into the Playbook volume II.
Keep it just for us to laugh at you please.
Wait, keep that one. Might come in handy.
Why do you guys even watch porn at work?
How about you learn a useful dance, like Salsa for example?
Where did you even practice that? Shouldn’t you be listening to your teacher or working instead?
Impressive? Sure. Sexy? Nope. Useful? Debatable…
Just find a clever way to end the conversation…
Did they really need to create that many levels? I thought 200 was enough…
Okay, that’s just completely gross. I’d still clap for you though.
Which one is your favourite useless skill from the list? What would you add to it? Which ones are you guilty have having acquired?
Here’s my list:
Now it’s your turn! Share and tag your friends and convince them to answer with their own useless skills.
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