Since the beginning of time man has required a specific set of skills to survive. The modern-day is no different, although today the skills required are vastly different from primitive days, the modern man should still acquire a certain set of skills to be competent and comfortable in everyday life. Check out these basic skills that EVERY Man should have:
1. Tie a tie
A staple of a modern man is the ability to dress up and wear a tie. And in order to wear a tie, we must be able to tie it. Right? Despite hoodies, jeans and other casual wear being acceptable for everyday life, there are still a few occasions where suiting up is essential. The likes of weddings, funerals, job interviews and formal meetings are all occasions where the simple accessory is a must. It goes without saying that the last thing you want is to be 30 years of age and still need your mum to tie your tie.
2. The ability to swim
In addition to being a fun, recreational activity swimming is also a survival skill. On top of keeping you fit and healthy, knowing how to swim comfortably could save your life one day, or someone else’s. Fortunately most people learn when they’re young thanks to their parents. Unfortunately not everyone has the privilege. If you don’t know already, grab yourself an instructor and dive in!
3. Ride a bike
I hate to break it to you, but if you cannot ride a bike you missed out on your childhood. Before a lad can drive there is only one means of transportation as widely available as the push bike. Still to this day, even though you can drive wherever you please the bike remains a very conventional means of transport, as well as an easy way of keeping fit and staying active.
4. Do a proper push-up
One of the conventional movements is the classic push-up. A staple in fitness and strength, although in modern society it is socially acceptable for men to not be strong and physical, it’s not to say that conventional strength is out of the question. Whether you workout or not the push-up is a bench mark. No gym? There’s always push-ups.
5. Drive a car
For the past 100 years cars have been an integral part of society, and everyday operations. Even more now than ever before it’s a necessity to be able to drive. The ability to drive opens the doors to opportunity, more jobs, activities, and hundreds more things you can do when you have the freedom of being able to make your own way around. Expensive? Perhaps. Although it is an investment that is well worth making.
6. Comfortably read and write
As simple, and as obvious as it seems you would be surprised how many people struggle with the basics of their own language. Fortunately most people learn more than the basics from school and early education. Unfortunately modern society is full of people who struggle to understand the difference between there and their, where and were, your and you’re. Don’t know the difference? Perhaps it time for a trip back to school. Don’t take education for granted.
7. Do a proper pull-up
Similar to the push-up, the pull-up is a fitness fundamental and a conventional movement every man should be able to perform. One of the best upper body exercises, and like many other movements, it is commonly poorly executed. Simply Grab the bar with an overhand grip and start from a dead hang. Pull yourself up until your chin clears the bar. Lower yourself down in a controlled manner and repeat.
8. Speak a foreign language
Linking back to education, speaking a foreign language is an incredible skill, one that will never become outdated. On top of creating numerous opportunities, the power of an additional language allows you to travel the world. An adventure that is only complete when you can engage with locals in their native tongue. You could even become the next James Bond! After all, he was fluent in 4 languages.
9. Perform a fireman’s carry
Even if you have the physical strength to save someone’s life by carrying them to safety, do you know the right way to do it? Every man should know how to perform what is called the “fireman’s carry.” It’s an effective way to distribute someone’s weight, allowing you to haul them over long distances with minimal strain. Next time you have to carry an injured victim from a burning building, down a hiking trail, or off the battlefield, you’ll know exactly what to do.
10. Do a proper barbell squat
Once again, this is another fundamental exercise for building core strength. Hitting lower body? You don’t need to look any further than a barbell and a couple of plates. As well as working your quads and hamstrings, there are other benefits amongst working the biggest limb in the body. Working legs boosts your natural testosterone levels. Giving your entire body a boost!
11. Tie your shoe laces
Almost as simple as reading and writing, tying your shoe laces is one of those things you learn when you’re young. Unfortunately there are some people out there, that still opt for the Velcro alternatives for their footwear. By far one of the easiest and essential skills to have, if can’t already get practicing!
12. Defend yourself
The ability to defend yourself is one of the oldest skills known to man. Unfortunately the modern world is littered with bad people, religious extremism, and strong opinions. Sadly these things can find us in a situation where we are forced to defend ourselves. We’re not talking about advanced MMA here. Simply some basic knowledge and manoeuvres, to vastly increase your chances of successfully defending yourself if the need arises.
13. Construct a logical argument
Conflict is inevitable, people clash and everyone has an opinion. It takes a true gentlemen is sit down and put across their opinion in a logical manner. However with the internet providing endless waves of false information and opinions, modern-day arguments have become more of name calling match, with whoever shouts the loudest wins type of thing. It takes a real man to develop their skills of persuasion, and to build on their knowledge to win their arguments with facts and opinion rather than abuse and raising their voice.
14. Perform a proper Deadlift
The deadlift trains the muscles that allow you to perform one of the most basic of human movements such as lifting stuff off the ground. Besides the squat, no other exercise provides as much practicality as the deadlift. Plus it feels awesome when you hit a deadlift PR!
15. Make the perfect brew
Imagine falling in love with someone, to find out they make cups of tea that closely resemble a warm cup of milk. It all part of British heritage to make the perfect brew. Whether that’s first thing in the morning or afternoon tea, this overlooked skill is an essential. Get the kettle on!
16. A strong, firm handshake
Nothing scream gentlemen like a strong and firm handshake. Despite what anyone tells you the handshake is a skill than needs to be mastered. When you get it right? You’ll be set to give off a very strong first impression to anyone you meet. From job interviews to meeting new people the handshake isn’t as widely used as it once was. Although it is still an integral part of socializing.
17. First Aid
You just never know when someone may require medical help, whether that’s something minor or a life or death situation. From CPR to knowing your bandages, first aid is an invaluable skill that allows us to help others when they need it the most.
In conclusion these are just a handful of the skills that a man could acquire, however these are my 17 that are at the top of the spectrum as being the basics that every man should know eventually. How many of these skills have you already mastered? Which ones do you hope to learn? And what skills do you think are missing off the list? Make sure to let me know!