• Melissa Kartini

Life Skills to Learn by 30 That Are Actually Super Helpful

Updated: Jan 6, 2019

Adulting is hard--this is a well-known fact. And guess what, it's not about to start getting easier either. Especially if you don't equip yourself with a couple of essential life skills to help you get along.

After all, knowing a few skills can mean a difference between enjoying a lovely homecooked meal and dining on instant cup noodles because just about every restaurant in your area are closed. See what I mean?

If you're thinking of upping your adulting game, here're a couple to add to your arsenal:


This one has already been said, but let it be said again. Cooking is an essential life skill that everyone should learn, man or woman. Not only can it mean a difference between struggling to fix a meal and effortlessly fixing one, it is also a huge money saver.

Wanna save money? This is it.

As a huge added plus, eating homecooked meals is a lot healthier too. Expect to see an increased quality of life if you master the art of cooking.

How to manage your money

If there is one thing we Malaysians should improve on (besides taking care of our health!), it's learning to manage our finances. Certainly, it's true that the cost of living is rising faster than our salaries can catch up with, but that doesn't mean we should spend our money willynilly either, feeling comforted that we're still living with our parents.

So the first thing we should do? We need to learn to budget, find ways to cut down on costs wherever possible, invest, freelance, etc. It's not going to be easy, but it'll pay off in the end.

Making small talk

You never know who you'll meet while on the walk to work, the supermarket or wherever else. And given how networking is of paramount importance in this day and age... Well, you get the picture.

Small talk is the starting point for building relationships, be it in business or personal circles. Master this skill as early as possible, and it'll come naturally to you. You'd be reaping the benefits before you know it.

Accepting feedback

Learning how to accept feedback graciously can mean wonders for both your personal development and your reputation. By setting aside your emotions to focus on the information presented to you, you're able to improve on areas that you're lacking (if the criticism is of value, of course) and raise your standing in the eyes of the one critiquing you.

Not everyone can take criticism with class and learn from it. This is a badge that you should wear with pride.

Public speaking

Some people love public speaking, while others balk at the idea. Which is perfectly understandable, given how daunting it can be. But if you manage to ring up the confidence needed to speak to a huge crowd of people, you will experience a dramatic improvement in your career.

Suddenly, more people are paying attention to you, you have more influence at work, and even better, you have more job opportunities at your fingertips.

Making friends

Making friends in any environment should be considered a skill. Rather than leaving everything to chance, learn how to make friends people--you'd definitely be making more friends this way.

Learn how to strike up an conversation, how to read other people and situations (important, as this will help you gauge what questions are appropriate to ask), how to take an interest in them, and of course, how to listen.

If you find your social calendar somewhat lacking, it is time to slide some socialising in it.

Emphasizing with others

It is important to listen to people and try to understand things from their perspective. It is by taking an interest in other people that our social lives will flourish and expand--far more than it would by you trying to make yourself interesting instead.

Empathy is a fundamental part of human interaction. Be sure to remember it the next time you set out to socialise.

Mending your clothes

Imagine the amount of money you'd be saving by being able to mend any tear on your clothes. There would be no need to toss perfectly good clothes away if you can patch them right up, or sew on a new button.

If you are passionate enough about sewing to sew your own clothes, even better.

Time management

Sure, you were able to get away with being late to class or for an assignment when you were back in college, but the stakes are higher now that you are an adult. Learning how to manage your time is one of those skills that benefits both your personal and professional life. By nailing this skill early, you'll be able to impress your future employers and just about anyone who knows you.

As icing on the cake, you'd also live a more stress-free life. There's no need to freak out over deadlines when your schedule is nicely sorted out.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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