We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Scott Adams speaks and writes about talent stacks. He is addressing things that help with material success. Business success matters for sure whether the business is art and design, carpentry, real estate, electrical design, cooking, or options trading, and the more talent and/or skill the better.
I am good enough, but not the best, at my day job. I tend to be interested in general life competencies which have less relation to profitable pursuits.
Long-time readers know my list of life competencies. Nobody needs to excel at them, but the more of these you can sort-of handle, the richer life can be:
Friendships - most important of all
Swimming, snorkeling, and, best, diving
Doing some religion
Fishing of any or all sorts
Sports - the more, the better
Physical training and weight training
Handiman skills - the more, the better
Handling canoe, kayaks, sailboats, powerboats
Developing an art skill whether musical or other
Financial management - not rocket science. Just an estate guy and Vanguard funds.
Hiking, camping, basic climbing, and orienting abilities
Dog-handling and training
Natural history - knowing the trees, plants, bugs, birds, geography, geology, etc. makes being outdoors much more interesting
Yep, good one. I have sailed and boated for 50 years to give you a background. Meteorology becomes instinctive with sailors, especially ocean sailors - we need it to survive! Here, I look at the surroundings, the sky, sniff the air, and I know what's coming, and from where for a few hours. Works very well for everyday, and can save your life in extreme situations like waterspouts (tornados).
Handling motor vehicles such as cars, trucks, atvs, motorcycles, watercraft and even basic aircraft.
Basic medical care or first aid skills...especially if you aren't good with motor vehicles or tools.
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -- Robert A. Heinlein
I know someone who has done nineteen of the above. "Swhy we need friends.
Good list. I've got most of those covered, except the horses bit as I never had much exposure. The handiman skill set is pretty important, mostly learned from my Dad, and now teaching my son-in-law. Re fishing--any day on the river is a good day. None of the competencies mean much if you don't have a good wife though.
Wow, everyone's been avoiding that toughie from elementary school: public speaking. You don't need to be a great orator, but when you need to speak up in a public meeting it's gotta be clear, organized, on point, sincere, connected to the audience, and most of all, loud enough to be heard by deaf old codgers like me. (And, yes, sometimes it's best just to read a prepared statement.)
"Basic home care - how to do laundry, do basic cleaning, keep a home liveable and comfortable."
Yes. Most people just assume this is something everyone knows how to do, to some extent. As a landlord I've learned that there are people who really have no clue how to keep a home. Not sloppy people, but people who have no idea at all. Interestingly several times they have been very grateful when we've given them a few pointers. Its amazing that there are adults who were never exposed to the basics.