The Most Important Skill to Have
During the whole month of September, I have decided to make all long sleeves & sweatshirts 20%, plus a free sticker! but what’s the reason behind this? There has to be a reason, right? No. Not everything in life needs a reason, but in this case is there is a reason. Ha! Tricked ya! I wanted a reason to celebrate the start of the 2020 school year! What a great gift it is, even in these times, to be able to get an education!
Scrolling through Facebook and seeing my ex-professors and teachers writing about their first day of school, and seeing pictures of friends and family sending their kids off to school, made me reflect on my school days and education in general.
This past spring, I applied to speak at graduation, my fate was soon declined due to everything shutting down, so I never really got the chance to speak, nonetheless, I still wrote the speech. To summarize it, it was basically about how our whole lives are taught by teachers, yet I felt as I learned more from people who aren’t school teachers. I wanted to speak about how it is important to be able to learn from others, because chances are they know something you don’t. In fact, everybody knows something you don’t & visa versa. I learned from people who cut grass for a living, who’ve been in & out of jail, who are way younger than me, and obviously way older than me. I thought learning from others was single handily the most important skill you can have. But after some more thinking, I realize something. I was wrong.
I now believe the most important skill one can have, is having the ability to teach yourself. This does not mean getting your information and knowledge from your friends on Facebook. Not from your friends who think they solved the meaning of life at 2am over a bag of flaming hot Cheetos. Not from your God-fearing grandmother nor your over-the-top America loving uncle. Especially, not from your co-workers who are a slave to money and have nothing else better to do than to work. Sure, you can learn a thing or two from them. In fact, you can probably learn a lot from them. But don’t let them influence your thoughts and the way you think, that’s up to you. It’s up to you find out why you think or believe in a certain thing. What’s your reasoning?
You must understand, that everyone’s opinion comes from someone else’s opinion. But if you believe something should be done like X, and if I ask you why and you reply with “well, uh my friend told me so”. That is baloney.
Over quarantine, I taught myself two things. I took a deep dive into the world of nutrition and investing. Two things that many humans do not focus on. Rather than eating healthy and being smart with our money, we do the exact opposite. We don’t save nor invest. We pay bills and spend the rest & complain that we have no money. We don’t buy healthy foods because it’s expensive and taste gross, when most of the foods we eat is slowly killing us. Why? I’m not sure. But I wanted to change that in my life.
When I told a few people that I wanted to invest, they told me that I’d lose money or I should go see a broker. But if that broker can learn about investing, why can’t I. When I told people that I wanted to cut down on animal products in my diet, of course they brought up protein… “but how will a healthy, active man like you be able to get enough protein in you”. Do you ever stop and think how Popeye got the guns he has? Not a ribeye, but spinach. 5 grams of protein per cup of spinach which is basically no spinach at all. A cup of soybeans has 31 grams of protein!!! The average burger is 4 oz of meat, that’s only 16 grams. Let’s add a slice of American cheese, now you’re up to 21 grams. Add the bun, slice of lettuce, tomato and onion and you’ll find yourself a little behind 26 grams of protein. Still 5 grams behind a cup of soybeans.
So, what do you do when you want to learn more about a certain topic? You teach yourself. I read books, listen to podcasts, read many articles, watched videos, asked around to credible people. What didn’t I do? Make excuses.
I could have very easily made excuses when I was reading about investing and they’re talking about bull-ish vs bear-ish markets, I thought to myself, “what the heck is that”. Or learning about what free radicals and antioxidants do to your body. I mean really, do you know even know what antioxidants are or do you just eat blueberries because people tell you they are high in antioxidants? (If you’re curious, antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against free radicals, which are basically scavengers that try to damage the growth, development and survival of cells in your body!)
I know everyone is capable to learn something new, whether it be a skill, how to fix a leaky pipe, how to fold fitted sheets, how to make pancake mix, what to do when your tire pressure is low, why should I drink almond milk over cow milk, what is an IPO, I want this blog to be a reminder that you are capable of legitimately anything you put your mind towards. I hope you keep an open mind, but also a curious one as well. Now go out & teach yourself something new!!
& please, remember to be kind.