7 Life Changing Skills They Won’t Teach You at School

Written by Michelle Anama Abari

Michelle is a content writer that loves writing as much as she loves reading. Her writing talks on issues relating to business and finance and other issues beyond finances where she aims to give knowledge on how to achieve one's personal best. When she's not writing, her favourite past time is reading and seeking adventures.

February 7, 2022

How much of what you learned at school do you use in your daily life? The truth is, not much I believe. The society we live in is programmed to teach us the academic aspect of life, not the real meaning of life and how to handle it. The standard narrative of society is geared towards specializing in a subject and then making a career out of it. The school we claim to have very good degrees in does not do the part which is to teach life changing skills to learn along your journey through life.

But then, the good part of this is that there is a life-changing skill to learn even though you are not in school or have no degree in any academic institution.

A lot of people have gone through a lot in life which has made them have a lot of experiences and life-changing skills to learn along the way in life. This article seeks to tell you life changing skills that you won’t learn in school.

7 Life Changing Skills You Won’t Be Taught in School

1. What to Do When You Fail

Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.

Robert Kiyosaki

One life lesson the school won’t teach you is how to fail. Academic institutions are only programmed to teach what they know and make sure students pass. Most at times, people who fail or take a lower position in the class or the school, in general, are seen as failures and are stigmatized. Schools never teach kids to embrace failure and see it as a learning process.

You should see the process as more than a stroke of bad luck because, in the actual sense, it is not. Failure should be seen as:

It is part of a learning process

It can’t be avoided, so there is no point in trying to do so.

Don’t give up at the first hurdle, most people quit just before they’re about to succeed.

2. How to Manage Your Finances

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

Benjamin Franklin

The truth is, schools don’t teach students how to make money work for them, instead, they only teach how to work for money by getting a job in an organization.

Managing your expenses is another important life-changing skill that schools don’t teach but is very essential. Managing finances like saving, investing, and even making money as a whole is a must-know in the long run of your life.

This point entails things like paying yourself first (saving) and putting your money to work for you (investment). This way, you learn and gain more knowledge from this even though you were not thought in school.

There are so many platforms that you can save your money on or where you can make money for free.

3. How to Think Long-Term

Our struggles are the short-term lessons we learn to achieve long-term success.

Simon Sinek

The truth is that because of what we were thought in school, most of us don’t have an idea on how to plan ahead or even know how to save and live for the long run. Most people don’t even know what the long run is! This is an issue because not planning can jeopardize your future and everything you have ever worked for.

Another thing school won’t teach is planning for the long run. Since school won’t teach you this, it’s up to you to teach yourself. Planning for the long term has to do with setting goals each day that can lead to what you want to achieve later on in life. Also, it entails setting time limits for yourself and working towards those times set for you.

4.  Schools Won’t Teach You How to Start a Business

The biggest risk of all is not taking one.

Melody Hobson

Starting a business and being an entrepreneur are the same thing and this is a life-changing skill one has to know and learn more about. Many people don’t know what to do as a new business owner or how to use digital marketing in their business. Since schools don’t teach this life-changing skill, it should be noted that starting and owning a business has its ups and downs which most business people never really talk about.

Owning and starting a business entails budgeting, taking calculated risks, and seeing losses as a means to start again. Being an entrepreneur is not easy, to say the least, but in the long run, it is one thing that pays off only if you are consistent in what you are doing and keeping the business running.

5. Knowing Oneself

With the realization of one’s potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.

Dalai Lama

A lot of us are at this table, sadly. Because of the educational system which makes us only pass exams and take notes, most of us don’t know who we are and what we would love to venture into in the long run. Because of this, we do not know our purpose and also do not know our passion. This, therefore, leads us to low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence.

If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will. That is the motto I have lived by ever since I learned this on my own. Having a purpose and knowing it is one of the greatest things in life because once you know this, your self-esteem and self-confidence are going to be top-notch.

To know your purpose in life, it’s good to try out new things until you find your niche in life.

6. How to Brand and Market Yourself

Your brand is what other people say about you when you are not in the room.

Jeff Bezos

At school, you learn how to fit into the system and do what everyone else is doing. There is no space for individuality. This is another problem because a lot of people do not know what self-branding is.

Personal branding otherwise known as self-branding is marketing yourself to people in every environment you find yourself in.

7. How to Communicate and Negotiate Well

Communication as we know is the key to everything we need in life. It is the word “please” in a different light but sadly, it is another life-changing skill that school does not teach.

Communication and negotiations are the number one key things people look at when applying for a job, wanting to get married, or even just an observation as a whole.

Effective communication and negotiation should be skills worth learning because they encompass levels that school certificates and degrees can not teach.

Conclusion

There are so many life-changing skills to learn in life and these are just a few. As you venture into the world at an older age, you start to see life in another light, a lot different from what you were thought in school or even thought at home. And it is ok to see life in a different light, but something, we should take home with us is how we utilize what we have learned outside school and how we can use it in our daily lives as we go further in our lives.

I hope you find this article helpful. If you do, leave a comment for me in the comments section. You could also tell in the comments section other life-changing skills that schools don’t teach. Thank you for your time.

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