What are some skills that I should develop before I turn 18?


Originally answered on Quora

If there’s only ONE skill you can develop and be good at, it should be that of having a Growth Mindset.

As you grow older, life is going to get tougher (don’t let anyone tell you it’s going to be easy).

You will face many obstacles and roadblocks that will stop you from achieving from what you want to do. You will also feel dumb a lot of times.

But all that’s okay. Feeling a little dumb is fine. What isn’t is the notion that you will remain dumb on a particular topic forever.

The world is moving at an unprecedented pace. There are technologies and inventions popping up everyday from every corner of the world.

So, how do you keep up?

  • You can choose to have a fixed mindset. You will become stagnant and sooner or later someone more dynamic, agile, and growth driven will replace you.
  • Or you can develop a growth mindset. This way, you stay curious, learn, and be at the top of your food chain.

Growth mindset is a push you need to provide yourself every day so that whenever you feel you do not know about something or you can’t do it because you lack the knowledge, you take that challenge head on.

Growth mindset is an always on activity — a habit more than a skill.

Doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 38, aim to develop a growth mindset. It will benefit you your entire life.