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Core human skills

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 27, 2009

Riffing on Robert Heinlein’s ode to generalization:

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, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Josh Kaufman offers a list of twelve skills that you should focus on developing to improve “the quality of your life and work”.

Information-Assimilation - how to find, consume, and comprehend information and identify what’s most important in the face of a problem or challenge. A person who is highly skilled in Information-Assimilation is able to process information quickly and apply it to the situation at hand, with consistently high levels of comprehension and retention.

(via lone gunman)