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I have Chinese parents, which means most of my free time has been scheduled with extracurricular activities from after school to the next morning. Everyday.
Things like playing the piano, studying Chinese, getting tutored when I didn’t need it, solving math problems….to the point where I never even had the chance to learn what I wanted.
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Looking back, I wished my parents had enrolled me in classes that would’ve taught me skills to prepare for my future instead. Because the classes I’ve taken, the lessons I’ve learned, while useful in its own way, hasn’t done much for me during my adulthood.

1. Fighting/Self-Defense

Sometimes, you don’t get the opportunity to pick up a rock or your handy pocketknife in the face of danger. And sometimes guns can cause you more trouble if you shoot an intruder.

In cases like those where you’re almost likely at a loss, it’s useful to pick up some fighting skills.

Karate. Boxing. Wrestling. Muah thai. Jiu-jitsu. Krav maga. Whatever it is, as long as you keep training and perfecting your technique, you’ll eventually be able to kick someone’s a** without thinking.

2. Being funny

Being funny, believe it or not, is actually a rare trait. Simply because most of us are too afraid to show our mistakes, our flaws and our misfortunes with others.

But the thing is, people bond with you better if you make them laugh. You lower their guard. You brighten their day. You show them you’re only human.

And if you’re trying to climb up the ladder for your career or win someone’s favor, being funny will give you that extra boost.

3. Saving time

Everyone gets exactly 86,400 seconds in a day, to do whatever they want. Work. Party. Play computer games. Hop to the bar. Tinder.

Whatever it is, it’s time gone. Time you can never gain back.

That’s why I’m always looking for shortcuts and life hacks to save time:

If I need groceries, I use Instacart.
If I need to spread my content, using zero effort, I use IFTTT.
If I need to pay my bills, I use Auto-pay.
If I want to find discount codes for online purchases, I use Honey.

By automating repetitive tasks, you have more time to do the things you enjoy most.

What skill do you wish your parents taught you, if you could choose?

Don’t let me guess. 😉

I’m rebuilding my life by discovering who I am, learning what I’m capable of after a 9 year heartbreak that left me stranded in China.

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