Part of being a man is being competent, effective, and self-sufficient. You want to be able to take care of yourself in this world and know that no matter what situation you’re placed in, you’ll be able to handle it — hence the need for certain skills. Here are four great ones that every man should master in his life.
4. Tying a Necktie
We know, we know — casual is cool. But there will come a time in your life when you’re going to need to know how to tie a necktie. Whether you’re going for a job interview, serving as the best man at a wedding, or attending a loved one’s funeral, you can count on needing to wear that long piece of neck fabric at some point, so master the skill now. Trust us — you don’t want to have to rely on your mom to tie it for you forever.
3. Maintaining a Home
Whether you own a home or not, the ability to maintain one is crucial. After all, chances are good that you will be buying your own home eventually, and you don’t want to have to rely on a series of maintenance professionals to do everything for the rest of your life even if you don’t see yourself owning a home. The ability to fix small things like a leaky faucet, chipped wall, or clogged toilet can be a major money- and time-saver in the long run.
2. Changing a Tire
Nobody likes to be stuck with a flat tire, especially if that flat happens sometime around 3 a.m. on a lonely road somewhere. Why wait for a car repairman when you can master the skill and fix it yourself? Not only will this save you in a jam, but also it will save you tons of money in your lifetime. And it’s a great way to help any other unlucky drivers who might be stuck on the road.
If you enjoy changing tires and making other necessary car repairs, you can even turn the skill into a great career by becoming an automotive technician. The job outlook for these skilled professionals is expected to grow by 5 percent between 2014 and 2024.
1. Buying a Suit
For the various formal events you’ll be required to attend in your life (see Tying a Tie), you’re going to end up buying at least two or three suits, so make sure you know how to pick them properly. To give you a quick lesson: Suits should fit well, be constructed appropriately, and include details that you care about. If you buy a suit off the rack that doesn’t fit perfectly, you can always take it to a tailor for custom alterations. Don’t neglect this skill. Mastering it will save you the embarrassment of being the worst-dressed guy at an event. And you don’t want that — your future wife might be there!
Being a man can be complicated and difficult at times, but with these four skills, you’ll be a little more prepared to handle everything life throws at you.