There's a lot of useful skills you can learn in life.
Some will help you enjoy life, some will help you earn money, some may even keep you out of trouble. Some will even help you be popular at parties.
The truth is there's literally an endless amount of skills you can learn. Most people focus on learning skills specifically to get a job, so they can make some money and enjoy life.
Back in the supposedly "good old days," all you needed to do was to learn trade, get a job, and you were set for life. Show up on time, put in a hard day's work, and you would not have much to worry about.
If you had a decent set of skills to start with, like most humans do, and you paid enough attention in school, you could pretty easily get a job that would give you an opportunity to learn more skills.
So long as you did what you were told, showed up on time, you'd slowly learn more stuff over the course of your career, and slowly earn more money.
We humans are preprogrammed with enough instincts so we do not have to worry about much else, once we've got our "income stream" all figured out.
But as I'm sure you know, those days are long gone.
You've got a nimble, flexible and be able to adapt at a moment's notice.
When there's one job opening, and a thousand people apply, it can get pretty scary.
That's why one of the most serious skills you can learn in life is how to effectively use your language.
Mark Twain once famously remarked that the difference between people who can not read and people who do not read is nothing. Meaning even if you've got some mad reading skills, you're no better that someone who CAN NOT read if you never crack open a book.
Similarly, it does not matter what your skills are, or what you have to offer, either to an employer, a friend, or a potential romantic partner unless you can not accurately and persuasively illustrate your skills.
After all, potential friends, lovers and employers all have others waiting in line for an opportunity.
Why not give yourself the best chance possible? By making language skills part of your repertoire, you'll have a much better chance standing out amongst the competition.
Making those opportunities fight over you, instead of the other way around.
Source by George Hutton