Ten of the Most Important Skills a Man Can Learn (And Why)

Recently I posited the following question on Twitter:

Many of the responses were predictable and in line with my beliefs, and there were some I hadn’t thought of. There were some common trends, many of which will be reflected below.

With the help of some of these responses, I have compiled ten of the most important skills a man can learn that will benefit his health, wealth, well being, and overall mastery of life.

Various skills have different ways of mixing into your current talent stack and your overall life goals. Therefore, it makes sense to be as well balanced as you can be, while mastering a select handful of skills. The skills here are among the most important you can possibly learn and master.

With that said, let’s get started.

1) Exercise and Weightlifting

I put exercise and weightlifting ahead of almost everything. They should be at the core of any man’s foundation.

For most men, heavy weight lifting revolving around the three compound lifts is ideal. Toss in some cardio and conditioning as well.

If you’re a specific type of athlete, you may have a different focus for your exercise routine. However, heavy compound lifting is the best overall way to bring up your total strength, muscle mass, and general athleticism.

Being strong and in shape makes people respect you on a basic, animal level. They will be much more interested in what you have to say. Women will want to fuck you, and so forth.

You’ll also have higher testosterone levels, more energy for life, more self-respect, and tests to your frame are much more easily laughed off. You’ll look better in a suit, and you’ll look better with your clothes off. You’ll naturally be better at athletic endeavors, and you’ll be much harder to kill. Life as a whole will just be a lot more enjoyable.

If a fat man and an in-shape man walk into a bar, and both have equal access to resources, who do you think will get the most respect, the most friends, and the most women? Who do you think lives a better lifestyle?

The answer is obvious. Get in great shape, make exercise a habit until you die, and never look back.

2) Game

At the core of a man’s being, he has the need to procreate and pass on his genes. Although most men are hamstrung at attaining this goal, there’s fortunately a treasure chest of information on this skill, which we all refer to as game.

You must learn game. If you’re not good with women, you want to learn as early as possible in life. Learn to approach, engage, entertain, seduce, and fuck women. Learn how to maintain both short-term and long-term relationships. If you decide to get married, you have to know how to find the right woman while avoiding the divorce trap.

Learn how to build your charisma. Anytime I want to go out to specifically meet women, I just build up my social mood and talk to everyone. The women part comes much more naturally.

Remember that good game doesn’t only get you laid. Since a huge component of game is charisma, learning game helps you advance in life in every way imaginable.

The skills you learn with game help you make friends, build networks, and advance much further in life. With women, it greatly assists you in fucking and/or settling down with the best woman you can find and stops you from getting raped in divorce court.

Ask yourself, if you’re working hard to be the best man you can become, but it doesn’t come with having the best woman (or women) imaginable, are you really getting everything you can out of life?

3) How to Learn

There are few skills more important than knowing how to learn.

If you know how to learn efficiently, you will learn new skills faster, you will be much better at them, and you will save a ton of time. You will also have insight into learning that most people simply don’t have.

I strongly recommend you bookmark this article, read through it, apply its techniques, and then come back to it several times for repeated use until you have mastered the information.

Believe me, the relatively small but important time investment you put into reading and applying the knowledge in that article will pay out in droves for the rest of your life.

4) Persuasion

Since you are around people all day, every day, persuasion is an essential skill to get the most out of life. If you’re a skilled persuader, you can a lot more out of people; from more money, to better connections, to better deals, to being able to talk your way out of trouble, and a lot more.

The benefits of this should be obvious. Great persuasion skills make life a lot easier.

Just remember: when you’re persuading someone, you have to focus on what you are doing for the other person. I very highly recommend this book to learn more about persuasion. It goes over all the most important factors involved in persuasion and will teach you a ton of practical, real-world knowledge about human nature.

5) Marketing and Sales

Selling and marketing are a key component of any business.

Additionally, not only should you work to maximize your personal value, but you must also know how to sell yourself. You may have a high value as a man, but if you cannot sell yourself, it will be much more difficult for people to see your personal and professional value. As a result, you will lose out on a lot of money and opportunity.

If you want to escape the 9-5, as many men who read this site eventually do, it’s practically a guarantee that you’ll need to learn how to sell and market products and learn to create a brand. There is almost no way around it.

Sales and marketing are new to me, but I found myself understanding them quickly and getting better every day. Past experience would be nice, but we can’t have it all.

A personal favorite site of mine is WallStreetPlayboys. Their mindset and experience speak wonders. This site is very highly recommended if you have any interest in these subjects plus a lot more on money making, game, productivity, and so forth.

6) Emotional Mastery

You must master your emotions in order to master yourself.

Emotional men are weak men. I have never met an exception to this.

Emotional decisions are typically poor decisions. Getting emotional over a girl, reacting overly angry to a person, and so on, usually lead to poor outcomes.

Emotional intelligence and emotional mastery mean that you can channel emotions to feed you. Are you angry at the world? Channel it into building an empire instead of a more immature mechanism. Learning to identify and channel your emotions in the right direction will lead you to the correct action more often than not.

The best book I read on this, years ago, was Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goldman.

7) Great Health

Men must know how to take care of their health.

If you cannot take care of yourself, believe me when I say that you are failing yourself and your family. You will leave the world weak, helpless, sick, and far too early.

Being sick will never allow you to live your life to your full potential.  Get in shape, eat right, and make your body as anti-disease as possible.

Great health requires self-discipline, education, and good habits. Most people don’t have this. Why do you think most people are overweight and unhealthy?

My favorite resources on these are P.D. Mangan and AJA Cortes.

8) Foreign Languages

Not only does being bilingual impress the hell out of a lot of people (especially if you can speak a language you don’t have to know), but depending on the language, it will open up your ability to communicate with a significant portion of the world.

One of the best things about learning a new language is that it truly teaches you how to learn. You have to learn an incredible amount of information to learn a new language. The process of acquiring that information teaches you how to learn better, simply out of practice and necessity.

Additionally, it will open money making opportunities to you, you’ll have a much easier time bedding foreign women, and you’ll come across as much more worldly. Plus, you will encounter moments in your life where knowing another language is flat-out useful.

Duolingo is a totally free app best for learning grammar in dozens of languages (it will also teach you about 2000 words by the end of the lessons in most languages). Memrise is better for vocabulary and phrases but not as good for grammar. Be sure to supplement whatever you’re learning with a few good books, and by listening to music, watching tv, and practicing conversation in that language.

If you want to learn Spanish, this is the book I used the most for general vocabulary and grammar, and this is the book I used on the road to practice better conversation. I found both books very concise and helpful.

Audiobooks are also highly recommended if you’re looking to learn a language while you commute, which is just a way to spend your time more efficiently. Look for top rated audiobooks in the language you want to learn.

9) Self-Defense

What’s the point of building up your empire if someone can take it down in a heartbeat?

The most popular and effective self-defense styles are Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Krav Maga. If you’re interested, I recommend googling then finding a top-rated dojo in your area.

It’s also important to learn how to shoot a gun and use it properly. Whether you want to carry it is up to you, and obviously, the legality depends on where you live, but it’s important to have one and know how to use it.

10. Survival Skills

This includes skills such as being able to cook, how to fix things that break, and how to survive in disaster situations and out in the wilderness. Self-defense is part of this as well, but it was mentioned already.

Knowing how to survive not only prepares you for when shit actually happens, but it just gives you more confidence that you can handle various threats to your well-being. You’ll also have more confidence even in more common events such as a snowstorm, hurricane, or power outage. If something truly serious happens, you’ll be ready.

My favorite website on this is Grey Wolf Survival. There are a lot of great books on survival as well; my personal favorite is the SAS Survival Handbook.


This is obviously not an all-inclusive list of every skill that could possibly be important to a man, but these are easily among the most important ones.

If you learn these skills, you have a powerful core set of masculine skills that you can branch out from. If one of these ten skills are missing, then what are you waiting for? Get started on improving it.

An honorable mention goes out to learning meditation. I have seen it mentioned many times, including many of the responses to my tweet. I have no experience with it at this time, but learning it is on my to-do list.

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