Master these life skills, become more awesome. The more skills you master, the more “more awesome” you will be. So get to it, our skillful friends!


#1. Playing a song

On any instrument. Except the recorder. Nothing sounds cool on the recorder.

Not everyone is as talented as Ed Sheeran, but you don’t need to be the best to have fun. Learn how to play a sing-a-long song on the guitar. You can learn on the piano, but not many people have them lying around the campfire. Music unites people. Join the conversation.


#2. Negotiation

Don’t get ripped off. Don’t rip people off. Negotiate well and be content with your life.

You can negotiate with your parents, teachers and friends for absolutely anything, because you never know unless you ask. However, if you always get what you want, or never get what you want, you need to get better at negotiating.


#3. Apologising

Humble yourself and say sorry to those who matter to you. But especially, get good at apologising to yourself. Next time you wake up with regrets because of what you may have said or done, say “Sorry me, that was a bad move. Let’s not do that again.” And then forgive yourself and give yourself a high five.

This Chinese proverb says it better than we can: Holding onto unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.


#4. Dancing

Can you dance? We’re not talking about being good enough to be in a crew called Levitate or Gravitate or Contaminate or whatever. We’re saying: Can you dance with enough confidence to enjoy yourself when the beat drops?

You wonder why your parents are such embarrassing dancers now? Because they were too scared to learn when they were your age. You don’t have to be the best, but when your friend pushes you into the dance circle, have a go-to-move you can bank on.


#5. Asking for help

Only the weak think that they are strong enough to win a losing battle alone. Having someone you trust to chat to about life can really offer some perspective. We hope you have people in your life that you can ask for help. If you don’t know who else to talk to, then definitely get in touch with Youthline.

Attitude is New Zealand’s largest external provider of school health programmes. They aim to equip young people with the tools and insights necessary to build meaningful lives. The Attitude programme provides a package of resources for schools, including presentations, handbooks, teaching resources and a website. Since its inception in 1996, Attitude has delivered presentations to over 2 million New Zealand students. Check them out on Facebook!

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