Turning 40: I Got Skills!


Last year, Esquire published a list of the 75 Skills Every Man Should Master.

Some of them are no brainers, like #2: “Tell if someone is lying.” That’s a great skill to have, and that’s one I’ve got a pretty good handle on.

Some of them seem remarkably random and pointless, like #4: “Score a football baseball game.” This is one I’ll likely never be able to do. Oddly enough, I don’t have the slightest bit of regret about this.

So I’m counting up the items on the list that I actually do have. Turns out that I have 39 of the “required” skills. Does that mean that one acquires an average of one skill per year? Am I going to have to wait until I’m 75 to hit the last one?

Believe me: there are some on that list that I wouldn’t care about in 75 million years.

I’ll take my 39 and claim my own version of victory, thank you.

How did you do?

1 Comment

  1. Actually No. 4 is score a baseball game. That’s a pretty useful skill to have if you’re a baseball fan. If you can’t score one yourself, you should at least know how to decipher one. If you’re not a baseball fan, don’t worry about it.

    I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on most of these. I’m not interested in knowing how to tie a bow tie, how to describe wine, or understanding quantum physics, but I can feign interest.

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