As a person who was formerly useless to society, what do you need to learn? Which topics are MUST KNOW? If your self-esteem is at an all-time low, for instance, is there a checklist of items you can tick off one at a time in order to track progress?
There are so many choices one could make to improve one’s status as a useful human. If this were a self-reliance blog, I’d have endless topics revolving around all sorts of topics, including:
Those topics are covered well enough elsewhere. And most people don’t need or want to learn how to do ALL the things. We each play a role in society. Nobody plays every role. Not everyone can be a surgeon or a structural engineer or a chef or an architect.
So what is the common ground we all share? They say it takes 10,000 hours to develop a mastery on any given subject. That’s full-time effort for five years or part-time effort over a decade or more.
I’m a firm believer that every person should develop mastery of a practical (read “non-digital”) skill in addition to whatever modern day career path they’ve chosen.