15 Powerful Skill You Need To Know Before You Enter 2024

Lap Lap
5 min readJan 14, 2024

My friends, as the new year dawns, many seek growth and meaning. The ancients whisper if we quiet our minds to listen. They teach happiness springs not from outward things, but inner virtues cultivated. Let us walk this timeless path together.

1. Master your passions.

Anger, greed, lust — these ignite and consume us. Yet the wise know our suffering stems not from others’ actions, but our own judgments and unchecked desires. We blame external forces when we should look within.

Learn to catch yourself when destructive emotions arise. Pause, breathe deep, loosen their grip. Respond with reason and discipline, not erupting volcanoes of passion. As one philosopher said, “No one can implicate you without your consent; you are harmed not by actions of others but by your own judgments about them.” Master your inner world.

2. Accept what you cannot change.

Craving control over external events is futile, causing unnecessary distress. Have the courage to distinguish between what is up to us and what is not. Serenity comes from surrendering that which exceeds our power. As another mentor said, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” Accept reverses and obstacles with grace and fortitude.

3. Give, don’t just get.

Wealth, fame, pleasure — external things never satisfy for long. But in enriching others’ lives, through kindness, charity and service, we find deeper meaning. Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for benevolence. One thinker urged, “It is not the man who has too little who is poor, but the one who hankers after more.” The key to happiness lies less in getting, more in giving.

4. Master the art of presence.

Anxiety about the future breeds discontent. Mark Twain quipped, “Some of the worst things in my life never happened.” The wise learn to center themselves in the present moment, for the present — not past regrets or future worries — is all we ever have. As one teacher wrote, “Give full concentration to the task at hand, as if nothing else matters.” Live mindfully, with calm presence.

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Lap Lap

I am a writer for one reasons. It’s what I’m meant to do with my life: create worlds, characters who breathe and live off the page with me.