12 Most Life-Molding Basics YOU Should Invest In

12 Most Life-Molding Basics YOU Should Invest In

Someone wise who always wished me well used to say, “Get the basics right”. But no one ever told me why, so I figured this out on my own…

Why are the basics so important? Because…
• The basics never really change.
• With the basics, complexities are built.
• If your basics are strong, you can survive anywhere in the world.

In this post, I will articulate the most important basics that you should invest in — today, tomorrow and in the years to come…

1. Basics of yourself

It’s vital to be aware about yourself. With self-awareness, the sky is the limit for what you can dream, aim and achieve. While there are several things that encompass and define YOU, the most imperative aspects which you need to identify, appreciate and accept are: your past, your choices, your strengths, your weaknesses, your values, your priorities and most importantly… what inspires you!

2. Basics of human emotions

If you understand the basics of human emotions, you can understand accept and deal with any situation. In reality, there are only 6 primary human emotions — love, joy, surprise, anger, sadness and fear. All secondary emotions are built around these primary human emotions. If you can identify and deal with these emotions, either in yourself or others, you are equipped to handle any life situation. After all, emotions (not logic) are what really make the world go around!

3. Basics of self-learning

The easiest, cost-effective and practical way to continuously learn is through self-learning. And while each of us has ways in which we prefer to learn, what is imperative is understanding what works in your individual context. And then focus your time, efforts and energy to learn about subjects that interest you.

4. Basics of human relationships

Human relationships are core to our existence. They are a necessary, reality and define our existence. In the journey of life we all create, nurture and let go of one or many relationships, reasons best known to us. And along this journey, it is important to be sensitive to the dynamics of any human relationship and give it the respect and due it deserves. If you can master this, you can live anywhere in the world and under any circumstances.

5. Basics of mathematics

As a subject, mathematics is really the study of quantity, structure, space and change. If you get your basics of math correct early in life, you are able to appreciate several subjects which are built on the foundational principles of mathematics — be it micro/macroeconomic principles, business, finance or accounting.

6. Basics of personal finance

Your state of personal finance to a large extent determines the quality of your life today and in the future. And if you invest in getting the basics of personal finance right, you will be equipped to make the right choices with respect to your earning, savings and investments.

7. Basics of the human anatomy

The human anatomy is complex, fascinating and intriguing. If you start to get into the details, it can take eons of dedicated study to come close to “true” comprehension of human creation and how everything within works in perfect balance and harmony to keep you alive. But it’s definitely worthwhile to know the basics; simply because it helps you understand many dimensions about yourself, your evolution and your future. Not to mention, it makes you better equipped to deal with different kinds of related real-life situations, especially related to your own health and well-being.

8. Basics of communication

Communication is one of the most important dimensions to a gratifying, peaceful and harmonious life, be it professional or personal. Good communication (oral or written) is usually reflective of clarity in thoughts and experience. Everything else being similar, communication can probably be one of the key distinguishing aspects between two human beings that will determine one’s quality of life, well-being and state of happiness.

9. Basics of mind power

Mind power is an infinite continuum. If you are able to harness the power of your mind — purely by the creation, monitoring and control of your thoughts — you will observe a transformational change in your life. The key is to nourish positive thoughts of abundance, affirmation and optimism, keeping at bay negative, redundant or waste thoughts.

10. Basics of technology

In today’s era, technology is ubiquitous. So either you learn it, use it and adapt accordingly; or run the risk of soon becoming obsolete from where the world is headed. While you need not understand the internal nuances of every singly technology, you should definitely know the basics and more importantly, be able to use the available technology in your personal context. The real value of any technology in your individual context is only in the application, be it social media or a radical technology product or solution.

11. Basics of dealing with an emergency

The real world is abundant with different kind of emergencies. For example: medical emergency, life emergency, and so on. The only saving grace in such situations is basic knowledge on how to deal with an emergency and presence of mind. It is imperative for you to spend some time, right now, to upgrade your knowledge on the following: What do you need to do immediately in case of an emergency? Whom to contact for help and what are their contact numbers? Whom do you need to inform about the emergency?

12. Basics of planning and organization

Planning and organization are very important ingredients in life. Knowingly or unknowingly, we all make different kinds of plans (e.g. daily plan, yearly plan, financial plan, retirement plan, event plan, marketing plan, holiday plan, etc.) — in our mind, on paper, in Excel or by means of other tools. And the reality is that the underlying basics of planning and organization are very simple and logical, which can be easily replicated to one or many life dimensions.

You can undergo several transformations in your lifetime, but if your basics are well founded and grounded, then you are insured for life.

Pause and reflect… how good are your basics on the dimensions listed above? Leave a comment below and the BEST COMMENT will be selected by the author!!!

Featured image courtesy of Victor Bezrukov licensed via Creative Commons.
Photo illustration work: Paul Biedermann, re:DESIGN

Nischala Murthy Kaushik


Nischala currently works at Wipro. She has more than a decade of corporate experience which includes progressively responsible lines in Business Strategy, Business Solutions & Innovation, Branding & Marketing, Consulting, Business Development and Project Delivery of IT applications for several customers across the globe. Nischala is an active blogger. She blogs at VERVE : The Quintessence of my Life and Nischala's Space, Thoughts & Expressions - Both of which have been added to the List of Best Indian Blogs. In addition, she writes guest posts at sites like ProBlogger , FamousBloggers , 12Most.com , The Change Blog , PaulWriter & MindBlogs . For the full list of her guest posts, refer to the My Guest Posts Section on her blog. Nischala has completed her MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), one of the premier Business schools in India. She takes pride in being a Mother, Philosopher, Writer, Scholar & Guru of Life for Life and most importantly, the Chief Happiness Officer of her LIFE!!! You can follow her on Twitter @nimu9

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Nasir Karim Musafir
Nasir Karim Musafir

Just wonderful and holistic ... nothing missing and nothing extra !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


I enjoyed all of these, and it starts with #1. However, I'll give extra votes to #4, #6 and #8. You have to be able to relate, to spend less than what you bring home, and to communicate!


I Love #11 on this list. When I worked in Residence Life we took a lot of disaster training. We only ever had one fire to deal with, but if we hadn't gone through the motions. *shudder* Life will keep you on your toes.