A self-respecting man is one who can look at himself in the mirror and say, “I like what I see. I’m proud of who I am. I don’t need drugs, alcohol or violence to solve life’s challenges. Whatever doesn’t overcome or oppress me only makes me stronger. I don’t have to earn a million dollars a year, and I don’t have to be the most popular person on the block. I’m comfortable with who I am.” That being said, here are five skills every self-respecting man should cultivate and develop.

Situational Awareness
It's a normal human ability to observe and be aware of one’s surroundings. However, it’s not just a trait that top secret operatives have developed beyond what you expect. Anyone can possess it. Being aware of your surroundings can keep you or your loved ones safe and out of harm's way. The trick is to practice, practice, and practice. Every time you enter a room check the situation and make an assessment. This doesn’t mean you are being paranoid, just aware.

The Ability to Cook
Being able to cook can go a long way in helping a regular guy save money and save face when it comes to romantic dates. Let’s face it. You can’t depend on a drive-through all your life. Learn 2 or 3 simple dishes that you can entertain guests with and you will be sure to make a stir in the female community. Cooking is a life skill, and it’s viewed as a manly trait in more places than you can imagine.

Mechanical Skills
Mechanical aptitude require that a man knows his way around a tool box. When your car breaks down on a highway or a lonely road, knowing how to repair what's under the hood can be a life saver. It’s totally understood that it might be necessary to leave the serious plumbing, electrical or carpentry work to the pros. Even if living in a condo or an apartment though, there will be basic repairs that you can tackle. Having basic handyman and mechanical skills can give you a boost in confidence and a greater sense of ownership. Being a self-respecting man also means knowing when a repair job is out of your hands. For times like this you can always turn to the professionals at National Transmissions to help with any automobile malfunctions.

Self Defense
Defending yourself, a family member or someone you love will sooner or later become a necessity. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are; there will come a time when you’ll have to stand up to a bully. That bully can be a person, or it can be a situation in life. Sometimes the only way to resolve a situation is to face it head on. Your self-esteem may depend on being able to defend yourself or others. Take a martial arts class or one that is dedicated specifically for self-defense.

Financial Skills
If you can’t handle your own finances, how can you be expected to handle someone else’s? Good financial skills mean paying bills on time, never overextending your credit, and saving money for a rainy day. If you weren’t taught these skill growing up then you might have to put forth a little effort in order to obtain them.

Women admire self-respecting men that can take care of themselves. In addition to exuding confidence, you will also be more self-reliant. You’re likely to find these same set of skills in many strong-willed women and they will expect the same of you. The world can be a tough place but with the right set of skills and confidence you can make it a little easier by respecting yourself. Other people will have a reason to respect you as well.

Author's Bio: 

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.