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7 Non-Geeky Skills Every Geek Should Have

Joel Lee 28-10-2014

Pretty soon, skills that were once considered “geeky” will become the norm. Basic tech skills 6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have (Even If You're Not a Geek) If you consider yourself a geek, and have good control over your computer and other devices, this post might not be for you. If, however, you’re still finding your way in the computer world, or... Read More will be necessary for everyday life and future work skills The 10 Most Important Work Skills In 2020 Will you be graduating college or university in six years? If you're hoping to land a job, it'll take more than just a degree. Read More will center on advanced technical prowess. Along the way, however, we can’t leave behind the important non-geeky skills of yesteryears.


Ready to level up? Here are some skills that you may want to work on as they’ll prove immensely useful to both geeks and non-geeks alike.

Staying Organized & Clutter-Free


Organization is an important skill no matter what you are or what you do. Not only does it save time and boost productivity, it can lead to a healthier emotional state. Letting technology keep you organized can free up your brain from having to juggle everything on its own.

Every day, we’re bombarded with information overload. It’s crucial that we categorize and prioritize that information on a day-to-day basis, but also that we remember to clear out old information from time to time. Spring cleaning still applies in our digital era.

Fortunately, there are so many apps and tools designed to help us tackle this issue:


Personal Finance


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And don’t worry: living responsibly does not mean you have to be a cheapskate and it does not mean you have to live like a bum. Will you have to give up some luxuries? Sure. Will you need to be more conscious of your decisions? Yes. But will you be happier? The odds are in your favor.

The good news is that personal finance is easy to learn Simply Frugal: How To Learn Personal Finance The Easy Way Do you fret over bills and debt on a regular basis? Do you feel lost when others speak using financial lingo? Here's the good news: it's never too late to learn about money. Read More and the effort is well worth it. Apps like Mint 10 Great Apps To Manage And Save Money In 2014 Since your smartphone is always with you, it’s a great resource for monitoring your budget, calculating interest or finding coupons. Read More , CashBase CashBase: Personal Finance Made Simple For Android & iOS Device Owners Read More , and Amber Money make it easy to track money flow, plus there are plenty of web-based financial tools Get Your Finances In Order With 9 Financial Web Tools Money is something that we all want more of, but to get more of it requires us to do two things - bring more in or spend less. Preferably both. But how do you do... Read More that you can use. And if you’re a financial procrastinator, here are some great tips for overcoming financial procrastination Time Is Money: 4 Ways To Cure Financial Procrastination & Save Today Wake up! The longer you wait around to get your present and future money in order, the more money you're going to lose. Yes, that's right. Financial management is time-critical. Read More .


Cleaning Up & Dressing Well


One big stereotype for geeks is the inability to dress well and a lack of personal hygiene. Though this stereotype has started to crumble in recent years, it still has a long way to go before it dies. The truth is that geeks as a whole could stand to take better care of themselves.

That goes for both males and females.

Let me be clear that “cleaning up and dressing well” has nothing to do with sacrificing your identity or not being true to yourself. Your physical appearance shouldn’t define you as a person, whether you dress well or not. It’s simply about being healthy and presentable.


Need a push in the right direction? We have you covered:

Taking Risks


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For example, entrepreneurs aren’t afraid to take risks. Not that they’re reckless, which would be a massive flaw, but they know how to step outside of their comfort zones in order to seize new opportunities.


Perhaps you’ve fallen into a rut. Maybe you’re holed up at home, sinking your hours into Internet procrastination 6 Tips Prevent Internet Procrastination I am a master of procrastination. Perhaps you are too. There are millions of people who suffer from crippling procrastination and it’s a real drain on productivity and efficiency. The weird thing is, many of... Read More or video game addiction Video Game Addiction In Teens - What Is Too Much and How to Curb the Problem Video game addiction is a serious issue. I know this because I am an ex-video game addict. Read More , locked in by a fear of failure 10 Excuses That Unproductive People Come Up With You probably know this by now: we love featuring productivity tips. Read More that keeps you from stretching the boundaries of your own comfort zone.

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Arguing Gracefully


Life is a battlefield full of people who can’t agree with each other. You’re going to meet opposition and many times it won’t be a pleasant experience, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be graceful about it.

In fact, how you argue is arguably more important than what you argue, and this is just as true for online discussions Internet Forums Reimagined: The Future Of Online Discussions The latest iteration of online communication may indeed be social media, but it seems that the most popular avenue is still the old-fashioned forum. It remains today as an excellent way to structure a community... Read More as it is for face-to-face interactions.

We have some great resources to get you started on this:

Speaking In Public


I hate public speaking. There are few things more terrifying than a room full of people staring my way. Yet as much as it frightens me, I understand its importance and I believe it’s a skill that everyone should develop — both in a formal capacity (e.g. giving a presentation) and a casual capacity (e.g. meeting strangers).

It’s easier today than ever to socialize without ever seeing the recipient’s face, which is great for the convenience factor but not so great as far as empathy and compassion are concerned. This leads to breaches of etiquette like playing with phones during a conversation To The Manner Born: Essential Technology Etiquette Tips For Our Digital Age Technology etiquette could easily fall under the topic of “common sense” yet there are many who remain ignorant -- and that’s not a judgment against those who don’t know any better. For a long while,... Read More .

Fortunately, public speaking and socialization are skills that improve with practice. Even if you aren’t good now, it won’t always be that way. Check these resources if you need a gentle nudge:

Being Offline & Alone


While geeks are often painted as basement-dwelling loners, we’re never really alone. Thanks to the Internet and mobile devices, it’s now possible for us to be socially connected over every waking minute, so much so that most of us have forgotten how to be by ourselves.

Don’t believe me? Try going a day without touching your smartphone Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? At one time, landlines and payphones were all we had--and we survived just fine, thank you very much. But now, it’s almost laughable if you don’t own an iPhone or Android, and for some of... Read More . Better yet, try taking a break from the Internet Take A Break From the Internet - You’ll Thank Yourself Later [Opinion] Oh, the Internet. One of the most world-changing inventions of the past century, perhaps even in all of human history. Never before has everything been so available in so little effort for so low a... Read More . How long can you last before you feel the itch of withdrawal? Nobody is ever addicted until they try to stop.

It’s not easy to break away. It’s also unreasonable to completely give up the Internet and mobile culture. However, sometimes we need to step back and self-reflect. Can we be alone with ourselves? If not, why not? Maybe these resources can help:

How Are You With These Skills?

Despite them being non-geeky, these skills can and will prove helpful in your endeavors that are geeky. You’ll feel more confident, build up new relationships, and be better equipped to tackle any tough tasks that are thrown your way. Who doesn’t want that?

How are you with these skills? What other non-geeky skills are important? Know of any additional resources that might come in handy? Share with us in the comments!

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  1. A41202813GMAIL
    October 30, 2014 at 11:25 am

    If Geeks Were Any Good In Social Environments They Would Not Be Geeks At All.


    • Joel Lee
      October 31, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      I would define a geek as someone who is enthusiastic/passionate about a non-mainstream hobby, such as technology. I don't think "socially inept" is a fair descriptor, at least anymore.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      November 2, 2014 at 4:30 am

      Sorry, Speaking From Myself, I Have To Disagree With Your Second Sentence.

      My Post Is Still Valid Today.


    • Joel Lee
      November 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Why is social ineptness core to being a geek? Out of curiosity, would you say the same about dorks and nerds? What do you call someone who is really into geeky hobbies (e.g. electronics, programming) but skilled in social affairs?

    • A41202813GMAIL
      November 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Nerds, I Do Not Know, I Have Never Been One.

      What Is A Dork ?

      I Am A Computer Programmer Since The Early 80s, And I Am Passioned About Hardware, Software, F1.

      My Interests Differ So Much From Most People, That They Feel Awkward Around Me And I Feel Awkward Around Them.


  2. WinDork
    October 29, 2014 at 2:40 am

    This is important information. Thank you!

    • Joel Lee
      October 31, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      You're welcome! Glad it was useful to you.

  3. senaldinu
    October 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    great article!! :D they are not only for geeks but for everyone :)

    • NotoriousZeus
      October 29, 2014 at 12:15 am


    • Joel Lee
      October 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks! I agree, everyone can benefit from these skills. :)