Jan 07, · Consider this list of life skills for adults below and why they’re important. Resilience: All of us fall occasionally. Resilience involves how well we accept obstacles, learn from our mistakes and recover. Our mistakes often provide the best life lessons – so long as we don’t allow them to defeat us. We all need a set of core life skills (or, adult capabilities) to manage work, family, and relationships successfully. These skills include planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility. No one is born with these skills, but we can all learn them over time.