Stanford Dean: You Need These 8 Skills to Qualify as an Adult

Jessica Stillman
3 min readApr 18, 2022

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A lucky few among us are old souls who achieve a level of wisdom, compassion, and basic life skills when they’ve barely reached their teens. Others are hot messes who can barely manage to pay the electric bill on time into late middle age.

In short, 18 isn’t a magical number. Being a functional grown-up is something people manage at wildly different ages. And…

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Jessica Stillman

Top Inc.com columnist/ Editor/ Ghostwriter. Book lover. Travel fiend. Nap enthusiast. https://jessicastillman.com/

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