4. Have a sense of humor.
You should have enough self-knowledge to see what is funny about yourself and work it to your advantage. When you laugh at yourself, you become more relatable to others and you reveal your most precious gift: your humanity. Think of the late author Maya Angelou, “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.”

5. Learn to read and be read.
In real life you have to learn to take criticism and give it—it’s an important life skill. Sometimes you need to listen and take criticism to heart. Sometimes you need to say screw it! And move on.