Most Valuable Skills … for anyone!

Career DevelopmentKathleen Elkins wrote an article for the Business Insider about some research that had been done by Luke MacGregor. He believes in reading a lot and teaching yourself to do it quickly. Luke believes that many of life’s most important skills cannot be taught in a classroom and are acquired by living, observing others, and making mistakes. He also says that, “The great thing about being surrounded by people who have experienced more than you is being able to pick their brains.” So, he conducted a research on Quora that asked users for the most valuable skill a person can have for their entire life.

After sorting through the responses, he determined his top thirteen (13) favorites. However, five (5) of them resonated with me, but you can read the original article here.

Here is my top five (5):

1. “Stealing” from the greats – “If you want to be successful, you must learn to steal! Or, ‘model.’ Modeling is a process of going in and figuring out what the expert does. If you want to be successful in life, find someone who is great and attach to them at the hip. As Pablo Picasso said: ‘Good artists copy. Great artists steal.'”

2. Knowing what you don’t know – “The only difference between the guy who achieves his own definition of success and the guy who doesn’t, is that one of them knew what questions to ask. One of them knew what needed to be improved upon. One of them decided to be honest about what it is they don’t know.”

3. The ability to accept and move on – “Accept that life can’t always be the way you want. Accept that everyone in the world can’t behave the way you want them to. Accept that you can’t keep everyone happy. Accept that worrying won’t do any good. Accept that your happiness lies in your hands.”

4. Mastering graceful confrontation – “Mastering this skill sets your mind free. It not only eases the unwanted stress, but it also gives positivity to an individual because he/she has no underlying layers of emotions towards a certain person. Confront. Say you have a problem. Sort it out. Be happy.”

5. Not taking conflict personally – “Whenever we are engaged in a heated discussion with someone we tend to listen more with the intent of replying, than actually understanding his point of view. We try to combat by bringing things from the past and let our preconceived notions about the other person cloud our judgment.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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