Blog written by Koreena Geisler-Wagner.
One walk through the Psychology Self-Help section at a bookstore will reveal a surplus of chapters outlining the best steps to success and how you can implement them in your life. While each book places a slightly different spin on these steps, at their core lies a few skills anyone can learn and incorporate in their daily lives. In his article “9 Skills You Should Learn That Pay Dividends Forever,” Dr. Travis Bradberry discusses the essential skills one needs (and can easily learn) that will continuously pay off. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Time Management. Whether you use lists, schedules, or can mentally keep track of everything, managing your time well and efficiently is one of the most important skills to learn.
- Listen. Not just to people’s words– pay attention to tone of voice, body language, and perceived intentions. You gain so much more from active listening than passive listening.
- Ask for Help. Believe it or not, you are not in this alone! Asking for help when you truly need it shows you can be humble and would prefer to get something done rather than go at it alone and produce shoddy or incomplete work.
- Take initiative. The world is full of people who accomplish the bare minimum in order to accommodate other, more personal interests. Taking initiative shows you are capable of thinking beyond your immediate sphere of influence to better aid the common good.
Bradberry quotes Gandhi in the article: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” These are skills that will help you in all facets of life (personal, professional, etc)– so why put off to tomorrow that which can help you today?
Today’s message for learning new skills brought to you by Contemporaries.