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16. Skills and Progress

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”
… Robert Greene

Essential Tips for Developing Skills by Susan:

Everyone wants to have a fulfilling career. The key to living your fullest potential is developing your skills.

You can only live your fullest potential if you always develop your skills so that you can give better and better value over time.

Few tips for developing your skills:

• Be curious

          Curiosity is essential because it makes the process of developing skills much more enjoyable.

          If you are curious, you will naturally want to know more, simply because it’s fun. You will go further and deeper than those who develop their skills because they must.

• Develop your learning skill

          Learning skill should be the first skill you develop because it greatly helps you develop other skills. An essential ingredient to have good learning skill is motivation.

          If you are motivated to learn about a subject, it will be much easier for you to learn it.

• Be a versatilist

          A versatilist is someone who can easily adapt to new situations and quickly develop the skills necessary to excel.

          To know what to learn, a versatilist should anticipate the future. That way he will get a sense of what new skills will be in demand and prepare himself before most people do.

• Find your role models

          It will be easier for you to grow if you have concrete examples of what you want to be. That’s why it’s important to find your role models.

          Your role models give you a standard to achieve so that you know where and how far you should go in developing your skills.

• Find your mentors

          While having role models is good, in many cases you can’t connect directly with them. But developing skills will be much easier if you work with those who have gone through it.

          These people can teach you what to do and what not to do so that you don’t have to find them yourself the hard way.

• Get feedback through real projects

          The best way to develop your skills is through real projects because real projects give you the much needed feedback to hone your skills.

          You will learn faster by working on something real. You may face failures in the process but they are your stepping stones to success since they give you precious lessons.

• Shorten your learning cycle

          The speed of your skill development depends on the length of your learning cycle.

          The shorter your learning cycle, the faster you will develop your skills. Make quality efforts, measure comprehensively and act upon on feedback

Learning :

Gaining skills helps you to achieve your goals, gives confidence and gives you motivation for moving forward…

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