Top 10 Skills to Master in 2019
Success isn’t a natural state. You have to work for it and part of that effort is equipping yourself with the right skills. In this article, we’ll look at 10 skills you need to develop to give yourself a high probability of success in 2019 and beyond. Learning these skills can help you take your game to the next level and secure a great future for yourself. So, let’s get into it…
1. Learn to Learn
Learning new things and skills can give you a real edge in life. Yes, you may have to practice a certain skill for 10,000 hours to master it, but you can become competent, even proficient at something with 20 to 30 hours of smart practice. This goes back to the 80-20 rule. Learn 20% of something and that will give you 80% of the results. Then you can build on that over time.
2. Learn to Get Going
So many wonderful ideas throughout history never saw success simply because the person responsible never got going. It’s never the right time and you’ll never be fully ready; you’ve just got to do it. Start by writing down your plans and goals, take notes about your ideas and break things down into daily, weekly, monthly goals. As someone once said, ‘Failing to plan, is planning to fail!’
3. Learn to Adapt to Change
Those who can adapt to change survive and thrive. Be positive and drop negativity this will let you embrace change. Be genuinely curious and ask questions, this will let you create change. Spend some time each week doing something out of your comfort zone; training, if you will, for ‘change readiness’.
4. Develop Emotional Intelligence
This is the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions as well as those of others. Emotionally intelligent people are able to perform better because they’re able to maintain a more balanced state of mind and thus react to themselves and others more effectively.
5. Improve Your Social Skills
You can’t succeed alone. You need other people. This means you need good social skills to progress and build a network. You can be the most intelligent person in the world but with no social skills, you won’t be going anywhere.
6. Sales Skills
We’re all salespeople in some way and we should become the best we can be. Whether it’s a job interview, getting someone to like you or even convincing a kid to eat their vegetables, we’re all always selling something. The better you are, the faster you can make the sale.
7. Internet Marketing
This ties in with sales skills. In today’s online world, we’re all on display. The first thing people you meet are going to do is Google you; whether they’re a prospective employer, business partner, acquaintance, fan or colleague. So create a good presence online on social media. You can also display your expertise through content marketing, which is why starting a blog is a great idea.
8. Learn to Focus
With attention spans dwindling being able to focus properly and having a higher than average attention span can give you an edge. Remove distractions and focus intensely on one task at a time in short bursts.
We might want abs in six minutes or to start a global conglomerate right away but things take time. However, we live in an age of opportunity and success has never before in history been more achievable. Be patient, small increments over time lead to big achievements.
10. Develop Self-Awareness
Are you moving through life with no idea of what you’re doing? If so, you may lack self-awareness. Look inwards and see what you really want and what really drives you. Determine what you’re good and make life choices based on that understanding. Self-awareness will prevent you from entering the vicious cycle of mediocrity.
And there you have it! These 10 skills can help you gain an edge and stand out from the crowd; whether you’re looking for a great job, to create something marvelous or to just be the best you can be. But whatever your ambition, the first thing is to get started. So go on out there and take a step forward!