It’s easy to regard people with skills as being born that way, and whilst there’s no doubt that some favorable genes can help, the good news is that we all have plentiful reserves skills within us. Skills are usually associated with managing and living a better quality of life, as they help us to accomplish our ambitions and live to our full potential.
In a constantly changing environment, skills development is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. Got a task that requires developing your skills? Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
- Be a versatilist
A Versatilist is someone who can be a specialist for a particular discipline. It is someone who has performed work in several areas, while at the same time be able to change to another role with the same ease. A versatilist is also someone who can easily adapt to new situations and quickly develop the skills necessary to excel.
Gartner study quoted in The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman: that “versatilists are capable not only of constantly adapting but also of constantly learning and growing”. I totally agree with it. This is a fast-changing world, so the best people are those who can quickly adapt and take opportunities of the new waves.
Being a versatilist essentially means being a smart learner who knows what to learn and how to quickly learn it and can also apply experiences of the past into problem-solving today and tomorrow. 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.
- Be curious
A curious person doesn’t just take someone’s word for it; they discover the truth for themselves. The curious dig deep into the details, and when they finish their detective work, they don’t only know “what” or “when”, they know “how” and “why”. 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. Curious people are not content to study a single subject of interest; instead, they learn about a wide array of topics that fascinate them. This gives them a fresh perspective that allows them to find answers to problems that others might miss.
Tips that can help you build your curiosity:
- Eliminate “I am bored” from your vocabulary;
- Make asking a habit;
- Search for the Positive in All Situations;
- Conquer Fear;
- Build the habit of digging deeper below the surface;
- Question things;
- Do Something Different.
- Develop Your Learning Skills
The ability to learn new things quickly is extremely valuable these days, whether we talk about education or career building. Learning skill should be the first skill you develop because it greatly helps you develop other skills. In order to develop a good learning skill, motivation is an essential ingredient that one must possess. If you are motivated to learn about a subject, it will be much easier for you to learn it. Again, curiosity plays an important role here because a curious person is naturally motivated.
Here are some secrets for developing your learning skills:
- Take Good Notes;
- Establish Your Learning Style;
- Ask Questions;
- Complete All Assignment;
- Find your mentors
Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool that is very essential to skills development. A good mentor possesses the following qualities: Willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise. Developing your skills will be much easier if you work with those who have gone through it. This is because a good mentor will always encourage you to keep improving and pushes you into new experiences. Finding mentors, of course, is not easy. Often you should give first before someone is willing to become your mentor. Try to be useful to them by helping them in whatever way you can. Give them a reason to invest their time in you.
5. Get Feedback Through Real Projects
The best way to develop your skills is through real projects. Why? Because real projects give you the much needed feedback to hone your skills. While many people prefer to wait until everything is well-prepared before working on real projects, 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.
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