In school, the most important skills you can have in life and work were hardly taught, never show up on a resume, and are continually ignored and underappreciated.
But there is some good news: creating them doesn’t cost much and you can do so.
1. The Ability to Pay Attention
The shorter the average attention span, the more precious your ability to concentrate becomes.
Being willing to pay attention to stuff over an extended period is a major competitive advantage.
The skill to pay attention lets you, among countless other things, learn, connect, be efficient, and see opportunities missed by others.
Way to enhance your capacity to pay attention:
Read a book, watch a movie, or find something else to do for a long time without allowing you to do something else during that time. Practice a single job. No side debates. There’s no searching for your mobile.
2. The Ability to Track Directions
Directions are used in every area of your life and career: clients tell you what they want, your manager tells you what she wants to do, and the people you care about tell you what they want from you.
Paying attention to directions is one thing, but it’s another to obey them correctly.
If your application doesn’t contain the specifics the employer requested, the best credentials in the world won’t land you a job.
And it’s not because Facebook ads don’t work, the reason Facebook Ads does not work for you, because you don’t know the best ways to use them.
The failure to follow instructions acts as a filter that prevents skilled individuals from achieving otherwise, and most of them do not even know that this deficiency is rooted in their struggles.
Way to enhance your skill to obey instructions:
Ask for instructions on how things can be handled more frequently. Practice makes perfect.
3. The Ability to Care
The difference between a person who cares about their job and one who doesn’t, you can always tell.
Caring is a talent and it’s one that few individuals have.
If you care about your role, client, or audience, more talented individuals who don’t care won’t outperform you.
Ways to increase your capacity for care:
- Don’t work on stuff that you don’t care for, or find a way to take care of things that you need to do. Choose tasks carefully, and find an aspect of it that motivates you if you have to work on something that doesn’t fit with your passion.
- Surround yourself with loving people. In your workplace, any interaction with an apathetic friend or co-worker makes it more difficult to find the sense. But the flip side is also real, surrounding yourself with people and making it easier for you to do so.
4. The Willingness to Assume responsibility
You’re going to mess up, you’re going to fail, and you’re going to let people down who are counting on you. But what you are doing in those moments is more important than what has contributed to them.
When you learn to realize your error, you become more trusted and honest by taking responsibility, apologizing, and not making excuses. You also deflate the situation’s pressure.
If you do what most people do, on the other hand, try to spin your way out of a jam or put blame on someone else, the exact opposite occurs. After a mistake, the easiest way to a solution is to admit that you created it in the first place.
Way to improve your ability to accept responsibility.
Apologize every day for one item. Some days it may be for a small mess up that day, others may be for a previous major event that you would have liked to treat differently. But with the people you apologize to, you can get more comfortable saying sorry each day and gain more confidence and reputation.
5. The willingness to be curious
Every successful individual is a curious individual.
That’s because, in just about every other field of expertise, curiosity drives progress. It’s an engine that fuels people to become smart, well-rounded, imaginative, and inventive.
You never can, if you’re not curious about your job and how to develop it.
And if you’re not as curious about the industry’s history and future as you are about its present, you will not last long in it.
Way to make your capacity to be curious better:
Choose a thing that concerns you, ask yourself why it works the way it does, and begin to goggle. With a quick Google search or Wikipedia visit, even the most boring parts of our lives have interesting backstories that you can discover.