In the last article, I wrote about the importance of finding your talent, and I also proposed two steps that you can take immediately to help you identify it. I also mentioned that if ‘’Talent’’ is packed with the ‘’Right Skills’’ and ‘’Passion’’, you can be unstoppable.
And today in this article, I will answer mainly two questions:
1-How to build your skills and which skills precisely?
2-How to find your passion?
But before I start answering the above mentioned two questions, I would like to correct a misconception that a lot of people have. This misconception is the ‘’being busy’’ syndrome.
Being busy all day is not a sign of success or even an accurate measure of what you are achieving through your day. It is also not an indication that you ‘’should’’ in fact be doing something important because the right question here to ask is: ‘’what are you busy doing? And what did you achieve at the end of the day?’’.
On the other hand, the right concept here that we should understand is that any company that you are working for, or any client that you are dealing with; is paying you money equivalent to the value that you add, and not for the time that you spend. Because in the end, what will the client or the company benefit if you spend lots of hours being busy, but at the end, you are not adding value?
You have to manage your time by making sure that each minute that you spend being busy is worth it, and is adding value to you and your business, and to make sure that you do not get overwhelmed by the tasks which are ‘’urgent’’ and neglect what’s really ‘’important’’.
So how to bring more value to the work that you do, which eventually will lead to improving your career as well as what you earn? By working on developing your skills each day, or as the famous Jim Rohn once said: ‘’Learn to work on yourself harder than you do on your job. Work hard at your job, and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself, and you can make a fortune.’’
1-How to build your skills and which skills precisely?
There are two classifications for ‘’Skills’’. There are:
a-Skills which are tied to your vision and the big target in your life that you want to achieve. And my advice to you here is to start working on growing these skills and do not wait until you reach your target to start learning or improving them.
When you plan to go to the sea on vacation as an example, you do not wait until you are there- in the middle of the sea- and then you decide to learn to swim. Instead, you go there already prepared and knowing how to swim or else it’s meaningless to go there (unless of course you just want to sit on the sand and watch the sea).
Same thing when driving a Car. When you plan to buy a car and get a license, you do not go to the car directly and start driving. Instead, you go to a driving school to learn driving so that in the future you can drive a car.
So keep growing and learning the needed skills related to your end vision and do not wait until you are there.
Helpful tip: If you plan to become a CEO of a big corporation, for example, you have to search for the essential skills that a CEO needs to be successful and impressive, and deliberately learn and practice those skills through your way until you become a CEO.
b-Operational necessary skills that you need for your job today and you cannot move forward or do good work without them. There are a lot of ways to learn these skills such as training’s, books..etc. But the best advice that I can give here is to see someone around you who is successful in what you are willing to learn, and ‘’model’’ him to understand how he is doing what he is doing. You can save yourself a lot of time if you ‘’model’’ someone who is already achieving the results that you want to achieve.
How to build these skills? No matter if they are operational essential skills or skills which are tied to your future vision, one simple, focused way of learning is to divide your week into dedicated learning days. For example:
- Monday = Managerial accounting and decision making.
- Wednesday = Communication Skills.
- Friday = Leadership.
However, for both classifications of skills, whether its point ‘’a’’ or ‘’b’’ above, you have to improve your skills by ‘’practicing, practicing, practicing’’. I do not mean normal practicing, but I specifically mean practicing with a purpose or what’s called ‘’Deliberate practice’’. And concerning this point, I recommend that you read this article for Darren Hardy- the CEO of success magazine- where he wrote about the story of the famous basketball player Kobe Bryant and how he practiced deliberately until he became a sports icon. (http://darrenhardy.success.com/2015/10/practice-doesnt-make-perfect/)
2- ‘’How to find your passion?’’
The answer is simple. Ask yourself one question: ‘’what are the things that I enjoyed doing when I was a teenager or during my school or university time (before my main focus became to find a job which makes good money), and how can I find something now that I can do related to these things?’’
When you find the answer to this question, you will find the thing that you are passionate about.
Helpful tip: When you ask yourself the above question, you can answer yourself with answers which seem as ‘’not a perfect fit now’’ for you. An example is, you may find that your passion was playing basketball. So you may close the door directly by saying: ‘’Well, I am now 40 or 50 years old and I cannot play it anymore or pursue it as a career because it’s too late.’’ But who said that you could not be flexible enough to find something related to basketball but in an indirect way?
As an example, you can open a company for ‘’Managing and Marketing Basketball players,’’ or you can be a ‘’Players Psychological Therapist’’ or an ‘’Agent’’…..etc. And the list is long depending on how far your imagination can take you.
And even if you do not want to start a private business and only want to work in an organization as an employee, for example, then you can still find something related to basketball such as ‘’Sports Program Presenter’’ on radio or TV, or in a company which sponsors and prepares basketball events.
What I am trying to say is that there is always a way to link what you are passionate about with a full-time job for you. Just be smart enough not to shut the door and close the topic directly, and have the flexibility and the creative thinking needed to search for something related to this passion.
One last sentence: you may think that working with passion means that you will never be tired, angry or frustrated and that you will continuously be happy, having fun and enjoying every moment of your working time.
But this is a wrong belief!!
You will still pass through hard moments or even defeat. But in this case, what will make you continue, what will make you give it one more try when everything seems over, and what will make you stand again on your feet after getting knocked down is: ‘’Passion’’. And that is the crucial difference between working with Passion and not.
Talent + Skills+ Passion when they are combined you can achieve what you never believed possible. So now, and since you have what you need to start, which actions are you going to take TODAY to live the life that you deserve?
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