9 Life Skills That Will Put You On the Path to Success
Life skill – a skill that is necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, heading up an organisation, an employee or a student, there are certain key life skills that will not only increase your chances of being successful but will also help you maintain and grow that success.
Life skills is a broad category because any skill that is useful in your life can be considered a life skill. However, here are nine skills that we at JobGetter believe are absolutely essential and honing which have helped us move from strength to strength:
Not enough people are aware of just how important time management really is. Without it, it’s almost impossible to achieve that ever elusive balance between your professional and personal lives.
When you manage your time more effectively, you become more successful because you master how to prioritize what’s important, find enough energy to get it done and achieve your goals faster.
Wouldn’t you be absolutely miserable and unproductive if you spent most of your time working and never had time with your family?
“No one can live without relationships. You may withdraw into the mountains, become a monk, a sannyasi, wander off into the desert by yourself, but you are related. You cannot escape from that absolute fact. You cannot exist in isolation.” Jiddu Krishnamurti, Philosopher.
We strongly believe that nurturing healthy personal and professional relationships is a key contributor to ongoing success.
Relationships help us get through the tough times and celebrate the good times. They introduce us to new ideas and opportunities. They can help make us more empathetic and find a purpose bigger than ourselves.
You know what they say: Change is the only constant.
Yet many of us still live our lives as though they’ll always stay the same, so when big changes come they can rock the very foundation of our lives. But you don’t need to fear change, you just need to be prepared for it.
Think about the possible changes that you could encounter as you live life and come up with a concrete plan for major contingencies for e.g. a career emergency plan and you’ll save yourself a lot of worries and even come out the other end triumphant.
Another life skill we aren’t taught in school is how to handle money. Once again, we learn from how our parents handled money. Were they spenders? Were they savers? Did they teach you to invest? Did they teach you about the stock market or how to save for retirement? We’re betting the answer is “no” for most of us.
But it’s never too late to learn so here are some tips you can follow to get better at managing money and maybe starting that business you always wanted to, being debt free etc.:
- Make a budget and stick to it
- Be a conscious consumer
- Have a financial goal and vision
- Think like an investor to make your money grow
- Learn to save
Throughout life, you’ll have to overcome obstacles and setbacks — no matter how well-prepared you are. Instead of complaining about it or throwing in the towel, you need to be able to navigate these unforeseen challenges. Sometimes, you have to think on your feet rather than have the luxury of brainstorming.
We think a big part of successfully solving problems is being flexible and thinking beyond what you’ve done before. This can lead you to explore new opportunities and push your limits. A great soft skill to have in your skills arsenal.
Finishing What You Started
Starting a new project is easy and fun! Finishing it is tough.
But having the tenacity, will, and understanding to take a project—whether it’s for work, school, or a hobby—from beginning to end is what separates the wannabes from the champs.
Good Work Ethic
A strong work ethic is a very important aspect of achieving and growing success.
People with a strong work ethic are reliable, dedicated, productive, cooperative and self-disciplined. All attributes that lead to consistent quality outcomes.
You did something wrong? Congratulations, you’re human!
Unfortunately, we often treat mistakes as personal failures, which makes hearing about them upsetting (to put it mildly), and when others try to offer criticism it can unleash your inner Hulk.
But if you can teach yourself to see mistakes as learning opportunities instead, it makes them—and the inevitable criticism that comes with them—so much easier to handle and a win-win.
“Mental health” doesn’t just refer to being diagnosed with a mental illness.
Mental health also covers lacking confidence, paralysis from setbacks, and too much negative self-talk. These not only can drastically affect your performance, but they can also lead to a lack of gratitude and resilience — and, eventually, contentment.
So working on your mental health and keeping it in good shape just like you do your physical will ensure that you have the capacity to appreciate your success. To be thankful for what you have and be able to get up and dust yourself off when you fall down.
While this is in no way an exhaustive list, these are the skills that are essential if you want to become successful. We practice what we preach and you can be certain that we at JobGtter are also constantly working on strengthening these skills so we can be the best versions of ourselves.