Most of you have skills that could tap into your potential careers, but we don’t realize just how valuable they are until it’s too late.
When it comes to your career, you should always be looking to improve and grow, and this can start with learning some new skills.
The key is to choose skills that will really help you advance in your field, whether you’re just starting out or you want to change your career path entirely.
How to tap into your career?
Here are the best 5 skills to tap into your potential-
1) Be curious
Being curious is one of the best skills you can have. Curious people ask questions, which leads to discovery. People with curiosity don’t stop with surface-level questions, but continue probing until they get satisfying answers.
They want to know about every aspect of a subject because that way, they can truly understand it. Curiosity also helps us learn more about ourselves.
Without curiosity, we would never challenge what we thought we knew or risk looking foolish by being wrong sometimes. Once in a while, taking that leap pays off and when it does, there’s no greater feeling!
2) Build Your Network
Networking When you meet someone new, think of their connections. If they have an interesting industry or company, ask them for introductions to people you might not know so that you can meet more people in that world.
Remember, when you start a conversation by stating your goal (ex: I’m looking for new connections in banking), they’ll be more likely to offer valuable insights because they are helping people.
It’s also important to develop a relationship with the person before asking for something from them (e.g.: e-mailing them or sending them a LinkedIn request). You can follow these guidelines to be a professional email writer.
Problem-solving You’ll likely come across obstacles during your career, but it will make things easier if you’re able to efficiently solve problems quickly and effectively before having too much time pass.
Spend 10 minutes a day on sites like Quora, Reddit, or Stack Exchange to stay on top of your field. Stay organized:
Keep track of contacts in one place, Use an app like Basecamp
To keep all projects organized and contacts stored in one location. There are plenty of tools out there to help you organize everything from Skype calls to emails and deadlines; just look for what works best for you!
Get creative Bring a creative mindset into every project through brainstorming sessions, ideation exercises, and experimentation; explore different ways to get work done even if it doesn’t seem feasible at first glance.
Build meaningful relationships, and Make every connection count!
3) Ask for feedback
In order to move forward in our careers, we should ask ourselves what our biggest personal growth areas are. For me, I’ve recognized that my communication skills need improvement, as does my technological proficiency.
Working on these two things will help me increase my value at work and open up new opportunities for me down the line. What skills are you working on? What are some other key steps to leveling up? Share your thoughts below!
One of the best ways to work on a skill is through feedback from others. No matter how good you think you may be at something, chances are there’s room for improvement.
Plus, taking a second look can provide invaluable insight into what others perceive as your strengths and weaknesses, so you can use it to inform where your time is best spent focusing energy on future endeavors.
Are you brave enough to ask for feedback from co-workers or professional contacts? If so, share how it went in the comments section below—it’ll likely be enlightening either way!
4) Seize opportunities
Sure, you may be ready for a raise or promotion right now, but remember that seizing opportunities doesn’t have to happen in a short window of time. Sometimes we have those opportunities coming up all the time, we just need to know what they are.
The key is being observant and aware of what’s going on around you at all times, so you can pick up on when opportunities are there! There are countless opportunities out there.
If you’re not sure where some might lie, start by assessing your own strengths: which skills do you know for sure you possess? Once you identify those, think about how other people may need help with those same skills.
What skills could be more valuable than others, depending on what the opportunity is? Would your current workplace value these skills too? Check also Top 7 Employability Skills Employers Look for in Future
5) Explore new things
For those of us who would rather not, it is imperative that we go outside our comfort zone and try new things. Doing so helps expand your horizons, discover what you’re passionate about, give yourself a break from the grind, learn something new and grow as a person.
In today’s day in age, with technology taking over so many facets of our lives, it’s not as easy to find time for self-development.
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However, there are skills that we can develop even while at work or while sitting at home watching TV if we put in the effort. Spending time building your skills can have lasting benefits in both personal growth and on any resume or job application down the line.
“You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”Rumi
To sum up, Your full potential isn’t a destination, rather it’s a path. It’s a journey of Reaching your full potential that takes patience, courage, self-awareness, and a lot of grit.