In an ever more complex, technology-driven society it is imperative that one has the
necessary skills to succeed in life. By skills we are not merely referring to the
technical skills of one's profession, such as the ability at this moment to properly
operate your browser software on the Internet. We are actually referring to a whole range
of skills, from the very specific technical skills required of life and one's work to the
subtle, yet critical interpersonal and psychological skills demanded by
Technical Skills -- The most fundamental types of skills one must have to
achieve in life are technical skills; including those required of life in
general (e.g. cleaning, cooking, grooming, organizing, planning, etc.), as well as the
very specific technical skills required of your specific job. As most of us have
discovered technical skill building is an on-going, never-ending process. We suggest
that you continually upgrade your skills, stay on top of changes and developments, and
make continuous education a cornerstone of your life.
Interpersonal Skills -- In addition, you will need to know how
to convey information, verbally or non-verbally to people you are in contact
with. These are your interpersonal skills. To succeed at a high level in life you
will need to have writing, speaking, presentation, communication, and
management/leadership skills amongst others.
-- Perhaps the most important type of skills to succeed in life are psychological
skills. The ability to show real concern for others and knowing how to show that
concern in interactions with others is a psychological skill. Other psychological
skills include the ability to help others develop and grow, the ability to create harmony
in difficult situations, the ability to know how to motivate others, the ability to
understand another's true motives when interacting with them, and many others. By
developing psychological skills, you increase the motivation and energy of those around
you, and you increase your chance for success, joy, and happiness in life.
One thing we have noticed about skills is that just the act of acquiring
them can energize you.
Whether it be a new skill required of your work or a
skill that creates a new perception or realization on your part, you will probably notice
a surge of your mental or emotional energy. Just acquiring your skill can motivate you to
take action, which can lead levels to new levels of achievement.
In the following example the manager of a
manufacturing unit narrates below how building up the skill levels of employees energized
his workers. (In fact, it had an additional startling effect that relates to energy.)
"I am looking after a small unit
engaged in the manufacture of General Purpose welding Electrodes. The unit employs 10
workmen. Most of them are from near by village and have a minimum education level that is
they can sign their name, read and write very little.
The packing operation involves sealing the cartons
and boxes by adhesive tapes and strapping the box with nylon tapes. The operations are
done manually. I noticed that there is no uniformity in the application of tapes.
I talked to the workers, taught them how to apply the
tape and strap in a uniform manner, showed them the beauty of their work if done in a
perfect manner. Made a template and marked the position and level of tape/strap on the
boxes. After sometime, the workers gained experience and skill to do proper packing
without the aid of a template. They were very happy to receive compliments from
Distributors about the packing.
This has energized the whole company so much that
even the machinery started yielding more production than the rated capacity as indicated
by the machinery supplier! In fact, the machinery yielded double their so-called rated
The market also has responded in a
similar way. Without any publicity or advertising effort the sales doubled from
the previous level! Also, the bank came forward to extend additional facility to support
This little story suggest that just the act of acquiring
skills can not only release a new level of energy in people (and objects!), but can
attract positive responses from life. We have in fact witnessed countless examples of how
the mere effort to raise skills to a higher level attracts related or even unrelated
positive circumstances. For example one man who attempted to raise his skills to a whole
new level got a big contract from out of nowhere just as he took up the big effort. Skills
not only give one the ability to achieve, but raises energy, and can elicit a positive
response from life.
Our research has shown that the people who often succeed the greatest in their
careers are people who have unique skills in a particular area, causing them to
stand out among the crowd. Can you think of unique skills that no one else in your circle
has (especially technical skills) that gives you an edge in your career. If not, try to
come up with some. It might be the difference between mediocrity and blazing success.
Raise Skills To Higher Level
In that same light also consider if you can take your skills level in a particular
area one level higher than you have now. Taking up the effort will bring enormous long
term reward. In fact, just taking up the effort may even bring short term reward from an
A man tried
to improve his professional condition by learning some new higher level
skills. He made a determined effort to see it through. Within a few days
he was contacted by a major industrial firm in the central valley of
California to do a large consulting project. (He hadn't had a consulting
project of any substantial order in over half a year, and
saw the connection between his effort for improvement with
life's great response to the effort.)
A Fully Integrated Skill
As a skill gets performed over and over, it becomes almost second nature, i.e. a
habit. As the skill becomes more integrated into your being it moves from your conscious
awareness of performing the act involved in the skill down into a subconscious level where
it operates on an almost "automatic pilot" of execution. It is done without any
great effort and is done with a sense of calm and joy.
-Which critical technical, interpersonal, or psychological skills are you missing?
How can you acquire them? Now make a plan to acquire them, and then carry our your plan.
-How can you move your technical skills
to the next level so that you can achieve at a whole new level in life?
To review a list of important skills, please click
the nature of and other aspects
of skills, click