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Top 6 Skills Worth Investing In Your Life & Career

Top 6 Skills Worth Investing In Your Life & Career

Do you know enough skills? There are thousands of skills that you can develop in your lifetime, and the more you develop, the better quality of life you can lead. With that said, some skills are more valuable than others, and in this article we’re going to narrow down the top 7 skills worth investing in your life and career.

1. Personal finance

If you can’t take care of your personal finance, everything else you want to achieve can fall apart, because you don’t have the basic needs met. Developing the skill to manage your own budget, expenses, and savings is what will allow you to take care of your family, pay your bills, and invest in the resources that will keep you expanding.

Money isn’t the only thing that will make you happy in life but it’s the base layer that will act as a supporting pillar to the things you want to achieve in your life.

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To get started, check out Mint.com to mange your budget and savings, Investopedia University to learn about basis finance terminology and concepts, and personal finance books like I Will Teach You To Be Rich or Wealthy Barber.

 
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    2. Health

    Taking care of your physical health is becoming more mainstream today, but taking care of your mental health is another. For many people, health is a second or third priority in their lives, when it should be the number one. Making sure your mind and body are at the top of their game is not only going to help you enjoy the success you achieve, but it’s what will accelerate your success.

    Health is what gives you energy and the focus to think clearly and push through the inevitable tough times that will come your way. You can get started by booking a membership at your local gym to work on your physical body, and check out apps like Headspace, which will help guide you to establish a meditation habit to take care of your mind.

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      3. Mentorship

      A mentor can change the direction and trajectory of your life and career in a heartbeat. Finding the people that have already been where you want to go is invaluable, and I have personally travelled across the country to have face to face time with the right mentors.

      Whether your goal is to build a business, land your dream job, or simply finding out in what direction you should go, investing in finding a mentor is essential. To be clear, this doesn’t have to be a personal relationship you develop with someone, as some mentors are simply too busy to work with anyone one-on-one. A mentor can be a biography of your hero, podcast show, online program, or a book that allows you to learn how they think, and the decisions they have made along their career.

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        4. Books

        This is where books are incredibly useful. If you don’t have direct access to a mentor, you can always invest in books and find yourself having several mentors that you can access on-demand. Books are much more valuable than articles you’ll find online, because most people spend years researching, writing, and editing their books, and there’s just much more thought that goes into the material. It’s one of the biggest return on investments you can have on $10-15.

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        There are great platforms like Scribd, which is Netlix for books, where you can access an unlimited number of books for as little as $8.99 per month. Last time I checked, they have hundreds of thousands of books in their content library, and even if you’re reading one book a month, it’s worth the membership cost.

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          5. Language learning

          With the rising globalization, we’re entering a multicultural and multilingual world. Everything from the media, business, economy, and entertainment is being distributed all around the world, and knowing how to speak just one or two languages is not enough.

          Whenever we do anything, whether it’s starting a business, looking for jobs, or even where to live, we should always be taking a global approach instead of limiting ourselves to our local city. The easiest way to expand your growth and thinking is to learn a new language, because there are additional benefits that come with language learning, including cultural knowledge, cognitive improvements, and communication skills.

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          The biggest reason why most people never learn a language is lack of time. Check out language learning websites like Rype, which is specifically built for busy professionals. It offers unlimited private language lessons online (Spanish right now), that allows you to learn at any time of the day, and any day of the week for as little as 30 minutes per session.

          Or if you want to dip your feet into the pool, Duolingo is a good option to start off with. Whichever option you choose, make sure to use solutions that accommodate your busy schedule, rather than interrupting it.

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            6. Life or Business Coach

            A coach is different from a mentor in several ways. Most mentors won’t have the time to dedicate to helping you achieve your goals, because they have their own business, career, and life to take care of. Whereas a coach is normally paid to give 100% of their attention to helping you achieve your goals.

            Another benefit to having a coach is that they’re able to give you an outside perspective, without bias, and discover blindspots that are often very difficult to see when you’re working in the trenches. Hiring a coach for your life or career is no different than a corporation spending a million dollars to hire an outside consultant that will help make them 5 million dollars. The amount you invest in a great coach will give you a return that will pay you back in multiple folds.

            Coaching is not limited to life or career, but it can also be for growing your business, improving your health & fitness, or even learning a new language.

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              Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

              Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

              How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

              Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

              The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

              Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

              Perceptual Barrier

              The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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              The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

              The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

              Attitudinal Barrier

              Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

              The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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              The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

              Language Barrier

              This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

              The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

              The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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              Emotional Barrier

              Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

              The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

              The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

              Cultural Barrier

              Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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              The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

              The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

              Gender Barrier

              Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

              The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

              The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

              And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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