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You Don’t Need To Master Any Skill To Succeed (With This Mix And Match Approach)

You Don’t Need To Master Any Skill To Succeed (With This Mix And Match Approach)

With the digital entrepreneurship allowing everyone to achieve worldwide success, stories and myths on how to achieve it have been the most popular reads. The formula seems simple – you find your driving passion and you put enough hours of hard work into it, and success is inevitable. This sounds like a good plan, until you actually start implementing it. You can soon discover that you cannot always find that one passion, or skill, that makes you superior, and better than most people. You can easily get discouraged once you start your research and find that whatever it is you are good at, there are so many people that are at least ten times better than you. That’s where the plan tends to fall apart.

Why the “traditional” approach doesn’t work

The reason many people give up or never sum up enough courage to start working towards their idea of success, is because the “traditional” approach is flawed from the start. Firstly, so many people buy into the idea of one true purpose or passion they need to fulfill and therefore, they give it too much significance. So many times they are reluctant to even try, because their initial idea doesn’t seem great enough. This results in them not being aware of the many amazing opportunities that can eventually lead them there, since they are blindly chasing the one big dream. Additionally, the pressure of dedicating all of our time to developing and nurturing that one skill that separates us from the rest of the world, becomes too big of a burden for many of us, leading us to doubt whether we have any skill or passion at all.

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The Mix and Match Approach

Yet, the success game can be quite easily achieved only if we take a different perspective. As it was brilliantly presented in an article by a successful entrepreneur Oliver Emberton, there is a different, much more effective approach that guarantees success. Guarantees, yes, since it has been derived by analyzing the road to success of some of today’s most successful people. The approach suggests not being focused on having the one skill that can set you apart from everybody else, but the trick is to combine a couple of complementary skills that don’t need to be perfected, in order to achieve great things in any field that you choose.

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The author suggests taking an objective analysis of the work of some of the most successful people in any area, and you will be able to realize that for most of them, their extraordinary talent is not the sole reason of their mega success. Almost always there is a combination of a few key skills needed for success in the niche.

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If we take a look at the music industry, so rarely can we see the best singers to be the most successful ones. More often, the truly successful ones are those who have optimal singing potential, combined with great self-confidence, attractive personality, good looks, great sense for business, and so on.

How you can implement the approach

The same goes for any field you may want to try your luck in. For example, if you want to achieve great academic success, skills that you need to possess don’t need to include having a particularly high IQ, instead, you would want to test yourself for organizational skills, time management, hard work, motivation, and perseverance.

Therefore, no matter if you are just starting out as an entrepreneur, or a new face at a large corporation, or you have been looking for your great business breakthrough for quite some time, you might want to try the mix and match approach before you start your journey to success. Make sure to analyze the field of your choice and come up with the mix of skills needed to be developed in order to achieve great success. Once you are confident enough about your abilities, it is time to go for your dreams.

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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

If you’ve got a big block of free time, the best way to put that to use is to relax, have fun, decompress from a stressful day, or spend time with a loved one. But if you’ve just got a little chunk — say 5 or 10 minutes — there’s no time to do any of the fun stuff.

So, what to do in free time?

Put those little chunks of time to their most productive use.

Everyone works differently, so the best use of your free time really depends on you, your working style, and what’s on your to-do list. But it’s handy to have a list like this in order to quickly find a way to put that little spare time to work instantly, without any thought. Use the following list as a way to spark ideas for what you can do in a short amount of time.

1. Reading Files

Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked “Reading File”. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File.

Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading while at your desk (or on the road if you’ve got a laptop).

2. Clear out Inbox

Got a meeting in 5 minutes? Use it to get your physical or email inbox to empty.

If you’ve got a lot in your inbox, you’ll have to work quickly, and you may not get everything done; but reducing your pile can be a big help. And having an empty inbox is a wonderful feeling.

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3. Phone Calls

Keep a list of phone calls you need to make, with phone numbers, and carry it everywhere.

Whether you’re at your desk or on the road, you can knock a few calls off your list in a short amount of time.

4. Make Money

This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I’ll knock off half an article real quick.

If you get 5 to 10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can freelance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly — break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.

5. File

No one likes to do this. If you’re on top of your game, you’re filing stuff immediately, so it doesn’t pile up.

But if you’ve just come off a really busy spurt, you may have a bunch of documents or files laying around.

Or maybe you have a big stack of stuff to file. Cut into that stack with every little bit of spare time you get, and soon you’ll be in filing Nirvana.

6. Network

Only have 2 minutes? Shoot off a quick email to a colleague. Even just a “touching bases” or follow-up email can do wonders for your working relationship. Or shoot off a quick question, and put it on your follow-up list for later.

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7. Clear out Feeds

If my email inbox is empty, and I have some spare time, I like to go to my Google Reader and clear out my feed inbox.

8. Goal Time

Take 10 minutes to think about your goals — personal and professional.

If you don’t have a list of goals, start on one. If you’ve got a list of goals, review them.

Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.

9. Update Finances

Many people fall behind with their finances, either in paying bills (they don’t have time), or entering transactions in their financial software, or clearing their checkbook, or reviewing their budget.

Take a few minutes to update these things. It just takes 10 to 15 minutes every now and then.

10. Brainstorm Ideas

Another favorite of mine if I just have 5 minutes — I’ll break out my pocket notebook, and start a brainstorming list for a project or article. Whatever you’ve got coming up in your work or personal life, it can benefit from a brainstorm. And that doesn’t take long.

11. Clear off Desk

Similar to the filing tip above, but this applies to whatever junk you’ve got cluttering up your desk. Or on the floor around your desk.

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Trash stuff, file stuff, put it in its place. A clear desk makes for a more productive you. And it’s oddly satisfying.

12. Exercise

Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2 to 3 times a day, and you’ve got a fit new you.

13. Take a Walk

This is another form of exercise that doesn’t take long, and you can do it anywhere. Even more important, it’s a good way to stretch your legs from sitting at your desk too long.

It also gets your creative juices flowing. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, taking a walk is a good way to get unstuck.

14. Follow up

Keep a follow-up list for everything you’re waiting on. Return calls, emails, memos — anything that someone owes you, put on the list.

When you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, do some follow-up calls or emails.

15. Meditate

You don’t need a yoga mat to do this. Just do it at your desk. Focus on your breathing. A quick 5 to 10 minutes of meditation (or even a nap) can be tremendously refreshing.

Take a look at this 5-Minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime

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16. Research

This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts.

If I’ve only got a few minutes, I’ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I’m done!

17. Outline

Similar to brainstorming, but more formal. I like to do an outline of a complicated article, report or project, and it helps speed things along when I get to the actual writing. And it only takes a few minutes.

18. Get Prepped

Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there’s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list.

You may not have time to actually start on the task right now, but when you come back from your meeting or lunch, you’ll be all prepped and ready to go.

19. Be Early

Got some spare time before a meeting? Show up for the meeting early.

Sure, you might feel like a chump sitting there alone, but actually people respect those who show up early. It’s better than being late (unless you’re trying to play a power trip or something, but that’s not appreciated in many circles).

20. Log

If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log.

Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat, crank a widget), but if you didn’t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.

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