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Are You a Peacetime Fighter or a Wartime Fighter?

Are You a Peacetime Fighter or a Wartime Fighter?

In certain situations, we fight to survive and succeed. It’s human nature. There are two types of fighter in this world – one performs well in peace time and the other thrives in war time.

The peacetime fighter is at their best when times are stable or in a position of prosperity. This is because their focus is motivated by success and their outlook can then be extended to wider areas in order to maintain advancement.

Wartime fighters exceed when the going is tough. When life isn’t so stable, they aren’t in the top position or where they need to be, they will focus on exploring new avenues, strive to solve the challenges and take risks to gain their success.

    In military terms, the way in which an army approaches both war and peace is adherently different.

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    Peacetime is used to observe and train your troops, readying them to fight the enemy on the battlefield. It’s a time of focus on individual soldiers – bettering them for future war and improving weapons for ultimate readiness. It’s all about using this time of stability to build on the foundations and enhance the army.

    When wartime comes, the approach is entirely different. In fact it completely reverses. The focus turns to practical strategies of invading more territories and killing more enemies – in other words is all about survival and protection. During this time it’s difficult to know what individual troops are doing. They are out there facing unknown movements and acting accordingly.

    Peacetime Fighter vs Wartime Fighter

    Based on these two different situations, both types of fighters react differently. While each type of fighter can thrive in the right circumstances, they equally have their weaknesses.

    Peacetime Fighters Fight to Maintain Peace

    This type of people actively define their own rules allowing everyone to follow through and get work done in an ordered fashion.With these clearer rules and guidelines, it’s much easier to see the big picture and plan for future goals accordingly.

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      But they’re much easier to be boxed in by rigid rules that can be followed easily. This limits certain directions or flourishing. It’s harder to be aware of potential dangers and decisions can be based on assumption.

        Wartime Fighters Fight to Battle

        There are less restrictions by guidelines and rules which means this type of fighter will go above and beyond to survive and take necessary risks. The survival mode means being more hyper aware of anything that may go wrong and correcting it or preventing it all together.

          But war time fighters are more likely to react to a situation depending on the circumstances rather than their own thought-out strategies. The focus is almost entirely on short-term results therefore making it difficult to see the bigger picture and plan for the future.

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            When Fighters Are at the Wrong Place

            Getting a peacetime fighter in a war situation, or a wartime fighter in a peace situation will show how each one will inevitably struggle to survive.

            The peacetime fighter lacks the sensitivity to danger and will find it hard to make necessary progress without rules and guidelines. While the wartime fighter would find it difficult to follow set rules for a long-term period.

            An example of this could be a family doctor working in local clinics. In this environment (peacetime) he is able to perform his job successfully. However, if he was to suddenly move over to the Accident & Emergency department of a hospital (wartime), his performance may drastically decline.

            This means both types of fighters have their ideal circumstances in which they thrive. Peacetime fighters prefer stable settings where rules are defined, seeing straight towards their goal. Wartime fighters work best where the lack of strict rules allows flexibility to reach their goals in their own way.

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            The Optimum Fighter

            Since life isn’t linear, we will experience both peace and war at times in our lives. This is why becoming good at both is the optimal way to survive.

              For example, traditional hotels would never have imagined needing to compete against options like AirBnB – they’ve gone from peacetime to wartime. Blackberry and Nokia were once cruising in success but now see themselves in their own wartime at the edge of the market.

              Having both skills can keep you going through the easy and hard times creating more continuity in your success.

              Learn the Rules, Break the Rules

              Know that all the training in the world and enhancement on your ‘weapons’ won’t mean anything if you don’t use them in the ‘war zone’. Understand that testing your rules and criteria for success, will allow you to learn your strengths and weaknesses and therefore improve them. Only then will you know when to break or stick to your rules.

              Be Prepared For “Sudden War”

              Creating a mindset where you realize that everything is temporary or replaceable at any time will allow you to become more prepared. Being prepared causes you to keep thinking outside the box of peaceful steady stability, and allows you to think of alternative choices in any given area of your life. Sudden war can be unavoidable sometimes, so having a plan B wherever possible will create a better stability in the face of adversity.

              You can be both a peacetime fighter and a wartime fighter. Try to combine the positive aspects of both fighting styles and you’ll achieve new levels of success.

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              Last Updated on September 18, 2019

              11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

              11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

              Are you looking to move up the career ladder? Or maybe you’re tired of having a “job” and want to start looking for a more permanent career?

              Whatever your motivation, you are going to have to learn some new and different hard skills to broaden your opportunities. After all, there’s a very famous quote that says:

              “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

              While the insanity part doesn’t really fit here, the overall message is a good one. If you are looking for a different result (career advancement, more money or even a career instead of a job), it’s up to you to make it happen. This is both the good news and bad news!

              The good news is that because it’s up to you, you have complete control over it happening. The bad news is that change is hard. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s why we develop routines, and anything that disrupts that routine causes us anxiety. And we will do almost anything to get rid of that anxiety. The overweight person will calm their anxiety by eating that doughnut, the smoker will light up a cigarette to avoid anxiety.

              What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job.”

              The following hard skills are essential to learn if you want to advance your career. They may not be easy to take up, but definitely worth your effort of learning:

              1. Cloud Computing

              “Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet “the cloud” to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change.” Microsoft[1]

              There are many different jobs available in the cloud computing world today. They range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros. Each job is its own specialty and requires a high level of specification for advancement.

              This is definitely a hard skill that requires education. But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.

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              2. Data Mining and Statistical Analysis

              Again, these are highly specialized fields. Data mining is defined as using large sets of data to look for anomalies and other patterns that can be used to predict future behavior.

              Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining. Have you ever noticed that when you buy something at Amazon, you’ll see a little ad at the bottom that says “customers who bought this also bought…”and it lists 2-3 other items? All of that information comes from data mining, by examining the millions of sales amazon makes they can predict that if you buy item #1 there is a high likelihood that you will buy one of the other items too. T

              his not only increases sales for Amazon, but it also serves as a reminder for you that you may need these additional items for your project. This is very valuable information and has a wide range of uses. Although it has a bad reputation and evil sounding name, it is a very useful tool for maximizing productivity and sales.

              3. Data Management

              All companies today deal with a ton of data! Being able to manage that data in an efficient manor is not only highly prized, but a necessity.

              We all have these things on our desks called computers. Unless there is a need for a paper copy, almost all of our data is computerized. Meaning that, in theory it is all at our fingertips. Being able to organize that data so that it’s easily and quickly retrievable is why computers are replacing filing cabinets!

              However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized. You want to make sure that you are keeping your data well organized so that it’s easy to find when needed. This is a skill that comes easily to some people (are you a person that makes lists? Good!) but with others it will be a skill that needs to be practices. Make sure that this is a discipline you master.

              4. Scheduling

              Being able to make and keep to a schedule is a very useful tool in both business and life. Effective scheduling means that you can prioritize projects, understand the tools needed to get the job done on time and that you are organized enough to lead people.

              An important point here is to write things down! Whether it’s in an old fashion daily or weekly organizer or in a PDA. Have a copy of your schedule available at your fingertips at all times.

              5. Financial Skills

              These are especially important when looking for that promotion. The higher up the ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with things like accounting, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow management.

              While you may not need to be an expert at all of these, you should have a good grasp of all of them. This is where taking a few night classes at your local community college is a good idea. You don’t need to become an expert, but brushing up on these skills will help you tremendously.

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              6. Research Skills

              These are important in all aspects of life, but especially in your work-life.

              Are you looking for that first job out of school? Nothing impresses a boss or hiring manager more than someone who has researched the company. Trust me, they deal with people walking in off the street everyday looking for a job, but managers and owners need to see the value in hiring (or promoting) you.

              So do your research and have some company specific questions ready to ask. Show that you are interested in working for that company or that position and not just “a” job or the “promotion” because you have seniority or need the money.

              If it’s a promotion that you are after, never bad mouth the previous occupant. Instead pick out an example that he/she was good at and explain how you would like to use or expand that policy and how it would enhance the policy changes you’d like to make.

              If it’s a new job you’re going for, then make sure to have some company specific questions ready to show that you have done your homework for the new position.

              7. Marketing Skills

              While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill. In today’s world, it can take on several different forms.

              Some of the marketing skills that are highly sought after today include, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, SEM, Search Engine Marketing and marketing campaign management. Familiarity with Google Analytics as well as Word Press are also valuable.

              While traditional marketing and branding were focused on advertising and selling. Almost all marketing efforts now a days are focused on the internet.

              8. Network Security Specialist

              Again, this is a highly skilled position that requires specialized training. But the amount of data that all companies store is significant, and if that data is leaked or stolen, it can costs them millions of dollars in both lost revenue and lawsuits.

              So, if you have an interest in network security you will find the field both lucrative and stable.

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              9. Communication Skills

              At first glance, communication skills may not look like it fits into the category of “Hard Skills” that can help you succeed. But in this ever shrinking world where companies can do business from almost anywhere, communication is more and more important.

              Are you bilingual? It really doesn’t matter what language you speak, there’s a company out there looking for someone who speaks that language.

              10. Computer Programming

              I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that computers are going to be around for a while! As both the hardware and software get more advanced, the need for computer programming is only going to increase.

              11. Graphic Design

              As of 2018, there were 4.37 million new websites launched.[2] A good number of them will fail because they just aren’t interesting enough visually. The use of templates and replicated websites is only making the problem worse.

              Part of the way Google ranks sites is through originality, this almost ensures that replicated sites will never get ranked through Google. So the more original your site is, the more likely people will visit and actually spend time there.

              That is what a good graphic designer does. Takes your basic idea and turns it into a website that people actually want to visit.

              Embrace the Anxiety That Comes with Change

              You know it’s going to be there, you know that you’ll want to give up as you’re learning these new skills but, you’ll also know that the end result is worth the journey.

              Here’s a little trick when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

              Have you ever met an ex-smoker who was sorry they quit? An ex-drinker or drug user that said life was much better before they quit? These people have gone through some of the most difficult challenges humans can go through including weeks, if not, months of intense physical withdrawal symptoms. They did it because they knew that the pain and anxiety they would experience would ultimately get them to a much better life.

              Now what was that complaint you had about attending night-school?

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              This is the part everyone hates, everyone thinks night-school, adult education and just generally giving up family and/or spare time. While those are certainly possible ways to develop the necessary skills, they aren’t the only way.

              You’ll want to check with your human resources department because depending on the company, a certain degree maybe required in order to even be considered for a position. In those cases, night-school, on-line or some other form of adult education maybe your best route.

              But as long as a degree isn’t required, then your options are wide open.

              Let’s just say that you’re a sales person interested in becoming the sales manager but, the territory you’ve been given will never produce the sales figures that would make you stand out as a good candidate for sales manager. So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.

              In this day and age, there are plenty of places that will teach you how to sell products on-line and even set you up with your own website. So you start a site selling golf equipment and accessories (don’t worry, you won’t even have to carry inventory or worry about shipping).

              Now, when that sales manager spot opens up, you can explain that even though other salespeople had better numbers than you, it had nothing to do with your sales ability, it was more of a consequence of the territory your were given.

              And to prove it, you brought in some information about a side business, you started showing that you’re on target for a sales growth rate of 30% this year. And because you had to do all of the marketing for the business, you came up with some marketing strategies that you can bring to the new job (built-in experience).

              The Bottom Line

              We’ve put together these 11 hard skills as a way to give yourself a “leg up” on the competition. We’ve tried to make this a mixture of both skills that require a great deal of training, and also ones that you can work on and develop by yourself.

              We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

              We also don’t want you to discount the idea of a “side hustle“. Especially for people new to the workforce, having a business that you have started and run successfully shows potential employers that you have initiative, scheduling skills and ambition which can put you well ahead of your competition!

              As usual, we hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. If you did, may we ask that you share it with your family and friends through social media. It really does help us and is greatly appreciated!

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              Reference

              [1] Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing
              [2] Netcraft: December 2018 Web Server Survey

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