Success. What is it? That’s hard to say. The definition of success is different for everyone. There’s no magic formula that will get you there and you definitely don’t learn ‘Success 101’ in school. Being successful has a lot of to with trial and error. Not everything you do will turn out to be a big hit. You will inevitably fail. But that isn’t to say that success is purely luck. You can definitely set yourself up for a higher chance of success by playing your cards right. Take a look at these 8 skills you need have to be extremely successful. Do you have them all? Any skills you would add to the list?
Communication is the key to many things in life, especially success. You will come across many different people in your professional and personal life and it’s absolutely crucial that you learn how to communicate effectively with each one. This not only allows you to share your thoughts but also gives you a world of other perspectives.
Ability to Listen.
Similarly, while you have to be able to communicate, you also have to be a good listener. It’s one thing to be present. But it’s another thing to be an active listener. Take in what other people are saying, digest it, and then ask questions.
Even in the last months of his life, when he was suffering from cancer, my Dad always had a smile on his face. If you asked him how he was doing, he’d always answer, “Fantastic!” That kind of positive attitude can help you overcome any challenge — or at least deal with it courageously and honorably. Even in the most stressful or frustrating of situations, strive to have a positive attitude. Having a ‘can do’ outlook can really help motivate you. Try to think about how to move the situation forward, not what has been keeping you back.
Presentation & Public Speaking.
I run across a lot of smart people who have great difficulty communicating their ideas. Steve Jobs was brilliant — but so was his ability to communicate his ideas and innovations. At some point, whether it’s a business pitch, a job interview, or a speech to 500 people, you’ll need to give a killer presentation to get ahead.
Do you write well? This is one of the most important skills that is lacking in today’s workforce. Perhaps its the penchant for today’s younger generation to send text messages with LOL’s and OMG’s. Writing, however, is a skill that needs to be mastered for success. It’s not just grammar and spelling that’s important — it’s the ability to clearly communicate your ideas.
You only have so much time in one day so you need to learn how to make the most of it. Time management can make or break you. Learning how to prioritize your tasks is one of the keys to productivity. You want to make sure you’re working on the right things. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time.
There is a big difference between confidence and arrogance. A confident, successful person realizes that he or she doesn’t have all the answers and benefits from the ideas and contributions of others. When I was young, I was arrogant. I thought I knew it all. One of the greatest skills I’ve learned over the past few decades is humility. I’m never afraid to ask questions, I know my limitations, and I’m always happy to learn new skills and new ideas.
One of the marks of a successful leader is their ability to innovate. You don’t get very far when you’re doing the same thing over and over again. Learn to think outside of the box. How can you do things better?