The 21st century is an era which has seen huge advancements in technology and science which directly impacted all of our lives. There is competition and hustle everywhere which makes it an absolute necessity to have the following 7 skills.
- Agility and adaptability: Agility helps a person to quickly think and understand a situation or problem statement. This makes them more efficient and leads to better adaptability to necessary changes.
- Curiosity and imagination: A curious mind shows an active interest in any given work and they are open to know more about something. In fact, a study conducted at the University at Buffalo, NY, concluded that the degree to which people are curious directly relates to personal growth opportunities and also makes them happier. In a relatively short term, curiosity makes you more imaginative, which in turn makes you more creative.
- Effective communication: It is a fundamental and one of the most important, yet often overlooked traits. Jim Rohn quotes, “If you just communicate you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles.” So now you get its importance right?
- Critical thinking: You must have heard of this term multiple times, and most of us just know it in theory. Let me give you an example to understand the skill in a practical manner: If you want to lose weight you’d be looking at ads or researching online for various types of diets to follow. Now if you are a critical thinker, you wouldn’t just choose a diet that showed the best results for more people. Instead, you’d evaluate what kinds of food you mostly intake, how your body reacts to certain foods, you’d also consult with a dietician, then take a decision. In this way, you gather all the information, analyze it, weigh its pros and cons, and then make an informed decision.
- Teamwork: Henry Ford justifies the importance of teamwork through his quote, “ Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Needless to say, teamwork enhances productivity, multiplies innovation, and creates a better bond among the individuals involved.
- Organizational skills: This is the ability to efficiently use resources and maximize the achievement of a desired outcome. It is an envelope of many skills, for instance, time management, goal setting, prioritizing tasks, attention to detail etc. In simpler terms, any skills that you possess that will help you maximize your efficiency are known as organizational skills.
- Problem-solving: Nobody likes a fusser or a complainer right? That is why having this skill is such a blessing. It shows your reliability and competency. Someone who is a problem solver is most likely a critical thinker as well.
Now that you are aware of the 7 skills needed, some of you may be wondering what to do if you don’t have all of the skills listed. Don’t fret! There are many ways in which these skills can be developed through mental training or brain exercises. Having these skills will not only help you excel professionally but also facilitate your social, mental, intellectual and physical growth.
So go out there and slay the world. You have what it takes!