Everything in life has rules and processes. If you miss the rules and process, you are likely going to hit the rock unless you have a form of luck or “grace factor”. In law, you must understand the laws, rules, and exceptions to win a case. In mathematics, you must know the formula. In medicine, you perform some diagnosis to know the cause of an illness.
For the purpose of this article, the focus is on how soft skills are necessary to achieve success in life. These rules are not exhaustive, it’s more like some basic and insightful ideas one can explore if one is determined to succeed in life.
Just like there are many ways to kill a rat, there are many ways to succeed. However, one thing is certain, you must follow and adopt certain principles. Principles are universal. Once you apply them in the right manner, you are bound to the benefits. I will be sharing some of the principles a diligent and progressive mind can adopt.
While reading, working hard and smart on your business is important, learning a skill, developing your talent and gifts, are important success magnets a rational mind must adopt. Some of these success principles which I call success magnet are built into soft skills amongst which are building capacity, having a good reputation, being diligent, consistent, networking, personal relationship, good attitude, good communication, problem solving skills, creativity, having empathy etc.
You may be wondering how one applies these soft skills? Let’s start from the area of building capacity. In any area you’ll like to get prominence, you must endeavor to learn as much as possible to gain credibility. When you have developed capacity, it will be easy to apply soft skills. It’s sad to note that sometimes, some people put the cart before the horse and think the universe will favor them. No, you must understand the process. No serious mind will give you an opportunity when you are yet to develop capacity. When you develop capacity, it will be easy to apply the soft skills.
Even if you haven’t developed capacity, you can creatively use soft skills to learn how to develop capacity if you have a good communication skill, great mindset and attitude.
These soft skills might sound ordinary, but trust me, they are very fundamental. This is because, even with theoretical and practical knowledge, if you don’t have these soft skills, you might appear unattractive. But if you have these soft skills, you can learn both theoretical and practical knowledge.
It’s easy to say I want to succeed in life, but, when we are exposed to the diligent and consistent work we must do, we’ll rather remain in our comfort zone. Trust me, I have been there, but I refuse to stay there because I have since understood that there’s no gain in playing little when you can play big.
On a personal note, I normally do all within my reach to give my best shot by preparing for the best and expecting the worst to the extent it goes south. As you may know, nothing is guaranteed in life, no matter how hard you work and trust you may have in your work. You can do all you are expected to do and still fail. Yes, you can have theoretical, practical, and social skills etc. and still fail. In such a situation, just know that your time has not come yet.
It’s important to note that there’s no substitute for excellence. It’s either the work is good or not. To achieve excellence in life, endeavor to spend one percent of your time in an area of your life you have a strong interest in or whatever you are passionate about. By doing, you will develop expertise.
Another great rule for success in life is surrounding yourself with greatness. By this, I mean people who are exceptionally good in what they do. They might not be in your areas of interest, but if they are in your area of interest, that’s a plus. These people might be younger or older than you, they must have certain traits or values you admire, but more importantly, they should bring out the best in you.
Most times, in our quest to make an impact in life, we tend to focus on hard work which is good, but experience and life has taught me to focus on what ignites your spirit and soft silks can be the game-changer. When you channel your energy on where you are celebrated, you will understand the importance of value. Imagine working with someone who doesn’t understand the value you bring to the table, all your work will be considered as mere service, but someone with a heart of service, gratitude and appreciation knows the importance of value when they see one. This is the simple reason why most employers and resourceful beings make conscious efforts to retain certain people despite the noise outside.
When you are successful, there’s this level of happiness and fulfillment that comes to you. This success comes to you because you have done something unique like having mentors or role models. Let’s take a minute to discuss mentors and roles and its importance.
If you will agree with me, success leaves clues where it derived its strength and foundation. There’s nothing in life that doesn’t have a foundation. As you journey through life, find mentors and role models who have already achieved what you would like to achieve in life. Just like if you want true love, study what the happiest couples have done to stay together for decades; you can also learn from the experience of those whose marriage didn’t work, they might give you one or two advise that might be more beneficial to you than couples whose marriage never broke up.
If your dream is to be the best lawyer in your city or State, study what the best lawyers in your city or country did to achieve their reputations. If you want to be a World Champion, study the lives of World Champions and learn how they did it. If you want to be a millionaire, find millionaire role models who you would like to be someday. If you want to be an entrepreneur, find a few entrepreneurs who inspire you and study how they achieved what they did. Without a doubt, mentors and role models are your shortcuts to unleashing your greatness in life. By learning from the experiences of others, you will increase your probability of success, and avoid unnecessary mistakes.
Give and Give: This principle is mind-blowing. As humans, we are naturally selfish, we do care for ourselves most times more than others do. Don’t get me wrong, you need to care for yourself first, however for the purpose of this principle, I want you to know that you will get what you want faster when you help other people to achieve what they want. Life is not about you, neither is it centered on you . The average man seeks what he can receive from the world. The extraordinary man seeks what he can give to the world. When you assist other people without having an expectation, they will be glad to go the extra mile for you if they have and appreciative mindset filled with graduation when they see an opportunity to say thank you for what you did to them.
Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator. He’s a Human Capacity and Mindset coach. He is also a public speaker, youth advocate and creative writer. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright to Success.
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