I Don’t Remember Learning That in School

A couple of weeks ago, I read this article written by Darren Hardy and I thought that he really nailed it on the head.  I wanted to share this article with you so you could read it yourself.

Change is occurring, there is no doubt about it.  I think that technology does play a big role in this and with this accessibility of information, there is definitely less emphasis on education and more on the “soft skills” as Darren calls them.  I guess it is true that you learn the most important things in life, not in a classroom.  You can just think of this world as a giant classroom in which you learn everyday.

 

REVELATION: A New Kind of Revolution 

by Darren Hardy

The revelation is this: The way we were… is over.

As you know, we are living through an era of unprecedented change. Over the last decade, we began hearing the death rattle of a bygone era. The corporate structure and system has begun to crumble.

The global marketplace has been flattened. Innovative, fast-moving and nimble competition has risen from nearly all corners of the planet. Technology has wired us all directly to each other. Now every manufacturer or marketer has immediate and direct access to everyone, everywhere, destroying heavily controlled and highly valued distribution channels.

All this deconstruction and loss of control by the few, the behemoths, the entrenched, spells freedom… and opportunity for the rest of us.

As entrepreneurs and individual achievers, it is our time to thrive!

But you also have to adapt. The traditional yellow brick road to success and financial security has been deconstructed as well.

The path to the high-paying job you needed and desired used to involve getting the highest academic degree you could obtain, along with some specific technical job skills. Today, if those jobs still exist, certainly the rules of those jobs have changed and will continue to do so.

With the mind-blowing velocity of change and the throng of competition, the skills needed for 21st century success are less about academic or industrial or technical training, and more about what might be called the “soft skills”: emotional intelligence, adaptability and resiliency; networking, interpersonal and relationship-development skills; self-motivation, accountability and productivity skills; personal branding, social marketing and persuasive communication skills; along with leadership, recruiting and people-building skills.

So, to stay relevant, if not gain the advantage, in today’s ever-changing and fast-evolving marketplace, where do you go to gain these critical skills? You won’t necessarily find them taught in school systems. So where do you go? Where do you turn? Who can you rely on?

I think that the best thing we can do to develop these soft skills is through personal development.  You need to devote a little time each day to bettering yourself and you will see amazing growth over time.

The first thing you got to do is spend some time reading.  There are so many amazing books out there that will help you develop yourself and teach you things you can do to be more successful.  Make a committment to read 15 minutes each day.  That is almost 2 hours of education per week.  That is over 100 hours of training a year.  Little bits pile up and become big amounts over time.

Here is a list of books I would recommend starting with:

Bible

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

Now you Know by Ryan Chamberlin 

 The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

The Master Key To Riches by Napolean Hill

Transforming Debt Into Wealth by John Cummuta (www.johncummuta.com)

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Magazine are another excellent source of information.  Success magazine is one of the greatest magazines I have ever seen.  I read it cover to cover every month.  You can either get an actual magazine subscription or you can go to the website and read the articles there.  I recommend the following two magazines to start with:

Networkers Magazine  www.networkersmag.com

Success Magazine  www.success.com

Another thing I have found very helpful is to go to the websites of very good personal development people.  On this site you can keep updated on materials they have coming out.  Most of them also have a blog that you can read that will be emailed to you.  Those are great ways to get little nuggets of personal development wisdom on a daily basis.

By reading and subscribing to my blog  www.wmarsau.wordpress.com, you can get a sampling of ideas regarding personal development.  I utilize all of these sources listed to gather information that I share on my blog.  I would encourage you to subscribe to my blog and read it if you find it helpful to you.

Here are some of the websites I would recommend:

Jim Rohn  www.jimrohn.com

John C. Maxwell  www.johnmaxwell.com

Darren Hardy  www.darrenhardy.com

A time that we tend to have a lot of wasted time is when we are driving in our cars.  Usually we just listen to the radio.  This is a great time to utilize for personal development.  You can pop a personal development CD in and listen to it.  If you just did this on your way to and from work each day, it could make a huge difference.  If you don’t have a lot of money, go check out your library.  You would be amazed at how many personal development CDs they have.  Here are a few of the ones i would recommend:

The Perfect Business by Robert Kiyosaki (CD)

Brilliant Compensation by Tim Sales with Dr. Charles King (CD)

The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale(CD)

Just Do It by Art Williams (CD)

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of some things you can do to make you “soft skills” better.  With the development of these skills, you will be better prepared to succeed in this ever-changing world.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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