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:
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.