01 Sep Develop Skills That Will Pay Off Forever
The best things in life may be free, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take time, sweat, and perseverance to acquire.
That’s especially the case when it comes to learning important life skills.
To ascertain which talents are worth the investment, one Quora reader posed the question: “What are the hardest and most useful skills to learn?”
We’ve highlighted our favorite takeaways, as well as a few other skills we thought were important.
Mastering your sleep
Numerous studies show that being consistent with your sleep schedule makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up, and it helps promote better sleep in general.
“You can be the most disciplined, brilliant, and even wealthy individual in the world, but if you don’t care for or empathize with other people, then you are basically nothing but a sociopath,” writes Kamia Taylor.
Empathy, as business owner Jane Wurdwand explains, is a fundamental human ability that has too readily been forsworn by modern business.
“Empathy — the ability to feel what others feel — is what makes good sales and service people truly great. Team spirit — esprit d’corps — motivates people to try harder. It drives employees to push beyond their own apathy, to go bigger. Therefore, they feel something bigger than just a paycheck,” she writes.
Effective time management is one of the most highly valued skills by employers. While there is no one right way, it’s important to find a system that works for you. Stick to it, Alina Grzegorzewska explains.
“The hardest thing to learn for me was how to plan,” she writes. “Not to execute what I plan. I make so epic a to-do list and schedule it so thoroughly. I’m really capable of completing all the tasks on the scheduled date.”
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