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10 Skills That Are Hard To Learn But Can Hugely Benefit You In The Long-Term

Lifehack.org: By Erica Wagner

They say that the best things in life are free, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take time, dedication, and commitment.

When it comes to learning important life skills, they are certainly difficult to acquire, but are beneficial to learn.

Learning these important life skills will be one of the best investments you could ever make for yourself.

1. Time Management

No matter how many ways you slice it, there will only ever be 24 hours in a day. When you learn time management,

you learn to take control of your time, which improves your ability to focus. When your focus is increased, your

efficiency is enhanced because you stop losing momentum. You’ll notice that you’ll move through tasks much quicker,

making it seem like the workday is flying by. That’s always a plus, right? When you have mastered time management,

you will eliminate that awful feeling of not having done enough in your day. You’ll feel more calm, relaxed, and in

control of your life. When it comes to making decisions, you’ll be able to carefully examine each option, so you can

make the best decision possible.

2. Empathy

Empathy by definition means, “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” People often confuse

empathy and sympathy. In fact, they are quite different from one another. Sympathy, for example, is feeling sorry for

someone who happened to lose a loved one. An example of empathy could be when someone loses their job; you can

decide to ask open-ended questions, and truly seek to feel what that person is feeling in regards to what losing their

job really means to them. Empathy is the key to success, and it has the power to transform the way we think, work,

and lead. To acquire this skill follow, these Do’s and Don’ts:

Do’s

  • ask open-ended questions
  • become comfortable with silence
  • ask why often
  • seek stories and emotions.

Don’ts

  • ask leading questions
  • judge
  • assume
  • only hear what you want to

3. Ask for help

This is a big one. A lot of times, we feel like it’s a sign of weakness if we have to ask for help, so we try to do

everything all on our own. Truth be told, asking for help is really a sign of strength.

Assumption 1: It’s a sign of weakness. If I can’t do it on my own, I must not know how to do it, or I don’t have the

skills or resources to do it.

Assumption 2: Allowing someone else to help me means losing control over the situation.

Assumption 3: If I receive support then I have to reciprocate. What if I can’t return the favor? What if I don’t want to

return the favor?

Assumption 4: If I ask for the support of others, I am burdening them. They are just as busy as I am, so how could

they find the time to help out?

Assumption 5: I am the only one that can do it my way. It’s easier and quicker for me to do it than to train or teach

someone else to help me.

When you ask for help you give the opportunity for others to show you their gifts and talents and in turn, you’re more

likely to learn something new. It empowers others to shine, and you are then able to see their passions. When you ask

for help, it shows that you are imperfect just like everyone else. There is strength in being vulnerable.

4. Consistency

People will set a goal for themselves and because they can be inconsistent, they lose sight of that goal. Or, when we

set a goal and we reach it, we sometimes forget that we must remain consistent to keep it. Consistency is very

important when it comes to maintaining any kind of success.

5. Listening

Listening is important because it prevents miscommunication. It can make a message more clearly understood and

can help reduce the amount of frustration for the speaker. Listening is a skill that is required for all types of

communication. Listening is important in personal lives, daily activities, career, and employment environments. Many

top employers spend money to ensure that their employees are able to effectively listen.

6. Mind your own business

This is probably one of the most difficult skills to master. For whatever reason, it is so hard for people to keep their

nose out of business that does not concern them. As you learn to be in your own business, you allow others to be in

theirs. Do not put your nose where it doesn’t belong, unless you are specifically asked for advice. We often interfere

with the business of others because we feel that we may know better. When you mind your own business, you will feel

lighter; you’re not in charge of the universe. You will become more at peace just by being concerned with your own life,

free from expectations and disappointments.

7. Resist Gossip

I know it’s hard, but it’s important to resist the urge to gossip and listen to others gossip. There’s a lot of mistruth that

comes from gossiping and can cause quite a bit of drama. I’m sure we have all been in a situation where we have

gossiped about people behind their back. Most of us do it without thought. Learning not to gossip is difficult because

then it means we are possibly missing out on some information that we may otherwise not know. By gossiping about

others behind their back, we prove that we cannot be trusted. So instead, when you hear someone gossiping about

someone to you, you should kindly ask them to talk about something else.

8. Stay present in the moment

This is a hard one. Especially for those of us who overthink everything. We catch ourselves analyzing the past as if

we can somehow go back in time to change something we wish we hadn’t done or said. Or, we think about the future

so much that we often ruin the present. When you spend so much of your time thinking about things that haven’t even

happened yet, you ruin your ability to be able to fully enjoy the present for what it is, and what it’s offering you.

9. Master your thoughts

It’s important to stay in charge of your thoughts. We are products of our past experiences and choices but that does

not mean that our past reflects our future. Begin every day with a clean slate. Know that as each day passes, you are

growing and changing into the person you’re meant to become.

10. Speak up

One of the greatest fears a lot of us have, is having to speak in front of others. The reasoning behind this varies from

person to person, and some of these behaviours can be diagnosed into types of social phobias. However, the main

underlying reason is that we fear being judged by those who are watching and listening. By learning to speak in front of

others, you give yourself a big confidence boost, and it makes you more and more comfortable around other people. If

you want to be a leader, you must learn how to communicate.

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