Today, we shall be discussing and analyzing three amazing tips to maximize the potential of your skills. This post is being extracted from a great video by Michael I. Kaplan. Michael is a professional speaker, a military veteran, bestselling author, and entrepreneur.
Let me ask you a question: if you were a warrior going into battle, which one of these capabilities would you choose to take with you? The first one, the sharp one, the big one, the cool one, or the four less obvious ones, that, when combined, gave you the most exceptional capability and the highest probability of success? We tend to view our skills, especially the soft and transferable ones, in the same way. So, I’m going to give you three tips on how to maximize the potential of your skills.
Number 1: Identify the easily recognizable skills and capabilities.
These are the ones that come from your job description or your resume. Write them down under the header of capability at the top of your paper.
Number 2: Identify at least three soft skills for each particular hard expertise and capability.
When we were learning how to operate a motor vehicle. We had to master numerous soft skills to be able to be satisfied with the capability of driving. 360-degree awareness, both inside and outside the vehicle. Spatial orientation; judging the time and distance to other cars. Reaction time, reflexes, maneuver, and adaptability also had to be developed. These are types of skills we forget that we had to learn to master the capability we now take for granted. After a month or two, we’re driving, and we have thoroughly forgotten all those skills. These are the types of soft skills that you have to go back, remember, and the list underneath each category heading.
Number 3: Regroup those skills that you’ve identified to create new capabilities.
Remove the heading titles, the capability titles, take all those soft skills that you’ve identified, put them together in1 big pile, and start to reassess and regroup them to create entirely new capabilities.
Let me ask you a question. What do these three, completely different food items have in common? Answer: they’re all made with the same ingredients. Also, you need to know that indifferent proportions assembled differently. Perhaps with some various herbs, spices, and seasonings. But primarily, they’re all made with the same ingredients.
Consider your soft skills, and your transferable skills, as your “secret ingredients” in your “creative career kitchen.” Mix them up, play with them, experiment with them, reassemble them, break them down. Put them back together again, and you’ll be able to create an entirely new group of capabilities that you never even knew you had.
While everybody else is fighting for their piece of the pie, you’ll be maximizing the potential of your skills and making your pies – as many as you want. Now that is a recipe for success. Thanks for taking the time to read this great article. If you liked it, please hit the big “thumbs up” and share it with your social networks.