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7 Skills That Will Help Reach Your Full Potential

Self-awareness and introspection

Self-awareness = awareness of your thoughts. And when you’re self-aware, you automatically learn more about who you are—which is called self-knowledge. But it all starts with being aware. No awareness = No knowledge.

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7 Skills That Will Help Reach Your Full Potential

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Self-awareness and introspection

Self-awareness = awareness of your thoughts. And when you’re self-aware, you automatically learn more about who you are—which is called self-knowledge. But it all starts with being aware. No awareness = No knowledge.

Leadership and independence

The best way to help others is to teach them to rely on themselves. There’s no better way to lead than setting a good example of how to be independent. 

Better writing->better thinking

And better thinking leads to better communication. When you become a better writer, you can easily express yourself and start making connections. That will improve your career in ways you never imagine.

Productivity

Work is the only way to achieve things. Thinking about achieving your goals will not do anything real for you. So make good use of your time. Know how to get the most results in the least amount of time. That’s the ultimate aim of productivity skills.

Mindfulness

Being a calm mindful person means being in control of your thoughts and emotions.

A way of becoming more mindful is being present - staying in the present moment means never being lost in thoughts. 

Perseverance

Never quit striving for betterment.

Some days you may feel like giving up because you don't see any results in your life. But keep persevering. Get better at what you so do and you'll gain even more confidence.

Excellence

No matter what you do, do it the best way you can—or not at all. Excellence is a skill.

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Self-created struggles

See life as it is, without all the ideals and fantasies you’ve been preoccupied with.

The vast majority of our struggles are self-created, and we can choose to overcome them in an instant.

Fearing judgment from others

We fear the judgments of others, even though their judgments about us are rarely valid or significant.

Tying your self-worth to everyone else’s opinions gives you a flawed sense of reality because people judge us based on a pool of influences in their own lives that have absolutely nothing to do with us.

Past experiences

In many ways, our past experiences have conditioned us to believe that we are less capable than we are.

We need to learn from the past, but also to be ready to update what we learned based on how our circumstances have changed.

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Skill 1 x Skill 2 x Skill 3 = Ability

If you lack a skill, you'll lack ability. If you have a zero anywhere in your equation, no amount of strengths will make up for it.

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The 80/20 approach vs. 10,000 hours rule

  • The 80/20 method: You can get 80 % proficiency in a subject in about 6 - 12 months.
  • The 10,000-hour rule: You can become an expert at something if you spend 10,000 hours of deliberate practice on it. 

To go from zero to 80% (good enough) requires a different approach than that needed to get from 80% - 99% (world-class). The last 20% also requires a different level of commitment. For instance, Stephen King spent 6 - 8 hours daily for ten years before he succeeded as a commercial writer.

The people at the top

The gains disproportionately accrue to people at the topStephen King probably sells more books than the rest of his category combined.

Being good at many things probably means that you are at 80% of your potential in all of them. It is not enough to stand out. 

Pick a very few things to tackle through the 10,000-hour rule and try and reach 99% of your potential in them.

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Helen Keller
“People don’t like to think, if one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”

Helen Keller

Think big, act small

Never let anything hold you back when you think of ideas.

You’ve got nothing to lose. Just make sure you act small. Put in the work and stay practical.

Problems are unanswered questions

Every time you experience stress over a problem, you’re basically sabotaging your life.

A problem is nothing but an unanswered question. So stay calm. And figure out the answer.

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