Month: May 2019

7 soft skills you should gain to improve your career and life

If there is one thing that brings all of us humans together is our consistent pursuit of happiness and success. Although it may often seem like only a handful of individuals are able to achieve such apex – they get the best jobs, are lucky in love, and are always lively and smiling – we are all capable of reaching what we want.

Despite feeling frustrated or even jealous of people who appear to “have it all figured out”, you have the power to make a choice and start building your own happiness and success. However, you will soon realize that in order to be truly happy and successful, you’ll need to develop a range of interpersonal skills. These are skill related to your attitude, mood, and personality – how you choose to communicate with others, for example.

Interpersonal skills (or soft skills) can make a huge difference in your career and life since without them it becomes more difficult to find work, partners and happiness. As an example, imagine you went for a job interview but did not get the position. Indeed, there is a high chance you were not chosen for a lack of experience or qualification. But it is also possible that you didn’t lock in the job due to inadequate interpersonal skills such as not being a good listener or not demonstrating a positive attitude.

Hence, if you feel like the time has come to give both your career and life a boost, start by practising the skills below and you shall soon see an improvement.

 

1. Have the ability to listen

As it has proven itself over and over again, the ability to listen is the mother of all skills. By listening carefully and attentively to what others have to say, not only do you learn from them but also establish deeper relationships. And since relationships are the backbone of our existence, both you and your friend profit greatly from your ability to listen.

2. Willingness to accept criticism and be flexible

In our professional or personal lives, both good and bad criticism is important for becoming a better person or achieving success. By showing a willingness to accept criticism, you will open doors to make positive changes in your behaviour and life. Similarly, flexibility – although it is not taught at school – is necessary for all areas of life. If you are not sure about it, just remember how often you had to adjust your plans to meet someone else’s needs.

3. Focus on a task or problem

Due to our globalized world, constantly immersed in technology, we are more than ever bombarded by an endless amount of information which in turn affect our ability to hold our attention for long periods. The inability to focus on a task can be harmful both to our career and our personal relationships, often taking us away from the present moment. Hence, it is key to get out of this bubble and develop the ability to focus on the task at hand, which in the professional world has the advantage of putting ahead of the average person.

4. Learn to solve conflicts

Unfortunately, there are conflicts everywhere. In our rushed and hectic routines, most of us find ourselves discussing with our partners, co-workers, our children or even a stranger in traffic. But for the sake of happiness, it is valuable to learn how to resolve conflicts, which can involve something as simple as knowing when to walk away from a confrontation or being the first to apologize.

5. Strive to do good and be of service.

Doing good makes us feel good and striving to be of service has a direct and positive impact on our community. Whether dealing with clients, colleagues or friends, be mindful of your attitudes and try to promote the good and give rather than take, in all your interactions.

6. Have an eagerness to learn

Where would humanity be without our ability to learn? From the moment we are born until we become adults, we are constantly learning new things. Unfortunately, as many of us get older we tend to stop learning or having this eagerness to learn. Thus, in order to keep yourself young, happy and satisfied, rekindle your enthusiasm for learning.

7. Communicate clearly and effectively

We are always saying something (through words or body movements) and the act of communicating lies at the heart of all human interactions. Therefore, if to improve your career or personal life you should focus on learning how to communicate well – speaking, writing, body expressions, eye contact, etc. And as we mentioned in tip number 1, communication is not a one-way street – you need to be a good listener.

Motivation to Write an Essay

Even though it would be great to write our essays way before the deadline, things don’t go so smoothly all the time. At least once in your life, you found yourself in front of a blank document, with no ideas to write down. In moments like these, it becomes very difficult to find the motivation to write. Apart from staying out of panic and positive, you can apply some simple tricks which can help you find the motivation to finalize your assignment and surprise your evaluators. So, keep reading this article and find the motivation to write your next essay.

Motivation to Write an Essay

Create the right environment for writing

When you find yourself in difficulty and without motivation to write an essay, one of the first thoughts that comes into your mind is “what if I pay someone to write my essay”. Instead of spending your money and pay someone to write your essay, you can still do good work if you start by creating the right environment to foster inspiration. You should start by eliminating any distractions. For example, put your phone on silent and close the TV. Moreover, you can block social media or other websites which might distract your attention from writing. In addition, you should choose a comfortable and clean place which will give you more inspiration and positiveness. Once you have settled everything and you created the perfect environment, you can take a deep breath and get ready to give the best out of you.

Pre-writing stage

One of the most important elements that you should consider before writing the essay is understanding the assignment and creating an outline. If you want to stay motivated from beginning to end, you should know exactly what you are writing about. This means that you should carefully read the assignment and understand completely what it wants from you. Start by asking questions to which you will have to answer in your essay. Furthermore, once you understood what you should write about, you should create the outline of your essay. Keep a piece of paper next to you and write down any ideas that come into your mind when you read the assignment. Once you have created the “skeleton” of your essay, you are ready to detail the ideas and write an amazing essay. In addition, when you see that things start getting a form, you will feel more motivated and positive.

Write the first draft

While it would be great to write a correct essay from the first attempt, the reality is usually different. Your essay should contain an introduction, body, and conclusion. If you are under the pressure of time, you shouldn’t worry too much about creating an outstanding introduction. Even though it is one of the most important pieces of an essay, as long as you keep it clear and focused around the topic, then you are fine. The body is where you should show your evaluators that you know the topic very well and you understand the instructions. You should do extensive research and organize your ideas in a logical way. Finally, the conclusion should summarize the most important ideas you inserted in your essay. It should also contain a strong call to action and leave a strong impression on your audience.

Once you feel that there are no new ideas to write about, you should review and proofread your work. Even though there are plenty of electronic checkers which you can use, you shouldn’t trust them 100%. Take time to review your work and submit it in time if you want to obtain a good grade.