Success is a word we’re all reaching for. But, success isn’t a one size fits all. We each have our individual situations, different goals, and unique skills. Here are my top three skills that I’m continuing to develop and utilize to best help others.
“Miscommunication is the number one cause of all problems; communication is your bridge to other people. Without it, there’s nothing.” -Earl Sweatshirt
Being able to effectively communicate is a vital skill to have in the business world today. I would argue that writing is the most important skill to possess in business. Without even basic writing skills, it’s difficult to build a credible presence online or elsewhere. Writing has become a skill that I use to reach outside the small circle of people that I interact with daily.
A year ago, I built a website to post my thoughts in blog form, and I quickly grew to love writing and the way the words flew from my head to my fingers to the page. I’ve gained so much clarity from simply pouring out the words that come into my head into the keyboard. I then started a Medium account and joined the Partner Program, quickly learning there was a plethora of people writing, reading, and commenting on other’s writing. The network that I’ve been able to reach and connect with has been phenomenal, and I’ve grown so much from being willing to put my work out to be criticized.
I write with the intention to concisely and clearly bring a point across to my audience while connecting with the reader. Through a thirty-day blogging challenge I completed, I realized writing is a skill I enjoy bringing into any situation, especially when it comes to work. I’ve written fifty blog posts (and counting!) some of which I’ve received monetary value from and all of which I’ve gained insight on how to effectively reach others through writing.
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”― Leon C. Megginson
Being adaptable means being resilient. Life throws many curve balls at us; it’s important to be able to catch the curveball easily and embrace the fact that it came in our direction. Because of how fast-paced the workplace environment is, it’s vital to be able to change and learn new ways to best accomplish things.
I’ve dealt with change my entire life. I’ve moved 14 times. Moving to different states and even continents, having to adapt to a completely different culture, taught me to quickly connect with and understand people. All but two of those moves were to different states and even continents. My dad is in the airforce, which means at the drop of a pin our entire family could be shipped across the country or the ocean. I quickly learned to accept change and adapt to new trials, different faces, and a completely unfamiliar environment. From Florida to Alaska to Australia to Wisconsin to South Carolina to Idaho, moving multiple times has taught me to be resilient to complete change in my life.
I love a good challenge and I am committed to going above and beyond my job description; to bring value to my workplace. I began working in the front of house at Chick-fil-A. I am a fast learner and I quickly became one of the fastest at my job, while also providing the best customer service to the guests who walked into the store. I was awarded the top 15% and worked my way up to Team Lead. When I saw there was a need for my people in the back of house, or kitchen, I quickly trained and opened my availability to work in the back of house. I‘ve proved myself as more than capable in both roles.
While working full time at Chick-fil-A, I applied at Kohls and took on the role of stockroom supervisor. Being in an operations role, rather than customer service, definitely gave me perspective to a different side of the workplace. Working 60 to 80 hours a week with these two jobs kept me busy, but I enjoyed the challenge presented by maintaining my schedule. I believe that being comfortable experimenting is important in order to stay relevant and indispensable in the workplace. Without adaptability, you’ll quickly be left behind in the dust of change.
“You can’t have a million-dollar dream on a minimum wage work ethic.” -unknown
I was homeschooled up until my Junior year of high school. This alternative form of education taught me to be self-disciplined, goal-oriented, driven, and productive. I don’t need anyone looking over my shoulder ensuring I’m doing what I’m supposed to. Homeschooling taught me to be a deep thinker, a problem-solver, and to apply myself no matter the obstacles that presented themselves.
Growing up in a military family, with an incredibly driven father who taught me to always put my all into everything I did, has given me the mindset to always contribute 110%. I always commit to doing my best work and one thing that sets me apart from others is the amount of hustle and drive I have. I love being busy. Bored is not in my vocabulary and I have never been called lazy, quite the opposite, I’ve been called pretty insane for my work ethic and the amount of time I put into my work and projects.
I am not a procrastinator. I’m a doer. My drive has set me apart in the workplace. I take pride in my work, and I always determine to hold myself to the highest of standards.
As I continue to build my personal brand, identifying and developing my strengths, I hope to use my skills to not only achieve my goals but to help anyone I work with to push forward towards theirs.