These Are the Skills to Master for Long-Term Success

June 28, 2016

3:00 pm

No matter what industry you’re working in, finding long-term success can depend on a multitude of factors. It isn’t just a matter of adaptability, skill, or hard work when it comes to finding success – it’s also dependent on the other skills that make up how qualified you are for a role. And whether you’re new to the field or interested in expanding your expertise, having the right set of skills can go a long way in cultivating success.

So, for your reading pleasure, here are a few skills that will aid you in the long-term, as shared on Business Insider.

Communication

Communication skills are some of the most valuable skills that one can have. Listening to others and being able to articulate your best ideas are two of the best ways to show others that you’re good at what you do.

People like to talk about themselves and feel like others are appreciating what they have to say. Being able to utilize that instinct is one of the most valuable ways that you can engage customers.

Creative Thinking

Thinking outside the box is also an important skill to have for any industry. Though, it’s important to have a firm understanding of how the industry you specialize in works, it’s also key to be able to bring fresh ideas and life into the fold. Are you able to merge inter-connected industries together in a new way? What about projects that spotlight what’s being done outside of mainstream corporations that are popular in the field?

Having creative thinking isn’t just a fun way of utilizing other skills and methods that you may not have the opportunity to explore everyday. But, it also shows the full range of your problem-solving skills – something that everyone needs to use at one point or another.

Empathy

It’s not enough to have the best skills or creative thinking to overcome everyday issues. Empathy, or the ability to relate to others, also has an important role in helping show your expertise. Everyone has different strengths and identities and being able to relate to others that have different identities than you can be quite beneficial.

Empathy plays an important role both inside and outside of the office. Interacting genuinely with others while in the workplace makes the work environment more welcoming and success-driven.

Soft skills play an important role with not only building your skill-set, but also in helping to shape you into a well-rounded individual. Hard skills that are specialized for your role are important, but paying specific attention with how they can help can also lead to finding long-term professional success.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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