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10 Skills Needed To Win In The 21st Century

IMG_18062022_202903_200_x_200_pixel The future of innovation

Over the last decade, the respective governments have pushed vision 2030. Which is to make Jamaica the place to live, work , raise families and do business. While this is an idyllic situation, little effort has been put into making this dream a reality. Which begs the question, is this only a dream fed to the masses to sound progressive by the respective governments? The novel coronavirus forced us to adapt to new changes and while some progress was made, it was done in haste and more improvements need to be made. For real change to happen, the government must emphasize personal development in the form of different skills that can then be translated to make vision 2030 a reality. If safe environments are created to facilitate and foster these skills, vision 2030 may be a reality.

Commendations must also go to the government for trying to create some training programs like (HEART/Trust NTA) to teach youths a certain skill set, but most of the skills worth getting are micro-skills or soft skills. If they can master these skills, the big skills will be easier to conquer and will also create innovators that will drive the country forward. Here is a top ten (10) run down of the different skills needed to win in the 21st century. 
Communication skills: Learning how to communicate effectively with others.

For effective communication to take place, the information being transmitted must be understood and the communication being made must be clear. Imagine having a good idea but because of poor communication skills, you are not understood. This effective communication must be pushed as an important skill set to possess. 

Learn to lead: Learn to get people excited about an idea. As the adage goes, the 'future belongs to the brave'.

 The future is going to need leaders who get people excited about an idea and lead them forward. For change to happen, people must be taught how to lead, which can pave the way for innovation to happen. 

*  Sell The Dream: learn to show others the potential you see.

For change to happen, people must be able to sell the vision they have by combining the two skills mentioned before. Communicating the idea and leading the way in innovation. 

* Learn to Network: People must learn to connect with others. 

Learn to connect with the right people who can move you forward in life. It is also more than just going to an event and greeting as many people as possible. It also means connecting people with skills they want with someone you know that has the same skill set. Which makes you the go-to person when people need to get things done, and put you in a position where you can use this to your advantage.

*   Give more: Give more than is expected.

Learn to always give more than what is expected in every situation. This will set you apart from others, and people will interpret your behavior as wanting more than profit. It will also help establish trust and people will come back to you.  

 * Listen to a different perspective: Learn to listen to other sides 

It is always important to get and understand the other side of an argument or topic. This can help to widen one's understanding and knowledge of the world. It is also always important to know the different points of view that exist, and not only surround yourself with opinions and views that align with your own. This is imperative to see the full picture. 

* Time Management: Learn to use time wisely.

No one works for a full eight hours. Statistics have shown the average amount of time spent every day on demanding and creative tasks is three hours. If one can find the three hours in each day to get a task done. You will be more productive than most people in an office. 

* Do Research: Find reliable sources for answers. 

It is impossible for someone to know everything about anything. That is why research is important. It does not need to be elaborate research, but is just simple as doing a quick google search. This means people will have to look for reliable sources. Persons will also have to overcome the fear that googling something makes them a fraud. 

* Handling Rejection: Learn to deal with disappointment. 

People have a hard time dealing with rejection, which can result in people being withdrawn. This spills over when a person has a good idea but because of previous rejection, the idea is not shared. People must learn to handle rejection, and learn to move on from it. Remember, rejection does not make you any less.

Be Unique: Stand out in the crowd. 

In a time when everybody is trying to look the same, you should stand out. It is important to highlight what unique quality(ies) you are bringing to the table and use that as your platform to get ahead. Dare to be different!

Source: Lou-Anique Hodges.

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