The 3 Most Important Skills to Learn Now to Thrive in 2019
Skill #3: Learn to Get to Action:
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If there’s one thing I can say without any doubt it’s that I’m a pro at getting to action. I often surprise people with having done something less than 24 hours after we talked about it.
But this is also one of my big weakness. I tend to charge ahead, sometimes not thinking enough about if I even have the time to commit. This often led me to do too many things at once, not having the time to deliver quality results.
But I stand by this skill.
In this world, there are underthinkers and there are overthinkers, with hardly anyone in between. Underthinkers don’t think things through, and hardly follow through. Overthinkers spend so much time planning that they forget to act. You don’t want to be like that.
If you don’t act, you don’t get. It’s that simple. Nothing meaningful comes to you for free.
Get into the habit of putting actions in your calendar.
Take notes. Your memory is not good enough to recall things you’ve heard or seen. When you can refer back to a thought you had, you’re statistically more likely to act on it. Take notes in class, while watching videos, while listening to podcasts, while talking to people, etc
Do daily, weekly, and monthly planning. Every Friday or Saturday, I plan my activities for the next week. As mentioned above, that gives clarity on where my time is spent on my productive activities and hobbies.
Journal your heart out. Sometimes there are too many decisions to take and that clouds our judgment on what we should act on, leaning us to more often than not work on urgent but not important tasks. Journaling is a great way to free your mind and be aware of all the decisions that are “required” from you. It also helps for your daily, weekly, and monthly planning.
Do things for others.
So whenever there’s something you want to do, think about what it brings to other people. I’m no people pleaser but it helps to think that way. Even for things you think only benefit you.
Skill #2: Learn to Adapt to Change
“It is not the strongest of species that survive; nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin
It was true millions of years ago, it is just as true today. In fact, I’d argue that it’s even more important today because the world changes at the fastest speed it has ever changed.
Comfort is opposite of thrive.
he listed a number of things to do that are out of your comfort zone, like having lunch with a homeless person, jumping in the water fully clothed, laying down on the ground in a public place only to stand back up a minute after, pretending nothing happened (I think that was popularized by Tim Ferriss), and more. I tried a few things from his list and it was eye-opening. Try it out!
Skill #1: Learn to Learn
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” — Robert Greene.
My approach is to learn 3 new skills every month. I practice 30 minutes each every morning for 30 days. I usually choose skills that work completely different areas of my brain. If we agree with Robert Greene’s quote from above, then we agree that becoming a polymath is a surefire way to thrive. Working skills across different areas of your brain will do just that.
By resting, I don’t necessarily mean sleeping. I mean calming your mind to let your subconscious do its work.
A great book recommendation I have is: How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Consistently do focused practice, rest your mind, and repeat in smart ways.
Become Truly Self-Aware
Check out Ryan Holiday’s book: Ego Is The Enemy
Check out Brendon Burchard’s book: High Performance Habits