Believe it or not, skills can be developed. Skills are important – they are the power, the fuel, the energy and the condition to succeed in anything you do, simple or complex, in life or work. Yes you can, you can learn how to sell, you can learn how to interact better with people, you can pitch better, you can learn how to develop plans and follow up with them, you can learn many types of skills, master and excel in them.
There are “easy skills”- something the body was designed to do (eat, drink, jump, run) or skills that are intuitive and need very little effort on part of the person doing them. These will not require serious mind work, they will normally not require special effort. It is in our nature to eat, drink, sleep, walk etc. Easy skills usually have a close relationship with their primary attribute (e.g. memory, strength).
Then there are the “average skills” - most skills are average of course (reading, writing, conducting a conversation, playing sports, making the average decisions). Average skills blend physical practice with knowledge and they do require some effort- for some more and for the more skilled – much less. They require effort from you and they also require some knowledge base to be actively used (as opposed to passively in the case of easy or basic skills). Social skills are typically average, unless they involve dealing with other individuals or social groups which are significantly different from you, in which case they are hard. Physical skills are usually either easy or average. Hard skills may involve counterintuitive ideas and/or difficult (not everyday) concepts. These skills may require intense concentration, increased effort, training and involve our entire mind and body. Skills which require active understanding and a large knowledge base are hard.
Very hard skills are those involving counterintuitive ideas and/or concepts outside of the individual's normal frame of reference. True understanding may be essential to making progress. Many hard skills are upgraded to very hard if the concepts involved are unfamiliar to the individual. For example- quantum mechanics is an average skill for a physics major with emphasis on appropriate areas, but it is hard for a university student of physics and a very hard task for a university student of linguistics. It would be considered extremely hard for an individual without an appropriate set of basics (math and physics). On the other hand Quantum Mechanics might be a pretty easy skill for those who live by them.
As a grown person - a person with responsibilities, an employee, a business owner, a sales person, an executive etc, 95% of your decisions, activities and efforts would be considered to be Very Hard Skills. Funny enough, no one taught you at school how to deal with life as we know it, or with your business if it fails, or if it grows too quickly, along with many other daily challenges.
Skill development – just like other complex tasks in life– is an art. It is the art of preparing you to deal with the most complex tasks, to overcome the most extreme challenges and own the skills that will allow you to become a winner. It is not a theory or a thought; it is hard but crucial work that you must do. The good news – ROI is guaranteed – you will see immediate results in yourself, your environment, your business and more, and you will be taking the steps to ensure you fulfill your own goals.