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Developing Skills For Success

Lesson Seven:

Developing Skills For Success

Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it.
Marva Collins



Organization comes in several forms. Whether it is properly filing documentation or being on time for a task, this characteristic is a crucial skill to your success. Keeping a positive attitude will help you with your skill development. It is also very important to keep your skills sharp, especially when they are not being utilized on a full time basis.

Organizing Yourself

Success in your quest to find the job of your dreams depends a great deal on your ability to be organized. You must know each day what it is you need to do in order to gain the next interview that could open the door to the opportunity you are seeking. Your time and resources are limited and you must maintain both motivation and organization in your effort to gain employment. Both a calendar and a list for each day can go a long way to keeping you on track toward your goal. 

Becoming a Punctual Person

Being on time is a highly important habit to have in the business world. Delivery services, transportation services, emergency response units and many other workers face serious and life threatening consequences if they are not on time. In an agricultural economy the cow cares little if the farmer arrives 15 minutes late to milk it. A plane that does not arrive on time can cause hundreds of people to miss appointments and business opportunities in the community. Punctuality and the ability to meet deadlines is one of the distinguishing characteristics of successful people in business. 

I Am Capable of This!

One of the biggest obstacles in the way of your success is discouragement. At the heart of discouragement lies self-doubt. The voice inside your head that whispers, “You’ll never make it”, “You might as well give up” and “You’ll never amount to anything” are all lies. The truth is, ‘You can do this!’  It does not come easy in many cases. It does require work. You need to take a chance and overcome your fears and learn to accept no as an answer. Every time you hear no, say NEXT! If you keep searching, you will find the job your skills and abilities match. The only way you won’t is if you quit looking. 

Important Etiquette Points

Good manners go a long way in making a good impression on a potential employer. Make proper eye contact. Say please and thank you during the interview. Greet people with a friendly and firm handshake. Use good posture by sitting up properly in the chair during the interview. Write thank you notes to those who have been helpful and encouraging in the job search process. All these habits can build your image as a person of success. 

Practical Application

John was up against the clock again. He always seemed to be running in circles; any thought of being on time flew out the window as soon as he’d been given a task. John needed help. Mary marched right into John’s office with a plan in her hand. Mary laid down the plan and John sank in his chair at the thought of how painful the process would be. Mary assured him that time wasn’t the enemy and, instead, punctuality could save him, as he usually dug a pretty big hole for himself. Mary loaned him a watch and coached him in setting up great agenda and calendar app she used. With these new tools John had the upper hand with is battle with punctuality and it allowed him plenty of wiggle room to get his tasks done before they were due.