Uncover Your Skills
The more life experiences you have, and the more you interact with other people, the sooner you will find out that you have valuable skills. Yes, even if you think you’re the most mediocre person in the world, you most likely have skills enviable by someone.
This could mean a number of things for you. It could mean that you can: transfer these over into your work or personal life, charge for your skills and services and become self-employed, or help a friend when your skill comes in handy. Either way, recognizing your skill is powerful because you’ll able to call upon them at will and actively improve the skill set that you already possess.
People get into this situation where they believe that they don’t have any skills because our society values few skills publicly. For instance, publicly valued skills have been known to be on the visual or the very technical sides. Skills such as beautification, design, and medical knowledge are commonly highly regarded. Other skills, sometimes even the most important and innovative of them, fall under the shadow just beyond the focus of the public’s gaze.
Sure, everyone says that they’re “organized” or that they have great “teamwork” skills, but how do you measure that? You can’t really look at their life and judge those skills because we haven’t agreed upon a collective idea of what constitutes being skilled in those areas. This, despite everyone putting these skills on their resumes anyway. Does being organized mean having a clean desk? Does good teamwork mean that you’re a fluid leader or that you’re a supportive follower? The definitions of these skills are ambiguous, but if you possess them in any capacity, they have most likely benefitted you in some way.
I actually really only learned about the value of my skills when presented with someone who had a set of completely different skills. Take, for example, the comparison between my boyfriend and I. We are almost polar opposites. He’s fascinated by science and math and I have found the humanities and education to be the most interesting. He’s able to fix tech problems that I run into, and I’m able to help him focus on the larger picture during sticky situations.
I think it’s wonderful that our skills complement each other so nicely, but the true value of our time spent together is that it has led to more self-discovery than I would have had the chance of uncovering on my own.