Dr. Travis Bradberry shares the skills you should learn that will pay dividends forever.

Read the full article at: www.weforum.org

Blah, blah, blah.  For years, we’re heard our parents, our bosses, or even our kids when they grow wise (or think they are) advise us, “You’re never too old to learn. Keep your mind sharp. Never stop learning.”  Occasionally, the contrarian among us throws in the worn adage about the old dog and new tricks.  (Which always made me wonder, are they saying I’m old or are they calling me a dog? Or both?)

Of course, it’s true. Life-long learning is good.  What dummy would think it isn’t?  But, how many of us really do it?  Especially, those of us who have been to more than one rodeo in the course of our careers.  How often do we purposely focus energy on getter better?

According to Travis Bradberry, coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, “The further along you are in your career, the easier it is to fall back on the mistaken assumption that you’ve made it and have all the skills you need to succeed. The tendency is to focus all your energy on getting the job done, assuming that the rest will take care of itself. Big mistake.”

New Stanford research conducted by Carol Dweck and her colleagues contends that “learning produces physiological changes in the brain, just like exercise changes muscles…The act of learning is every bit as important as what you learn. Believing that you can improve yourself and do things in the future that are beyond your current possibilities is exciting and fulfilling.”

Dr. Bradberry’s conclusion?  “The primary takeaway from Dweck’s research is that we should never stop learning…”

Arghhhh!  They said it again. “Never stop learning.”

But, Dr. Bradberry isn’t talking about the dreaded bone-up-on-your-business-skills approach.  He suggests we get good at nine skills that “never stop paying dividends. These are the skills that deliver the biggest payoff, both in terms of what they teach you and their tendency to keep the learning alive.”

And what are these skills?  Not surprisingly “Emotional Intelligence” (EQ) heads his list.  Then comes “Time Management” followed by “Listening.”  “Saying No” and “Asking for Help” make the list as do “Knowing when to Shut Up” and others.

Hmmm.  This has possibilities. It’s not the usual list, and they are the kind of skills we all (including our parents, bosses and kids) would benefit from getting good at. They are the skills that could help bring harmony to a family.  And, certainly, they are the skills that would make our workplace, and the time we spend in it, more transparent and productive.

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