In the world we are, no matter how well we try, there will always be times when things will not end how we expect them to due to uncertain events such as accidents and also due to certain factors including mistakes. A mistake is simply an error of judgment and occurs when we fail to realize the appropriate course of action or when we do not make the right choice. Although, a mistake is an experience to make you smarter in doing it right the next time, there are at times when it is just right or best to avoid it since, it can easily be avoided. It applies in all areas even including the area of skill development. In this post, I hope to offer you five things to avoid doing when in your journey of developing your skills to be in demand in the job market.
Complacency “kills” improvement and innovation. As such, no one complacent person has ever improved in what he/she does in life. It enjoins you to accept your current performance as the ultimate and prevent you from seeing the folly in your acceptance. The problem with complacency is that, it prevents you from seeing the realities. Thus, it clouds your perceptions of the best with what seems to be the best or an ideal version of your current level which may actually be below standards. The world is constantly changing with competitions and paving way for the best to present their solutions. Being complacent automatically rules you out of the competition and makes you seem irrelevant. In workplace, schools, churches and all other gatherings and places, one who is complacent hardly learns to move forward. He/she then remains the same even when the situation demands an improved person. Complacency is a mistake that can be avoided in skill development.
Too much of everything is bad! Trust me, being confident in yourself is a good and enviable quality but being overconfident in yourself in doing something may make you miserable. Many people will testify to this. Primarily, you are not likely to achieve the result you expect and so being overconfident may lead you to not accept the result as is and may give you a hell of a time in coming to terms with the result. Interestingly, the measure of one’s confidence is not something done on a silver platter. No one way may be better to measure whether one is confident enough to do something or is overconfident. Nevertheless, the human psychological system is structured in a way that make us understand ourselves much better than anyone else and hence, we seem to appreciate when we have what it takes to do something right and what it takes to do something over and above what is expected of us. It also reflects in the characteristics that we posses even including self-confidence. Specifically, when we are confident, we seem to know; and when we are over-confident we seem to know even without any extrinsic instrument to measure the degree. Such quality is an example of what makes us humans. Therefore, we by ourselves get to know when we are overconfident in ourselves and when we know it is likely that things may not go as planned. In developing your skills for your career and for the job market, never be over-confident and sometimes factor in the possibilities of things not going as planned in your decisions. This may make you a lot wiser to make the right choices in life.
Too knowing or self-conceited people are hated everywhere. Those that are not hated are probably rich and famous and have influence on many people’s lives and as such people just can’t hate them. There is everything wrong with too knowing. For one thing, you will be blinded by your own perceptions of life and will not make the right decisions. For another, you will not get people to like you to help you in your everyday life, let alone in your skill development. In learning how to develop your skills for the job market, try as much as possible to avoid being self-conceited. A few reasons include; firstly, no experienced person would be willing to help a self-conceited person learn a skill or develop at it; secondly, you by yourself may not realize the need for skill development since you are blinded by your perceived “awesomeness” and thirdly, you may not come to like the processes involved in skill development.
low self esteem
Low self esteem influences our actions and performances in all the things we do. If you have studied Social Studies, you probably understand why this is so. However, the thing that most people do not understand about this is that, low self esteem blocks one from knowing he/she can do something and that, with just a little push, he/she may reach higher heights. In your journey of developing your skills for the job market, it is highly plausible to avoid having low self-esteem. The reasons include; one, it blocks your views of the realities of your life and makes you see only the negative aspects of everything you do; two, it does not present to you, options or alternatives to doing something; Three, it makes you so unforgiving of yourself; four, it makes you miserable in life; five, it does not give you any room for improvement. In view of the above, with low self-esteem, you may not understand that you need to develop your skill for the job market. Hence, you need to avoid having low self-esteem.
Resolve has all to do with the attitude and mindset in making sure you do something right. It also implies standing on your ground to see to it that, something is done whether what is done will lead to a positive effect on others or not. In all my years of schooling, one thing I have come to understand is that, without resolve, one may easily give up in what one does. When you don’t have the resolve to do something, you are unwilling to put your all into it and you are incapable of producing a better result. In developing your skill for the job market, you need to have the gut to keep on trying and the resolve to actually follow all the procedures to the end. That can help you persevere through thin and thick. Hence, try as much as you can to avoid having no resolve in your journey of developing your skills for the job market.
In effect, although there are many mistakes and negative attitudes, in the process of developing one’s skills, the ones that can be avoided include, complacency, overconfidence, self-conceited, low self-esteem and lack of resolve to do something. In as much as you want to develop your skills and make yourself ready for the job market, you need to bear in mind the above and use it to your advantage.