“Even in such technical lines as engineering, about 15% of one’s financial success is due to one’s technical knowledge and about 85% is due to human skills, to personality and the ability to lead people.” — Dale Carnegie Can you easily identify your top three skills? Hmmm. Jack of all trades, master of none. Funny, this expression used to grind my gears a little. Well maybe a little more than a little. Until more recently I began to understand the depth and breadth of my character and what it really meant.
I have always been an inquirer. My mum said I used to drive her a little insane as a child, always asking questions and trying to understand things. It hasn’t really changed. I am truly fascinated with life and all the wonderful beings that exist in it. I started my own home based business at the age of 11 or 12. Growing herbs and kale, then selling them to my neighbours. Next, was a gardening business, which enabled me to have financial security and independence. I volunteered in school for Saint Vincent de Paul and anything else I was able to get involved with. Started working in my local pub at 16. At 18, whilst in college I had either 2 or 3 jobs at the same time. Setup my own Internet training and consultancy business at 21. I’ve worked in Film, TV, Corporate & Community Training, Radio Teacher, Leadership & Communications Facilitator, Designer, Marketeer, and the list goes on and on.
Identifying my top three skills seems a bit more difficult. Although, this question is not referring to our technical skills. More so, the essential skills that help us better understand who we are. What are we suited to? What makes us come alive? Giving time to this question is essential to allow a deeper reflection of what they are. Also, sometimes the people are the best mirrors to help us with this. You may think you have very little or no skills although, it’s more so about reading between the lines.
I have an innate ability to help people, whether this is through one-to-one coaching or group facilitation. Like a gardener, I have a great capacity to understand the needs of the individual and to create spaces that nourish and replenish them to grow. I also thrive with problems. My generalist mindset that is eternally inquisitive gives me the ability to imagine creativity possibilities and innovate solutions that are outside of the box. My ability to adapt, change and learn new skills allows me to stay engaged with my careers and the constantly changing landscapes of this ever changing world. These essential skills are part of our personality and develop as we grow. Understanding them and being able to define them helps you explore your purpose. In our programme, “
Pathway to Purpose’ we show you how you can know and develop your essential skills.