THE MOST IMPORTANT
SKILLS AREN'T ALWAYS
WHAT DID YOU
LEARN AT SCHOOL?
How much of those notes do you
remember? How many different
times were you taught how to write
a resume and cover letter, put
together a press-release, compiled
a business proposal or pitch a
WHAT DID YOU
LEARN AT YOUR
Now think back to your first
job–what did you learn there?
Chances are, that was a lot more
valuable. Some of the most
valuable skills that will help you in
the business world aren’t taught in
1 WORK ETHIC
I’ve said it before and I won’t hesitate to say it again: you
can’t teach hustle. You can’t convince someone to work
hard at achieving a goal they don’t want to achieve.
Some people are, by nature, lazy. They prefer to have
things handed to them rather than earn them. Having a
good work ethic is one of the biggest pieces of the
employment success puzzle. A lack of experience can
be made up for and a lack of knowledge on a specific
subject can be learned, but a good work ethic can’t.
THINKINGYou know how to write a book report and how to outline a
textbook chapter, but can you really break down what was inside
that book, and break down, analyze and interpret what was in
that chapter? The ability to think critically isn’t something that is
taught as much as it’s learned by doing–approaching with the
end in mind and strategizing every step of the way. By opening
your mind and your way of thinking to the thoughts of others,
your critical thinking and problem-solving skills will grow.
3 LEARNING FROM
When you turned in a paper or project in school and got a bad grade, the
only thing that you likely learned was not to procrastinate so much the next
time around. When the paper was said and done and you received your
grade, there was nothing you could do but forget about it and try harder
the next time around. With business, “forget about it and try harder” doesn’t
work quite as well. A failure in business can be catastrophic, but it can also
be a lesson in what to do and what not to do the next opportunity you get.
Unlike a paper, however, you can’t just forget about your business and move
on–you have to that that failure into account, analyze it, and determine the
Experience can’t be taught–it simply isn’t possible. While
I’ve spoken before about the fact that experience isn’t
the be all end all of business skills, it can’t be ignored,
and it certainly can’t be taught. There are certain
aspects of a job and certain skills that are necessary to
running a business that can only really be ascertained
by experiencing them first-hand in a business setting.