With the sweet comes the bitter and an individual is only as good as their weakest ability. I’ve already expressed the 3 skills that I exemplify, so here are the traits that I find myself confronted day-in and day-out.
Communication is and has been the most important fundamental skill that allows for value creation throughout history. I had always struggled with this concept because I lacked the ability to convey emotions and thoughts when I wrote or spoke. I’ve been actively improving my communication skills by working in customer service where I was faced with many different interactions. I also enjoyed taking part in having an occasional ethical debate with family and friends. My verbal communication has improved drastically, and I feel motivate under pressure. When it comes to writing, however, my relationship can be compared to that of King Henry VIII and his many wives – not great. Perhaps not that gruesome, but I still struggle to hammer out content because I don’t have an extensive attention span for writing. I’ve put communication at the top of my list because it’s a trait that I value the most and will continue to improve upon during my lifetime.
Anyone that has become acquainted with me knows that I play by the books. I am a logical, structural guy that lacks creativity at times. I struggle with content creation because I don’t know how to differ from other people’s style. Creativity also goes hand in hand with writing. I’ve recently started doing an exercise where I write all my thoughts out without hesitation to allow for my brain to make intermittent connections on the fly. This style has drastically increased the speed in which I write and provides more personal creativity to surround the text that I compose instead of worrying about sentence structure and using strong words.
Consistent and Directed Focus:
I can sit in a coffee shop all day and hammer out plenty of work but the work that I accomplish is often times sporadic and unorganized. I tend to prioritize more ‘important’ or ‘exciting’ things which can nag at my attention while I’m doing more mundane tasks, making it difficult to complete said tasks. I’ve been working on prioritization and finding plans that work with my schedule to optimize my workload throughout the day. There is more room for improvement, to say the least.
Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to productivity I don’t have an issue, at least I don’t think I do; However, due to my lack of consistent focus, I tend to procrastinate certain projects while I invest all my time in others. I always managed to reach the deadline for school work which is an extremely unhealthy habit to have. The thing I would like to improve upon is segmentation of tasks and planning them out as to optimize my productivity for all tasks alike. I have started this journey by structuring my days and getting my close friends and family more involved with my schedule. I plan to become acquainted enough with my praxis peers to grow sufficient accountability with each other as well.
“Patience is a virtue.” We’ve all heard it, some of us understand and apply it. I am most definitely an impatient person. The effects of being impatient can be twofold; it’s good for initiating projects and pursuing ideas quickly; it’s bad for almost all other reasons. My brain always finds a way to afford a new luxury despite my current financial situation. My way of becoming more patient involves investing in my future, which I do a lot of. Almost everything I do now benefits my future in some way, shape, or form. It’s painful because I know I could be making quite a bit of cash with my current situation, but it would be at the cost of accomplishing great things that I know I will eventually be capable of.