Don’t stop learning. Don’t stay stuck in a single career, it’s boring and limiting. Learn different skills, possibly from completely unrelated fields. You never know when life will ask you to use them. Besides, it’s a lot of fun.
Our modern society thought us that our chances for a higher payout are bigger on the narrow niches. While this might be true, nobody can guarantee that a narrow niche will survive for ever.
Life changes, society changes, jobs are changing so do yourself a favor and embrace change. Your today’s hobby may become your tomorrow job. By building different skills, you are building your own opportunities.
Acquiring different skills is like learning new languages, only you can make a living out of them.
Luckily, it is easier than ever before to learn new skills because of the internet. If you want to earn a new degree, simply sign up for an online program.
Of course, there are prerequisites, but if you have them, you can get started very quickly. If you are curious about earning a Master’s in Social Work, for example, look for information on admissions, required references, cost, and anything else that will help with your decision. Also, you do not have to leave your current job or attend campus full time to acquire this additional knowledge because you can study in the evenings and on weekends until you finish your degree.
How To Build Different Skills
It all goes down to only 2 qualities: curiosity and stubbornness. As long as you have these two, you will always have a foundation for learning something new. The whole process is much longer, of course, and there are many effective techniques you can use, once you embark on this path. But if you don’t have curiosity and stubbornness, those techniques will be just useless.
Curiosity is a weird thing. It’s a healthy discomfort , summoned by a mild boredom and fueled by enthusiasm. It’s really hard to explain curiosity. But, as hard as it is to explain, I found it, over the years, to be a fundamental ingredient for my emotional health.
If you find yourself lacking curiosity, you’re in the red zone. The danger zone. You may begin to think that you know everything, which is basically the beginning of your end. Or you may think that whatever is out there, laying undiscovered in the dark, is pointless, because the world is like it is, and nothing else matters.
Well, you can never know everything. There is always something new to be discovered out there, and if you find yourself lacking the curiosity to find out what it is, then you may be on the verge of depression.
And then, there’s stubbornness. Which is, basically, the ability of not to give up. The strength to stay there when the going gets tough. The serenity to take heat from others, while doing whatever you set your mind to do, incessantly. That’s stubbornness.
You may call it endurance, persistence, tenacity, I prefer to call it stubbornness.
This, combined with curiosity, will get you wherever you want to. Curiosity will make you discover new stuff and stubbornness will help you master the necessary skills to do that stuff.