You Already Have Most of the Skills You Need

How to Discover Your Valuable Skills

So how do you know what your valuable skills are? Remember: everyone’s an expert at something. Whenever I meet someone who says they have no marketable skills, a three-minute conversation usually proves them wrong.

To get started, make a list of things you know how to do. What did you learn in school, college, or university? What have you learned in the workforce? What comes naturally to you that other people seem to struggle with?

All these answers will point to valuable skills. You may also want to ask your friends and coworkers. Sometimes the people who know us may have ideas or insights that we haven’t considered ourselves.

Next, you need to think about how to apply those skills in a different way than you would in a traditional career. That’s what many people in the book have done—but it all starts with a valuable skill.  

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