1. Gives you a powerful, personal boost and strengthens self-confidence. Whether the skill is for personal or professional reasons, a new skill is a great way to lift your confidence and positivity.
According to studies by Barbara Fredrickson, University of North Carolina, the “broaden and build” theory demonstrates that positive emotions broaden your sense of possibilities and open your mind, which in turn allows you to build new skills and resources that can provide value in other areas of your life.
2. Keeps you relevant. Complacency and doing things the way they’ve always been done doesn’t mean you stay where you are, it means you are losing your place in the pack.
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” Lao Tzu
3. Puts you in control of your future. You and only you are in charge of your development. Choosing a new skill can enhance your current performance and take you in the direction you would love to go.
Bill Gates became an expert in computer programming, supporting his accomplishments as the founder of IBM and bringing personal computers into many households across the globe.
4. Increases your value. Demonstrating ability in a skill, especially if it is in demand, increases your value to your current and future employers. The opportunity is there so it is up to you to open the door.
As indicated by the ATD Annual Report 2014, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, teamwork, leadership, collaboration and good communication are amongst the top 7 issues facing global business.
5. Enhances your personal brand. Your personal brand is all about your values, your vision and your abilities. New skills strengthen your brand and provide great PR.
According to Beckley.Institute’s Language Development in the Workforce Survey (September 2014), 89% of our clients stated that multilingual employees add value to the workforce
Research shows that employers empowered with cutting edge computer skills are more efficient and produce more on a daily basis.
6. Is an investment in yourself. You are the owner of company My Life and it is up to you to make smart decisions.
Research studies carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Daniel Goleman, Erest O’Boyle Jr. at Virginia Commonwealth University, the U.S. Airforce, and Lilian Eby at the University of Georgia, to name a few, suggest that high levels of Emotional Intelligence is the leading predictor of career and personal success.
The Center for Creative Leadership study found that 56% of organizations studied have a formal process for identifying high potential employees.