6 Underrated Things That Can Help You Work Better and be Successful in Life

6 Skills you need to learn to succeed


Dr. Roopleen

a year ago | 4 min read

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Everyone dreams of reaching their big goals and achieving success, but not everyone gets to realize what they aspire to accomplish.

Many people overlook certain essential skills and miss doing things vital for success, thus throwing away their chances of fulfilling their dreams.

To reach where you want to be, you must be proactive and develop important skills that will help you get ahead in life and your career and set you up for success.

Here are six underrated skills that are key to your success and you must look out for.

1. Working with thoroughness

People who do well in life and accomplish their goals have one thing in common: they pay attention to detail and work to the best of their abilities. This not only improves their work quality but also helps them avoid making silly mistakes.

Working thoroughly ensures you have things under control at all times, maintain high standards and finish tasks before the deadlines. This significantly boosts your productivity and helps you live up to expectations, both your own and those of others.

Thoroughness is appreciated by one and all. Your meticulous work speaks for itself and will garner praise from all quarters. Also, you’ll rise in your own eyes when you work flawlessly.

Once you reap the rewards of working painstakingly with careful attention to detail, it serves as a motivating force that further pushes you to do better and gives you the courage to raise the bar higher for yourself.

2. Practicing patience

Most people are over-enthusiastic and eager to reach milestones and achieve their goals. This creates a sense of restlessness and impatience, which pushes them to look for shortcuts to get to their destination.

Being impatient and in a hurry means you won’t be thorough in your approach, and that will leave a lot of gaps where your work won’t be at par or fail to meet the required high standards. The result would therefore be unfavorable.

Patience is extremely important if you want to achieve your goals and fulfill your desires.

Allowing yourself time and working in a relaxed manner gives you a sense of control over yourself and things around you. You can be more mindful, work better, and focus on your work without feeling compelled to rush through what you are doing.

Patience allows you to be in a peaceful state of mind where you can work with focus and consistency and produce quality work. This seemingly small thing can therefore make a huge difference in your life.

3. Asking questions

No one has it all figured out, and no one can claim to know it all. No matter how good you are at your work, doubt, confusion, uncertainty, and ambiguity about things will always be there.

When you embark on your journey of success, you have a vision and a big picture in mind. The rest of the nitty-gritty and the problems that come in your way from time to time have to be dealt with as and when the scenarios unfold.

People who hesitate to ask questions and seek clarifications to clear their doubts, either due to lack of confidence, shyness, fear of what others will think of them, or sheer laziness, end up paying a heavy price. They either procrastinate on their work or do poorly on their job.

Asking questions is neither rude nor suggests that you are dumb or ignorant. In fact, it indicates your desire to gain clarity and understand what needs to be done and how you should do it.

Daring to ask questions enables you to do your work more accurately and helps avoid misinterpretations and mistakes. It also improves your performance and gives a boost to your self-esteem.

4. Analyzing failure

Not getting what you want is sad. It’s one of the most awful feelings you can ever experience.

When things go wrong, and you meet failure, the first reaction of most people is to quickly walk past it and get over the feeling as fast as possible.

But ignoring your mistakes or looking towards the other side when you’ve made a mistake is a blunder that can prove costly.

When you’ve failed in your mission, missed a goal, or failed, there’s a reason behind it. To ensure things don’t go wrong again, you must walk yourself through the debacle and study carefully what went wrong.

Analyzing every bit of the process will help you identify where you faltered and what you could have done differently to have a positive outcome for your efforts.

There’s no shame in failure. Don’t feel shy to identify and own your mistakes. Understand what you did wrong where things started to derail. In the learnings from the missteps you learn valuable lessons that you wouldn’t have learned anyother way.

5. Developing adaptability skills

Life doesn’t always go smoothly, and things don’t pan out as per plan. So when unexpected stuff happens, those who have adaptability skills stand out and succeed in making the best out of the circumstances they find themselves in.

Instead of feeling frustrated by the changing setup around them or encountering a different workflow, they adapt quickly and take it like a duck to water.

Your ability to adjust to new situations, ability to work in different environments, willingness to embrace change, and keenness to learn new things is what will hold you in good stead in trying times and help you deal with the challenges you encounter in your pursuit of success.

6. Being honest with yourself

Honesty has always been a valued virtue; truthful people are respected more and held in high esteem.

However, many people can be truthful with others, but when it comes to themselves, they shy away from the truth and struggle with being completely honest with themselves. They tell themselves stories that they know are false and undermine their sense of self.

Self-honesty is more than just being truthful. It is how you communicate truth to yourself.

Bottling up your feelings, putting your needs on the back burner, and prioritizing others when you know pretty well you need to be tending to yourself are just a few examples of not being completely honest with yourself.

Self-honesty is, therefore, not only the knowledge of self but also having the courage to come out openly and express yourself fully.

You can be successful in the real sense of the word only when you can do justice to yourself and live your truth.

In Conclusion

Success in any area of life requires you to have certain skills besides technical know-how. Many of these skills are at the core of working effectively and authentically and therefore form the very foundation on which you build your future and successful career.


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Dr. Roopleen

Author of 6 books | 6X Top writer on Medium | 2.6M views on Quora | Personal development coach







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