4 skills to master for your success: discipline, critical thinking, value and humbleness

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You know it already: disorganized people are mostly remain unsuccessful. Becoming good in managing your professional life and business can be learnt buy mastering 3 essential skills. In this article I will teach you how to learn those skills, which are discipline, critical thinking and understanding the concept of value.

Skill 1: learn to become disciplined

Being disciplined means showing a controlled form of behavior or way of working. In plain English, you do not get distracted, do not get imbalanced but you are able to carry on with your procedures in a precise and collected manner.

In practice, being disciplined means following your own rules, following a schedule, being on time, being precise and always finishing what you started - even if there are distractions or obstacles you need to overcome. By learning discipline, you will become more efficient and productive.

People without discipline often come off as imbalanced, unprofessional, flaky, unreliable and similarly negative characteristics that are regarded negatively in professional situations.

Skill 2: learn critical thinking

Critical thinking is that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it.

Everybody is able to think, however without purposeful critical thinking much of our thinking, we end up with biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced conclusion. The quality of our lives and that of what we produce, make, or build depends on the quality of our thoughts and planning. Primitive thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.

Skill 3: understand the concept of creating and adding value

Business begins with value creation. It is the purpose of the institution: to create and deliver value in an efficient enough way that it will generate profit after cost. You can work hard, you can create a lot of things, but if it is not seen as a value by other people then you will never turn your work into business.

Value in business can be commonly described in 3 ways

  1. It satisfies the needs or desires of your potential customers

  2. It helps to solve a problem, can be a product or service

  3. It helps them to create value for themselves, such as growing their own business

There is a lot of overlapping between these, and there are many other descriptions available but most of the successful products do at least one of the above 3 things.

Think about socks, for example. It is not a value for most people in Asia, where the weather allows to walk in slippers. However socks are a necessary part of clothing in Europe because people there wear shoes, which makes wearing socks unavoidable. A pair of quality socks in London can cost up to $30.

Another example is premium and luxury goods: wealthy people don’t buy those because they need or want them, they want to solve the problem of not looking average by using and wearing cheap items.

Whatever your business idea is, make sure that it adds value as described above, otherwise people will not pay for it.

Skill 4: remain humble and never think that you are too good

It is way too easy to get carried away by initial small successes, then lose focus of bigger goals. In fact most people fail right after their fist breakthrough, because they are not disciplined enough to carry on. People who are blinded by short term success and little wins are the most likely to fail on the long term, as they are easy to forget about their long term goals.

Remaining humble is an overlooked personality trait, that is often regarded weird in today’s consumerist society. Some of the riches people I know are living a surprisingly simple life: driving average cars, eating average food and not wearing luxury items. But why? Simply because if they start to indulge in luxury, they would lose focus of their purpose and mission. That is the one and only reason. This is all about discipline.

Overestimating our own skills and value are a very similar mistake, probably the worst anyone can make. When you think that you know everything and you are the best then you stop being open for new things and stop being critical about yourself. Self improvement should be a part of your life, not in form of a course or by reading books but thinking critically about yourself day by day.

Conclusion

Now that you understand the basic skills of being a person who is capable to create and manage success, you also understand why so many people fail. It mostly because their lack of discipline and critical thinking. Let these thoughts sink in and try to make these the part of how you live and work, these skills and traits will make very positive differences in your life.

Daniel Diosi