How often do you daydream in your head a job that you think would be really cool? Or maybe you dreamed about being a professional athlete? And maybe some of you had the skills that you could have done that. But you just missed an opportunity, or didn’t quite make the cut.
There are things in our life, that we look back, and we daydream what could have been. But I want to encourage you that there are some things we can do in life, that are skills we could use throughout the rest of our life– or with anything that we decide to do. Whether it’s being a professional athlete or some other job.
Skills Learned On The Job
When I was in college, one of the jobs I had was to be an usher at a coliseum. Now this was not a job that anyone necessarily wanted to have. But I will tell you that when I was in college, it was something that I was able to do and I was able to watch all of the events at school. I could cheer on our team and get paid to do it.
One thing I found is that I was actually developing a skill that I can use in so many areas of my life! And that was the skills to start a conversation from nothing – with someone that I don’t know. Someone I’ve just met. Just walked up to or just walked up to me. And I don’t have anything in common with them. This was something I practiced all four years that I was in school.
And as I started doing it, I had people that I worked alongside –supervisors over the years– that actually showed me how to do a really great job at it.
But there were little things like: what do I say, what’s a little thing that I can do, or how can I make them laugh. Things like that to really help change the atmosphere. I was learning how to interact with people.
Some people would walk into the game happy. This is a game, we’re cheering, it’s our team!
Other guests were the opponent. They may have been a really tense rival.
Everyone was coming to this event with a different point of view. I was learning how to navigate it and this was a skill that I have found very useful – even now as a financial advisor.
So who can’t use people skills?
As I was in this position for four years, I became one of the usher supervisors. And I started to learn how to be a leader and how to motivate people to do something that they didn’t think was the greatest job, or something they were daydreaming about.
Those skills have really stuck with me.
This was an experience that I had in college and I’ve carried it throughout my life. Are there things that you may be presented with? Opportunities that you can learn a new skill. And this could be for the short term or for the long term. But is there something that you could actually do and it could be fun?
It doesn’t even have to be a work experience, it could be volunteering. There are things you can do to strengthen skills or develop new skills! So that you can now bring those over to another area of your life. There aren’t too many things, that when we put our mind to it and when we try to grow or get better, that are worthless. They aren’t a waste of our time. If there’s something that you want to do, and you want to get better at, spend the time. Invest the energy. But hopefully those will be skills, that you can carry through anything that you’re doing in your life.
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