Wouldn’t it be nice to make more money in 2015? Though not an end in itself, money is elemental to being an Intentionalist, enabling you to pursue your goals, whether eating an energizing diet, engaging in diverting play, or educating your children.
The other day I went to a neighborhood market around the corner from my house. Recently remodeled and expanded, now it is clean, brightly lit, and quite a pleasant place to shop. I needed just a couple of things but to my chagrin found only one of them. The owners lost out on additional income because their merchandise was limited.
In today’s market-driven economy, whether you’re an entrepreneur or an employee, you get paid based on the stock of the skills you bring to the table. Are you fully aware of your abilities? I suggest you take an inventory to make sure. In additional to identifying all of your expertise, it will help you determine where you may want to fill in gaps.
Follow these steps:
- Make lists of the following:
- All the jobs you’ve had, even the seemingly meaningless ones you had as a kid.
- Volunteer work you’ve done.
- Schooling and training.
- Hobbies, social activities, and recreational pursuits.
- Go to LinkedIn and view the list of skills that you can post to your profile.
- For each item on your lists write down the skills you used and for how many years. For example, suppose you played soccer for ten years and during the last five years led team workouts twice a week. For five years you demonstrated the skills of team leadership and fitness training. If you took your league’s championship three of those years that’s even greater credibility as a leader and coach!
- After identifying all your skills add up the number of years associated with each one. This tells you the ones at which you are most experienced. Notice you have evidence to support your assertion of these skills.
Have someone who knows you well, but who can be objective, review your list of abilities. This might be your mentor or a trusted colleague at work.
Armed with your inventory you can more effectively guide your career. Industries or positions you might have thought were closed to you might now be open. Maybe you uncovered a skill that will lead to an entrepreneurial venture.
Suppose your career objective requires a skill you don’t have. You can pursue additional training or alter your plans. If you want to start a business, find a partner who can augment your team with the missing expertise.
As with any inventory, periodically you need to review and update it, at least once a year.
When employers walk down the aisle of your skills, do you have all of them on display? Or are several of them still boxed away in the back of a storage room waiting to be discovered and set out on a shelf? Given today’s crucial connection between expertise and income, you owe it to yourself and family to conduct an inventory of your skills as soon as possible.
What skill did you uncover?
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