Skills that have directly enhanced your quality of life?

by helpinghand182 26 replies
After reading the First 20 hours by Josh Kaufman I was inspired to learn typing colemak - and my fingers and productivity thank me everyday!

What other non business/tech related skills have directly enhanced your quality of life?

Learning a language? Public Speaking courses? Would love to have a brainstorm about this topic!
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  • Profile picture of the author princetotem
    1. The ability to say no.
    When starting out, it is very easy and tempting to say 'yes' to absolutely everything. This is mostly because you're trying to either impress people or 'level up' like Mario. Saying yes seems to come naturally to me as I see almost everything as an opportunity to learn. I'm willing to be a sponge, soaking up all that information. But you know what this leads to if I'm not careful? Massive burnout.

    2. Seeing things in a neutral perspective.
    A lot of this comes from my mindfulness practices, however, I can now bring this meditation practice into other parts of my life and the result is the same - a clear head. Being able to see the bigger picture is sometimes all you need.

    3. Exploring who I am.
    An oldie but a goodie is still, 'be true to yourself.' But in order to have the context for it, I needed to do some self-improvement and self-discovery first.
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    • Profile picture of the author StSignal
      Originally Posted by princetotem View Post

      1. The ability to say no.
      When starting out, it is very easy and tempting to say 'yes' to absolutely everything. This is mostly because you're trying to either impress people or 'level up' like Mario. Saying yes seems to come naturally to me as I see almost everything as an opportunity to learn. I'm willing to be a sponge, soaking up all that information. But you know what this leads to if I'm not careful? Massive burnout.

      2. Seeing things in a neutral perspective.
      A lot of this comes from my mindfulness practices, however, I can now bring this meditation practice into other parts of my life and the result is the same - a clear head. Being able to see the bigger picture is sometimes all you need.

      3. Exploring who I am.
      An oldie but a goodie is still, 'be true to yourself.' But in order to have the context for it, I needed to do some self-improvement and self-discovery first.
      I agree on everything here for a long time a had a problem with saying no,but when I started saying no my friend circle got smaller but better.
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    • Profile picture of the author mimie
      Originally Posted by princetotem View Post

      1. The ability to say no.
      When starting out, it is very easy and tempting to say 'yes' to absolutely everything. This is mostly because you're trying to either impress people or 'level up' like Mario. Saying yes seems to come naturally to me as I see almost everything as an opportunity to learn. I'm willing to be a sponge, soaking up all that information. But you know what this leads to if I'm not careful? Massive burnout.

      2. Seeing things in a neutral perspective.
      A lot of this comes from my mindfulness practices, however, I can now bring this meditation practice into other parts of my life and the result is the same - a clear head. Being able to see the bigger picture is sometimes all you need.

      3. Exploring who I am.
      An oldie but a goodie is still, 'be true to yourself.' But in order to have the context for it, I needed to do some self-improvement and self-discovery first.
      this is beautiful, i like "Exploring who I am", as i often would say there is still so much in me untapped...I am Discovering Me.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Originally Posted by princetotem View Post

      1. The ability to say no.
      When starting out, it is very easy and tempting to say 'yes' to absolutely everything. This is mostly because you're trying to either impress people or 'level up' like Mario. Saying yes seems to come naturally to me as I see almost everything as an opportunity to learn. I'm willing to be a sponge, soaking up all that information. But you know what this leads to if I'm not careful? Massive burnout.

      2. Seeing things in a neutral perspective.
      A lot of this comes from my mindfulness practices, however, I can now bring this meditation practice into other parts of my life and the result is the same - a clear head. Being able to see the bigger picture is sometimes all you need.

      3. Exploring who I am.
      An oldie but a goodie is still, 'be true to yourself.' But in order to have the context for it, I needed to do some self-improvement and self-discovery first.
      PT I am with you fully on mindfulness.

      Being more in the moment and less in the future or past has benefited me across the board.

      During earlier years of my travels my big mistake was not being present for the beautiful places where I lived. I was in Bali, but not experiencing it. I lived in Fiji for 4 months, and enjoyed the place, but when on the beach I found my mind racing ahead to sending out an email to my list or responding to comments or any 1 of 34 things I wished to do later that day.

      Meditation, deep breathing and taking care of my body temple helped me become more mindful, which has enhanced my life in a major league way.

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  • Profile picture of the author AlexNDHN
    Active lifestyle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Master Blake
    Trespassing to parallel universes and manipulating time with the power of the mind.

    Not an exact ability as it's done via hypnosis.
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  • Profile picture of the author GiftedJourney
    Not sure it's a skill, but I'd have to say my love of learning and love of reading have opened up so many new worlds for me. I may have to check out this book you've mentioned, so thank you for that and for the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Originally Posted by helpinghand182 View Post

    What other non business/tech related skills have directly enhanced your quality of life?


    In no particular order...
    • Feeding myself
    • Bathing
    • Wiping my own ass
    • Walking
    • Talking

    There's some other things but I don't care enough to list them.
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  • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
    The skill that has best helped me in the last 12 months that has enhanced my quality of life would have to be delegation. I started out trying to do the lot, all the work, bookkeeping, marketing, admin, research - but there is only so many hours in the day and I was basically running myself into the ground. Since I engaged a virtual assistant, set up affiliate partnerships with some business partners, brought on a writer part time and also introduced my husband to the business, my quality of life has increased exponentially. While it might be hard to share the load and delegate, it is by far the most important skill I have learnt as it has enriched my offering and added the the tapestry of my business. I now employ the services of dedicated experts, rather than pulling myself from pillar to post to try and deliver things I am not 100% experienced or trained in delivering.
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  • Profile picture of the author silveroaks
    for me three non tech things that sky rocketed my quality of life are:
    meditation|
    saying 'no' when need be
    and, choosing to have an active lifestyle.
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  • Profile picture of the author dmgwriting
    Working out.. playing sports..reading!
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  • Profile picture of the author WeKnowJoey
    For me, definitely understanding myself and people emotionally. Life just makes more sense, and I appreciate that fact.
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    • Profile picture of the author oloyede jamiu
      Originally Posted by WeKnowJoey View Post

      For me, definitely understanding myself and people emotionally. Life just makes more sense, and I appreciate that fact.
      1. Discovering my inner talent.
      2. Helping others
      3. Having Focus.
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    • Profile picture of the author holbizmetrics
      Originally Posted by WeKnowJoey View Post

      For me, definitely understanding myself and people emotionally. Life just makes more sense, and I appreciate that fact.
      Then you definitely got a gift, which many people seem to have lost nowadays. That's pretty amazing. Because many people can't.

      And often unaware bummer:

      They don't notice that they might repel others by relating everything back to them. And not to the person they're talking to.



      P.S.: Mine definitely connecting deeply, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymagneto
    READ. Read as much as you can, and if you cannot read listen to audio books. Try and avoid entertainment as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author diaz212
    working harder, harder and harder

    Just IT
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  • Profile picture of the author Reimaru
    Learning to learn was the best. When you learn that you can have or do nearly anything you want in life, that knowledge opens up all sorts of possibilities.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tokama2542
    Originally Posted by helpinghand182 View Post

    After reading the First 20 hours by Josh Kaufman I was inspired to learn typing colemak - and my fingers and productivity thank me everyday!

    What other non business/tech related skills have directly enhanced your quality of life?

    Learning a language? Public Speaking courses? Would love to have a brainstorm about this topic!
    Hi there! For me the one skill that has actually improve my quality of living is my marketing skills. Before, I wasn't convinced that I'll be able to promote/sell anything. I guess I did not have much faith... But after venturing into affiliate marketing and promoted my affiliate offers, I surprised to learn that I'm so good with it! The flow of income changed and I was able to earn more...

    And it even got better after I integrated this offerwall tool as provided by this awesome affiliate company because I was able to make money immediately which eventually help increased my monthly revenues and furthermore help me enhanced my quality of living...
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  • Profile picture of the author SupplementTalk
    Honestly exercise has played a huge part in my energy level and my desire to want to work at IM each day. When I don't exercise for a week, I really feel it, start eating bad and stop being productive. I feel the first step for anyone should be to get their health under control by physical activity, eat right, and then you will be able to learn anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    Wake up early
    Meditate

    Cheers,

    C.G.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dawn Grant
    Hypnosis is a most helping technique for improving a person skills. In the state of hypnosis, a person will feel more alerts than a normal state. Almost business mans and professionals use hypnosis to improve their skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenny Lee
    1. Perseverance - I like to challenge myself to build my mental strength. WHen it boils down to it, it's capacity over capability. We all have talents in more than one area. But what separates the winner is to do something really well, under intense pressure.

    2. Meditation - Mindfulness meditation has helped me in the past. Made me have better focus power and doesn't succumb to emotional fluctuation. It's time to get meditation back into my life after straying of for a few years.

    3. Emceeing/Public speaking - As a natural introvert, it is hard to go up the stage and do public speaking. This is totally out of our comfort zone. Ever since I took up being an event emcee this year, it has been fulfilling. My confidence has soared and it's also a great lesson in handling unforeseen circumstances. No two events are the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author yellowmedia
    Skill that have directly enhanced my life and I wished I learned earlier was how to manage negative emotions (anger/frustration), especially in the work place. I am more conscious about my emotional triggers now and have if-then scenarios.

    I also make an effort not to contribute to a negative work environment by stopping myself from complaining about the business I work for, clients, or my co-workers. When people start going negative, I distance myself politely and start working on something else.
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  • Profile picture of the author vandahumble
    Mine would be having the skill to utilize technology to make money. I think that some people, despite their exposure and frequency of the use of technology, specifically the internet, their phones or their laptops, still fail to see the opportunity to make money in the comfort of their homes. I am lucky enough to have started working early with Odesk, which is now Upwork. Since then, I've never stopped looking for jobs throught this platform. I am happy that I learned this skill from a college dormmate and I am able to use it now and in the future. I think that instead of aimlessly scrolling your facebook feed, why not pay for your internet connection and use it to earn and up your income. Some jobs out there are easy to do. I think this skill has helped me improve my lifestyle.
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  • Profile picture of the author intellg
    Definitely, it's my communication skill. I just find it hard and can't imagine myself not being able to master the English language. After all, it is the Universal language. I may have a few mistakes here and there but I know that I can always improve myself. Plus, I remember my parents told me that if you are good in English, you already have an advantage in the workplace.
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  • Profile picture of the author AL Hummel
    The ability to control my thoughts in time of struggle. Feeling and mindfully evoking most positive affirmation instead of spiraling down. I feel that this is the greatest skill I have learned in my life so far.
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