Some hard truths about soft skills

The definition of โ€œsoft skillsโ€ on Wikipedia feels like itโ€™s been written by a very confused person. According to the page, soft skills are a combination of things such as social intelligence and emotional intelligence, people skills, social skills and communication skills, personality traits, and even career attributes. The article goes onto listing courtesy, flexibility, …

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Circular growth vs linear growth

Itโ€™s common to see progress as linear. When thinking about success, many people imagine a ladder or stairs going up. To progress, you need to climb each step one by one and get closer to the top. Linear model: A then B then C then D. Circular model: A feeds B feeds C, which in …

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Stop looking for The One

โ€œWhat do you want to be when you grow up?โ€ This is almost an automatic question adults ask when chatting with a kid. Maybe itโ€™s a way to connect through a topic that speaks to us, or because itโ€™s often endearing to hear their answers. But why do we insist so much on kids having …

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Don’t choose between your personal and professional growth

โ€œI’ve decided to take it a bit easy this year too, and relax more and focus on personal growth rather than career.โ€ This is from an email I received this morning in response to my newsletter, where I mentioned that I wanted to slow down and focus on a few core aspects of my life, …

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