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The Make-Or-Break Career Skill No One Talks About

Source | linkedIn : By Liz Ryan

It goes without saying that you have to be responsible and alert to succeed in your career, no matter what your career path is.

You have to be reliable, of course, and you have to be a good team member. No one can really act surprised if they miss out on a promotion and their boss says “We all like you, Stan, but you have a tendency to let us down when it matters, and that’s not something a supervisor can do. I gave the promotion to Anjali, because I can always rely on her in the clinch.”

There is another, critical career skill that makes or breaks careers and that we don’t talk about as often as we should. It’s a muscle that we don’t grow just by getting older or by going to school or even by taking on more and more responsibility over time. It is possible to reach a ripe old age without growing this muscle, and it always a shame when that happens.

At Human Workplace we call this must-have career muscle “Fast Learning.” What does it mean? When you grow your Fast Learning muscles, you grab the lesson that every experience brings with it.

You learn from every triumph and every slip-up. You collect “Ahas!” and integrate them quickly. That way, you learn to anticipate roadblocks and tarpits on your path and get around them or get over them.

When something gets in your way, trips you up or frustrates you, people with Fast Learning muscles grab the learning from those experiences and immediately apply that learning to their lives. They might get bitten by a particular snake once, but that same snake won’t bite them again.

If you can get a powerful lesson from everything that happens to you, you will get stronger every day whether your experiences are positive or negative. It doesn’t matter which kinds of experiences you have — they all provide learning, if we are smart enough to grab it!

Many people don’t learn from their experiences. They end up in the same jams over and over again. Because they don’t see their part in the mishaps they encounter, they think “The world world is against me!” They don’t want to look at their piece of the puzzle.

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