Growth in recovery and success relies upon the ability to learn new skills. Without growth, there lacks the challenge to keep motivating yourself to move closer to realizing your goals. When it comes to your professional success, learning new skills helps diversify your job options and enables you to develop new techniques to keep up with the fast-changing landscape. However, there are other benefits, too, some of which help keep your mental and physical wellbeing in shape. Let's take a closer look at how learning new skills can benefit you and how you can find the resources and inner motivation to learn new skills.
IT KEEPS YOU HEALTHY
Learning keeps your mind engaged and your body active. Not only does knowledge help you understand the source material better, but it helps you attain knowledge-based perspectives on the world around you. You gain new experiences when you explore new depths and expand on your network.
Taking on new knowledge also trains your brain to handle a wide range of challenges, and from a scientific standpoint, it keeps your neural pathways active. These combined factors benefit your problem-solving skills, memory, and overall better decisions because you think more clearly and logically. Learning is also exciting and rewarding, which means it can be therapeutic in helping you achieve self-confidence by helping you realize your potential. Growing your skillset enables you to understand how accomplished and essential you are to others.
IT OPENS DOORS
Whether for personal growth or growth in your career field, learning any new skill can open multiple doors for you. When you are open to learning and expanding upon your knowledge, you put yourself in a great position to grow personally and professionally. For example, learning another language could prove relevant to your career and allow you to negotiate business deals in places where there might be a language barrier. Or, if you learn how to use specific editing software, play an instrument, or even sew, you make yourself open to either more freelance opportunities or opportunities within your company.
Even if you do not use the specific task because you enjoy learning new things, your enthusiasm and optimism to take on a new challenge will be evident. Whichever skill you acquire, it will continuously promote growth. Therefore, a new door or opportunity will present itself.
INCREASES YOUR ADAPTABILITY
It is intimidating when there is a shift in management at your place of work. The changing roles of leadership can make you feel uncertain about your status because you do not have an established relationship with your new leader. However, having an arsenal of skills can benefit you. For example, if you take a time management course, you offer yourself more time and room to help you adapt to change. Time management skills will also help you take on new ways of working with optimism.
Having a broad skill set can help you establish your new relationship with your new leader and potentially put you in a better spot than you were before. Most new leaders look to their team to understand how the team operates, including knowing where the strengths and weaknesses are. When you show them that you have a valuable skill set, confidence, and the willingness to keep growing, you might be seen as a valuable asset and therefore get promoted.
YOU BECOME MORE APPROACHABLE
When you know how to speak another language, use company-centric editing or software or even repair computers, you will become fast friends with everybody at the office — knowing something that others don't help you relate better with others at work. A strong skill set also enables you to gain respect and admiration among your peers. Not only does it help gain support within the company, but these references can help you get hired elsewhere.
KEEPS YOU RELEVANT
Professional development makes you relevant even when new graduates join your profession. When you can keep up with the ever-changing company, you help strengthen your position as a valuable employee and leader. Continuing to achieve your career goals by flexing your professional muscles helps you stay a step ahead of your office's coming change in technology and the economy. Approaching your professional life with enthusiasm to stay ahead influences your personal life and recovery to do the same. The same activities you learn to expand your skillset could be the same activities that bring you joy in your leisure time.
The best part is, some of these skills can help you with side work or the jumping-off point to start your business venture. Therefore, being relevant also means having a strong skill set that offers you options in challenging times.
When it comes to success in recovery and life, expanding your skillset should be a requirement, not a choice. If you do not know what to study or know what learning opportunities are available to you, it is time to reach out for help. At START UP RECOVERY, we help you discover your curiosities. We will help you find success in yourself by connecting you with other driven individuals. We start by assessing what you are passionate about and what you gain to discover when you take that journey. Our goal is to help you find out the immeasurable satisfaction that comes from learning – whether, for a hobby or career, you will understand the joy that learning brings regardless of age and profession. Remember, the path to success begins when you decide to take the first step toward seeking help. To learn more about expanding upon your skill set, reach out to us at START UP RECOVERY today by calling 310-773-3809.