Resourcefulness: the underrated trait to up-level your career
If you can't maintain interest in only one thing, but in multiple, this post is for you.
Do you feel something is wrong with you because you can't keep one interest for a long time?
That you get random inspiration from something unknown to you?
Or that you feel you know things, but at the same time, you know nothing?
There's nothing wrong with you if you do, far from it.
You are just curious and need to learn how to turn that curiosity into Resourcefulness, the key to upskilling your career.
When you look at the skills that categorize remarkable entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs or Elon Musk or, to go a little bit closer, David Velez or Simon Borrero in Latam, you'll find out that they have almost the same set of skills that let them stand out: curiosity, creativity, persistence, humbleness in their knowledge and adaptiveness.
And most of the time, those are the skills that recruiters copy and paste on job postings trying to find people with a founder attitude. But they don't go deeper.
The truth is that those skills alone could have multiple outcomes; yes, I agree. But, having them all under the same umbrella is when they can stand out in the crowd, and that is Resourcefulness.
Let's get started.
So, what is Resourcefulness?
Resourcefulness is a boundary-breaking behavior that creatively helps you generate value. It's a mindset that drives you to find a way to make things happen.
A resourceful mindset takes you to think about how it could be done in a better way, as well as questioning yourself to seek different answers.
Now you see why the skills mentioned before come into play, but this is not another article describing what they are. On the other hand, let's see how we can improve this trait by merging these five skills into our daily routine.
Be proactive with what you learn.
Keep developing new skills and focus on creativity and persistence. It is to stick to the fundamentals of truth in your field and challenge everything you know to create a new source of knowledge or build new fundamentals on top of them.
You cannot wait until the correct resources show up to you to make sense of something. You must create resources for taking action. Move outside of your comfort zone and break boundaries; this is what helps you redefine the reality of your situation and surpass obstacles.
Strengthen your strengths and improve your weaknesses
Everyone has weaknesses and strengths (we love to call them superpowers at Wannabe), and becoming more resourceful means understanding how to manage them.
When using your superpower, you create an atypical combination of skills that can lead to a world-class skill set. It gives you an information and innovation advantage because most people focus on just one thing.
Your weakness is not the problem. The problem is how you deal with it. Spending time trying to improve your weaknesses could signal that you don't spend your time wisely. Instead, try to find people who fill those weak areas with their strengths. That will enable you to focus on boosting your strengths and add value to others who are not good at what you do best.
Thinking that you know everything in life is your worst mistake. It puts you in a fixed mindset which keeps you from learning new things, meeting new people, and acquiring new knowledge. It stagnates you because why bother learning new stuff if you already know everything?
If you want to stop improving and start moving backward in life, then thinking that you know it all is a great way to achieve it. However, if you want to keep moving forward in life and continue growing as a person or professional, understanding that it is okay not to know everything is vital.
You become humble when you realize that you don't know it all. And that humbleness becomes the fuel that drives your curiosity to keep learning forever. As Aristotle said, you will enter into a virtuous learning cycle: "The more you know, the more you realize you don't know."
Being humble enables you to keep trying new ways of doing things because you're no longer afraid of being wrong. You've already accepted that you don't know it all, which means you have the freedom to ask, read, and learn more.
The fear of failure is the first thing keeping you from achieving anything. That fear comes from your ego not wanting to be wrong. And that's precisely the sign you're looking for to keep trying and not giving up.
It would be best if you embraced that you'll be wrong, and that's okay. That's great because committing mistakes means you have acquired new knowledge. And new knowledge opens up a new universe of possibilities to keep exploring and being wrong until you find the answer you're looking for.
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. I've never lost a game; I just ran out of time.
Be creative and try hundreds of different ways if that is what it takes. Trust that every "No" puts you closer to the "Yes" you are looking for.
Remember: Your ability to become resourceful depends on how you use what you already have to devise a solution, not on what you're missing. You will leverage your future career and personal development by building this mindset.
I wish you success on this path. This journey may be challenging, but don't give up. The rewards are worth the battle.
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