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6 Transformational Soft Skills to Drive You Towards Career Success

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Jobs is a captivating communicator, Gates is seen as a negotiator and empathetic; while Zuckerberg is a critical thinker.

Of course, these legendary icons all share the same qualities. They are known not just for their technical skills, but also for the characteristics they each embody. These leaders are great influencers and serve as inspirations for thousands—millions, even—of people around the world.   

Personality traits or characteristics like your emotional intelligence, your communication skills and language abilities can be referred to as ‘soft skills’.

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Today, soft skills can outweigh or amount equally important to professional skills. Ask a hiring manager whom s/he prefers: a person who has a 3.96 GPA but lack in great communication skills or is air-headed; or an average candidate but has A+ personality traits and interpersonal skills?

Want to know what ‘soft skills’ you represent and how it can help your career? Here are 6 examples that guarantee career success.

Communication

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Regardless of what industry you’re in, communication is the key to success. We know it may sound cliché but it is the truth. Your GPA and technical skills will be overlooked if you’re unable to speak effectively and convincingly.

Both verbal and nonverbal communication are essential. Yes, you may have the idea or thought and able to put them into words but if your body language and communication gestures show otherwise, no one will listen and your message may fail to deliver. Body language is equally important and valuable as your verbal communication.

How can you become a better communicator? If you want to learn how to carry your words with conviction and have a huge impact, then consider developing your public speaking skills.  Public speaking gives great composure, million-dollar ideas and most especially, will help you develop a high-level of confidence in yourself. If you are looking for a great place to start, try ToastMasters International.

Listening

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One would think listening is an easy task, it is not. Everyone can simply pretend to listen but in reality, words come in the left ear and exit the other without any level of comprehension because the brain is too focused on something else.

You see, the best communicators are also great listeners. With your voice heard by people, you should reciprocate the kind gesture of listening to others’ ideas and thoughts.

Do give your full undivided attention to anyone you speak with. Remember and summarize what they told you, and they will be appreciative of the fact that you paid attention to them. Besides, you wouldn’t want anyone looking at their phones as you speak, right?

Giving and receiving criticism

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Constructive criticism, whether positive or negative, can drive you forward if you learn to receive criticism in the right manner.

If you find it difficult to take criticism in your stride, you need to learn how to as it’s inevitable and the only way to survive it is to convert that negative judgement to your own advantage.

When you receive criticism, do not take it personally. Most of the time, it is not a personal attack on you anyway. Think of criticism as a tip to empower you to make better decisions.

Do not point fingers and sugarcoat issues. Express your judgments in private and in a calm and professional demeanor. Also, acknowledge everyone’s input. Criticism, good or bad, are beneficial for you.

Relationship building

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Social skills, the ability to connect and build positive working relationships with other people, is important albeit often overlooked—especially in the workplace.

Working isn’t just about accomplishing tasks and receiving paycheck after paycheck as well as business isn’t just about making deals and providing 5-star service to customers. This goes beyond; it’s a constellation of human interaction.

Integrity

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Integrity has a price that’s either too high or too low— there is no in between. Acknowledging the good and especially wrong, speaking up for yourself and taking responsibility for your mistakes without putting the heat onto others; your reputation for integrity is of a great value.

If you are honest and the least you want is to make your name look better than others, chances are you’re more taken seriously than others. Earning other people’s trust and respect; without imposing it on them, makes you accountable and demonstrates your moral integrity.

Self-awareness

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Pay attention to your actions, words and thought process whenever around different groups of people. Surely you’re different when you’re around with friends, colleagues, family and your significant other.

Your way of speaking, behavior, could vary from person to person. You should be aware of your own actions and how should you appropriately behave and act whenever around people. Being controlling, passive-aggressive, defensive, and the likes will mark an impact on your personal and career profile. Be mindful of it.

In a highly competitive market, you should pack more than your resume and hard skills to ensure employability and pave your way to career success.

What other soft skills you think are essential to hone and will help improve your life and road to success? Share it with us!

About Chie Suarez

Aside from providing tips and hacks in personal and career development, Chie Suarez is also a resident writer for The Fordham Company — one of Australia’s top celebrity management companies and a major celebrity speakers bureau.

 

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15 Albert Einstein Quotes on Life, Success and Happiness

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Look no further than this collection of 15 inspirational quotes from Albert Einstein on life, success, and happiness.

Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and musician Albert Einstein will always be remembered for developing the theory of relativity. To learn more about Albert Einstein, watch the documentary ‘Life of Albert Einstein’.

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15 Albert Einstein Quotes on Life, Success and Happiness

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  1. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

2. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

3. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving"

4. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

5. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

6. “I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.”– Albert Einstein

7. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein

 8. “A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.”– Albert Einstein

9. “The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

10. “Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.” – Albert Einstein

11. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

12. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein

13. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” Albert Einstein

14. “A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.” Albert Einstein

15. “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” Albert Einstein

What Albert Einstein quote inspires you the most and why? Leave a comment below.

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35 Inspirational Henry Ford Quotes on Success

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If you’re looking for some inspirational quotes on success, look no further than Henry Ford, the man who transformed the automobile industry. While some incorrectly assume he created the automobile, in fact, he did not. He transformed an unknown utility into the popular vehicle that we continue to use today.

Henry Ford’s success comes down to a number of personal attributes, including self-confidence, leadership, and taking appropriate risks coupled with being a visionary.

One of his inherent abilities was to bring together a team of outstanding people, which helped to put the Ford Motor Company on the map. What set these men apart, was that they saw and believed Henry Ford’s mission.

How Ford Built America: The Story

To learn more about the Henry Ford story, be sure to check out ‘How Ford Build America: The Man Behind the Automobile’.

35 Inspirational Quotes from Henry Ford on Success

Now that you know a little more about the legendary Henry Ford, I present to you 35 of his most famous inspirational quotes on success, teamwork, collaboration, and business. Don’t forget to share and pin any quotes that resonate with you the most!

1. “As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.” – Henry Ford

2. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford

3. “A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.” – Henry Ford

4. “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” – Henry Ford

5. “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford

6. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

7. “Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.” – Henry Ford

8. “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: make the best quality goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.” – Henry Ford

9. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.” – Henry Ford

10. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford

11. “An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.” – Henry Ford

12. “I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.” – Henry Ford

13. “There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” – Henry Ford

14. “It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” – Henry Ford

15. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford

16. “There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.” – Henry Ford

17. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

18. “The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.” – Henry Ford

19. “The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.” – Henry Ford

20. “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” – Henry Ford

21. “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.” – Henry Ford

22. “Employers only handle the money – it is the customer who pays the wages.” – Henry Ford

23. “I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.” – Henry Ford

24. “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford

25. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

26. “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” – Henry Ford

27. “Vision without execution is just hallucination.” – Henry Ford

28. “Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.” – Henry Ford

29. “A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” – Henry Ford

30. “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford

31. “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” – Henry Ford

32. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

33. “The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.” – Henry Ford

34. “I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.” – Henry Ford

35. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford

What quotes inspire you the most? Leave a comment below telling us why!

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7 Ways to Wake Up With Motivation

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What you do in the morning can make or break your entire day. It is the most important part of your day because it’s a new and fresh beginning.

Sometimes you will wake up eager and ready to take on the world, but it is not always the case. We’ve all been there, in our beds, not wanting to leave. But reality hits soon enough and you realize that it is not possible to stay in bed forever. Jumps in motivation. 

Of course, the feeling of motivation won’t just magically appear when you need it. Sometimes you have to act on it, trigger it, and get motivated to begin your new day. Yes, you can do it. Here are seven easy ways to wake up with motivation and enthusiasm.

Drink water

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Most people don’t realize that after having slept for seven or more hours, their body will be dehydrated, making it harder for them to wake up and turn on their brain cells. That’s why the most crucial thing to do in the morning is to drink water. Make that two glasses or one massive glass of water. It can sometimes be the only thing that you need to do to wake up.

Make your daily plan the night before

Writing down my thoughts and ideas has become a lifesaver, a form of self-care and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their lifestyle. Understandably, sometimes you don’t have time to write everything down and that’s perfectly fine. However, if you plan out your day the night before, the chances are higher that you will wake up with motivation and excitement. Why? Because you will have something to look forward to!

When I was a student, mornings were reserved for making daily plans. Over the years, I’ve realized that writing my tasks down in the evening helps me sleep better; therefore, I wake up more relaxed and with excitement about my plans.

Create a strong morning routine

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As mentioned in the previous paragraph, if you have something to be excited about in your day, waking up motivated will come naturally. Of course, sometimes there won’t be much happening in your life or in your job. That’s why you should create routines for yourself that will make you feel more productive and happier.

A morning routine that you genuinely enjoy will make you jump out of your bed at the first sound of your alarm. You have a favorite TV show? Why don’t you make it your morning routine to watch an episode every morning while you drink your tea or coffee? You’re going to love it!

Get up immediately

When my friends tell me that they have a hard time getting up in the morning, that they rush to get to work because they overslept (again), I always know the reason. It is because of the snooze button. Of course, those extra five or ten or fifteen minutes sometimes feel like they will make a big difference and that you will be less tired throughout the day. So far from the truth! Quite the opposite, you will feel exhausted if you don’t get up as soon as the alarm starts ringing. 

I’ve recently discovered Mel Robbins’ five-second rule. It is quite simple; she explains that when you have an instinct or a desire to do something, you must physically move within five seconds, or it will be too late, your brain will kill it. It is a great rule to apply in the morning if you want to get up fast and wake up motivated.

Stretch or do exercise

Stretching in the morning is guaranteed to get you in the right mood. Remember that feeling right after the gym? You feel happy and full of energy! Well, five to ten minutes of exercise in the morning can already do wonders for you. Save some time to do full stretches of arms, legs, head, etc. These small activities will increase your circulation of blood which will eventually give you more energy. After all, your body was inactive for so many hours. 

Listen to music or podcasts

Music is known for putting people in a good mood, and what better way to start your day than with your favorite songs. If you remain in silence right after you get up, you will likely feel sleepy and bored. Putting on the radio to listen to music will create a fun atmosphere, already impacting your motivation and energy. Podcasts are also great for waking up to because they require you to be a bit more focused. The choice of topics is enormous so you could even try out some motivational podcasts. Listening to success stories in the morning will not only motivate you but also inspire you to be better.

Take a shower and get ready

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The most effective way to wake up is to take a shower. Although showering before bed helps you sleep better and puts you in a relaxing mood, morning showers can get you going. Take your time to enjoy it. Wash your hair, brush your teeth and do a body or face scrub. Small things like these can help you feel good physically which will result in you feeling happy about yourself.

Put on a nice outfit, do your hair (and makeup) and most importantly, try to enjoy the process of getting ready. It’s your way of appreciating your body and yourself. Even if you are staying at home to work, or going to see some friends to have coffee, your good looks will make you feel more excited about your day.

Final thoughts

These seven simple, yet highly effective tips will help you take on every day with excitement. You’ll have more motivation throughout the day, more control over your life, and a higher level of productivity. 

If you start getting demotivated, just remember that it is within your reach to change that situation. It is up to you! Waking up with motivation is a form of self-discipline, and despite popular belief, self-discipline is a positive thing. It is self-love above all because even though it’s not easy, it is something you have to do for your long term happiness.

Author’s bio

Tess Cain is an experienced entrepreneur who has built Eco Office and made it into a creative office place where ideas are born. She loves working with her team and gets inspired by them every day. Tess is a coffee lover and a movie enthusiast. She likes motivating her friends and colleagues as she finds it very rewarding. In her spare time, she does yoga and watches old movies.

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