This Yearly Practice Is a Proven Secret to Success
Phil Oh for Vogue
If like so many others, you made career-oriented resolutions at the start of the new year, it's likely you're still in the early phases of tackling the goal. Luckily we just came across a golden tip for success that actually sounds like, well, fun.
In the past, we've touted the importance of mentors, the power of appearing confident, and now we're turning to one of the oldest tricks in the book... learning. Yep, turns out your school teachers were onto something: Having an actively curious, engaged mind is one of the best ways to succeed at something. This makes sense. After all, if you're genuinely excited about discovering, improving, and perfecting, you're likely to dive in head first and commit. But, it's important to note that for it to really work, you have to do more than flick through a few Wikipedia pages.
The magic, according to Forbes, occurs in developing an expertise in a particular topic or area. The path to doing this is particularly interesting. According to Forbes, the best way to succeed is to devote yourself to becoming an expert in something each new year.
What does this mean exactly? Well, rather than setting out to achieve a goal that feels lofty and paralyzing, break your goal down into included skill sets and strengths. This can be broad, like better communication skills, or specific, like learning to code. Once you have that list of skills laid out before you, dig in. Read best-selling books on your chosen topic. Attend seminars or talks. Take online classes and consider certificate programs. If you are currently employed full-time, check in with your company's development programs. Lots of companies may actually encourage their employees to explore 'peripheral' goals! Once you feel fluent and confident in your new skill, move on to the next. Before you know it, you'll have nourished countless new facets of yourself. Even if along the way your goal changes course, you'll have come to the realization via learning, expansion, passion, and mastery. Not bad!
If you aren't sure how to get started on becoming an expert, we'll point to the 20-minute rule, which suggests that simple daily habits are an effective pathway to achieving specific goals. You'll be a proven expert in no time.
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What would you like to become an expert in this year? Tell us in the comments.