“Practicing the little soft skills below will bring tremendous benefits to people around you.
- Respect everyone equally. As humans, we’re all the same. We eat, drink and sleep just like everybody else. A reputable CEO and an unknown janitor deserve the same level of respect. Treating everyone equally shows that you’re a real gentleman/woman.
- Greet people before they greet you. Greeting people is considered as a good deed because it can really lift someone up, especially the shy or lonely ones.
- Remembering people’s name. “Thank you.” and “Thank You, Ben.” – Which is better and warmer?
- Thank people genuinely for their help, no matter how small it is. No help should be taken for granted. No amount of soft skills can support a person without gratitude.
- Never curse people however angry you get. Instead, communicate your problems constructively. Seek to understand, then to be understood.
Last but not least (PLEASE PRACTICE THE LAST ONE, IT’S SIMPLE!)…
- Smile at people. Smiling is contagious. You won’t run out of smiles, so why keep it to yourself?
These six simple soft skills are easy yet powerful. I’m sure you can implement them. 🙂
If you know only 1000 words in English today, you will know 38000 words next year. As long as you strive to know 1% more English words everyday.
You want to be great. That’s great.
Everyone wants to be great in certain ways.
Maybe you want to establish a successful business.
Maybe you want to be the best doctor in your city.
Maybe you want to buy that luxurious bungalow beside the beach.
Maybe you want to be the best husband/father in the world.
Or maybe you simply want to be yourself, enjoying your ordinary but contented life.
(That actually means you want to be GREAT at living your life, without being swayed by judgment of others. And that’s a huge point to be discussed in future.)
The problem is, many people (myself included) have the wrong understanding about being great.
Yes, being great means you’re going to be 1000% to 2000% better after some time.
For example, a doctor who barely understands human biology during his first year of medicine study becomes a specialist at human heart after 15 years of medicine practice.
That’s at least 1000% to 2000% of improvement.
Or take a toddler (i.e the early YOU) who cannot speak at all (0 vocabulary) and becomes fluent in English or Mandarin (thousands of vocabulary) when he’s 12.
That’s definitely more than 1000% to 2000% of improvement.
But the way to achieve that kind of improvement may be counter-intuitive to many people.
Being great does mean being many times better, but the improvement actually happens INCREMENTALLY AND CONSISTENTLY, not explosively.
1% better EVERYDAY is what we should be aiming for.
What we usually see as explosive growth on the media, is in fact, the compounding effect produced by consistent and incremental improvement.
You don’t have to be 200%, 150% or even 20% better today.
Because even if you achieve that, chances are your growth won’t last. Your willpower will be drained and soon you will fall back to your starting point.
I’ve been there.
Humans are creatures of habit.
It’s much better to cultivate habits that make you 1% better, EVERYDAY.
The 1%-better growth curve may seem insignificant at first, but it quickly snowballs into strong momentum.
Here’s the math…
Day 1: 1. (Your current state)
Day 2: 1.01. (You’re 1.01% better than day 1)
Day 3: 1.0201 (1.02% better than day 2)
Day 4: 1.0303 (1.03% better than day 3)
Day 5: 1.0406 (1.04% better than day 3)
The first 5 days of improvement may seem negligible. But if you persist…
Day 30: 1.3613 (After 1 month, you’re 36% better than your initial state.)
Day 60: 1.8349
Day 90: 2.4731
Day 180: 5.9958
Day 365: 38.1613 (After just 1 year, you become 3800%, or 38 times better.)
38 times better in a year! Think about what you can achieve in 2, 5 or 10 years…
If you know only 1000 words in English today, you will know 38000 words next year! As long as you strive to know 1% more English words everyday.
That’s the power of 1% better everyday.
Now think about what can you achieve if you apply the same principle in areas you want to be great at – Career, health, relationships, personal development, productivity and living.
Is it simple? Yes. Is it easy to practice? No at all.
But it’s worth-practicing.
Be 1% better, everyday.”