Life is all about relationships.
Simple enough. Is your life fulfilling? Are you happy? What would make you truly happy? No, not money. Perhaps enough money to cover BASIC needs (basic includes food and shelter, period). So with a roof over your head and food in your belly, what would make you happy?
Can you list the things that come to mind? If you put them on paper, you could look for commonalities/linkages. If you knew the answers to that question today, what would you be able to do tomorrow to begin to make them happen?
In theory, this sounds great. Too easy. In reality, it is hard and I don’t think I could do it either. I’m still trying to set some short and long term goals.
I think about the times I’ve been happiest in my life and at the root of that happiness was interaction with others I love. A vacation with family, hanging with friends, snuggling with my boys. They all contain fleeting moments of joy. It is that joy that I want to replicate every day.
Professionally, there are few times I have been successful on my own. I’ve been part of a team, collaborated with others, received buy in from others. We just can’t do it alone.
What all this means is that one of the most important skills is interpersonal relations. It isn’t taught in schools. In order to improve them, we have to seek out our own training/education/self development. Few take the time to do this. “I am who I am”. Sound familiar? We all have the potential to be more and better. This will require taking the initiative to assess ourselves and seek out methods to improve.
You can read books and articles, watch videos and subscribe to newsletters. In the end it all boils down to putting it into action. Find a mentor or friend who can coach you, keep you moving forward in your development.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.