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Life is?? #324 What do you think you can do?

** How to test your potential to do a job you’ve never done before
Can you succeed in a job without prior experience?
career interests tend to be correlated with career abilities.**

Date:   9/2/2018 1:10:51 PM   ( 27 mon ) ... viewed 455 times

Does the job excite you?

Hundreds of scientific studies have shown that career interests tend to be correlated with career abilities. This means that you are more likely to become good at something if it really interests you.

So, even if you don’t have the right skills for a given job yet, being interested in that job will increase the likelihood you’ll be able to acquire them. Along the same lines, some academic reviews indicate that you are much more likely to be good at something which you are intrinsically motivated by or enthusiastic with.

I.E. Look for something that sparks your interest and ability - which is key.

For instance, if you are an outdoor type person, don't look at a position that has to be mostly spent behind a desk all day. If you are the type who loves to do physical things when you rather just sit and do research or data entry. Be selective try different things to know where your real strengths are.

That said, the correlation between interests and abilities is not perfect, therefore following your passion alone is not a guaranteed formula for being a high performer. Rather, when your passion aligns with your abilities, and those abilities are in turn aligned with a demanding job, which are you sure that you have what it takes to excel?

Related: You will have to prepare for jobs that don’t exist yet so that it is important for the job which is a good fit for your personality?

Your personality is the sum total of your predispositions and habits, how you think, feel, and act most of the time in comparison to others.
In other words, it’s what makes you, you. Academic studies show that personality can predict your career success, too.

For example, being an extrovert gives you an advantage in jobs that require a great deal of interpersonal relations, such as sales, customer service, and PR jobs, but being an introvert will give you an edge when it comes to working independently, focusing on detailed tasks for extended periods of time, and listening to others (as opposed to being the center of attention).

{It comes down to: do you always need special personal attention or can you be given an assignment and then carry it out with minimum over sight?}

In that sense, talent can largely be seen as a particular person in the right position. If you find a job that is a natural fit for your style and behavioral preferences, you can turn your personality into a powerful career-building tool. It is perfectly possible to learn and develop skills for jobs that are less naturally suited to our personality, but it will require more time, effort, and won’t always be as enjoyable.

{There is nothing worse than having a slick high paying job which you hate compared rather than making less but feeling a better sense of accomplishment in what you do. Remember money will never make up for sadness or madness.}

Related: Learn how to turn your personality into a career advantage

Is learning your superpower?

Your willingness and ability to grow and adapt your skill set to the changing work load is one of the most important ingredients in the success of your career. That’s because it predicts your likelihood to become better at anything, including jobs that don’t exist yet. It’s made up of raw mental power, as well as curiosity and drive.

People who are quick learners, interested in people, ideas, and novel experiences, and persist in tasks that are not intrinsically motivating, are much better equipped to acquire new skills.

In turn, becoming good at something never done before. This is why so many employers are making curiosity one of the key hiring criteria, and why it’s so important to demonstrate that you’re a quick study during job interviews.

{This is the key to how most really successful people and those who invented or started bigger enterprises in their life. EX. Thomas Edison, Napoleon, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, George Washington Carver, Harry S. Truman, Isic Newton and many others thru out history.}

How to prepare your kids for jobs that don’t exist yet.

A final piece of advice: The best way to put these principles in practice is to get feedback from others, particularly people who know you well.
Or those whom you are comfortable with and trust providing their honest opinions on your potential.

While working out whether something is interesting or not is easy, you had better understand what new jobs really will require from you.
Then how your personality differs from others, and how much you’re able to learn quickly, and do not be afraid to ask other people to help you.

i.e. Don't be a phony - get real with you desires and strengths in life and use them!

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