List: My Skills

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One of the biggest hurdles in work life is undervaluing our own sets of skills. Today, many businesses will tell you the experience they offer is worth more than money. This is often nothing more than justification for exploiting your labor by not paying you the full value of your service.

It also manipulates you into thinking your only marketable skills are those you have learned through education and employment. Yes, these are great ways to increase your skills, but they’re only a fraction of your total skillset.

A skill is something you know how to do. The second list in your Book of Lists is to be a catalog of every skill you have. Some skills will seem so common to you that you might feel like they aren’t worth listing. That’s where you sell yourself short. List them.

SKILLS


SKILL

  • Basic cooking
  • Laundry
  • Home cleaning
  • Organizing things
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Shopping
  • Driving a car
  • Writing e-mails
  • Playing guitar

SKILL LEVEL

  • Competent
  • Proficient
  • Advanced Beginner
  • Proficient
  • Proficient
  • Expert
  • Competent
  • Proficient
  • Novice

Every skill you have, can be a professional skill. Society programs us to work for others. This leads us to discount skills that might not be useful in careers with corporations. But the entire concept of a career is to define your value based on your work. Instead, define your work based on your value. This list can help you with that.

Everything you have learned to do, is, or at least has been, of use to you at some point. That means every skill you have could be of use to someone else, too. True security comes from knowing what skills are in your toolbox and how to market them. The more tools you have, the more opportunities you have.

Just like the first list, this one you should work on every day for the first two weeks to a month. Get very detailed. Even stuff that seems too simple to list should still go on the list. For example: you went to Google to look up something. That’s a research skill. It’s not an advanced skill, but that doesn’t matter.

Each skill you list should have a self-assessed level. The Dreyfus model of Skill Acquisition is a simple scale you can use. It’s five levels, measured from Novice to Expert.

As your list grows, you will begin to see that you’re not defined by any company or career. You are multi-faceted and have a wide range of skills that can generate income.

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