The three most important skills we need in the 21st century

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Are you spending sleepless nights wondering how to adapt and reinvent yourself to ?

You looked online for ideas on your next career move.

But the internet is filled with so much information that you don’t know where to start.

You are getting anxious about not making any progress.

There isn’t a magic wand to become more confident and successful in an unknown future. But with the right support, you can make more informed decisions and get unstuck in life.

When I started my own business back in 2007 in San Francisco, I surrounded myself with coaches, mentors and like-minded peers who gave me the support and courage to grow beyond my comfort zone.

Each breakthrough helped me realize how resources we are if we commit to be in charge of our life and if we open ourselves to new pathways of growth.

Here are below the three fundamental skills that we can develop to adapt in a rapidly changing future and to create the changes we want in life. 

Get unstuck with creative problem-solving skills

Every change you want to create corresponds to a problem to solve.

Learning how to become a more creative problem solver provides you with tools and methods to get unstuck and create new opportunities in life. 

For instance, successful entrepreneurs are clear about the problem they solve for their audience and they keep finding new ideas to support their clients and differentiate themselves in their industry.

Having excellent problem-solving skills aren’t only for entrepreneurs.  

Companies also expect their employees to keep up with changes, new objectives, new functions, and responsibilities. They look for critical thinkers and problem solvers.

In our personal lives, being a great problem solver helps us approach problems with a more confident mindset.

Whether we have to find more creative ideas for our business, reinvent ourself at work or shake up our daily routine, developing creative problem-solving skills will help us move forward in life.

Become a lifelong learner

Being a lifelong learner cultivates our curiosity and nurtures a growth mindset.

For a long time, I didn’t feel comfortable with the notion of lifelong learner.

During one of my first job interviews, in my early twenties, I told the recruiter that I had no problem to work on projects that were different from past projects I worked on because I loved learning new things.

I will never forget his answer: that it was a bad idea to mention that I enjoyed learning things because it would show my inner child to others.

It’s a pity that I was too young at that time and I believed him.

Now, I’m no longer feel ashamed to embrace my inner child as it helps me be more creative and add more play to my work.

And I can also say loud and clear that I am a lifelong learner.

It’s not only about growing professional skills. 

It’s also about personal growth.

To become more confident in what we do or want to become.

To not live on regrets.

Avid learners equip themselves with the necessary confidence to become and achieve anything they want in life.

Focus on what matters

Nowadays, sitting under a tree to reflect on what matters and what we want to do in life is a luxury.

To become better thinkers, we need to find the time to learn and develop our skills.

Our modern world comes with many tools to help us save time, be more productive, learn more of the latest trends.

The faster we want to swim with the waves of new technology, the more we drown in stress and burnout.

We will never win the race of doing more things as fast as possible.

A fulfilled life is not about using more tools or adding more apps to our phone.

However, without focus, being a great problem solver and learning new skills aren’t sufficient to live a happy life.

We need to spend our energy wisely and intentionally, and not run into all directions.

Personally, I find that focus is the most challenging thinking skill to teach and learn.

Strengthening our focus involves some awareness about ourselves. We learn how our brain is wired, how our emotions are triggered and what motivates us. 

Focus also requires the courage to resist external pressures.

Growing our thinking skills is not a comfortable journey, but the transformation we get is worth the journey.

5 different ways to improve your thinking skills

Imagine how your life could be if you believed in yourself more? 

If you had a process to handle everyday situations? 

Fortunately, creative problem solving, becoming a better learner and focusing on things that matter are skills that we can learn. 

As long as we keep an open mind, there is a way to improve our thinking skills in our everyday life, with or without technology. 

Here are a few examples of how to grow your those skills:

  • The magic way: if you have children around you, let them ask you questions and help them find possible answers. Children have access to poetic and entertaining resources to stimulate their brain development. Don’t underestimate what you can learn with children.
  • The researcher way: go to libraries or find books online to develop your thinking skills. If you have books you would like to recommend, feel free to mention them in the comments below.
  • The student way: learn from online courses and online experts.
  • The practice way: real life situations are great opportunities to grow. Each time you make a decision or face a challenge, see if you could come up with other solutions or options than the first thing that comes to your mind.
  • The community way: I hope this website will be your companion on your journey of self-growth. I would love for us to connect so we could share our lessons learned. 

Are you ready to expand your thinking skills?

Which way will you choose to start your journey?