Diversifying Your Skill Set - Learning New Things
It is easy to get stuck in a rut. In our routines, in our relationships, and most definitely in our work. The problem with a rut is that once you get in a rut, you aren't going to go to new places. You are not going to experience new opportunities. The way out of a rut is by diversifying. When it comes to your career, you need to diversify your skillset so that you do not get stuck in a career rut.
Think Outside the Box
It is easy to start defining yourself by what you do at work. You may start to think of other skills as irrelevant to you because they have nothing to do with the immediate tasks which you do every day. However, when you start to think outside of the box, outside of the immediate tasks you do every day, you will see new skills that you can learn which will make you more marketable. Not all of these skills will seem obvious for work, though. For instance, if you decide to coach your child's soccer team you are learning leadership skills.
There are many very practical skills which may have nothing to do with your current job, but which could be greatly beneficial to you. Learning how to garden, how to work out properly, or how to do your own home maintenance are all practical, beneficial skills that may have nothing to do with your job. However, you never know when you might be in need of some side work or a part-time job, and these new skills could help get your foot in the door.
What Do You Want to Learn?
Many people put off learning new skills because they think the skill isn't practical. Learning something new is always practical. Do you want to learn how to paint? Go for it. You may be able to make side money one-day giving lessons. In our economy, there are few skills that can't be monetized somehow. Even if you do not choose to make money with the new skill, you have expanded your horizons, built your confidence and that is always marketable.