How to become Rare and Valuable

I’ve noticed a trend where ‘soft skills’ are becoming more valuable. Soft Skills are things like creative thinking, problem solving, and ‘people skills’ like empathy, active listening and enthusiasm. Basically, the things that make us human.

Self-directed learning is also important in today’s economy. Technology is changing faster than ever and the only way to keep up is to keep learning. A combination of specialist knowledge and expertise mixed with strong soft skills makes you rare and valuable.

As a result, I’ve been working on developing my sketch-noting ability. Here’s why:

Drawn with Sharpie Fine Pen. Prompt from “The Verbal to Visual Notebook” by Doug Neill.

To improve my self-directed learning, the following techniques have been helpful:

  • Learn within the context of a project
  • Build on the shoulders of giants by following prompts from people experienced in your field
  • Go to a class or try an online workshop
  • Share your work and learn from feedback

What skill do you want to develop and why?

Published by hanfitz.creates

I'm Hannah, a business coach for creative professionals. The world needs creativity and innovation: this is how we progress as humans. But, the creative journey is paved with challenges: we're told the story of the starving artist since we're children, our brain is hard wired to resist anything new (like creative ideas), we doubt our ability and worthiness to succeed and we crush our ingenuity with judgement and comparison. Yet, we know our purpose is to create. I help visual artists, designers and illustrators bridge this gap with my uniquely curated knowledge and experience of graphic design, finance, human behaviour and neuroscience. You have invested time and resources into their technical skill; now, it's time to invest in your mindset and strategy. After working with me, you can confidently communicate the value of your work, attract clients and charge what you're worth through multiple income streams. This frees up more time and energy to do what you're best at: create.

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