Take any successful business and think about what makes that company successful. Whether it’s a product or service, they’re providing something that can’t be provided by others or the business is able to do so in a unique way in which others can’t. The same goes for each individual in the job market. To be successful, he or she must have some unique skill set that stands out amongst the labor pool they’re competing in.
How are you unique? Many people entering the job market or already in the job market do not think in these terms. They should. If I was to invest in a company, I would certainly want to know why their X product is superior to the five other competitors they’re stacked against. Wouldn’t I want to have a sense of this for myself either at my job or where I’m seeking to gain employment?
After completing the thought exercise above, you may be left thinking, “I know what I need to stand out, but I don’t have those skills…” This again is a problem many businesses face. They are aware of the issue, but solving it isn’t something that can be done with a flick of a switch. Time and dedication are obstacles that we all face when having to learn new skills. They can be thought of as invisible barriers to entry. Those who have the drive and desire can overcome the barriers and those that do not get to know them as the barriers to advancement.
Planning and setting clear goals are two excellent methods for breaking through barriers and achieving the dreams that can be seen in your mind. Breaking big goals down into a series of smaller goals can make the climb more manageable and also help you better define for yourself what specific steps are necessary to reach the destination you’re aiming for.