Oftentimes learning a new skillset can help provide a perspective or unblock you to reach a higher level.
I’ve begun to call these leverage skills.
Leverage skills are skills when combined with an in-demand skill, make you more effective and provide leverage in your work. They can be used to improve job security, salary, creative ability, and more. They enable you to reach a higher echelon in your world. Especially in technology and creative fields, improving in one of these skills can have a massive impact on your professional life.
Combining multiple leverage skills develops a unique perspective and skillset that is hard to replace. You begin to contribute different types of value and develop an advantage over your competition.
This is where the leverage part comes in. The more unique value you add, the harder you are to replace. The harder you are to replace, the more leverage you have in your business, your job, and in your own skills.
I’m constantly trying to improve mastery in my own trade, but learning to write, lead, and be a great teammate has allowed me to become an invaluable member of any team. I’ve developed an advantage over someone else who isn’t as cross-disciplined.
Some skills that I’ve come across are:
- Brand thinking and building
- Product thinking and building
- Be a great teammate
And, of course, as you learn new skills and improve in self-learning, you become more adept at picking up other skills more quickly and efficiently.
Keep an eye out for a future blog post where I talk about how learning to program has given me the freedom to travel while working and provided a great salary to boot. In addition, it will outline how programming (and other leverage skills) can change your life too!