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Six Basic Skills You Need to be Successful at Anything in Life

Six Basic Skills You Need to be Successful at Anything in Life

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It’s no longer news that the world is competitive. In fact, virtually every field is highly competitive and this is not changing anytime soon.

Life will not give you what you deserve, only what you demand.

So, if you’re willing to succeed, be ready to give it all it takes or else, you’ll be relegated to the background.

What makes some people successful and others not?


Yes,  skills. Skills in some vital aspects of life.

Skill is the capacity to do something well. And the good news is that it can be learned or acquired.

That means anyone can be successful in life. Success isn’t innate. It’s left for you to choose whether you want to be a success or not.

Why do you need skills to succeed in life?

Because you can’t be successful if you’re not good at what you do.

Also, the world doesn’t pay attention to amateurs. Amateurs don’t command attention.

No one will entrust their tasks or projects into the hands of an amateur.

So, you need skills to be on top of your game and to have an edge over others.

That’s what having skills do. It gives you an advantage over others.

Without much ado, let’s dive into the six basic skills you need to succeed in life.

Six Basic Skills to be Successful in Life

1. Communication skill

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Have you noticed that communication skill is one of the requirements listed in virtually every job advert?

That shows how important the ability to communicate is.

To achieve success in life, you must be able to communicate with people.

You must be able to express yourself in ways that you can understand and be understood.

Communication is very powerful because ineffective communication can lead to conflicts and misunderstandings, which is not good for the growth of any business or company.

No matter how good you are at what you do, if you can’t express yourself in a way that people can understand you, your expertise will not be useful.

You need communication skill to prove to clients and people who matter that you can get the job done. After all, you’ll be heard before you are tried.

In this age where everyone’s head is buried in their phones 24/7, communication skill is dwindling.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find good communicators, yet, we can hardly achieve greatness if we can’t get our message across effectively.

Communication skill (verbal and nonverbal) is needed to succeed in life.

Note that being a good communicator isn’t just about talking and talking but knowing the right thing to say, when to say it, and how to say it.

2. Negotiation skill

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Negotiation skill is the ability to achieve agreement through discussion.

You need this skill because the world is competitive. You need to be able to get what you want through discussion with concerned people.

Negotiation requires the understanding of what you want, who to get it from, and how you can get it without any party feeling cheated.

Negotiation skill helps you to strike a good deal without taking unfair advantage of the other and without you losing as well.

If you don’t know how to negotiate effectively, you’ll be used (sometimes without your knowledge).

3. Interpersonal skill

Again, interpersonal skill is one of the skills highly requested in job qualifications. It is the ability to interact successfully with others.

As long you’re not a monk or planning to live like one, then you need interpersonal skill.

If you want to be successful in life, you need to know how to build and manage relationships.

This does not mean you should be friends with everyone or relate with everyone because that’s not possible.

It means you should identify and relate with people that you’re connected with, people that you’ll always come across, no matter what.

Also, you need people to rise in life. No one is exactly self-made.

4. Self-management skill

If you can’t manage yourself and your emotions, it’ll be difficult for you to be successful. As a matter of fact, self-management skill is the first skill you need to master because it’ll determine how well you’ll master the other skills.

Self-management is the ability to understand yourself, your emotions, your strengths, weaknesses, and how these affect you and your environment.

A vital part of self-management is self-control. If you lack self-control, you’ll miss out on a lot of opportunities that will help you to succeed.

5. Time management skill

Time is life. Life is measured by time. Successful people and unsuccessful people have the same number of hours. The difference is how they use it.

Time is the only limited resource in life. You can make more money but you can never make more time.

What you do with your time will determine if you’ll be successful or not.

6. Professional skill

If you want to be successful, you need to be good at what you do. It’s non-negotiable. As a matter of fact, you need to be excellent at whatever you do.

There are too many good people but only a few excellent ones and only the excellent ones are known and celebrated.

Make up your mind never to be mediocre in your field. Take personal development seriously.

If you want to be successful, you have to be ready to go all the way.

Even though there are many skills you need to be successful in life, these are the six basic ones you can’t ignore and with these skills, you’ll be unstoppable.

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Saturday 14th of March 2020

I fail in all 6 skills. Where can i get help?


Monday 16th of March 2020

Wow. It'll take a series of blog posts to talk about how to develop each of these skills. But I guess you can read books that address each of it.


Thursday 20th of February 2020

Its ' very much useful to me at the same time everyone should follow the basic skill learnings in life to every part should gain new knowledge thank u for sharing OLUBUNMI MABEL pls share more like wise


Saturday 22nd of February 2020

That's right. Thanks for reading.


Sunday 8th of September 2019

For a long time I thought negotiating your salary with employers was pointless. But you have to know what you want and don’t be easy to settle for anything that comes your way.

Olubunmi Mabel

Monday 9th of September 2019

I agree with you, Lisa. They are not doing you a favour by giving you a job. You and your employer need each other.


Thursday 20th of June 2019

This is apt. Ive never given the negotiation skills a thought until now. Looks like I'll have to include it in my CV from now on. Thank you for this.

Ron Arinsmier

Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

Why can't print this article. This is great. It is very interesting.

Olubunmi Mabel

Thursday 20th of June 2019

Yes o, we all need these skills to be successful in life. Thanks for reading.