What does it take to be successful?
Education? Experience? Talent? Maybe work ethic or grit?
There are tons of traits you could name that might deem someone ‘successful' …but there's one I'd argue you just can't beat.
You need this skill if you want to be seen as valuable in whatever position you work. You also need this skill if you want to be the go-to person in your industry. Even if you want to level up in your own life outside of work—(you guessed it) you NEED this skill!
Resourcefulness is defined as “the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties”.
Why does this skill often get left on the back burner?
We have such rich access to information these days, and yet we skimp out on this skill. If you really are willing to do what it takes to succeed, become a solution-finder rather than the person who just gawks at problems without further action.
Be the person who has ideas, who takes initiative, who saves others time, and who goes the extra mile. All these things boil down to resourcefulness. The best thing? It's actually quite easy to be considered resourceful most of the time (hello, Google!).
When you demonstrate that you can be imaginative and find effective solutions on your own, you become valuable. You don't need to know everything about everything. You just need to be willing – and able – to seek out answers.
There's always going to be more boxes to check in terms of what people think you “need” to be successful. If you are resourceful, you'll show them you already have what you need.