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Building Resilience: How to Apply What You Learn and Make Your Growth Stick

Updated: May 7, 2021

Here we are, reaching the 3rd strategy from the StayAfloat model!

This week, we’re exploring a few techniques for the key ingredient of any learning journey: application.

Before moving on with this article, I strongly recommend you read the first two parts of the series. To make the StayAfloat model work, each strategy has its own purpose and impact.

That’s why The Power of Connection and Knowing When and How to Adapt pave the way for the application.

Nonetheless, this is also the point where most people fail. It’s exciting to learn new things, but the difficulty comes when you need to put in an effort and practice what you learn.

A few tips to start practising resilience:

1. Decide exactly what skill you want to improve.

Narrow your focus to a specific skill or two that you want to develop.

For example, instead of learning marketing, which is a very broad field, narrow your focus to social media marketing, or even Facebook or Twitter marketing.

2. Learn new stuff.

No matter how good you are, you have to keep learning to truly be an expert in your field. Volunteer for challenging assignments at work, attend seminars and industry events, and continue your education if necessary. Read trade magazines and follow other experts in the field.

The more information and experience you possess, the more informed you’ll be.

3. Make time.

Skills practice takes time. You must make time in your schedule to practice or apply the skill you want to improve.

It’s like developing a muscle, the muscle will not get stronger until you repeatedly lift heavy objects.

This may require a change in behavior, or even removing less relevant things from your schedule to make room.

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