Conscientiousness is all about having an objective opinion about things happening around us and working to get the right perspective. For example, when you see some kids are fighting among themselves and even if you know one was clearly in the wrong, as an objective teacher or parent you would still listen to both sides of the story before taking any kind of action. The same principle applies for other areas of life. And pausing to examine the situation is the best practice to calmly analyse the situation before passing any verdict.
Empathy is different from sympathy, as when we are sympathetic to someone we feel for that person whereas when we are empathetic we feel with the person. It’s one of the highest ranked skills in all walks of life, be it work, home, relationships. It creates a safe environment for sharing and problem solving. Empathy also builds trust and respect, and enables the one in need to release his/her emotions. And when we are empathetic towards someone, our various life skills make us stand out in life/work/home. We sharpen our skills to connect with people; ability to recognize strong feelings or emotions; ability to respect the other person’s effort to cope with the predicament; and offering support and partnership.
To Collaborate and Connect
We never know what life must offer, and who all will be a part of our journey. Connecting and collaborating with people is a skill that not everyone can use effectively, and this skill helps to make us people’s person and teaches respect and indifference towards others. This can surprise us at times and help us learn through our experiences with people. We must never cease to use this people’s skill even after any bad experiences, because we never know what surprises life has to offer through people who will cross our path.
There’s no great teacher than curiosity. Kids are curious and we must appreciate them to ask, analyse and look for answers to their questions. But as we grow we seem to lose touch with curiosity, and the reason could be low interest in learning, shyness or we-know-it all attitude. Learning had no bar, and curiosity is the best way to learn. We must have a positive approach towards curiosity in all areas of life, esp. education and work.
It’s not the ability to keep going, but the will to stand again and again when life knocks you down several times and keep moving ahead. Difficulties are the opportunities to deepen our roots, and when life gets tough the true resilience shines through people who never give up. Resilience is very important to practice in life overall, at work, in relationships and for our personal growth. Responding positively and strongly to the external circumstances can help us build unbreakable resilience.