The act of learning is an art – it’s every bit as important as what you learn. If you’re reading this article, I’m going to share 10 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever.
I’m very sure you’ve heard this before.
“Go to school… Get good grades… Get a degree or a diploma” – You’ll be guaranteed success in life.
The best thing is life may be free but without time, sweat and perseverance – you won’t see results.A dead dog doesn’t hunt Click To Tweet
You probably already recognize that and also, you would’ve noticed that things have changed in this 21stcentury – having a degree or a certification or even a diploma won’t get you to where you want to be in life.
Let’s suppose, you got a good job with your degree – a high-income job. Why are there still so many students struggling to pay off their student loan – not counting daily expenses, since the cost of living keeps rising.
Are you just working and having to pay off your student debts?
Will you ever achieve your goals? – getting to where you want to be in life. And in some cases, they can’t really get their dream job.
You spent years studying and learning, and once you graduate – you’re struggling. Some would even take up more than two jobs just to live a comfortable life.
In my recent article, I spoke about jobs that make a lot of money and I shared, only 19% of Americans are comfortable with the money they earn – 60% of them said they needed a raise of at least $6,000 a year to live comfortably.
Now, what does this have to do with you?
You just want to know the 10 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever?
Stay with me…
The World’s Shifting From Job Economy to Skill Economy.
“It’s NOT THE DEGREE that pays the bills – it’s a SKILL that pays the bill”
I truly believe we’ve shifted from the job economy to the skill economy. And if you’re one of the Americans that are comfortable with the money you make. I want you to ask yourself these questions
“Am I where I want to be today?”
“Am I really comfortable with the money I make?”
“Is my job a skill that I can bring anywhere I go?”
“Most People Won’t Do Whatever It Takes To Quit Their Job – Will You?” (IMAGE of Dan Lok with this quote)
You see, there’s a huge difference when it comes to “jobs – job vs jobs – skill”. Especially if you’re thinking about a high-income job vs high-income skill.
When it comes to learning important life skills – it’s really hard. But which talent or skill is worth in the investment, I will share them with you in a minute.
First I want to share with you a little about mindset shift. This is important because, in everything you do, whether to accomplish a goal or to learn a new skill – staying positive is the key.Your mindset determines your future. A powerful mindset is derived from having valuable skills Click To Tweet
I always tell my mentee this, “ How you do anything is how you do everything”. A mindset shift is like a challenge and the challenge is to pass all the hurdles to fulfill your desired income.
You see, with the right mindset, anything is possible. A successful mindset goes way beyond just “being positive”. With that said, it’s a way of thinking about yourself, your goals, your future, and your daily actions.
And sometimes, you have to trick your brain into doing all the hard things.
Your time is finite, and you should dedicate yourself to learning skills that yield the greatest benefit. It will make your life exponentially easier – effective time management is one of the highest valued skills.
There’s no right or wrong way with time-management. Some strategy that works well with others may not work well with you. So, it’s important to find a system that works best for you and stick with it – be consistent.
Think about it…
When was the last time you actually planned something and fully execute it? – your epic to-do-list. For some people, it’s the hardest thing to do but if you’ve found your system and strategy to conquer your time-management, give yourself a pat at the back.
I’m sure everyone is capable of doing their things in their to-do-list. End of the day, it’s your own responsibility to complete all tasks given. Hence for the saying – “How you do anything is how you do everything”.
My point is, not only reflects who you are, it reflects your value of capabilities by completing all tasks that are set by yourself.
You see, nobody asked you to do those tasks – it’s you who decide to accomplish it. And that’s one of the habits of a millionaire – value your time more than you value your money.Value Your Time More Than You Value Your Money Click To Tweet
Now that I’ve provoked your thoughts – you might start to search for skills to develop…
Maybe you searched for “the one” skill that you could acquire to develop in the shortest period of time or “how to make more money?”. This means you’re ready to commit – to see a better version of yourself.
If you’ve watched the video about the 9 new skills that are hard to learn, today I’m going to add an additional skill but will also pay off forever.
Now, let’s get into the 10 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever.
Skill #1 – Copywriting
I call this Persuasion in Print. Copywriting skills involve emails, landing pages, order pages or description pages, eCommerce platforms, websites, Facebook ads and many more.
Basically, it’s the ability to use your written words to persuade and influence somebody to buy.
Now, why is this a valuable skill to develop? Because all the company out there – anyone that’s shifting their marketing online or selling anything will need a copywriter. And I say this again – They Need A Copywriter!When the world shifts their marketing online – they need copywriters – they need YOU Click To Tweet
A copywriter will always be in high demand and if you’ve mastered the skill of copywriting – you also need to have the ability to understand people – to understand human psychology.
I personally hand-picked this video for YOU. In just over 7 minutes, YOU will learn the most powerful 5 persuasive words that control minds.
Understanding the human psychological language is essential when you acquire this skill because then you will understand how you can get people to take action with your written words.
But you might have these questions in mind:
Again, copywriting is persuasion in print. As I said, in the beginning, it involves written words – influencing somebody to buy. I’m not talking about your English class or writing class that you learn in school.Copywriting is something that is not taught in school. It’s not just writing – it’s beyond that. Click To Tweet
I’m talking about communication and why is this so important?
By the way, speaking of communicating – It is one of the 10 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off handsomely. And that’s the bonus point where I will be sharing at the end of this article.
So, stay with me until the end…
Skill #2 – Closing Skills
Closing is the ability to convince or persuade someone in person or on the phone to buy from you – it’s very simple. However, the challenge is that most people have a negative associated with the word “ Sales”
When they hear or think of sales… They’ll say, “Ohhh, it’s a sales job” – In life, if you don’t know how to communicate or articulate your own value. That’s going to be very difficult to get anything or to get ahead in life and on top of that – closing is something that you definitely won’t learn in school.There is no “Closing 101” or “Closing For Dummies” – you need a good mentor to learn a closing skill Click To Tweet
When it comes to closing, don’t just focus on low-ticket offers. For example, offers like $200 or $300 – focus on high-ticket offers. If you want to find success in closing, find something that’s thousands of dollars or tens of thousands of dollars.
That’s because the commission is greater compared to the low-ticket item.
Skill #3 – Consulting Skill
Because of the complexity – there are so many changes in the business world. Companies need help and guidance from a consultant.
They need advice on the changes that are happening in today’s world. They need a specialist or an expert to guide them through new processes, updates, tactics, techniques so that they can develop a strong strategy for their business process.
And companies need experts for:
- Social Media
When you think about it, there are so many areas that a business needs a consultant. So consulting is an unquestionable-valuable skill to develop. And the greatest part about this is, it doesn’t require a lot of money.
With that said, by charging a retainer, meaning you’re charging a monthly fee to consult a client and if you focus on high ticket clients. In some cases, you only need a couple of clients to make a solid 6-figure income.To achieve being an EXCELLENT consultant is hard but it’s not IMPOSSIBLE as it will pay off forever Click To Tweet
So, acquiring consulting skills is definitely a very valuable skill that you want to look into the skill economy.
But to see success with your consulting skills, you must know about the consulting business. Only then you’ll be beyond valuable to a company and they are willing to pay you big money for your proficiency.
Skill #4 – Coding or Software Skill
Now, with so many Tech Companies and software apps in the marketplace. The marketplace is “hungry” – hungry for good coders and software developers.
I’m talking about the people with genuinely good coding skills – not someone with just the basic knowledge of coding or software development.
I mean, I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on coders and software developers for my company and we’re always looking for skillful people.
When it comes to coding, it’s better to start early (at a young age). The reason being, it’ll be easier for someone young to learn and master this skill to ensure success in the future but if you’re an “old dog” – it won’t be an easy process.
However, I’m not saying that it’s impossible. If you have an interest in it – go for it! Because, although this is a very hard skill to learn, it’s an area that will always be in demand.
As the world is leaning towards the digital landscape, more and more companies will need to make that shift in order to keep up with the trend. Hence for the high demand in coding and software skills.
And with this skill, generating a 6-figure income as a Software Developer is easy when you’ve mastered all the coding jargon.
Here’s a quick fact by the U.S. Bureau of Labor – the median pay for software developers is $105,590.
Skill #5 – Funnel Building Skill
I’m not talking about building a typical website, I’m talking about sales funnel – webinar funnel, landing pages, lead magnet funnel. All these terms if you don’t understand it’s ok.
But there’s a huge market out there for people looking at “funnel building”. This means they look for where to take that attention and traffic and then convert that traffic into sales.
Watch this video on the 4-step High-Ticket Sales Funnel for selling Services.
If you’re someone with that particular skill set, you could help companies to generate more revenue. Now, when you do this – like help companies generate more revenue (increase sales), you could earn a lot of money and can be very successful with this.
Because companies out there are constantly looking for sales and if you have the ability to provide this service – funnel building is a very valuable skill.
But with funnel building skills, there are some requirements – It would require you to be a good copywriter, you need to have some copywriting skills or some designing skills as a different element to add on in a funnel.
So, if you think of this particular skill set and other skill sets in some cases, something like “ a skill within a skill”. Which means, you need different skills in combination – so you’re able to perform “funnel building” effectively.
Skill #6 – Public Speaking Skill
I’m fortunate that at a young age, I went to toastmasters which are a nonprofit speaking club to hone and develop my public speaking skills. And it has truly developed my confidence.
You see, for most people, they are afraid to present in a crowd – afraid to speak to groups and that’s what makes public speaking so valuable. Companies and organizations, they’re always looking for speakers and willing to pay a good premium price for good speakers.
Look at some of the great leaders out there, almost all of them are great speakers – such as Tony Robbins, Warren Buffet or Steve Jobs.
Public speaking is a skill I acquired at a young age and it has changed my life. Being that public speaking is not easy to develop because most people are afraid. But what exactly are they afraid of?
They’re afraid of rejection…
Afraid of public embarrassment…
That’s okay because this skill is still a learnable skill.
In the event that if you can overcome those fears, you’ll have an expertise that’s extremely valuable to companies. Public speaking skills is a great skill to master.
Skill #7 – ChatBot Marketing Skill
What is a ChatBot? Now think about emails – back in the days we still have it and we have what we call – auto response.
Meaning a series of email pre-written emails in a sequential manner. So, let’s say, you’re on a website and you opt-in into something – you provide your email address because you want to get more information about that particular product or service.
And In a period of time, you will get this automated message from the vendor of the business.
Now chatbot is the exact same thing but in a more private chat or messaging system. It’s an auto-response in a private chat mode.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to interview the founder CEO for ManyChat. It’s a Chatbot software that’s being used to create all the automatic responses. This powerful marketing function enables you to pre-write questions and answers as well as objections handling in a more human touch.
Now, this marketing function is a huge demand. Why? Because, in this 21st century, as I said in the beginning, things have changed. Not only from job-economy to skill-economy but within our digital landscape as well.
As a matter of fact, everything is shifting to mobile now and because it’s all mobile – companies and corporations need Chatbot marketing expertise.
We Live In A Mobile World Since 2015
Mobile traffic surpassed desktop for the first time in late 2015 and since then we’ve been living in the mobile world.
Consumers spend more than five hours a day on their smartphones and a survey by AdWeek found 88% growth year over year in time spent watching videos on a smartphone.
According to an article by Blue Corona – 70 web traffic happens on a mobile device and 57% of all U.S online traffic now comes from smartphones and tablets.
Do you see what I mean by there’s a huge demand for chatbots?Mobile device usage has skyrocketed since 2015. With the market shifting toward its digital platform – the same goes for online marketing strategies and processes. Click To Tweet
Even now I only have one person just to focus on chatbot marketing for me in my organization. So, this is a skill that’s in demand and most people don’t even know that this skill actually exists.
Now, to be a good chatbot marketer you need some kind of copywriting skills as well as some basic organizational technical skills. With that said, it’s not complicated – definitely learnable.
But, it’s going to take some time and it’s not easy to learn.
Skill #8 – System Skill
Because technology is changing our business today – companies need a lot of expertise in this skill. They need someone to help organize different things in different aspects, work culture and to smoothen the process of their workflow.
They even need someone based on projects. So, system skills are another valuable skill to have especially if you can specialize in certain areas. A company will pay top dollars for someone with this particular skill set and it’ll always be in high demand.
Recently I’ve employed someone to help us with the business system and paid a lot of money just to help me organize different aspects of my business to improve communication and transparency.
Speculation aside, in reality – artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies are already transforming the world of business. And it has only just begun.
So, if this is a sector you have an interest in – it’s not too late to learn this hard skill.
Yes, it may take some time but as you know that technology has only just begun, it might take years for our world to be fully automated.
By then, you’ll already be a master at system skill.
Skill #9 – Digital Marketing Skill
I’m talking about Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Social Media, eCommerce and anyone with digital marketing skills.
You see, this skill set will always be in demand and again – skill within a skill in order to be an excellent digital marketer. So, what other skills you need to hone yourself?
In order to have the ability to close and get those clients, especially the ones that are willing to pay you on a monthly basis or the ability to negotiate for bigger projects – a variety of skills is required.
Having these additional skill sets is essential – it’s like a whole package deal. They are:
But why do you need these additional skill sets?
Like I said, in order to have the ability to close and get clients – it could be for writing your perfect proposal and plans for your clients. That’s when your copywriting skill comes in.
And a little extra knowledge on designing, coding and especially communication – it will surefire your success.
Skill #10 – Communication Skill
When you can communicate effectively on your thoughts, that’s one of the most valuable skills you can learn – hone your skill within a skill. This is the bonus skill I’m giving you – 10 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever.
With that said, there are 3 ways you can improve your communication skills:
The most widely used form of communication is speaking. And you can improve through the use of tonality, pronunciation and the pitch of your voice when you speak – High and low.
Good speakers are able to influence and build trust due to their ability to communicate concisely and clearly. If you take your speaking skills to the highest level – you might be a public speaker at large events and seminars.
Through your written words as I said in the copywriting point. This skill set within a skillset is one of the most important elements. First of all – it will never cease to exist in the business world.
And on top of that, you could be writing a business blog, cover letters, resumes and emails for a corporation. So, in any form of communication – knowing how to use compelling words to write and persuade your clients is very beneficial.
This can also lead you to generate a 6-figure income. After all, copywriting was the first high-income skill I learned when I was at a young age – especially if you’re an introvert.
Writing is the next best alternative to speaking.
And the last form of communication and possibly the most important is listening. Being a good listener is a skill itself and most people can’t be good listeners.
“The art of conversation lies in listening – Forbes”
People are always talking over one another and trying to get their opinions heard. But for a good listener, most of the time they’re well-liked by their peers. That’s an ability to make people feel understood.
So, combine listening with asking the right questions – you’ve discovered the “High-Income Skill” of closing.
Is One Of These 10 Skills That Are Hard To Learn But Will Pay Off Suits Me?
You may not be thinking about these 10 skills or maybe you’re not aware that they are hard to learn but will pay off forever.
So, here’s the thing I want you to understand – Skills = Income.
It’s no longer that the degree that pays the bills…
No longer that it’s the job that pays the bill…
If you want to develop some of these 10 skillsets without going back to school – without getting into student debts. And you don’t want to spend years wasting a lot of time to learn some of these skills.
Maybe you’re looking for a shortcut – a smarter way of doing this. But, you’re still unsure what skills you should acquire. Click here to take a short 3-minute quiz and discover which skill suits your strength.