In a blog post about skills and ability, adapted from his new book The Earned Life, renowned leadership coach and bestselling author Marshall Goldsmith explores ability as a force in creating a fulfilled life.
Goldsmith writes: “Your ability is the level of skill you need to succeed at your chosen task. Ideally, you know what you’re good at and what you’re bad at, and sometimes you take on tasks beyond your abilities because you want to stretch. Our ability is not one isolated talent—it’s a portfolio of skills and personality traits that have to match up with the life we want to lead.”
Many of the more than 3.8 million Ukrainians who have fled their country since the start of the Russian invasion are quite skilled in a variety of areas. They have entered Poland, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia and other neighboring countries. Recently, European Union Member States agreed for the first time to activate the Temporary Protection Directive, offering immediate temporary residence and work permits to Ukrainian citizens.
Many of these refugees have skills that will allow them to find work, especially in the tech sector. Employment provides economic self-sustainability and facilitates participation in the social and cultural life of the host country. The increasing demand for skilled labor in the EU and the high qualification levels of Ukrainian refugees are good prerequisites for making this process successful.
In The Earned Life Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crises, including regrets that stem from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroute destinies, and haunt our memories. These are particularly timely themes today.
With Goldsmith’s book as a guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life that is fulfilling in the long run.
You can read Marshall Goldsmith’s blog here.
About MARSHALL GOLDSMITH
Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized for years as the world’s leading executive coach and the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Mojo, and Triggers. He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In his coaching practice, Goldsmith has advised more than 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He and his wife live in Nashville, Tennessee.
About THE EARNED LIFE
In THE EARNED LIFE (Currency Books), Marshall Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crisis: regret, the kind stemming from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroutes destinies, and haunts our memories—particularly timely themes as the pandemic and Great Resignation inspire people to seek meaning in their lives, get unstuck and make changes. With this book as their guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life too fulfilling to dwell on the “what ifs.”
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