Soft skills are defined as the character and personal traits that enable a person to interact effectively with others. Hard skills are defined as the teachable technical abilities one learns through practice and education.
While hard skills are taught through the education system, it seems that soft skills have been shoved into the trunk and only made available to a select few. Our education system is still structured to the industrialization age (made even worse with standardized testing): Group mindset; Sit still and be quiet… No individual thought required. And no, I’m not blaming the teachers, it’s the people behind the scenes.
While hard skills are important, soft skills are as equally important (in my humble opinion). I would even take it a step further to say those so-called soft skills should be called essential life skills. And while I’m at it, hard skills should be flat out called technical skills.
When you tell someone that you have a ‘hard skill set’, they will probably give you a funny look and maybe even ask why their skills are difficult. However, if you tell that same person that you have technical skills, they might ask you what skills specifically.
Same could be said about ‘soft skills.’ These essential life skills that are crucial to navigating all that life has to offer. They are crucial to creating interpersonal relations. These life skills are… well… crucial. Period. They include skills like:
- Critical Thinking
- Work Ethic
- Emotional Intelligence
- Leadership Skills
- Stress Management
- Conflict Management
- And so many more
So, I ask, WHY are people still calling these soft skills and not essential life skills?
What Essential Life Skills are in your toolbox right now?
What Essential Life Skills are you working on making stronger?
What Essential Life Skills do you feel are not up to snuff?
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