To succeed in your life and career, put focus and energy into the following:
Building your. Most, if not all, problems require you to work effectively with others to either prevent them or resolve them. Start by increasing your own self-awareness so that you truly understand how you affect other people. Then take some training or do your own research to learn how to work with people who are different than you.
Gaining expertise. Broad knowledge is great, but if you want to move forward in your career, focus on what you are good at and grow your knowledge and skills in those areas.
Figuring out how to control your stress. Stress is a killer. It ruins your productivity, it puts you in a bad mood and causes you to lash out at people unfairly. The smartest thing you can do for your career, relationships, and mental and physical health is to understand what triggers your stress, and then learn tactics for effectively managing it.
—Adapted from “Quit Trying to Make Yourself ‘Smarter’ and Do These Three Things Instead,” Tomas Chamorro-Premuzico, FastCompany, www.fastcompany.com.