Soft Skills

if you wanna walk fast, walk alone; if you wanna walk further, walk together.

– proverb

I used to believe in tech skills alone, which serves me well at beginning of the career.

At work, I was more than happy to take more workload, help colleagues and get the tricky work done, and to practice my skills.

After work, I was doing pet projects, doing further studies.

This served me well till certain stage.

Then I started having peers who has been lacking the technical skills, not able to build/support efficient solutions, getting the promotions quicker.

It seems like some people just skipped the tough process doing the hardwork, then straightaway get the rewards of promotion.

It looks unfair but unfortunately it’s very true in a lot cases.

However, to step back a little bit, looking at another angle: it’s the stage the soft skills start kicking in, playing an important role. It’s a new starting line irregardless whether it’s perspiration or laughter spent before. and to some extent, it even doesn’t matter so much whether or not you are technically strong or harworking or not.

------just a note