Monday, April 24, 2006

Skill Sets

Chris lists several valuable skillsets.

He splits them between "soft" and "hard" skills, and suggests that everyone should have a few.

I disagree.

The "soft" skills he lists are things that would make one valuable to a community, assuming there's a community to be valuable TO.

The "hard" skills Chris lists are the things, without fail, that EVERYBODY needs to know. These are the skills YOU need to know, in order to take care of yourself and your family.

The right way to look at this is Chris's "hard" skills are the core curriculum. The "soft" skills he lists are electives.

Everyone should fulfill the core curriculum, and pick and choose from the electives - but it's the "hard" skills that will get you and your family through the tough times.

Address those first.

2 Comments:

Blogger Chris Byrne said...

Well I do say that the soft skill are explicitly about relations with others, both personal and public.

Yes, the hard skills are critical to survival, but the soft are critical to functioning in society, thriving, and reproducing.

3:19 AM  
Blogger Rivrdog said...

OK, Soldier, you wanted to be in this man's Army, and now you are.

"SCHOOLCHILDREN, IT'S ZERO-FOUR-THIRTY HOURS AND YOU ARE ALL STILL IN THE RACK. THAT TELLS ME THAT YOU ARE GETTING TOO MUCH SLEEP. I THINK WE'LL HAVE A LITTLE PT, RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. OFF THE BUNKS AND EVERYONE GIVE ME FIFTY ON MY CADENCE...."

A Drill Instructor, now THAT'S a vital skill set.

10:42 AM  

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