Skill (quotes)


Skill is the ability to do something well


The rewards of developing skills


New skills open new doors

  • Ah, mastery … what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills … and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing. Gail Sheehy

Highly developed skills lead to success, security and freedom

  • Your earning ability today is largely dependent upon your knowledge, skill and your ability to combine that knowledge and skill in such a way that you contribute value for which customers are going to pay. Brian Tracy
  • It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill. Wilbur Wright
  • Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Samuel Johnson
  • All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners… Looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they’re not learning, they’re not growing… not moving toward excellence. Denis Waitley
  • Skill and confidence are an unconquered army. George Herbert
  • If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. Henry Ford
  • Who has a trade may go anywhere. Spanish Proverb
  • It’s not the maker of the sword, but the courage and skill of the swordsman that wins the day. Robert M. Irwin
  • Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. Confucius
  • Ability is a poor man’s wealth. John Woode
  • If you’re skilled, your wallet will be filled.  Yiddish Proverb
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Develop skills


Develop your talents into skills

  • When you have the courage to follow your talents into the dark unknown places they lead, often God will send angels to light your way. Shannon L. Alder
  • Skills are common. Talent is rare. Colin Clark
  • A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. Larry Bird
  • If you learn a skill, it will help you get a little better, but it will not cover for a lack of talent. Instead, as you build your strengths, skills will actually prove most valuable when they are combined with genuine talent. Donald O. Clifton
  • The key to building a strength is to first identify your dominant talents, then refine them with knowledge and skills. Marcus Buckingham
  • An ability to rapidly learn a new skill will give us clues to a talent’s presence. Marcus Buckingham
  • Master Your Craft. Be the best at the God-given skills and talents that allow you to fully express your life purpose. Brad Swift
  • TalentGrow your strengths, not your weaknesses

Develop skills through repeated practice

  • Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; and love by love. Thomas S. Szasz
  • Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. Shinichi Suzuki
  • Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill. Cicero
  • Skill to do comes of doing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Repitition is the mother of skill. Tony Robbins
  • Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. Baltasar Gracian
  • You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better. John Wooden
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Create skills through play

  • Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play. Eric Hoffer
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Combine skill and imagination

  • Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. Tom Stoppard
  • The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. Henry Ford
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Pour love into your skills

  • When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin
  • Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without. Henry David Thoreau
  • The rules are simple. Take your work, but never yourself, seriously.  Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out.  Chuck Jones
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Force your skills into the realm of magic

  • If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill – take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edges of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic. Tom Robbins
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Skills are sometimes best developed during storms

  • A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
  • Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest. Epicurus
  • There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. Willa Cather
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Important skills to develop


Learning how to learn is probably life’s most important skill

  • Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill. Tony Buzan
  • In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn. John Naisbitt
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Here are some important skills to develop in life

  • Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level. Peter Drucker
  • Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers. Robert Half
  • It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it. Baltasar Gracian
  • The real skill is to raise the sails and to catch the power of the wind as it passes by. Thomas Berry
  • Just because we increase the speed of information doesn’t mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture. Dale Dauten
  • Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learned. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and, where appropriate, profits. Edward de Bono
  • Technical skill is mastery of complexity while creativity is mastery of simplicity. Christopher Zeema
  • Complexity is easy, simplicity requires mastery. Peter Cajander
  • The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. Henry Ward Beecher
  • Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. Scott Fitzgerald

Here are some important psychological skills for happiness and success

  • Training and managing your own mind is the most important skill you could ever own, in terms of both happiness and success. T. Harv Eker
  • The highest skill is the true judgement of values. Duc de La Rochefoucaul
  • Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time. Andrew Weil
  • There is perhaps no psychological skill more fundamental than resisting impulse. Daniel Goleman
  • The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience.
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Here are some important relationship skills

  • Trust is a skill, one that is an aspect of virtually all human practices, cultures, and relationships. Robert C. Solomon
  • Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing.  If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.  Brian Tracy
  • Honor your relationships by developing listening skills. Allan Lokos
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Final thoughts

  • Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do). Stephen Covey
  • Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. Earl Shoaf
  • I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill. Sir Edward Appleton
  • Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation. John Ruskin
  • Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest. Sextus Propertius
  • Force has no place where there is need of skill. Herodotus
  • Tricks and treachery are merely proofs of lack of skill. Duc de La Rochefoucauld
  • Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it. David Starr Jordan
  • Individuals, too, who cultivate a variety of skills seem brighter, more energetic and more adaptable than those who know how to do one thing only. Robert Shea
  • When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin

On a lighter note

  • Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill. Douglas Horton
  • A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck.
  • Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. Tom Stoppard