Versatility: Be Viable Not Liable

Mar 7, 2023 | Fred Toke, Lifestyle

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The world changes constantly, and we must be versatile enough to adapt quickly to keep up with the time. Therefore, a vital key to success in the 21st Century is to stay relevant in the changing circumstances.



Versatility also refers to a person’s wide-ranging skill set and ability to perform numerous organizational tasks or roles. In other words, it is akin to becoming a human Swiss Knife in the workplace.

The world has moved steadily to a place where teachers will have to do more than transfer knowledge to their students; writers will need to do more than writing; doctors will have to be more than diagnosing and prescribing. Eventually, all of us will have to show a multi-discipline ability to stay viable and not liable.

Here are three concrete ways to be versatile.

#1: TAKE RISKS TO EXPERIMENT

Never be afraid to experiment with new things. Take every challenging proposition as an opportunity for experimentation. Be prepared to fumble, but stay humble to reach out for help and not give up! The greater the competence, the greater the confidence.

#2: BE AWARE OF CURRENT TRENDS

Keeping up with current world trends makes you better prepared and ready to adapt to changes. In addition, understanding trends allows you to peek into the minds of innovators and trendsetters, which can aid you in strategizing your pathway ahead.

#3: KEEP ACQUIRING NEW KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Learn and read widely, and be assured enough to explore alternative views. Aspire to be so adept that A.I. (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE) can’t mimic or replace you. The aim is to make yourself invaluable, not indispensable. So, yes, continue to work to refine your skills, but it will be to your advantage to increase your repertoire.

Strive to be VIABLE, not LIABLE. Like a Kung Fu exponent, adding repertoire to his skills increases his advantage over other aspirants.

Being in the uncomfortable zone is much better than staying in a cheese-less situation.” — Who Moved My Cheese.

Experimentation is a big part of how you find the best of the best.” — Kari Skogland

The more you read, the more things you shall know. The more that you learn, the more places you shall go.” — Dr. Seuss

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” — Proverbs 18:15

Fred Tokè aka Dr. Tokèmon
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Fred Tokė aka Dr. Tokėmon is a Clinical Psychologist by training, was a former adjunct professor at Nanyang Technological University. He is also a guest lecturer at the University Malaysia Sabah’s Faculty of Medicine. Besides teaching, he also provides clinical psychotherapy services to the downtrodden and the discouraged.

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