What You Can Learn from Street Photographers
Have you ever heard your manager discuss the importance of possessing “soft skills” to further help with your career growth? Soft skills are known as the interpersonal skills or “people skills,” things like how effectively you communicate, how you manage your time, the ability to think creatively, etc. Unlike hard skills that are easily quantifiable, soft skills are more learned on our own. There are a variety of ways in which we can enhance our soft skills. One such way is picking up a creative or challenging hobby such as painting or writing. Another is to study the habits of those in more creative fields, and learn how they utilize non-technical assets to create a vision that speaks on its own.
Invaluable created a neat visual that highlights street photographers, specifically discussing their non-technical skills and what we can learn from them. Street photographers in particular, are masters of observation, studying people, places, and activities in order to best tell a story and communicate. These are the traits that allows them to use their technical, “hard skills” and capture the best image they possibly can. Below are other characteristics of street photographers that Invaluable highlights.
Relying on intuition:
It’s important to trust your gut, and pursue what inspires you wholeheartedly.
Letting go of perfection:
It’s okay to fail—sometimes this even leads to a better course of action. When you stop trying to make everything perfect, spontaneous, great things can happen.
Connecting with others:
Fostering real, deep human connections is an essential component of effective team building and communicating.
Fueling a passion:
Find the things that you’re passionate about, and let your passions shine.
Focusing on detail:
Eliminate all distractions and take note of important details.
What You Can Learn From Street Photographers
For more inspiration, look to the visual below, and begin working on your soft skills in conjunction with those more technical skills to advance in both your personal and professional life.