What is a very important skill a person should learn in order to be
successful in the world today? Choose one skill and use specific
reasons and examples to support your choice.
It has long been debated what kind of skill one should acquire in order to be successful in any environment. While many different people would list up countless skills, such as computer skills, intelligent and good financial skills, just to list a few, in my view, the single most important skill determining our survivor is adaptation. Our life is a constant learning process, requiring us to constantly adapt to new situations and environments. Therefore the saying of “it is never too late to study” is not a trite.
In my essay, I will underline why adaptation is the most important skill that any entity, no matter it is a human being or an animal, should have.
Firstly, the future of human being is determined by adaptation. How human being could become the top predator? Human beings are not the strongest, not the fastest and not the biggest, but they have the ability to learn and to adapt in a new environment. We, human beings, achieved so much in the history, listing from early developments such as the usage of tools to great inventions such as electricity and automobile, that our lives have been significantly changed in terms of quality.
By learning and improving ourselves, we were able to progress and to survive in the competitive environment where we live.
Secondly, many entities got extinct due to their inability to adapt in a new environment. For example, huge animals, such as dinosaurs could not pass their genes on next generations. The reasons why dinosaurs got extinct are unknown to me, but most probably they were unable to handle the new challenges and in result they got extinct.
Finally, from the beginning of our education we learn to memorize many things and learn several new skills. Also, we study in high schools and universities, where we acquire tremendous amount of information. However, one must recognize that the knowledge of changing and adapting are the most important lessons of our lives. People must adapt in a new work environment, new family situation and new cultures. No matter what kind of skill we have if we are not able to adapt in a new life situation. No adaptation means extinction.
In conclusion, as I have discussed previously, adaptation is the most important skill that one should have. If my parents could not adapt in the changing environment, then I could not write this essay and post it in your forum. Therefore, adaptation determines our future and it is the most important skill that one can have.
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