Being resourceful is one of the most important skills to develop. It is one skill that many people don’t have and it is one of the components of that slippery idea we call “common sense.” I don’t remember being taught how to be resourceful directly but I do remember being told to “figure it out.”
In many ways being resourceful is about solving a problem. It is about using what you have to get what you need or want. So here are my tips for honing in on this skill.
1. Figure out your human resources. You’d be surprised that someone in your family may know about a job opportunity or a really good friend could help you change a flat tire or tile your kitchen floor. In order to use your human resources you have to keep good relationships, network socially and professionally and be willing to be a resource for someone else.
2. Shop/look around. When it comes to financial resources do your research to be sure you’re getting the best value for your money.
3. Learn to use the internet. In 2012 you can find ANYTHING you need online! How to tie a tie? How to write a resume? You name it, it’s there. I was not trained formally as a secretary or accountant but thanks to the internet I taught myself how to create an invoice and how to create a fresh website from scratch. Leaning to search internet search engines like Google is a skill. In order to find what you’re looking for you need the right search terms. Here is a quick tutorial: http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=134479
4. Read often. Being resourceful is about being informed. Watch the news. Read magazines and journals in your field. Look at the websites for professional organizations in your field. Read both fiction and non-fiction books. The more ideas you put in your head, the more you will have to draw on when you need it.
5. Hone in on your weaknesses. Whatever they are and plug the hole at the bottom of the bucket in your life. You’ll be surprised how things start coming to you.