According to personal development legend Jim Rohn, “to have more than you’ve got, become more than you are.” That’s where personal growth comes in. Personal development includes activities that help you improve your hard and soft skills, cultivate your talents and tap into your potential so you can improve your overall quality of life. These aren’t one-time activities; they involve a commitment you make to learn and grow in every stage of your life. Here’s how:
- Take a class or seminar. Learning doesn’t need to stop once you’ve graduated. Signing up for a class or seminar, either online or in-person, gives you the opportunity to learn and grow outside of the traditional confines of school. Enroll for a workshop or webinar provided by a professional organization you belong to or a personal interest or hobby group you enjoy. Websites such as Coursera, Udemy, and Skillshare allow you to learn new skills and improve the ones you have.
- Read. The most successful people carve time out of their days to read. Not only does reading increase you knowledge, it also improves your memory, vocabulary and focus, while sharpening your analytical skills and reducing stress. Get recommendations from friends or co-workers or check out the best-seller lists from The New York Times or your local bookstore.
- Watch a video. Many of us spend our evenings relaxing in front of the television. Optimize your time and watch a video from a leading personal development expert, or expert in your field, and you’ll not only learn, you’ll also become motivated to make lasting positive changes in your life and at work. Also, watch inspirational films that will leave you feeling uplifted and encouraged.
Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.” –Robin S. Sharma
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