Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. – Jim Rohn.
There’s no doubt your job is important. There’s no doubt your friends are important. There’s absolutely no doubt your family is important. Many aspects of your life are important, but how about the common denominator, you? Absolutely! It’s easy to forget about ourselves sometimes and worry about improving everything around us.
The rest of Jim Rohn’s quote says, “If you work hard on your job you’ll make a living, if you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.” When you read this quote, it’s easy to think about the obvious meaning of making a fortune, but I believe he is not only referring to money, but to a general quality of life. We owe it to ourselves and everyone around us to be the best version of ourselves we can. We cannot help others through their struggles without first helping ourselves through ours.
So, what is personal development? Well, it’s really anything you can do to make yourself better today than you were yesterday. Chances are, if you’re reading this right now you’re already interested in personal development, which is the first step in actually developing yourself. Some of the topics we’ll go over here are goal setting, developing self-confidence, developing self-motivation, learning how to learn, and both sides of mentoring (receiving and providing). These are just a few topics out of the hundreds or thousands that we might choose from, and we’ll be sure to give some excellent book recommendations and summaries along the way.