“For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.”
― Benjamin Franklin
Most of you know by now that I am an audiobook and podcast addict. These are things that I now consider things I could not live without because I spend more than half of my day with earphones plugged in my ears from the time I leave home, while at work (when I don’t have meetings or people to talk to), and on my way home. It’s become part of my system much like bathing or eating (except on weekends or when I’m with family).
I listen to personal development materials, business, and a bit of comedy and sports but lately, I’ve got the hang of listening to stories from TED Talks speeches and a podcast called Storycorp where you can listen to interviews conducted by regular folks on people from different walks of life that we don’t get to hear much of. From conversations between a mother and her son who has Asperger’s syndrome to Hurricane Katrina survivors, there’s just so much variety to choose from (so many I haven’t finished all of them).
It appealed to me so much perhaps because of its unique concept. It’s an entirely different way of learning because the information you absorb comes from the experiences of people that I haven’t had the chance to go through. It makes me look at things from another person’s perspective and it’s totally eye-opening to say the least.
I never saw myself as someone who would be into this kind of stuff two years ago. I am a movie and TV show addict and back then, my spare time were all consumed by movie marathons or binge watching. I never realized the importance of personal development until I started my own personal development journey. I would admit that I still watch a lot of movies and TV shows on weekends but I’ve made it a habit to allot time for personal development on weekdays either at night after work or in the morning before going to the office.
Why is it so important to make time for personal development? Let me give you 6 good reasons:
1. Learning is a continuous process
I used to think that I had my life figured out when I was in high school. I’ll finish college, get a job, get married and start a family, and live happily ever after. That’s it! Plain and simple. I was probably so hung up on studying that I was looking forward to the day when I can finally say goodbye to books and homework. Well, come on, who are we kidding? Haven’t we all dreamed and looked forward for that day to come?
Obviously I was wrong. Life doesn’t work that way. You can’t just sit around and watch TV the whole day. You can’t just spend time on the internet reading about the latest gossip about your favorite celebrity or watching funny videos of cats and babies on YouTube.
At some point you have to do something that’s more meaningful and beneficial like reading a book or watching the Discovery channel or National geographic (not all stuff on TV is trash you know). There must be something that’s been bugging your curiosity and that’s how it all starts. Do some research on that topic or be good at something that you’ve wanted to do since you were young.
Learning doesn’t end when you step out of the campus. It’s a continuous process because without it, we won’t experience growth.
2. Knowledge has never been easily accessible as it is today
I was a regular customer of our school library when I was in highschool, Google wasn’t around yet so we didn’t have the luxury of doing a web search unlike today. We did everything manual back then. We actually read books. lots of them in fact, just to do research on a homework or project.
I look at my kids now and I feel a bit jealous with what they have now. They didn’t have to go to a library anymore and spend long hours on research enough to miss dinner with the family. All they need is a computer and they’re ready to go. I just had to teach them how to do an effective web search and once they knew, they didn’t need my help anymore. Once they got the information they needed, they just printed it out.
How convenient right? During my time, I had to copy them manually either to by handwriting or via a typewriter (there was no backspace so if you make a mistake, you use a correction fluid. Damn I miss that stuff!)
I guess what I’m saying here is that we have everything we need at our disposal. We don’t have to do everything manually. This is the best time to learn because It’s all at the end of our fingertips and the click of a mouse so take advantage! Absorb as much knowledge as you can and get better at something.
3. What have you got to lose?
“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”
― Zig Ziglar
Well thanks Zig! Go ahead and rub it in!
We all know that time is of the essence and that time spent can never be brought back (If you have additional clichés about time please feel free to add) and from all the motivational speakers I’ve listened to whether it be Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, or Tony Robbins, everyone has voted for television as the biggest time wasters (If there is even such a word).
Unlike the television though, you can never go wrong if you spend time with personal development. It’s always a win-win. There is no such thing as wasted time when it comes to personal development and even if for the sake of argument you didn’t get to use what you learned, that stock of knowledge will always come in handy in the future. Use your time wisely by investing on things that will be beneficial for you and your future instead of using it for things that makes you useless (yes, that includes being a couch potato).
Personal development has made me discover several things about myself. It has made me realize what I really want in life. It made me discover my passion, my strengths and weaknesses. It helped me get to know myself even more.
It has also raised my self-awareness to a point where I learned how to set personal goals. I discovered my purpose and I learned to dream, and dream big for that matter. I learned to accept responsibility for the mistakes I’ve made but most of all, I’ve learned how to become positive and live each day motivated and hopeful that the best is yet to come and that everything’s possible if you believe in yourself.
5. It will give your life direction
I’ve been a drifter for most of my life. That is, I didn’t live life the way I wanted to. I made life take me wherever it went. I wasn’t in charge. There’s one quote that struck me when it came to this subject and it goes like this:
Are you living life or are you simply experiencing it?
It’s short and simple but very powerful don’t you think? Because most of us are drifters until we learn about personal development. We let life take us where the wind blows the strongest.
Personal development helps us become intentional in everything we do. We are in charge of how our lives will unfold and this comes into form through the decisions we make because it will dictate how we want to live life and where we want to go.
6. It’s the key to your dreams
Having said all the above, to wrap it up, personal development is the KEY to your dreams. It’s the driving force that will help you meet your goals and make all your dreams come true. It’s your ticket to success and the fuel to your engine called life. It will take you places and separate you from the mediocre. It’s how you achieve greatness.
Over to You
Are you making time for your own personal development? What are some of the habits you developed in pursuing personal development?
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