With our numerous responsibilities and the current economic dispensation, learning and personal development come next to last on our daily task /priority list, after food, Work, bills, bills, and some more bills.
However, with the advent of this new political administration and in our anticipation for change, or more appropriately; Improvement, I think the topic of Personal development is in order.
Personal development for me is really just finding ways to do everything better.
Personal development is a lifelong process. It’s a way for people to access their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realize and maximize their potential.
This I think is certainly a more wholesome definition.
So, when last did you learn something helpful and new? What did you do today to make you better?
What are you interested in and how much new knowledge have you developed in this area lately?
How much more would you like to learn and what are you doing to achieve this?
Personally, investing just about 30 mins everyday, I think we can improve in even the smallest, seemingly insignificant areas in our daily life. From running better, to making better Egusi soup, drawing better eyebrows or taking better selfies. 😛
Then, in the bigger things and in our relationships with others; being a better parent or spouse, being better at our jobs, being a better boss or a better marketer.
The internet is an amazing resource for Personal development in every aspect of our lives. A few months ago, I stumbled on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which are online course aimed at unlimited participation through the internet.
Basically, you go to class online, for whatever course you might be interested in, and often enough, IT’S FREE! In addition to traditional course materials such as video lectures, readings, and quizzes, many MOOCs provide interactive forums to facilitate community interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants. Most MOOCs also have mobile apps that make the learning process even more convenient.
I am a huge fan of Coursera and I’m currently taking my second course on Entrepreneurship (for career purposes), but I’ve taken courses on Luxury and Fashion Branding, Public Speaking, Meat Production, Child Nutrition and other things not directly relating to my job, but contributing to my general knowledge of things.
The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ― C. JoyBell C.
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