Personal Development: Is it worth the investment?
If someone told me a couple of years back that I’d be spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on personal development, I’d probably just laughed out loud and (maybe rolling on the floor laughing too)
And yet, here I am today sitting on Southwest flight flying over the Grand Canyon on my way to Chicago to attend a business & personal development training seminar, with Dani Johnson, the self-made multi-millionaire. Many successful and multimillionaires agree that we can only be successful and rich if we invest on ourselves to become a better person.
Are leaders born or developed?
Many thinks that leaders are born – some people just have the natural gift to become the football jock, high school class president, and prom king without even trying. But the rest of us, our leadership skills can be developed through life experience and trainings, whether via seminars or personal development books, if we really want to work on improving those skills.
In high school, I was really active in extra curricular activities, but I wasn’t popular, and had difficulties making anyone to listen to me. In fact, I had such a low self esteem, that I tend to stand in one corner of the room without mingling with anyone. I had such terrifying fear of public speaking and couldn’t talk to a stranger to save my life. Not to mentioned that I used to look like Steve Urkel (and can I say Mickey Mouse Safari rocks?)
I know I wouldn’t be who I am today without doing any personal development. The first self-help book that I read was called “The Slight Edge” and 3 months after, I sucked it up and lead a workout class. I mean me, leading a workout session and having people actually liking me! Now, I’m not that fearful anymore to speak up in a room full of people.
In 2010, I was working as an RF Engineer, commuting 50 miles each way for work. Instead of listening to Britney Spears on the radio (that’s a joke btw), I spent my driving time having a drive-time university, where I listened to good audio books. Among the audio books that I listened to were:
- Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
- From Good to Great
…. And many more. Not only I learned to be more confident in myself, but I learned crucial communication skills that make me become a better leader. In just 3 months after starting the job as RF Engineer, I got promoted to lead a group of 8 people in a project. Not to mention, my side business was booming fast that by the end of 2010, I submitted my 2 weeks notice to become a full-time Beachbody Coach.
Is it worth it to invest in personal development? YES! If you think you’re one of the exception, then I’ve to say that you just have a big ego thinking that what you’re doing is going great for you – I know, because that used to be me, and where did the ego get me to, other than being broke and unappreciated. No one is perfect, and we can always work on improving ourselves.
Whether you’ve on your own business and working from someone else, you can benefit from this. Even if you’re an engineer, working on solving problems – you may find that acquiring new communication skills will help you with marketing yourself and get you that promotion 😉
For anyone who wants to start with their first personal development book, I’d highly recommend to check out:
The Success Principles, Jack Canfield
The first chapter of the book talks is about “You’re 100% Responsible for Your Life & Success”. That was an eye opener for me.
Anyway, stay tune in a couple of days to find out what I’ve learned from Dani Johnson seminar.