Personal Growth 101: An Introduction to Personal Development



Personal growth, personal development or self-development is an essential part of a person’s success and happiness. Personal development is a very vast topic and subject area that consists of a multitude of subjects and topics. There’s a lot to it. Some of it can be conflicting too. And then some of it can seem like common sense.

Personal development consists of techniques and ideas to improve your life as well as inspirational positivity and quotes. This article is designed to give you an introduction to personal development. Personal growth and personal development will be used interchangeably.

The World of Personal Development

The world of personal development is changing. Millennials are now the biggest population group. It shifted from Baby Boomers. Women also are more involved in the personal development industry much more than men are.

I remember when I first got involved in personal development in my early teens. I would notice that when I would watch videos and read books, most of the people were middle-aged and older. A lot older than me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it didn’t seem like there was anyone I could relate to and it wasn’t popular for people like me. I took a class on stock trading once, and I realized I was the only single woman there. Everyone else was either a single male or a couple together. I also remember when much of it was called “New Age.”

Now, personal development is becoming increasingly backed by science and research. And it’s growing in popularity more than ever. With the advancement of technology, it’s also becoming easier to access with blogs like this one.

If you’re wondering if personal growth is for you, it probably is, especially if you’re reading this. It’s not for everyone though (although I believe it should be.) If you are willing to improve yourself and your life in any way, personal development is for you. Personal development can be for anyone and can be applied to all areas of your life. It can also be applied to company and work culture.

Rules for Personal Development

It’s never too late for personal growth

You don’t have to “need” personal growth or be unhappy to enjoy the benefits of personal growth

There is no one way

Personal development looks different for everyone

What works for one person won’t necessarily work for everyone

Not all information out there is created equal (some of it can be misleading, exaggerated, or false)

Just because one thing didn’t work out as planned or you failed doesn’t mean it doesn’t work or personal development doesn’t work for you in general

There’s no magic pill

Personal development takes time

It also takes some work, effort, and discomfort

Personal growth doesn’t mean drastic changes or becoming a totally different person

Consistency is key

You don’t have to get it right the first time (in fact, it’s likely you won’t, and that’s okay)

Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist


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