Deep down, I’m selfish. And you are too. You can call it ambitious or you can call it goal-oriented, but I promise you that—somewhere within—those feelings are hidden within the guise of selfishness.
Now, I’m not writing this from a position of condemnation, I’m guilty too. Rather, I’m writing from a position of warning and, possibly, encouragement.
Because I believe that wrestling this deceptive, selfish demon is necessary in embracing fullness in every aspect of your life.
Do you want to know the real magic word when it comes to personal development?
It might surprise you. It sure got me thinking when Dan Erickson shared it with me.
Read more from Dan below. If you don’t know Dan, he is a college instructor, a single dad, a musician, and a writer. He’s written hundreds of poems and songs and two books: A Train Called Forgiveness and At The Crossing of Justice and Mercy. Read his advice below and then
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When Matt asked me to write a post on personal development the first thing that came to mind was:
“Really? Personal development? Why me, Matt?”
That’s right. My first thought was that I am definitely not qualified to write about personal development. After all, what have I accomplished in life? I’m just a college instructor who’s written a couple of books that have sold less than a couple hundred copies. Personal development? Me?
The second thing that came to mind was a word:
You’re ready to take your career and your life to the next level. Now what?
If you haven’t heard of Dale Carnegie, you’ve probably lived in Siberia for your entire life. Welcome to life.
Dale Carnegie Training was founded on the principles of the famous speaker and author of How to Win Friends and Influence People. Today, the company offers leadership training to help businesses and individuals achieve their goals.
I asked Celia Wang from Dale Carnegie Training to share seven secrets of personal growth with us. Take it away Celia…
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When it comes to taking your career and life to the next level, many people don’t know where to start. The following seven “secrets” of personal development can help you learn how to find success and stay positive through your struggles and triumphs. Read on to see insights and tips from Dale Carnegie Training, which specializes in leadership training, to help you go further this year and beyond.
Secret 1: Only you can take charge of your personal development.
I keep hearing the coolest stories from the Thank You Revolution.
Unfortunately, I can’t share all of them here (That’s why I created the Revolution email list…you should sign-up). But I did recently get a great story from Kirbie Earley that I wanted to share with you. Kirbie is an innovation coach in central Ohio. She focuses on leadership and team building within innovation. You should definitely check out her blog and follow her on Twitter @inov8coach.
Take it away Kirbie…
Like many, I was taught to write thank you notes. As a child, this was more of a chore than a joyful endeavor, and as kids we certainly don’t see the importance of it. Over time, I got away from it, but it always nagged at me. I did write them occasionally, but I let busy life get in the way of doing what was the right thing.
Recently, I was asked to present an Innovation Workshop at a University about 3 hours away. I had about 11 or 12 people in attendance – a typical group for this type of event. Since it is hands-on, I cap it at 20 or so in order to be able to give personal guidance where needed. I get to know a few of the participants pretty well.
Jon Acuff tried to tell me in Quitter not to quit. I laughed.
He tried to tell me to practice my dream and use my day job as a platform for my dream job. I laughed.
How about I just skip to the part where I do my dream job? How about I just do what I want, when I want?
What is your reputation?
That is, what do others say about you and think about you? And how do they treat you as a result?
My friend Mark Sieverkropp is serious about his reputation and it has paid off big time for him. He also loves to share his knowledge and ideas with others as he helps individuals and businesses grow and develop within their purpose and mission. So I asked him to share with you about building a great reputation.
It’s time I came clean.
I’ve been keeping a secret from Jon Stolpe for way too long.
He is the reason I started a movement. He is the reason I started the Thank You Revolution.
Not the hundreds of thank you notes I’ve written over the years. Not the hundreds of responses I got. Not the even the prospect of turning it into a money-making venture.
None of those led me to start a movement.
But Jon did.
That’s how I start a post today over on Jon’s blog.
I’ll go ahead and answer my own question in the title:
Yes! Of course you want to know my number one leadership tool.
I also won’t make you wait. The tool is one-on-one meetings.
Fellow blogger Jon Stolpe wrote about the power of one-on-one meetings and shares his experience below.
Where in the world is the Thank You Revolution?
How about the Pentagon:
Or how about an inner city classroom in Baltimore.
I got one of the most gratifying stories in my life from Chip Dizárd recently. He shared the story of his class in Baltimore. I’ll let Chip take it from here:
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God, grant me the serenity… Those are famous words from the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr. I was praying this prayer a few days ago and halfway through it hit me that this prayer was made for leaders. So I rewrote it and out came the “Leader’s Prayer for Serenity.” Yesterday, I had the privilege of guest posting at Chris LoCurto’s […]