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What is your Personal Development Style?

Updated on April 12, 2015

Personal development involves a lot more than the initial decision to make a new year’s resolution or change a habit, that is where it starts and an important factor in determining your likelihood for success but not where you should start. We all have a unique approach to development, which sets us apart from our peers. Identifying your development style can help you identify areas of opportunity where you need mentoring, threats to your development and help you avoid making costly mistakes.

An early trainer of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko admitted in the Klitschko Documentary:

“Vitali is made of stone, Wladmir is made of clay,” meaning that Vitali is harder to teach, but is unshakeable once he masters something, while Wladimir is easier to mold but harder to keep focused.

Stone, Wood, & Clay

This statement resonated with me and my experience with development. By offering a broad framework for how people respond to teachers, coaches and mentors. In my experience, everyone I have ever interacted with fell into one of the aforementioned roles – Stone or Clay – or presented a combination of the two approaches which we will call Wood.

“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.” – Stephen R. Covey - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

If you are serious about personal development – I suggest you start with determining your development style. Once you have identified why you are, who you are. It becomes much easier to make the changes you desire in your personal and professional life.

Are you Stone, Wood or Clay?

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