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Personal Development Success Through 3 Simple Habits

Updated on October 11, 2014

Personal Development Success

My first experience with personal development was in 1985 at a sales seminar. A speaker by the name of Mort Utley talked about general success principles, as well as some great books and other personal development resources. I was totally inspired, but that inspiration wore off soon after.

After that I occassionally read good books and listened to audios, but never developed the actual personal development habit.

The turning point for me was when I was introduced to Jim Rohn in 2003, who preaches 3 basic habits:

1. Read 10 pages of a good book every day.

2. Listen to 20 minutes of a good audio every day.

3. Attend a self improvement seminar every 90 days.

Those things just clicked for me like the last click on a combination lock. I finally "got it." I think part of the magic was that these things sounded easy. I knew I could do it. On top of that, I realized that sporadic self improvement wasn't cutting it for me, and I needed a "daily dose" to really get the most out of it.

Since that time, I've really enjoyed personal development as an on-going habit, rather than an occassional thing. Some of the books I really like include:

You Were Born Rich- Bob Proctor
As A Man Thinketh- James Allen
The Attractor Factor- Joe Vitale
The Dream Giver- Bruce Wilkinson
Seeing Is Believing- Wayne Dyer
Think And Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill

I have also enjoy biographies, and have read the life stories of Andrew Carnegie, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Einstein, Steve Jobs, Lance Armstrong, Buddha, Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, and many others.

All of these have been inspiring in different ways. I think personal development isn't just about making more money (that's all some people think it's about!) but it's about improving your life in every way, spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially.

I hope these three habits inspire you the same way they did me. Because personal development is a lot like taking a shower: it works, but it's a lot more effective on a daily basis than every month!

The late, great Jim Rohn on Personal Development


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