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What is personal development?

In the most basic terms, personal development is a process of bettering yourself. This growth can include taking courses, reading books, attending college or some sort of higher education, listening to podcasts, attending conferences, and much more! Personal development can mean different things to everyone. Nonetheless, this process improves your life by gaining skills, and insights into new or important topics.

Man reading personal development book

Why should I focus on personal development?

  • Providing Clarity
  • Sense of Direction
  • Cultivating Focus
  • Improving Your Current Skillset
  • Understanding Your Desires
  • Learning New Skills
  • Identifying Talents
  • Developing Self-Awareness
  • Earning More
  • Building Something Meaningful
  • Becoming Resilient
  • Increasing Motivation
  • Avoid Becoming Stagnant
  • Build Confidence
  • Feeling Proud of Yourself
  • Committing To Task & Responsibilities
  • Improving Personal Relationships

Personal development is something you can focus your efforts on at any point in your life, but why not start today?

There are entire brands and businesses that have been built to cater to this demand, individuals wanting to better themselves. Many of these tools are also little to no cost, some are even free! Podcasts and videos are a great place to start if you’re interested in this type of self improvement. Verywell Mind created a list of the 20 best self-help podcasts to listen to, catering towards procrastination, anxiety, creating new habits, and more!

Man taking notes from a personal development class

Many people find New Year’s Resolutions a waste of time, or just an excuse to start later rather than today. 2020 was a difficult year for many, but some people might find success making personal development a goal for 2021!

“Growth today brings success tomorrow!” Interested in learning more about personal self development? Check out this video by Dr. Dave Martin!