Professional development cannot be achieved without a little personal development. This type of self improvement should be a lifelong pursuit.
Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on simply your work. The business of personal development lasts a lifetime and what you become is far more important than what you get. The important question to ask is not, “What am I getting?” Instead, you should ask, “What am I becoming?” What you become directly influences what you get. Most of what you have today, you have attracted by becoming the person you are today.
A relevant truism is that income rarely exceeds personal development. Sometimes income takes a lucky jump, but unless you learn to handle the responsibilities that come with it, it usually shrinks back to the amount you can handle. It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development.
“To have more than you’ve got, become more than you are.”
— Jim Rohn
Personal development is a push. It is a struggle. It is a challenge. There would not be any winning without a challenge. That’s what life is all about. It is the struggle and the challenge to develop ourselves that allows us to create value in the marketplace.