Happy weekend! So how did last week go? Good, bad, somewhere between? Mine went pretty good considering I had a day off last week. So more time to work on the website, so that’s always a plus.
So we’re now in the first week of May and who’d expect that this is already almost halfway through the new year! That’s 4 months of small or big moments for both of us, both in our personal & professional lives. And that’s a lot. And if you’re a self-improvement fanatic like me, you’ve probably gone over many development articles for whatever area. Or if we’re considering day jobs here, we’ve both probably learned a few things that are job-related which might definitely help us in that awesome promotion next year (fingers crossed)!
But at the end of it all, which is more important, self-development or external development (job, money, home etc) and which is more useful to us in the long run?
Personal or External Development?
External growth is basically the development of everything that’s external to us. A better job, a better salary, a new home, a new car, a loving family, friends etc. These are pretty important and almost required to live in this society of ours.
And on the opposite end of the spectrum, personal growth means exactly what it says on the tin. Growing ourselves as a person. Improving our self-confidence, learning new skills, bettering our charisma or people skills etc.
But one of these is more important than the other. You can’t have one without at least a little bit of the other.
You guessed it!
It’s the absolute foundation of everything. Without it, we realistically cannot get by in the world.
Why Personal Development?
According to a statistic by the World Health Organization, 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), estimates at least 16 million people in the US had at least one depressive episode in 2012. And we know depression is one of the major causes for suicide.
Read on for more details and statistics.
But basically, what this implies and its relevance in personal development is, a major reason for depression is usually due to something bad happens externally and we don’t have the internal strength to handle it. Either we lose our job, or we fail an exam or something even worse than that happens. And we crawl up in our shell or start lashing out because we don’t know what to do and deal with all the pain.
99% of the time we can’t control what happens around us. But the one thing that you and I can do, is grow ourselves.
Think about it, we’re the only constant in an ever changing world. Everything can go down the drain around you and things might not work out but as long as you have what it takes to fight through it, you’ll be fine.
That’s why taking the time to invest in our self is so important. Me personally, I’m an introverted guy who hates going to social events and interacting with complete strangers. It makes me incredibly nervous and even when I do go, most conversations I try to have just end up being awkward. But I can’t keep living the rest of my life this way because I’m missing out on a lot of potential friends and relationships. So I take the time to brush up on people and social skills so that one day I can go to a party and not have to worry. And I know this will come in handy for the rest of my life.
Your mileage may vary and you might have other things that you want to improve. For eg public speaking or anything else under the sun. Take the time and invest in yourself. Learn new things, new skills, improve existing ones, improve your self-confidence, self-belief, the list is endless!
If you have a mission in your life, just go ahead and do it. Don’t wait around and put it off until you have the money for it. Your mission is a part of who you are (or want to be) so that immediately means you have to do it. You have to become the best version of yourself that you can possibly become! So then no matter what happens, you’re ready for it like a total boss.
Remember, wealth, fame or reputation can come and go at any time. What stays and endures forever is you.
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