One day, I came across the story of Benjamin Franklin, who though he had only two years of formal education (he stopped at age 10 and couldn’t continue for lack of funds), ended up as printer, publisher, author, inventor, scientist, and diplomat. He learnt to read and write by himself. He would rather spend whatever money he had on books than on food. He became an apprentice in a relation’s printing shop, from where he developed the reading habit and grew to become one of America’s greatest philosophers.
Benjamin Franklin single-handedly negotiated for the French government’s involvement (military and financial) in the American Revolution which was how the American colonies were able to separate from Great Britain. He also helped in framing the declaration of independence and the U.S constitution.
Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin stove, bifocal spectacles, and the lightning rod. He also experimented in electricity and founded an academy that grew to be the University of Pennsylvania, and a sophisticated hospital. He was one of the best known and most admired men in the western world during the last half of the 18th century. Till this day, Americans still commemorate the Benjamin Franklin’s day. It is a day off in honors of the great brain; and all these came by personal development.
Personal development is the most effective form of training. There are two forms of training – Formal training and Informal. Formal training is the one received from an educational institution, whereas Informal training tends towards personal development.
While formal training sets the pace for development, personal training delivers the goods. Unfortunately, today, there are many schooled people, who, however, are not trained.
Anthony Robbins is one of the men that thrill’s me so much. He told himself he wanted to become a man of solution, so he looked for money by all means, to attend every personal development seminar in America. While still in high school, he had read about 700 books on psychology, physiology and personal development. Today, he is a welcomed personality at any circle of intelligence on earth. He has no college degree, but he now teaches even professors and one of the professors even concluded by saying that nobody in the school of psychology has the kind of insight that Anthony Robbins has.
Anthony Robbins has made a name for himself in the American business world through personal development. He has only a high school education, but is now a management consultant to great business names in America. He started attending personal development seminars when he was in form one, and grew to be known as a solution man in his class. He has now become a world wide solution man, addressing thousands of people around the world.
There is yet another person, who through personal development has become a resounding success. He is Richard Branson, the emperor of the Virgin Empire, a conglomerate. He was a school drop-out, who started his journey as a newspaper vendor and developed the art of reading. He was once listed as the 11th wealthiest Briton.
He owns an airline, a soft drink company, a music industry, among many other companies. More than twenty of his managers are multi-millionaires. Each arrives for their meetings in their private jets. He was a school drop-out, he was not a “brain drop-out”.
Personal development can create a new world for anyone. All things that keeps life going requires your personal involvement. So there is no substitute for personal development; it is the most effective training program for any man.
It is your training that determines your placement in life.
Many of the outstanding people I have seen in life, 99% of them were through personal training. Oral Roberts never had more than high school formal education, but he founded one of the foremost Christian Universities in America.
Do not be deceived by your qualifications; it is no substitutes for personal development. Also don’t be discouraged by the lack of qualification either, as it is no disqualifier for achievement.
It is a paradox that the greatest men in life; are not usually men of high academic qualifications. As a matter of fact, most of them do not even have college education; but they gave themselves to personal development.
You make the most of life by investing time and resources in personal training and development.
Do anything long enough and you’ll get some depth of insight and understanding about it. Then people will call you a successful man or a guru.
Self development is working on yourself, refining your gifts, talents, skills to the point that they become shiny like no one else’s in the market. This process could be accomplished through practice, research, reading books, attending seminars and every other activity that puts you to test so as to bring the best out of you.
The secret to successfully applying self-development in your life is working on your daily routine or agenda.
Leadership teacher, John C. Maxwell in his book “Make today count” says:
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. You see, success doesn’t just suddenly occur one day in someone’s life. For that matter, neither does failure. Each is a process. Every day of your life is merely preparation for the next. What you become is the result of what you do today. ”
That is to say, self-development is not something you do once and for all, but rather, it is a continuous process and once you stop, the next time you will have to take it all over again.
Then success principle of self-development puts success and wealth at the reach of every one.
Everyone is born a heap of raw gold, and you must take personal responsibility to subject yourself through the necessary processes and conditions that will refine your gifts and turn you into a person of value.