What is personal development?
Personal development can be defined as a way for people to assess the skills and qualities they currently have, to consider what they want to achieve in their life, and to set goals and strategies to maximize their potential. It involves developing skills and behaviors which support your current role and your future aspirations, stretching and extending your abilities.
Personal development is an ongoing process which continues throughout life. As Henry Ford said:
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Whatever the truth of Ford’s recipe for eternal youth, life-long learning through personal development is a necessary part of any one.
Self-development is personal development, with the person taking primary responsibility for their own learning and for choosing the means to achieve this. Ultimately, it is about increasing your capacity and willingness to take control over and be responsible for events.
They go on to say that self-development can mean many things:
• developing specific qualities and skills
• improving your performance in your existing job
• advancing your full potential as a person.