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5 Myths about Self-Development

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

First of all, we need to know what self development stands for. Because the industry of personal development is huge and I'm sure you have heard of it a lot.

Self development means to learn new things and to develop new skills in order to increase the chance of success, achieving goals, and manifesting our dreams.*

What exactly that is depends on you and your journey, your life, your job, your dream, etc. There is not one plan that fits all. And because everyone has their individual path a number of myths may stop you from your personal development. Let's look at a few to bust them.

Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.

( Brian Tracey)


  1. Self-Development is all about Positive Thinking or Being Happy all the time Positive Thinking is powerful, but is worth nothing without Positive Action and Positive Attitude. To say it in different words, to visualize your dreams alone won't get you closer to them. You need to actively work for them. And let's be real, being happy ALL the time doesn't even sound human. Life consists of positive, neutral and negative. That's a fact. We can train ourselves to have a positive mindset, but that doesn't mean to be happy and positive 100% of the time. We need to honor negative feelings as well. "Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy. Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life, [...]" The key of positive mindset is not to get stuck in the negative feelings, but when going through negative to remember that there are better times to come.

  2. Self-Development is not for me Everyone is capable of self-development and -improvement. Actually getting rid of the "I can't"-mindset is the first step to get out of it. Can you think of a skill that you wanted to look up to learn them? Maybe how to exchange a tire, how to tie a tie, how to knit, how to write code, how to do basic CPR,... Here a few more ideas on what you could learn today on YouTube: Link The very first entry has 19k views and one of the comments states: "I am amazed at 57 I thought that I would never be able to do this . Your instructions are bob on .I did it after about three goes." But now he can do it. Just find a small skill that is useful to you and take the time to learn it. Start with something seemingly small and go from there.

  3. Self-development has a finish line I am sorry to disappoint you but the fun of life is that you will always find something new to learn. Simply because there are endless possibilities and also because by the time you learned things, science may have developed or discovered new things. That should not discourage you. It simply says that there are endless possibilities for you to learn, develop, and re-invent yourself.

  4. Multi-Tasking is a Key to Higher Performance Oh, when I hear that I just laugh. We totally underestimate how much the quality of our work decreases the moment we multi-task. Not to mention the time it takes to switch between tasks. I agree, that sometimes life demands to do it. surely is not efficient. If you want to produce quality work and possibly get tasks done faster, try to concentrate on them. That's why I implemented time blocking into my office life. It reduces (though not eliminates) multi-tasking and I get tasks done faster, reduce mistakes, and don't overwhelm myself with too many topics at once.

  5. Nobody ever really changes Think of yourself 10 years ago. Are you still the same? No, we always learn and adapt and change. It's a part of life. That is a fact for you, for me, for everyone. Trying a diet and failing is not proof at all that change isn't possible. It simply means that this wasn't for you and you have to find a system that works for you. Part of self-development is to take ownership of the ways in which we want to develop and change. So let's go and try that together!

These are only a few myths but I hope they shed some light on the truth about self-development. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or contact me!


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