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Personal growth: What if we born with an owner’s manual? July 26, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Personal Development Potential.
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Would our personal development efforts be a lot easier if we were issued a personal, customized owner’s manual or video at birth?

Our personal owner’s manual would probably be much like the self-improvement materials in various media that we are already familiar with.

We can easily imagine some of the chapters and the details of the contents on such topics as self-actualization, building self-esteem, achieving goals, developing confidence, realizing our potential, profiting from failure, improving our health.

The point is, in maximizing our personal growth possibilities, we already know, for the most part, what is required of us.

We just need to do it.

That’s the hard part.

– Dennis Mellersh

Personal Development: The hidden benefits of failure June 15, 2017

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In working our personal development programs, it can sometimes be difficult to remember that there are positive benefits inherent in the inevitable failures on our road to success.

Author Michael Korda suggests that we should “Never walk away from failure [but] on the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.”

Most of us can see the learning opportunities in everyday “learning curve” failures.

However, if the failure is substantial and significant enough, or if failures are occurring much too often, finding those “hidden assets” can be problematic.

In this case, we might benefit from this overview by Tony Robbins:

Success is the result of good judgement.
Good judgement is the result of experience.
Experience is of the result of bad judgement. (1)

(1) Tony Robbins, Notes From a Friend, A Fireside Book, Published by Simon and Schuster, New York, 1995

— Dennis Mellersh