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Self-development is the key to success

There is no greater path to success than through
your own self-development. Those who are radically
successful are immersed in themselves. They are
endlessly curious and passionate about

To rank among them, you must invest in yourself so
you may manage your actions effectively, regardless
of what life places in your path.

It is through self-development that you become
ready and able to be proactive in all of your
efforts, challenges and successes. By being
proactive, you are not waiting for success to
happen; you go out and make it happen.

You may not achieve every goal you set, but as you
develop yourself, you are guaranteed to live a richer,
deeper and wider life. Making a commitment to your
own development is the first step on the path to
living your personal legend. The following are the
gifts of adopting a self-development mindset:

1. Sense of self

Any type of self-improvement begins with a keen
awareness of who you are and what are your values,
beliefs and the larger purpose you wish to pursue.
True satisfaction cannot manifest from chasing
someone else’s dreams. You have to know who you
are and what you want. Take care to remind
yourself that you are more than the sum total of
other people’s opinions of you.

The experiences you have in life and business can
have meaning only if you truly understand them.

The path to understanding can come only once
you’ve arrived at some level of self-knowledge.
With a solid sense of who you are, you can start
planning, designing and pursuing your own
identified goals and objectives. In pursuing your
own goals, your experience of success and
fulfillment comes directly from the liberation you
feel from being on your own journey.

2. Sense of curiosity

To live successfully, you must be deeply curious
about all the possibilities your future holds. It
is important to have an unquenchable thirst for
your advancement.

Curiosity inspires you to deliberately push through
the unusually painful trials and errors in your
business, leading to an acquired self-discipline
which teaches you to cast your fears aside. With
fears pushed out of your way, you open yourself
to the fullest experience life and business can offer.

Curiosity creates a longing to know more, do more
and be more. It inspires a zest which makes it
possible to see any situation as an opportunity
for your advancement and learning. When you
approach business with a sense of adventure, there
is no situation, however limiting, physically or
economically, which cannot be filled to the brim
with interest in and curiosity about how it will
all work out.

3. Sense of direction

The more you develop yourself, the clearer you
become on the things you want to achieve. This
clarity makes decision-making easier. Having a
sense of direction improves your ability to
prioritize. You become certain about which
objectives are important in the short term and
which are necessary for your long term. With a
sense of direction, you become focused and

There is nothing that will help you organize your
efforts more than being focused. Direction
provides commitment. It is difficult to commit to
something that has no foreseeable future or path.
If you are filled with doubt and a lack of clarity
there is no way to launch your ideas.
Self-development gifts you with direction and,
thereby, the commitment to achieve your ends.

4. Sense of follow-through

Knowing what you want to achieve makes it easier
for you to see the benefits of taking action. Even
when the tasks are not enjoyable, seeing the
benefit of following through on them makes it
easier to take the necessary steps to produce your
desired results. There is much truth in the
saying, where there is a will there is a way.

When you are committed to personal development,
you find a way to develop the necessary will.
Purpose is what gives you the incentive and
motivation to get the things done which you need
to do in order for you to become successful. Your
idea of success and the vision of what that will
look like is where your incentive to follow
through originates.

5. Sense of urgency

A sense of urgency drives hard work. Urgency
creates a mindset to work as if your life depended
upon it, especially if you have fewer resources
than your competitors. When you are the underdog,
you will dig deep inside yourself in order to

Urgency prompts you to activate quickly when
making decisions. You get off the dime and do
something. Keep in mind that it is easier to steer
a moving object, so if you realize you have made a
poor decision, a sense of urgency allows you to
adjust. If you wait too long, you miss

Urgency is all about getting results quickly and
efficiently, but it does not eliminate assessment.
If you want faster results, you must assess what
is and is not working, then eliminate the efforts
you’ve identified as wasteful.

6. Sense of resiliency

There will be tough times in life and business.
Resiliency prevents you from viewing any challenge
as the end of the world. Resilience allots you the
patience, awareness and fortitude to continue
moving forward, even if that means completely
changing course. Self-development gifts you with
the perception that everything that happens (good
and bad) happens for reasons which can only be in
line with your best interest. With this type of
mindset, there is no obstacle that will hold you

When tough times occur, you need the skills to
deal with them effectively. Personal development
cannot prevent all bad things from occurring, but
it will help you deal with them when they do. You
will have greater confidence and pliability, along
with the personal and interpersonal skills to cope
with any challenge you face as you climb the
ladder of success.

7. Sense of connectedness

Relationships are a double-edged sword. They
either lift you up or drag you down. They either
bring you closer to your goals or push you further
away. When you improve your personal development,
you are better able to see which relationships and
partnerships are worth investing in and which you
need cut loose. You also develop the skills to
make the most of those relationships which have
the most positive impact on your life, your
business and your overall success.

Adopting a personal-development mindset is about
making the commitment to taking the time to invest
in your greatest resource — you. When you put
effort into developing yourself, the rewards are
unfathomable. Many people are put off by personal
development because they see it as a weakness or
something that shows they do not already possess
the skills necessary for success. If you assume
you already know it all, you will not succeed. The
greatest achievers in life and business know the
key to success is their ability to manage
themselves in a variety of situations. That
ability comes through personal development.

My wish is that every day you improve yourself
that you work harder on yourself than you do on your job
and remember at the end of the day, when all the money is gone
what have you left??
and the answer is just your knowledge – no one can take that away!!

To your success
with love

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.