My Personal Development Journey So Far

Only a couple of years ago, I had no clue what personal development was. In fact, I had not even heard about it. I used to do things that made me happy at that moment, irrespective of its consequences later on.

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Books were my starting point 

One day, as always, I was watching some Youtube videos. One of the recommended videos was titled ‘Summary of Rich Dad Poor Dad’. I found the title interesting. So I decided to watch it. The guy was talking about the differences between rich people and poor people. He then discussed a few financial terms. Despite being a finance student, I had never heard them in my school time. I had to Google them to find out their meaning.

As the name of the book grasped my interest so much, I read a few of its reviews from random websites. All these people were discussing how Rich Dad Poor Dad changed their lives, so on, and so on. 

Even though I rarely read books, I thought perhaps I should also give this book a try. Then, I did…

By the time I finished reading Rich Dad Poor Dad, I felt my whole life was a wreck. I had been missing so many important things in my life without even knowing. I was frustrated at my school for not teaching me about money. But I was glad that I stumbled upon such a wonderful book. 

Since I found that book fascinating, I thought I could find similar other books. So I Googled these 2 terms:

  • The most popular book for our development
  • Books similar to Rich Dad Poor Dad

In both these searches, I found 2 common books – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and How to Win Friends and Influence People. Without any hesitation, I read them as well.

I cannot tell you how thankful I am for these books. Thanks to the author of these books, I was already with a personal development mindset without my awareness.

P.S. I have read Rich Dad Poor Dad more than 4 times in total.

“In school, we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.”

Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

The TED Talk that changed my life

One of the books I read had suggested me to watch TED Talks. So I did. I typed “Most popular TED Talk”. One of them was titled ‘How great leaders inspire action’ by Simon Sinek. So I watched it.

Sinek discussed why it’s essential for us to find our life’s purpose before anything else. All of us know what we’re doing. Some of us know how we are able to do what we’re doing. Only a few of us know why we doing it.

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.”

Simon Sinek, Start with Why

When you constantly ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing, you will see a great paradigm shift in your life. 

After watching the TED Talk, I was able to visualize and self-reflect on my past. Suddenly, I felt like all the dots were starting to connect. Later, I started asking myself about the purpose of my life. What inspires me? Long after observing and analyzing myself, I found my purpose. Since then, all my life has revolved around with that specific “purpose” I found for myself.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

Steve Jobs

You may ask but how can one small thing influence so much in your life? That’s the thing, it works like magic.

How was Steve Jobs able to achieve so much? It’s because he had a single purpose in his life – to create a company that would prioritize people before anything else. Back in his days, personal computers weren’t of good quality. So Jobs took matters in his own hands by discovering Apple. He provided great value to his consumers. No wonder Apple’s the most valued company in the modern world.

What was Mahatma Gandhi’s purpose? He wanted to free India from the British Rule using non-violence. Not only was he successful in doing so, but he remains one of the most influential people the world has ever seen. His cause helped the USA achieve racial equality through Martin Luther King Jr. Gandhi’s approach inspired Nelson Mandela to achieve freedom for South Africa.

The reason Steve Jobs and Mahatma Gandhi were successful is that they had one purpose in their lives. They dedicated their entire lives to achieve that single cause which ignited their core beliefs and values.  

So I urge you to find your purpose as well.

Setting my goals

After finding my ‘why’, it was then time to follow the ‘how’ process. By then, I had learned that goal setting is one of the most important activities you could get into for personal development.

So after a lot of planning, I set my goals. I break them down into a periodic basis – yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly, daily. 

I would like to provide an example with one of my real goals for 2020:

Time periodGoal
Yearly Become proficient in Python software 
QuarterlyMake my own Python project 
Monthly Learn all the basics of Python
Weekly Finish an online Python course 
Daily 2 hours of Python practice

Breaking them down like this has helped me focus on a particular time. If I leave my goals for a yearly basis, then it would seem overwhelming. Most likely, I wouldn’t have even tried. Earlier, I had to quit so many goals because I failed to divide them into a manageable structure. I hope that you won’t commit the same mistake as I did.

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”

Andrew Carnegie

Periodical reflection 

Only setting goals isn’t enough. We have to evaluate whether we are able to achieve them or not. If I failed to achieve them, then I would question myself why I failed to do so. I prepare mathematical models to make my goals precise and time-bound. I would promise myself to complete it next time. 

Similar to breaking down my goals, I follow the same pattern for periodical reflection as well. Every night before sleeping, I would check if I was able to accomplish it or not. 

Example of my periodical reflection for the same goal as above:

Time periodGoal
Yearly Till June 2020, I am able to demonstrate semi-proficiency in Python
QuarterlyI made a computer game using Python
Monthly I failed to cover the Python basics in one month. It took me around 2 months 
Weekly I completed my online Python course
Daily I practiced for only 1.5 hours. I need to improve on it

“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”

Charles Bukowski, Post Office

Conclusion 

So this is all about my journey in personal development. I was unaware of the possibility of personal development back then. But once I learned about it, I never looked back. I chose to define my path with personal development.

I hope you can relate to this article and start your own personal development journey. If you already have it, then Bingo! Keep developing yourself!

If you need help to start your personal development journey, then we have written an article to cater to your needs. Please feel free to check it out – 4 Steps to Start Your Personal Development Journey.

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This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Amazing post! I personally loved the goals plan and the self reflection format. Thinking of integrating them in my daily life. Keep it up!

    Best,
    Esha

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you so much Esha for your warm comment!
      I hope you will find the profound benefits of implementing these goals plan with self reflection format. 🙂

  2. Laavannya

    It’s a great blog. Thank you for sharing. I’m also a blogger too. My purpose to inspire and share my experiences to other students and adult people so that they don’t repeat the same mistakes which I made earlier. It would make their learning curve faster in achieving their goals.

    Would need your help to read my blog on how I started writing blogs, please read up my other blogs https://crazygeekcom.wordpress.com.

    Thank you in advance. Happy to connect with someone is having a similar purpose for writing blogs. Keep inspiring us.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you so much, Laavannya!
      It is actually a great pleasure to hear from you about your blog. Having shared a common goal will help others to learn.
      Your determined purpose will reach to people who are in need of inspiration.

      I will read out your posts right after this comment.
      Once again, thank you so much for your beautiful comment.

  3. Evangeline Akinola

    Hello Kiran!
    I have to say this article got me thinking about reevaluating my goals. Thank you for the reminder. Now I’ve got some work to do! 😄

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Hi Evangeline!
      I hope you will get to discover even more potential while reevaluating your goals.
      Please, proceed your work and feel the accomplishment! 🙂
      Thanks for the wonderful comment.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you Nianni!
      I have checked your blog and loved your writing on How to be Confident! Looking forward to see your future articles.

  4. Anonymous

    This is such an inspiring article! Would you mind sharing a bit about which resources you’ve been using to learn Python? I’ve recently started learning to code, and I’m always looking for something new to try.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you so much for leaving your comments!
      At the beginning, I started watching youtube videos i.e. Python Tutorial – Python for Beginners [Full Course] which is of 6 hours. Or in Coursera, you can find Programming for everybody by University of Michigan.
      The course is explained in simple terms.

      I hope you will find this helpful. Keeping trying the new things!
      Happy coding! 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    I really struggle to pin down time to do the things I plan to outside of my Monday to Friday work hours. The concept of a to-do list is one I use, but I believe I will try to use time blocking to identify when I will set aside the time to do so. This will hopefully help me to be more realistic and know when I actually can and cannot do specific things which require a larger block of time.

    Motivation is not a magic bullet that will hit us, we must work hard when we feel like – and when we don’t! Including blocking time for effective rest.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Time blocking will help you to specify particular time for your tasks. I hope it will help you to complete the task within the time outside from your work hours.
      Thank you so much for your wonderful thoughts. Motivation indeed is not a magic bullet, inspiration is what makes us work hard.

  6. Anonymous

    Last Week I just watched Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk. It was awesome experience for me.
    It was so inspiring too. Thanks for these guidelines.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      I am glad you loved his speech.
      Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂

  7. Cognition2017

    Sharing one’s personal experiences is a beautiful way of giving back, and you’ve shared quite quaintly. Most importantly, all hail Python 😉

    1. Kiran Kandel

      I am glad to hear from you about my post. Thank you so much for your lifting inspiration through your comment. 🙂

  8. Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you so much for your words! I appreciate it. 🙂

    1. Kiran Kandel

      It is so kind to hear from you about my post! 🙂
      Thank you

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Hello, thank you so much! 🙂
      I hope your friend would love it as well!

  9. SMS

    Your site is very helpful. Many thanks for sharing!

    1. Kiran Kandel

      It is so great to hear about my post! I can’t thank you enough for your words! 🙂

  10. Scribbles

    Hey, this is simply amazing!! Please don’t stop doing this. I have to adapt a few things from here!!

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Hi, Thank you so much for your words. I definitely won’t stop. You for sure can adapt some ideas. Thanks for that! 🙂

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