Tuesday, 1 December 2009

What is Personal Development?

I am often asked, "What is Personal Development?" Here is a summary found on Wikipedia.

Personal development for individuals refers to actions or aspirations oriented towards one or more of the following aims:

improving self-awareness
improving self-knowledge
building or renewing identity
developing strengths or talents
identifying or improving potential
building employability or human capital
enhancing lifestyle or the quality of life
realizing dreams
fulfilling aspirations

The concept covers a wider field than self-development or self-help. Personal development also includes developing other people (inter-personal development, compare personnel development) and, by extension, covers:

personal-development methods
personal-development programs
personal-development tools
personal-development techniques
personal-development assessment systems

Source: Wikipedia

Antonia Harrison from Personal Development in the 21st Century

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