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Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Richard Branson, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey are some of the top personal development leaders in history.
We know their names. When you think of these geniuses of industry, do you think about their companies?
Or do you think about the women and men who drove the innovation and created the companies.
Your personal development is the key to your success. As a home business owner, you are your business. You are the core of everything that happens.
I am a firm believer that if you are going to be a home business owner, you need to be constantly working on your personal development.
For me, much of my personal development has come through the tools, assets and friends of the Empower Network.
Personal Development Recommendations
Below is a list of elements of personal development that I recommend strongly that you embrace:
There are millions of personal development books in the world. I will be publishing and extensive list soon but here are three to start with - Notes from a Friend by Anthony Robbins; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey; How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
The Tony Robbins book is all of his personal development techniques distilled to a tiny book. The 7 Habits are the core of true personal development; if you can master all seven, you will be President or a saint or a billionaire.
The Dale Carnegie book is old and feels out of date, but the principles are so classic that all you need to do is find ways to update his ideas to your modern personal development.
Empower Network's Inner Circle audios are awesome for this type of personal development. There are also the talks of Zig Ziglar, some great leaders like John Kennedy and some of the great sermons of all time. Also, listen to your mentors and friends; they have lots of wisdom to share. Remember: no everyone that is your teacher is in a classroom.
I have my faith and I am very dedicated to it, but any faith that is based in love and humanity will help on your course of personal development. I tend not to place my faith loudly at the front of my home business.
Instead, I like to demonstrate my faith by action. I encourage you to find a love-based faith that will allow you to have a higher calling, one that extends beyond this short life to a wondrous eternity that you and your mission can make even more wonderful through your actions.
You need a support structure around you that will help to see you through the rough times. Learn to take time for your family, children, partner, whomever. If you don't take time with them, you will find that everything else seem futile. Set aside the time for them.
Many of us have difficult and painful family situations. You don't need to have a perfect family, but you need a family of some kind. It can be the family that you have over on Friday nights to watch movies or the ladies in the pilates class or your friends from high school.
They say you can't pick your family, but you can make a new one. Then you must forgive the one that hurts! This is imperative. You will never succeed in your personal development if you are festering the wounds of the past.
Many of us these days fear time alone. Even more, we fear quiet time, without a TV or radio or a crowd. Still, as humans, we need quiet time. Your personal development should include pushing through your fears.
One of the great modern fears is being alone and in the quiet. Push through that fear and find out how awesome it is to talk a walk alone through the woods or just sitting quietly on the couch, looking out the window.
Okay, it's not technically necessary to dance. But get up and move some. Take a walk, play catch with your daughter, get into a heated Wii tennis match with your best friend. Using your body is one of the best ways to get your mind working.
Our founding fathers, Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, Adams, all of them were also farmers and inventors. They worked their bodies so that their minds would be free to work on some of the most important thoughts in history.
Even if it is a simple daily schedule of how you are going to improve your home business, make time to for your personal development. Steven Covey calls this "Sharpening the Saw." Every day, as part of your home business, there needs to be time for you to improve yourself and your business skills.
Make sure that you know what you are doing with your home business this month, next month and a year from now. That way when you wake up on those days that your brain isn't functioning, you will know what you need to do for your home business and for your personal development.
Putting Your Personal Development Plan to Work
I look forward to your massive success and I wish all the best for you. If I can help, please don't hesitate to ask. And I would be honored to share with you all of the resources that I have used in my personal development.
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