After having interviewed more than a dozen people who have built multiple million dollar businesses, I can tell you without hesitation that personal growth and professional development matters. If you want to achieve the top of your game in any industry, and if you want to grow past the point where you are now, you need to invest in personal growth and professional development. It’s not a nicety. It’s a necessity.
Personal Growth: The Foundation of Your Success
Imagine that you want to build a house. The first and most important thing to build is the foundation. If you get the foundation wrong, the building won’t turn out right or it won’t be able to handle the weight of the walls and it will collapse.
The foundation of all your success is your ability to believe in yourself. Every time you want to achieve a new level of success, that’s like adding a layer of brick to the house that you’re trying to build. For the building to be stable, the foundation must be strong enough to carry the load. Each layer of success you add increases the pressure on that foundation. Too much pressure, and the structure collapses.
Professional Development: Keeping Your Skills Sharp
Your skills are the blade you use to cut through the work you need to do in writing a book. Like any blade, it can become dull over time without you even noticing. Time erodes our memories and suddenly your spelling or grammar skills may not be as sharp as they once were.
The duller your skills become, the choppier the work you produce and the longer it takes you to get it done. Ongoing professional development keeps your skills sharp and helps you learn new techniques that will make the writing go more smoothly or take it to a whole new level altogether.
There Is Always Room for Improvement
It doesn’t matter how good you are, there is always someone better who can teach you what they know and help you grow. There will always be someone better than you. Ongoing personal development helps you to evolve into the best possible person you can be, and to sustain the belief that is required for you to keep growing in your skills and abilities.
There is Always More to Learn
It doesn’t matter how much you know, there is always more to learn – new technology, new techniques, new ways of doing things, new ways of looking at things. It may seem like writing is one area where nothing new ever happens, but it isn’t true. New techniques are always being developed to make writing faster, easier, and more impactful. New ways of reaching your audience are being created as we speak. New software and technology is always being developed. The industry changes regularly, and you need to know where those changes are coming and when they are coming so you can either take advantage of them or protect yourself from them.
If You Aren’t Growing, You Are Dying
One of the conditions for declaring something living is that it grows and changes over time. If you aren’t growing, you are dying. You need to grow yourself mentally and professionally, and that’s why these things matter so much to your development.
Take Your Craft As Seriously As You Want People to Take You
One of the biggest differences between an amateur and a professional is that a professional takes themselves seriously. They are willing to pay the money or the time in order to grow their skills and expand their opportunities. If you want people to take you seriously, it starts by taking yourself and your craft as seriously as you want to be taken.
Another aspect of personal growth and professional development is challenging yourself. Get out there. Find writing challenges and enter them. Find contests and enter those. These test your skills and push you to create new things. NaNoWriMo comes up in November. Enter it. Watch yourself grow because you did.
The amount of personal growth and professional development that happens when you work with someone who is already where you want to be is tremendous. If you are interested in learning more about the classes I
offer, or about getting a one-on-one mentoring program started, please schedule an appointment with me. I’d love to discuss the options with you.