What do we mean by Success – Blog 18: Your Personal Growth?

As people go through life, they quite often change, develop and grow. Life is one big learning curve at the end of the day and personal growth is essential to people. There’s always a lesson to be learned in life & they don’t always just show a mistake that has been made, but also an evaluation and modification that was made, as a result of the so called mistake. In saying that, can one’s personal growth be used as a measure of how successful or not they are in life?

This is what we’ll be looking at in today’s “What do we mean by Success?” blog!

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Today’s blog is the eighteenth blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series and is going to be tailored around personal growth. We’ll be looking at what we mean by personal growth, the effects that it can have on your life and then finally, if we can use it as a measure of how successful we are.

What exactly is Personal Growth?

Personal Growth, also known as self-development, refers to the process in which a person’s character, abilities and knowledge develop. An example of how we could use Personal Growth could be, I went to the library to research how to better mange my time. This would be an example of actively trying to self-develop, or personally grow, our time management skills, through the use of research at a library.

Personal growth is heavily related to learning and growing, and as a result of this, it is quite often also associated with failure and the making of a mistake, that you can then learn from. We talked a lot about how failure relates to success already in this series, so if you would like a more in-depth discussion on that, please visit the Blog 16: Your Failures.

What effects can Personal Growth have on your life?

We’ve taken a look over what we mean by the term “Personal Growth”, but what kind of effects can it have on our life?

Firstly, Personal Growth can help us identify and appreciate the skills and knowledge that we already possess inside of us. We can learn a lot about ourselves, through the use of personal growth, for instance, how we react to a crisis, how we best motivate ourselves, which ways we think and understand information, how we work in a team and so much more. Granted the majority of information may already be within us, but through the use of Personal Growth, we can tap into parts of ourselves that we never knew existed.

In addition to learning more about the skills that we already have, self-development helps us recognise areas that we need to attempt to improve on. Now the areas that people need to improve on, are most commonly unique from person to person, as well as the ways in which they can develop this new skill, piece of knowledge and so on. Some skills can be developed through research, some through actively trying and practising them and more.

One of the most interesting things about self-development, or Personal Growth, is that it has a different meaning to each person, much like the term “success”, which is the basis of this series. The act of Personal Growth can ultimately come down to a number of different factors. I could go through all of the ways in which Personal Growth can effect your life, but that may take you on a tangent away from the point at hand, the relationship between success and personal development.

Personal Growth, Personal Development, Self-Development, whatever you wish to call it, is not an automatic process. We do not simply identify an area that we need to improve on, click a button and hey presto, it is upgraded, it is not that straightforward, not at the moment anyway, who knows what the future will bring?!

There’s a couple of things that we need to do to allow Personal Growth to happen. Firstly, we need to know what we would like to work on, it may sound basic but is something that people often forget as we go through the steps. Next we need to think about how we are going to work on this skill, be it through research, practical means, observation, you name it.

The next step here would be what is motivating us to work/develop this entity? Is it a way for us to reach our version of success? Will it help us to get a new job? Pass a test? Identifying the motivating factor behind why we want to do something is very commonly overlooked and undervalued, when in the grand scheme of things, it plays a significant part in how we learn something new.

After looking at motivation, we actually have to take the steps to improve on whatever it is we are working on. Be that shadowing somebody in work, practically practising or going to a library, an action has to be taken for a change to be possible. For most people taking the steps to do something would be the last thing on their agenda, but there is an important step left, evaluation.

We us evaluation to look at what we were hoping to improve, how we did it and most importantly, did we actually get any better? Was the time and effort really worth it? What did we learn from this process? They may not seem like important questions at face value, however, when you take a deeper look into it, they are crucial to our life. There is always a way for us to get better and learn from a past mistake/error.

A person can never be 100% perfect, it is simply illogical, in my opinion at least. There is always something else that we can try, learn, improve on, develop, it’s why life can be so exciting to so many. You can choose whether to specialise and aster one particular thing, or do a little bit of many, I’m not here to judge which you pick, different people think in different ways at the end of the day.

Can we use Personal Growth as a measure of how successful we are in life?

This is the question at hand, one of the reasons that I decided to write about this topic today, can we use Personal Growth as a measure of successfulness? Personally, I say it depends, let me expand on that a little bit. One of the main reasons that it depends is that it really comes down to what you define success as being. Plus are you looking at this as success as a whole, or a separate factor, such as personal success?

If the question were to be can we use Personal Growth as a measure of how personally successful we are in life, then I would say that it plays a very high role in it, but for success as a whole, I think about it a little differently. As I have said throughout this series, success is a small word, which carries with it a very large definition, which varies from person to person.

What I see as success may be the complete opposite for some people and that is completely fine. To me, success is a word that carries with it lots of different factors and variables that we need to consider. Personally, I look at a large number of different factors to make up my definition of success, including the ones that I have covered in this series, such as personal growth, education, family, social life and more.

I do not feel like it is fair to simply equate a person’s success off of the personal growth that they do in life, it plays a part yes, but it is not the full story. As I mentioned previously, if the question were to be focused more on personal success, then I would say that it plays a much larger role in my answer.

So in my opinion, no we cannot base success off of our Personal Growth. it plays a part in what I see success as, but in no way tells the full story.

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! Thank you all for reading, what do you think? Do you base someone’s success off of their Personal Growth? What does success mean to you? Would you like me to keep on writing blogs in this series? Are there any other topics that you would like to see me write about? Let me know your answers and thoughts in the comments below!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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