Did you know that personal growth can play a very important role in your career? In order to be completely successful at your job, you need to make sure you’re taking care of your own personal needs as well.
Here are 5 tips to help you improve the quality of your life and obtain happiness through personal growth.
1. Learn something from everyone
Every single one of us has a unique and individual viewpoint of the world. Have you ever noticed how two people can see and experience the exact same thing, yet come away with different things to say about it?
Everyone we encounter can impart wisdom they’ve garnered from their life experience that we can learn from.
Seize the opportunity to learn from everyone you know and everyone new that you meet.
2. Be willing to be the fool in order to become wise
No one knows everything. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Once you’ve asked the question and have obtained the answer, that is one less thing you will be ignorant of.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and look less than perfect. All these things are a necessary component of growth.
3. Pursue what inspires you
Don’t make everything you do be based around money. Money does not bring happiness. While it’s necessary to work and earn a living, what you do outside of work – doesn’t have to be based on money. Engage in things that give you pleasure or a sense of purpose.
It’s okay to try new things and fail, too. If the activity no longer brings you pleasure, move on and try something new.
4. Surround yourself with people that respect – but challenge you
You’re never going to grow if you surround yourself with yes-people. You need to surround yourself with people who will challenge you to improve.
Their criticism needs to come from a place of their respecting you and what you’re capable of – but also that they have the fortitude to speak up and give you a nudge when they see you are falling short of your abilities.
5. Spend your time on what matters
There are all sorts of distractions in the world today, be it the Internet, video games or television programs. Time is a precious commodity and too many things vie for our attention today – things that give us nothing of true quality in return.
First ask yourself what you want your life to be.
Then ask yourself: “How are the things I’m spending my time on affecting and creating the life I desire?”
Likewise, in your business or career pursuits, develop a similar filter to ignore the things that won’t matter in the long run, so that you can focus your attention on the things that will reap the most benefit.
Money is not always the deciding factor. Purpose, stability and overall peace of mind should be considered as well.
Look at the big picture in every situation, not just at how things are in the moment, but also how they may affect things and your well-being, financially, physically and mentally, in the future.