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Category: Personal Growth
This section contains articles related to Personal Growth. Such as building skills, bettering yourself and dropping bad habits. If you are interested in becoming a better version of yourself, you’ve come to the right place!
Editor: This is a guest post from Matthew Bailey. He is a professional hockey player in Europe, a living testament to discipline and one of the most driven people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Learn how to pursue excellence directly from someone who has come closer than most people ever do. You can read more about Matthew on his website, Evolving Excellence.
I believe the key driver which has allowed me to achieve many goals in my life is to hold myself accountable to a very high standard. It is also my belief that it was my parents who instilled this attribute in me at a young age. Continued..
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to deal with some great and success men. From my father, to multimillionaires in their 20’s and owners of empires. It usually becomes apparent quicker than not in interaction, that you get the sense you are dealing with a man of high caliber.
Often times there are typical status symbols of a great or successful man; they have a successful business, they’ve reached an expert level or high status within their chosen career. Maybe they have the flashy material items that can just come along with greatness and success.
But that’s usually not the only thing. High status, a profitable business, and toys are just byproducts of what come from the characteristics – ingredients, if you will – of great and successful men. They aren’t great and successful because of the cars and top jobs or businesses. They have those things because of a few characteristics. Continued..
I’m a big fan of trying new things. There’s really so many benefits to sow from dipping your toes into something different. You meet new people along with these new activities, a wide array of skills make you more interesting and continuous learning is healthy.
Considering those profits, you’d wonder how so many people seem get stuck in ruts and never appear to change. Well the problem with learning new things, is that you need to start at square one. Usually, that means sucking at whatever the action in question is.
For many, this is a huge blow to the ego. And it becomes larger and larger the older we get. Ever hear the phrase ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? Well you can, but the old hound dog has to be willing to swallow their ego and embrace instruction and criticism. They mustn’t be afraid to suck. Continued..
A few weekends ago I ditched the city and headed to one of the most southern points of the Korean peninsula, to a secluded beach with some friends. It was the first swim and beach day of the year for most of us. Needless to say we may have overdone it a little. Drinks were had.
This following week was real slow for me. I can’t pinpoint whether it was a multi-day hangover that I haven’t had in awhile or just one of those off-times that come now and again. One of those periods where you just don’t have any motivation, aren’t overly positive, and feel overall lazy, careless and indifferent.
I’ve lived long enough to know this low points do come – and they soon leave. They usually follow periods of high performance or productivity, so I don’t overly mind the lack of output that comes with these low points. Continued..
Obviously I’m a fan of writing. I think I’ve always been. Ever since high school and university, I always found essay assignments and paragraph questions on exams to be a breeze. I feel like I’m better able to express myself through pen and paper – or fingers to keys – as opposed to spoken word.
Actually, thinking back now I know that to be true. That’s why I joined Toastmasters years ago. You’ve got to balance the strengths and weaknesses. But I digress.
Besides the enjoyment I get from organizing my thoughts in somewhat clearer ideas, there are evident benefits to moving what’s bouncing around in your head into literature. When I refer to writing things down, I mean writing a book, articles, blog posts, to-do lists, and whatever other forms of writing you can think of or imagine. Continued…