If you ask me, I have always been a writer. From the time I could string words together with a crayon.  I ran across a blog earlier that stated either you are, or you aren’t. You either write, or you don’t. How true is that. You don’t have to be a good writer to be a writer, not that I want to be a bad writer, but the truth is if you put words on paper whether it be a blog, bad poetry, short stories, non fiction or fiction you are still a writer. You don’t have to be published to be a writer.  No one has to give you that title.. If you do, then you are.

Now that I’ve cleared that up, let me ask you, why, if you are going to do something, would you not want to do it to the best of your ability. I don’t just mean writing in this case however that is what triggered my rant, eh I mean post.  I am like a sponge for knowledge. I want to read about and study successful people and find out how they became successful, then I want to do that. Which brings me to personal development. See, I knew where I was going with this post even if you didn’t.

Personal Development is the conscious pursuit of personal growth by expanding self-awareness and knowledge and improving personal skills.

I have to say that if five years ago you would have told me I would be voluntarily reading self help books I would have snorted and said yea right. Oh how times have changed because once I was introduced to them I fell in love.  My preferred method of personal development was audio. At one time Audible on my iphone was always going.

I am not going to lie, it changed my whole outlook on how I dealt with myself as well as others in my life. It changed how I talked to and handled my children and it changed how I was able to control difficult customers in my work life.  My very favorite book I read was by Dale Carnegie titled “How to win friends and influence people”. It wasn’t just about winning friends but it showed different ways to handle all kinds of people and how just in treating people differently you could create a different outcome.  A huge shout out to Tiko Blane and my Beachbody family for introducing me this wonderful life tool. Okay, enough about my favorite personal development.

I am at a point in my life where once again I will be making big changes. In the last few years it seems like I had put writing on the back burner. At least, I thought I had put writing on the back burner. True, I hadn’t been writing any books lately but let me see, I have a blog I randomly update, I still find myself writing my thoughts in a journal like fashion when need be, I started a newsletter for my Beachbody team for a time. I have a story I have started with a co-author. No, I haven’t tossed writing aside at all.  I’m thinking it’s time to put it out there again in front. So, what does this have to do with personal development you ask? Oh yea, I was getting there.

Another form of personal development is research. As I said I want to study the habits of those successful. You don’t need Audible or books to do that. Anyone who has access to the internet on a computer or phone has all they need. Google. Your key to the world. Today if you looked at my Google search history you will find these searches, habits of a successful writer, tips for better writing, along with a few more, okay maybe several more.  I can spend all day browsing the blogs and articles that these two searches place at my finger tips. And those blogs and articles always point me in new directions. The search for knowledge is endless and the information out there available to you goes even farther.

Those who know me, know I actually do spend hours and days Googling things I want to know.  It’s what I do. It doesn’t matter what you do in life, it doesn’t matter if you sell shoes or work on cars or even stand on a factory line for eight to ten hours a day, person development will only make you a better person. Knowledge is the key to success. I want to be a better writer and I want to be a better person.  Now that I’ve got that out, I’m going back to Google.