Why Personal Development Is Critical to Success
As part of the Lapid Leaders Experience, we normally invite various corporate and business leaders to share wisdom on what it takes to succeed. A few months ago, we had the privilege of hosting Dr Akinyemi Wale, a well known International business strategist, consultant, author, inspirational speaker and leading newspaper columnist, in an amazing session on personal leadership.
He shared the story of how he relocated from Nigeria to Kenya with nothing to his name. Several unfortunate events that happened prior to relocating had left him not only broke but also as he relocated to Kenya, he had to start from ground zero. Many years after this brave move, he is one of the most successful, highly paid consultants in Kenya. He used this experience to educate us that the greatest asset any human being can have is what is in his head. This is what had served him well when he relocated to Kenya, and would serve him well if he ever needs to preset the reset button again.
When you invest in you, you can land in any part of this world, you can need to start from ground zero several time, but you will always succeed. This reminded me of a principle that the Jews live by and which is highlighted in the book Jewish Phenomenon written by Steven Silbiger: “Understand that real wealth is portable; it’s knowledge.”
Knowledge is real wealth
We need to give more preeminence to personal development. In a world where we get caught up in amassing physical wealth, we must always know that there is a direct correlation between your personal development and career development. Even when looking for a job, the most important question to ask is not, what am I getting? Instead, you should ask, what am I becoming? Getting and becoming are so closely intertwined—what you become directly influences what you get. . Earl Shoaff is reported to have said, “If you want to be wealthy and happy, learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job.
Here are other reason why you should sign up for the Lapid Leaders Experience, and begin your journey towards personal development
To have more than you’ve got, become more than you are. The marketplace is a demanding place. Only those who are able to invest in themselves, and be steps ahead of the pack will succeed in the marketplace. You have to spend a significant portion of your time today getting ready for your tomorrow.
In addition, life is about creating skills and value, and taking those skills and value to the marketplace and what it will return for you. You’ve got to spend the time with the mentors that can push you forward. You’ve got to read the books that will help you learn, unlearn and relearn.
You’ve got to learn the skills that will distinguish you at the marketplace, be exposed to opportunities, put yourself through the paces, do the mental push-ups and get yourself ready.
This world has 2 kind of people, the victim who waits for things to drop on their lap, or the victor who gets out and finds what he needs. Personal development is about the later.
You meet cool people.
There is a common saying that you are as good as the sum of 5 people that you hang around. As you begin to invest in your development, you begin to meet with other extraordinary people who push you to your limits.
One of the Lapid Leaders once said that before he kicked off the Experience, everyone around him was ordinary. They were all failing and like him, they were pretending that they were not bothered by how much they were failing. Together they would smoke weed all night, post many photos of them at nightclubs sculling beer and pretending life was great; until he landed in a class of ladies and gentlemen who were focused, who pushed him to better than he was. In a short while, he moved from the pack of ordinariness to the pack of extraordinary leaders. Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, cool people magically started entering his life because they too wanted to share in the great path he was in.
Like attracts like, so do you want to attract the dregs or an infectious energy that will propel you beyond your wildest dreams?
Your income increases.
While you should never let money be your driving force to pursue personal development, personal development will always impact your income.
One of the Lapid Leaders struggled his way to paying for the classes. She used up all her HELB loan but she was determined to invest in herself. She has since been employed in one of the big four audit firms, and the amount that she spent investing in herself must seem like peanuts.
We can share with you many such stories; of people who have relentlessly pursued personal development and are now the youngest executives in leading organisations, of people who have been selected into global fellowship programs, of people who have been employed in leading organisation locally, of people who have gotten media opportunities that are building the brand of their business.
Investing in yourself is one of the surest investments you’ll ever make! If you are interested in developing yourself, then you need to make your way to the next classes of Lapid Leaders. Own your future, choose to be extraordinary! Sign up here