March 15, 2024


Growth must be intentional—nobody improves by accident.

The poet Robert Browning wrote, “Why stay we on the earth except to grow?” Most people would agree that growing is a good thing. Few dedicate themselves to the process. Why? It requires change, and most people are reluctant to change. The truth is that without change,growth is impossible. 

Author Gail Sheehy asserted:

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. 

Personal growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It means giving up familiar but limiting patterns. Safe but unrewarding work. Values no longer believed in. Relationships that have lost their meaning. As Dostoevsky put it, “taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what most people fear most.” The real fear should be the opposite course.

I can’t think of anything worse than living a stagnant life, devoid of change and improvement.


Most people fight against change, especially when it affects them personally. As novelist Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” The ironic thing is that change is inevitable. Everybody has to deal with it. On the other hand, growth is optional. You can choose to grow or fight it. But know this: people unwilling to grow will never reach their potential.

The question here is “How have you changed . . lately? In the last week, let’s say? Or the last month? Last year? Can you be very specific?”

Growth is a choice, a decision that can really make a difference in a person’s life. Most people don’t realize that unsuccessful and successful people do not differ substantially in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. And nothing is more effective when it comes to reaching potential than commitment to personal growth.


Making the change from being an occasional learner to becoming someone dedicated to personal growth goes against the grain of the way most people live. If you asked one hundred people how many books they have read on their own since leaving school (college or high school), I bet only a handful would say they have read more than one or two books. 

If you asked how many listen to audio lessons and voluntarily attend conferences and seminars to grow personally, there would be even fewer. Most people celebrate when they receive their diplomas or degrees and say to themselves, “Thank goodness that’s over. Just let me have a good job. I’m finished with studying.” But such thinking doesn’t take you any higher than average. If you want to be successful, you have to keep growing.

Because of the crucial needs for  growth and development, the Peopleshub organization will like to help you make the leap to becoming a dedicated SELF-DEVELOPER. It’s the way you need to go if you want to reach your potential. Besides that, it also has another benefit: it brings contentment. The happiest people we know are growing every day.

Take a look at the following eight principles. They’ll help you develop into a person dedicated to personal growth:


It’s said that Spanish composer-cellist Pablo Casals in the final years of his life, a young reporter asked him, “Mr. Casals, you are ninety-five years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you practice six hours a day?”

What was Casals’s answer? “Because I think I’m making progress.”

That’s the kind of dedication to continual growth that you should have. The people who reach their potential, no matter what their profession or background, think in terms of improvement. If you think you can “hold your ground” and still make the success journey, you are mistaken.

You need to have an attitude like that of General George Patton. It’s said that he told his troops, “There is one thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying we are holding our position. We are advancing constantly.” Patton’s motto was, “Always take the offensive. Never dig in.”

The only way to improve the quality of your life is to improve yourself. If you want to grow your organization, you must grow as a leader. Wanting others to treat you more kindly, you must develop better people skills. There is no sure way to make other people in your environment improve

The only thing you truly have the ability to improve is yourself. The amazing thing is when you do, everything else around you gets better. The bottom line is that if you want to take the success journey, you must live a life of growth. And the only way you will grow is if you choose to grow.


Napoleon Hill said, “It’s not what you are going to do, but it’s what you are doing now that counts.”

The best way to ensure success is to start growing today. No matter where you may be starting from, don’t be discouraged; everyone who got where he is started where he was.

Why do you need to determine to start growing today? There are several reasons: 

  1. Growth is not automatic
  2. Growth today will provide a better tomorrow . Everything you do today builds on what you did yesterday. Things determine what happens tomorrow. That’s true in regard to growth. Oliver Wendell Holmes offered this insight. “Man’s mind, once stretched by new ideas, never regains its original dimensions.” Growth today is an investment for tomorrow.
  3. Growth is your responsibility. When you were a small child, your parents are responsible for you—even for your growth and education. But as an adult, you bear that responsibility. If you don’t make growth your responsibility, it will never happen.

There is no time like right now to get started. Recognize the importance that personal growth plays in success, and commit yourself to developing your potential today.


There has been a change in focus over the last thirty years in the area of personal growth. Beginning in the late sixties and early seventies, people began talking about “finding themselves,” meaning that they were searching for a way to become self-fulfilled. It’s like making happiness a goal because self fulfillment is about feeling good.

But self-development is different. Sure, much of the time it will make you feel good, but that’s a byproduct, not the goal. Self-development is a higher calling; it is the development of your potential so that you can attain the purpose for which you were created. There are times when that’s fulfilling, but other times it’s not. But no matter how it makes you feel, self-development always has one effect: It draws you toward your destiny. 

Rabbi Samuel M. Silver taught that “the greatest of all miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today, but we can improve if we make use of the potential implanted in us by God.”


Rick Warren says, “The greatest enemy of tomorrow’s success is today’s success.” And he is right. Thinking that you have “arrived” when you accomplish a goal has the same effect as believing you know it all. It takes away your desire to learn. It’s another characteristic of destination disease. But successful people don’t sit back and rest on their laurels. They know that wins—like losses—are temporary, and they have to keep growing if they want to continue being successful

Charles Handy remarked, “It is one of the paradoxes of success that the things and ways which got you there are seldom those things that keep you there.”

No matter how successful you are today, don’t get complacent. Stay hungry. Sydney Harris insisted that “a winner knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others; a loser wants to be considered an expert by others before he has learned enough to know how little he knows. 

You must continue to learn.


The key to a life of continual learning and improvement lies in developing a specific plan for growth and following through with it. I recommend a plan that requires an hour a day, five days a week. I use that as the pattern because of a statement by Earl Nightingale, which says, “If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject.” Isn’t that an incredible promise? It shows how far we are capable of going when we have the discipline to make

growth our daily practice. You can consider a plan athis…

MONDAY: Spend one hour with a devotional to develop your spiritual life.

TUESDAY: Spend one hour listening to a leadership podcast or audio lesson.

WEDNESDAY: Spend one hour filing quotes and reflecting on the content of Tuesday’s tape.

THURSDAY: Spend one hour reading a book on leadership.

FRIDAY: Spend half the hour reading the book and the other half filing and reflecting.

As you develop your plan for growth, start by identifying the three to five areas in which you desire to grow. Then look for useful materials—books, magazines, audiotapes, videos—and incorporate them into your plan.

I recommend that you make it your goal to read twelve books and listen to fifty-two tapes (or read fifty-two articles) each year. I think this will be a great way to walk with you through 2023. Exactly how you go about your plan may not really matter, but do it daily.


I mentioned before that self-fulfillment focuses on making a person happy, whereas self-development proposes to help a person reach potential. A trade-off of growth is that it is sometimes uncomfortable. It requires discipline and it takes time that you could spend on leisure activities. It costs money to buy materials. You have to face constant change and take risks. And sometimes it’s just plain lonely. That’s why many people stop growing when the price gets high.

But growth is always worth the price you pay because the alternative is a limited life with unfulfilled potential. Success takes effort, and you can’t make the journey if you’re sitting back waiting for life to

come along and improve you. President Theodore Roosevelt boldly stated, “There has not yet been a person in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.” Those words were true when he spoke them almost a century ago, and they still apply today.


Jim Rohn urged, “Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” The bottom line when it comes to personal development is action. 

If your life doesn’t begin to change as a result of what you’re learning, you’re experiencing one of these problems: You’re not giving your growth plan enough time and attention; you’re focusing too much time on the wrong areas; or you’re not applying what you learn.

Successful people develop positive daily habits that help them to grow and learn. One of the things I do to make sure I don’t lose what I learn is file it.  Ask yourself these questions anytime I learn something new:

Where can I use it? When can I use it?

Who else needs to know it?

These questions will take your focus off simply acquiring knowledge and put it onto applying what you learn to your life. Try using them. 

Author and leadership expert Fred Smith made a statement that summarizes what committing to personal growth is really all about. He said:

"Something in human nature tempts us to stay where we’re comfortable. We try to find a plateau, a resting place, where we have comfortable stress and adequate finances. Where we have comfortable associations with people, without the intimidation of meeting new people and entering strange situations"

The Peoples Hub organization will love you to start growing today and we'll stand by you at each stage.

Do you have questions you need answers to? Reach out to us today…

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