Personal Development & Motivation

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The Road of Personal Development?

Or “Working Harder on Yourself than you do on your Job”.

That’s the secret, according to motivational speaker Jim Rohn.  Jim is no longer with us, but his books and recordings are still helping thousands of people all over the world to make life-changing decisions.  Decisions that will develop into habits, that will develop into success.

There has to be a point in your life, a fork in the road, an “I get it!” moment, when you realise that you don’t know it all, you’re never going to know it all, but you can learn, you can take a step in the right direction, you can change, and you can be more than you are now. Then and only then, can you start down the road of Personal Development.

Success Philosophy

Jim Rohn spoke a lot about how our “world view”, our “philosophy of life”, is perhaps the over-riding reason behind our failure or our success.  How we approach our day, the challenges it brings, and how we view our future, all these and more play a huge part in shaping our life, and the results are existence, or blazing a trail.  Let’s be trail blazers.

I’m not ashamed to say that my philosophy of life, how I do business and how I interact with my family and friends, is all influenced in some part by the Bible.  But I love to be challenged by people who love life, love to shine and love to help others just because they are worth it.

Don’t be surprised, though, to find that many, many successful business people all over the world have a underlying belief that Mankind is special, and has a reason for being here on Earth.  It certainly helps, on a cold Monday morning, to think that you can make a difference.

Shooting for the Stars

What keeps us from aiming high?  What holds us back from making our mark on the world?  Looking back at my early steps to build an online business, I can see that I had a lot of ideas, a lot of dreams, but I simply wasn’t ready in myself and my attitude.  I didn’t understand planning and goal-setting, I didn’t appreciate the discipline required to work for yourself, and I didn’t have the character to push through failures and learn from mistakes. I didn’t realise what a difference Personal Development books could make in my life.

Richard Branson is not known for his religious beliefs, but as an ordinary guy who turned into an super-successful entrepreneur, almost by mistake.   His book “Screw it, Let’s do it” is full of success secrets, ideas and inspiration.  We all need a little inspiration on our journey, and Branson’s “holistic” approach to business is really challenging.

Oldies and Goodies

Many years ago I came across a couple of books that really helped me in my late teens.  Even back then these books had been around a while, and both can be considered classics in the world of Personal Development.  They are a great place to start, although you may find some of the concepts a little strange.  If you do, just skip those bits! The first is “The Richest Man in Babylon”, by George S. Clason, published in 1926, is a series of parables set in ancient Babylon, and is full of lessons to learn about finances and business. The second worth a mention is a book by Napoleon Hill called “Think and Grow Rich”.  Inspired by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist, who amased a fortune and spent the last 18 years of his life giving away $320 million dollars.  The book covers many success principles including planning and decision-making.

Where do I go from Here?

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is that you have to make a start, somewhere.  A decision to make a change, even a small change, can have a profound knock-on effect in every aspect of your life.  As Jim Rohn says, it can be as simple as eating an apple a day.  A simple discipline, practised every day, and before you know it you are making more and more small changes that build up into a whole new way of going about your life.

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn


Craig Pennell


The number one thing that held me back in the early days of my business was…myself.

I had to work hard to overcome negative thinking, narrow-mindedness and plain old refusal to admit that I’d got things wrong.

Make a positive step today and decide that you are going to develop yourself and build your own future.