Professional and Personal Development through Lifelong Learning

Written By | Business Success | January 16th, 2013 | 15 Comments »

personal development work hard lifelong learningThe reason that many people underachieve in their careers is because they do not realize how long it takes to achieve mastery in any field. Extensive research in this area suggests that it requires about five to seven years of hard work for you to move to the top of your field and continued lifelong learning. This means five to seven years of focused, concentrated, determined hard work on yourself to get better and better in the key result areas that are responsible for your personal development. And there are no short cuts.

Sometimes people say to me, “Five to seven years is a long time to achieve mastery in my field.” This is true. But I then remind them that, “The time is going to pass anyway.”

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This is very important. The biggest regret that many people report is that “they did not start early enough.” But the time is going to pass anyway. Five to seven years from now, five to seven years will have passed. The only question is, “Where are you going to be five to seven years from now in your field?”

Personal Development Through Hard Work

The good news is that, if you set it as a goal, make a plan, and work on it every day, five to seven years from now you are going to be in the top 10% of people in your field. Through personal development you are going to be one of the highest paid and most respected people in your career. You are going to be enjoying the great results and rewards of the top performers in your business through your hard work.

Remember this. Nobody is better than you and nobody is smarter than you. If someone is doing better than you, it just means that they started their personal development on themselves in a certain way earlier than you did. And whatever anyone else has done, you can do as well. There are no limits except the limits you place on yourself with your own thinking.

The very fact that others have been able to excel in a field, after having started off in that field with no experience or skills, is proof that you can excel in that field as well through hard work. Your job is to put your head down, get busy, and go to work on yourself and commit to lifelong learning. Resolve today to develop the habit of personal excellence, and focus all your energies on joining the top 10% of professionals in your field. Once you do that, your entire future will open up in front of you. You will become unstoppable.

Commit To Lifelong Learning

Another key habit of thinking and acting practiced by top people is growth orientation. It is the high road to personal development and essential to developing the habit of optimism.  This method of thinking and living is the foundation of excellence orientation, and is essential for you to develop if you want to move into the top 10% of your field.

Growth orientation requires that you develop the habit of continuous lifelong learning, the habit of continuous professional and personal development. Just as you exercise physically on a regular basis to remain fit and healthy, you must exercise mentally on a daily basis to become better and better and commit to lifelong learning in your chosen field.

Thank you for reading this article on lifelong learning and personal development. Please share and comment below!

Topics included in this article include

Lifelong Learning

Personal Development

Hard Work

About Brian Tracy – Brian Tracy is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on google+, facebook, and twitter.


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  10. Leo says on February 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm:

    It’s really an amazing article–go straight to the point,i love it,it’ll guide me to work and study harder,keeping learning

  11. Marcus says on January 30, 2013 at 7:42 am:

    Just like Doug said it has changed my life too. Thanks for yet a great article!

  12. Luke says on January 29, 2013 at 11:57 pm:

    Great article, it’s a good reminder that as we master one particular area of life we find something else that grabs our attention for change. Lifelong learning is a great and smart commitment to make!

  13. Brian Phanya says on January 19, 2013 at 8:24 am:

    Thank you very much for a such a relevant advice. It could not come at any better time for me and my kids. I wish that it had come some twenty odd years ago for, but it’s never too late to learn

  14. Doug Smith says on January 17, 2013 at 10:12 am:

    The decision to become a lifelong learner has dramatically changed my life over the course of the last 10 years. You are a part of my personal growth plan. Thank you for everything you do to invest in others. It matters. A lot.

    Doug Smith



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