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Jane Maina
It's a very good article calling for a lot of reflection. Self- development is not a one shoe fit all, it all depends on the level of self-awareness. Are you comfortable with who you are? how much do you want to grow?, and what is the end goal?. And more important how do you define success? Is it the material accumulation?
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paulminors
Exactly! Glad you liked it!
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WIZDO
I really appreciate the writer of this book it's very nice an also important to me
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Vladimir Bolivar
I totally agree with you. Too much Self Development Reading is like an Endless Road and it may be difficult to have time for some other very important things. Instead of looking for problems to solve is a better approach to face and solve them when they appear, if that is the case.
Thanks for your Article.
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Gabriele
Dear Paul,
I like this article very much!!!
It gives me wonderful food for thought. Sometimes we are just doing too much. So often less is more.
And I like rhe idea with the curfew, ahahahaha!
Thanks much.
Warm regards
Gaby
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paulminors
Glad to hear this resonated with you 😀
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OS
Great! Thank you! Actually that showed me why I am such a happy person. Because I reduced self-development things to the minimum (of course sometimes I think it’s too less) and just enjoy life :)
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paulminors
I used to focus a lot more on self-development but have reduced my intake a lot now.
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Noma
Am learning a lot about how to treat myself first
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Godday
Great job. For me, I self develop to meet needs - current or future. Once such needs are met I will deliberately observe a break. When there is need again I will naturally feel the urge and bridge the gap by going for it. In line with your position on this matter, too much of everything is bad. It is also true that it is easier to read than putting knowledge into practice. I doubt if knowledge that is not put into practice is relevant.
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paulminors
A bit like the learn on demand approach I talk about here. Nice one!
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Marko the relatively magnificent
Why don’t we just burn all those evil things? As is the case with most things in life, it’s not the item that’s bad, it’s when it’s taken to the extreme. In this instance, “extreme” is very individual, and thus, so is what’s “appropriate. So, it’s all just relative. While I think you stretch the argument to caution against those who focus too much on self-development (as the opposite is far more often the concern), you do have a point. Balance and moderation is good advice on almost anything. Thanks for sharing a different perspective.
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You're welcome Marko!
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Mo
Hi Paul
I agree that too much of anything is not beneficial, and everyone is unique and have various levels of whats too little too much, each person has to findings their own Goldilocks level to reading self help material. The danger however on over-reading is that it May become a convenient way to avoid doing something concrete with what we have gained from reading these books. My Humble view is that we should have an actionable plan after reading each Book we complete, on how we are going to apply the learnings our daily lives or use it to make a paradigm change in yourself or teach it to others (like you do) otherwise It makes no sense in reading these books. (Mo)
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paulminors
You're right. Like with most things, it's a balance. Too much either way wouldn't be ideal.
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Scott Fisher
Paul...really enjoyed this week's podcast...I listen to you weekly and as a 65 year old recent retiree, I found your topic of particular interest. Eventually work stops (perhaps not totally, but to some degree), but the habits that successfully carried you through your career do not. I spent many years in professional development (about 25 of my 40 years with my organization) so was very much focused on self-development for personal implementation, mentoring and teaching. It's very difficult to stop...so I look forward to your weekly messages which I share with my two sons (mid 30's, one attorney, one business owner). Keep up the great work...
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paulminors
Hi Scott, thanks for the comment and it's great to hear from a regular listener. Glad to hear these ideas resonate with you as well as me.
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ketz
i was going through this dilemma ... Really thankful for this post..
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Thanks, glad you liked it.
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Dani
This article is a perfect reminder for people like me!
For the last 3-4 years, I have been obsessed with learning more, more, more! I always feel like I don't know enough, or that I have not dissected myself (my beliefs) enough. There is always more to learn and unfold. I agree that self-improvement is such an important exercise for self and community, but I also think that it can make us feel like less, and therefore make us focus more about the future vs the present. I have come such a long way, so I don't feel at a loss for all the energy put into myself so far. But there is a shadow of fear that I am not far along enough. Though my tribe of advocates tell me different, the real challenge is accepting myself for who I am today on this journey. To know that no matter what, I will not let future me down, so I should enjoy the moments I have today. Thanks for writing and sharing this article Paul!
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You're welcome, glad you feel the same as I do :)
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Mugoya Douglas
Thanks Paul, though this article is contradictory it is worth knowing. I love Movies and am excited about them coz am happy when watching...
I only remember to use the extra time profitably and not feel guilty.
I use Tracy's trick, in a week we have (7*24) 168hrs
If you have an 8-5 job then you use 40hrs
The time for sleeping would be 56hrs and we are still left with 72hrs
If we take 3hr daily to transport ourselves and/or take breaks then we still have 51hrs
If you dedicated 2-3hrs daily to read we will still have 30-37hr extra. I use these to have some fun and everyone has family they need that time with you.
In my opinion I would call it benchmarking not comparison. Tracking your progress needs a reference point like you said first stop and reflect. if we set goal we look for mentors we look up to so we can attain those goals. Anyway I don't know much but I appreciate reading is like building a muscle.
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paulminors
Thanks for sharing your ideas! Great points.
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Danny
This is really great. Your words inspires me a lot and I look forward to seeing more. Thanks
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Mrinalini
This made my day Thank you so much stay blessed.
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Aman Sah
I really feel this post, There is a bitter truth that self-development is a never-ending process, therefore, we should take a pause so that you can know how far we have come and recognize yourself, Make a habit of goal setting so that you can know your achievements properly.
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paulminors
Thanks, I'm glad you agree!
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Thomas
Yeah,your words really, it inspired me a lot and I ask further for your inspiring and motivational articles that will built my future in terms of self growth,financially!!thank you and stay blessed.
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paulminors
Thanks Thomas, glad I could help
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dawitzewdie
Thank you paul for sharing on such issue. I thought you are talking about and for me.
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You're welcome!
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