The Tools of Personal Development

Hi Folks

So, I spoke in my last post about the need to invest some time and money on personal development. This is no less true for a homeworking business than it is for a more traditional business or job.

A doctor needs to commit to continuing professional development, going on courses of study and/or on the job training to stay abreast of the latest advances in medicine. The dustman’s job is not as it once was, there is the need to be able to accurately categorise waste, how to deal with hazardous materials, understanding which materials can be recycled, and the environmental impacts of those that cannot be recycled.

With your homeworking business, you’ll need to develop the correct mindset in order to capitalise on your opportunities and deal with challenges that arise. You’ll need to learn how to balance the books, or how to outsource such tasks to free up your time. If yours is an MLM business, you’ll need to learn how to manage sales and how to handle leads.

So, what will you need on your personal development journey? Well, lets have a brief overview of some options on this post, and then look at those options in more depth over the next few posts.

Books

Yes, books. Different sorts of books for different kinds of information. Books that deal with mindset and positivity. Books that deal with the nitty-gritty of the sales process such as dealing with objections. Books to help you with business planning including such things as how to pitch your ideas to a bank for funding. Books to deal with keeping records and taxation.

Some favourites of mine include Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, and Seven Strategies For Wealth And Happiness by Jim Rohn.

Audio

Usually, these are just the transcript of a book rendered into an audio format, whether that be a CD, a download, or something on a flash drive. But there is something about hearing a favourite author telling their stories in their own voice.

Some people, of course, might not be great readers. And these audio formats make the information more accessible if reading is not your thing. But even for those of us who do read, a few audiobooks can be useful for those times when you can’t have a book in front of your face. You can listen to your MP3 player while you jog or do the housework. Personally, I very often listen to Dave O’Connor, Andy Andrews, or Jim Rohn while driving, turning that otherwise lost time in the car into a ‘rolling university’.

And let’s not forget podcasts and similar kinds of broadcasts. Kerry frequently listens to a few minutes of Darren Hardy’s ‘Darren Daily‘ while sorting out the kids’ breakfasts.

Videos

Actually, those ‘Darren Daily‘ broadcasts that I just mentioned are videos, delivered by email each morning. While we both gain a lot by listening to Darren Hardy’s insights, neither of us feels it necessary to actually watch him sip his coffee.

But some videos contain informative graphics and explanations that do enrich the information given, and so we generally would watch those types.

If you are in an MLM business, it’s likely that your company has a range of training videos available. It’s well worth watching those a few times, they usually describe what is known to work well, so that there is no need for you to re-invent the wheel.

Webinars sit somewhere between a video and the next category. They can be a little more interactive than a video, but not usually as immersive as a meeting.

Meetings

Meetings can be one of the most immersive forms of personal development, when you can interact with team members, and more easily interact with the leader who is running the meeting.

Training exercises can be participated in, whether they are based on some of the books mentioned earlier, or on your company’s internal training protocols. Best practice can be shared, and solutions to challenges discussed.

But, more than that, they can re-charge your batteries, giving your business a boost if you start to flag. They are the glue that holds a team together, adding a chance for members who may live miles apart to get together socially and form strong friendships.

So, have a root around in your ‘toolbox’, and see what personal development options you have.

Next post, we’ll have a more in-depth look at what sort of books might be the most helpful.

To your success,

Carl

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