Personal development is something that I consider to be a worthy, life-long endeavor. I credit my dad with instilling in me that principle of: “slow and steady wins the race” – a lesson from parable story of the tortoise and the hare.
The story? The tortoise and the hare decide to race one another; the tortoise starts in a slow crawl and the hare in an energetic sprint, leaving the tortoise in the dust. The hare laughs at the slow tortoise, who is moving along. Eventually, though, the hare runs out of steam, has to rest and recover. Meanwhile, the tortoise has been chugging along at the same speed, and eventually crosses the finish line, beating the hare (who is still in recovery), winning the race.
The moral? It’s better to work slowly towards your goals, steadily (like the tortoise) than start off with a high-energy sprint, only to lose steam and give up half way through the race (like the hare). Building to your success takes time.
Related to this personal development philosophy, here are 5 great development quotes that inspire me as I seek to develop and grow in my life:
“Part of abandoning the all-or-nothing mentality is allowing yourself room for setbacks. We are bound to have lapses on the road to health and wellness, but it is critical that we learn how to handle small failures positively so that we can minimize their long-term destructive effects. One setback is one setback—it is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your journey toward a better you.” – Jillian Michaels, The Biggest Loser
“Your life is a trajectory. Every choice you make alters that trajectory, in a positive or negative way. Will you categorize that dinner with friends as a business expense? Will you be honest with your daughter? Will you take more credit than you’re due? These are just the small questions that we face every day, and little by little, the answers influence the trajectory of our lives and beings.” – Donald Van de Mark, former TV anchorman & author
“Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.” – Swedish proverb
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
What quotations or stories inspire you in your life?