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Personal Growth & Self Development - Why it Matters in Business

The most successful people in the world are those who are constantly learning, growing, and improving themselves, even when they have achieved all of their goals and aspirations, and have reached the top of their chosen fields of endeavour.


Personal development is a continuous process that involves improving oneself in various areas of life, such as mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It is a journey of self-discovery and growth that helps individuals become the best version of themselves and achieve their goals.


My Guest this week on #LadyShayoSpeaks is Echezonachi Awa, founder of @chez_talks a Podcast where she talks about business and personal growth with entrepreneurs and business leaders. She is also the Founder of Chez, an agency that fosters business growth through effective social media branding and lead generation. In this interview Chez shares deep insights on the importance of business networking, getting the right mentors and ensuring that your development is 360 degrees.


Some of the insights she gave were

  • Your development should be 360 degrees, i.e its not just business and career development you should focus on but also on all other areas of your life, such as your mental and pohysical health, family and personal finances etc

  • Build your network, make good connections and get mentors

  • Understand your abilities and limitations and work within them.

Other helpful tips for Successful Personal Growth

Set goals: The first step towards personal development is to set clear and specific goals for yourself. These goals should be aligned with your values and aspirations and should be achievable within a certain timeframe. Setting goals helps you stay focused and motivated, and it allows you to measure your progress and make necessary adjustments along the way. In setting your goals remeber that it is not only career and business goals, but incorproate other areas of your life like health, personal finances and family.


Develop a growth mindset: Having a growth mindset means believing that you can learn and improve with effort and persistence. It involves adopting a positive attitude and being open to learning new things. On the other hand, a fixed mindset is one that believes that abilities and intelligence are fixed traits that cannot be changed. By cultivating a growth mindset, you can overcome challenges and setbacks and continue to grow and develop.


Learn new skills: Personal development is about constantly learning and improving oneself. Whether it's learning a new language, taking a course, or developing a new hobby, acquiring new skills helps you become more versatile and adaptable. It also expands your knowledge and enhances your personal and professional growth.


Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself is essential for personal development. It involves setting aside time for activities that nourish your body and mind, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with loved ones. Self-care helps you reduce stress, improve your physical and mental health, and increase your overall well-being.


Surround yourself with positive influences: The people you spend time with can have a significant impact on your personal development. Surrounding yourself with positive, supportive, and motivated individuals can inspire and encourage you to grow and develop. On the other hand, being around negative or toxic people can hold you back and hinder your progress.


Having the right networks is critical, we all need people around us to help us succeed. In the video Awa shares details of how to find and reach out to the right people to mentor you. Getting mentors is not easy but she share insights on how to overcome the challenges you might face.

Personal development is a never-ending journey, and it is essential for achieving long-term success and happiness in life. By continually working on ourselves and striving to become the best version of ourselves, we can unlock our full potential and lead fulfilling, meaningful lives.


In conclusion, personal development is a journey of self-improvement that requires effort, persistence, and self-awareness. By setting goals, adopting a growth mindset, learning new skills, practicing self-care, and surrounding yourself with positive influences, you can continue to grow and develop as a person and achieve your full potential.

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Written by Lady Shayo Imologome FSM, FCA, MBA

Business Growth Strategist, Management Consultant, and Keynote Speaker


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