Personal development means activities that improve awareness and identity, develops talents and potential, builds human capital, facilitates employability, enhances the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. Some of my notes:



Among other things, personal development may include the following activities:

  • improving self-awareness
  • improving self-knowledge
  • improving skills and/or learning new ones
  • building or renewing identity/self-esteem
  • developing strengths or talents
  • improving a career
  • identifying or improving potential
  • building employability or (alternatively) human capital
  • enhancing lifestyle and/or the quality of life and time-management
  • improving health
  • improving wealth or social status
  • fulfilling aspirations
  • initiating a life enterprise
  • defining and executing personal development plans (PDPs)
  • improving social relations or emotional intelligence
  • spiritual identity development and recognition

Personal development can also include developing other people. This may take place through roles such as those of a teacher or mentor, either through a personal competency (such as the alleged skill of certain managers in developing the potential of employees) or through a professional service (such as providing training, assessment or coaching).