The conscious pursuit of personal growth by expanding self-awareness and knowledge and improving personal skills1.

Personal development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital, facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

Lifelong learning:

Personal Narrative:

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Personal Development Plan

Where do you want to be (and why)

One month, six months, a year, five years…

Skills needed

Do you need certain skills to get a particular job or career? Are you planning on living abroad? Have you been told you lack certain skills?

Standard to achieve, and how it differs from your current standard

For each skill you wish to develop … what level of expertise, aptitude or fluency do you actually need?

Priority for each area of improvement

You can't do it all at once.

How to progress for each skill or area

An actionable plan for each skill to be developed.

Personal SWOT analysis


Self Reflection

Ramit asks: What skills are you already good at? Most of us are experts — or at least better than most people — at something. Jot down the first things that come to mind when you read these questions:

  • What skills do you already have?

    • writing
    • software development
    • learning
    • music
    • art and drawing
    • motorcycling
  • What do your friends call you for advice on?

    • tech
    • copy-editing
  • What kind of sites do you read?

    • gaming
    • coding
    • lifehacks
    • personal development
    • theosophy, anthropology

  1. 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). ↩︎