From John Maxwell's "The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth" by Hachette Book Group Inc 2012:
You could list your accomplishments over the past few years and talk about how hard you work. You can outline your goals and explain what you do to reach and help more people. Answers all based on “ACTIVITY”, not on improving.
Do you really have a plan to get better?
Do you really have a plan for your personal growth and development?
If your answers match the above, it could reveal a major flaw in your approach to work and success.
When we start careers, we are intentional about working, reaching goals, and being successful. Most have a strategy which is plain hard work and hoping it will get us where we want to go. But working hard alone does not guarantee success and hope is not a strategy.
There are major growth gaps we have all faced and can overcome with a real growth plan that involves intentionality, focus and other vital principles.
Don't let your 10 years experience be ten years repetition without real growth.
"The 15 Invaluable laws of Growth" is a really great read backed by over 50+ years of tested experience from John Maxwell.
Best-selling author, speaker and trainer of more than 5 million leaders worldwide. His book shares 8 major growth gaps and everything he has garnered about developing yourself so you have the best chance of becoming the person you were created to be. It discusses principles like:
1. The law of the mirror
You must see value in yourself to grow yourself.
The value we place on ourselves is usually the value others will place on us.
2. The Law of Awareness: You must know who you are to grow your potential.
But you have to grow to know who you are. The solution is to explore yourself as you grow yourself.
Begin by following your passions. Your passions will lead to growth and growth will lead back to your passions.
What if you follow a passion and fail? Well, what if you remain as you are for the next 10 years. You will fail and even worse hate yourself.
In the least, if you fail stretching in a direction, you know who you are not.
-The Law of Modeling: It's hard to improve when you have no one but yourself to follow.
-The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be.
And more from this life manual on growth and development.