Personal and Professional Development – What's the Difference?

When people ask me about my business, I tell them in the subject-that we help companies, teams and individuals to reach them by learning. This is a fine statement and describes the breadth of what we do, but it often leads to follow-up like. . . "Do you make personal development or just business education?"

My answer is yes.

Because I do not believe, there is a significant difference in personal development and professional development.

Why do I say that?

The reasons for

Because my opinion may be different from yours, or sometimes you have never thought about it, it makes sense to explain. There are at least five main reasons why I think personal and professional development is the same.

Learning is learning. We got amazing opportunities to study at birth. Most of us have not used much of that option. It's like we're killing our lawn with a jet engine. Sure, the engine has enough horsepower to turn the blade, but it has a virtual unlimited option that is not used. As we are learning, we are increasing our ability to learn more because we are flexing and practicing "learning our muscles." In other words, when we are learning, we are increasing our ability to learn even more.

All test scores. One of the most powerful ways we learn is to connect new learning to what we already know. As we continue to build our knowledge and experience, it enables us to make new connections faster. In other words, the more we learn, the better we will be learning new things and in most cases; faster with deeper understanding.

We are a complete package. It does not seem like we go to work and do not use anything we know of our personal lives to be more effective at work. And while we may not need to know how to do home-type rotary pressure equipment – these skills can help you diagnose the problem with your washing machine. And even if you do not need to back up your system database, you might be able to handle your computer better because of what you learned at work. And while you hope you never have to follow new customer support at home, this method can teach you something by process or understanding when you're a customer.

The conclusion is that we are the perfect person, thus taking on our own work skills at home and bringing all our personal knowledge and experience to work. So any growth or development will benefit you both personally and professionally.

Most important skills are always the most important. Where is a better listener to help you – at home or at work? Both of course. When you learn how to train better at work, does it make you a better parent? It can certainly!

We could make a long list of these precious talents, from dealing with conflict, learning how to learn, giving better feedback to be more idea … you get the idea (and probably thought about five other examples yourself now). There are many skills we could learn as "self-improvement" that will help us at work and vice versa. So why did you notice one thing or another?

Serendipity Rules. Because our learning is based on connections, you never know when something you learned about the Discovery Channel could give you "aha" at work, or the insights that the leader's leader works on helps you solve a problem at home. Again, all development, all learning, all growth helps us in all of our parts.

But wait

Does this all mean I become a better knitter or bowler, I will be more productive and well at work? Yes, for reasons I described above (and some others too).

This does not mean that your business should send everyone to knitting or bowling, but that means there's a significant opportunity to support any kind of study regardless of the subject.

Finally, my goal is to help you view all the skills generally in their application – instead of classifying something as "personal development n "and therefore it does not matter at work.

Learning is learning. Personal development is professional development.

When you stop worrying about the distinctions, think about the programs, serve yourself and others much better.


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