Implementation Gets Expensive

Dreams Cost Nothing



What is personal development?

It is not just a series of courses. It is not just reading some self-help books. It is more than just a change in attitude regarding your approach to life.

Personal development is a journey to help you discover your passion and fulfill your destiny in life. It provides a game plan to take that inner person into the real world. Personal development helps you establish your values, discover your talents, and develop your skills. Personal development helps you understand what makes you different and how that difference can help you fulfill the potential in your life.

A commitment to personal development will help you:

  1.   Implement your plans

  2.   Accomplish your goals

  3.   Achieve your dreams

Personal development presents both a challenge and an opportunity. It is a challenge because it requires you to be willing to change and to move outside your comfort zone. It is an opportunity because it involves change which can lead to personal growth. When you embrace personal development as an important tool in your life, you will become a better person, a better employee and a better member of society.

The following essays discuss the role of personal development at different stages in life: when children enter high school, when they graduate from high school, and as they prepare themselves to become responsible young adults.

        You have a choice -  who is going to be in charge of your life five years from now? If you want to be in control, you need to make

        the decision accompanied by a commitment. Start the process by taking personal responsibility for your life. Your decision will only

        take a moment; you can decide right now. Keep in mind though the process requires a commitment and remember it is a journey, 

        not an event.


                                                                                                                                                 Robert Livingston

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Organize Your Tool Box

Students, now that you are in high school, are you looking for new ways to expand your horizons?

Bob wrote this essay for grade nine students. This essay - “simple and insightful” in the words of one reader - discusses three suggestions for grade nine students: commit to personal development; develop a mentor network; and organize your finances.

        Dreams cost nothing. Implementation gets expensive.

                                                                                                                                                 Robert Livingston


The End of the Beginning

Students, are you uncertain and confused as you graduate from high school?

If so, you are in the majority - I know I was some 40 years ago. A key word of advice from Jim Rohn: “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” What you learn inside the classroom is very important; but what you learn outside the classroom is equally important. Take the time to commit to personal development, develop a mentor network, and organize your finances.

        Adversities must be viewed as events to help us grow. Mistakes must be viewed as experiences to help us learn.

                                                                                                                                                Robert Livingston


It’s Time to Let Go

As parents, are you uncertain of your role as your children graduate from high school?

The first step is to recognize the changing world your children are entering - simply put the low hanging fruit is gone! The world is far more competitive than when you graduated many years ago. The role of parents is so important today. They must be a mentor, providing advice and a game plan so their children can become responsible young adults.

        There comes a time when parents must cease to be “parents in control” and become “friends on call”. That time is now.

                                                                                                                                               Robert Livingston       


The Times They Are A-Changin’

Students, with degree in hand, are you asking yourself what is your next step?

This essay raises the question: “What am I doing to make myself a better person?” A commitment to personal development, accompanied by the decision to expand your comfort zone, will greatly help you in this next phase in your life. You will encounter disappointments - it is all part of the journey - but you will learn so much with the right attitude.

        Some of my greatest accomplishments have occurred when I have successfully worked through my failures and disappointments.

                                                                                                                                              Robert Livingston 


Discover Your Passion

Do you want to discover passion but are unsure where to start?

The first step is to understand the benefits of discovering your passion - the career satisfaction, the personal development, and the better relationships that will come your way. There will be roadblocks and risks in your journey, but when you establish your personal values and skills, these challenges can be overcome.

        Discovering your passion is usually a journey not an event.

                                                                                                                                             Robert Livingston


Three Coins from the Fountain

What are your core philosophies in life?

Your core philosophies become your operating DNA in life. It is so important to establish them early in life. This essay uses the analogy that there are coins of wisdom in the “Fountain.” The author contemplates if he could start his career all over again, what three coins of wisdom would he select?

        Don’t get so caught up in your career that your spouse becomes a roommate and your children become tenants. It is not worth it.

                                                                                                                                            Robert Livingston


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