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3 Surprising Secrets to Finding Your Next Level

Powerful impact requires self-development.

Those who make a difference trust their talent, expand their skill, and develop their strength.

Lack of self-development is lost potential.

Self-development isn’t selfish when you’re dedicated to serving others.

3 surprising sources of self-development:


The most important step toward development is starting stuff.

You never finish what you don’t start. Connect the courage to start with commitment to develop yourself. Start because you believe in developing your talent.

Start and grow as you go.

It’s too late if you feel ready.

Tip: Move toward discomfort. Turning from discomfort is turning from the next level.

Irritating people:

Find the next level by expanding your ability to connect with diverse, even irritating people.

There’s coming a day when success will include working with someone you don’t like. You limit your impact by limiting the types of people you get along with.

Irritants develop humility.

It takes humility to work well with someone who irritates you.

Humility extends capacity.

Tip: Focus on the strengths, not the weaknesses, of people who rub you the wrong way.


Delay develops creativity. Frustration in response to delay invites you to press harder, but closes your mind to new ideas. An angry brain doesn’t have new ideas.

Delay develops grit when you open your mind to creative ideas.

Tip: Relax while pressing through delay. Ask if there’s another way.

Find your next level by:

  1. Starting before you feel fully adequate.
  2. Learning to connect with people who irritate you.
  3. Opening your mind when you encounter delay.

What enhances self-development?

What prevents people from developing themselves?

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