Importance of Personal Development

When people talk about personal development, to me, I thought Personal Development was like if you didn’t have money and you go in a shrink. I look down on it so much, I just didn’t understand it. I thought, is there something wrong, like it’s self help? Is there something wrong with me? Why did I need that? Personal development is the key to your success because personal development is just you getting better in whatever area in life you are not so good at.

I have always been a giving person. I was a guy like, “I’m about me; I’m about trying to get my; I just try to get what I can.” but I decided that I needed help because I had my clinics and I was doing my thing – I am doing good – but it was all about me. I started to read books that was teaching me about leadership and how you need to promote others before yourself. For me, I needed help with leadership. That’s the personal development that I needed. And then I started to go in personal development that started to help me more with my confidence. The fact that I can come on here and I can speak to you and speak from my heart; sometimes I speak about my faith. You know how hard that is? Because you are thinking in your head, “maybe people don’t agree with me; maybe I can’t say anything.” that is confidence. How do you develop that? Personal development. Working on your mind. Working on trying to get out of your way. You are blocking yourself. How many times are you getting in your way? Think about it for a second. How many times are you like, “okay, I want to say this but I am so nervous that I am going to piss X, Y, and Z off – then I am not going to say it.” just think about that for a second. How are you going to ever pass that. Is there like a course you are going to take in college that is going to help you with that? I don’t know, I didn’t see it when I was in college. You are gonna have to get in personal development. How are you going to get into the point where you are going to put others first instead of yourself. You are gonna have to get in personal development.

Going to college and becoming a physical therapist, obviously, that has been fantastic. But personal development is what took me from being a good physical therapist to a million-dollar company. I can tell you right now if there is one thing I could be attributed to besides my God – in Him who keeps blessing me and putting opportunities in my way – it’s personal development. Personal development allows me to go after things even though I feel I am not ready, it gives me the confidence to just go for it. Personal development is what taught me how money works and how compound interest works either for you or against you – that’s personal development. Personal development has allowed me to understand business. Personal development has allowed me to understand what people are looking for. Personal development has allowed me to improve my leadership. Personal development has allowed me to become more confident. That’s why I start my course with that.

Because when you are a physical therapist – when you are in a room and you have a patient that’s trying to tell you what they learned in Google – do you have the confidence on how you are going to do it on that person but at the same time you are not going to piss that person off? That’s what you will learn in personal development. Sorry, your professor ain’t going to teach you that stuff. Personal development is going to teach you that.

I want to urge you all today. If you are not in a book, if you are not listening to audio, if you are not doing that, please start today. Five minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes today. Just start getting in it; start feeding your mind telling yourself, “I am good enough. I can do this. I can be better. I can learn. I haven’t tapped out on my ceiling yet.” Personal development.

You know how hard it was for me? I live in a predominantly white area and until I had the confidence – because I want to be me, this is who I am. I am hiphop. I love all music but in my clinic I want to be who I am. Me. And I had to be okay in being me. And what has happened, we are just talking about it this weekend, everybody feels comfortable. Not everybody in my clinic likes this music or whatever – but when everybody feels good with, all my employees is they are comfortable of being themselves. But it took me to work on myself to have enough confidence like, “this is me. I don’t care what patient it is. This it me, take it or leave it.” and everybody in my clinic – why people would never leave my company – is because they know that we are totally okay with them being who they are. At the end of the day, if every single day you got to front and you going to be something that you are not, that’s not a good way to live. You are not going to be happy. You are just going to be pissy all the time because you are fronting – you are not who you are. You are being somebody else. Personal development will allow you to put out your authentic self. I can’t stress that enough.

I graduated in 2000. That was the last year that it was a bachelor in PT and I just never went back. What happened was I started working with the Professional Tennis Tour, working with players privately and travelling. My plan was from when I graduated school, was in five years I was to go back and get my MBA so that I can open up a business one day. Well, I never did that.

There is only so much gain that you will get with body weight – and I am a body weight guy – you have to lift. If you want to get serious muscle – I didn’t get this from body weight. Body weight is great but you have to throw up some weights. You just have to be safe, you have to know what you are doing. You have to have good form. You have to throw up some weights if you want to achieve those type of goals. You can do body weights stuff wrong, you can do lifting wrong as well. It’s a lot easier to hurt yourself with traditional lifting than it is to do with body weights training. Either way, just learn how to do it right. If you don’t know how to do it right then ask somebody that knows.

I am rich in blessings, I am rich in life, I am rich in health – which I wasn’t always.