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This is a discussion on Personal Development within the General Chat forums, part of the The Cafe Lounge category; Hello everyone For the better part of three years I've taken a lot of interest in my personal development. However ...

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    Personal Development

    Hello everyone

    For the better part of three years I've taken a lot of interest in my personal development. However typical it is of an INFJ, I'm always looking for new ways to improve on my strengths and weaknesses, and I'm sure most of you out there feel the same way. Can you recommend any books, websites (aside from this one :P), inspirational stories, etc that have helped you with your own personal development?

    How do you feel about personal development? Is it important?



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    Well what are some specific things you are looking to improve on?

    Personal development I guess is important, but with every positive comes a negative.

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    TED
    All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
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    Quote Originally Posted by dealuna View Post
    TED
    All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
    Pale Blue Dot
    Discovery Channel
    TED FTW.

    ~

    ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN

    (a guide for Global Leadership)

    All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.

    These are the things I learned:
    Share everything.
    Play fair.
    Don't hit people.
    Put things back where you found them.
    Clean up your own mess.
    Don't take things that aren't yours.
    Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
    Wash your hands before you eat.
    Flush.
    Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
    Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
    Take a nap every afternoon.
    When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
    Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
    Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
    And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.
    Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

    Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

    And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

    [Source: "ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum. See his web site at Robert Fulghum, OFFICIAL Website, see NEW stories! ]

    ~

    Pale Blue Dot's older brother.


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    Watching grown men drink their piss in survival situations does it for me.
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    Also SOL secular sermons

    Their videos can be viewed at Vimeo

    The other Fulghum books are good too: It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It, Rituals of Our Lives

    You may not agree with everything written, but check out also The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series. I can't wait to get my hands on House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies

    There are others which aren't Blackwell, like Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All

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    Quote Originally Posted by Res View Post
    Hello everyone

    For the better part of three years I've taken a lot of interest in my personal development. However typical it is of an INFJ, I'm always looking for new ways to improve on my strengths and weaknesses, and I'm sure most of you out there feel the same way. Can you recommend any books, websites (aside from this one :P), inspirational stories, etc that have helped you with your own personal development?

    How do you feel about personal development? Is it important?
    One way is to write down the events during one part of your life (warts and all), find your favourite philosophy or psychological theory, and use that theory to examine every statement to your story. It may shift your perspective on the world considerably - at least it did for me. It came at a cost e.g. you can't "go back". Once you see yourself from a new angle, certain illusions dissolve and won't reassemble. In that respect, I treat the idea of self-development not so much as "always getting better" but as a series of irreversible changes - always seeing things differently.

    Is it important? You know, I don't know. As an activity, it makes life less boring (if you live in a comfortable safe predictable environment) but I don't know that it makes any difference in the long run. It didn't take the ancient thinking minds long to propose that all human endeavour is ultimately futile. Whether you save the whales or become CEO of Mega-Nuke-Dumping Corp, all of us die in the end.


     

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