Whether you’re ready to advance in your career or simply want to expand your skill set, accelerating your personal growth takes time. It takes time, but it doesn’t have to take forever. There is a ton of advice out there on how to accelerate personal growth, much of it on the question and answer site Quora. We screened the top-rated answers from people who have experience on this topic to distill the best advice for you!
Check out the top answers to the question: How can I accelerate my personal growth?
Get In Over Your Head. Work To Get Your Head Above Water. And Do It Over And Over Again.
In other words, choose “anxiety-driven growth” over “boredom-driven growth”.
–Jim Stone: Using his stone-age brain to navigate a world of accelerating change.
Opportunity to fail
You grow the most when you have a 30-60% chance of failure. To improve, you want to be in a position where success is not guaranteed. I will not improve my tennis game playing against by 19-month old daughter. Too often, undergrads are put into jobs that they will definitely succeed at. And while definite success initially feels good, it doesn’t help you grow. You should find an organization that will give you projects where there is a high chance of failure.
–Auren Hoffman: CEO of LiveRamp. Sold 5 companies (and many more that failed)
Figure out where a diverse, smart group of people hang out.
Ever heard that saying, “You should never be the smartest person in the room.” It’s true. You should be in a room with all different types of brilliant people – programmers, designers, business development people, marketers, etc. – everyone in that room should be the smartest person in one, specific field.
–Lauren Holliday: Full-stack marketer. Journalist with a marketing mindset.
Taking risks that your peers do not
The road less traveled is by definition the only road that will allow you to get ahead because getting ahead means doing things differently. Go for big successes or big failures. Anything in between doesn’t stand out. The worst thing you can be in your career is invisible.
–Michael W Ellison: I work for the top tech recruiting firm in Silicon Valley
Advancing your career
This is a goal. If you want to do this in the fastest way it becomes about politics, power, and appearances. It doesn’t always have to do with learning, smarts, or value added. In his book, Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t, Jeffrey Pfeffer writes: “job performance matters less for your evaluation than your supervisor’s commitment to and relationship with you.”
–Shane Parrish: Entrepreneur, reader, and thinker
Focus on effectivity first / Forget efficiency for now
Having had the privilege of helping over 10,000 professionals boosting their personal growth, I learned that it’s not efficiency one should focus on but effectivity. You are likely to have studied hard and have enough efficiency in you already. Now it comes down to being more effective in using that efficiency.
–Gustaaf Vocking: Internationally experienced coach and consultant
Learn how to learn
This might sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how poorly many of us spend time learning. By learning how to effectively understand new concepts we can save countless hours that would otherwise be wasted.
–Bud Hennekes: I’m Bud. I enjoy good conversation, technology, and traveling the globe.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
Make a list about the things/skills You want to develop. 10 is enough. Let’s start with those. Start from the skills that would give You the most satisfaction, money or solve a big problem You have right now.
–Uku A. Kudu: freelancer, agent, producer, poker, saxophone, survival, software, writing
Manage personal psychology
Be optimistic. Keep your decision making friction free while moving in and out from different contexts (Fox vs hedgehog, opportunistic vis strategic, short term goals vis long term milestones, individual vis systems).
–Satpal Parmar: Idea collector | Perpetual learner | Compulsive Upvoter
Do you have a method for accelerating personal growth? Please share!