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Book#0045 – Personal Development for Smart People


Personal Development for Smart People

The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth
Steve Pavlina

About This Book

The goal of this book is to teach you how to bring all areas of your life into alignment with these universal principles. This requires injecting truth into your relationships, aligning your career with love, and bringing power to your spiritual practice. This is what it means to live as a conscious, intelligent human being. The more your life aligns with these principles, the smarter you become.

This book offers you a new way of thinking about personal growth from high-level concepts to practical actions. You won’t need different rules for maintaining your health, building your career, and caring for your relationships. The core principles of growth don’t change from one area of life to the next, nor do they vary from person to person. Once you understand how they work, you’ll be able to use them to improve your results in any endeavor.

This book is organized in two parts. Part 1 explores the seven fundamental principles of personal development, starting with the three primary principles of truth, love, and power. By internalizing these basics, you’ll build a solid foundation for improving your growth efforts in all areas of your life. Your goal for reading this part of the book is simply to gain an understanding of these seven principles.


Part 2 is the down and dirty application section. This half of the book explains how to apply the seven principles to generate positive, practical results in your life. Every chapter tackles a different area of life, including your career, health, relationships, and more. You can read these chapters in any order, so feel free to jump straight to the section that interests you most. However, it’s best if you read all the chapters in Part 1 before progressing to Part 2.


Part 1: Fundamental Principles

01.   Truth

(perception, prediction, accuracy, acceptance, self-awareness)

02.   Love

(connection, communication, communion)

03.   Power

(responsibility, desire, self-determination, focus, effort, self-discipline)

04.   Oneness

(empathy, compassion, honesty, fairness, contribution, unity)

05.   Authority

(command, effectiveness, persistence, confidence, significance)

06.   Courage

(heart, initiative, directness, honor)

07.   Intelligence

(authenticity, creative self-expression, growth, flow, beauty)

Part 2: Practical Application

08.   Habits

09.   Career

10.   Money

11.   Health

12.   Relationships

13.   Spirituality

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