By Kate Shum
If you asked me a week ago the meaning of the word “Development,” I would have told you that the first thing that came to mind is hard hats, tall buildings, and construction. Today my answer is an entirely different one because I have indeed discovered a deeper meaning to the word. There are so many aspects to it, ranging from Business, Real Estate, and Personal Development.
I have been fortunate enough to surround myself with amazing people who inspire me and motivate me to become a better version of myself. I often hear Jennifer Yon motivate business owners, friends, and family. Each time I admire her passion, determination, and endless energy more and more. On one occasion, it made me wonder; How does she do it? And the answer was clear, she believes. She believes in herself; she invests in herself without any hesitation.
It is an understatement to say that 2020 has been a total disaster. My family suffered the loss of my niece, Isabella, after a long battle with leukemia followed by Graft-versus-host disease. My mother was transferred to an Assisted Living Facility due to Alzheimers. I gave in to the idea of moving my kids 230 miles away, and I also decided that a drastic haircut was a great idea without thinking of how it would impact my appearance & self-esteem.
For the first time ever, I reached a point in my life where I felt empty, worthless, depressed, and without any motivation. I lost my passion and drive to thrive, live and succeed. I realized that I was not living; I was simply surviving in a routine that was not productive. Something resonated in my head, and those were the words of Albert Einstein, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”
After some major soul searching and with the help of my sister and cousin, I decided to take action and work my way towards becoming the most amazing version of myself because average is never an option. I was tired of playing the role of the victim. I decided to reset and restart my life by enrolling in a series of Life Training Programs in Miami that will help me figure out what is lacking in my life and what steps I need to take to make a definite come back; The Kate 2.0 that I have always wanted.
I will never be able to fully explain how a series of 12-hour sessions have helped me break free from so many different things. I would simply say that it is an experience that MUST be lived and enjoyed. I cried, I yelled, I had terrible migraines, and I experienced the greatness that can only come from self-love and acceptance.
Investing in yourself should definitely be mandatory and developing your greatness is absolutely necessary. This is the reason why you see so many people attending seminars, listening to inspirational podcasts, scheduling accountability calls. It is because it works! Personal Development helps you stay on track; it guides you and makes you see things from many different perspectives. Development is what grounds you to become more attuned to your surroundings, to nature. Personal Development is merely investing in you to create the BEST version of YOU!