Personal Development Reader – Apr 20, 2011

By Sensei Serge Sognonvi and Carmen Sognonvi
Originally published at

Here’s a round-up of the best blog posts and articles on personal development we came across this week.

18 Things My Dad Was Right About
When blogger Marc was 14, his teacher gave him the assignment of interviewing his father to find out what his tips were for the younger generation. He recently found this assignment again and was blown away by the wisdom his father shared with him because he relates to them now in a way he didn’t as a teenager.

7 Ways to Make the Most of Failure
How do you cope when you fail at something? Do you think failure is something you have to learn to get over? What if you thought of failure as the most important success skill of all? Check out this post, in which blogger Nea Joy argues that failure is something we should all embrace.

The Power of Belief, Caroline Casey & Johnny Cash
When blogger Tia Singh was 17, she had to repeat 12th grade. At the time she thought it was the most humiliating thing she had ever experienced, but she got through it and even made three new best friends. In this post, she reflects on the way this experience made her see how much her life is a gift.

How Being Vulnerable Can Expand Your World
Many of us are raised to think of vulnerability as a liability. If we’re vulnerable, the thinking goes, people will take that for a sign of weakness and try to exploit it. In this post, writer Wendy Miyake shares an experience from her days as a high school teacher in which she learned that being vulnerable allows people to see your authentic self, and that you can connect with them on a completely different level.

Use Questions to Change Your Mindset
Imagine that you’ve just woken up in the morning. In scenario A, you ask yourself “Why do I have to go to work today?” and in scenario B you ask yourself “What am I most grateful for right now?” In which scenario do you think you’d feel more enthusiastic and energized? In this post, blogger and coach Jonathan Wells explains that asking the right questions is one of the quickest ways to change our mindset from a limiting one to an empowering one.