The Age of Self-Development

  Words get wrongly used all the time. Some words or phrases are used inaccurately so often, that we become numb or grow ignorant to their original meaning or significance.

To wrongly use or misuse a word means to change the definition (ignorantly or on purpose) to gain some political, economic, or religious advantage or that by our actions over time we actually change the meaning of a word or phrase.

I'll give you a couple of examples to show you what I mean.

Example #1

Most people would say that the words "education" and "schooling" are synonyms (different words with the same meaning). But nothing could be further from the true:

School /Schooling Defined* -

1) any activity that is designed to instruct, inform or train a person how to act; to teach a person his part.

2) a crowd or group. Doing things as a group.

Education Defined -

1) to bring up, nurture or rear from childhood so as to form their habits, manners, intellectual and physical aptitudes.

2) Develop intellectual and moral powers generally. This is done individually or with a few.

In this case, education has come to have the same meaning as school. However, the above definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary would beg to differ. There is plenty of evidence to show the deliberate and false synonym-"izing" of these two words at the beginning of the 20th century.

Example #2

The title Statesman is an honorable title with many great historical examples: George Washington, John Adams, Benito Juarez, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.

But because of its misuse over time (bad people being called or calling themselves statesmen), most people associate the word with a crooked politician.

So when we misuse words, their meanings become distorted or watered-down until they retain very little of their original meaning-and power.

This brings me to the point of this article. I believe that we have entered a new era, a time of increasing human consciousness, a moment where we actually have the technology to vanquish poverty and ignorance-the Age of Self-Development.

But this phrase, Self-Development or personal development has been heavily over-used or rather, misused. When most people hear the term Self-Development or personal development, it usually brings to mind some motivational speaker or guru who just wants to con you out of your hard-earned money. And it's true, those kinds of people are out there  I myself have found these charlatans in academia, Network Marketing, the world of real estate, and in business in general.

But not all promoters of Self-Development are bad or misleading. In order to develop the skill to discern the good from the bad, we first have to know what Self-Development really means.

To understand the true meaning of this most powerful of phrases and to clarify what I mean by the Age of Self-Development, take a minute to re-acquaint yourself with the these original definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary:


Oneself: self-supporting

Of oneself: self-honor

By oneself: self-propelling, self-acting

To, with, or toward oneself: self-consistent, self-addressing, self-love

In oneself: inherently, self-evident

From or by means of oneself: self-solution


To set forth or make clear by degrees or in detail: develop a thesis

To make visible or manifest: paint a vision

To subject to a treatment or process in order to produce a visible image: develop film

To elaborate (a musical idea) by the working out of rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme: write a song

To work out the possibilities of: develop and idea

To create or produce especially by deliberate effort over time: new ways of doing business

To make active of promote the growth of: develop muscles

To make available or useable: develop natural resources

To move from the original position to one providing more opportunity for effective use: he moved his chess piece with deliberation

To cause to unfold: gradually developed his argument

To expand by a process of growth: working to expand the company

To cause to grow and differentiate along lines natural to its kind: rain and sun develop the grain

To become infected or effected by: she developed pneumonia

To acquire gradually: develop an appreciation for ballet

To go through a process of natural growth, differentiation, or evolution by successive changes: a blossom develops from a bud

To come into being gradually: the situation developing in Eastern Europe


My guess is that the term Self-Development has a more "developed" meaning for you now than it did 5 minutes ago. True Self-Development is the most exciting, invigorating, and uplifting action that a human being can take. Fully engaged Self-Development will literally change you life. Life will be more fulfilling, satisfying, stabilizing, charitable, and revealing than you could ever imagine.

While the phrase Self-Development may have little meaning to the average person hearing it, it has huge significance to those who are truly seeking it.

Self-Development is literally a self-initiated action; founded in the awareness that one's potential is far greater than one's current self-expression.

It is a self-propelling action to create or produce, by deliberate extra-ordinary effort over time. Self-Development is a process of natural growth, differentiation, or evolution by successive changes. Self-Development means to move from where you are now to a position that provides more opportunity for personal growth. It is literally the expansion of self. It is the process of making one's true nature manifest and visible to all.

The very act of engaging in true Self-Development is the remedy to the misuse of the phrase. The only way of restoring integrity to this most noble concept-is to live it.

While Self-Development doesn't have to cost anything at all, my journey and the thousands of dollars I have paid for books, seminars, courses, and mentors has literally changed my life, saved my marriage, and created the vision of my future.

We live in a time like no other. We have the world's knowledge and experience literally at our fingertips. We live a general standard of living unrivaled by any civilization in the history of the world. And we have more opportunities to develop wealth that any generation that has ever populated this planet.

All that is required for us to enter on the path of Self-Development is to ponder this definition and listen to our hearts:

Self-Development is literally a self-initiated action; founded in the awareness that one's potential is far greater than one's current self-expression.

It is a self-propelling action to create or produce, by deliberate extra-ordinary effort over time. Self-Development is a process of natural growth, differentiation, or evolution by successive changes. Self-Development means to move from where you are now to a position that provides more opportunity for personal growth. It is literally the expansion of self. It is the process of making one's true nature manifest and visible to all.

If the idea or concept of Self-Development resonates with you, follow through with those feelings and seek assistance or a mentor to help you move to the next level. There are literally hundreds of books, seminars, and other programs that purport to guide people along the path of improvement. Find what works for you and stay on that path.

Whether you will be part of the new Age of Self-Development or not, is entirely up to you.

Web development firms have a greater role in enhancing the client company's brand name and their reputation online. In short, the success of a brand online often relies on the expertise of web developers. More and more customers are turning in to web to get details regarding the products and services offered by a particular brand. And as the popular say goes, "First impression is the best impression" which means a website should be as catchy and impressive as possible to turn a prospective customer in to a business.

A lot of web design companies are available to create website for your company according to the budget you have. But only a professional web development company can see the bigger picture of their client requirements instead of compromising for their short-term goals. A lot of research must happen before choosing the best website designing and development company. Landing in to the wrong development partner will result in long-term consequences that might be damaging for the reputation of your brand.

Here are a few tips that will help you choose the right website development company.

Are they Receptive?

This is an important aspect in the selection of the right web development firm. You will have to check whether the website design company is serious in handling your queries and returning calls. If they are making delays in replying to your queries prior to establishing a contract with them, then it is desirable for you to avoid them since their responsiveness in the long-term once the site launches cannot be guaranteed at all.

Do they have an advisor to brief you?

Companies offering best web development services will have advisors who will try to understand your requirements and will advise you whether you will have to make any changes in the designing and functionality of the website that you have in mind. Usually if the designing of the website does not match with the services you offer, it might turn out to be a waste of money. An advisor can help you clear this obstacle before the start of the web development process itself.

Take a look at the web development firm's own website

Most web design companies showcase their own website to draw clients towards them. If their website is not attractive, then how can they make your website attractive?

Does the web development company provide you with repeated suggestions?

These are strong signs of a genuine website development services company. They often serve you as a trusted guide by claiming that some of your ideas are bad and will have the explanations for it too. It is not necessary for most of the brands approaching website design companies to have a thorough knowledge regarding the changes happening across web standards, eCommerce and security standards, web standards and usability experiences.

Have a look at the previous completed projects

It is essential for the client companies to take a look at the previous projects done by the web development firm they are approaching and prefer to speak with those clients to get a feedback about the web development company.

How after sales service are managed?

This is one area where most of the companies feel disappointed at times with their client web development company. The reason, the lack of enthusiasm to help the brand company once the project is over. The best web development company would engage in a long-term relationship with the client by offering uninterrupted round the clock services to them regarding website maintenance.

Whether direct communication is allowed with the web developers?

More than a marketing person, it is the technical person that will be of use during the development stage of your website. Usually a team of web designers and web developers would be involved in the developmental stages of your website and it is only them who will be able to best understand your requirements when it comes to the creative as well as technical thoughts.

Do you or the web development company own the website code?

Most of the website development companies own the website code since they expect the client to approach them in future also if any changes have to be made. But check whether your company will be comfortable with such restrictions. The client website development company can make the changes easily since they have hands-on experience creating your website where as if you own the website code, you will have the freedom to make any changes. But the task would be a bit difficult for the IT department since the code is developed by the client web development company.

Are comprehensive services offered?

The best web development company would offer comprehensive services and thereby takes the entire responsibility of your website design, development and maintenance. The process starts from developing an initial strategy, planning, design, development, testing as well as marketing.

It has to be taken note that most of these firms are also offering mobile application development. Most of the client companies are moving towards developing a mobile application for their products and services in addition to the website development services since a majority of the customers now uses smartphone for online purchases.


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