10+ Best Articles on Personal Growth
The most useful articles on personal growth from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Personal Growth Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on personal growth by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- A simple trick to uncover personal leverage
- Expectations and Reality
- 7 thought experiments that will make you question everything
- Growth Loops: From linear growth to circular growth
- Harder Than It Looks, Not As Fun as It Seems
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Dan Harris: The benefits of not being a jerk to yourself
After more than two decades as an anchor for ABC News, an on-air panic attack sent Dan Harris's life in a new direction: he became a dedicated meditator and, to some, even a guru. But then an…
How to ...?
How to Be Great? Just be Good, Repeatably
A thought piece on what it takes to truly be great and what that even means in the first place.
«makes the rest of us believe that correlation (of those outliers) is causation; in other words, success of those individuals is due to their offbeat ways»
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Embarrassment is an Integral Part of the Growth Process
By Leo Babauta A well-known climbing coach said that the biggest obstacle in the way of people’s growth as climbers is, basically, fear of embarrassment. When people want to get better at climbing,…
What It Takes to Grow: Pioneering Psychoanalyst Karen Horney on the Key to Self-Realization
“Self-knowledge… is not an aim in itself, but a means of liberating the forces of spontaneous growth. In this sense, to work at ourselves becomes not only the prime moral obligation, bu…
«under the forces of convention and compulsion; it requires living amicably with who we have been in order to fully live into who we can be.»
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Growth Loops: From linear growth to circular growth
In a circular model of growth, nobody is more advanced than anyone. There is no “up” or “down.” People are at a particular point of their own, unique growth loop. Everyone only competes against one’s…
7 thought experiments that will make you question everything
The best thought experiments challenge our beliefs and offer fresh perspectives on how the world operates.
Expectations and Reality
In 2004 the New York Times interviewed Stephen Hawking, the late scientist whose motor-neuron disease left him paralyzed and unable to talk since age 21. Apparently in a good mood, the Times asked…
«there’s almost a complete ignorance of expectations, especially managing them with as much effort as we put into changing our circumstances.»
A simple trick to uncover personal leverage
Most of the things you do don’t matter. Yup, that tweet you’re reading. No impact. The presentation you just edited. No one’s going to read the slide. And that feature you just shipped. Crickets. As…
«If 80% of your activities are barely making a dent with your happiness, what does that mean? And what about that 20% that makes you light up.»
Harder Than It Looks, Not As Fun as It Seems
There’s a saying – I don’t know whose – that an expert is always from out of town. It’s similar to the Bible quote that no man is a prophet in his own country. That one has deeper meaning, but they…
«“All businesses are loosely functioning disasters” Brent Beshore says. But it’s like an iceberg, only a fraction is visible.»
These are some of the most-read long-form articles on personal growth.
The essential guide to crafting a successful Growth Loop.
Based on personal experience, I want to share what I have found to be the top requirements for success when creating a growth loop.
Generalise, don't specialise: why focusing too narrowly is bad for us
As children, we were told that practice makes perfect, but sportswriter David Epstein turns on its head the popular idea that specializing early on in one field leads to greater success. Epstein delved into studies on the development of elite professionals, observing that dabbling isn’t the hindrance many believe it to be. In this fascinating article, he outlines a convincing case that – in an increasingly complex and interconnected world – the world needs more “people with range.”
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