Growing up as a fiercely logical, left-brained analytical person, the concept of “personal growth” seemed silly. What did it even mean?

But a few years into my career, I discovered the realm of emotional intelligence (EQ). My first painful realization after studying the science behind this remarkable field was how low an EQ I actually possessed. Thankfully, I also realized that unlike IQ, a person can dramatically increase their EQ with a bit of effort.

That was the launching point for my now lifelong study of human behavior, psychology, and the more abstract realms of philosophy and spirituality.

Any intelligent person can learn the hard skills. It is the soft ones like self-awareness, initiative, and empathy that represent the big challenges toward substantial growth.

The Lessons that Helped Me Grow