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Monday Morning Motivation – Development

(Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially)

Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement — along with a good cup of coffee! — to start the day.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


One of my favorite podcasts (Entrepreneur on Fire / here is a link to my four favorite podcasts) often speaks of what they call “the imposter syndrome”.  By that they are referring to the questioning that goes on in your mind when you take a look at where you are at and question “whether you are worthy”.

  • Just about every one of us wonders at some point in time if we are worthy of the position we have been asked to hold – whether it be personally or professionally.

This concept got me thinking.  In particular, I started pondering about WHY I am successful and why I quickly dismiss the “I am not worthy” thoughts when they emerge.  While I pondered this question multiple times,

I never was able to quite put my finger on what it was that allowed me to quickly dismiss the “imposter syndrome” thoughts when they flashed in to my mind.  Then I came across a quote from Jim Rohn that provided me with clarity:

  • Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.

In that moment it clicked.  I have ALWAYS focused on learning new things that help me to develop personally and professionally.  Each new task I task or role I assume, I throw myself in to the development of the requisite skills.

And the success follows — although I’m still a shitty swimmer and a snail slow distance runner in spite of all the reading I have done (there’s a lesson in here about “doing” versus “thinking” but I will save/avoid that one for now).

Rohn hit the nail squarely on the head.

  • If you want to succeed in anything – personally or professionally – you had better make an investment in yourself.

That brings us to today’s question:

  • How are you investing in your personal and professional development?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning and I wish you all the best for the week.


BONUS – I found the above quote while reading Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning.  You can find a summary of this wonderful book here.

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Curt Stowers

Curt Stowers

Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.