Six Attributes of Personal Growth


“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.” — Joseph Campbell

I’ve always been interested in personal growth. If you’ve followed my blog or read my book, The Tao of Running: Lessons on Life From Miles on the Road, you know I’ve gone through some pretty dramatic life changes. During that time, I’ve tried to chronicle those changes and share the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

As I’ve had a chance to reflect on the larger picture of personal development, I’ve come up with six attributes I believe are conducive to personal growth.

They are:

  • The Desire to Grow
  • The Courage to Start
  • The Diligence to Endure
  • The Patience to Reflect
  • The Honesty to Change
  • The Willingness to Teach

It is my belief that if you intentionally cultivate these six traits in your life, growth is inevitable. They seem to be the universal character traits and disciplines that drive change and transformation. And they work across virtually all aspects of life.

What do you think? Would you add anything?

Good Enough


I can tell I’m getting older. The evidence of this is that I am increasingly annoyed with having to continually update apps on my phone.

In fact, I usually don’t do it.

Three years ago I reluctantly bit the bullet and bought a smart phone. Still to this day I rarely use it for anything other than phone calls and texting my wife. Sometimes I’ll check email, but it’s very rare that I do much outside of these three primary functions.  Here’s a screenshot of my home screen:


Not a lot there. And I like it that way.

So here’s the interesting thing…I’ve come to realize that I’m slowly reaching that phase in life where I’m happy with the systems and routines I have in place. Most of the time when I hear of a new app or gadget, my first reaction is: So what?

I don’t want to upgrade.

I’ve found my version of enough.

And even then, I still find myself wanting to simplify my life, my gadgets, and my activities even further. Little-by-little I keep chipping away at things that no longer bring value to my life.

Innovation is great. I’ll even grant the fact that some innovation is necessary. But sometimes the tools and routines you already have are good enough.

Homestead Update – First Eggs

First Egg

We had a major life event here at the farm this week. Thursday morning I woke up, went to feed the chickens and found our first egg sitting in the corner of the coop. It caught me by surprise as I was calculating that it would be at least mid-August before we’d start to see any production.

Needless to say, the rest of the family was both shocked and excited. Thursday evening we took the blocking board off the nesting boxes and put down some pine shavings so they will hopefully begin to lay their eggs there instead of on the ground of the coop. My hope is that, even though we let them free range during the day, that they will return to the coop when they are ready to lay. It may be wishful thinking, but I’ve got my fingers crossed. I guess if not, the kids can do egg hunts around the yard all year. 🙂

In other news, I’m taking this weekend off from doing a lot of chores around the property. With all the storm cleanup that we did last weekend and a hectic week at work, I need to let my body and mind rest. Maybe I can catch up  on my Camp NaNoWriMo project.