Want to be the best version of yourself? Here’s how!

Want to be the best version of yourself? Here’s how!

via the Ladders by John P Weiss

A lot of personal development content focuses on things like productivity, health, wealth and happiness. Which is fine, except these goals can overshadow the most important question you should ask yourself:

What kind of person do I want to be?

I spent over twenty-six years in law enforcement, and my career taught me volumes about people and their darker motivations.

That’s me before I retired, trying to look spiffy in my uniform.

Specifically, I noticed three ugly qualities that prevent people from becoming better versions of themselves:

  1. Greed
  2. Vanity
  3. Addiction

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Having it all

Some people equate success with “having it all,” but this can become a slippery slope. The appetite for success devolves into greed.

“An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person’s main task in life — becoming a better person.” — Leo Tolstoy

I met many millionaires in my career who were unhappy, negative people. It surprised me, because it looked like they had it all. But deep down, they hadn’t done the work of figuring out what kind of person they wanted to be.

It’s not to say that achieving wealth is a bad thing. There were some millionaires I met who were happy, generous and wonderful people. But surprisingly, it seemed like they were the minority.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

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Sacrifice for others

It’s not surprising, in our culture of entertainment and celebrities, that a lot of people succumb to vanity. We all want to look good…

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