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You Make Who You Are

The Power of Personal Growth

By Jen AuhPublished about a year ago 3 min read
You Make Who You Are
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

In life, we are constantly evolving, growing, and changing. We are influenced by our experiences, the people we interact with, and the choices we make. Ultimately, we are the sum of our thoughts, actions, and behaviors. Who we are today is not who we will be tomorrow. It is crucial to continually strive for self-improvement and personal development.

One of the most significant ways we shape ourselves is through learning. Education isn't just limited to formal schooling; it's a lifelong pursuit that involves constantly seeking out new knowledge and skills. By being open to learning, you not only expand your mind but also gain a better understanding of the world around you.

Learning can take many forms, from reading books and articles to taking courses and attending conferences. It's essential to be curious about the world and always be asking questions. By doing so, you expose yourself to new ideas and perspectives that can help shape who you are and who you become.

In addition to being open to learning, surrounding yourself with people who challenge you to be better is also vital. When you're around people who are better than you, whether it's in terms of skills, knowledge, or experience, you're constantly pushed to improve yourself.

These people can be mentors, colleagues, friends, or family members. What's essential is that they challenge you to be your best self and provide support and guidance along the way.

When you're around people who have similar goals as you, you're also more likely to achieve them. Having a shared goal creates a sense of accountability, and you're more likely to stay on track when you have others holding you accountable.

Setting goals is an essential aspect of personal growth. By setting goals, you give yourself direction and purpose, and you're more likely to achieve what you want. But it's not enough to set goals that are easily achievable; you need to set higher goals that challenge you to push yourself further.

Setting higher goals is crucial because it forces you to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone. When you set higher goals, you're more likely to take risks and try new things. Even if you don't achieve the goal, the experience of striving for it can teach you valuable lessons and help you grow.

Ultimately, you make who you are by the choices you make and the actions you take. By being open to learning, surrounding yourself with people who challenge you to be better, and setting higher goals, you give yourself the best chance of becoming the person you want to be.

Of course, there are other factors that influence who we are, such as our upbringing and life experiences. But by being intentional about the choices we make and the people we surround ourselves with, we can shape our lives in a positive direction.

It's worth noting that personal growth is not a linear process. There will be setbacks and challenges along the way, but these are opportunities for learning and growth. It's essential to be resilient and persevere through these challenges, knowing that they are a necessary part of the journey.

So, you make who you are by being open to learning, surrounding yourself with people who challenge you to be better, and setting higher goals. These are all choices that you can make every day, and they can have a significant impact on who you become.

Remember that personal growth is a lifelong journey, and it's never too late to start. Be intentional about the choices you make and take small steps every day to become the person you want to be. With time and dedication, you can achieve great things and make a positive impact on the world around you.

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About the Creator

Jen Auh

I'm a founder of STYiLES, a bestselling author, a creative director and an image consultant with 20+ years of experience in the beauty/fashion industries. I share my expertise to help others thrive. Learn more at

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