Up until about a decade plus ago, I never fully grasped the concept of personal development. I erroneously thought personal development only meant the following: Attending and graduating from college, getting and retaining a good job or starting a successful business, becoming rich and living a good life for yourself.

So, in my second year of graduate school, when I began to feel that there’s more to life than achieving the standard things, I knew it was time to go beyond the ordinary.

Knowing that I wanted to go beyond the ordinary was one thing, but I had little to no idea how to go about it. The few people I spoke to had no concrete advice, too. However, I remained steadfast and trusted God to lead me in the right direction.

Fast forward to one day on my way to work, I saw a signpost that caught my attention. It contained information about resources at my township’s public library.

Can you make guess where I stopped on my way home from work? If you guessed, “library”, you are right. I was curious!

As I walked around the aisles attempting to acquaint myself with everything they had to offer, I came across a section for “self-improvement”. I was immediately enthralled by the breadth and depth of the collection.

Eventually, I picked up a book titled, “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell. Reading that book marked the beginning of something remarkable in my life – it was as though scales were falling off my eyes which allowed my vision to become “brighter and bigger”.

John Maxwell is my torchbearer in the personal development world and his teachings, guidance, and mentorship were instrumental in helping me to choose to live beyond the ordinary.

Choosing to live beyond the ordinary is a non-conformist, yet fulfilling way of life. It requires a strong sense of purpose, willpower, resilience, and many more godly attributes to keep it unwavering. That’s why I’m elated that you are here. The journey is easier when you associate with people of like minds.