8 Personal Development Quotes

We all want to be the best we possibly can be. So if you’re looking for a little motivation in the form of a personal development quote, then check out the following 8 that we have to say are pretty awesome.

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1. “What we think, we become” – Buddha


Well, we have to say that Buddha certainly has provided us with many words of wisdom. And none more so than this quote. Because it really is a truism that your mental state of mind has a massive effect on what you can actually achieve.

Believe in yourself, and you honestly can become whatever you want to be – as long as you’re prepared to work hard and diligently towards your goal.

2. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about developing yourself” – George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

This is such a great quote, because we read so much about needing to ‘discover who we are’. But actually, what we really need to do is to develop into the person we truly want to be.

We all have strengths and weaknesses. Accept them, work on them, and you’ll be amazed at how much you can actually achieve.

3. “Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own” – Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Martial arts expert, Lee, certainly lived a life true to his own beliefs. And we can learn so much from his words in this quote, because this really does sum up everything that personal development is all about.

4. “Be the change you want to see in this world” – Gandhi


Well, we couldn’t have a list of personal development quotes that didn’t include at least one from Gandhi, could we! And hey – this one is awesome. Because we all have a responsibility to this planet we live on and those who live on it. So if you want something to change, then it’s you who has the power to do it.

5. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Oh so true, Mr Einstein. Because personal development is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to improve. And guess what? This means making mistakes along the way – because it’s only from making them that we grow and improve.

6. “What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Moving on from the above quote, if it scares you to do it, then it’ll probably improve you as a person. Becoming courageous is one of the hardest things for many of us. But facing those fears makes us further develop and move ever closer to our goals.

7. “Invest three percent of your income in yourself in order to guarantee your future” – Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy

It’s odd that many of us will spend a huge amount of our income on things like clothes, cars, and other material gains. But so few of us invest into ourselves.

Tracy might not have the figures correct (because you should invest as much as you can into your own personal development), but the sentiment is certainly spot on…

8. “People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty” – Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss

Ferris is spot on with this quote, because many people do just this. And d’you know why? It’s simply because people get scared. But as in many things in this life, doing things to improve your personal development can be frightening.

Facing them head on will truly help you develop as a person. And that, after all, should be an aim in life that all of us should aspire to.