LET’S MAKE A DEAL….money or personal development?




LET’S MAKE A DEAL….money or personal development?


“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime”


Ok, I’ll date myself, if Monty Hall the original host of the game show “Let’s Make A Deal” offered you the opportunity to attend one of the world’s finest institutions of higher learning (learning from the best) everything paid for or what’s behind door #1 which could be a $5 million dollar check…..what would you do? Having the possibility to be educated and developed by some of the best teachers in the world in my hand to me would be a no-brainer, I would say to Monty “Thanks, I’ll take the development and be on my merry way” but that’s me and no way implying that is the correct decision. Today’s world is a different place even from just 5 years ago, no one’s hiring, many are just one-shoe drop away from being homeless, and making ends meet is a constant struggle so grabbing the money I can’t say is a dumb move. So, I guess I can just wrap up this post and say “It just depends upon where you are at in your life”, correct? Not so fast, either decision should take some time to ponder, how many times have we seen people who by the grace of the Lord win the lotto….only to find out later that they’re broke, or the Harvard MBA who’s been in an perpetual job search only to land a job well under their competency level. The answer to “Money” or “Personal Development” is not clear cut and without prudence and some sense of strategy the decision either way could be disastrous.

Let me place the ole “Salesman Hat” on and sell you why I think “Personal Development” is the better choice with long lasting benefits (YES, feature/benefit selling haha!!). The saying: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime” is often quoted and yet the true essence of it’s definition is missed when it comes to application. If I’m hungry/starving (homeless) I need to rectify that immediately otherwise I could perish, on the hand I must understand “SURVIVAL”, and “SELF-PRESERVATION” tactics otherwise I’ll EVENTUALLY…..perish. Personally, in my life I have experienced being “desolate poor”, I’ve also been fortunate to experience financial stability and I can tell you both realities have had its share of challenges but what I have learned from each has been immeasurable. The “Personal Development” gained from having the gumption, wherewithal, and focus to get myself out of the spiral of not having financial means was the dividend payoff later once I was able to gain financial stability. It’s quite frankly wisdom developed from past “Educational Experiences” that we ALL must cherish and hold to our bosoms tight, unfortunately however many people go through this “Fog Phase” of not capitalizing on what was learned from ANY situation and thus not grow.  I’m not sure it’s a scientific fact but most successful people will tell you that they’ve failed multiple times in their life in their quest to be successful and probably 99.9% of them would say they became successful because of those failures…..YEP, “Personal Development”.

Now for my CLOSE, “Personal Development” is NOT only beneficial for you….it’s beneficial for others. Once again, the saying: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime”. When you have the opportunity to “GIVE BACK” based on your experiences whether you’ve failed or succeeded, the gift you can provide someone else from that experience is “Personal Development. To drop a coin in someone’s jar on the street corner is a temporary gesture, to pick them up, polish them off, and help them get on their feet….is LIFE SAVING.


Helping someone help themselves is the power of “Personal Development”, so I would take Monty’s 1st offer grab the “Personal Development”…..and RUN!!


LET’S MAKE A DEAL….money or personal development?


Andre’ Harrell

AH2 & Beyond Consulting





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