What Is Personal Development? Five Key Skills For Modern Elegance Students

Personal development is anything you undertake to improve yourself or your life situation. It can encompass financial, emotional, spiritual, and social endeavors. Although I believe it’s important to be in the moment and to appreciate yourself and your life as it is right now, I am also a big proponent of personal transformation. So, in this post, I want to talk about personal development goals specific to elegance and leveling-up.

But first, why is personal development important at all?

For my modern elegance students, leveling-up is your ticket to the life of your dreams. And focusing on these five personal development skills should be a priority:

#1 – Dress Better

It might be strange to put this as the top of the list, unless, of course, you’ve been following me for a while. You know that how you present yourself will influence the kinds of opportunities that come to you. But it will also influence your confidence and self-esteem, which can make all the difference in whether you go after your dreams or not. Need a cheatsheet to get started? Get it here.

#2 – Follow In Others’ Footsteps

Whatever your goals are, someone probably already achieved them before you. And that’s good news because the path is now clearer for you. Take a look at my Rich Habits video if you’d like to get my more general advice on this. Or watch my video breakdown of women who were mega successful in leveling-up.

#3 – Learn To Become A Risk-Taker

Pretty much anything you do in life will come with risks. In fact, one way I like to look at personal transformation is that it’s about taking measured and intelligent risks that can lead to high payoffs. I’ve got a whole post for you on how to become more of a risk-taker here.

#4 – Join A Community

If you listen to any success coach out there, you’ll know that being part of a community of like-minded, ambitious people is the best way to stay motivated and on track. That’s why I created the A-List Club for my students and why all my courses have an online group component. So, whatever your goals are, make sure you have a support and accountability system in place to keep you focused.

#5 – Network, Network, Network

Whatever it is you want, it will most likely come to you through other people. Whether that’s a new job, a romantic relationship, or a whole new lifestyle. That’s why knowing how to network is one of the most valuable skills you can develop. And, thankfully, you don’t have to force yourself to be a social butterfly to do it. You can still network if you’re an introvert! To get started, check out my networking type quiz here.

If this is all a bit overwhelming for you, then I would advise taking baby-steps. Take out your journal and write at the top “What Is Personal Development?” and start answering that question. Because, although the skills I listed are universally useful, you need to first decide on what’s important to you as a first step. You can do it!

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Anna Bey is an educator in the elegant feminine empowerment space and the founder of an online finishing school for women. She can confidently call herself a pioneer in this genre because she was the first to be sharing content in this niche since 2012.

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Anna Bey is an expert on Modern Elegance™, upscale transformations, and leveling up, with over 150 million channel views. Since 2012, she has taught women how to develop a more refined personal presence and lifestyle inside the Anna Bey Academy, where she hosts her various classes and courses. Her publication features include The Times UK, Newsweek, New York Post, Cosmopolitan, and many more.


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