Review of Personal Development for Smart People is one of the most popular personal development websites on the internet. The site was founded in 2004 by computer game developer-turned personal development wonk, Steve Pavlina, to fulfill his craving for more meaning and contribution. Steve had owned his own game development company and did moderately well for 10 years before turning his attention to personal development full time. Since then, he has been preaching the gospel of personal development and financial independence to an ever-growing audience.

Steve's personal story is somewhat compelling, for as a young man, Steve was sliding into criminal activity, and when he found himself facing prison time, he realized that his beliefs were not taking him where he wanted to go in life. When he got a lucky break and avoided prison, he dove into re-creating himself, completing 2 college degrees and launching his gaming business. After 10 years in the game development biz, he realized his heart was no longer in creating computer games, but rather, was now in the personal development he had pursued since his close brush with law enforcement. His website and blog are the results of his years of working on himself and have much to offer those seeking to change the current trajectory of their lives.

On the site, the archives contain a vast variety of topics to choose from: everything from advice on the Law of Attraction to starting your own business to the True Nature of Reality. He also has a nice selection of podcasts to listen to, if wading through and reading the hundreds (if not thousands) of blog posts is too strenuous. My favorite topics are Subjective Reality, and his advice and encouragement for starting your own web-based business.

The greatest virtue of Steve's site is its authenticity. This is a guy who's "been there, done that," and he has no bones about telling you exactly what he thinks. This is also the site's greatest vice - Steve can be brutally honest and has been known to hurt sensitive feelings. But he calls them as he sees them. You never have to guess where this guy is coming from. Steve has a very analytical turn of mind and brooks no fools nor cowards. Some complain that his belief in Subjective Reality renders him narcissistic, to which he would probably agree, not seeing that as a problem. I personally tend to agree with his take on Subjective Reality, having arrived at the same conclusions as he about the nature of reality independently, and I really appreciate seeing someone else going balls to the wall with it. (If you are curious about what Subjective Reality is, check out his site. He's got a wonderful podcast in he details how he came to it, entitled "The True Nature of Reality.")

I heartily recommend this site to all serious seekers. This is a no-nonsense, nuts and bolts approach to personal development, but it is not for the thin-skinned or those not willing to put themselves on the line to attain the results in life and consciousness they desire.

Sample from Home page:

"The purpose of this website is to help you grow as a conscious human being. This includes guiding you to discover and accept your life purpose; inspiring you to feel more motivated, energized, and passionate; helping you shed disempowering relationships and build a network of loving support; teaching you how to achieve stable financial abundance doing what you love; and encouraging you to make a genuine contribution to humanity -- so you can finally experience the kind of life that deep down, you always knew you were meant to live.

You aren't here to struggle and suffer. You're here to express and share your creative gifts, to give and receive love, and to be happy. It will take time, but this site can certainly help you get there, and the vast majority of resources here are free.

This site will help you make conscious decisions in your personal development journey and courageously follow through. This means having the maturity to take 100% responsibility for your health, your career, your finances, your relationships, your emotions, your habits, and your spiritual beliefs. It requires taking a deep look at yourself, consciously deciding what kind of person you truly are on the inside, and then getting your external reality to be congruent with your inner being. The goal is to help you achieve outstanding effectiveness while maintaining internal balance, where your thoughts, feelings, actions, and skills are all working together to create the life you truly desire.

Personal development is hard work. It takes time, consistency, and patience. If you're only here looking for shallow quick fixes and you aren't interested in real, lasting change, this isn't the right place for you. This site is designed for people who are serious about personal growth and willing to commit to it.

This site will help you learn to live more consciously, to summon the courage to face the unfaceable parts of your life, and to solve the deep problems you've not yet been able to solve. You'll learn practical ideas to make important changes in your life, both big and small, so you can get your life on track and start living up to your potential."

When you do go to, make sure you have plenty of time to crawl around!

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