Five types of peer-support to speed up your personal development.
Hero stories. They are everywhere.
Stories about self-made heroes who – often against all odds – achieved great success through grit, raw talent and an unmatched vision.
They have become quite a persistent narrative in our Western society. Achieving goals is often assumed to be mostly driven by the individual, while the impact of relational factors on goal success are often overlooked (Hester & Gore, 2015).
Although personal willpower is an important ingredient to succeed in achieving goals, we can benefit greatly from the power of social learning: learning from and with other people.
People can support us by sharing their own obstacles (peer recognition), shine light on our blind spots, bring in fresh perspectives or expertise, and inspire us to move forward faster. After all, from our earliest age we learn by looking at – and copying – other people’s behaviour.
Come to think of it, it’s quite fascinating.
You are the director of your development, yet it’s other people who are the key to your personal development success.
Then again, what can a director really achieve without producers, camera (wo)men and a cast of actors? Partnering up with other people can increase your chances of success to achieve your learning and development goals in big ways. Within Prototype You we identify five types of roles that can support you on your personal development journey.