This may or may not mean anything to you guys but it was a bit of a revelation for me so I thought I would share it. 12 months ago I moved to Scotland and started my own business working from home full time (yay), and in the last 12 months I have been trying to establish my business, generate income and so on. I am lucky enough to have a father-in-law that works as a business consultant so he gave me a lot of advise and time helping me to plan my business, monitor results and improve processes etc. That has worked really well but looking back I am still not where I want to be and there are some areas of my business that really arent moving in the way I had hoped, regardless of my best efforts. Personal Development is key Then it suddenly occurred to me the other day that no matter how hard to try at something, how much effort you put in if you don't have the required skills or mindset then it will never work. That's when I starting thinking outside of the box and realized that it isn't always something physical that you need in order to succeed - like a new backlink tool or a new VPS, or an SEO blueprint, but it is often personal skills that you need, a different way of looking at things or communication skills or something like that. Once I realized this I have started to focus a lot more of my time on personal development and I am treating it like I would do with my business model - I am analyzing areas where I need to improve, setting targets for myself and then looking at the results and making more changes accordingly. Even in the last 7 days of doing this I feel more motivated and more capable of getting stuff done - even understanding areas where I am strong and areas where I am weak is helping me to get things done, communicate with people better and is generally increasing my motivation. Summary Maybe this revelation is just personal to me and might not be relevant to others but for anyone who is trying to get where they want to be I think its worth considering whether you have the skills that you need to get where you want to be and also trying to look and think outside of the box because sometimes you can then see a really obvious issue that might be totally unrelated to everything that you have been focusing on and could be the key element to making things work for you.