A Tale of Personal and Professional Growth – Jack and the Beanstalk

A Tale of Personal and Professional Growth – Jack and the Beanstalk

A magic bean

Don’t you wish there was a magic bean which would allow you to grow a huge beanstalk that you could climb up to find some kind of enchanted hen who daily laid golden eggs?

You remember Jack who did just that, don’t you? He came away with the prize which allowed him to get back in the good graces of his mother.

We tend to remember Jack’s great adventure as a magic moment. Poor boy gets rich.

Yet, for all the fun in that little tale there is an equal amount of hard work and exertion. Climbing a beanstalk is no easy achievement. Fending off a giant whose only desire is to eat your bones isn’t my idea of fun and games. Running with a squawking hen and descending that same huge beanstalk is a feat not to be scoffed at.


Jack’s mission of personal and professional growth

When you get down to it, Jack was on a mission of personal and professional growth. He went from being the dumb kid who traded the last thing he and his mom owned (a cow) for some lousy beans, to a wealthy man who could support his mom in style.

Through hard work, perseverance, fast thinking and what had to a mighty surge of adrenaline, Jack brought home a powerfully potent prize.

That’s the thing about personal or professional growth, there is a prize to be had. Whether you want to grow your business, learn to play an instrument, lose weight, increase your fishing skills, improve your marketing acumen, learn a foreign language, or grow prize winning beanstalks you are looking for a good outcome.

By using your journal throughout the various phases of personal or professional growth – planning, practicing, participating and preening – you get an edge.

With that edge in mind, I present a few of the interesting blog posts found within the last 30 days.


About the art and science of journal writing

Journaling as a Tool to Reduce Preteen Stress (Journal Buddies)

Research Finds Benefits Of Food Journal In Weight Loss (Sunrise Senior Living)

The Benefits of Journal Writing (mm172001)

Ten Ways to Use Your Writing Journal for a Better Night Sleep (The Warm Milk Journal)

Personal Development Plan – Great Way to Accomplish Your Goal (The Thrillionaires)


About personal or professional growth

Count No Man Happy Until The End Is Known (The Art of Manliness)

The Dream Come True (Quinn Creative)

How to Stay Motivated (Lifehack)

Why You Should Welcome Problems (Michael Hyatt)

How to Scale as a One Man Band (Sources of Insight)

Curiosity did not kill the cat; it gave her room to breathe (too darn happy)

A Guide to Free Online Saxophone Lessons (BEST. SAXOPHONE. WEBSITE. EVER.)

Eight ways to cut clutter from your communication (unclutterer)


And, about having a little fun

Evolution of Organization (JannaTWrites)


Try this:

  1. Determine an area of personal or professional growth most important to you at this time.
  2. Begin writing in your journal about how you will approach your growth plan.


As a lover of words, pens, paper and the dictionary I'm a natural for journal writing. But, I wasn't always faithful to the task and had to learn the hard way. Some trial and error as well as input from my journal writing friends helped move me along. I have a burning desire to help people who want to use and get the most out of their journals and diaries. I see journal writing as a self improvement tool and a way to avoid costly mistakes, bad relationships and my stinky-self. Finding my kindly self is part of the journey which keeps me writing. I Journalate and so can you.


  1. Thanks for linking to my blog. Journaling has wonderful effects. In writing about our doubts, we clarify them. Once they are clarified, we know what it takes to overcome them. We can then use one of our strengths to grow over our doubts. Sometimes it’s not a ladder we need, it’s a beanstalk that grows over our problems.

  2. Hi Quinn,

    Your blog had a great message and I was happy to include it here.

    And your take on working through doubts to clarification to strengths is simply perfect. Love the beanstalk analogy too.

    Thanks for the comment. :)

  3. I like the use of Jack and the Beanstalk in your example. We all are on our own missions, and of course we want a good outcome. (I’m just happy I don’t have to climb a beanstalk, or I’d surely fail!)

    Thanks so much for including my blog in your list.

  4. Hi Janna,

    It is nice to see you here.

    Ha, like you, I’m not into beanstalk climbing. Yes, whether personal or professional issues come to mind, each of us has something we want to improve, learn, finish or whatever.

    I was glad to include you in the list.


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