My love of personal development I think stems from my spirit in overcoming obstacles. A lot of people go through life with what you might call a "victim mentality" - they see themselves as not always having control over their own outcomes, being unable to change, and being forced to take whatever life dishes out at them without influencing the outcome.
I know a lot of people like this, but I first realized I was different in Grade 8 when we had to take a swimming test for a school field trip. There were two opportunities to take the test, and the first time I took it, I was totally humiliated. I knew that I was a poor swimmer but I was quite athletic so I figured I would try it out anyways. I ended up passing the distance swim just on grit but I didn't know how to tread water well and a lifeguard ended up saving me as I grabbed onto another student to try and avoid drowning.