We see that there are people who personally and professionally are trapped in a situation where it seems that nothing in the environment can help them out. On the other hand, people who are the opposite seem to be very lucky, and always have success on obtaining everyting in their different activities.
Personal development definition
According to Business Dictionary personal development is:
The process of improving oneself through such activities as enhancing employment skills, increasing consciousness and building wealth. The growing success of the self-help and personal development movement has assisted many business managers in obtaining more qualified and motivated personnel for their companies, and it has also encouraged more people to go into business for themselves.
In the definition I don’t read any part where it says that a third party is the one who develop the person, neither an intitution. Like the story of Carlos Hernandez, where he had his personal development by working on his desire of growth and knowledge. What I believe is that the people’s courage is a motivation to be better every day. Of course, a third party, like a parent, teacher or institution can help, but learning depends on the person who wants to improve.
Personal growth plan
In Google I found an example of e personal growth plan of Marco Marabese of the University of Liverpool, which it shows clearly how the person has its own vision and where he will like to be in a short, medium and long term.