Thought I would share something that is possibly novel in the personal development. This comes after thinking about my own hobbies or interests which played a majored role in many of my personal successes today.

I define a Safe Channel for personal development as some means to develop skills and competencies away from society’s judgmental eyes. This can come in the form of a hobby or personal interest.

There are three components to having a safe channel.

The channel must develop some kind of useful skill through a regime of deliberate practice.  The second component is that no external party should assess your proficiency in this skill – you shouldn’t need to feel that you need to attain a grade when you are in a safe channel.  The third is that developing this skill must be primarily for the purposes of having fun and goofing off.

For most …