As a career coach, one of my main roles is to help my clients develop the professional skills and abilities required to achieve their goals. It’s a process that takes time and planning, but I love helping people figure out what needs to be done, how to get started and how to stay on track. Related: 3 Career Development Tips That Will Get You Ahead Of The Competition Unfortunately, few people really know what it takes to create and implement a solid professional development plan. Truth be told, there are quite a few misconceptions around the topic. So I’d like to share three essential—and somewhat surprising—truths about the process to help you.