Very likely, it's the people that aren't interested in personal development stuff that would react that way.
Those who are keen on the personal development route, and actually do something to head towards them, will view your goals with great respect. Unfortunate these people comprises 1% of the population :P (according to Steve -- what he calls "Smart people").
People are just people. If the majority swings one way, you're likely to get negative feedback if you swing the other way. I propose one of two solutions. The first is, only mix with people who are interested in personal development. This is the ideal. In psychological-speak, it's called finding your "in-group". Unfortunately the world is far from an ideal canvass.
The second, perhaps more practical, solution is to only talk about your personal development goals and endeavours with people who are similarly inclined. Scout for these people so that you can actually have the opportunity to talk. Avoid talking about them with those that are in the outgroup.
Oh and by the way, next time anyone tells you "there's more to life than just ...." respond with this:
"Yes, and in fact there's too much in life; if I actually try to look at all the possibilities, I'll never get started!"
Last edited by Rimuel; 12-04-2011 at 04:03 PM.