Keen judges of the human condition throughout history have understood an ancient and still underused superpower.
The power of knowing thyself. The ancient Greeks inscribed it at the Oracle at Delphi, reading “Know thyself and ye shall know the Gods and the Universe.” One of the most famous lines from Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet, references this same idea, with Polonius saying “This above all, to thine own self be true.” Hell, Tupac and Ghostface Killah both released tracks titled “Stay True”, respectively.
You may be thinking this is all heading to silly town about now. Let me explain.
Without self-awareness and self-mastery, we will never be able to maximize our skills and abilities. And we have known this for a long-ass time now.
So how do you get-to-know thyself? Some thoughts.
1. Find out the best way that you learn. Some of us are visual learners, some auditory, some learn by doing. It doesn’t matter what, why, or how. Find out how you learn best and try to approach your experiences this way.
2. Determine out what your strengths are. And then develop those strengths, they are what makes you unique and valuable to the world.
3. Discover what your interests are. And don’t be afraid to express them. What most people think is unimportant.
4. Think deeply on what goals are meaningful to you and why. Then make a plan. Once you have a plan you can chart a course and begin moving towards it. After that, things get interesting.