“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” ~ Socrates
What does this quote have to do with self awareness stories?
Well, let me explain.
I used to think that I understood this quote.
Here’s what I thought . . .
Wisdom is the application of knowledge or insight.
Knowing yourself is the starting point for your best life – – which requires the application of knowledge or insight about who you are.
I often used a map as an analogy to explain this. You know those maps that have a big, red “you are here” arrow? You often see them in malls. That arrow is the first thing you look for when you go to look at one of those maps. Without it, you wouldn’t really have a clue how to get where you’re going.
It’s the same thing with life. Knowing who you are is that “you are here” arrow. It sets you firmly in place. It gives you your bearings. And it allows you to determine where you’re going (what you want in life) and how you’re going to get there.
So, it’s the starting point for all you want to be, do and have in your life.
And it’s really only the beginning of wisdom, because it then extends out to others. I think that when you know yourself and see your worth, you’re able to see others more clearly too. You’re able to see that they’re just like you . . . that they’re valuable . . . that they’re doing the best with what they know, just like you are.
So, you need to know who you are.
I focused on learning all about personality, purpose, values, strengths, and passions.
I didn’t fully understand.
I probably still don’t (because we’re always learning and going deeper), but I do have a new insight.
Knowing yourself is more about what underlies all of that.
Until you understand that stuff, you really don’t have wisdom.
And you really can’t create sustainable change in your life or achieve all those things you want.
So, that’s why I’m sharing self awareness stories.
Self awareness stories are my stories and the lessons I’ve learned from them along the way . . . to help you know yourself more and to help me know myself more.