PFA 030: #7 in the most common rules to be awesome is to be self-aware
What is self awareness and why is it important? From the ancient Greeks to western psychology, the topic of self awareness has been a subject of intrigue and inquiry, particularly in the last century or so.
But what is it and why is it important to you?
Over the past few week, we have been speaking about the 11 Most Common Rules to be Awesome Everyday and on today's show, I want to chat with you about number 7 and that is self-awareness.
Now as I said at the top of the show, it is a topic which has been researched, inquired about and studied by philosophers, psychologists and other scientists for hundreds of years, but it's study has grown particularly in the past 100 years or so.
Way back in the day, some of the Ancient Greeks followed the philosophy of know thyself. Socrates and Plato, in particular, used the maxim extensively with Socrates teaching that 'the unexamined life is not worth living.'
Benjamim Franklin wrote how difficult a task it is when he wrote in his 'Poor Richards Almanack', 'There are 3 things extremely hard, steel, a diamond and to know one's self.'
And Stephen Covey wrote, 'Self-awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions and our habits and tendencies.'
So as far back as I can find, people have been trying to understand themselves and that essentially is what self-awareness is.
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