All posts tagged: Know Thyself

What Socrates Must Have Meant

When I was younger, I went to a leadership seminar where the whole week was dedicated to “knowing thyself.” I thought then, still very na├»ve, that a week of introspection led me to the answer. Some of my contemporaries, even more naive, thought they already had the answer. A few years later in my 20’s, I realized that I did not fully know what I wanted to do, which direction I wanted to go, being introduced for the first time to the realities of failure and hard choices, hence questioning — perhaps I really did not know myself. It led to anxious self doubt, and yet each day I learned more and more and started to realize the person I was at 15 wasn’t the person I was at 20, and had grown leaps between 20 and 21. Today, I am learning that the idea of looking at oneself as a constant looks great on paper, but in reality is an illusion. Self reflection, looking at ourselves in a mirror or under a microscope, in …