Obviously, the discussion between what makes people winners or losers in life has been going on for thousands of years. But one thing I’ve noticed is that people who live lives of significance, are people who truly know themselves. They can accurately tell you what their strengths and weaknesses are. They know where they need help, and where they need to grow. They have very few (if any) illusions when it comes to their expertise or potential. Most of all, they’re remarkably humble about it all.
The rest of the population? I find that they’re way off base when it comes to their own life. They’re convinced they have talent where there is none, expertise that doesn’t exist, and potential that no one else can see. They assert themselves in inappropriate places, and take credit for work they didn’t accomplish.
In short, they have no clue about themselves. We call it “self-awareness” and they have very little of it. They’ve never taken the time to look deep into their hearts and take a cold, hard, dispassionate look at who they are and what they’re made of.
How about you? Have you taken that look lately?