Un-know Thyself Part 2

“The great beauty of life is its mystery, the inability to know what course our life will take, and diligently work to transmute into our final form based upon a lifetime of constant discovery and enterprising effort. Accepting the unknown and unknowable eliminates regret.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster

In my previous post, I have argued that our brain is full of biases, that it is almost impossible to know yourself. I ended last week post by saying that unknowing yourself is a good thing.

Mark Manson, a modern philosopher and author of the book Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck said, “I say never know who you are. Because that’s what keeps you striving and discovering. And it forces you to remain humble in our judgements and accepting of the differences in others.”

The thought that you have figured out who you are (ie. a writer, an entrepreneur, a masterchef, etc.) is what usually limits your potential.

We know so little things about ourselves, and the person who take this little information and declaring that they are destined to be X, made to do Y, or dreams to be a Z is limiting themselves.

Mark Manson continued, “When we let go of the stories we tell about ourselves, to ourselves, we free ourselves up to actually act (and fail) and grow.”

Once a month, it is sometimes a good practice to evaluate your beliefs and values by asking yourself these questions: 

  1. What if I’m wrong about X?- Evaluate X (beliefs/ values) objectively. Ask a mentor if necessary. If you are already on the right track, go on. If not, then proceed to the next question. 

  2. What would it mean if I’m wrong?

  3. Would being wrong create a better or worse problem than my current problem, for both myself and others?- If it feels like you versus the world, then chances are you are wrong. And that’s a good thing.

    For being wrong means change. And change means growth or improvement. 

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