This is the title of a recent blog post I wrote about the concept of self-awareness. The blog post is a little over half of my full-time job, it’s one of the few things I do that I’m paid to write for The Huffington Post, and I work with a great team of writers.
I was thinking about this phrase recently on my way to work, as I was reflecting on the fact that a lot of my life is spent thinking about myself. That is, I know myself, I know what I’m capable of, I know what I want to accomplish, and I know what I need to do to get there. For me, the self-aware person is someone who knows the difference between what she’s capable of and what she’s going to actually do.
That’s a good point, and one that I am guilty of at times. I do have a tendency to overthink everything I do, and it’s true that I struggle with taking the time to just make decisions for myself. This is why I say the word “self-aware.” I don’t want to make myself smarter, I want to ensure that I know what I’m capable of.
I’m not a self-aware person. I love to make decisions and I want to make it work. I love to tell people what to do, and I would love to be able to make sure that I know what Im capable of.
I think this is a good point, and one that I would also like to highlight. You can’t change who you are. You can’t turn the tide of your life, you can’t control your future, but you can certainly control how you think about it. We, as humans, are social creatures, but we don’t need or want to change how we think about how we live our lives.
The other day, I was talking to my wife and she asked me, “what’s the worst thing that can happen as a person?” I thought for a moment and then answered, “I can’t win.
This is a great point. Some people say (and many actually do it!) not to live in the moment, that as soon as you have an idea of what a future is, you forget about it. This is true of course, but you should always remember what it is you are currently trying to do, and if you are struggling, you should look at the pros and cons of the situation rather than just taking the path you think will get you there.
As it turns out, most of us are not so lucky. Most of us are just not really sure if we are going to be stuck in a way that only changes the way we think and act or if we just stop and think about it every day. If we really want to live a normal life, we need to consider it as an opportunity to take action.
If you are a developer, this is your chance to make some progress in your career.
When you consider that developers and marketers are at the top of their game, it seems like an opportune time to think about why you are making code for other people. In the past, this has been thought of as a good thing, but now that we have the ability to develop and manage our own projects in a way that people can actually use our work, it seems like it is becoming a really bad thing.