Yes, it was Socrates. And OK, he didn’t just sit around, but philosophized and became one of the most admired men in history, and rightfully so. I’m sure that you’ve heard his dictum, “Know Thyself.” But do you realize the extent to which a deficiency of self-knowledge can impact your career, business, marriage, health, happiness, sanity — indeed, all aspects of your life?
Needless to say, there are multiple factors that determine career and business success, including hard work, willingness to sacrifice for one’s goals, determination, a winnable strategy, adequate startup capital, connections, and a good measure of luck. So it would be simplistic to reduce the cause of success to one factor.
That said, the factor that is most often neglected by those seeking success — in all of life’s endeavors, from romance to politics to business — is self-knowledge. At minimum, self-knowledge will help you avoid shooting yourself in the foot. But if you thoroughly understand yourself, the road to success becomes illuminated, and rapid progress can be made!
Dr. Mark Dillof has written a White Paper that will offer you valuable suggestions on how to know yourself, understand other people, and gain insight into life’s deeper enigmas. Here are just a few examples of how such knowledge can be of value to you: