The vast majority of people - up to 95 percent, in fact - believe they have a decent amount of self-awareness. And maybe you're one of the lucky 10 to 15 percent who really does have an accurate view of themselves - but if we're going by the numbers, well, the odds aren't in your favor.
They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, and that's true in every aspect of life. Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of of a self-help guru's empty promises, but they are the starting point that leads to every improvement.
6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. An African proverb says, "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm." Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for success. How you behave and respond to external situations is governed by internal mental processes.
Self-reliance is all that it sounds like plus considerably more. If not introduced to the world by Ralph Waldo Emerson, it was definitely brought to much popular public awareness by his 1841 essay Self-Reliance. In positive psychology, self-reliance has strong theoretical significance thanks to its implications for happiness.