The famous Irish poet Oscar Wilde once said, "The final mystery is oneself." But how do you unravel the mystery that is you? This can't happen without self-awareness, and self-awareness won't happen without reflection. But what does reflection really mean? Reflection is different from introspection. Introspection is simply looking in.
When faced with a challenge, where do you find the insight to move your life forward? Last year, over fifteen million books were sold in the self-help genre.1 That doesn't account for the videos, courses, and workshops that fuel this multibillion-dollar industry. Include business and diet books, and that number balloons to over $1.7 billion spent on advice-seeking...
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.
After examined the traits that contribute to the effectiveness of successful leaders, researchers concluded that a high level of self-awareness was the strongest predictor of success: when leaders are self-aware, they know how to hire subordinates who are strong in the areas where they themselves are weak.