To be self aware is to know yourself, including all of your quirks, personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, etc. Frequently, people tell us how important it is to be self aware and how that is the way to succeed. For some it’s considered more important than intelligence or drive or grit for success.
In that medium article in particular, the main portion of self-awareness that is emphasized is knowing your strengths and weaknesses and being able to capitalize on the your strengths and avoid your weaknesses. I agree that this is a logical strategy, but is it always good? That is to say, should we immediately abandon something that we think that we aren’t good at? I feel like just vaguely saying that we should cast off what we’re bad at and go straight for what we are good at is a great way to miss opportunities and prevent well-roundedness.
People suck for a long time when they start building a skill, but that doesn’t mean that they are inherently bad. That idea goes back to the idea of this blog as a whole, a way for me to try and improve my writing through deliberate practice. Sure, I started this because I thought I might’ve had some talent with writing, but there are many others who are doing 100 day projects who have no such thing. Therefore, I believe that this definition of self-awareness has to be more explicit in regards to what weaknesses are to be left alone and that true self-awareness isn’t something that you can achieve just by meditating and contemplating your actions and achievements, but through rigorous “testing” of sorts.
I wouldn’t be doing these blog posts if I didn’t think that finding your strengths was important, but you have to be aware of how to find your strengths and weaknesses in order to be self-aware in a beneficial manner.