The benefits of Self-awareness
If you are a star but only focus on your dark side of life, you will blend with the night, and be lost in the night. The only stars that give light in the night are those that know that they have the power to shine. The power you are unaware of cannot make you anything, or bring you anything.
I have met a lot of people with unbelievable level of intelligence, but one thing that most of them lacked is knowing who they are. Let me quickly point out that intelligence is nothing if there isn’t self-awareness. Self-awareness isn’t arrogance; it is the ability to know your originality so that you won’t feel inferior when you encounter other people’s personalities. No matter how high anyone you meet might be, being conversant with your identity will give you an element of positive ego, so that you won’t leave the presence of that person feeling dejected, or thinking that you are a nobody. For the fact you can’t do certain things does not mean you can’t do something. If you develop what you can do, and do it very well, you will be admired for what you do. The celebrities of today can probably do only one thing well, but because they do it so well, they are celebrated. Some professions that people in the past wouldn’t have considered to be big deals have made some people strike some great deals because they made it outstanding. For instance, in the past, who would have thought that cooking will make a person a world known figure with six figure incomes? But today, we have celebrity chefs who are multi-millionaires. Also, in the past, people played football for fun. It is no longer so. They now play for the money. So, those who saw who they are, and know how to advance their innate potentials, have become massively successful because of their abilities to self-realize their uniqueness.
Not seeing and following your uniqueness is self-denial. Self-denial isn’t humbleness; it is grumpiness. Grumpy people are clumsy people. Clumsy people aren’t smart. You can be physically fit but mentally clumsy. It is disrespect to self to be mentally clumsy. You can’t win the laurels of life if you keep looking down on yourself. Looking down takes you down; looking up takes you up. Where you look is where you go. Who you see is who you become. If you are a star but only focus on your dark side of life, you will blend with the night, and be lost in the night. The only stars that give light in the night are those that know that they have the power to shine. The power you are unaware of cannot make you anything, or bring you anything.
On one of the major newspapers in United Kingdom was the story of a woman that inherited works of arts worth millions of dollars, but died living a wretched life. She didn’t realize the value of what she had, so she lived a miserable and beggarly life, while at the same time cohabiting with potential wealth. Now that she’s gone, those who didn’t deserve the wealth but realized its relevance have taken advantage of her ignorance. Ignorance is a thief. There is no good reason to have one as a friend.
Dream like a star, see like a star; act like a star. Before seeing someone else’ greatness, see yours first. When you do, you’ll be able to appreciate who other people are. Stars that see themselves recognize the integrity and value of other people. You are a star, please shine!