When Neo visited the Oracle in “The Matrix” inscribed on the doorframe was the legend, “Know Thyself.” It was also carved into the temple of Apollo at Delphi where the Pythia, the priestess of Apollo was consulted as an oracle.
To influence others, you need to know who and what influences you and where it comes from – an awareness of your past as well as your present. These will shape your attitude, values and behaviour that will have an impact on others, for good or ill.
Most go through life very unconsciously. Much routine will be just that – automatic. You may well find yourself doing things the way your family did when you were growing up. You may still hold the views and attitudes your parents have. Perhaps you still hold the views you formed at university. Do they support your growth, career, business and relationships – or get in the way?
My dad was a headmaster. One of the values I acquired from him was to appreciate and respect learning highly. This has stood me in very good stead in working alongside highly educated and very bright people. However, when I was 10 years, my father became a parish priest. Another of the values I absorbed from him was that poverty was a virtue. You can only imagine how helpful that belief has been in business!
Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” How much time, effort and attention do you give to examining yourself? And does what you find help or hinder you?