The Importance of Self Discovery
I have dominant self smarts (or intrapersonal intelligence). I have a need for personal identity, personal
accomplishment, personal knowledge, personal success, and certainly personal
understanding or I an unwell as a whole. But
I am not the only one who benefited or can benefit from extensive self
discovery. Self discovery has a significantly positive effect on
anyone, instills in them confidence, and helps them pursue what they heartily
desire in life to create a better world for all.
My Journey Through Self
I took my intrapersonal intelligence for granted. In
fact, I saw very little use to it because it could not help me interact with or
improve the lives of others. In the summer of 2005, after a debilitating
teaching internship experience, having exceeded my ability to help all 90
students, I changed my major to business and reverted to a informal and
unconscious path of self discovery by reading career and self-improvement books.
I knew I was unhappy that I had lost my dream of teaching and improving the
lives of young people because of my lack of teaching experience, my my caring
too much and unable to compromise my teaching ideals, and my naiveté - not to
mention life experience. Nevertheless, I concluded that there was no
possible way to me to succeed at teaching at this time in my life, and found
that I was unhappy and unable to move on with my life since for two years I
devote my life to teaching and education. I even wrote a book on the
subject, now 16,000 words long, and still in progress.
Bouts with Self-improvement and Self-Discovery
2004 I came about Wishcraft and defined the many
things I wanted to accomplish in my life.
2003 Bored with my classes, but intrigued by the
literature I was studying, I picked up Barbara Sher's I Could Do Anything
book to explore my interest.
2002 Engaged in life plans and goal making after
being inspired by the fictional Ren on Disney's Even Stevens.
2001 10th Grade - Bored with the unchallenging high
school curriculum I decided to do some career searching so that the following
year I could begin planning for college and taking college level classes.
I also began reading self-improvement guides, such as Sean Covey's The 7 Habits
of Highly Effective Teens and bought The Pathfinder to explore my career options
and find the most satisfying lifestyle.
Who I am and What I learned through self-discovery
I took my intrapersonal intelligence for granted when I
constantly rebelled against listening to my true desires during the ages of
18-19 while I was on a one-way track to becoming a teacher and intellectual.
I would not allow myself to rest, I constantly forced myself to read books I may
not even have had interests me. Because of my need to help and accomplish
(due to my INFJ qualities) I wanted to put others needs in front of mine,
therefore I thought I had to hold all the knowledge of the world in my head so
that I could answer any question any one had for me, help them improve their
lives and the world as a whole. Much like in The Giver by Lois
a learner and an
entrepreneur. I like to think of myself as the Benjamin Franklin of today –
but how can I possibly elevate myself to such a great and learned man.
Nevertheless, some of our character qualities are uncannily similar. I learned this
while reading his biography by Walter Isaacson.
The problems mounted upon me
were only that I did not ever find anyone who would encourage me to be me,
nor did I find people very much like me at all. But we all learn about
ourselves at different paces and different times in our lives.
BOOKS & TOOLS
I Could Do Anything If I only Knew When it Was
by Barbara Sher
success teams and boards
full of life coaches and support groups.
You're Smarter Than you Think by Thomas
Armstrong [Multiple Intelligences]
The Pathfinder by Nicholas Lore
Finding Your North Star by Martha Beck
The Joy Diet by Martha Beck
Tools to Discover yourself:
Multiple Intelligences - Howard Gardener:
More simple theory to determine your strongest
Type Indicator: A popular personality test
Do What You Are by Paul D.
Tieger & Barbara Carron-Tieger
new type indicator
Treatment for Depression:
(unhappy with life or self)
Focusing by Cornell
Understanding what your body is telling what you are
doing in sync with it, and what without.
Links and Resources
Below are links I've collected throughout my half
a decade long search for myself. This can be of enormous help to any of
you. Please visit them and use the tool best suited to your personal
discovery of self. We need people like you to truly understand yourself in
this wide world of information, knowledge, people, problems, careers, and chaos
so that you can use your gifts to help the world better itself. Whether
you believe you were created for a purpose, or not, self discovery is a
freeing and joy inducing process. Do not sell yourself short. Start
here to obtain a complete list of resources