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March 2nd: Accurate Self- Assessment

Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Above all, it is necessary for a person to have a true self- estimate, for we commonly think we really can. —Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind, 5.2

Most people resist the idea of a true self- estimate, probably because they fear  it might mean downgrading some of their beliefs about who they are and what they're capable of. As Goethe's maxim goes, it is a great failing "to see yourself as more than you are." How could you really be considered  self aware if you refuse to consider your weaknesses?

Don't fear self-assessment because you're worried you might have to admit some things about yourself. The second half of Goethe's maxim is important too. He states that it is equally damaging to "value yourself at less than your true worth." It is not equally common to be surprised at how well we're able to handle a previously feared scenario? The way that we're able to put aside the grief for a loved one and care for others- though we always thought we'd be wrecked if something were to happen to our parents or a sibling. The way we're able to rise to the occasion in a stressful or a life- changing opportunity.

We underestimate our capabilities just as much and just as dangerously as we overestimate other abilities. Cultivate the ability to judge yourself accurately and honestly. Look inward to discern what you're capable of and what if will take to unlock that potential.

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The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living

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