How To 'Know Thyself' Better


Mark Twain said: “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

I have come to understand that inner work is an essential practice we should all be doing – by inner work I mean self-awareness, understanding the world around you and knowing why you are here.

The importance of this subject is undervalued, and I believe that if we put more time and effort into this, we could all live a better life. Self-awareness is a life-long pursuit, and although some of us may be more intrapersonally intelligent, there are some practices that we can do to make inner work an important practice in our lives.

Read Books

Understanding the nature of humans and psychology is incredibly important. Books in the field of psychology, philosophy, and behavioral science can give us great wisdom and understanding of the human race.

Reflective Writing

Journaling is a very powerful tool for cultivating self-awareness. For the past year I’ve been using Evernote, and non-digital notebooks, to write down anything I’m experiencing in the moment.

Reflective writing creates a space for honest reflection and creative thinking. Additionally, it serves you as a clear view of your progress. It can be pretty funny and embarrassing too. Nonetheless, you can become your best teacher.

If you don’t know how to begin, you can start by answering my daily questions on paper. There are no right or wrong answer ☺


Have interesting and unusual conversations with people who challenge what you believe. You will be surprised at how much you can learn from this. Remember to listen more and talk less, it serves you best.


I’ve never been a clever person; I have always struggled to grasp a new concept or idea. So the motto that got me through my student years was “there are no dumb questions, only dumb people who don’t ask questions.” Since then, I’ve remained with this attitude, and only regret the questions I never asked.

Be Out There

Nothing can substitute experience, and understanding why you are here takes a great amount of experimenting. You might just stumble upon a new passion which you can align with your career, or even better, make it your career and life purpose. Being our there also includes traveling.

Are you getting to know yourself better?

Much happiness,

Hansel | @hanselps