Advice about "finding" one's self has a decidedly hippy feel to it but Socrates wasn't talking flower power when he said that 400 years before the birth of Christ.
In business, substitute being a successful leader for "finding yourself", and to do that you must assimilate all the quality input you can prior to reaching decisions as to not only what it means, but what you should do as a result.
"Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking."
John Maynard Keynes
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Interesting coming from an economist; a profession that includes some who's analysis, rightfully or wrongly, correctly and incorrectly, tells the rest of us whether our retirement accounts will increase or decrease.
But I believe his point is, do not do that (be "unthinking"). Do not rely solely or primarily on what others think when making decisions that will affect your life.
When it comes to your major business/career decisions, how involved are you?
"The early bird may get the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."
An amalgamation of two quotes; the first advocating early response, the second caution. Which is most correct?
Being a "first mover" is often an advantage but in some (many?) cases, being too quick only exposes the unseen dangers that will take out the first to act. However the reverse is true as well. Fail to move quick enough and the "train" may well have left the "station".
I've been both and often still don't know which is best.
"Obstacles are things a person sees when he take his eyes off his goal."
E. Joseph Crossman
Initially this sort of inspires you doesn't it? Makes you want to move ahead no matter what lays in your path. The problem is, things just aren't that simple.
Just as you will certainly crash if all you do while driving is concentrate on where you want to go, so too will you fail in business if you do not identify and attempt to neutralize the obstacles that can block your success.
With due respect to Mr. Crossman I suggest an alternative: Obstacles are things a person needs to identity and remove so they can continue on to their goal.