“Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement”. – Baltasar Gracián
How can you set goals, go about life, and have relationships if you don’t know who you are or what you want? You really can’t. In order to know your true passion and find your purpose in life, you must first start by understanding yourself in every respect. To not know yourself leads to confusion and wasting much time in hit and miss situations.
We tend to underestimate the importance of knowing ourselves. Many of us go through each day reacting to events and just getting by, rather than making conscious choices based on who we are and what we want. When we don’t know where we are headed it’s hard to set goals, get motivated and determine the best course of action. Furthermore, knowing your strengths and your weaknesses will not only assists you in an interview process, should they ever ask the question, but it will also help you as you climb up the ladder and assume leadership positions. Knowing and understanding yourself better, leads to better decision making, setting and reaching appropriate goals and altogether living more productively. You will find that you will also get along better with people in general.
To love yourself means to accept yourself as you are and to come to terms with those aspects of yourself that you cannot change. Always remember that NO ONE is perfect. If you know and love yourself you will find it effortless to be true to yourself. When you are true to yourself, you allow your individuality and uniqueness to shine through. This is another great quality that will assist you to not only ace that job interview but also to pursue your passion and follow your purpose in life. Although many companies count skill and experience as one of the key factors that they look for when they interview candidates, it is a known fact however, that your attitude and personality can make or break your chances. To quote from Zig Ziglar… “It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude”.
A job interview is the perfect opportunity for you to make your skills and abilities shine by using your sparkling personality. An interviewer is looking to see a little bit about who you are, how well you will fit into their organizational culture, where your weaknesses lie and what goals you have for the future. Most companies have realized that although they can train and develop their staff or new employees for the necessary skill, they definitely cannot train for attitude. So always remember to go into an interview, with a positive, “Can Do” attitude to increase your chances of success. Even if you are not looking for a job because you are running your own business, this advice is still true. I found out over the years that …”People do business with people they like”.
Take the time to get to know, appreciate, love your true self and remain motivated…then watch a positive future unfold. In the next issue we will discuss how being able to “sell yourself” will be a great companion to that positive attitude you have adopted. All the best in all your efforts and stay blessed.
ABOUT SIMANGELE TSHABALALA
Simangele Tshabalala is a social entrepreneur, founder and managing director of the Recruitment, Human Resource Consultancy and training company, Spangle Concepts (Pty) Ltd. She has been in the Human Resource field for a large part of her successful career. She has worked in various industries including retail (FMCG) telecoms, aviation and property.