Know Yourself

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"When I started, my biggest challenge was learning to hear my inner voice -- finding a way to be quiet enough to notice and pay attention to my own ideas." - Janet Echelman, Artist

Self Awareness


A few years ago I interviewed a young entrepreneur named Gary Whitehill, founder of New York Entrepreneur Week, which has since become the global Entrepreneur Week phenomenon. When I asked him for his #1 tip, he said “Know Yourself“.


Knowing yourself means spending time tuned into radio station YOU. When you do, you’re paying attention to all the signals, the spark that guides you toward a fulfilling life and work that matters. Some of us have spent so many years doing what other people want us to do, we’ve lost touch with our own internal spark. Yet happiness, joy, fulfillment, outstanding performance, and a strong sense of purpose all begin within, with the spark. Your spark is your guide.


Nurture your spark.  Pay attention. Is it flickering and fading? Do you spend too much of your valuable time in activities that you don’t like, or that are in conflict with your values, and who you really are? Are you happy and fulfilled in your work, or bored, frustrated, and ready to make a change?


Working with a Coach accelerates you on your path from the challenge or frustration of the moment, to the results you want. Along the way you’ll learn more about yourself and how to get out of your own way. You’ll experience insights and aha moments, and greater clarity so you’ll know what to focus on. And, you’ll be taking practical action. Think about coaching when:

  • You’re dealing with something urgent, compelling or exciting with a lot at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or an opportunity)
  • A gap exists in your knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
  • You have a desire to accelerate results
  • You need clarity as you consider choices
  • Success has started to become problematic
  • Your Work and your life feel out of balance
  • You need some help identifying Core strengths and how to leverage them
  • Your head is telling you one thing, and your heart is telling you something else.

    BONUS – Colorful Image of a Janet Echelman sculpture.

    Artist Janet Echelman reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculpture; this image is of her sculpture at the Amsterdam Light Festival, from the superb article about her in the Huffington Post.

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    1. Jesse Townsley
      Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      Wow, great blog! Inspiring. Really helpful links. Keep ’em coming!

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