Dare To Be Aware

Adrian Crawford
3 min readJan 29, 2021

Self awareness is a superpower to living a life on purpose. In the times we’re living in, it’s very easy to not be self aware.

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It’s easy to turn a blind eye to what’s happening in our world today. It’s easy to stay silent. It’s easy to live our lives separate from the crowd. It’s easy to create a false image of ourselves that looks good on paper. It’s easy for us to stay within our comfort zones, never challenging ourselves to be the best we can be.

“It’s easy to stay silent.”

What’s hard is developing self-awareness and allowing the world to see who you truly are. If you want to live a life on purpose, you must dare to be aware.

We have to have the courage to look within and assess our own strengths, weaknesses, motives, and desires. I believe every human being has been endowed with a purpose. I believe we are born with skill sets. I believe the journey of life is a constant excavating of our purpose.

But, most people don’t have the courage to do that. We don’t have the courage to dig deep because we’re worried about what we will find. We’re more consumed with what others think about us, impressing them, instead of what we’ve been gifted with.

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What would be your response if you spent your life as a supporting role rather than a lead? Maybe you’re not the Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, or Martin Luther King Jr. Maybe your role wont put you on the TED stage or the top executive space. Would you be willing to operate authentically in your skill-sets even if that means you’re not in the fore-front

In order to be self-aware, you have to have an understanding of the skills that you have.

I’m tired of the false humility I see in today’s culture. Be confident in your talents, and be real with your weaknesses. It’s vital for the next generation to see us lead with the power of self-awareness.

Here’s how I’ve challenged myself to be more self-aware:

  1. Take time to look back.

Look back at your life and see where you’ve produced results. Where are the places and spaces where you’ve been able to add value? Where have you been able to encourage people, create systems around products, and be the voice in the room.

2. Ask people you trust to assess your life.

Ask the mentors in your life what area of expertise they would place you in if you worked for them. Take the criticism and help it allow you to grow in your self-awareness.

3. Take a personality or skills acquisition test.

We have access to incredible testing that will help you understand your natural skill-sets and abilities. I’ve linked the tests I’ve used with our team below, and they have helped tremendously.

Self-awareness is attainable for those who are willing to do the hard work.

Dare to be aware.