“Knowing who you are is the greatest wisdom a human being can possess. Know your goals, what you love, your morals, your needs, your standards, what you will not tolerate and what you are willing to die for. It defines who you are. I have learned not to obsess over being number one all the time. Sometimes not being number one gives you the incentive and the courage to fight harder; it is motivating. Have patience. Have grace. Be secure enough in yourself to base success on personal growth.Take at least twenty minutes every day to be still and quiet. Time to sit in complete silence. Think. Reflect. Dissect your thoughts and feelings. Relive any mistakes from the day before. Decide how to be smarter and tougher, how to be more committed and considerate of others and more sensitive and aware of your surroundings. Choose something you learned that will make you a better person.Choose to be happy and positive. Live like the blessed human you are.Define you.Knowing who you are allows you to create your own beautiful legacy.”
(Beyonce Knowles'contribution in Katie Couric's book The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives)
These are not wise words from Frederick Nietzsche or any other famous philosopher, but they are wise nonetheless. I love them.