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7 Questions That Help You Understand Who You Are

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When we ask ourselves “Who am I?”, the answer usually does not pop up quickly. Most of the time, we do not even realise how far we are from this answer. The truth is we are too scared to get to know ourselves because it makes us closer to our insecurities.

My last semester at the University of Queensland has started, and I am very excited to share with you one of the tasks for the course ‘Entrepreneurship Incubator’. It will give you seven questions that will help overcome the fear of knowing yourself.

I hope my answers will inspire you to write your own story.

1. Describe your best strengths

I think my best strengths refer to analytical skills. They include communication, creativity, critical thinking, data analysis, and research. For example, I am a great listener because people usually say they enjoy talking to me and feel inspired after the conversation. Besides, I am good at organising people, whether it is teamwork at a university or a road trip with friends. I am also able to evaluate information and to make decisions that help to solve existing problems. Moreover, I am good at researching different topics and understanding them quickly, which enables me to do the tasks related to a big range of fields.

2. What experiences in your life have impacted you the most?

The experience that has impacted me the most is the one I am having now. Studying overseas has not only changed my mindset, but also enabled me to learn more about myself.

3. How do you want other people to see you?

I want other people to see me as a dedicated, passionate, mindful, and merely kind person. I want them to trust me and feel free in my presence.

4. What are your strongest beliefs?

I believe that each person has his or her own way of being successful and happy. There is no universal definition for these things. However, there is one explanation for the state of happiness that I find very useful in defining your own one:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony,” — Mahatma Gandhi.

5. What things upset you the most and why?

I become very upset when people who I trust let me down because I start to feel vulnerable and insecure when it happens. Likewise, when things related to my career or personal life go wrong, I feel sad as well.

6. What things scare you the most and why?

At the moment, there is only one thing that scares me the most. It is the possibility that I will have to come back to my hometown and work there after my graduation. It scares me because if it happens, I will not be able to live on my own and be independent due to meagre salaries in my country. What is more, the scariest part for me is that I will not be able to communicate with people in my hometown because of my changed mindset.

7. What things would you change about yourself and why?

I think I am still dependent on what people think about me. I really want to change it because it interrupts the process of finding my true self and my own way of being happy. By the way, I have recently deleted the Instagram app on my phone to be less distracted by other people’s lives and their opinions about mine.

Now it is your turn!