5 Keys To Self-Mastery — Lao Tzu’s Simple Yet Revealing Statements On Character

Spencer Sekulin
4 min readJul 9, 2018

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

Life is constant change, and if you are to change for the better, you must let go of what you are and open your eyes to what you can be. Think upwards. Think big.

Laozi (commonly referred to as Lao Tzu) was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching. Seen as the founder of philosophical Taoism, his work has been immortalized, and much of it stands today as a timeless reminder of what it means to live full to one’s potential and character.

Here are his five keys to self-mastery.

#1: Look Inwards Just As Much As Outwards

“He who knows others is clever,
He who knows himself has discernment.”

It is easier to look at others and scrutinize them. But to look inward, to measure the quality of your own mind and spirit, and to truly know who you are, is a much more demanding — and rewarding — task.

Anyone can look at another and gain some insight into their character. And if you’re really good at it, by all means you are clever. But few can look at…

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Spencer Sekulin

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