A Journey of Self-Discovery

Growing up in Curaçao, I was surrounded by a rich tapestry of traditions and cultures from South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. At home, Venezuelan and Caribbean traditions were deeply ingrained, thanks to my grandmothers from Venezuela. My grandfather, with his roots in Aruba, added another layer to this cultural mosaic. From my other grandfather, I learned about my Dutch heritage. These diverse influences created a unique blend of experiences and perspectives that shaped my identity.

As a child, I was fascinated by the stories from different parts of the world. These stories connected with me in ways I didn’t fully understand at the time. They sparked a curiosity about who I am and where I come from. This curiosity led me on a journey of self-discovery, where I began to understand the choices I made in life and career. As I delved deeper into my own history and motivations, I found a sense of fulfillment and purpose. This newfound self-awareness not only enhanced my work but also helped me build meaningful relationships.

Understanding 'Know Thyself'

The phrase “know thyself” originates from ancient Greece and is most famously attributed to the philosopher Socrates. It was inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. This powerful philosophy encourages deep self-awareness and introspection, urging individuals to understand their true nature, desires, and motivations. Knowing yourself, you understand how you perceive and interact with love, work, relationships, money, and happiness. This self-awareness empowers you to make choices that align with your true self, leading to a more fulfilling and authentic life.

The Intersection of Self-Awareness and Creativity

Self-awareness is paramount in the realm of creativity. Knowing yourself gives you a unique insight into what inspires and motivates you. This understanding is the key to translating your unique experiences and perspectives into your creative work. When you are in tune with your true self, you can create from a place of authenticity, which sets you apart from the competition, introduces new perspectives, and inspires others. Here is when you achieve out-of-the-box thinking, as your creations have a distinctive voice and vision.

Exercises for Self-Discovery

The Johari Window

The Johari Window is a simple yet effective tool for gaining self-awareness. It consists of four quadrants:

  • Open Area: Traits that are known to both yourself and others.
  • Blind Area: Traits that others see in you but you are unaware of.
  • Hidden Area: Traits you know about yourself but keep hidden from others.
  • Unknown Area: Traits unknown to both you and others.

By seeking feedback and being open to exploring these quadrants, you can uncover hidden aspects of yourself and better understand how others perceive you.


Meditation is a more profound way of knowing yourself. Our unconscious mind harbors many ideas and memories that influence our emotions and thoughts. For instance, you might be strongly urged to change careers without understanding why. Through meditation, you can tap into the unconscious part of your brain, gaining enlightenment and a better understanding of these feelings. Meditation allows you to process buried emotions, leading to profound self-discovery and clarity.

The Achievements of Knowing Yourself

By knowing yourself, you can achieve numerous benefits, including:

Less Frustration at Work: Understanding your strengths and weaknesses helps you navigate challenges more effectively and seek roles that align with your skills and passions.

Less Panic: Self-awareness enables you to recognize and manage stress triggers, leading to a calmer, more centered approach to life.

Less Prone to Envy: Knowing your values and goals reduces the tendency to compare yourself to others, fostering a sense of contentment.

Taking Full Responsibility: Self-aware individuals are more likely to take ownership of their actions and decisions, leading to personal growth and improved relationships.

Less Stress About Money: Understanding your relationship with money can help you make more informed financial decisions that align with your values and goals.

Good Conversationalists: Self-aware individuals tend to be better listeners and communicators, as they are attuned to their thoughts and the needs of others.

Good at Apologizing: Knowing your faults and mistakes allows you to offer sincere apologies, strengthen relationships, and build trust.