Essential. Self-awareness is absolutely essential in all our endeavors. In, I looked at individuals like William Tecumseh Sherman, Katharine Graham, Jackie Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bill Walsh, Benjamin Franklin, Belisarius, Angela Merkel, and George C. Marshall. Could they have accomplished what they accomplished—saving faltering companies, advancing the art of war, integrating baseball, revolutionizing football offense, standing up to tyranny, bravely bearing misfortune—if ego had left them ungrounded and self absorbed? It was their sense of reality and awareness—one that the author and strategist Robert Greene we must take to like a spider in its web—that was at the core of their great art, great writing, great design, great business, great marketing, and great leadership.
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