We all owe it to ourselves, and each other, to understand ourselves better. Knowing your weaknesses is the most important part of knowing yourself. You’ll do less harm if you know your weaknesses.

But self-examination doesn’t really begin until we acknowledge that something might be wrong with us. From there we need to have a curiosity about what is wrong and what to do about it.

That’s how the process of self-knowledge begins. It requires letting go of the things we use to pump up our self-image. It mainly means letting go of excuses.