How do you become successful?
This is a common interview question asked of entrepreneurs, self development professionals, authors, and anyone who’s reached the top in their field.
The answer that I see given the most?
Follow your passion.
So how do you follow your passion?
How do you figure out what you want out of life?
How do you even define what success means to you?
Everybody struggles with these questions at some point in their lives – some never get it figured out. The answers to these questions can’t come from a book, a teacher, a parent, a friend – it’s part of the human condition that you have to figure them out for yourself.
Although nobody can give you the answers, there are plenty of people who have spent their lives researching these questions. One of the great analytical psychologists in history, Carl Jung, spent his life studying the human psyche and wrote about it extensively.
Here are some of his insights to get you thinking introspectively, and will hopefully inspire you to find, and follow, your passion.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” – Carl Jung
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung
“There’s no coming to consciousness without pain.” – Carl Jung
“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.” – Carl Jung
“Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.” – Carl Jung
“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” – Carl Jung
“We cannot change anything unless we accept it.” – Carl Jung
“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” – Carl Jung
“The true leader is always led.” – Carl Jung
“What you resist, persists.” – Carl Jung
“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” – Carl Jung
“To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is.” – Carl Jung
“Every human life contains a potential, if that potential is not fulfilled, then that life was wasted…” – Carl Jung
“Shame is a soul eating emotion.” – Carl Jung
“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.” – Carl Jung
“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” – Carl Jung
“The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.” – Carl Jung
“Nobody, as long as he moves among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.” – Carl Jung