Friday, December 23, 2005

Knowing your faults is the first step toward improving yourself

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
- Thomas Carlyle, writer (1795-1881)

"I don't have any vices."
"I'm sure to go to heaven because I never do anything wrong."

These kinds of statements, while they may not be vices in themselves, are not virtues either. Ignorance is not a virtue.

To not be able to see faults in ourselves is a kind of blindness. Not seeing faults in our friends may be a welcome kind of blindness, but becomes a fault itself when a friend commits socially unacceptable behaviour.

The best way is to be able to see both faults and strengths, in ourselves and in others. Work to correct or improve your own faults and to help those who want to correct their own. Praise others for their strengths.

Recognize your own strengths as ways in which you have an edge over others.

We all need to know what we are good at. We also need to know what our weaknesses are so that we can work toward having fewer of them.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help people find their weaknesses and to strengthen them.
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