The importance of creating your own personal philosophy, and not just identifying yourself with one school of thought.
There are 3 main things we should do when building our own personal philosophy, these include:
- Expose yourself to multiple philosophies – Actively seek to learn more about different schools of thought. Borrow what you like in each and add it to your own personal philosophy.
- Participate in healthy discussion and debate – Be open to respectful and polite conversations with friends, family, teachers, and coworkers, even those who may have very different beliefs than you.
- Make time for introspection and original thinking – Take the time to just sit and think. You need to create your belief system in your own words.
We should borrow from many different philosophies, but at the end of the day we need to form our own belief system about the world and how to live in it – one that works for us and is relevant to our lives.
Everyone has a belief system that guides their choices and behaviors. Most of us have a personal philosophy that we aren’t even aware of, which is why it’s so important to pay more attention to our beliefs and always be open to improve them.
What is your personal philosophy? How often do you think about your beliefs and challenge them? Are you comfortable just sitting and thinking – or do you try to avoid the deeper questions in life?
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