I recently read Rene Descartes Meditations, Tim Ferris 4 hour work week and Confucious’s Analects.
Overall the resonating theme amongst the three are actions are imperative but understanding who you are is important to where you are going.
You have to know yourself. Tim advocates service work and learning such as a language to develop yourself. Rene offers deep meditation and constantly questioning what you believe and what is reality to know yourself. Confuscious states ancestral and family identity are important to know yourself. So what does this mean. Meditate and figure out where you could best offer your services to people, and what things interest you that you could learn.
Have something bigger than yourself exist. For Descartes this is God. That idea that a human can think there is an infinite source thus explains that a creator of unexplainable magnitude is truth. Confuscious also states a knowledge of Tian or heaven or worldliness is evident and that it watches and knows you no matter what. Tim’s take is if the question you are struggling with is not improving things by answering it to ignore. But I believe that ignoring this agehold question of heaven God one source only gets you halfway to knowing yourself. The universe is bigger than you and to let go and understand that you exist as well as something bigger is the conclusion to knowing yourself.
But what does this mean
Deep meditation will allow you to know more about yourself, as will the acceptance that there is a god or universe much bigger than you. Once you realize you are the director of your path and that there is something bigger than you that created you you will know yourself.