What’s in Your ‘Trep Toolbox? Part 4- Self Awareness Tools

“When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.”

— Zoe Kravitz, Actress: Divergent

“To thine own self be true.”

— William Shakespeare, Playwright: Hamlet

I’ve been writing about serious topics related to technology lately, especially in The Huffington Post. I’ve been reading about serious topics this week such as artificial intelligence and avoiding impostor syndrome as an entrepreneur. I’ve been recently blogging here about tools for the serious entrepreneur.

It’s time for a literary pivot where I attempt to live up to my company’s mission:

To help others better balance humanity and technology in the iEra.

It’s time for a lighter kind of post.

It’s time to take a break from looking outward, and focus inward on what I as Penina, a woman, a human being, an educator, and an entrepreneur, “bring to the table”…. that proverbial table we all seek.

It’s time for a self awareness check.

As I wrote this week on Tumblr:

This week is that Horrific Hallmark Holiday That Shall Not Be Named. It’s a time when relationships become fodder for consumerism, and the lines between networking and dating get blurred at the office. This week finds everyone reexamining their relationships, trying to find takeaways from those of others; fictional (think Brave, Bonny Jamie and Clever Claire, or Control Freak Mr. Grey and Awkward Ana) 🙂 and and real (think of the media coverage re: Patrick Dempsey and Giada De Laurentiis who both split from their respective spouses, just to name a few.)

A person’s self awareness impacts on one’s Theory of Mind; something I wrote about in my book, The NICE Reboot, and again in my upcoming textbook on Autism intervention in the iEra, out in April 2015. It directly influences one’s authorpreneur aspirations, and one’s interactions with others. This is something to keep in mind as an entrepreneur who needs to hone self awareness in order to find entry points to empathize, learn from, and collaborate with other people.

Opportunities to hone one’s self awareness abound in startup-land. Founders need to “stay true to their brand”. So that the trajectory, product launch, and strategic alliances all come together for smoother sailing and less stress; a reality of startup life.

Self awareness is thus crucial for today’s busy entrepreneur trying to balance humanity and technology when:

  • Forming a startup team
  • Giving pitches
  • Attending networking events
  • Giving presentations
  • Exhibiting leadership in real time and thought leadership online

It is therefore part of due diligence for an entrepreneur to carefully consider which self awareness tools to pack along, to maintain heart centered leadership and emotional intelligence. To maintain creativity and avoid mediocrity.

I’m not a certified psychologist or an expert on human nature by any means and I promised you a laugh. 🙂

So I will provide 3 tongue in cheek suggestions to help you answer these 2 timely questions:

  • How well do you know yourself?
  • What skill sets do you have to employ, when the going gets rough? 

Here are some fun “tests” to take and find out!

1. Are you able to harness the power of perseverance? Which Outlander character are you?

2. Are you able to harness the power of visualization and imagination? Which Dr. Seuss character are you?

3. Are you able to harness your nurturing and playful side? Your sense of humor?  Which Pixar character are you?

In our quest to better balance humanity and technology, we often focus on the exterior, not the interior. We frequently try to learn new things without incorporating that knowledge into the sum of what we already know. We also often assign layers of meaning as well as anthropomorphic traits, to random things around us. From MOOCS to dogs, taking and discussing one’s “emotional temperature”  has never been more prevalent.

Excuse me please while I go and take mine 🙂



Aristotle We See


About penina4niceinitiative

Penina Rybak MA/CCC-SLP, TSHH, CEO of Socially Speaking LLC, is the author of "The NICE Reboot: A Guide to Becoming a Better Female Entrepreneur". She is an Autism specialist and educational technology consultant turned social entrepreneur. She is also a pediatric speech therapist and the creator of the Socially Speaking™ Program & iPad App. Her second book, "Autism Intervention in the iEra" was published in 2015. Since 2010, Penina has been a national/international speaker about social communication development, balancing humanity and technology, and best practices re: mobile and social technology. Connect with her on LinkedIn to learn more. You can also find her on Twitter: @PopGoesPenina, Facebook: Socially Speaking LLC, Google+ at The NICE Initiative for Female Entrepreneurship, and Pinterest and YouTube as well.
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