Over the Oracle at Delphi, it has the secrets of life:
“Man, know thyself.”
This is congruent with Jung’s statement about the unconscious:
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.”
Another similar, but kind of opposite statement by Socrates is, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”
What do all of these statements have in common?
That we are driven, mostly, by things outside of our conscious awareness.
Most people will never take the time to examine the things that drive their daily behaviors.
If you are lucky, you can become a millionaire.
But this “luck” is not a one time thing.
This is a long string of lucky events and situations.
There’s one TV show where a couple of otherwise good guys are trying to make a living illegally.
A common trope.
Not A Good Criminal
A decent person is pushed into a life of crime.
Because he’s a good person, he’s conflicted, so he’s not as efficient as a criminal as a “proper” sociopath.
So, as one of them is dying, he says to his buddy:
“We were just unlucky.”
This is the kind of “luck” that drives success and poverty, but only in “unexamined life.”
For example, suppose a guy is born with massive athletic skills.
He has decent parents who support him.
He happens to have decent teachers and coaches that always recognize his talent.
He also goes to school where athletics is recognized and appreciated.
For him, by the time he’s in junior high school, he’s got a very lucrative idea burned into his brain:
“Athletic skills = screaming crowds and interested females.”
Auto Pilot Success
If he doesn’t mess up (helped by his luckily good role model parents) he continues this through college, and gets drafted into professional sports.
This guy doesn’t need to “examine his life.”
He just shows up and does what comes natural, and earns mad success.
The rest of us aren’t so lucky.
We need to grind every single day just to stay even.
Like the Red Queen, who says we need to keep running just to stay in place.
This, of course, is ONLY if we don’t pay attention to ANY of those statements.
About making the unconscious conscious, or knowing ourselves, or examining our lives.
Control Your Past
If we can do this we can have a fighting chance.
More than a fighting chance.
So, what drives us?
Just like the athlete, our past experiences.
The athlete thinks about all his past successes, which creates future successes.
For him, these past successes happened automatically.
But for us, we just need to do a little bit more work.
Because once you examine your life, like Socrates recommended, you can change how your reference your past.
Which will change how you “feel” your future.
Re-Calibrate Your Past
Examine your past.
Make your unconscious conscious.
Tell “fate” to take a hike.
And make your life very much worth living.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.