I pass along an important insight from Andrea Matthews, posted at Psychology Today. Her point, made swiftly and simply, is that introspection is necessary for fulfillment. Some feel guilty about focusing on development of the self and self-awareness. It is, however, one of the most important things a person can do for him- or herself. In fact, personal continuous process improvement, including necessary introspection and self-awareness, is the greatest benefit one can bring not just to yourself, but others. Self-improvement is the one thing that is largely in your control. It does not take persuasion of others, and it does not cost a lot of money. Whether understanding how the mind works (both challenges and tools), enhancing creativity, developing goals, developing and assessing one’s values, increasing mindfulness, or simply committing to life-long learning, the path of inward awareness necessarily reflects outward in one’s ability to impact the world.