I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes people consider self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-awareness to be part of the “California Cult of the Self”. However, knowing what one wants and knowing one’s self are crucial to success.I spent a large part of MA degree learning about jobs outside academia, informational interview, meditatiing and journaling. Even though I chose to pursue a career outside academia, these activities have helped me to know my strengths, passions and goals. I am a better private-sector employee bc of it.