What makes you tick?

Being able to express yourself is a sign of self-knowledge. This week, I’m inviting you to consider your passions, interests, abilities, and characteristics. 

What makes you tick? 

For some, verbalizing an answer to this question is straightforward. To others, it’s not as simple. Still, knowing what excites you is key to unlocking future opportunities. 

Whether you’re examining your skills and interests for the first time now or already feel crystal clear about them, you can update your self-concept by following these simple steps. 

First, consider your passions. Think about the things you do that make you feel most alive. Reflect on the people, places, and ideas that inspire you most. 

Then, review your skills and abilities. Consider the things you find both interesting and challenging. Think about how they have stimulated you to develop ideas, skills, and solutions. Reflect on the ways you’ve become better. 

Finally, scrutinize your goals. Think about the kind of person you want to be and the things you want to be able to do. Consider the people you’d like to be more like, the places you’d like to explore, and the things you can’t get enough of. Decide on ways to get more of each of them. 

By the end of this exercise, you will have a clearer idea of what matters most to you. Remember, self-knowledge is a prerequisite for choosing the right opportunities in the future.


Ronen Aniti, BSME

Ronen has over six years of experience helping middle and high school students with homework and test preparation. His tutoring experience centers on SAT, English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Distinctively, he has 1000+ hours experience relearning grade school subject matter to standard on ed-tech platforms Khan Academy and IXL.