There's an old saying that I believe is attributed to Plato — "know thyself." Though there are many interpretations, I tend to think of it as a goal. What better way to relate to others and understand the world around you than to know yourself, truly to the core? Whether or not you're into philosophical or metaphysical styles of thinking, one way to know yourself is to learn about the most desirable personality traits to play up, based on your zodiac sign. After all, if you're born with innate qualities, then why not make the most of them?
From your career path and hobbies to your love life and personal goals, nurturing your best attributes could certainly help you go a long way in achieving whatever it is your heart desires. Plus if, for example, you find that being creative is one of your strongest personality traits, then you can really play up that side of yourself to help your natural abilities flourish. Basically, there's no downside — personally or professionally — to learning about what makes you unique and how to make the most of your inherent talents and qualities. So check out the top three most desirable personality traits you should play up based on your zodiac sign.
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Instead of thinking of the first sign of the zodiac as being stubborn like a ram, try approaching it from a different angle. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, it's not so much that you're obstinate, it's that an Aries is determined, courageous, and passionate in virtually every area of their life. So ignore the haters, don't hold back, and go for your goals.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
Similar to the hard-headed reputation of Aries, people can have misconceptions about the second sign of the zodiac. As What's Your Sign noted, a Taurus is all about strength, stamina, and will. The next time someone tries to call you stubborn, put a positive spin on it and remind them that you have a wealth of inner strength.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
Represented by twins, this sign is most known for embodying two sides of the same coin. According to Astrology, the three best traits of a Gemini are adaptability, intellect, and curiosity. Take advantage of your natural ability to be a quick learner and explore what the world has to offer.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
The fourth sign of the zodiac can be seen as crabby or a hermit, likely due to its mascot. In reality, as What's Your Sign noted, those born under the sign of Cancer are deeply loyal, sympathetic, and care about friends and family. Your home is your safe space and there's nothing wrong with that.
Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22)
A lion is an understandable symbol for this sign since both are know for their brazen personality. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, a Leo is tenacious, bold, and has a big heart. They live and love freely and without reservation. Show people your passion, and they may show it back.
Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
A good friend of mine is born under this sign and sometimes she is picked on for being a bit of a stickler. Yet, as Astrology noted, the great strengths of Virgo are their practicality, sharp mind and attention to detail. Who cares if someone thinks you're picky? They won't be complaining when everything goes off without a hitch thanks to your impeccable planning skills.
Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Just like the scales that represent the seventh sign of the zodiac, balance plays a big role. According to What's Your Sign, Libras are harmonious, open-minded, and peaceful. Co-workers, friends, and family will appreciate the calming energy you bring to an otherwise chaotic world.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
I may be a tad biased, but the eighth sign of the zodiac really does have a lot going on for itself. As Astrology Zodiac Signs noted, Scorpios are assertive, decisive, and passionate to a fault. Your intense personality may be a lot for others to take in at first, but they'll eventually find just how fiercely loyal you are.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
You might not associate an archer with being warm-hearted, but the ninth sign of the zodiac is complex like that. According to Astrology, a Sagittarius is generous, eager, and inquisitive by nature. You can really let your inner explorer shine when given the opportunity.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
Oh, the sea-goat hybrid. That will never stop being interesting to me. But there's a reason why the tenth sign of the zodiac is represented by both a sea animal and a land animal. A Capricorn excels in the areas of multi-tasking, strategy, and inventiveness, according to What's Your Sign. You can analyze and solve just about any situation — and have fun doing it, too.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
The "Age of Aquarius" song is mostly associated with the hippy-dippy lifestyle popularized in the '70s. So it makes sense that the Aquarius is progressive, compassionate, and philanthropic, as Astrology noted. So pick up the nearest flower, stick it in your hair, and start making the world a better place.
Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20)
The same way a fish can glide effortlessly through the water, the twelfth sign of the zodiac navigates life similarly. A Pisces is easy-going, creative, and gentle, according to Astrology Zodiac Signs. So in the words of another famous fish, "Just keep swimming."