“First find out what you are capable of, then decide who you are.”
The quote describes what Westover did with her life. She had to make the decision on her own and take the steps on her own.
I also found a comment on the inside cover of the book that said, "Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention".
I wrote "As You Look At Your Own Life Story You See Yourself Differently" last December in the "Stories" section. My focus in that article was how we can re invent ourselves and how we see our past differently as we look back on it. We actually can change what the past experiences did for us as we rethink them.
Tara Westover found out who she was in her memoir. Looking back at our own life story can help us find out who we are and that effort can make us better.
The more comfortable we are without ourselves the more effective our overall relationships will be. Whether we want to or not we can't avoid sharing ourselves with others.
Give some thought to your life story. Find out what your capable of and then keep doing your best.
(See the Review of this book, Educated, A Memoir, in Past Reviews. This review was reprinted in the St. George Utah News)