You can escape competition through authenticity, when you realize that no one can compete with you on being you. That would have been useless advice pre-internet. Post-internet, you can turn that into a career.
Authenticity is the gap between your thoughts and your actions. The smaller the gap, the more genuine the lifestyle.
Something good happened to my writing when stopped being afraid to do something simple, for the fear that people might think I couldn’t do something more complex. Don’t be confused by the word simple. Simple...
It’s no secret that we all live within a damning illusion called denial. We are doomed by our own far-reaching imaginations and beliefs that extend into a glorified version of eternity. How are we to...
At its strongest and wildest and most authentic, love is a demon. It is a religion, a high-risk adventure, an act of heroism. Love is ecstasy and injury, transcendence and danger, altruism and excess. In...
Mass advertising can help build brands, but authenticity is what makes them last. If people believe they share values with a company, they will stay loyal to the brand.
We cannot let the haters of this world define us. Or frighten us into no longer being ourselves.
Authenticity is what makes a relatable person believable. It is what makes the relatability sustainable. Anyone can fake relatability for a time, but authenticity is what makes it real.
Communication works best when we combine appropriateness with authenticity, finding that sweet spot where opinions are not brutally honest but delicately honest.
The relational leader operates not by being known by everyone, but by authentically creating positive relationships with people around her.
It’s the great temptation for small groups of people to slide into a state where they’re not quite telling each other the truth and they’re not quite celebrating each other. Instead, they tolerate each other,...
You want to be popular? It’s easy to do. Just be a total weirdo and love yourself for it.
Practice holding labels lightly as leaders so you have greater range in your behaviors and are more adaptable and effective in a greater range of situations.
I figure the more people think I’m just mildly weird, the less likely they are to know how weird I really am.
It makes me sad that so many people feel they’re only allowed to show their best face, while their humanity and vulnerabilities are forbidden and hidden. How else do we connect, but by commonality, by...
Truly being authentic is knowing what matters to you, on the deepest level of who you are, and committing always to act from that authentic center.
Even in the act of fleeing modern ideologies, however, literary theory reveals its often unconscious complicity with them, betraying its elitism, sexism or individualism in the very ‘aesthetic’ or ‘unpolitical’ language it finds natural to...
When we are driven by ego and a relentless need to succeed, it’s easy to blindly neglect the relationships, self-care and truth that will create joy and authentic fulfillment in our lives.
Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.
In Zen, there is an old saying: The obstacle is the path. Know that a whole and happy life is not free of obstacles. Quite the contrary, a whole and happy life is riddled with...
The truth does not need a number of supporters for authenticity. One person among the lot can be the only truthful out of the ten; 11 people out of 12 may be on the truthful...
When we make a habit of acting on the interests arising out of our authentic passions, our enthusiasm can open doors before we even realize the potential that lies beyond them.
Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well lived.
How would your life be different if…You approached all relationships with authenticity and honesty? Let today be the day…You dedicate yourself to building relationships on the solid foundation of truth and authenticity.
You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.
A Permeable Life is about what presses out from the heart, what comes in at a slant and what shimmers below the surface of things. To live permeably is to be open-hearted and audacious, to...
Perhaps the day will come where the validity of one’s spirituality will be judged not by the correctness of one’s theology but by the authenticity of one’s spiritual life. When that day comes, an authentically...
—David N. Elkins
What ever we desire to do should start with authenticity and end with authenticity. This simply means we should be ourselves in every step we take to pursue our dreams. Authenticity is the back bone...
Authentic brands don’t emerge from marketing cubicles or advertising agencies. They emanate from everything the company does…
True beauty can only be found in the true Self.
You’ll know that you and the vision are one when your actions flow out of a knowing that’s greater than your fears. Sure, you might be stunned by an obstacle, but it doesn’t determine your...
Pretentiousness repels but authenticity attracts, and vulnerability is the pathway to intimacy.
When you honor your most authentic self-—your Spirit—you are allowing your Light to shine and touch the world. Living authentically, in its simplest terms, is living your Truth, the truth in your heart and soul....
The only unique contribution you can offer the world is to be who you actually are and no one else.
One of the greatest tragedies I can think of is for a person to die having never fully questioned the life he was born into.
Our suppressing who we are to fit in is exhausting. It kills flow and creativity. It also prevents genuine connection with others.
Your message, your ministry, your influence is built from your flaws. People relate to HUMANITY…not perfection.
To be effortlessly yourself is a blessing, an ambrosia. It is like a few tiny little puffs of opium which lift you ever so slightly off the hard surface of the world.
Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist. Following your heart achieves a completed you.
Who was I fooling, telling my heart to quiet its beautiful song so I could march in the parade of conformity? My biggest fool was me.
[…]to be real–to become fluent, natural, to cut out the detour that sweeps us around what’s fundamental to events, preventing us from touching their core: the detour that makes us all second-hand and second-rate.
Be fearlessly authentic.
One of the telltale signs of one who has completely embraced their authentic self is that they are, with great consistency, the same person in public as they are behind closed doors. Until you learn...
I can be a better me than anyone can.
At the behest of the criterion of authenticity, much that was once thought to make up the very fabric of culture has come to seem of little account, mere fantasy or ritual, or downright falsification....
Your greatest path of influence is love.
Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become...
come hither” to be reason enough to go.
We could not be fulfilled if we weren’t inauthentic some of the time—inauthentic, that is, in relation to such things as our passing desires to throttle our children, poison our spouse, or end our marriage...
—Alain de Botton
I now inhabit a life I don’t deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end any time soon
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