I can be a better me than anyone can.
Helping others in need is not only a responsibility of life; it is what gives meaning to life.
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.
[…]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.
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.
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...
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
Authenticity is imperative, it brings forth respect,trust, love and confidence. This simply means you’ll be respected, trusted, loved by many people and you’ll be confident enough to take a first step towards your dreams. It...
I also came to understand that our authenticity (or lack thereof) is made evident by the fruit that our life is bearing.
Don’t try to please others at the expense of your values and your integrity. At the end of the day, you want to like yourself when you look in a mirror.
If it took your authentic voice to get you there, it will take your authentic voice to keep you there. Your job is to keep listening.
As you become more aligned with the truth of who you are, the question of liking yourself goes away. It is a natural state of being.
Authenticity is not a metaphysically distinctive way of being human; it is just a way of taking responsibility for what one has already been given.
When it comes to words, rather than using our own voice, authentic and unpracticed, we steal someone else’s to shield our fear.
When we become more self-aware of our needs, we become better-equipped to takecare of ourselves.
I do not see the point in dressing and acting and speaking in a way that makes you feel more comfortable and me feel less comfortable.
Confused? Confusion is good. It’s an excellent place to learn something new from.
Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves...
The saying ‘flattery gets you everywhere’ appalls me. If you’re going to pay someone a compliment make sure it’s 100% genuine or not at all.-Flattery is deception and who wants to be lied to?
Whether we do it consciously or subconsciously, we tend to organize our lives to display our identity as accurately as possible. Our lifestyle choices often reveal our values, or at least what we’d like people...
No matter how much you cry, the tears will dry. No matter how many nightmares, flashbacks, visions, or terrors you endure, they will pass. To weather these in order to find your true self and...
Accepting the reality of our sinfulness means accepting our authentic self. Judas could not face his shadow; Peter could. The latter befriended the impostor within; the former raged against him.
Have you ever taken yourself a bit too seriously, thinking that who you are is actually defined by what you look like, how much talent you have (or don’t have), how well known you are...
what matters is not the enclosure of the work within a harmonious figure, but the centrifugal force produced by it — a plurality of language as a guarantee of a truth that is not merely...
It is naive to think that self-assertiveness is easy. To live self-assertively–which means to live authentically–is an act of high courage. That is why so many people spend the better part of their lives in...
High above the noise and fear mongering of critics and cynics softly speaks your true self.
We can’t turn our true selves off and on situationally and expect them to carry and sustain us. Rationing creativity results in bipolarism of the spirit. Our creativity is also our life force. When we...
The ultimate barrier against love is the barrier of the constructed self.
It’s our very capacity for self-consciousness that makes us self-destructive!
It’s not odd these days to hear politicians trumpeting their own authenticity, a claim that an earlier day would have considered self-cancelling. But when Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum say “I’m authentic,” they’re...
Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.
We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide exempla for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky...
I have never seen a heavyweight champion apologize for a knockout
—Jock J. Davis
The one thing I have that nobody else has or can duplicate is my sound. The sound of my voice. The sound of my life. Others may say similar things but they can’t say them...
The more of me I be,The clearer I can see.
We believe that it is the job of each of us to step outside of ourselves, look beyond the shadows, and seek reality. If we hope to present an authentic self to the world, it...
You are like an ocean: quietly ebbing and flowing to the rhythm of life, but wildly expansive and profoundly powerful. You are boundless. You are whole. Your quietness is your strength. Your depth is your...
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