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Showing Your Scars: How Vulnerability Changed My Business and My Life

Showing Your Scars: How Vulnerability Changed My Business and My Life

Guest Post by Laura Roser Authenticity” seems to be a buzzword these days. “Just be yourself,” the advice goes. You’ll see the theme in bookstores, gift shops, online and spouted from the lips of countless gurus. Just yesterday, I was browsing at a clothing store and came upon a T-shirt with the phrase “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken,” printed in black letters across the front. And a little part of me wanted to vomit. Why? Because, like so many things, authenticity is being cheapened by the mere popularity of it. The truth is, being authentic doesn’t come from wearing a T-shirt with an obvious phrase printed across the front or telling everyone you come into contact with that you have integrity. Authenticity is about action. It’s about quietly, confidently staying true to your values—not for the sake of recognition, because it’s the popular thing, or because Tony Robbins told you to do it. We live in a time where there is a patina of authenticity. People post about...

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To Thine Own Self Be True

To Thine Own Self Be True

Guest Post by Rebecca Lacy “Today you are you, that’s truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss Being ‘authentic‘ is a relatively new catchphrase. To me it means being true to myself, and that requires looking within to see what makes me feel alive – what touches my soul. I don’t know about you, but this isn’t always an easy thing for me to do. Truthfully, I’m still a work in progress. I suppose I wouldn’t have made it as far as I have if it weren’t for the fact that I got tired of trying to be someone I’m not. Frankly, it’s exhausting, and I would rather use that same energy to be the best me I can be. Why do so many of us spend our lives trying to live up to another person’s ideal? Intellectually, we know it’s stupid. When we watch movies of people trying to change themselves for the opportunity to hang out with the ‘cool...

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Coming Alive

Coming Alive

Guest post by Dr. F. Emelia Sam Authenticity. I thought I understood its meaning. Genuine. Real. Legit. Then one day, I discovered it meant all the things I hadn’t been for the majority of my adult life. I had backed myself into a corner of fraudulence and it was suffocating me. I had everything I thought I had always wanted: degrees, a profession, a salary, a home, and a relationship. When those things started to unravel, it felt as if I was coming undone, but in truth, I was coming alive. Years before, I made a practical decision as an adolescent and declared that dentistry would be my profession. I graduated high school with honors, obtained my undergraduate degree and dutifully entered dental school. I say “dutifully” because I felt this was my obligation. I chose a tract and I thought I had no other choice but to stay on it. Unfortunately, I discovered that I despised general dentistry halfway through the program. However, leaving never entered my mind....

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