In a world filled with positive thinking and the pursuit of happiness, why would I lead with that kind of a line?
Because the same people who want to be positive and happy also talk about being successful and authentic. So I want to add some authenticity to the whole issue.
Her favorite is also mine:
Myth #9: Create the shiny brand of you!
There is no magic formula to having a great career except to be you. Really you. Know who you are and have the humility to understand that self-knowledge is a never-ending journey. Figure out how to do what you love, and you’ll be great at it. Offer your true, good-natured self to other people and you’ll have a great network. Those who stand out as leaders have a notable authenticity that enables them to make genuinely meaningful connections with a wide range of people. Authenticity is a tool for changing the world by doing good.
Want to be authentic? Start subtracting.
That's right. Most career inventories and branding activities are additive. They ask you to identify success factors by adding up your talents, hopes, and goals. That's part of the process.
But first you have to get honest about all of the things you are not. If we're going to consider authenticity as a success factor, then we need to acknowledge:
1. What we think we should be--but we are not.
2. What someone else told us we should be-- but we are not.
3. What we think others want to hear that we are-- but we are not.
4. What we think we can become--but we know we cannot.
Penelope says rightly, " Know who you are and have the humility to understand that self-knowledge is a never-ending journey."
Humility is part of that journey. (Humility is not false modesty--false modesty is unauthentic).
Humility is the element of self-knowledge that frees you from carrying the heavy burden of "What I want you to think I am" and allows you to relax and be "Who I am."
Before you continue adding, do some subtraction.
The answer will be authentic.
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