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Authenticity Is Still King

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Authentic people are truly interested in other people they meet. They focus on them. Authentic people don’t have a hidden agenda. They call it as they see it, which is very refreshing these days.

I was on the telephone with a contact from the past. I was reminded of a presentation we made together. If you follow my blog, you know I’m in the sales business. I love my profession. I’m one of those people who think everyone is in “sales.” We’re all trying to convince others to see things our way.

Oftentimes, in sales, professionals are trained. They’re given a script and told to follow the “process”. Good sales people learn to take ownership of the key points and make it their own. The most successful people in sales adapt whatever they’re selling, whatever methodology they’re supposed to use to their style.

The most successful people in sales, and life, are authentic. They are who they are. They don’t pretend to be someone else. They don’t use someone else’s moves. They might borrow words or thoughts, but they reinterpret them and make them their own. When this happens, they’re not just jumping on the bandwagon. They are being authentic and true to themselves.

The Value of Authenticity

Do you have any idea about the freshness and value of authenticity? Some people believe if they don’t parrot someone else, no one will listen to them. But here’s what happens when you don’t stay true to yourself. Either people will spot the fakeness in you and walk away or you will eventually tire of the lie.

Unfortunately, authenticity is sometimes a challenge to find in the world. It seems sometimes that it’s easier to copy someone else. We all need to be successful, whatever that means. In today’s fast-paced world, it may take less time to just assume someone else’s ideas, thoughts, practices and processes and adopt them as your own.

But there is integrity in authenticity. It may take a little longer to succeed. Yes, it may be a little harder to prove yourself. The path may be more winding. However, if you’re authentic to yourself, success will be yours and no one else’s.

These days, everybody seems to expect success overnight. No one seems to have patience anymore. But, it’s still important to learn the ropes, especially in an ever-changing world. If you want success to be meaningful and matter, truly matter, you have to take the time to learn and grow. You have to take the time to stay true to yourself and own what you say and do.

When you’re authentic, you’ll get your time time for acknowledgment, awareness and even acceptance. And, there’s something to be said for not mimicking someone else. Study the people that you consider experts in their field or in life. But, when you develop something inspired by their work, come up with your own ideas and view on a topic.

Add Experience

Most of us, present our knowledge to the world either from prior education and/or life experiences. We communicate what worked for us and what didn’t. That can be invaluable to someone else. Experience is an incredibly powerful element when mixed with authenticity.

In today’s world, we are bombarded every minute of our lives with information. It’s as if we exist in a maze of data. And then, at times, we see that some might not appreciate our background as much as new fads and trends. Still, we should true to ourselves. My belief is if 1,000 people prefer the new lights, the 1,001st person will actually care about how the lights work. Not everyone cares about the “sizzle”. Some people still care about the actual steak.

Speak Your Truth

When you have something to say that comes from the heart and you feel that you will burst if you stay quiet that is a good sign. When you are real and authentic, you cut through the joker material. You get rid of the stuff you see circulating everywhere, which becomes another “me too” exercise.

Always stand by your beliefs. Be willing and able to defend your words, if you have to. Tell it as it is and as you see it. Direct people from A to Z by showing them how to avoid the traps you may have experienced. Experience still matters, even in a world of shiny, new bright lights.

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Posted: September 17, 2015

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The Real Importance of Loved Ones

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Most of us, no matter who we are, get up in the morning and start a certain routine every day. Dress, get ready and go to work. Whether working for someone or being self employed, meeting people, working from home, we all have our goals and strive to accomplish them by doing certain things each day that brings us closer to our plans.

But why do we do all this? If it weren’t for someone or others in our life, what is the point of working so hard? Is it to impress us or others? For some, no matter how much wealth/assets they have, it is never enough. They want more. They love the adrenaline of the next “deal”.

Most people work by rote since they believe this is the thing to do. When we reach success why keep on going? Yes, it may make us feel good about ourselves that we have reached somewhere but is that all it is? After we conquered the mountain, are we ready for the next peak?

Most of us do it for our little group of people that we call loved ones, family, significant others. What is the point of striving to make it, sacrificing life for work if not in order to enjoy the proceeds with your loved ones?

We all heard the expression, “You can’t take your assets or possessions with you”, very true indeed. Why then not enjoy your good fortune, aside of family of course, and bring some good to some people you don’t know? There are so many needs around us. Unfortunately due to life’s demands, many of us live lives on autopilot. We are all so busy running around all day long, but are we productive?

Try to schedule time for work, but schedule some time breaks in between.

Decompress even for a few minutes.

Be mindful of your day-to-day actions. Live in the present, not in the past, because the past is gone. The future is not yet here and following that route might make you totally miss how you live now!

Try to enjoy life with your loved ones. Schedule time away, even for a couple of days, just to reconnect. It is great to be part of a family, but family requires work. A happy family requires members to be sensitive to each other’s needs. It requires a team approach and above all requires that you show you care while not taking anything for granted.

You can even extrapolate “Happy at home…Happy outside”.

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Posted: July 11, 2014

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