Being authentic

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Authenticity is an underrated trait for too many people.

The act of being authentic is the act of being exactly who you are, most if not all of the time. Too many people focus on being what others expect or want them to be, and too little time focusing on who they really are. They appeal to the lowest common denominator, rather than raising the bar.

I’ve fallen into this trap myself in the past. Being authentic is challenging, really challenging, and it’s easy to try and please the masses than send out the signal you have to offer the people who will hear it and respond to it.

But being authentic demands that we stop trying to reach the lowest levels and instead rise above the noise and broadcast our signal to the world. It demands that we accept that some people may not like us for what we espouse or believe. And it requires that we be who we are, even when being that person is difficult.

This isn’t license to be a jerk. People who are mean, cruel or difficult are not being authentic, they’re just being mean, cruel or difficult. You might say “oh, well I’m authentically a difficult person.” Perhaps you are. That’s not the sort of authenticity that I’m referring to here.

Be authentic. Be yourself. Stop worrying so much about what others think of who you are or what you believe. Find your people. You’ll be glad you did.

Brandon Savage is the author of Mastering Object Oriented PHP and Practical Design Patterns in PHP

Posted on 5/19/2022 at 1:59 pm
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