Chapter3 Discovering The Authentic You

Who are you?

He who knows himself is wise. When you live life authentically you are being true to yourself because you are living a life that is aligned and in synch with your true purpose. Like an archaeologist, we need to dig deep beneath the surface to discover a life that is in harmony with that which matters most to us. 

All of us wear masks at one time or another – pretending to be someone we’re not. When you choose to be authentic, you begin the process of unmasking yourself to become the person you were destined to be.

In order to connect with our authenticity, we might also do well to simplify our lives, not make them more complicated. Remember, a sculptor creates a beautiful statue by chipping away at those parts of the marble stone that are not needed. Maybe we should manage less stuff, not more. Create fewer options—not so many that we fail to exercise any of them. It might do us all well to concentrate less on the things we’d like to acquire and more on who we’d like to become.

Shortly after his wife died, the late comedian and satirist George Carlin wrote eloquently on the concept of enough-ness and the paradox of our time:

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.”

“We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.”

“We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.”

“We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.” 

One of the keys to living a fulfilled life—a life centered on purpose—is real- izing when enough is enough. In life as well as business, less sometimes is more. William Blake once wrote, “You never know what is enough, until you know what is more than enough.”

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