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5 Reasons to be Authentic in Your Life and Career

5 Reasons to be Authentic in Your Life and Career
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Living an authentic life breeds contentment. Authenticity comes from understanding our personality and sticking with it.  Authenticity is less complicated.

There are those who search for success and happiness by morphing into different personalities depending on their environment. Shape-shifting through life is difficult work. Those with unpredictable personalities make terrible coworkers and bosses.

I once had a boss who routinely commented that only Type A personalities made good leaders. As a Type B personality, his comments were like getting punched in the gut each time. I refused to listen to his misguided beliefs and that has served me well. Regardless of the cultural norms of your company, it is to your advantage to remain true to yourself. For the sake of your mental health, be your authentic self.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Toxic company cultures may silently encourage employees to adopt personality traits that are not their own. This may include the pressure to work fast while compromising quality. You may be expected to multi-task although you are getting a whole lot of nothing done. When looking for a company to call home, your physical and mental health will flourish in a positive company culture that is aligned with your personal belief system.

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Work where you are free to be yourself, otherwise, you will feel pressure to live as an imposter. Below are important reasons to be authentic.

5 Reasons to be Authentic in Your Life and Career

#1 Life is Individualized — With 7.5 billion people on earth, it is amazing not one person possesses the same exact personality. You possess unique skills that are greatly dependent on your individualized, customized personality. Make full advantage of your uniqueness.

#2 Life is Admired — People respect coworkers who stand by their values. People who live their convictions will earn the respect of those around them.

#3 Life is Rewarding — Life is more rewarding when you are the same person at home and work. When life is consistent no matter where you are, this congruent lifestyle eliminates stress related to pretending to be someone else. Being yourself leads to a rewarding life.

#4 Life is Simpler — Many of us desire to simplify our lives in a world that is in constant change. Authenticity allows you to create a more peaceful, simpler life where better decisions are made.

#5 Life is Good — When you accept yourself, live your values, and remain the same wherever you are, you can say, life is good.

Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.

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