When we lose the right to be different, we lose the right to be free. – Charles Evans Hughes
Over the past few several weeks the topic of authenticity has surfaced in multiple conversations. Within each, there was an acknowledgment that being authentic was important in terms of being connected to oneself. However, the challenge became how to do so in different environments, in particular, the work environment.
I won’t pretend to have an easy answer. When I speak on the topic, a talk goes for at least 30 minutes or so followed by Q&A – it’s complicated and merits a discussion. However, for those that struggle with this topic, here is a question that perhaps you can ask yourself, out loud, that might help.
“If I knowingly must suppress a part of who I am, that I believe is key to my journey of becoming who I am created to be, in order to enter a particular environment, is that the right environment for me?”
If your answer is that question “no,” the next question becomes, “What actions do you want to take to change your environment, through influence, vacating or otherwise?”
Here is to the true you! Have a great week!