For a time I believed I had to be like everyone else to be successful. I also believed that’s what everyone else wanted from me. I was dead wrong.
The longer I work and the older I get, the more I believe that true success comes from bringing your whole self to everything you do.
Here are a few reasons why:
You probably don’t need me to tell you that generous people are more successful and vice versa. The most generous act you can perform is bringing your whole self and offering the best of what you have to your organization and your customers. It means digging deep inside your soul for the best ideas. It means giving the very best you have in any given moment, regardless of the personal consequences. Anything short of this is being stingy. Yes, you may be wrong, you may embarrass yourself or you may be rejected. But, then again, you may be very right.
It has become very difficult, regardless of industry or profession, to differentiate your products, services or your organization. Everyone is more talented, ambitious and has more resources than they did ten years ago. The best way to differentiate is to inject a whole truckload of you into everything you do. Even if you sell a standard product, it doesn’t mean you have to be standard in the way you sell, package, deliver or service it.
I can’t think of a business or profession today where creativity isn’t valued. And creativity doesn’t come from working harder or longer. It comes when we’re not afraid of what’s inside us. It comes when we have the courage to turn ourselves inside out and share. It comes from the willingness to be vulnerable.
Happiness isn’t something that “businesspeople” talk about as being important, but it’s a big lie. To truly be happy, you can’t hide yourself from everyone. Your whole self wants to come out no matter how hard you work to suppress it – it wouldn’t surprise me if this was a large contributor to burnout.
The number one regret of the dying is not living true to oneself. I refuse to let this happen to me.