Authenticity, a noble art or just a trick?
Personally, I have trouble with the word authenticity. It is used in every context and it appears almost always in personal profiles. In the personal characteristics it says: authentic; and this will probably count for you as well. Imagine somebody mentioning the opposite in his personal characteristics: fake. That will make it definitely harder to understand.
I like the translation we use at Being on Mission: being your true self under any condition whilst not covering your inaccuracies. So, in fact everybody wants to be authentic but that is not a trick, isn’t it?
Authenticity is one of the most important building blocks of every successful business. Only from being your true self you are able to make connection with the other one. And that is something completely different than your manager asking you on Monday morning how your weekend was but really is not interested in the answer.
It reminds me of an interesting way of thinking in the world of films and movies. It is about the difference between the after movie and your own insta-movie. Imagine, you have been to a dance party and they will show you an awesome after movie with all the right ingredients: Blasting music, shiny people, fireworks and only gin tonics in large glasses. Cool, because you could say that you were there. But your Insta movie often shows all the other inconveniences. So what is the real deal?
Maybe a desire for being authentic is just fashionable or even a paradox because do we really want to face authenticity or it is just ok or even better to stay with the romantic reality?
In fact, we all want to be fooled a little just because the reality is sometimes just too inconvenient. Let’s agree upon this: a desire to be authentic always comes with the very best intention and if it is real it is your noble art; if it is fake it will be experienced as a trick; for the other one(s) as well as for yourself. That is my reality.
Do you have nice and inspiring examples of authenticity or really authentic people? Share it with us, we’re never bored about that!