What Matters/Authenticity

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Authenticity[edit | edit source]

This violin of 1703 is an authentic creation of Antonio Stradivari.

We are being authentic when our words, beliefs, actions, goals, and results are aligned with who we are—our self. It is a congruence between our actions and our strengths, values, and goals. We become authentic when the path we choose through life is congruent with who we are. It is a congruence between who we are and what we do. An authentic choice is a decision congruent with doing your best.

Because truth is correspondence with reality, we must embrace reality and be truthful to be authentic. We must be authentic to be trustworthy.

Abraham Maslow realized: “Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves.” Find your strength and apply it.

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Suggestions for further reading:[edit | edit source]

  • Robinson, Ken; Lou Aronica (2009). The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. Penguin. pp. 288. ISBN 978-0143116738. 
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Wisdom (A Toltec Wisdom Book), 1997, Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN 978-1-878424-31-0
  • Deci, Edward L.; Richard Flaste (1996). Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation. Penguin. pp. 240. ISBN 978-0140255263. 
  • Brown, Brene (2010). The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Hazelden. pp. 160. ISBN 978-1592858491. 
  • Hofstadter, Douglas R. (2008). I Am a Strange Loop. Basic Books. pp. 436. ISBN 978-0465030798.