If It Ain’t Authentic…It Ain’t Sustainable
fully yourself is not sustainable.”
In my interpretation of this statement, there are three important concepts: “success”, “authenticity” (fully yourself) and “sustainable.”
While success can be defined in a number of ways, the modifier, “any” would indicate a specific victory or accomplishment.
If you had to somehow veer from your authentic nature in order to achieve this victory then two questions should be asked:
- Will you feel good about it or get that kind of … yucky feeling that often comes with a lack of congruency?
- Can that success last or sustain itself? Or, like the person who’d like to believe they are kind and loving at home while ruthless and dishonest at work, will that incongruity soon give way to the proverbial house of cards tumbling down?
While a specific success or victory can indeed be accomplished inauthentically, it probably won’t last. And, of course, in an overall context, could anything that is not authentic really be considered “success”?
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