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To me, one of the most important core values is being authentic.  

Despite what we may see from our political leaders and celebrities, authenticity is an attribute that you can never have enough of.

The world would be a much simpler and better place if it were comprised of more authentic people.  

Think about it, we would not have to wonder if someone was lying or stretching the truth.  

There would be no such thing as pushy salesmen or dishonest politicians. (Imagine how easy it would be to buy a car then.)

If you ask anyone who knows me, they would be pretty quick to tell you how much I dislike “fake people.” To be completely honest, it is probably my number one pet peeve.  

When people constantly use an unauthentic personality around you, how will you ever be able to trust anything that they do or say?

To be completely honest, I would rather someone tell me what they truly think about me than not, even if it is not what I would want to hear.    

I, for one, always try to be as authentic as possible. I want people to know that I mean what I say and that they can trust me.  I am not going to say something to someone if I do not truly mean it. That’s just the way I was raised.

Authenticity is more than just treating others with respect and honesty, it is treating yourself the same way.  

This is truly important.  

If you are not authentic with yourself, how will you ever know what you want in life? Living your life as a constant lie will not get you anywhere, no matter how people view you.

The sooner you realize the importance of being true to yourself, the sooner you will be able to achieve what you want in your life.  

If you are not authentic to yourself, your life will be a constant lie. If you are not doing what you love to do, then how will you truly be happy.  

Even though it may seem contradictory, I think being authentic to yourself also means being a little selfish as well.  

Now, this should not be taken too far out of context, but I think having a touch of it is important.

When you are selfish, you are doing what you want to do. This means being your true self. If you live your life constantly worrying about what other people think about you and your choices, then how will you know you are living your own life?

We need to focus on what makes us happy, because in the end, that is what will make other people happy.  

I think it is the easiest when you look at young children. They do not worry about what other people think about them, or really think about others. They just live their lives honestly and purely.  

Maybe it is time that we all take a page out of our life book from our younger years and work on pure authenticity.  

Adam Grant describes our lives with authenticity best when he says: “Authenticity means erasing the gap between what you firmly believe inside and what you reveal to the outside world.”

Maybe it is time for that gap to be erased and filled up with truth and honesty.