Authenticity

Can You Be That Weird?

 

We live in a weird world.

A lot of people and brands pretend they’re “anti”, “alternative” or just different.

Check the French presidential election for instance:  most candidates describe themselves as “anti-system”, even though they’ve been around for years. Nice contradiction, right?

Seems to me “anti” is the new name for bland.

Instead of being “anti” for the sake of it, why not just be yourself. This is quite unusual. And thrilling.

You are so different from the rest of the bland crowd out there.

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Yes, it’s true.

I want you to like my stuff.

I want you to think I’m cool.

I want to be accepted by the tribe.

I want to be heard, to be seen, to matter.

I want to be included, loved and admired.

I want to inspire others and have an audience that anticipates the things that I say and share.

In the past I’ve acted like I don’t care. But I do care. I care a lot.

I used to think that it wasn’t healthy or good to want to be liked, or to want attention.

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How to Stay Hungry and See Your Goal Through to the End

It’s easy to set a big, awesome goal to work toward.

You might want to quit your job and start working for yourself. Maybe you want to travel the world, or just start waking up early on a daily basis (hey, getting out of bed can be pretty damn hard some days).

What’s not so easy is sticking to what you set out to do and continually recommitting yourself to your vision.

It’s especially challenging when there is a big, looming chasm between where you are now, and where you want to be.

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Are You Undervaluing Yourself? 7 Pitfalls for Getting Paid What You’re Really Worth

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Henri Junttila of Wake Up Cloud.

“How did I end up here?” I thought to myself as I peered over the sea in southern Spain.

I lived in Spain for the whole of 2010 with my girlfriend and our miniature schnauzer, Cleo.

We roamed the beaches in January and prayed for rain in July. It was amazing. But it didn’t happen overnight

It took years of self-discovery and struggle for me to start making a living online.

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What’s Keeping You From Your Great Work?

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Cara Stein of 17,000 Days

What’s keeping you from your great work?

You’ve read the stories: the artists, the writers, the musicians, the visionaries—quitting their jobs to follow their dreams and actually making it.

You want that life, so much you can taste it. It’s not that you don’t know how. So why aren’t you living it? What do those people have that you don’t?

Personally, I always assumed it was an exemption from the rules of reality.

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