Are you the genuine article?

No, I’m not asking if you pass the Windows Genuine Advantage test. 

What I’m asking is…do you fake it?

No, I’m not referring to the famous "I’ll have what she’s having" corned-beef-gasm that Meg Ryan made famous in When Harry Met Sally.

What I’m asking is…are you authentic?

It’s easy to fake it – to act as if you know what you’re talking about, even if you’re talking out of…well, your ass.  It’s easy to appear as if you give a damn, even if you’re thinking "who gives a sh*t about this (project/idiot co-worker/social issue)?"

Naked emperors dance willy-nilly through the streets these days.  Are you courageous enough to be the little kid down front who says…"But, the emperor has no clothes!"

It does take courage, because there’s a better-than-even chance you could face a firing squad before sundown with this approach.

But wouldn’t it be great if more of us did exactly what that kid in the fable did, and called ’em like we see ’em?

As a communication consultant, I find that people hunger for authenticity and truth.  Our culture seems to be captivated by the bread and circuses offered by the entertainment industry – of which I firmly believe the self-help movement is a part.

Here’s a suggestion – try telling the truth, every day, at least once.  Lead by example.  Who knows, you may even influence a politician…

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2 responses to “Are you the genuine article?

  1. I would LOVE to influence a politico into telling the truth – i mean think of it! One says something truthful and once the others take their courage in both hands and pulls their heads out of someone else’s arse – we might have a government to be proud of… okay okay so i might be dreaming too high… but hey I CAN DREAM!

  2. Informative and meaningful. We just need to be ourself to be a person that really exist.

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