THE OUTSIDE: What Does It Really Mean To Be Authentic?

Nathaniel Hawthorne was a writer and novelist who lived in the early- to mid-1800s. He said, “No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one is true.” This is how I define authentic communication. It is all about wearing the same face in every situation and communicating from the heart regardless of the environment or the person or people with whom you are speaking.

THE OUTSIDE: When I Ask WHY, Give Me A Real Answer!

My daughter’s favorite question is, “Why, Daddy?”

She is only 4-years-old, but she is wise beyond her years. A few days ago, she asked WHY and

I gave her the standard parental response my parents sometimes gave me: “Because I said so.” Her reply? “Daddy, when I ask you WHY, I want a real answer.” Touché my dear.

My question for you is this: How often do you stop to think about the WHY behind WHAT you say?