On a recent road trip, my daughter and I found ourselves in a college coffee shop killing time. As the picture shows we were in two different worlds. I was busy reading the literature from the college we were visiting, while she was checking her text messages? Which one of us was doing the right thing? . . . Both . . . Why? Because we were both being true to who we are.
I am a reader who loves information. She is a teenager who is technologically savvy. Give me a book. Give her a device.
Sadly, everywhere I go I see people who have no idea who they really are. They are more concerned with being like everyone else than they are with being themselves. This lack of focus and understanding leads to a life of mediocrity and a lack of joy.
What would happen if you lived your life based on passion instead of pressure? It’s time to find out. Pick something you love and go do it this week. And while you are at it, leave out something you don’t really like doing. The people around you will thank you in the long run, even if it means you are doing something different than those closest to you.
I suspect you will even thank yourself if you will simply choose to live with integrity and “to thine own self be true.”
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.