Ralph Waldo Emerson aptly wrote:
Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself.
Authenticity is the key to being heard, respected, trusted and honored. When you are being yourself, you can’t be fake, untruthful, or deceitful. It just does not feel right. Putting on a facade to get what you think you want – money, fame, friendship, love – does not work out in the end. At some point, you will start to feel uncomfortable and regretful, second-guessing your actions and where you ended up. Is it worth it? In my opinion, not at all.
Authenticity is the key. Be yourself.