My dear friend Randy Hain has just published his third book. This one is entitled, Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life, and continues with Randy’s writing theme that to be happy, we must integrate our work and our life. We can’t successfully be one person at work, with one set of values and creed, and then be someone else in our off-work hours. It requires self-evaluation, awareness, intentionality, discipline and often times, courage, to be the person we were created to be. Not easy for sure, but certainly critical to our well-being.
One of Randy’s chapters is entitled, “Authenticity.” He explains that we can find ourselves being less than authentic for several reasons, including:
- We lack self-awareness. Perhaps we are running too fast to even reflect on our behaviors.
- We fear that people at work may not like who we truly are.
- We lack confidence in our own opinions.
- We are attached to our income, our title, our work.
- We’d rather conform than take a risk.
- We’ve relaxed our own moral grounding.
If you are like me, at least one of these statements gave you a reason to pause, not necessarily because you have lost your way, but perhaps because you recognize how easy it is to give up the things that matter most. The workplace will be better, we will be better and our communities will be better when we choose to live an authentic life.
Consider picking up Randy’s book – Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life. It’s easy to find on Amazon.com. Until next time…