Authenticity, it’s one of those words bandied about a lot, isn’t it? Often, in marketing and politics especially, “authenticity” just doesn’t ring true. It’s added like frosting or showers of glitter to create a feeling of trust and familiarity. As professor Herminia Ibarra tells us, a simplistic understanding of what authenticity means can hinder our growth and leave us feeling fake. But as we develop a clear sense of our true self we can move more quickly toward our goals and ideals.
When I read Vicki Znavor’s new book, Authenticity Reawakened- The Path to OWNING Your Life’s Story and Fulfilling Your Purpose, I was reminded of the many times I’d heard people say “I’m just being real” as an excuse for being a jerk. Or the times that “being authentic” was like putting a pound of glitter on a toadstool and calling it a throne.
In this book, Vicki gives us some clues to discover our personal truth for ourselves, the real truth, and once we know that truth, how to make better decisions about how we can look to our values to lead our true life with purpose and joy.
She walks us through understanding when we aren’t really happy at all, even though we have all the right things in place, it’s just not REAL happiness, perhaps doing what we think makes us successful and therefore happy.
For some, it takes years of work, or even an existential crisis to learn our real, deep truth. Our one thing that brings us joy.
Vicki walks us through some of the signs to understand how we really feel, and how we might not be as connected to our work as we thought we were. Then she helps us face our fears and embrace our own truths with curiosity, courage and grace.
Listen to the podcast and then give this book a read willya?
Vicki spent four decades in corporate roles in Finance and Human Resources. She has been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable Leader in HR in 2020, by ALPFA as one of the Most Powerful Latinas in 2019, and by the International Association of Business Communicators. She is a graduate of Calumet College of St. Joseph and DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. She also serves on the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations devoted to furthering literacy, alleviating human suffering and supporting the families of fallen first responders.
She’s a wife, mother and grandmother who is passionate about bringing your true self to life and work so that you can realize your true purpose and experience great joy in life.
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