The Shocking Truth: No One Wants Your Authentic Self at Work

Stop trying to be authentic: Here's what really matters.

Luay Rahil
All Things Work

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Photo by Sam Lion

Nobody wants you to be your authentic self, not your mother.

True authenticity is equated to a six-month-old baby, unfiltered and impulsive. Most adult actions are intentional and purposeful rather than purely authentic. Do you want to act like a baby or an adult?

Do you want your doctor to be professional or authentic?

Let's consider this scenario: you are in critical condition and need surgery. The surgeon approaches you and admits, "I just had an argument with my spouse, and I'm not feeling my best."

This would be the surgeon being authentic. However, you would likely feel anxious in this situation because you want their complete focus, medical expertise, and undivided attention. When it comes to all professionals, authenticity takes a back seat to professionalism.

When you go to see a movie, you want Denzel Washington to be at his best, not just authentic.

You don't pay for doctors, lawyers, actors, or other professionals to be authentic; you pay them to be 100% professional and don't accept anything less. So stop saying, "Just be authentic, and everything

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Luay Rahil
All Things Work

I write engaging content on business and leadership development.