Be the Original – Embrace Authenticity!

We have a problem and our problem is that we try to be something that we are NOT – we want to dress like everyone else and we want to talk like everyone else but it’s time to compete with yourself and win! Be the original – embrace authenticity! You are the only one qualified to be you! There is no one else in this world exactly like you! Others may have similarities, but you are the original you. There is nothing more beautiful than someone who lives from an authentic, real place – unafraid to be themselves and being totally OK knowing that you cannot fail at being yourself and to become who you truly are is the privilege of a lifetime.
Being authentic is about choices. I don’t want to be a poor copy of someone else. I am in competition with no one else. I choose to run my own race. I refuse to speak of myself in condescending, negative ways and I watch what I say about myself. I nurture my innate ability to be great and I nurture that in those I am privileged to influence. I have no desire to play a game of being better than anyone else; I am simply committed to be the best version of myself. I have often been told that I shouldn’t be so vulnerable with the women who share my life – but I disagree. Authentic leaders don’t wear masks. They are vulnerable and reveal their true selves, demonstrating by example that it is ok to do so. My vision is my inspiration and my purpose is my motivation. I am committed to be a better person than I was yesterday, to hone my skills and to study, to give my voice a platform it needs to be real. I read, to give my mind the challenge it needs, in order to succeed, to prosper, to love, to wake up to live the life of my dreams, to grow, to lead. And all of this means deliberate decisions every single day. “To be nobody but yourself – in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight…and never stop fighting” (E.E. Cummings).

Janine Epere

CEO Destiny Haven

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