The quote “be the same person publicly, privately and personally” offers wisdom for living an authentic life. In a world where we often wear different masks in different settings, this quote challenges us to bring alignment across the facets of our lives.
What does it mean to “be the same person” in all contexts? It means expressing your true self – your values, passions, and personality – whether you’re in a professional meeting, at home with family, or out with friends. It means not pretending to be someone you’re not to please others. It means standing firmly in your integrity, even when it’s hard.
Authentic living starts with self-awareness. We must understand our core values, goals, passions and personality traits on a deep level.
We can’t be swayed by others’ expectations. We must set our own standards for who we want to be and live by them.
Integrity is about being honest and having strong moral principles. Consistency in how we present ourselves in different areas of our lives is a testament to our integrity. It shows that our actions are aligned with our values, regardless of who’s watching.
When we’re consistent in our words, beliefs and actions – when we’re authentically ourselves in all settings – we build trust and respect. We show people they can count on us. We lead lives of purpose, meaning and satisfaction.
So be brave. Be you. In your work, your home and your community, strive to express your truest self. Don’t conform to gain others’ approval. When you live authentically, you inspire others to do the same.