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The Blueprint with Eliot Marshall

Oct 30, 2023

There's a powerful concept that too often gets buried beneath societal pressures and the weight of other people's expectations: authenticity. I want you to understand that you should never have to shrink yourself or dim your light just because it makes someone else uncomfortable. Embrace your essence and remain unwavering in it.

Sure, introspection is essential. Regularly evaluate yourself. Ensure that you're bringing positivity, kindness, and benevolence into the world. But once you've done that groundwork, stand firm in your true self. By doing so, you're providing an invaluable gift not only to yourself but also to everyone around you.

Contrary to popular belief, strength isn't always about how loudly you roar. Sometimes, it's about the quiet yet persistent whisper that says, "This is me, and I won't compromise." It isn't about projecting some faux machismo or adhering to outdated, restrictive stereotypes. It's about being genuine, honest, and wholeheartedly embracing every facet of your being.

I get it. There's this innate desire in many of us to fit in, to meld with the crowd, to be accepted. But here's the irony: The more you strive to fit into someone else's mold, the more you risk losing yourself. And in doing so, you undermine your potential to genuinely impact the world around you.

Being genuine doesn't necessarily equate to being extroverted or outspoken like me. Authenticity can be quiet, gentle, subtle. What's important is that it's true to you.

The next time you feel the weight of societal pressure trying to push you into a box, remember this: The world doesn't need another replica. What it needs is your unique perspective, your individuality, and your undiluted self.

Hold on to that thought, and let it guide you in every endeavor. Because, at the end of the day, when you're unapologetically you, you're offering the world the best version of yourself. So find your fire, embrace your essence, and share it with the world.