Be Who You Are

children

I find kids fascinating. They seem to soak up knowledge at an unbelievable rate. They’re honest, and more than anything else, they are genuine. If you ask a kid a question, you know you’re going to get a straight answer.

Kids are a little freer to think and learn because they don’t have egos getting in their way. If you have read my blogs, you have probably seen my observation that the main difference between teaching children and adults is that you dumb it down a little bit for the adults. Adults have egos which are bruised easily. Egos, especially bruised egos, make it harder for someone to learn.

Egos get in our way because we begin to worry about what other people think of us. We start to assume ideas of what others are thinking of us. And sometimes we develop false ideas of what we have to project to others and how we have to act because those actions are expected by others.

The truth is a little different. What we should do is be ourselves and be genuine. We should not act the way we think others think we should behave. We should actually be ourselves. No pretenses. No false airs of importance. No preconceived notions. Just ourselves. Ready to interact, learn, grow, and be happy within ourselves and our community.

I think I hear a thought sneaking into my consciousness right now saying,” Easier said than done.” I believe that anything we do is only as easy as we make it on ourselves. By being genuine, we get to live our own lives. We save time, emotion, and even money by not pretending to be something we are not. And, we feel better because we get to be who we are.

Think about this. This may not be something for the faint of heart. It is something that might help people wanting to be who they are.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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