When it comes to some things, it’s better to be open about them and not keep them secret.
Authentic people know this, and that’s why they never feel the need to hide things like their inner drive, self-expression, simplicity, unconventional thinking, etc.
But why is it that they’re so open about these things?
Well, that’s why we’re here today. So, without delay, here are things truly genuine people never feel the need to hide.
1) Unconventional thinking
Authentic people embrace creativity and unconventional ideas. This is not something anyone should apologize for or try to hide.
They are not bound by traditional norms and challenge the established ways of thinking. This trait also allows them to come up with innovative solutions and see possibilities that others don’t see.
For example, take Airbnb. Love it or hate it, it challenged the traditional hotel industry by allowing individuals to rent out their homes and spaces to travelers.
This disrupted the hospitality sector and created a new way for people to find accommodation. It also made their founders billionaires.
Authentic people aren’t content with staying within their comfort zones. They actively find opportunities to challenge themselves and try new things.
If this involves taking risks, pursuing ambitious goals, or engaging in experiences that stretch their limits, even better.
Computer scientist Katie Bouman pushed many different boundaries by leading the development of the algorithm that helped capture the first image of a black hole.
This amazing feat greatly contributed to our understanding of the cosmos.
So, when it comes to pushing the envelope, genuine people will be extremely unapologetic about it.
Honesty is a big part of being genuine and true to yourself. Genuine people are upfront about their feelings, thoughts, and actions.
They don’t hide who they really are and aren’t afraid to admit when they make mistakes.
Being honest helps them build trust with others and have more meaningful relationships.
I’d rather have someone call things as they are instead of beating around the bush. You just do a disservice to people by not being honest with them.
To me, it’s better to hear ten constructive criticisms than one praise. At least you’ll learn something from the critics.
4) Inner drive
If you don’t have inner drive, you’ll never do great things. That’s why authentic people are driven by internal motivations instead of external pressures.
They pursue goals that align with their values and passions and don’t look for approval from others.
Yes, fear is a great motivator, but so is the desire to do great things, be a role model, or, better yet, help others.
For instance, have you ever heard of Malala Yousafzai? Her inner drive led her to become a global advocate for girls’ education after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban.
She continues to champion education, even in the face of danger.
Would you do the same?
5) Embracing change
Authentic individuals have a unique relationship with change. They see change as an inevitable part of life and embrace it as a good chance for personal growth and transformation.
Being so open to change allows them to adapt quickly and thrive in dynamic environments.
Imagine someone who’s been working in the same industry for years. Despite the comfort of familiarity, they decide to welcome change by switching to a completely different career that aligns better with their passions and interests.
This change allows them to explore new opportunities and challenges.
That’s exactly what I did after being miserable at various similar jobs for almost 20 years. I found something creative that aligned more with my personality and never looked back.
Life can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. Genuine people appreciate the beauty of simplicity.
They don’t need extravagant things to find joy. It’s exactly the opposite – they find happiness in life’s small and meaningful moments.
Digital nomads are a great example of this kind of lifestyle. They choose to live simply by traveling with only essential belongings that fit in one or two bags.
They embrace a minimalist lifestyle that focuses on experiences instead of accumulating possessions.
7) Adventure and exploration
I love adventure and exploration. It’s one of the few things that make me feel alive.
Many genuine people have a strong desire to explore the world, whether through travel, outdoor activities, or trying new cuisines and experiences.
Their curiosity and thirst for new knowledge drive their explorations.
Imagine a group of friends going on a multi-day trek through a remote wilderness area, carrying all their supplies on their backs.
They navigate challenging terrains, encounter breathtaking landscapes, and push their physical and mental limits.
When they come back, of course, they won’t hide where they’ve been. Why should they? Well, unless they did something illegal, of course.
8) Emotional depth
Let me ask you this: Are you in touch with your emotions? Do you regularly self-reflect?
You see, authentic people are in touch with their emotions and aren’t afraid to delve into their emotional landscapes.
They’re also comfortable expressing their vulnerability and navigating complex feelings, making it easier for them to genuinely connect with others.
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9) Mentorship and giving back
Authentic individuals also find fulfillment in helping others succeed. They realize that real happiness comes from helping others.
That’s why they happily share their knowledge, experiences, and insights to mentor and guide others.
This generous spirit extends to giving back to their communities or causes, helping people directly or indirectly.
Most people believe that you have to volunteer at a soup kitchen to help out in the community. But genuine people know that there are countless other ways to help those in need.
Finding the one that works best for you will enable you to fully utilize your abilities and skills.
Many people have a green thumb, but only some are also eco-conscious. On the other hand, you don’t have to be a plant or animal whisperer to help the environment.
Authentic people are often environmentally very responsible. They consciously choose to minimize their eco-footprint through sustainable living practices, supporting eco-friendly initiatives, or advocating for environmental causes.
In a world where everyone has to start doing their part, there’s no need to hide you care about the environment.
Mainly because there are still too many people who couldn’t care less about it and, in fact, actively work on destroying it.
Playfulness is a refreshing element of authenticity. Many genuine people I know have a lighthearted and playful attitude. They find joy in everyday moments and approach life with fun and impulse.
There’s nothing worse than overly serious people who find faults in everyone and everything. The so-called Karens of this world.
Like life isn’t difficult enough without us making it even more complicated and serious than it already is.
12) Unapologetic self-expression
Self-expression comes in many shapes and forms. Yet, most of us follow a uniform way of dressing, behaving, and living.
On the other hand, authentic people express themselves without fear of judgment. They embrace their quirks, passions, and unique qualities, often challenging societal norms and expectations to be true to themselves.
For example, they pursue unconventional careers that align with their passions. Careers like professional gaming, extreme sports, or unconventional art forms.
Getting tattoos, piercings, and other body modifications is also not unusual anymore. It’s a form of unapologetic self-expression. People choose body art that holds personal meaning and showcases their identity.
And those who do that are unapologetically expressing their interests.
13) Zen-like presence
Do you find it challenging to be in the present moment? I know I do. We’re all too distracted, and if we’re not thinking about the past or the future, we respond to one of dozens of phone notifications.
But many genuine people have a serene and grounded presence that positively influences those around them.
Their calm demeanor and mindful approach to life create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say they’re boasting about it, but there’s definitely an aura around them that you can almost touch.
In the end, being genuine is something we should all strive for. It’s a more well-rounded life that makes it easier to connect to others.
If you want to learn what traits you need to have to be considered authentic, go check out 9 traits of an authentic person (that can’t be faked).