One of my main heroes is Seth Godin.
Seth says that authentic is overrated. I disagree.
He says that to be authentic is to cop out of necessary emotional labor, to be selfish instead of being of service.
I think that you can be authentic and still practice emotional labor.
Music, poetry, and fiction all demonstrate this idea.
Sometimes the usefulness of art isn’t the actionability; it’s the connection.
So it is for authenticity.
Showing up and being a human being saying, “Yeah, I’m terrified, and it’s hard, and it all just sucks right now, but we’re going to do this anyway” – that makes the world better.