Be Yourself – Everyone Else Is Taken

“Be yourself; everybody else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde

No one else has your unique set of life and work experiences. Your personal life does have a place at work, your interest and hobbies are the things that make you unique. They can be a bridge for building important relationships with others, making you and your workplace whole.

By contrast, if you try to behave, speak or act the way you think others want you to, you are using valuable energy that diminishes your ability to perform at your highest level, be flexible and adapt to changes. There’s a further question: How long do you think you can sustain the act and what do you think happens if (or rather when) you slip? Isn’t it preferable to work where you can be yourself and where others can be themselves, warts and all? Concentrate on improving your weaknesses, learning from your past mistakes.

Take the time to define/name your values (two or three that are most important to you): what is your purpose? What are your competitive strengths? What makes you tick? What makes you happy? Being authentic, the real you, frees you to operate at 100% of your game.

Written By: Kathryn Hartrick

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Kathryn Hartrick
Vice President & General Counsel | Executive Coach

Kathryn Hartrick is a passionate and insightful Executive Coach. She meets clients where they are at, helps them envision more for themselves, and champions their successes. She equips clients to tap into what makes an individual and team uniquely qualified and to thrive in their leadership effectiveness. Read Full Bio


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  1. James Warda

    Great blog, Kathryn! Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

    “The most exhausting thing in life… is being insincere.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, an American author and aviator, and the wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh.

    Take care,

    1. Robertson Lowstuter

      Great quote. Thank you for sharing, James!

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