How often are people true to who they really are? Social media glamorizes life in a way that seeks perfection and doesn’t allow for those not-so-magical moments of life to shine through. At WIRL Project, we’re ready for a change and we agree with Jamie Catto, who wrote an incredible post called “Real Is the New Sexy” on his blog. We, at WIRL Project, think what he has to say speaks directly to the WIRL mentality…check out a summary of his original post below.
Being authentic is so far from the “norm” that it’s sometimes perceived as weird or different…sharing your insecurities and vulnerabilities with others can make some people so uncomfortable that they accidentally reveal where they’re struggling, just by the way they react to such openness. Listen to them – take what they have to say and learn from it in a positive way. The way you react to such people will help you grow as a person and learn more about yourself.
Being generous in the way you run your life and/or business is unique, but also progressive. Choosing to be inclusive and put others first, while offering a helping hand, creates relationships built on trust and not superficial, empty emotions. But as you do this, notice that others will question you – they will second guess your intentions and find your generosity hard to accept. Many will even warn you to be less giving and to only look out for yourself, take note of these people in your life.
Showing your true feelings, being inappropriate, angry, happy, sad, goofy, serious or candid can take courage, especially as you try to build your own “personal brand” and teach other people who you are and what you stand for. Letting there be transparency between your professional, personal, and any other “self” can be powerful, in that people see that you have nothing to hide.
So, why do we choose to wear masks, hats and capes or try to be someone we’re not? Author, Jamie Catto, recommends we take off the masks we wear and see who sticks around. Those who do are the ones who have genuinely loved you all along, they appreciate your personal brand, and have been and will always be “fans”. These people, who see beauty in your authentic, genuine, real self, are the people you should surround yourself with; not the people who see beauty in that mask you wear.
“Real” people are sexy because they aren’t afraid to show who they really are. Others are attracted to this “x-factor” because it’s lacking in so many of us …confidence, authenticity, self-esteem and honesty. It’s comfortable to hide, cover up and stay quiet, but what’s the point in that? Don’t conform, don’t cover up and certainly don’t hide…be brave enough to be fascinating…to be real.
So, are you ready to be more genuine, real, honest, and maybe even….sexy? What have you been hiding? What mask can you take off?
Since the very early stages of building WIRL Project, this post, Real is the New Sexy by Jamie Catto, has been so empowering and inspiring to us. Many of the things he states speak directly to why WIRL Project was created in the first place, so we just had to share this with our readers. We encourage you to view the original post in the link below and hope you find his words as inspiring as we do!Add to favorites