I've written and taught about wearing masks before, but this post (The Joy of Quitting) from Seth got me thinking. What if we burned our masks (the type that suck away our authenticity) in some great fire?
Politicians tend to be prone to mask wearing. Ironic as that may be, since they really are supposed to be servants of the citizenry. This is soberly played out in the video clip link of President Nixon in Seth's post. The pre-speech interaction and honesty is worth the view.
When you wear masks to "project" or to deceive, you are taking a poison pill. A pill that takes life very slowly...over time. Most would agree that it's not worth the cost.
Have you come to that conclusion?
Here are a some stakeholders who stand to benefit when the masks are discarded:
- Your family. Believe me, they are longing for you to show up.
- Your career. Are you really doing what is consistent with your wiring?
- Your next entrepreneur venture. The potential benefactors of your ideas are worn out from empty ideas by mask-wearers.
- Your customers. Too much coming at them-everyday-for you to be anything less than authentic.
- Your organization. They may see potential in you that you're afraid to face.