Am I authentic? Who will judge?

Posted on October 29, 2007. Filed under: Musings, Philosophy, Spirituality |

A thought-provoking discussion on “living an authentic life” occurs in this 7-minute video from Monday9am. Waiting to be Found Out describes the state in which many of us find ourselves, working or living a life not congruent with our real selves. I was inspired by this man who cannot stop grinning and can’t imagine retiring. He lives the teaching that “the journey is the destination”. Happy viewing!

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5 Responses to “Am I authentic? Who will judge?”

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I too visit Monday9am, I too watched Waiting to be Found Out, I too posted about it on my blog, and I too related to much of what Dave Harris was saying.

But that ambiguous title did make me wonder just what was “Waiting to be Found Out” and did a little research…

Waiting to Be Found Out

Interesting we both posted on this today. Guess it’s because it showed up in our emails yesterday? 🙂 I did read your post and click on your links, and encourage others to do so and make up their own minds. When I saw his bio., I thought “Well, so horses and denim aren’t his only passions. He’s still working on his own, rather than for the corporation, though.”
Things are not always what they seem. I actually can’t think of one case where they are. The message carries its own authority, regardless of that of the messenger. I feel this way about most messages, unless the messenger is so incongruent with the message that I can’t take it seriously at all–again that’s for each of us to decide. I agree the choice of title was curious! Thanks for linking and sharing.

How do his comments about seeking his own success fit with the actuality, though?

In the film, Dave talks about how his success was defined by others. That’s still the case – if corporations are happy with what he does and how it improves the productivity of their executives, then his methods are successful. If not, he’s unsuccessful.

I’ve actually did both sides of the fence as a media troubleshooter – being a direct employee of corporations and being a freelance consultant. I was extremely successful at what I did, but it wasn’t me so I opted out altogether.

I might have to make a short film starring me and our pigs…

Well, THAT is a film I’d pay actual money to see. 😉 I do respect your point of view, but just can’t get myself worked up about Mr. Harris’ authenticity. He does provide a discrete link to his website at the beginning of the film. He never says in the film that he works exclusively with horses (“he works with horses and people”) nor does he ever say he’s left corporate life to live on a farm. Yes, he’s dressed in denim, and he’s standing next to a nice horse during the filming, but many corporate executives with Lear Jets also own denim and horses. As a media piece, I agree it’s slightly misleading to show him thus. But I still think the message stands on its own.

You ask a really good question about defining success. Surely if his clients did not like the results they got from consulting him, they would cease to employ him, and his monetary success, anyway, would not be the same. He seems to indicate that he now does work he loves, and that this enthusiasm carries over to his clients’ visions of their own success. He does not say this in the film, but I would suspect that his work with clients involves processes to get them in touch with their own congruency. This would be consistent with my limited understanding of his method, NLP. In the sidebar of his website, he does provide a link to the work he does with horses. He may be living a balanced life, using his learned skills in a new way!


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