Dr. Seuss on the Authentic Life—Great Advice for politicians
“Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
― Dr. Seuss
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Dr. Seuss hit the nail right on the head. There really is no one alive who is more authentically you. And yet we have all witnessed people pleasers or politicians who strive to be what others want them to be.
They work so hard to be everything to everybody that they no longer even remember who they really are what they really stand for. We begin to distrust their authenticity and promises because we are not sure if the “youer than you” of today will still be the “youer than you” of tomorrow or even later today.
Many politicians are so busy trying to say the politically correct thing in 30 second sound bytes they actually end up seeing themselves on opponents commercials saying just the opposite.
Psychologist Harriet Braiker called it “the disease to please” and likens it to a form of addiction.
Who is the real person and what does he or she really believe and practice in their heart of hearts? Who is the you that is truer than true? What is the “truer than true” and authentic life we can count on?
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More than anything, people want authenticity and reality from our leaders. We may not always agree with them, in fact often disagree with their logic and thinking. But, I really believe most people, including me, respect not only politicians but business leaders, who are willing to stand up and defend what they believe.
I especially appreciate and value those who are willing to apologize for believes and actions in the past, because they have grown, developed and embraced new ideas. This willingness to change position shows that the person is open and in a constant state of gathering information and doing deep thinking about important issues.
It is okay to admit that you have changed your mind after much soul searching and research. That indicates a willingness to listen to other viewpoints and be open to new information.
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Michael Hess is founder and CEO of Skooba Design, and also serves as an advisor to other entrepreneurs. He is "obsessed to the point of insanity" with customer service and admits he is a recovering people pleaser. You can read the entire article here www.cbsnews.com/2741-505143_162-1358.html