Dr. Suess On The Authentic Life: Advice for Politicians

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Can politicians be true to their beliefs? Do they have to be people pleasers? Who is the true you?

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

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.

Political Posturing

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?

Try to Please Everyone and You Please No One

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.

Be More Presidential

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

Michael is trying to become more authentic and balanced as Dr. Seuss recommends and has adopted an idea from a trusted colleague; "He used a phrase that I thought was excellent, and it has stuck with me: "You need to be more presidential."
Pleasing everyone vs. accepting that you can't please everyone: This is probably the net/net of the whole thing. Can you please everyone? Probably not. Should you please everyone? Probably not. But if you are trying to run a good, healthy, well-regarded, and "happy" business, should you try to please everyone? Again, the answer is still probably not. So it seems to me that being presidential means knowing when to try, when not to, and how to do either and get the desired results.”

Authentic Life and the Real You

Who are you when you are being the real and authentic you?

Self-Awareness Quiz

1. Do you respect it when someone admits they were wrong and they have learned more information to help them take a different position?
2. Are you a people-pleaser and trying to keep peace at all costs? In business is the customer always right?
3. Can you remember how empowered and strong you felt when you were living an authentic life ?

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