Becoming Authentic – Finding Inspiration
Part of our exploration for authenticity can be inspired by others. I think we sense when another is “real”, just as we sense BS. Words spoken from the heart have a ring or truth we instinctively recognize.
Last Sunday night on “60 Minutes” TV program they covered a story on Robert Ballard, most famous for “discovering” the Titanic wreckage under sea. He is a man who clearly loves what he does, and it was obvious.
When Robert was asked “How did you discover the Titanic”? He talked about going “out-of-the-box” with his discovery strategy. Becoming authentic requires the willingness to get “out-of-the-box”, to question beliefs about good and bad, right and wrong, about how you are suppose to be and how you are suppose to look, and what you are expected to do. Our conditioning presents sturdy walls – designed to box us in to “fit in”. Breaking down walls is risky. Others may feel more comfortable if you are fitting into their projects and needs.
Ballard actually says in the TV program, “I am an out-of-the-box guy.” He admitted when people shot at him it hurt even if they missed. Then he added, “I am a guy who feels things.”
“No, I didn’t discover the Titanic wreckage – it was not an I thing but a we thing”, Ballard said. An authentic individual, recognizing it was a “we” accomplishment, not an “I” one.
He is inspiring to me – a person doing what he loves, celebrating a team effort. He is a feeling, out-of-the-box, unique person, who is part of a social fabric, connected to himself and others and certainly to the vast oceans of the planet.
When asked what his greatest discovery is, Ballard replied: “The one I’m about to make next.”
We can look at the walls we have created, take some walls down and begin to adventure outside them. It is an opportunity to explore the territory of you becoming Real – outside-the-box!