Authenticity is key to any definition of success, including success in the business world. The experienced business men and women you try to please can sense insincerity quite easily, for reading people is part of their job.

On the personal level, authenticity is also crucial. Real estate agent Fredrik Eklund states, “I know many people who are successful on the outside, but I question how it feels because they might not be true to themselves.” There are some who hold prestigious positions but also confess to having such a hard time living with themselves that they cry at night.

Insecurity is, to me, the easiest way to lose authenticity. If you don’t feel like you are enough, you will not trouble to be yourself.

Only in doing something you truly believe in will you stay energized and committed. You’ll constantly be thinking of ways to improve on what you’re doing and work when you don’t have to. Physicist Richard Feynman once found it necessary and delightful to analyze a plate that had been thrown across a room. His peer questioned the importance of doing so, but his observations led him to the Nobel Prize.

The more authentic you are, the more successful you will be. This might sound silly, but my personal tip is this: when you feel your eyes smiling or lighting up, you are being engaged and real.

Chase Robbins