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Before I get into the traits of authentic people, I want to start by describing what an “authentic person” is. Authentic people don’t care about fads or trends.  They dance to the beat of their own drum instead of following the crowd.  They are the same person in every situation and don’t change who they are based on who they’re with or what they’re doing.  They’re genuine and original.

So, why isn’t everyone authentic?  One reason is fear.  Fear of what someone will think of them.  Fear that they won’t be liked or accepted or popular if they do, or don’t do, something.  Fear that people will make fun of them or think they’re weird or stupid.

Another reason is for self-gain.  Think about the salesman who puts on a big act to convince you that what they’re selling is the best thing since sliced bread.  Or the manipulator who is nice to you until they get what they want, then they leave you.

If you would like to be a more authentic person yourself, start incorporating these 7 traits into your life:

1. Indulge in your curiosities

Be curious about things you are told.  Be curious about what you hear and see.  Don’t accept anything as the “one and only truth.”  Don’t be the lemming that blindly follows just because it’s what your parents or your friends believe.  Do your own research before deciding what you believe.  Stay curious about others and about yourself.

2.  Speak your mind