To say "be more authentic" sounds like an inauthentic statement in and of itself. It can feel a bit frivolous, cliché even.
My perception of "authenticity" completely shifted after speaking with Dan Martell, serial entrepreneur and founder of SaaS Academy. Dan's vivacious drive at first could seem like a facade, but after speaking with him and learning his life story, I learned that Dan embodies authenticity.
Dan grew up in a challenging environment as a teenager. He landed in jail twice by the time he was 17 years old. After discovering a book on Java programming, Dan's life began to shift in the right direction. He said the power of people is a continuous influencer on his success, which is why he always works hard on giving back to his community. From a troubled beginning to now hosting more than 2,000 networking lunches/dinners, Dan shares it all in this episode of Protect the Hustle.
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Topics covered in this episode
- You have to remain authentic. Much of authenticity stems from accepting vulnerability.
- Surround yourself with the right people. Your tribe should support your future, not your past.
- Find a way to constantly pay it forward and contribute to your community.