I am who I am - and I like who I am. Sure, I've got room to grow and improve, the same as everyone else. And that's a good thing, because it gives me something to strive for.

I love to enjoy life, and I'm not ashamed to do so. Life was meant to be enjoyed. I pursue win-win scenarios so I can reach my goals with integrity. I'm able to live the life I want because of the value I've provided to others, not by taking away from others.

I stay true to my dreams. Little dreams and little goals just do not inspire. I dream big dreams, and I go after them. It's not just self-interest at work - I believe living a small life is not how we were meant to live. We were created for greatness.

How has being authentic brought out the greatness in you? Post your comments below.

Original publish date: November 17, 2010