Who Is The “Real You”?

Published on March 16, 2014 by

"Know Thyself."

We don't really know the origin of that statement, but most of us would agree with the importance of it.

Most people would say they know who they are. On one level, I'm sure they do. But what about deeper levels? How deep have we actually gone in our quest to know who we really are? What about the self that's often buried under our fears, assumptions and past conditioning?

Think about this statement from one of my favorite authors:

"I urge you to think back to who you were...before you were told who should be." -Eldon Taylor, Ph.D

I have a lot to say about what this statement suggests, but I'm going to give you some time to think about it.

I want to hear what you're thinking, so why not leave a comment while it's on your mind? Let's have a conversation about this.


  1. Frank

    I am the sum total of the decisions I have made in my life. Based on the information that I had at the time and regarding the best possible outcome I desired. It is the desires that have changed.

    There are many things in my life that I now view differently than I did when I was 20 and I dare say that the one thing that I have found to be consistent in my life is that I am still trying to figure out who I am. Albeit, with many more experiences to work with, I still struggle with what outcome and destinations I desire.

    • Alan Allard


      Thanks for your comments. You have great talent, drive and the heart to match both.

  2. Dan Black

    Great post, knowing our self allows us to be confident in what we do.

    • Alan Allard

      Thanks for you comment Dan. I agree, self-awareness can lead to more confidence. The key is to be aware of our self-worth, values and strengths and play to them versus playing to our weaknesses. We all know that, but few do it.

      By the way, a recommendation to my community: check out Dan's leadership blog and website!

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