Karissa Thacker on Our 3 Different Selves

This episode is sponsored by altMBA.

What does it mean to be authentic? Karissa Thacker, author of the The Art of Authenticity, says it’s not as black-and-white as you think. A famous painting is either real or not. A human being has at least three selves: our ideal self, our best self and our real self. SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak and Thacker get real about authenticity in this increasingly complicated digital world, with all of its nuanced definitions of identity.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the September 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.

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  • Our three selves are affected by our ever-changing circumstances. Part of authenticity, Thacker says, is understanding and accepting that fact. It allows us to show a little compassion to ourselves and others.
  • Entrepreneurship requires a specific version of authenticity, of stepping outside of your “story” to see, understand and solve a complex problem.
  • Learn how to break down the facets of your three different selves and how they come into play in your personal and professional lives.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“All three of those selves are part of becoming authentic. The most important thing to be aware of is there’s choice. There’s choice in who you are in every given moment, and there’s choice in who you become over time.”

—Karissa Thacker

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Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for SUCCESS.com. Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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