How To Be Yourself

By Leo Gura - April 10, 2014 | 36 Comments

Why it’s so difficult to be authentic and how to start being your self all the time.

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Hey, this is Leo from, and in this video, we’re going to talk about how to be yourself.

Be Yourself

Let’s break into this one. How do you be yourself? How do you be your authentic self? How do you stop acting for other people? How do you stop being a people-pleaser? How do you honor who you really are?

This is something that I’ve actually struggled with for most of my life. It’s been a really tough journey, and it held me back in a lot of ways, always being a people-pleaser. Always worrying what other people thought about me. I have other videos, I have a great video up there that talks about how stop caring what other people think about you. You might want to check that one out as well.

Let’s talk about how to be yourself. What I want to go into are some of the reasons why you’re behaving this way, why you’re having difficulty being yourself. I want to give you a couple of ideas about how to start to turn that around. That’s what this video is going to be about, real quick.

Basically, you can probably notice there are people in the world who are comfortable being who they are. They’re very grounded,solid. It’s almost like they don’t give a shit. There’s that type of person. Maybe you have friends like that, or you’ve met people like that. Then there’s the other type of person, which is the type of person that is always living afraid. Living afraid of what other people will think of them.

Dig Up Your Authentic Self

What they do is, they take their authentic self and they bury it. Their authentic self is like this shining light that’s inside of them. Picture a little sun inside of you that’s a shining beacon of light. What happens is that you put layers and layers of negative, limiting beliefs, social and religious conditioning, bad parenting on top of it, until that shining beacon is so covered in grime, dust and mud that literally none of the light can break through.

Just maybe in little places, where you have a crack here, a crack there. What you’ve got is this very unilluminated beacon. That’s what’s fueling you. Your life is coming from that, from that place. If you come from this place, it’s hard to be successful in life. It’s also hard to be truly fulfilled and truly happy, because your authentic self is buried.

You’ve got all this logic, reasoning and beliefs around why it should remain buried. Unless you go in there and start to dig around, you’re not going to fix it. What’s going to happen is that you’re going to keep it buried for the rest of your life. You’re not going to be self-expressive, the way you want to be. You’re not going to be your glowing, radiant self. You’re not going to be magnetic.

People will not really be attracted to you as much as they should be. You’re going to have trouble in your relationships. You’re going to have trouble in business, in career. You’re going to have trouble with communication skills, speaking to people, personal fulfillment too. It’s not just about how you interact with others. Your personal fulfillment — you’re going to lack fulfillment on a deep level, because you’re not able to express yourself.

Some Perspective

Let’s talk about some of the things that are holding you back. The biggest thing that’s holding you back is that you’ve got this mental image. You’ve literally got a mental image or even a movie that you play of what you look like from other people’s point of view. It’s as though you’re being watched.

I can speak about this very articulately, because I’m talking from my own, personal, direct experience here. I have this. I’ve had this for a long time. I’ve really dumbed it down lately, over the last five years. I’ve really worked a lot of those issues out, but I still have that lingering. I’m still working through this.

When I’m walking through a crowd, or I’m at a Starbucks, or a gym, or even when I’m sitting at home, it’s always as though I’m being watched through a camera. I kind of have that sense, it’s like a sixth sense. On some level, this can be nice. There could be some advantages to that. You’re a little bit more reflexive. You’re more aware and cautious of what you’re doing.

It’s also stifling. You’re always looking at yourself as though you were looking and judging yourself as a third person. You put yourself into other people’s shoes. You ask yourself: “Well, what does that person think of me? How did this play off? How did what I said affect them? How did that affect their mood, their feelings?” You start playing this game of what other people think about you.

You tell yourself that this is actually OK. That this is the right way to live. You tell yourself the reason you’re doing this is because you’re an empathetic person. You actually care about other people. That’s what I told myself as well. The problem is that you’re too empathetic. Like everything in life, there has to be a balance.

The problem here is that you’re overly-reactive to what other people think about you. I’m not telling you to be a dick. I’m not telling you to be an asshole or a bitch. What I’m telling you is that if you are having difficulty being yourself, and you care a lot about what other people think about you, then you shift the scale to the other side. A little bit towards the uncaring side.

Don’t worry, you’re not going to go overboard. It’s going to be too hard for you to become totally cold and heartless. You’re not going to ever get there. But we do need to start to shift you.

Stop Caring

Basically, you have to stop caring what other people think about you. Anything that will get you to stop caring is going to improve your function in life. It’s going to make you more self-expressive. I think the core of why you care about what other people think about you is because somewhere deep down inside of you, you feel like what they offer you can’t have true and lasting value.

Really think about this, because this is a deep idea. Somewhere deep inside, you tell yourself that this person you’re interacting with, whether at work, in your relationship, your family, with a friend, that this person can give you something. And that something is so meaningful, so valuable that you need it.

Therefore, you will do whatever it takes to get it. This could be a tangible, material thing, like money. In most cases, it’s not that. It’s more ethereal. What you’re actually after is approval. What you want is approval. Approval feels so good, right? When your self-image is validated by other people. When people tell you you’re a nice person. When people compliment you on how you dress, how you look, how sexy you are, how masculine you are, how confident you are. When people tell you how good a provider you are, how much money you’re making, how much status you have, how cool your car is, how good you’re doing at work, how excellent you are, how proud they are of you.

All of this, all these things, are basically ways of lavishing you with approval. It might sound, on the surface, like “What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong if someone tells me that they love me? What’s wrong if someone tells me I did a good job, when in fact, I did do a good job? What’s wrong with someone giving me a compliment on how I dressed if I really put in a lot of time and effort and dressed really nice? Shouldn’t I get complimented for those things?”

There’s nothing really wrong with that, as long as you’re not going overboard. The problem is when you start to need is psychologically. It becomes like a crutch. It really becomes like a drug for approval. It can be really difficult to wean yourself off of this.

Addicted To Approval

What you’re telling yourself, deep down somewhere, unconsciously, is that actually, this approval is something valuable. It’s something you need, you want. It’s so important, right? Either that, or something tangible that you’re getting. MAybe it’s the sex you’re getting from your relationship. You’re telling yourself that “Well, that’s something I want. That’ something that’s valuable to me.”

That money you’re getting, maybe from your parents or someone that’s supporting you, or even from your job, you tell yourself “Well, I really need that money.” Or that love you’re getting in a relationship or with your friends. That support that you’re getting. The assistance you’re getting, maybe someone is helping you with something so you feel kind of indebted to that person, a little bit obligated. You don’t want to rub them the wrong way.

What if you say something honest to that person and they think you’re some sort of weirdo? Or they no longer want to associate with you. That might affect your work relationships. Maybe that affects your business prospects. Maybe your clients will think poorly of you. Maybe it’ll get back around to your social circle.

You have all this kinds of thoughts. Because of this, you think that all these things — sex, money, love, assistance, approval — all these things are valuable. What you’re going to discover, if you really delve into personal development, you’re going to discover they’re not actually valuable at all.

What I mean by this is that they can never give you true inner fulfillment. These are all thing that you can chase. These are all things that are very illusory. They will make you feel like you’re getting it, like “Oh, if I could just get a little bit more money, a little bit more sex, love, support from my friends, approval from the people at work or my boss, then I will be happy.”

Going The Wrong Way

That’s a big, big trap. It’s a misunderstanding of really how happiness and fulfillment work. What you’re looking for there is stimulation and excitement, rather than true happiness. This is too deep of a topic to cover here. If you’re really interested in what true happiness is, I have a great video on that. It’s called “What Is Happiness”. Go ahead and search for it.

There I talk about some very advanced, deep concepts. I go further into this idea of what happiness is. And it’s not what you think it is. For now, you’re just going to have to take me on my word that these things are really not going to make you fulfilled.

What you’re doing, when you’re playing up to somebody else, when you’re holding back your opinions, when you’re trying to act so that you’re perceived in a good way, that’s basically pretension. We might call that pretension. Ultimately what you’re doing — I want you to realise this — you’re whoring yourself out. You’re being a whore, very literally. What does that mean?

That means that you’re acting. You’re not being authentic to you, you’re not being yourself. Somehow you’re sacrificing that so that you can get a positive reaction from somebody else. This happens everywhere in life, and it can happen in very, very subtle ways.

Literally, you could be whoring yourself out when you go to a Starbucks. You go to a Starbucks and there’s a long line. You’re standing in line and you’re about to go up and place your order. All of a sudden, someone kind of cuts in front of you, as though they had an order before you. You know they’re trying to get their way in there.

They cut in front of you, but you say to yourself “Well, what should I do? I really don’t like the fact that they cut. I should call them out on it. On the other hand, I don’t want to cause this whole ruckus. I don’t want to impose myself. I don’t want to be perceived as the jerk. I don’t want that guy to think I’m being rude or something.”

So you kind of hold yourself back. You just stand there and you’re like “Well, just let him go, it’s not a big deal.” What happened there — even though that’s a very small, insignificant-seeming thing — the significance of that is that you weren’t being yourself. You weren’t being authentic there.

Authentically, you were upset at that person, at that situation. You felt like the right thing to do was to call them out on it. But you hesitated, you held back. The reason you held back was because there was something you were whoring yourself out for. In this case, it just might’ve been that you didn’t want him to think badly of you, that person who cut. You didn’t want him to think badly of you, so you just let it slide.

Sold Your Soul

If you do that at Starbucks, I can only imagine where else you do it in your life. In your intimate relationships? In your business? At work? At the gym? It’s a philosophy that you have. I know, because I’ve come from this place. You lack assertiveness, you lack confidence. You basically sacrifice yourself and your own values.

More than that, you sacrifice your soul, basically. You’re basically selling your soul for a little hit of approval. You’re selling your soul for a little hit of love, sex, money, some of that assistance you’re getting in your life somewhere.

I want you to recognize that. That’s what you’re doing. Maybe that sex — you might tell me “Well, sex has value to me. I really enjoy sex. And love has value for me. I need love in my life. I need money, what’s wrong with money? How am I going to pay the bills if I don’t have money? What’s wrong if I need someone to assist me? People need assistance from other people.”

There’s nothing wrong with it. But is it worth the cost of selling out your soul? Is it worth the cost of all the fulfillment you’re sacrificing, that you’re laying on the table? Because that’s what you’re doing. The worst of it is that, not only are you whoring yourself out — in both subtle and big ways — but you’re doing it for something that will never make you fulfilled.

I understand if you whored yourself out for something that would actually last, would be of actual lasting value to you. That’s not the case here. Someone’s opinion of you is not going to make you any more fulfilled. If everybody in the world loved you, that would not make you happier than anybody else, really. It wouldn’t go and penetrate deep in here.

It would look nice on the surface. It might make you happy for a few days, a few weeks, or even a month or so, but it’s not really going to make you satisfied. Having all the money in the world, being the richest person in the world, in an of itself is not going to make you any more satisfied. Not on the inside. It will look nice on the outside.

The same thing for the love that you’re getting from a relationship. The same thing with any kind of approval you’re getting from your friends, your boss or your co workers. It’s not going to work. The happiness has got to come from inside out, rather than from outside in. You’re whoring yourself out, really, for something that’s actually very, very shallow too. That’s the worst of it.

The Cost To Doing Business

What’s the solution? The solution is to accept that there are real costs to being you. There are costs to being you. There’s a cost for standing up for truth. Sometimes people might think of you badly. Sometimes you might get fired for that. Sometimes maybe you’ll even get thrown in jail for that. Certainly a lot of cases in history of famous figures who that’s happened to.

Your spouse might actually leave you. Your girlfriend or boyfriend might break up with you, if you actually are your authentic self. Those are the costs — there are costs. I’m not saying those are necessarily going to be the costs that you incur, but those could be some of the costs of being you.

What’s the flipside of this? The flipside is that you don’t need everybody to like you. In fact, it’s not even possible to make everybody like you, even if you do everything perfectly. You have to just accept that certain people will not like you and that it doesn’t really matter. In fact, your best strategy and chances of success in life — chances at fulfillment and chances at the most people liking you — is to be yourself. When you’re yourself, your authentic self, you’re magnetic. You’re attractive. People want to be near you.

Maybe not the same people that want to be near your fake self right now. Acknowledge that. I’m not saying you can maintain everything in your life as it is and still be yourself. You might need to make some sacrifices, there might be some costs. Chances are, right now, you’ve whored yourself out and now you have some social debts. When I tell you to stop caring about other people and start being authentic, you’re going to come up with all sorts of reasons why that’s too costly for you.

You’re going to say: “Well, then my boss will say something bad. My job might be in danger. My relationship might be in danger. Something else might be in danger. “ What’s more important to you? Is it more important to you for you to be getting those shallow things? Or is it more important to you to be self-expressive, to really be yourself, to really be fulfilled inside. And then to act from that, to live your life from that. To create a business from that place, to create a career from that place. To create a nice relationship from that place.

What’s more important? You can still keep whoring yourself out if you want to. In the end, being a wwhore is not a good way to go through life. My suggestion is to bite the bullet on this one and be yourself despite the costs. In fact, what I’ll have you do is –we’re going to wrap with this, something practical.

An Exercise

I want you to write down a list of all the ways, and all the areas in your life, where if you started to really act yourself, really honest with yourself, and expressing yourself honestly, where you might incur some costs. Where there might be some friction, some tension. What are those debts that you’re now kind of sunk into.

I want you to write those down. At work, in your relationship, in any kind of interaction you’re having with other people. Write them down. Maybe you think that you’ll have strain in your marriage. Maybe you think you’ll have strain at work. Write those down and be specific about what the costs are. Then, when you survey the whole list of costs, I want you to say: “Am I satisfied with these costs? Or am I going to decide to be my authentic self despite the costs?”

Fuck the costs, be yourself! You’re going to be much happier. Ultimately, you’re going to be more successful too. It just might take a while for you to recreate your life a little bit, because some of those thing might actually fall out of your life. When they do, you have to be OK with it. You have to recognize that when you are your authentic self, it’s going to be better. It’s going to be more of a stable success.

Now people are going to be attracted to you. Situations you’re going to be involved in are going to be more authentic.They’re going to be aligned with you, rather than being the sham that they are right now. You’ve got to stop living this sham kind of life.

The final exercise that I’m going to wrap up on is the following: I want you to observe yourself over the next day, in very subtle ways. I want you to see how you’re whoring yourself out, and call yourself out on it.

For example, if someone sends you a simple little email and you want to reply to it, but then all of a sudden you stop yourself and your natural reply, you want to kind of soften the edges of it, you don’t want to be coming off too impolite or rude, or you’re worried what that other person’s going to think, how he’s going to interpret your response. You kind of dumb down your response on the email, make it kind of sweet and polite.

Notice that. Notice what you’re doing there is whoring yourself out to get a positive reaction from that person. At that point, I don’t want you to judge yourself. This is kind of mindfulness, I also have a video on mindfulness you might want to check out. Practicing mindfulness is you just observe yourself whoring yourself out. You don’t judge yourself, you don’t say “This is bad.” or “This is good.” You just let it be. You just follow through, carry it through.

Whore yourself out, but be conscious. This time, do it consciously. I want you to do that for the whole day, and notice the subtle little ways you’re doing it in. Kind of like that Starbucks example I gave you.

Wrap Up

Alright, so this is Leo, I’m going to be signing off. Be yourself. Don’t be a whore.You’re going to be much happier not being a whore. Trust me on this one. This has been well proven through hundreds and thousands of years of wisdom, books and knowledge that have been written on this stuff. It’s definitely a solid principle to follow. Be yourself and pay the costs.

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John Byrne says:

Dear Leo,

This is me all over with all the difficulties attendant on avoidant behaviour (I should know better!). I’m trying to work with what you’re suggesting – it’s difficult to catch the ego out – it’s a system built over a lifetime. I try your suggested affirmation “I am independent of the good or bad opinion of others” but add my own rider, “But not proof against my own invariably bad opinion”. I admire what you’re doing and am envious of the grasp you have on the diversity of material you use – the synthesis you’ve achieved is evident in the ease with which you explain these complex topics (I mistrust my motives there and perhaps have drifted into flattery). I hope you keep talking and I hope I can keep listening.
Best wishes

Leo Gura says:

Rider? Why do you need a rider. Keep your affirmation short and sweet. You don’t have to believe it for it to have it’s intended effect.

AM Clarke says:

I agree with the theory of what you are saying.
For people to ingest it it needs to be interactive.
I’m not saying I know how to do that,
it’s just what I think.

Krista says:

This video is my favorite video of yours. I keep watching this over and over again whenever I feel insecure about myself and it always gives me a confidence boost.

Leo Gura says:

I have a really deep video coming out next week about understanding your authentic self. Stay tuned!

Krista says:

Looking forward to it!

Angella says:

Thanks Leo. Very good topic.

Derek says:

Hey Leo, what do you think of things like having action figures or enjoying superheroes as a grown man? I enjoy these things but I almost never talk about them. I feel like I may grow out of them, but it hasn’t happened yet. Am I whoring myself out, or even lying to myself?

Ashray says:

Great transcript Leo. It almost the same yet different from ‘how to stop caring what people think of you’. I have a question though. Some times a guy gets in between line and well I hesitate saying anything to him cause I am afraid of a fight and I am weak. Yet I know it can’t turn into fight just like that. What is this?

Colin says:


I was never allowed to be real, to express what was truly going on for me. I was constantly judged told what was acceptable to feel and think
I learned very quickly I was not acceptable and I took on a false sense of self, become what was acceptable to others. I recognise the fear within me, being rejected again was too much to face.

Back then I had little choice but today I want change.

How do I now reconnect with a truer sense of Self?

Linet says:

Thank you Leo. You are nailing the hidden agendas of human mind. I grow up believing if people don’t like you, you are not loveable. This video talks the opposite about it. I agree with you and the specifics of the topic. Since I started to listen to your videos, I feel I am changed and don’t worry anymore what people are thinking and saying. I am working on to be myself and by being that way, I am more in state of ease.

Great topic, looking forward to the future once.

Josie says:

I’m a little confused. So is “being myself” the same as being honest to others about what I think and feel? Unfortunately, sometimes (often/usually) what I think and feel is immature and misguided. It doesn’t seem wise for me to just tell people what I think of the situation at hand. I wish I could trust my own thoughts and feelings.

Andrea Russo says:


This is by far the video that I connect with the most out of all of your videos. It was the very first video I watched coming out of a break up and some major life changes and I just watched again today, 6 mths later and it still hits home with me. I need to re-watch this video weekly to remind myself not to whore myself out and to be authentic! Thank you Leo!

Andrea Russo

John Kaverman says:


I’ve been guilty of whoring myself out in an attempt to gain the approval of others. Have you done any videos specifically addressing how to set boundaries? That seems to be where I am getting myself into trouble.


John Kaverman

Abzi says:

Hi Leo, wow you psycho therapist you… Really simple and easy interpretation I got from your videos. I don’t have much expressive shyness or restraints. I will mostly express my annoyance if anyone cuts the line or overtakes me or so on. However I have mostly been self employed and hated authority and that has landed myself into unlawful activity (nothing major)!. Lately I washed my hands with any work or hobbies. Now I’m a slob who likes gym, watch too much tv and eat well, I feel contentish but told otherwise by my mum and misses. Kids however adore me (i put behavourial boundaries on them). I feel like I’ve let myself go and inspirations are low. I think it’s dangerous for some people to ‘let go’ of the social ladder entirely.

Last thing I wanna say is yes you are left with a fewer associates. And one does despise superficial and pretentiousness, but also I want to be a good role model?

John Room says:

These are very great insights on how to express yourself. Just want to ask if a magic mushroom can get you from where you are outside of you and be on a place on where you are inside and may express it more clearly outside? You know my point do you?

Johannes says:

Hello Leo,

Good points in here, however what I don’t see here is any strategic thinking like described in the 48laws of power of robert greene or in pick up for example the right way to react to LMR or Shit tests when you don’t act authentically but act a certain way to get the results at the end you want. Is it that bad in your opinion to act a little inauthentic to achieve something of alot of value to you (of course perceived) when you act a little inauthentic.

You are a vegetarian but get asked to make a commercial where you tell 10 persons that eating meat is healthy and you would get 10 million would you decline that offer for being authentic? Maybe I understood being authentic a little wrong?

Johannes says:

Hello Leo,

To add and really what I have trouble with is understanding how it matches with the idea oh “How to win friends and Influence People” things like talk in the terms of the other people need etcetera whats your point of view about those books that would really intrest me or in a presentation you saw when you get asked to critisize it than you don’t use the sandwich method even though you coulf hurt the other person? Me personally I don’t think I care to much what other people think of me but I am very sensitive of how people think about themselves and feel so I try to achieve that they are happy even though that might not be the best thing for me but because I am not so “soft” I can handle bad things better than them and know how sensitive some people are I hold back oftentimes, shouldn’t I do that. I am very interested in your point of view about those things.

Louise says:

Hi Leo, I have been developing myself constantly for about four years now and one thing from this talk conflicts with my next stage. I tend not to cop out on myself at all based on what other people might think of me and as a result people find me too blunt which inhibits forming friendships. So one of my next steps was to actually apply some more social tact. How can I strike a balance between being myself and being sensitive and appropriate with others?

Sandy says:

Hi Leo,
Thank you so much for giving of yourself and your wisdom in these videos. You have been a great help to me, especially in this area. I hope you know how appreciated you are!

Minty says:

Dear Mr. Leo

I’m just a kid from Thailand and I’ve been doing research(reading) a lot about these things, too. I’D LIKE TO THANK YOU SO MUCH. You’ve reassured me that what I’ve been thinking about, all these stuff, about LIFE, that I’m NOT crazy. I’ve always wanted to find someone like you who has the same thoughts. But it is so rare to find that I even almost gave up on my progress bc no one literally supports me but myself. Every time I try to discuss these DEEP thoughts with everyone…at least people around me, they would think I’m being crazy that I think too much. It always ended up that me criticizing myself if I got it all wrong about life. It has finally come clear to me that it’s the right path! So thank you. Everything is going to change

IDK if you’ll ever read my comment or not, but still, thank you for doing what you are doing. I appreciate the spirit. Hope I would have the chance to talk to you someday

Dear Leo,

Thank you for your inspiring videos, they are helping me a lot in areas I need to self-improve.

Question: can you at some point explain or define the following situation? Suppose you are at a party and you really need to leave. You want to politely say good bye but you know that if you do, people will try to convince you to stay until you give in. While I appreciate being welcomed in the company of others, I can only handle maybe 3 hours of social interaction in large groups. After that I feel drained.

It is likened to someone who declares they are quitting smoking. If they said nothing, other people wouldn’t bother. But as soon as they mention “hey I am quitting smoking” then they get 10 people offering cigarettes “come on, only one last time.” What is the name for this phenomenon?

How do you get people to take your “no” as polite and that’s it?


Leo Gura says:

You’re making this out to be a much bigger issue than it really is.

“Hey guys, I gotta go. Bye.”
[Exits the door]

It should be that simple. If you can’t make that work, you gotta build some backbone and stop living your life for others.

Why are you alive? To be a lapdog for your friends?

Kinda pathetic, don’t ya think? Don’t you have more important shit to do than socialize for 3 fucking hours?! Come on… that’s a HUGE waste of life.

This is why I keep saying you GOTTA HAVE A LIFE PURPOSE. Otherwise you just piss your life away like all your friends.

Thanks Leo, that hit hard. I needed that.

I will continue to watch and share your videos. I hope my friends will adopt at least some of your principles, particularly about not being a victim.


Leo Gura says:

Lead the way and they may follow.

Ryan says:

Hi Leo, I agree with most of what you said in this video except for one thing (in my case, at least). I don’t whore myself out because I need the approval of others, I do it because I believe that if I don’t act in a certain way towards someone, they will become an enemy and then look to do me harm. I guess it’s a form of paranoia. I’d appreciate any insight you can offer. Spasiba.

Majus says:

Hello Leo,

what if people are so hung up to their egos that they claim their fake self to be authentic to them, giving in to emotions even more and behave that way?

Is it really so easy for people to recognize their inner conflict and be clear about that?
Isntt there a chance people wont recognize that just by themselves?

Kind regards

Majus says:

and another comprehension question:

Is the dependence of other peoples approval and stimulations an ego-defence mechanism? Because you want to stay comfortable in your current situation and other people to aknowledge that.

Leo Gura says:

Certainly what most people call their “authentic self” is actually a load of bullshit. Self-deception and unawareness is the name of the game.

I don’t understand the question in your second comment.

Majus says:

Lets say -as you did in some other videos- he/she is in a relationship.
We assume that the ego likes it comvenient and wants to stay the way it is,no matter the cause.
Assuming that he/she has some limiting beliefs, for instance low self-confidence, he/she for certain wouldnt want his/her partner to approve that they have a low self-confidence, that would be disturbing.
By delivering love, excitement and stimulation the person actually wants his/her partner to evidence that this is not the case.
So inherently this isnt essential for the self-image of that person, you know?

I tried to be a little more accurate, hope that worked for you this time :d

Thanks for the reply anyway!

Kelley White says:

The email exercise? I’ve been doing that the past week or so intuitively and arriving at the same observations and conclusions; why I kind of pushed the pause button. I appreciated the reality check.

sebastian says:

ok great video. but question, when I try to be myself people seams to not like it, so then I decide to not be that be that me, is like I feel like i can have more control over then, if im fake. so.. Im not sure if I going to end alone, or less popular, if im behave or say what I really think about ex. other, or ideas.. So is not better to try having some self-control about what we say? at least in public?

Shannon says:

Love this video Leo! You have a way of grabbing my attention! Next time my mother in law makes a judging comment of me I will be true to my authentic self! Love this! No longer going to “whore” (sp) myself out to her! I feel empowered! I don’t need her approval. Thank you!

Lisa says:

Hi Leo,

I am not certain that not calling the person out at Starbucks that cut in line in front of you is not being true to yourself or letting that person think bad of you….. Maybe its just to avoid an argument or confrontation in that moment.

Maurice says:

Great video, I’ve been a nice guy my whole life, now I’m 51 and it sucks. To me the biggest problem with being Mr Vanilla the nice guy, approval seeking whore is that no one actually knows you and if you get approval it’s not for you it’s for the fake image your projecting.
Once you start to see that the approval isn’t actually directed at you but only for the image then you stop gaining anything much from it which makes the situation even hollower, it that’s even possible.
All of my relationships are based on whoring and I’ve been increasingly aware of it over the last two years. Leo’s video has really helped to clarify my position a lot and I’m very grateful even if it calls all those relationships into question. If I was my authentic self tomorrow I would actually loose a lot both on a business and personal level.
The question for me is what do I have anyway? Not much. If your a nice guy people rarely want to have your company, they don’t call you, you have to chase them much more often and when you meet up they don’t really listen to you, your the audience and they’re the speaker.
Another problem isn’t just that they don’t really know you it’s that YOU don’t really know you, you loose touch with what your actually interested in, what you actually feel, what you value and find meaningful so when you speak you voice no authority or weight in the conversation and your half formed opinion carries no conviction and is easily brushed aside by someone else’s stronger point of view.
All of this has been the result of my choices, so I don’t feel sorry for myself or blame myself, there were survival reasons why this started but as I become aware of this more and more there’s an increased tendency not to compromise, and that’s coming at a cost and with some resistance from people around me, they don’t want me to change or be the real me, both family and friends. I expect to loose some connections over this but I’m happy with that; it takes too much energy to keep things going as their sidekick. It fees like enslavement to be liked or tolerated on the basis of pretence. I’d rather just be on my own.

Max Gron says:

Instead of “whoring myself out”, here’s what I really think: fuck you, I’m happy with more money, and I’m satisfied with it, happiness is enjoying pleasure and contentment, furthermore it’s not happiness (like enjoying a hamburger) I want, but bliss (money, food, books, spas, voyages, excursions, etc), I’m simply going to enjoy not sinking at Leo’s level, looking like a derelict, or begging for money, I say no, if I have money do you think I’m miserable? You can’t see I’m smiling when I have money? You can’t see I’m happy? Happiness is exactly what I think it is, happiness is smoking cigarettes and drinking wine, happiness is evil, fuck that, Leo’s evil, I don’t take advice on happiness from anyone, at this current time I don’t want to be happy, but glad, what Leo’s talking about isn’t happiness, it’s misery, and Leo should be a derelict and get his arse kicked. I’m not sucking tit to this evil man anymore, his techniques for living a better life are very evil and I deserve to treat him like an uncool teenage wanker, because that’s what he is psychologically. He should go back to Vegas making big money and spending it on supplements and nootropics.

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