3 Books I Recommend about Authenticity

Today I’d like to travel you to my book archive, where I find brilliant advice about being authentic.

1. The School for Gods / Elio d’Anna

If I recommend any book to anyone, the first is always The School for Gods.

Why do I love it?

It makes you meet yourself in a way that you cannot ignore. By the time you finish the book (and I know few do, because it forces you to a harsh self-awareness level), you can not be the same as you began.

What does it say about authenticity?

It basically tells to wake up from a worldly dream and pursue your authentic life consciously.

It gives you the whole responsibility for where you are right now and where you’ll be in the future.

My favorite quotes from the book:

The world is such because you are such, and not vice versa.

Vision and reality are one and the same thing.

2. The Artist’s Way / Julia Cameron

This book is about meeting again with the inner artist you once left, around childhood.

Why do I love it?

It includes a great analysis of how you lost your inner artist (that exist within everyone) and exercises on how to meet her again. If you keep up with the book and also do the excercises, it’s impossible that you don’t find a secret, creative place within yourself that can even change your complete life and philosophy.

What does it say about authenticity?

The book is all about finding your lost authenticity. In fact, you can read the whole book replacing the word ‘art’ with ‘authenticity’. The trick is that when you live a life that allows your art, you are definitely living an authentic one.

My favorite quotes from the book:

“Give yourself permission to be a beginner. By being willing to be a bad artist, you have a chance to be an artist, and perhaps, over time, a very good one.”

“But do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to really play the piano/act/paint/write a decent play?” Yes … the same age you will be if you don’t. So let’s start.”

“Remember, there is a creative energy that wants to express itself through you.”

“We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic.’’Susan Jeffers

3. The War of Art / Steven Pressfield

Very similar to the Artist’s Way, this book is a wake-up call and action plan to beat your inner saboteur and live your authentic life. It’s a long-time bestseller, and it’s easy to see why.

Why do I love it?

It’s formulated in precise arguments that are both motivating and away from jargon. You feel like talking to a wise friend, and when you finish the book, it’s hard to leave without an action plan.

What does it say about authenticity?

It promises to take you back to your true potential by beating your inner creative battles. Reminds you that despite what you are doing now seems pretty ordinary, your original being is far more creative than that.

My favorite quotes from the book:

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

“Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

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