The Power of Authenticity

February 1, 2010 · 10 comments

in Attraction Marketing & Branding

The Power of Authenticity

[I originally posted this on Facebook but it was so well received that I wanted to bring it to my blog so that it would not become buried in the Facebook archives forever. Thank you so much for all of the community feedback to this, you guys really touched my heart and I love you dearly!]

Two of Social Media’s Leading Ladies, Mari Smith & Jodie Thompson reminded me of the true value and impact of authenticity in all we do. Thank you to these two gems for holding the bar for the rest of us through their stellar examples.

I invite you to share your stories of those people that have touched your life in powerful ways. What impact has “keeping it real” had on your life and business? What can we learn about business success from those that lead with authenticity? Leave me a comment and lets share!

Kimberly Castleberry

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Teresa February 1, 2010 at 4:19 am

Powerful, Kimberly. A great reminder that it costs so little to help someone through a bad time. A listening ear goes a long way.


Kimberly Castleberry February 11, 2010 at 7:44 am

How true indeed Teresa! Yet how easy it is to get so caught up in our own overwhelm and to-do lists that we forget to do just that! This was one of those kick in the pants reminders we all need from time to time for me!


Beth Hewitt February 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Hi Kimberly,

I love this video and message because it really is authenticity personified. It is so great when we find people that we resonate with and who we feel connected with who help us out in more ways than one.

I for one will always remember those people that helped me out on the way up! And I certainly consider you to be someone who has helped me out and I hope to repay you whenn ever I ca. Its all about giving back lol!

Good Job Kimberly,
Beth Hewitt
.-= Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..Personal Branding and YOU! =-.


Kimberly Castleberry February 11, 2010 at 7:46 am

Beth its been an absolute pleasure to get to know you and I really appreciate you stopping in to comment. My what a magnificent journey we are all on. Each of us have our own starting, ending and waypoints along the way, yet it is the marvel of the journey that we can share together. Thanks for sharing your journey with me!


Jose H. Caraballo February 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm

This is a great example of reaching high levels of success through interdependence. These ladies understand that PEOPLE are the only real asset in this day and age. Working together and giving of yourself shows a emotional maturity that we all strive to achieve.

Great Post!
.-= Jose H. Caraballo´s last blog ..The “Not So” Obvious Benefits of Joining a Social Media Tribe! =-.


Julianna Brower February 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

This was actually an inspiration to me when I saw it.. The perfect words at the right time..
.-= Julianna Brower´s last blog ..How Do You Crush It In Social Media? =-.


Kimberly Castleberry February 11, 2010 at 7:50 am

Thanks Julianna, yeah, they really touched me that day. It’s things like that, that sometimes seem to little, yet leave such big marks!


Rebecca David February 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Hi Kimberly,

Thank you for sharing this message and for pressing through your moment of discouragement to continue on the path before you.

I believe you will once again have the opportunity to take the same or perhaps even a better course that you so desired. Also this is a great example of how important it is to encourage others along the way.

The message of “keeping it real” is absolutely a top priority for me in my personal and business life. But to be honest and really keep it real, I have to tell you that very same message held me back for awhile. There are many excellent Mentors out here on the Web, as I watched them I thought about adapting my style or message to be like this one or that one… Finally, I released those feelings and really got in touch with who I am and what I will bring…

Authenticity! Transparency! Genuinely care about living and leading in a way that comes from the Truth of who I am, not emulating someone else no matter how terrific they are. I look forward to getting my blog up and creating great content like so many other Empowered Entrepreneurs including you!

Live a live of love & joy,


Kimberly Castleberry February 11, 2010 at 8:20 am

Ahhhh Rebecca, you so beautifully put in words what is so challenging to so many of us! Sometimes it seems so difficult to find our place in this world. We’ve all been taught to see what works and model it… and we forget that what we’re seeing is “real self” and that the only way to model THAT is to be our own “real self”. Sometimes its hard to see what value we give and to trust ourselves that deeply. It’s the journey for all of us. Thank you for sharing yours with me!


Mika Castro July 13, 2012 at 2:21 am

It is really amazing how powerful sincerity and authenticity can be. It brings home the message about how belief in your message is more important than learning all the correct techniques of presenting. Also, he achieved all that with the spoken word and without any presentation slides.


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