“Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” – Ellen DeGeneres
Whether you hate her, love her, gossip about her, or admire her. It doesn’t matter. Ellen DeGeneres is the real deal.
She keeps it real, she isn’t afraid to be herself, express her views or stand up for what she believes in. And I admire that about her!
I love and am inspired by people like that.
Here’s what Ellen DeGeneres can teach you about being yourself.
1. It makes you a happier person.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
And one of those actions is being your true self and doing what’s true to you.
I can guarantee you that if you do something out of character to achieve something, you won’t be happy afterwards.
If you go against your morals, beliefs, values, or act like something you’re not, you’ll be unhappy.
Ellen clearly demonstrates this with her personality, who she is, and what she stands for. And her positive attitude shows that.
If you want to be happy, start with being yourself if you’re not doing so already.
2. You’ll be more of an inspiration to others.
Self confidence is a worldwide problem that many of us struggle with.
It doesn’t matter what race you are, your background, culture, etc. We’ve all dealt with confidence issues at some point. Some more than others.
So having the courage and the confidence to be yourself is an inspiration in its self.
It puts you in a position to inspire others to do the same. Even If it’s not intentional! Ellen is clearly one of those people, and you can learn a thing or two from her.
3. Life is a lot more fun.
“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – Joe Namath
Ellen DeGeneres is a fun person to watch and listen to. After all, she’s not just an entertainer, she’s a comedian.
But that’s not the point. The more confident you are, the more fun you’re bound to have. And that only happens when you start to be yourself without fear of being judged.
Life’s no fun at all when you’re pretending to be something you’re not and feeling like a fraud.
You may say “easier said than done”, but that would be an excuse. Excuses, fun, and being yourself don’t mix!
Excuses, fun, and being yourself mix about as well as curry and milk in a bowl of cereal!
4. You’ll attract a lot of criticism (which is a good thing).
“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
Some days ago, a pastor accused Ellen of celebrating lesbianism (is that even a word?) and marriage to attract young girls.
I won’t go into all the details but the point is this. When you be yourself, expect a lot of criticism. But don’t let the fact that you’ll be criticized stop you from being true to yourself.
Doing something, saying something, and being something is better than the opposite.
Being yourself and being criticized for it just means you’re doing the right thing. So don’t let it stop you.
5. It shows you believe in yourself.
“You have to believe in yourself before anybody else believes in you.” – Ray LaMontagne
Self belief is a powerful thing. And it all starts with you.
Show me a person (like Ellen DeGeneres) who isn’t afraid to express themselves, and you’ll notice others are more likely to believe in what they say.
You know why? Because they believe in themselves, first and foremost. They’re not afraid to keep it real, and they could care less about criticism.
It all starts with you and it always will.
6. It makes you more confident.
“With confidence, you have won before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey
The more you get used to opening up and being honest, the confident you’ll become. And If you do it enough you won’t even have to think about it.
And when you don’t have to think or worry about it, you’ll be doing it on purpose. That’s the point you want to reach. That’s the magic of being yourself.
7. People will admire you.
“A leader is admired, a boss is feared.” Vicente del Bosque
And Ironically, Ellen shares a leadership quality that people admire. And that is honesty.
Honesty is admired by most, because it’s so easy to lie, deceive, pretend, be fake, and mislead people.
But honesty is a quality trait we all admire. And honesty is a major part of being who you’re meant to be. You want admiration? Start with honesty.
“I have a great career, and I have wonderful fans who really are supportive and loyal – because I’m not hiding anything from them.” – Ellen DeGeneres
8. It puts you in a position of power and respect.
“Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless.” – Paul Harris
The type of power I’m talking about is the power to uplift, influence, inspire and motivate others. The power to change others lives for the better.
And those types of qualities are respected. It’s easy to see Ellen uses her power to do exactly that. To influence, inspire, and uplift people rather than destroy people.
Being yourself, having the confidence to be yourself, and being honest can put you in that position. And that’s not bad at all because you’ll be able to contribute on a wider scale. 🙂
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Theo Ellis is a blogger, author, and entrepreneur who’s committed to giving straightforward advice to help others grow. Specializing in topics such as – self confidence, self improvement, happiness, discipline and time management. You can find out more about Theo at his website – justbereal.co.uk