The Key to Well-Being and Why Being Authentic Matters

I’ve done a few interviews and podcasts over the years talking about well-being and authenticity. I enjoy them immensely because I love talking to people.

Well, let me rephrase that. I love talking to some people. I’d love to love to talk to everyone – and maybe one day that’ll be the reality.

But for now (and probably forever), I prefer to engage in conversation with those who have an open mind and who aren’t afraid to get real.

The Key to Well-Being and Why Being Authentic Matters

I’ve recently had the pleasure of being the guest on two radio/audio shows.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to be the guest on the “Ask the Trucker” show on Blog Talk Radio. Allen and Donna Smith have spent the last several years dedicating their time doing whatever they can to make life easier for those who drive trucks for a living.

Now to be honest, I’d never really given this profession a lot of thought – other than I’d always figured it must be challenging to maneuver such a large vehicle day in and day out, especially while having to share the road with the rest of us.

Truth be told, I’m not exactly enamored with having to share the road most of the time (especially when I see people with their phones in hand behind the wheel. I mean, seriously, wtf is up with that?) and I drive a vehicle that’s much easier to navigate than a huge truck.

So I have to say that I deeply respect what these people do, and our conversation included topics that pertained to truckers who spend the holidays separated from their loved ones.

However, we covered well-being in general.

What I’m trying to say here is that even if you don’t drive a truck, I KNOW you’ll get something valuable out of this discussion.

The Key to Well-Being

Donna and I talked about healthy living and self-awareness. Living a life consisting of good sense eating habits and physical activity has its benefits. That’s not exactly news any longer.

But the real key to well-being has to do with the second part.


Knowing thyself is truly one of the most important things we can ever hope to accomplish because it’s the overall reason for absolutely everything we do.

We covered things like:

  • How to maintain healthy habits on the road (insightful info for anyone who spends time traveling).
  • Why it’s important to find enjoyable ways to include physical activity into your life.
  • Why living your truth matters.

You can follow this link to hear our discussion, or you can listen below.

Why Being Authentic Matters

A few weeks ago, I also had the pleasure of being the guest on Better Freelancing, a short audio (used to be video) interview series with Brent Jones (formerly of

We talked for about 7-8 minutes about things like:

  • Whether people who appear successful online really are that way.
  • What success truly means (this can be different for everyone).
  • Living your truth.
  • How to expand your perspective.

It’s funny.

We see people online everywhere talking about success.

But if you’ve followed my work for any length of time, you’ll know one thing about me.

I question things.

So in this, I’ll admit that I’ve asked myself what success really means.

~ Is it about earning a lot of money?

~ Being popular?

~ Establishing fame and a “name” for myself?

Maybe it is. But, maybe success can be defined differently by different people.

Success, to me, means being knowing thyself, and living your truth. It doesn’t mean you aren’t a work in progress. It just means that you spend time going within, challenging the ideals and standards set by society and getting in touch with who you really are at the core level.

Most of us define ourselves based on our beliefs. But what if these beliefs have been little more than the concepts we’ve been taught by others who also know little about their core nature – or the nature of reality?

So for me, being successful is about being myself, speaking my truth and knowing that whether I’m having a conversation with someone or they’ve just read a piece of my work…they’ve had a moment (or longer) where they experienced this:

“Wow. I’ve never thought about _____ that way.”

Now if you really want to know what being true to yourself looks like, you can check out Brent’s latest post. He’s following his path, and it’s one filled with honesty, creativity, and courage.

And – you can listen to our conversation here.

The Common Theme

As you may have noticed, in both shows I had a bullet point that said something about living your truth.

Whether you drive a truck, run a blog, write, coach or engage in anything else, the question(s) will always be:

~ Are you being true to yourself?

~ Are you doing something you enjoy?

~ Something that makes your heart sing?

~ Are your words, thoughts, and actions in harmony?

Because if not, then you’re doing a disservice to yourself and the world in general.

As far as I’m concerned, we don’t need more people trying to keep up with one another. We also don’t fare better off by engaging in activities we feel forced into for any reason.

What we DO need are people, like you, taking the time to go within, ask yourself the tough questions, challenge (and possibly shatter) your belief systems if they aren’t in alignment with who you truly are at the core level – and being courageous enough to walk the road less traveled – even if everyone else is going in a different direction.

The key to well-being is self-awareness and authenticity.

I hope you enjoy the discussions, and since this is my last post of the year, I also wish you a very happy holiday season and a new year filled with beauty, independence, creativity, peace, wellness, and wonder.


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Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

10 thoughts on “The Key to Well-Being and Why Being Authentic Matters

  • at 5:22 pm

    Hi Dana,

    Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed the holidays, seems like you ended 2016 with a bang given your appearances. Congrats!

    I never really got the concept of trying to keep up with others or one up another person in life. I think we are all different in the sense of what we want and what we enjoy. We should be able to do our own things, enjoy them, without being concerned with what another person is doing. I do think authenticity is important and is a core part of overall happiness.


    • at 10:10 am

      Hi Lea,

      All great points.
      To be honest, I spent some time (ok, a lot) in the past being concerned with what others were doing and comparing myself to them. I’d love to say otherwise, but I can’t.

      Success to me is different now. In the past, it was about accomplishments. They’re nice and it’s great to feel as though you’ve done good work and were creative and productive. These days, though, true success (for me) comes down to being peaceful from within – and simplicity.

      I’ve enjoyed interacting with you and I’m glad to see you at the start of this new year as well.
      Thanks so much for stopping by Lea. Wishing you a fantastic 2017 🙂

  • at 12:15 am

    Hi Dana:
    Happy New Year
    A question for you –
    Why do you love
    Talking to SOME people?
    I understand very well
    How important it is
    To talk to people
    Who have an open mind
    And how TOUGH it can be
    To talk to people
    Who have CLOSED minds.
    Great post.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Best wishes and regards.

    • at 11:43 am

      Hi Ved,

      Welcome to my blog.

      Great question. You pretty much answered it yourself, though. 😉
      It’s tough to engage in conversations with people who are closed-minded, arrogant or willfully ignorant. There’s a lot to wake up to, so if someone isn’t willing to be flexible, then there isn’t much to say.

      I appreciate the visit and I’m glad you enjoyed the post.
      Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by.

      • at 12:07 am

        Hi Dana.
        Thanks for replying.
        Yes indeed, it is very sad
        Most people today
        Are filled with false pride
        And inflated egos
        It shows in the way they talk
        And how they behave
        Really hard to talk to such people
        Hope you find all you want
        In the New Year
        Best wishes and regards.

  • at 6:11 pm

    Lovely post, Dana. You are my favorite “real” person! 😉

    Wanted to stop in you wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a very prosperous 2017! This is going to be OUR year gf!


    • at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much Bren. And same to you!

      I’m so glad we know each other and I have enjoyed our conversations throughout the year.
      Hope you had a Merry Christmas – and I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!

  • at 4:01 am

    Hey Danna,

    Generally, in this competitive era most of people are cheating with them-self because they are not authentic with them-self, they didn’t enjoy their respective work – they only show to world that they are satisfied with their lifestyle.
    Several people are doing their work with pressure on their head, they didn’t enjoy their work. These question to our-self can be very tough for us to answer in specific statement. Self awareness and authenticity are amazing key for successful life. Eventually, thanks for sharing your interesting thought with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    • at 9:23 am

      Hi Amar,

      Yep, I think a lot of people put pressure on themselves for various reasons. One is survival. Unfortunately, that’s how this world is set up. But another is identification with form. The image.

      Self-awareness is the key to everything. It’s the only way to be authentic. Most of us are walking reactions to our stories – and these stories are based on thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Unquestioned and unobserved, they may not be based in truth, so knowing thyself, while challenging, is a wise thing to focus on.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I wish you a very happy new year 🙂


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