I recently heard an advertisement for a genetic testing company that promises to reveal “the you inside of you.” This company implies that by gaining knowledge of your genetic composition, you can enhance your life. I’m all for couples considering having children, and individuals with a history of inherited diseases that can be mitigated or cured, to undergo genetic screening. While the value of this kind of genetic knowledge is morally dubious, at best, I was taken by the phrase, “the you inside of you.”
The bottom line: no matter how good genotyping becomes, you will not find “the you inside of you.” As genotyping improves, you will learn more about the genes inside of you, but they should not be mistaken for “the you inside of you.” The “you inside of you” is the person who you would like to become. You achieve that state when you align your deepest core self with the work that you’re doing and the quality of the relationships you have.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, it can be quite a challenge to align our values, passions and most fundamental purpose for being with how we live our lives. But that’s what authentic leaders do-they find practices and people to help hold themselves accountable.
For many of us, things tend to slow down in the summertime. I know that I’ll be spending time contemplating this question. And I invite you to reflect on who the real you inside of you is as well.
Tags: Genetic Screening, Genotyping, leadership, Purpose