About the book
This book serves as a social media detox program, the antidote to the lies of advertising and a step to better sex (yes all in one book!) Kevin takes you through a very personal journey from an ego driven life to one of authenticity and humility. Using real-world examples, you will learn how to harness your authenticity and live from a place of truth. The goal of this book is to cultivate a life of peace. This peace can only be achieved by allowing yourself to be the most authentic version of you.
Table of Contents
- Foreword: Words written from love
- Chapter 1: Becoming Authentic
- Chapter 2: The Fruit of Authentic: Humility
- Chapter 3: Living Your Financial Truth
- Chapter 4: Anti-Social Media
- Chapter 5: Sexual Growth through Authenticity
- Chapter 6: Personal Stories of Growth
- Chapter 7: Cultivating a Culture of the Authentic
- Chapter 8: Back Matter
Chapter 1 Sample: Becoming Authentic
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
― William Shakespeare
How many times have you read that quote from Shakespeare? Almost four hundred years ago it was written by one of the most prolific and widely read playwrights of our civilization. Today in the twenty-first century many continue to live in a world of the illusion, in the world of the unreal. People are still working on the assumption that working from a lie will create more happiness. I think in this age of social media, we are being trained to only show the best part of our lives, ever worse actually to lie about our lives. For instance, it is a popular greeting to ask “How are you?” regardless of the truth behind that answer we always say “Good.” But what if “good” isn’t the truth? What if your life sucks right now? Are you late on your rent? Is your mortgage past due? Your lover just left you? You just got diagnosed with cancer? Could you answer, “No, it’s not good. My life sucks right now.” Why can’t we answer this question honestly? I think it is in large part to the fact we want to sanitize everything in our culture. We don’t want to deal with the real but in the fantasy. Proof of this is in the stats behind movie sales. When the economy is doing poorly movie ticket sales are historically better than good times. People want to escape their real lives and have an hour in the illusion. I truly believe that when we are only living our truth can we truly find peace in our lives. Imagine the world where someone asks you, “How are you?” and actually wants the real answer. Living that type of truth would resolve many problems facing our society today.
Why I wrote this book
This book started its origins as a book for business. Its original goal was to teach business how to be more authentic with external communication. The more I wrote the book the more it turned into a self-help book. It was as if the universe was calling me to write it, so finally I gave in and followed my writing muse. The book was written during a time in my life where I questioned who I really was. I was divorced, single, and struggling in many areas of my life. The book was written as a gift of gratitude for all the things I had learned along my journey. I hope these words help you learn to be the best version of yourself.
Testimonials & Reviews
Hi Kevin. I wanted to say Thank You for being so brave in sharing your experiences. You truly are very brave and …authentic. I wanted to share my thoughts with you. I appreciate your true and honest words. I am currently in the dark tunnel of life and it’s just nice to relate a bit with someone else’s story. It reassures me of the value of my growth within my ordeal. I have always been very self-aware either way, but I have been hiding a lot as of late as well. I will reemerge a stronger person in all this and I have you as another inspiration now to hold onto. Fondest regards.Jennifer
It’s a very honest and brave piece. It really spoke to me and the journey I’ve been going through.Melissa
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About the Author
“Kevin Airgid was born in 1973 to a middle-class family in rural southern Ontario Canada. His early spiritual formation came from strong women such as his mother and other female role models that taught him to question everything and make it his own. He received a BA in Visual Arts from Western University in London Ontario where he met his wife. They were married seventeen years and had three children. Kevin started his own business fourteen years ago until it started to go downhill due to the recession. At the same time, stress of family life and mounting debt from living a lifestyle beyond their means brought his marriage to an end. Kevin lost his house, savings, and his family. Three years later Kevin emerged stronger, and more spiritual by being humbled. He was forced to his knees and from there found a new spiritual awakening that would not have been possible if he wasn’t stripped of everything.