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Published:May 1st, 2013 15:54 EST
Gay Author Jay Forte Speaks Out on Gay Athlete Jason Collins

Gay Author Jay Forte Speaks Out on Gay Athlete Jason Collins

By Jay Forte

Jason Collins is the latest celebrity to come out as a gay man. Acknowledging our true identity takes courage and strength, particularly when the world doesn`t openly support the decision. 

All of us have things we hide " things about ourselves that we "keep in the closet" the things that don`t fit with the demands, beliefs, expectations or wishes of those around us. We let others dictate who we are, how we live and what we believe. We are born amazing and unique, but die copies. Today`s world prefers that we blend, rather than stand out. But standing out is how we do great things in our world.  

Our uniqueness is our competitive advantage. When we hide any part of us, we limit ourselves. What the world needs is greater contribution from us instead of less. This is a call for all of us to come out of our closets, be more authentic, live more honestly and show up more significantly in life. 

Jay Forte, the founder and president of The Greatness Zone, an organization that works to help people discover and live their greatest abilities, can share his perspective on hiding and living small until he came out and changed everything in his life. A difficult and challenging process, Jay can share the value of living honestly and how coming out of our closets about anything we hide from, frees us to live more significant lives.