I've got to be me. It's the only way I am truly comfortable, but if being 'me' might have a negative impact on things I or others are looking to accomplish I know I need to compromise. We all should be aware how our actions can impact others; whether it means 'fitting in' or 'letting go' of some of our beliefs we have to assess the impact of being ourselves in certain situations.
Take for example the story related by Marshall Goldsmith in the Harvard Business News, Do You Have an Excessive Need to Be Yourself? The stingy recognition habits of this CEO had far-reaching implications. For him, a bit of compromise made a big difference and he did not have to ignore his authenticity to make it happen. However, there are times when it comes down to compromise or authenticity and authenticity wins virtually every time. When authenticity does not (or cannot) take precedence I still remain in touch with my values and beliefs. It's my job to integrate myself with the world around me even when I don't precisely fit in. For me that's more often about the way I dress or the length of my hair. But what are you waiting for anyway? Mr/Ms perfect? Tell me what is going on out there.