I recently found myself describing someone to my colleagues as being “the real deal.” 

It’s not a phrase I use very often, and it caused me to pause and try to define for myself what I meant by “the real deal.” Here’s what I came with: an authentic individual who positively impacts the lives of others. It’s a simple definition but a pretty high standard. 

It strikes me as a great goal to shoot for: becoming the kind of person that others think of as the real deal.