I’ve had several discussions with people lately who have all wanted to talk about their aspirations and hopes. Each of these people wanted different things, but there was a common factor among each of them:
They all wanted to be like someone else. Sometimes they actually wanted to be someone else. “I want to do (insert achievement), like he did.” “I want to have (insert career and wealth), like she does.” And so on. Nothing wrong with anything they said or wanted, but it made me a little sad. Nobody was shooting for something that had never been done. Nobody wanted to be the first at anything.
There are things we can and should add to the world. Positivity, kindness…we can’t have too much of that stuff. No downside to duplicating those efforts!
But there are things only I can offer this world, because there is only one of me. There are things that only you can offer this world, because there is only one of you.
Why not find out what only you can offer? We all emulate and aspire to the qualities or possessions or successes of our heroes, but these goals and hopes should never take precedence over what each one of us can give that nobody else can.
I don’t know what all of those things are for me, but I know this:
I will not dream the dreams of other men. I have my own.
If your gifts remain undiscovered, you do a disservice to yourself and anyone else who could benefit from you being you.
Don’t try to be anyone else. You are not anyone else. That is a good thing, whether you believe it or not.
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