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Be An Original Version of Yourself – Not a Cheap Copy of Someone Else

Posted by Herman Najoli on May 16, 2007

I had quite a laugh yesterday while hanging out with my son in the living room as he watched a TV show. During the commercial break an ad was run for a new TV series that will feature impersonators competing to see who looks exactly like a celebrity of their choice. While it may elicit laughter, isn’t it interesting that human beings have a tendency to want to be like someone else instead of focusing on just being themselves? Judy Garland advised, “Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else”. Life would be so much easier for many people if they stayed content with who they are. That is the key to really developing ourselves and becoming the best ‘us’. Know thyself is great wisdom.

A few weeks ago I took my son to a local park and we were playing with plastic golf clubs as I introduced him to the game of golf. An elderly couple passed by and said, “Is he going to be the next Tiger Woods?” I laughed with them for a minute then answered, “No. He’s going to be the next him because we already have a Tiger Woods”.  We can only live epic lives when we are original versions of ourselves and not cheap impersonations of other people. There are lots of people who waste their personal talent and potential by committing their lives to being cheap copies of famous people.

What’s your legacy going to be? Will you be an original version of yourself? I encourage you to discover your personal strengths and unleash them, rather than copy other people.


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