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Be Someone else.
Being yourself is so mundane.
Everyone is doing it these days…
There is no shortage of articles with insight on what “successful” people do and how you can be like them.
Maybe I should really try to take them seriously and just copy the greatness of others.
Now I just Ctrl+V.
But like I’ve written before: “Doing the same motions of successful people won’t automatically make you successful”.
There is something else to it or we would all be successful. Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder entrepreneur and venture capitalist, wrote in his book, Zero to One, “The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.”
The question then is: what am I learning?
Am I trying to replicate behaviors to achieve success? Or did I miss the lesson?
Clearly keeping up with the Kardashians takes more than simply doing the same things that they do.
If you haven’t realized it yet, the successful people thought differently about a problem or situation and thought differently how to solve it.
Or we could just redefine success and then be done with it. But saying that I am alive today is equal to being successful is unsatisfying.
There is something deeper than that which has set us down this journey to begin with…
We read and know money doesn’t buy happiness and have all read the quip “more money, more problems”, but we think we would do it differently if given the chance.
But again, is it chance or luck? Malcolm Gladwell would have you think so with his book “Outliers: The Story of Success” and all the while having you feel good as you read the arguments against your future dreams.
Then is it fate?
Your destiny based on things entirely out of your control?
We could easily turn around and find more anecdotes, such as Shark Tank’s Daymond John and his book “The Power of Broke”. Clearly he didn’t accept the “Victim Mentality” and acquiesce to his harrowing situation.
Mr. John wrote in an article about the book that he has seen several of his friends, colleagues and mentors have “started with limited resources, but instead of letting that stop them, they used it as a catalyst to get creative, think outside of the box, and let passion fuel their success”.
There is a tension here.
I am faced with reconsidering the meaning of success and tailoring it to the status quo to make me feel better about what never will be.
I can stop making excuses and make things happen.
I can just pretend to be someone I’m not, who already has it all.
But I think they call that identity theft…
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