I’m a firm believer in the idea that “Can’t nobody do you, better than you…” And with great reason.
But first I will pose this question: Since when has anyone ever experienced lasting success while stuck on trying to walk in the footsteps of someone else, or be something they’re not ?.. Don’t worry, I’ll wait….
My guess is that although some may experience some form of success, it never lasts because everyone was created uniquely different, with different purposes, gifts, talents, and ways of viewing the world.
Every single one of us has something special to offer the world when we hold our heads high and walk in our own greatness unafraid, unashamed, with confidence, self-assurance and love.
When we settle for being mere shadows of others, we are subconsciously telling the Universe/God that “I am not good enough, or not worthy enough to be who you created me to be; that my voice, my ideas and dreams don’t deserve to be seen or heard; that the chances of me being born out of the various combinations of my father’s sperm, my mother’s eggs; the very parents that I was born to, and the era in which I was born is somehow a mistake. ” This is something that I have the hardest time believing.
Believe it or not, each of us would be better off if we learned to accept ourselves for who we are, no matter where we are in life, or what we do. The energy of self-acceptance alone paints a more proactive picture for the Universe to operate from. In turn, when you show the Universe that you appreciate all of who you are by staying true to yourself, you make room for others to accept you and appreciate all that you have to offer just the same.
As @UncleRush, a.k.a. Russell Simmons likes to say, DO YOU!