Being The Next __________

“I want to be the next Elon Musk”, “he might be the next Michael Jordan“, or “she is the next Beyonce in the making.” These are all statement in which people aspire to the reach the heights of excellence and fame these individuals personify and inspire millions to strive for. Such sentiments equally apply for virtually every famous or accomplish person on earth.

While nothing wrong exist with trying to emulate or figure out what famous and successful people did, it can be self defeating and counter productive.

For starters, everyone is unique with a different personality, aptitude level, skill set, life experiences, and background. All these factors – just a few among many which even these figures might not be fully aware of – contributed towards who they are and what they eventually achieved in life.

In obsessively trying to figure out how to become the next Einstein or Warren Buffet, people fail to take time to figure out who they truly are and what they are capable of. They fail to take a long pause and look at themselves on the inside so they can know their strengths and weaknesses.

Furthermore, in a sense, people limit themselves and the possibilities of what they can achieve. Rather than trying to be like some famous person and achieve what they have achieved, why not try and do even better or aspire for even greater heights? Many decades from now highly accomplished people will exist who would have achieved greater things than many we look up to today.  Why not aspire to be one of those people and use the figures of today as the baseline?

Don’t get me wrong, study what accomplished and successful people do. But in doing so, look general principles, patterns, and commonalities among them. Don’t study to emulate everything they do or to become who they are in personality. After studying general principles and patterns, think of how it can be applied to your life and situation.

In all you study, make sure that the study of trying to figure out who you are and what you are capable of always outweighs the study of others. Its in knowing who you are that your talent would be unleashed and you can possibly do things which today might be unheard of.