To say you’re not a leader…

We’re taught to compare ourselves to other people to gauge where we are and how we’re doing.  It’s horrible advice. Simply because no two people are alike,  we will always lose the game of comparison (Tweet this quote). Like the old saying goes, it’s apples to oranges.

As a teen, I aspired to do great things with my life, but when I looked to role models, I often saw more differences than similarities. This created a lot of internal conflict. BUT… I’m really glad I did one thing: I shrugged my shoulders and kept moving ahead anyway. Fortunately, I was more engrossed by the prospect of success then pandering to existing schemas.

I didn’t fit any standard mold or definition of a “leader” or “entrepreneur” … in fact, I didn’t really “fit” anywhere. Little did I know at the time, being different — being unique — was not a liability, it was an incredible asset.

Instead of trying to identify similarities with others, I started to focus on what made me different then and developed the traits that I thought would help me accomplish my goals. As a teen I stumbled upon a famous quote by Judy Garland that embodied the mission I was on:  “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else” (Tweet this quote).

Stop searching for things that make you naturally extraordinary and start searching for opportunities to become extraordinary (Tweet this quote).

Be a Maverick,

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  1. 10-15-2012

    Y’now, I totally agree with your maxim on being a first-rate version of who you are . . . although, like you, as a teenager I was programmed to look for role models. It was difficult to accept that I was different, but over the years I’ve learned to cherish my uniqueness. It wasn’t until my son came along and taught me a thing or two. He has always had a thing about those who are capable of “original thought.” Interesting that I never even heard that term in any of my myriad classes. Now I’m on the look-out for moments of original thought in both myself and others. This is such a refreshing challenge from the status quo!

    • 10-15-2012

      Thank you for sharing Lynda. We never know where our “reality checks” may come from. “Original thought” is the first exit sign from the status quo. Stay uncommon.

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