Never get caught up in aspiring to be someone else.
Even if it’s someone you look up to and hold in high regard.
Go ahead and admire but never aspire.
The reason being that aspiring to be someone else is inauthentic. It pulls us away from who we truly are.
It’s also important to recognize that the people who many aspire to be like are the same people who have never tried to be like others.
They stayed true to their nature and didn’t concern themselves with trying to become someone they weren’t.
It’s one of the reasons why they’re so attractive…
They had the courage to stay true to who they are, regardless of the circumstances.
In doing so, they defied the status quo and set a new standard. A standard that ultimately inspired others to follow their lead.
Therefore, the next time you find yourself aspiring to be like someone else turn this aspiration into admiration.
Then blaze your own trail by focusing all your energy, effort and attention on your strengths and all that makes you unique.
The Ascent is a series where I document the experience of building YPE. It’s written from the following perspective: Advice I give to myself based on the lessons learned every day.