“The person you see is the person you will be.”
- Jim Cathcart
A few days ago, my brother and I were just chatting about how we missed those days when we were young with no responsibilities. We had nothing to worry about and had lots of childhood friends to play with. It was then that our family doctor came to my mind.
His family were close friends with ours and there was a name my dad always called him which was peculiar to him alone. Whenever they meet or speak over the phone, he’d say “nobody like you”. I never really knew why he gave our doctor that name, but I always wondered what it meant.
It was only recently that I got to realize that it was only that doctor that really understood my family’s medical needs and issues. There was truly nobody like him.
There is nobody like YOU!
It’s a normal occurrence for us as humans to always try to imitate others in one way or the other. This is not a bad thing. Sometimes it actually help us to develop, especially if what we’re imitating is good. The only bad thing here is in making it a life long dream. We pick someone we admire and then “copy cat” their whole lifestyle until our own lives become a complete duplicate. You could just copy their bad attitudes too.
Sometimes the only way to develop ourselves is to pick a mentor, view their qualities and make them our own. But never make the mistake of imitating both their qualities and personalities. Just because your mentor, who has the quality of generosity is a Choleric doesn’t mean you too should become a Choleric. Your personality is what makes you unique and different from your friends, mentors and others.
The simple way people genuinely flatter you is to tell you that you have something which you never knew you had. If you have experience in being flattered like I do due to maybe inferiority complex, you’ll know that some lead to manipulation, making you do things you didn’t want to do. Why wait for someone else to tell you who you are when you can equally and easily find out yourself. This still boils down to self examination.
When you adopt qualities, give them your personal twist, making them fit with the kind of person you are.
Look at yourself as a brand, a new product which the world has never seen before. The time will come when it is not what you have that will be your criteria for uniqueness. It will be how well you have developed yourself that will make you indispensable, invaluable and irreplaceable.
I have seen myself become a “copy-cat” many times, have you? How else do you feel one can have that feeling of uniqueness? I’d love to hear your views in the comments.
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