Be. As little children we have all been asked the proverbial question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As children we had no idea how rough and unpredictable the world was. We just wanted to be something without the hangups that society forced on us. Lawyer. Doctor. Teacher. Basket Ball player. What I think is missed in our pursuit of our goals is that we subconsciously try to be like a particular person or fit a model. It’s something we can’t help if we were raised that way.
Let’s try a different approach.
Become. What is your goal in life? Who has already succeeded in it? Got it? Now, I say let’s pursue it differently than others will. Sure, we know we have to work hard in school or on the field. Take a different route to get there. If you are on a basketball team, learn all the positions instead of one, so that you become more valuable to the team. In turn you become great because your team grew stronger. Take the journey of learning about your goal while you are pursuing a different path. Read more. Experience it in different environments. I guarantee that in the end, who you needed to become will shine through. We have enough carbon copies in the world…become you.